Roma 2-2 Real Madrid (5-4 on penalties): Italian side clinch shootout victory as Real’s Gareth Bale plays 30 minutes in first appearance since failing to secure China move
- Marcelo had fired Madrid into the lead with a crisp drive after a fine move
- But Diego Perotti then equalised for Roma, before Casemiro restored Real’s lead
- Eden Dzeko then levelled the scores with an emphatic finish before half time
- Roma then kept their nerve in the penalty shoot-out to clinch the victory
- Welsh star Bale was given 30 minutes to impress and slotted home his spot kick
Gareth Bale played half an hour for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s team drew 2-2 in Rome in the last of their pre-season friendlies and then lost the penalty shoot-out when Marcelo’s kick came back off the crossbar.
The club’s shapeless summer morphed into a couple more formations with Madrid starting the game in 3-5-2 and finishing it in a 4-4-2, and they looked like a side at the start of their pre-season not six days from the start of the season.
President Florentino Perez will hope that things improve. He might also be hoping that the abuse the Parc des Princes directed at Neymar at the start of Ligue 1 on Sunday night brings his price down so much that Real Madrid can afford to sign him.
Gareth Bale featured for Real Madrid for the first time since failing to secure a move to China
Marcelo had opened the scoring for the Spanish side in their thrilling friendly clash with Roma
Roma: Lopez, Florenzi (Spinazzola 61), Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Pellegrini (Diawara 61), Cristante, Under, Zaniolo (Antonucci 76), Perotti (Kluivert 67), Dzeko (Schick 76)
Unused subs: Mirante, Santon, Mancini, Fuzato, Defrel
Scorers: Perotti 34, Dzeko 40
Real Madrid: Courtois, Militao, Varane, Nacho (Jovic 46), Carvajal (Odriozola 61), Modric, Casemiro (Kroos 61), Valverde (Vinicius 46), Marcelo, Hazard (Isco 71), Benzema (Bale 61)
Unused subs: Navas, Vasquez, Isco, Fuidias
Scorers: Marcelo 16, Casemiro 39
It might take more than Neymar’s dancing feet to sort Madrid out though.
Zidane radically changed tactics last week against Salzburg and he repeated his experiment in the Olympic Stadium but his three centre-backs with wing-backs was very wobbly in the first half as Roma looked like scoring with every attack.
Thibaut Courtois was the only reason they did not take the lead saving from Edin Dzeko and from Cengiz Under. The Bayern Munich target was particular impressive and also hit the crossbar.
Against the run of play Real Madrid took the lead when Luca Modric played the pass of the first half splitting the Roma defence diagonally into the path of Marcelo who cut in from the left to curl a shot right footed past Pau Lopez.
The Madrid defence’s frailty soon told when Nicolo Zaniolo sprinted past Casemiro and crossed for Diego Perotti to score at the far post.
Diego Perotti latched on to Nicolo Zaniola’s pinpoint delivery to slot home the equaliser
But Casemiro made amends for his mistake by heading Madrid back into the lead
Casemiro made amends by heading Real Madrid back into the lead from Marcelo’s cross. He was a long way offside but the goal stood and Madrid were back infront, somewhat underservedly.
It lasted one minute with Under’s pace once again Real Madrid’s undoing. He broke quickly and fed Dzeko who levelled.
Zidane abandoned his 5-3-2 experiment at half-time and substitute Vinicius made an instant impact setting up Benzema whose shot was saved.
Benzema then did better from distance forcing another corner. Luca Jovic had also come on at the break while Bale had to make do with warming-up at the start of the second half.
The ever prolific Eden Dzeko then rise highest to thunder in Roma’s second goal with his head
Marcelo ensured Real slipped to defeat in the shoot-out after cracking his kick against the bar
The Brazilian’s costly miss meant that the Spanish side were beaten in pre-season once again
He came on at the hour mark with Toni Kroos and Alvaro Odriozola. Justin Kluivert came on for Roma.
The second half – the last half that Madrid fans will remember as they go into the new season that kicks-off for them next Saturday – was going flat fast. It had been a tough night for Hazard and he became Zidane’s sixth change with 20 minutes left. Having scored his first goal for the club in midweek this was another drop in form from him.
Bale sent Jovic through with just over ten minutes left but Pau Lopez saved his shot. He then broke clear himself but sent his shot into the side-netting with the outside of his left-foot.
He scored his penalty, as did Kolarov, Toni Kroos, Under, Isco, Mirko Antonucci, Bryan Cristante, Luca Modric and Leonardo Spinazzola. Then up stepped Marcelo. He had blasted his kick onto the crossbar to give Roma victory.