SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: REAL MADRID 2 GALATASARAY 1 | 2011 SANTIAGO BERNABEU TROPHY

REAL MADRID 2 GALATASARAY 1 | 2011 SANTIAGO BERNABEU TROPHY

REAL MADRID celebrated its "Santiago Bernabeu Trophy" tonight which showcases the team to their members & fan-base before the real business of the new season kicks off. The invited Club this year was Turkish team GALATASARAY which the home team defeated 2 -1.

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Karim Benzema

Both teams used the occasion to give all their players a run & some extra playing time as both continue improving their squad form. Real Madrid started with almost a "B team" ( including Callejon, Varane, Kak√°, Higuain, Di Maria & Adan) & were pushed in the early part by a very serious & intense Galatasaray. So intense was the Turkish start to the match that they opened the scoring in the 10th min via INAN.

However, from here Real Madrid progressively got better & slowly began taking control of the match. Real Madrid defender SERGIO RAMOS equalized in the 33 rd min & the whole team began connecting with their play.

The second half saw more chances for both teams with Real Madrid putting on some "big guns" & currently in form names: Benzema, Ozil , Ronaldo, Carvalho...etc, & it was BENZEMA who scored the second from a precision Xabi Alonso pass in the 49th min. From here Madrid created chances & as the match went on Coach Mourinho began giving some "youngsters" a run,  like Morata, Nacho, Mandi, Alex & Mendes to showcase these players to the Real Madrid memebers.

The "bad news" for Real Madrid was the injury to Marcelo ( awaiting diagnosis) with the good news the excellent play from Xabi Alonso ( MVP) & the performance of the tiredless Coentrao. In conclusion , good game , a victory & a satisfied Real Madrid fan-base tonight.


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