The one they all wanted! Roma poke fun at bizarre tree trophy they won for beating Real Madrid in the ‘Mabel Green Cup’
- Roma added a unique trophy to their collection after beating Real Madrid
- The Serie A club were rewarded with a tree after defeating Madrid on penalties
- The pre-season exhibition was arranged to raise awareness about sustainability
- Marcelo missed his spot kick as Roma won 5-4 in the shootout after a 2-2 draw
Roma picked up a bizarre trophy after their penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid in the Mabel Green Cup on Sunday.
Marcelo’s missed penalty at the Stadio Olimpico gave Roma skipper Alessandro Florenzi the honour of lifting what appeared to be a bonsai tree.
The Serie A club were able to see the funny side, posting a self-deprecating tweet which read: ‘The one they all wanted to win!’
Roma captain Alessandro Florenzi lifts the bizarre Mabel Green Cup trophy
Giallorossi faced Los Blancos in what was the inaugural Mabel Green Cup, a pre-season exhibition organised by private investment company Mabel Capital.
The purpose of the friendly was to raise awareness and promote interest in environmental sustainability and the protection and of the planet, with proceeds from the fixture going towards the cause.
Gareth Bale played half an hour as Zinedine Zidane’s team drew 2-2 in normal time in the last of their pre-season friendlies.
Marcelo had opened the scoring for the Spanish side in their thrilling friendly clash with Roma
Diego Perotti latched on to Nicolo Zaniola’s pinpoint delivery to slot home the equaliser
THE MABEL GREEN CUP
The Mabel Green Cup is a pre-season friendly arranged by Mabel Sports, a branch of private investment company Mabel Capital.
A Roma statement read: ‘The aim of the exhibition match is to raise awareness and promote interest in sustainability, and the protection and longevity of the planet.
‘As part of the event, proceeds will go towards causes that focus on this cause – the protection of the planet.’
Against the run of play Real Madrid took the lead when Luka 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.
Madrid’s defensive frailty soon told when Nicolo Zaniolo sprinted past Casemiro and crossed for Diego Perotti to score at the far post.
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 in front, somewhat undeservedly.
But Casemiro made amends for his mistake by heading Madrid back into the lead
The ever prolific Eden Dzeko then rise highest to thunder in Roma’s second goal with his head
It lasted one minute with Under’s pace once again Real Madrid’s undoing. He broke quickly and fed Dzeko who levelled.
Bale – who came on as a 61st-minute substitute – 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 a 5-4 shootout victory.
Marcelo ensured Real slipped to defeat in the shoot-out after cracking his kick against the bar