Bale as key: Real wins against Rome after thunderstorms
Champions League winner Real Madrid celebrated another victory at the end of his US summer tour. The Spaniards won their third and last International Champions Cup match against AS Rome 2:1 (2:0) on Tuesday (local time).
51,528 spectators at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford/New Jersey saw the duel between the two European top clubs – but only with a delay: Due to a thunderstorm, the match began more than half an hour later than planned.
As the match progressed, the crowd did not have to wait long for the first highlight: in the second minute, Gareth Bale served midfielder Marco Asensio in an exemplary manner, who dominated the duel with the new Roma keeper Robin Olsen and scored the quick 1-0 for the Royal League.
Bale himself was there after a quarter of an hour to mark the 2-0: After a long ball by Daniel Carvajal, the Welshman showed his speed and overcame Olsen for the second time.
The interplay usual in the preparation began during the break. At Real, Toni Kroos, Germany 2017/18 footballer of the year, and Sergio Ramos left the field first, while Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui also replaced all other field players in the course of the second round. Real remained dominant, but had to accept a goal in the 83rd minute. Kevin Strootman scored 1:2 from the Roma’s point of view, which was also the final score.
With two victories and one defeat, Madrid bid farewell to the preparation tournament. The Romans, on the other hand, recorded one victory and two defeats at the International Champions Cup.