Real Madrid demolished
Manchester City 4-1, in front of a sell-out crowd of 99,382 at the MCG last
turnout broke the record for the highest ever attendance at the MCG for a football match. It’s the seventh highest turnout in a sporting match at the MCG,
which saw 221,262 people roll through the gates over the three matches.
There was no denying the endeavour
from Los Blancos, after being criticized for being lacklustre in their previous game
against AS Roma.
Real Madrid came out
firing literally, as goalkeeper Keylor Navas cleaned up Yaya Toure which looked
like something out of a wrestling match.
Every touch for the 100
million dollar man Raheem Sterling, resulted in a ring of boos that echoed
through the stadium. Raheem best be prepared, because it’s a little taste of
what’s to be expected in the Premier League this season.
Real Madrid ran rampant in
the first half, dominating the midfield and using wingers Ronaldo and Bale to
The floodgates opened in
the 20th minute, as Welshman Gareth Bale sent a picture perfect cross
into Karim Benzema’s path, volleying home with a spectacular finish.
Within a blink of an eye
Madrid had gone up 2-0; Toni Kroos gifting Cristiano Ronaldo a beautifully
weighted long ball, which was controlled and put away by the Portuguese maestro.
Ivorian Yaya Toure almost
beat three players to score a wonder goal for City before being denied
brilliantly by a Marcelo interception.
The Sky Blues were
producing glimpses of magic, however struggled to withstand Real Madrid’s merciless
pressure in the midfield.
Much of Madrid’s midfield prowess
was exhorted through Isco, curling a corner to find the powerful head Pepe leaving
A pitch invader who looked no older than 15, ran onto the
field and got incredibly close to touching Bale before being tackled to the ground. It’s
a shame because City really could have used another defender before half time.
If Raheem Sterling hadn’t caused enough controversy this
off-season, his final play of the half certainly did. Japanese referee Hiroyuki
Kimura wrongly awarded City a penalty after a handball decision was given
against Sergio Ramos outside of the box.
Yaya Toure converted the penalty to make it 3-1 at half-time,
but there was no denying how this clash would end.
Real Madrid hammered the final nail in the coffin as Isco
popped up again, setting up Denis Cherychev to make it 4-1.
Isco finished the game with two assists, and will play a critical part if Madrid are to be La Liga champions this season.
Last night’s friendly did City no favours, after new signing
Fabian Delph was stretchered 15 minutes in with a hamstring injury. Yaya
Toure also looked worse for wear, limping in pain onto the team bus.
“Fabian is a very important player on the left side. This
injury is not the best news, as he was just starting the season with our team. Tomorrow
we will get a diagnosis but it is difficult to know as the doctor needs at
least 48 hours”, said Manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Real Madrid will look to further their positive pre season performance onto the La Liga, where they hope to overpower rivals FC Barcelona.