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0-0: Real Madrid get tour underway with a draw

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REPORT | 18/07/2015 | Alberto Navarro (Melbourne)

Danilo made his bow in the Whites' first ever game in Australia, against a Roma side who came out on top in a penalty shoot-out.
  • International Champions Cup - Australia
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  • 18/07/2015
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Real Madrid's 2015-16 team opened up with a draw at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It ended goalless in a clash in which the clearest first-half chances came about from set-pieces. Roma might have taken an early lead from a corner on 4', first hitting the crossbar before Totti's drive beat Navas only for Marcelo to clear from the goalline and prevent the Italians from scoring. Five minutes later, again from a corner, Ramos could not find the target with a left-footed shot from the penalty spot.

The minutes went by and, with the half-hour mark up, the save of the match was produced. From another corner for Roma on 32', Salih Ucan's volley brought a spectacular demonstration of Navas' reflexes. Three minutes afterwards, Carvajal responded for the Whites, but his effort with the outside of his boot flew only a few centimetres clear of De Sanctis' goalmouth.

Eight changes at the break
At half time, Arbeloa, Nacho, Pepe, Lucas Silva, Kroos, Cheryshev, Isco and Benzema were introduced in place of Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Illarra, Modric, Jesé, Odegaard and Cristiano Ronaldo. Following the pattern of the initial 45, the first opportunity of the second period arrived at a dead-ball situation. Isco sent across the corner on 53', and Bale, who would then make way for Lucas Vázquez after 56', proved unable to hit the mark with his header.

Bit by bit, Real Madrid were beginning to have the better of the forward play. Indeed, Benzema offered up a warning of his side's attacking intent after 64', Cheryshev delivering a pass to the Frenchman, who fired over the bar.

Danilo makes his debut
With 70' on the clock, Benítez decided that it was time for Danilo to make his bow as a Real Madrid player, with the Brazilian replacing Carvajal. And it was down the new recruit's flank that the most dangerous moments arrived from there on in. After 81', Lucas Vázquez's cross hit Torosidis's hand inside the area, but the referee opted not to point to the spot. Four minutes later, the academy graduate did terrifically to cut inside his man and find himself one on one with De Sanctis. However, the goalkeeper was equal to his shot to avoid defeat for Roma, who prevailed 6-7 in the penalty shoot-out that followed.

1-0: Danilo.
1-1: Pjanic.
2-1: Kroos.
2-2: Ljajic.
3-2: Lucas Silva.
3-3: Destro.
4-3: Isco.
4-4: Florenzi.
5-4: Benzema.
5-5: Iturbe.
6-5: Nacho.
6-6: Paredes.
6-6: Lucas Vázquez, saved by De Sanctis.
6-7: Keita.