With much less heat in San Francisco than in the Spanish terrine, Madrid’s second game of the summer left two distinct catalogues. Carlo Ancelotti started the classic and endless dictionary of Casemiro, Kroos, Modric and Benzema. And after the break he fell back on young muscular guards in the middle (Tchouameni, Camavinga, Ceballos and Valverde), who were again completed with Hazard in the center of attack. The second unit was energetic, created many chances and deserved more than a draw against America (2-2), but life is different without Benzema. Whoever is behind him.
Andriy Lunin, Nacho (Eder Militao, min. 45), Rüdiger (Jesús Vallejo, min. 59), Ferland Mendy (Alaba, min. 45), Lucas Vázquez (Vinícius Tobias, min. 65), Kroos (Aurelien Tchouameni, min 45), Modric (Federico Valverde, min. 45), Casemiro (Dani Ceballos, min. 45), Benzema (Rodrygo, min. 45), Vinicius Junior (Camavinga, min. 45) and Marco Asensio (Hazard, min. 45). Four five)
Ochoa (Óscar Jiménez, 31′), Sebastián Cáceres, Emilio Lara (Diego Valdés, 59′), Salvador Reyes, Jorge Sánchez (Jürgen Damm, 59′), Pedro Aquino (Bruno Valdez, 59′) .), Jonathan (Álvaro Fidalgo Fernández, 59 min), Miguel Layún, Alejandro Zendejas (Richard Sánchez, 59 min), Federico Viñas (Román Martínez, 59 min) and Henry Martin (Jonathan Rodríguez, 59. minutes)
Gates 0-1 min 4: Heinrich Martin. 1-1 min. 21: Benzema. 2-1 min. 54: Danger. 2-2 mins. 81: Alvaro Fidalgo Fernandez.
yellow cards Casemiro (min. 34) and Dani Ceballos (min. 51)
The Frenchman made full use of the first 45 minutes of the course after the extra leave of absence. He took away his legañas, scored a great goal, sent a right hand to the bar and was in all of them. When the break came, he ran to the referee to demand more discount.
The pre-season serves to prepare for the future and also to validate the past. It wasn’t necessary, but it only took Madrid a few minutes to feel life change with his nine. The Frenchman, who missed the Whites’ debut in last Saturday’s classic (0-1), returned where he left off in May. He was the alarm clock for a lazy start for Madrid, as if they were playing in the middle of Spanish morning rather than late-night San Francisco.
Henry Martín punished the Ancelotti boys as soon as they started and the threat from América, with many substitutes, continued through this early period, with Lunin under the sticks and Rüdiger at center back on the right – along with Nacho – after playing as surprising lefter had acted back against Barcelona. Everything until Benzema activated his special lever: he scored on the left, scanned the defense, traced his diagonal forward, leaned against a wall with Asensio and unleashed a curvy and sharp shot that Memo Ochoa, that already experienced goalkeeper , deposed (37 years old), which has peaked in Malaga and Granada in the last ten years.
The draw helped moderate Madrid, who began taming America with the usual three in the middle (Casemiro, Kroos and Modric). But always with Benzema as the beginning and end. For the goal and to sew the game. Everything went through him. He had 45 minutes on the clock and he didn’t want to waste it. He was fine. As he got in front, he did a left-right tick-tock to dispatch two defenders and send them to the bar.
The break brought back a different Madrid. At the moment, Ancelotti isn’t mixing the formulas in midfield. Unlike against Barça, they played their honoris causa (Casemiro, Kroos and Modric) in the first half and their drummers (Tchouameni, Camavinga, Valverde) in the second, as well as a fine ceballos. At the back he placed Alaba on the left (he said he would only put him there out of necessity) and upstairs gave Hazard a false nine again.
The result was a dynamic Madrid with a lot of pressure. If the Madridians caved in from the start as soon as they couldn’t steal quickly, the second version kept pushing. He was not short of chances, Hazard scored the second from a penalty (Reyes’ number 206 stumbled over Lucas Vázquez) but Benzema was gone, although the Belgian was not upset by the display of agility. The French scored the game and scored the goal.
And with the result in doubt, former white youth team Fidalgo capitalized on a moment of indecisiveness, entering the box and taking advantage of inexperienced debutant Vinicius Tobías down the right flank to take an inflated maximum penalty from him. Lunin stopped Fidalgo’s first pitch, but didn’t need VAR to catch him with both feet too far down the line. The second try touched him, but it meant the tie. White’s chances remained, but Benzema was long gone.