By FOX SPORTS staff
World record signing Gareth Bale was expected to make his Santiago Bernabeu debut in the fixture, but was forced to pull out of the starting line-up after picking up an injury during the team's warm-up. That did not prevent Real Madrid from cruising to a 4-1 win against opponents Getafe, although they fell behind to a deflected strike from Angel Latifa just five minutes into the game.
Los Blancos had to rely on unlikely goal-scorer Pepe to draw level, before Cristiano Ronaldo gave them the lead from the penalty spot after a handball from Michel and Isco all but cemented the win with a second-half strike. A Ronaldo back-heel into the back of the net during the dying minutes of the game ensured the Portuguese star would finish with a brace.
Di Maria, who had a hand in Pepe's equalizer, told the club's official website he was delighted to have started the fixture and relieved to put speculation about his Real future behind him.
"I am happy because things are going well for me. I am getting game time and I am feeling very confident," Di Maria shared.
"I wanted to stay from the start, because being here is the best possible thing that could have happened to me. It's true that it was a difficult summer in which a lot was said and many lies were told."
Brought on for goal-scorer Isco during the second period, young Jese Rodriguez pointed out that manager Carlo Ancelotti was doing a good job of ensuring that players promoted from the club's academy saw time on the pitch.
"It's a very exciting season for the ex-academy players and it is very important," he stated.
"There is almost always a few of us in the starting eleven. Ancelotti has no problem putting home-grown youngsters in the team and that should make us work even harder."
Real Madrid will be in action once more in two days time with a visit to Elche for the teams' La Liga fixture.