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Zidane not annoyed after shock Madrid draw

Madrid progressed to the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win but Zidane's men were forced to dig deep against the unheralded visitors in the second-leg fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Fuenlabrada took a deserved 25th-minute lead thanks to Luis Milla's stunner in the Spanish capital – where Gareth Bale returned from injury – before a quick-fire brace from Borja Mayoral in the second half allayed fears around the stadium.

Real Madrid 3 Las Palmas 0

Zinedine Zidane's men could ill-afford another loss after Barcelona went 11 points clear of them by beating Sevilla 2-1 on Saturday, but they rarely looked in trouble, showing a significant improvement from their Champions League loss to Spurs on Wednesday.

Madrid spent much of the first half on the front foot and created a host of chances, with Karim Benzema wasting a glorious opportunity early on and Cristiano Ronaldo - who endured another frustrating day in front of goal in LaLiga - going on to hit the post.

Ronaldo defends Real Madrid form It's the ending that counts

The Champions League holders were convincingly beaten by Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday, with Ronaldo's late goal a mere consolation after a Dele Alli double and a Christian Eriksen strike gave the home side the win.

The result came just three days after the LaLiga champions were beaten 2-1 by Girona, a result that saw them slip eight points adrift of league leaders Barcelona.

Zinedine Zidane insisted there was no reason to panic despite their first back-to-back defeats since January, and Ronaldo was eager to back his coach.

Real Madrid 1 Tottenham 1

Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Raphael Varane's own goal in the first half in the Spanish capital, but the holders could not find a way past the inspired Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in their pursuit of a second.

Both these teams had won their opening two group games and suitably delivered a match of high quality on Tuesday, in which both goalkeepers were forced into some stunning saves to keep the scores level.

Madrid break Barcelona away record

Ronaldo's 85th-minute strike saw Madrid claim their 13th successive away LaLiga win, surpassing the mark of 12 set by Pep Guardiola's Barca side from May 2010 to January 2011.

The goal was Ronaldo's first of the league campaign, the Portuguese having drawn a blank in his three previous LaLiga appearances.

In contrast to his reputation as one of the world's most ruthless forwards, Ronaldo needed 28 shots to break his duck, with just seven of those efforts hitting the target.

Real Madrid 0 Real Betis 1

Antonio Sanabria headed in a dramatic 94th-minute winner for Betis, who were victorious at the Santiago Bernabeu in a league game for the first time since 1998.

Making his first Liga appearance of the season after serving a five-match domestic ban, Ronaldo was unable to have the same impact he did a week ago when he netted a brace against APOEL in the Champions League.

The Portuguese star tried hard and had numerous attempts on goal, but Madrid failed to score for the first time since April 2016.

Real start well in defence of European title

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice on his first competitive start of the season as Real started their quest for a third successive European crown.

Ronaldo has been banned from domestic football since August for pushing a referee and only needed 12 minutes to get back amongst the goals in the competition where he is the all-time top scorer.

Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur made a flying start with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in Group H opener at Wembley.

Real Madrid presented with LaLiga trophy at the Bernabeu

Madrid usurped Barcelona for their first league title in five years last term, finishing three points ahead of the Catalan giants after winning away at Malaga on the final day before also claiming the Champions League for the second year in succession in June.

Ramos was suspended for the visit of Valencia but donned the famous white jersey to ascend the steps at the Bernabeu and lift the trophy with deputy Marcelo.

Ronaldo 'relaxed' and ready to face old club United

Ronaldo has been the subject of transfer speculation, while he appeared in front of a Spanish court to deny allegations he avoided paying tax on image rights payments.

With Madrid set to face Ronaldo's old club Manchester United in the Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday, Zidane believes the Portugal international is fully fit and focused on his football.

"There is a lot of noise and a lot of things happening, but he is relaxed," Zidane told reporters. "What impresses me the most is that physically he is as fit as the day of the final.

Barcelona and Real Madrid step up chase for Ceballos

Ceballos has become hot property since the end of the 2016-17 campaign after starring for Spain in the European Under-21 Championship in Poland.

The Clasico rivals have both been linked with a move for the 20-year-old and have officially approached Betis regarding a transfer.

Ceballos has kept silent on his future and Haro expects the youngster to remain with the club despite interest from the Blaugrana and Los Blancos.