Leandro Martinez gave the hosts hope by combining with Cristian Colman and beating goalkeeper Cesar at his near post after some sloppy Flamengo defending.
Bale's relationship with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane also deteriorated badly in recent months and he hardly played in the last 11 games of last season as Real claimed the La Liga title.
The second, decisive match will take place on September 30 in Salzburg, with the winner on aggregate to qualify for the Champions League's group stage. Enditem
Newly-crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who has lost back-to-back Roland Garros finals to Nadal, has been drawn into the same half as the Spaniard and faces non-seeded former world No. 3 Marin Cilic.
Elche mark their return to the top-flight with a home game against Real Sociedad, but with new coach Jorge Almiron still waiting official clearance to sit in the home side's dugout. The missing paperwork is not the Argentinean's only problem given that he only has 15 professional players available for what will certainly be a tough return to the elite.
The top four finishers of each group will form a new group, to be based in Suzhou, to fight for the first to eighth positions of the season in the second phase, which will be held between October 16 to December 12.
The result in the Pacific port city of Guayaquil ended a tumultuous week for Flamengo in the Andean country. The Rio de Janeiro outfit crashed to a 5-0 defeat against Independiente del Valle in Quito last Thursday and then had 11 players - including seven regular starters - ruled out of Tuesday's match because of positive coronavirus tests.
NAIROBI, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- World champions Timothy Cheruiyot and Conseslus Kipruto are planning to raise the bar in the 800m and 1,500m respectively at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday.
Both Tottenham and Newcastle have produced Jekyll and Hyde starts to the season, with Spurs losing to Everton and then scoring five away to Southampton, while Newcastle beat West Ham before being thrashed at home to Brighton and then netting seven in the Carabeo Cup. Given those records anything could happen when the two teams meet at White Hart Lane.
Wolfsburg came close with 32 minutes played when Maximilian Arnold's corner kick struck the crossbar before John Anthony Brooks headed just over the target from a promising position two minutes later.
3. Reality check for Valencia while Aspas marches on