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Bellingham and Joselu score to clinch win

MATCH REPORT. 27/07/2023. Alberto Navarro. Photographer: Antonio Villalba and Helios de la Rubia (Los Angeles)

Real Madrid overcame Manchester United with the Englishman opening the scoring and the Spaniard's bicycle kick to make it two wins out of two on the Soccer Champions Tour.

Real Madrid beat Manchester United at the NRG Stadium in Houston and, following on from their opening win over Milan, to claim their second win on the Soccer Champions Tour. Bellingham's first goal as a Real Madrid player helped set up the win. The Englishman, who was named MVP of the match, capped a superb first-half display with a stunning lob after Rüdiger's pinpoint assist from inside his own half. Joselu then scored a brilliant bicycle kick in the 89th minute to seal the victory.

Things couldn't have got off to a better start. Within six minutes on the clock, Rüdiger played Bellingham through with a precise long pass and the Englishman's control and finish were sublime. The new signing bagged his first goal for the club, bringing the ball down with his left foot and then beating Onana one-on-one with a fine right-footed lob. United looked to level two minutes later, but Garnacho's shot went just over.

Video.2-0: Bellingham and Joselu score to clinch win

Vini Jr. could have doubled the lead midway through the first half. The Brazilian received on the left wing, beat two opposing defenders before his shot in the 25th minute was well saved by Onana. United hit back eleven minutes later, but Rashford missed the target by inches in a one-on-one with Lunin.

After the break, Ancelotti introduced Militão, Nacho, Lucas Vázquez, Valverde, Kroos and Mendy. Manchester United pressed forward in search of an equaliser and could have got one back with a long-range effort from Garnacho and then a shot from McTominay from inside the box, but Lunin was on hand to save in the 56th and 65th minute respectively. Joselu's shot from a Brahim's pass was kept out by Onana on the goal line in the 66th minute. 

The game was now an end-to-end affair and Ancelotti's men created another dangerous opening. Kroos delivered a corner in the 69th minute, Militão headed the ball to the far post and Joselu's shot struck the post. Ancelotti's side scarcely allowed their opponents any chances from then until the final whistle, and settled the game in the 89th minute thanks to another special goal. Lucas Vázquez sent in a cross, and Joselu finished it off with a fantastic bicycle kick.