Report: Martial and Lingard combine to take first blood in penalty victory over Real Madrid


Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 1-1 after 90 minutes with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard combining well to take first blood at the end of the first half of the match. In the second half, around the 69th minute, Victor Lindelof made a howler giving away a penalty which Casemiro converted levelling the score. Marouane Fellaini had a chance to win the match for United, with his shot off target. The match went to a penalty shootout to find the eventual winner with United winning 2-1 with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind scoring United’s penalties.

Jose Mourinho made nine changes to his starting XI ahead of the match with Real Madrid in at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Sergio Romero, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all start. Juan Mata misses out with an ankle injury sustained in the 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake earlier in the week. United and Real Madrid both started on the front foot, looking to get the better of their opposition. Both teams had credible chances with Phil Jones and Sergio Romeo stopping Real Madrid from scoring.

United started to take advantage of their opposition around the seven-minute mark with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial using their pace to get the better of the Spanish team with the Frenchman getting a good shot on goal which was thwarted by Keylor Navas. Both teams were getting the ball but doing nothing with it. United had pressured the Spanish champions a few times, the last with Marouane Fellaini trying to get something for United by Marcelo took him on, using his head to keep the ball, literally, getting the better of the big Belgian midfielder.

It was starting to become end-to-end football with both teams attacking, in periods of the match, but nothing getting through and the ball ending up back at the other end of the pitch. Both teams were playing well and considering this was the first pre-season match for the Spanish side, they were giving United a good game, which in the heat in California would give them a good work out ahead of the new season. Timothy Fosu-Mensah was playing well against Gareth Bale, so far getting the better of the Welshman for most of his threats on United’s right flank. At the half hour mark, the match was stopped for a water break, which was much-needed for some.

After the break things started to take off in the match with chances at either end. Anthony Martial had a chance to break forward, getting into the box and laying off the pass to the other flank. Fosu-Mensah had the ball and tried to pass it into the box, which Madrid regaining possession and thwarting United’s attack. Minutes later Jesse Lingard had a chance to break the deadlock, firing just wide of the mark. Madrid had a chance with about two minutes of the half left with Lucas Vasquez offside and being flagged as being so. Jones had him covered though. Luca Modric played the ball into United box, Romero missed the ball and Bailly made the clearance.

Real Madrid won a corner inside the last minute of the half with Toni Kroos taking it, United won possession by two players combining to make the clearance with United trying to break forward but ending up back inside their own half. United took the lead in the seconds before the break with Anthony Martial showing his skill on the left, cutting into the box and passing across the face of the goal with Lingard making the simple tap-in to put United ahead. Real Madrid had the chance to equalise just before the break but it was flagged for offside. So far so good for United, 1-0 in the lead at the break.

At the start of the second half Jose Mourinho made eight changes with David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku all replacing Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Jones, Carrick, Pereira, Lingard and Rashford. United started to try and restart the match after all the changes, which seems to make the second half duller with players trying to get into the match. Ander Herrera was taken off seven minutes into the second half with Scott McTominay replacing him, which was a blow for the Spanish midfielder who was looking to get more minutes in this match.

In the 62nd minute of the match Marouane Fellaini, one of three players who started the match headed over the Real Madrid crossbar as United looked for that elusive second goal which would all but confirm the victory for United. In the 69th minute of the match, United defender Victor Lindelof gave away a penalty for taking out Theo Hernandez, who was taken out moments before by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Casemiro took the penalty and David De Gea could not get to it. 1-1 and everything to take from the game. This could go to penalties yet if United do not find a winner.

Seven minutes from time United could have found the winner they needed through Fellaini, whose shot was not on target, not even at risk of causing any damage to United’s opposition. In the dying minutes of the match, the youthful Real Madrid side were shooting from distance and generally trying to find the winning goal after being played back into the match with the penalty. The match was heading to penalties to find a winner. It was 1-1 after 90 minutes. Martial took the first penalty which was off target completely. David De Gea saved Madrid’s penalty, 0-0 after one each.

Scott McTominay took United’s second penalty, getting his shot on target but Kiko Casilla made the save to thwart the youngster. Oscar Rodriguez took Madrid’s second penalty with De Gea making his second save of the shootout. Henrikh Mkhitaryan took United’s third penalty, beating Casilla to put United ahead. Real Madrid scored their third penalty making it 1-1. Victor Lindelof took United’s fourth penalty, aiming straight for the goalkeeper’s legs, poor penalty. Madrid missed their fourth penalty, still 1-1 after four penalties each. Daley Blind took United’s fifth penalty, straight down the middle finding the back of the net 2-1 to United. Casemiro missed Madrid fifth and United take the win.

Goals: Jesse Lingard 45+1′

Assists: Anthony Martial 45+1′

Manchester United: Romero (De Gea 46′); Fosu-Mensah (Blind 46′), Bailly (Lindelof 46′), Jones (Smalling 46′), Darmian (Valencia 77′); Carrick (Herrera 46′(McTominay 52′), Fellaini, A. Pereira (Pogba 46′); Lingard (Mkhitaryan 46′), Rashford (Lukaku 46′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: J. Pereira; Mitchell, Tuanzebe

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