UEFA Europa League

Real Madrid opens Spanish league with 3-1 win over Celta

MADRID (AP) Karim Benzema scored a goal and set up another as Real Madrid began its Spanish league campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win at Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez also scored, as Madrid played most of the second half with 10 men following a red card to Luka Modric.

Madrid was without new signing Eden Hazard because of an injury, and it was Gareth Bale - who many thought would be gone from the squad by now - who helped add the spark Madrid needed in attack.