Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid began the defence of the Champions League by easing past Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia.
Forward Ronaldo opened the scoring by slotting home from close range and added a penalty in the second half.
Defender Sergio Ramos scored the third with an acrobatic overhead kick from close range.
Zinedine Zidane’s side top Group H on goal difference ahead of Tottenham, who defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1.
The European champions made their debut in this season’s Champions League in style. The Whites, who are now the first to appear in 21 consecutive editions of the biggest competition in Europe, thrashed APOEL at the Santiago Bernabéu to top Group H.
It took only ten minutes for Real Madrid to go ahead. Isco started the counter-attack and managed to get past his man with great skill, passing the ball to Bale whose superb pass across the face of goal was beautifully converted by Cristiano Ronaldo, who was lying in wait.