By Izuchukwu Okosi
Manchester United in the early hours of Sunday defeated Real Madrid 2-1 on penalties after an entertaining 1-1 draw
at regulation time in their International Champions Cup clash at the Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California late
Sunday night, reportsNewslegend.com.ng.
Jesse Lingard scored scored for a dominant United in the first half while Brazilian midfielder Casemiro put Madrid
back in the game with a second half spot kick.
United won their three pre season matches before Sunday night’s game defeating MLS sides LA Galaxy and Real Salt
Lake, then getting the better of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Madrid meanwhile are playing their first pre
season game since winning the UEFA Champions League on June 3.
Madrid had the first goal scoring chance in the game but keeper Sergio Romero parried Karim Benzema’s cross out of
danger in the fifth minute.
Jesse Lingard let fly a powerful shot in the 42nd minute after dancing his way past a few markers while Madrid had
their own chance two minutes later before Eric Bailley cleared the ball.
The first goal however came just before half time as Anthony Martial did all the hard work going past the Madrid
defence to lay the ball on for Lingard who simply rolled the ball into the net.
Madrid were awarded a penalty which was converted by Casemiro after Theo Hernandez was fouled in the penalty box by
Victor Lindelof in the 69th minute.
Penalty kicks were required to determine the winner of the match but Maritial, Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof
lost their kicks for United but Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Blind converted. On Madrid’s part, Óscar Rodríguez,
Theo Hernandez and Casemiro all failed to score. Madrid’s only goal from the spot was scored by Luis Miguel Quezada
Both sides, winners of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, will met in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8 at
the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia.