Real Madrid debuted its $300 signings on Saturday, but they struggled to beat Deportivo Coruna, 3-2, in La Liga opener on Saturday in Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo
, the most expensive signing at $131 million, converted a penalty kick, but he otherwise wasn't much of a factor in the game. Real
needed goals from holdovers Lassana Diarra
to pull out the win.
"It was important for us to start with a win as the first game is always complicated," Ronaldo said. "We had some good and bad moments in the game and have to improve."
Real Madrid's newcomers weren't signed to sit on the bench, so all six were in Manuel Pellegrini
's starting lineup -- Cristiano Ronaldo,
, Karim Benzema
, Xabi Alonso
and Raul Albiol
In addition, two other starters -- Ezequiel Garay
and Esteban Granero
-- were playing their first games for Real since returning to the club.
, the only other holdover from last season in the Real starting lineup was goalie Iker Casillas.
"There's a lot of room for
improvement," said Xabi Alonso. "We need to gel. As soon as possible."