Manchester United V. Real Madrid: United Win 2-1 On Penalties

Match Highlights:

  • United won 2-1(pen)
  • The match ended 1-1 after normal time
  • Herrera limped off injured for United

Just 16 days before their UEFA Super Cup meeting in Macedonia, Real Madrid and Manchester United met in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in the International Champions Cup. United fought out a 1-1 draw with Madrid with Jose Mourinho’s men triumphing 2-1 on penalties as a string of terrible spot-kicks brought the friendly to an entertaining end. It will be remembered as probably one of the worst penalty shoot-out in history with only three of 10 penalties being converted.

 

For all the pre-match talk about De Gea who had been offered to Madrid in the summer and now will be staying at United as confirmed by Mourinho, the story looked like being about Anthony Martial, who teed up Lingard for United’s goal with a majestic piece of skill. United fans will be hoping he can bring more consistency to his game and show the same level of performance against teams on a regular basis.

 

Going into the second-half chasing the game, Zidane decided to give the Madrid youngsters a chance as he made 11 changes. The Madrid youth justified the faith placed in them by their manager as they put in a magnificent performance to trouble a full-strength United side. New signing Lindelof made a shambolic tackle to concede a penalty which was emphatically scored by Casimiro to level the scored. United found going tough the entire second-half with big money signing Romelu Lukaku struggling against Madrid’s B team. United was lucky not to concede a second and end the match at 1-1. The International Champions Cup rules meant a penalty shoot-out. Martial skied over, Mateo Kovacic missed, McTominay missed, Oscar missed, Mkhitaryan rolled the ball in, Quezada scored, Lindelof missed, Hernandez missed, Blind scored and Casemiro missed in a sham of a shootout to hand United a 2-1 win on penalties.

 

This was Real’s opening game of their tour, and United’s fourth. Mourinho’s men have won all of their previous three, 5-2 against Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-1 against Real Salt Lake, and 2-0 against Manchester City.

 

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