Real Madrid vs América – Football Match Report – 26 July 2022

Karim Benzema scored on his pre-season debut as Real Madrid drew 2-2 with Club America in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Striker Henry Martin put America ahead with just five minutes played at Oracle Park, overtaking goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, before Benzema equalized in the 22nd minute, cutting in from the left and curling into the bottom corner .

Madrid took the lead through Eden Hazard’s second-half penalty – after Lucas Vazquez was challenged by Mauricio Reyes – but couldn’t hold on to their lead, with Alvaro Fidalgo converting his own penalty.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti made eight changes to the side which lost 1-0 to Barcelona last weekend, with only Antonio Rudiger, Vazquez and Vinicius Junior retaining their places, while Benzema made his first appearance of the summer .

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Mexican giants America – who have had a poor start to the Liga MX season, currently 14th in the table – put Madrid under sustained pressure early on and were rewarded when Martin pulled away from Rudiger to open the scoring, calmly taking the pass from Miguel Layun. first time.

Alejandro Zendejas nearly doubled his lead, shooting just wide, before Benzema made it 1-1 after a quick exchange of passes with Marco Asensio.

Toni Kroos blocked a ferocious shot and Benzema beat two defenders before firing wide as Madrid pushed for a second before half-time.

Ancelotti made eight changes at the break, with only Lunin, Vazquez and Rudiger remaining.

Hazard had the first chance of the second half – shooting over the bar – and David Alaba sent a free kick on target before Hazard stepped in to confidently send his kick in the 55th minute.

Madrid created a series of late chances, with Dani Ceballos, Aurelien Tchouameni and Rodrygo Goes all closing in, before America equalized against the run of play in the 82nd minute.

Fidalgo – a Madrid academy product – was brought down by young Brazilian Vinicius Tobias in the box and scored on the second attempt after goalkeeper Lunin was penalized for saving the first effort while wide of his line.

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