- Tag results for Real Madrid
Their 1-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu may only give Madrid 24 hours above Barcelona, who play Girona on Sunday, with their perfect record still intact.
Isco curled in a terrific free-kick just before half-time at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Bale powering in a second and Mariano Diaz striking late as Real made a convincing start to their campaign.
If the summer had gone differently, Gareth Bale might have been on a plane to Switzerland on Monday to play for Manchester United against Young Boys.
Gareth Bale is thriving in the absence of Ronaldo and Madrid have three wins from four La Liga matches.
Barcelona beat Real Sociedad while Real Madrid drew at Athletic Bilbao as Spain’s top two travelled to the Basque Country.
Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante scored in the first half to give Roma a grip on the game after their loss to AC Milan before the international break.
Real Madrid begin their quest for a fourth consecutive Champions League crown this week when the group stage begins.
Lopetegui declined to take credit for the improvement of Benzema's play, stating that the players are the ones who play and overcome the difficulties.
Despite being furious over losing UEFA Player of the Year award to Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo sends wishes
The 32-year-old Croatian midfielder further stated that he shares a good relationship with Ronaldo and they get along very well.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have won their opening three matches and are joint top of the table on nine points.
Rejuvenated under new coach Julen Lopetegui and, perhaps, liberated by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, Bale and Benzema impressed again.
Routine wins over Getafe and Girona have ensured that Real, whose main Champions League threat in a mild Group A is Roma, did not suffer an early wobble.
This year the Premier League's transfer window shut before the English top flight season got underway and Lopetegui said he would be in favour of a similar setup in Spain.
The 32-year-old, who joined the club in 2012, has recently been awarded the UEFA Best Striker and Best Midfielder prize.
Modric beat Ronaldo by 90 voting points and surpassed Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah 179 points to win the award.