Match Report MLS Allstar 1-1 Real Madrid: Los Blancos leave USA with...

Match Report MLS Allstar 1-1 Real Madrid: Los Blancos leave USA with Many Doubts


Real Madrid won their last game of the tour at USA against the MLS Allstar in the penalty shootout. Los Blancos showed several doubts in the preseason, being this match the only victory of the four the have played so far.

Zidane decided to introduce unusual players in the line-up, with Sergio Ramos and Kroos, who couldn’t play against Barcelona in Miami. The MLS Allstar showed many defensive problems but a lot of danger in the attack with players as Villa, Dos Santos and Kaká. 

Los Blancos started the game with better sensations than the last ones, being the team who had the ball possession and the control of the game. In the 8th minute Real Madrid received the bad news of the injury of the youngster Garza, who had to left the pitch because of an injury in his arm. The team managed by Zidane had many chances to open the scored board with opportunities of Isco, Lucas and Asensio but Howard prevented them with really good saves. We can highlight the first half of Marcos Llorente, who was the stopper of the team and showed his ability stealing the ball.

However, the MLS Allstar also had clear chances in the fist half and the clearest one came form Villa. The Spanish striker had a great opportunity but Keylor Navas stopped it with a wonderful save. The Costa Rican keeper is proving that he is a great moment, being probably the best player in the preseason. The goal was the pending subject of Los Blancos. In fact, Ramos tried to help the forwards joining the attack frequently.

In the second half, MLS Allstar changed all their team, while Zidane only changed Vallejo, Ceballos and Yañez replacing Ramos, Kroos and Keylor Navas. The match didn’t change too much in the second half, and it looked like the goal was going to arrive soon. Vallejo was like a wall in the defense, while Ceballos was being the player who guided the midfield. In the 59 th minute Real Madrid finally scored their first goal. Ceballos assisted Mayoral with a fantasy pass, and the Spaniard striker opened the scored board with a good finish.

A few minutes after, Zidane did a lot of substitutions, giving minutes to usual players, where we can highlight the good second half of Gareth Bale. The Welshman almost scored his first goal in the preseason but it finished in the te bar. Luca, Zidane’s son, also had his first minutes between Real Madrid sticks, being a key player in the final result of the game.

In the final stretch, Real Madrid lowered the intensity and pressure. In fact, in the minute 87th minute, the team managed by Paunovic drew the game in a corner with a goal of Dwyer. Zidane seemed very angry with this goal because they lost the chance to win their first match of the season.

Luca was the keeper and in the penalty shootout and he became the hero of the match, stopping the first penalty of the shootout to Domic Dwyer, who scored the goal of the tie for the USA side. Giovani Dos Santos also failed his penalty, while Real Madrid scored all of them (Benzema, Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo).

Now, the team managed by Zidane must prepare the official game against Manchester United in the European Super Cup Final. Los Blancos must improve a lot their performance because if they play this way, they will have a lot of problems to win the first title of the year.