The 2013 International Champions Cup Review

First Half

Real Madrid began the match with a high press, as Chelsea held possession. It did not take Madrid too long to score. By minute 14, the attack minded defender Marcelo received a pass from Luka Modric and he dribbled the ball as Cahill watched Marcelo finish the run with a shot between his legs for the game’s first goal. Marcelo immediately ran towards the Chelsea bench to celebrate because of the pre-game comments Jose Mourinho made about his previous employer. It felt like the game was going Real Madrid’s way, but Chelsea countered with a goal by Ramires. A one-two pass attack with Lukakua, a lucky bounce between two defenders, a composed chipped shot over Iker Casillas, and after the 16th minute they were leveled. Tempers flared between both teams. Some late fouls and bad tackles took place followed by pushing and shoving between both squads. A foul on Cristiano Ronaldo happened right on top of the box. As he usually does, he set up and fired a free kick past a diving Petr Cech. The first half finished with some bad tackles between both teams and some sparring.

Second Half

Chelsea came out with many changes. Players like Lampard and Lukaku subbed out. Real Madrid only had one change with Arbeloa coming off. Chelsea started holding on to the ball more this half. More balls came into the Madrid’s box, but nothing special. Hazard got a long ball from Ramires, and Eden shot it and Casillas saved their best chance since the Ramires goal earlier. Real Madrid started to get into the groove, and started getting more possession of the ball. By minute 57, Real Madrid scored another goal. Isco looked up from the wing and crossed it in the middle, while Ronaldo made a late run from the middle to field the cross with his head to get his second goal of the night. Both teams sparred for a bit, and the first change of the second half happened as Angel Di Maria came in for Benzema. The rest of the game contained sparring and flashes of brilliance from some players.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against Chelsea in the final match of the tournament.

Conclusion

The man of the match goes to the obvious choice, Cristiano Ronaldo because of his two goals tonight. He caused havoc on the wing all night, and brought out the anger on some Chelsea defenders. Chelsea looked strong for most of the game, and are one of the top clubs in the world. But tonight it was Madrid adding yet another trophy to their already huge silverware collection. Now the pre-season ends for both clubs and they look to focus on their league play.

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