Real Madrid finish off pre-season on a positive note with a win on penalties against the MLS All Star XI. Here’s our match report.
Real Madrid came into Chicago after three consecutive defeats in pre-season. Most of the starting XI played a cameo in the game, with the youngsters doing most of the work
One sided first-half
The first half was not a positive one for the MLS All Stars at all. Just about 10 minutes in, Greg Garza of Atlanta United suffered a separated shoulder after being tackled in midfield. Garza was substituted just a few minutes later.
Real Madrid absolutely dominated the All Stars in the first half, hitting a whopping 19 shots. This effort was not very fruitful, as Los Blancos failed to open the scoring.
David Villa had the best chance for the All Stars in the first half. A close ranged shot which forced a good save from Keylor Navas.
Action packed second period
The second half was livelier than the first without a doubt, with chances flying everywhere. Real broke the deadlock 59 minutes in, after youngster Borja Mayoral scored a deflected effort.
Right after the goal, manager Zidane brought in a few substitutions, which included Bale, Benzema and Marcelo. The fans in America were overjoyed at the stars on display on both sides.
Hungarian striker Nikolic also came close a couple of times, narrowly missing the net. The All Stars finally leveled the match threr minutes from time, as Dom Dwyer rebounded off a header.
This was Real’s second game this pre-season to go to penalties. The first being against Manchester United, which provided us with possibly one of the worst penalty shootouts ever seen. The penalties this time out were much better though, as Real put away all 4 of their kicks.
Sebastian Giovinco hit the crossbar while Dom Dwyer’s effort was saved by Luca Zidane. Benzema, Kovacic, Bale and Marcelo all scored their shots, handing Real the win.
Real Madrid play Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia next Tuesday. Both United and Madrid will miss a few players, making the match an interesting affair.
The MLS continues as usual, with clubs fighting for a playoff spot.