24 August 2011
Fernando Porrero / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Real Madrid defeated Galatasaray in the 33rd edition of the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy, keeping the title a seventh consecutive year.
The Turkish side proved they wanted a victory from the very beginning, scoring the opener in the first ten minutes through Inan, who finished off a great effort by Eboue. The locals gradually had more chances to score. Goalkeeper Muslera cleared a shot following a good combination between Xabi Alonso and Di Maria (16'), and the defence later cleared a shot by Kaka (19'). Sergio Ramos scored the equaliser from a header following a cross by Alonso on the 33-minute mark.
This marked a turning point in the match, which the Whites started to control. Higuain came close to netting his team's second goal, but Muslera again saved the day for Galatasaray (41'). At the end of the first half, the crowd gave Real Madrid a standing ovation.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Carvalho, Ozil, Benzema and Albiol came on for Callejon, Pepe, Higuain, Varane and Kaka after half-time. Benzema scored on the 49-minute mark, but the referee disallowed the goal due to a non-existent offside. No matter: one minute later, the Frenchman easily defeated Muslera in a one-on-one and gave his side the victory goal. Cristiano Ronaldo nearly scored the third in the 64th minute with a shot outside the box, but the goalkeeper strained himself to clear his shot. Jose Mourinho then decided to bring on youth teamer Alex Fernandez for an exhausted Di Maria (66').
Coentrao nearly sealed the game, but his shot went straight down the middle into the keeper's hands. The locals had more chances on goal, but converted none of their shots. Academy player Morata received a standing ovation when he substituted Coentrao on the 76-minute mark. Sadly, Marcelo was forced to leave the pitch due to twisting his ankle a few minutes later and had to be replaced by youth player Mendes. Mourinho gave two other academy players, Nacho and Mandi, a chance to play with the first team before the end of the match.
|Sergio Ramos||Goal 34'|
|Ricardo Carvalho 49'|
|Pedro Mendes 86'|
|Cristiano Ronaldo 48'|
|Benzema 48'||Goal 53'|
|Semih Kaya 92'|
|Emre Colak 81'|
|Selcuk Inan||Goal 11'|
|Engin Baytar 60'|
|Aydyn Yilmaz 78'|