ISTANBUL (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as a dominant Real Madrid started its Champions League campaign with a crushing 6-1 win over Galatasaray on Tuesday.
Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive footballer, made his Champions League debut for Madrid in the second half of a physical Group B match in which goalkeeper Iker Casillas was replaced by Diego Lopez due to injury. Captain Casillas had not started a competitive match for Madrid since breaking a bone in his hand 238 days ago.
Francisco "Isco" Alarcon opened the scoring after 33 minutes and Karim Benzema went on to strike twice during the second half, when Ronaldo was almost unstoppable.
Umut Bulut scored a late consolation goal for Galatasaray.
"Things could not have started better for us in this season's Champions League," Ronaldo said. "Scoring six goals is really good, it will give us a lot of confidence."
The first shot on target came in the third minute when Casillas was forced to tip Felipe Melo's powerful shot around the post.
Eight minutes later the Madrid 'keeper left the field in visible discomfort after a collision with defender Sergio Ramos. Casillas returned to the field after being heavily bandaged around his ribcage, but three minutes later he was substituted by Lopez.
"Casillas has had bad luck and I hope he will be recovered in three or four days," said Ancelotti, without giving details of the injury.
Lopez was soon in action when he had to save a close range shot by Melo in the 17th after Ramos had been penalized for a foul on Didier Drogba.
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