Cristiano Ronaldo began his Real Madrid career with a goal in a 3-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna to open the Spanish league season on Saturday.
Madrid's world-record signing converted a penalty in the 35th minute after Raul Gonzalez, who scored Madrid's opener in the 26th, was tripped up by Deportivo goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia.
Deportivo twice came from behind to equalize through Ivan “Riki” Sanchez and Juan Carlos Valeron before Lassana Diarra notched the winner in the 60th at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in front of 80,000 spectators— the same number that attended Ronaldo's presentation following his euro94 million ($135 million) transfer from Manchester United.
“We created a lot of chances, but the most important thing was to achieve the victory,” said euro65 million ($94 million) acquisition Kaka.
“It wasn't an easy game,” said the mercurial Brazilian.
Inter hammer woeful Milan 4-0
Serie A champions Inter Milan humiliated 10-man AC Milan 4-0 to emphatically earn the derby spoils on Saturday with new striker Diego Milito in fine form.
Thiago Motta coolly curled in the first on the half hour after quick passes from fellow close-season signings Samuel Eto'o and Milito, with former Genoa frontman Milito soon doubling their lead from the penalty spot.
Gennaro Gattuso had hauled down the runaway Eto'o to concede the penalty and shortly afterwards he received a second booking for fouling surprise debutant Wesley Sneijder, having asked to come off with an injury moments before his dismissal.
Rookie Milan coach Leonardo's horror half was completed by Inter rightback Maicon finishing off another fine move to make it 3-0, with Dejan Stankovic smashing home from distance in the second period.