Real Madrid 2-2 draw against Club America (Benzema, Hazard, Martin, Fidalgo). Here’s our immediate reaction. More coverage on your way to the site.
Real Madrid concludes their second pre-season game for 2022, with a draw with Club America in front of a fun crowd at Oracle Park in San Francisco. The atmosphere created by each of the fans added a nice spark to the game, especially as the match continued into the second half and the sun was starting to set.
Carlo Ancelotti basically turned the squad classico Saturday in Las Vegas. Most beginners in that game started this game on the bench. While the bench unit started this Saturday. The team welcomed the return of Karim Benzema, while Andrei Lunin started scoring the goal.
In both pre-season games, Real Madrid looked a little better in the second half. Against Barcelona, the introduction of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric helped calm the team and advance the ball. While against Club America, the youthful spark and vitality of the young midfielders in the second half changed the energy of the match in favor of Madrid.
Sure enough, there was still pre-season rust. The touches and defensive gambling of Lucas Vazquez and Casemiro in the first half emerged as a weakness. In the opening goal for Club America, Henry Martin got past Rudiger to put a chance in the Real Madrid box:
But there is no doubt that the story of the first half was a magical moment for Karim Benzema, as he scored a goal with one beautiful touch from outside the penalty area:
The two teams halved at 1 – 1. Ancelotti made six changes in the first half, and the introduction of a new midfield and attack sparked some juice in team building and strength. Eduardo Camavinga led the new team on the pitch, and was the focal point of Real Madrid’s energy and ball progression. His touch ignited life in the crowd who thoroughly enjoyed his dribbling and passing.
Camavinga’s vertical pass to Eden Hazard cemented an important streak in the second half. Hazard received the ball between the lines and played it wide for Lucas Vazquez. A foul was made against Vazquez and Hazard converted the penalty:
While the second half was more fun for the fans, we didn’t learn anything new, and this was just a pre-season friendly.
Alvaro Fidalgo, the former Real Madrid player, who came off the bench for Club America in the second half, scored the equalizer with a penalty kick. Vinicius Tobias Fidalgo missed in the penalty area. Lunin initially saved Vigaldo’s penalty and later rebounded, but as he was way off his streak, the referee ordered the penalty kick to be retaken. Fidalgo converted on the second try:
Next up: The third and final pre-season game, vs. Juventus In Los Angeles.
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