Gareth Bale continued his comeback from injury with the opening goal as Real Madrid recorded an eventually comfortable first-leg Copa del Rey win at Numancia.

Bale hadn’t scored in Spain since September but hit a first-half penalty for his fifth goal of the season.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale was making his first start in three months

Numancia, fifth in Spain’s second division, had Pape Maly Diamanka sent-off on the hour mark.

Isco then scored another penalty and Borja Mayoral headed in a late third.

Bale has been restricted to just six appearances in La Liga this season because of injuries.

Real will look to secure a quarter-final place next Wednesday, but holders Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Celta Vigo.