It only took Gareth Bale 38 minutes to break his duck with Real Madrid and prevent any(more) unnecessary drama that a prolonged wait for his first goal would produce. With Real down 1-0 to Villarreal, Bale equalized with a sliding tap-in right in front of goal off a pass from Daniel Carvajal.
Cristiano Ronaldo was right there to give him a high-five and a hug and Bale only did his heart hands celebration as a perfunctory afterthought once he accepted the congratulations of all his new teammates.
Not to be outdone, Ronaldo then put Real Madrid up 2-1 in the 64th minute instead of attempting a two-footed tackle on Bale for the second day in a row. Villarreal found an equalizer of their own from Gio Dos Santo just six minutes later, though. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.