The latest friendly action at the Melbourne Cricket Ground saw Real Madrid beat Manchester City 4-1 thanks to goals from Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Denis Cheryshev, with Yaya Toure’s penalty serving as City’s consolation.
Mark Jones talks us through it:
Real Still Have Their Main Players
Cristiano Ronaldo is still there. Sergio Ramos is still there. Gareth Bale is still there. Karim Benzema is still there. Weren’t they supposed to all be gone by now?
Real Madrid’s players attract transfer rumours like few others, but the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager hasn’t led to the mass exodus that was predicted in some of the more hysterical quarters of the media where they are obsessed with an apparent feud between the Spaniard and Ronaldo, who is still of course coveted by Manchester United.
Despite that, you’d put your house the Portuguese and the other three all starting Real’s first La Liga game of the season, as well as still being there this time next year.
Fabian Delph Can Play An Important Role For City
On 20 minutes, Fabian Delph went down injured. On 24, Manchester City were 2-0 down.
One wasn’t directly responsible for the other, of course, but the goals did highlight the protective job that the new signing can do in a role in which neither Fernando nor Fernandinho truly shone last season in City colours.
Delph offers a little more going forward than either of those two as well, and hope has to be the hamstring injury which forced him off isn’t too serious.
It Turns Out That Playing A 16-Year-old At Centre-Back Against Real Madrid Doesn’t Work
Let’s hope that 16-year-old Cameron Humphreys has a long and successful career at City, but if he doesn’t the young centre-back will always have the story of the evening in Melbourne when he was dragged around the MCG by Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema.
Tailenders facing Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath have had an easier time of it there, but hopefully Humphreys learns from his chastening experience and takes it into battle in less hostile surroundings in the coming years.
We Might Have Seen The Worst Decision Of All-Time
It’s time for one of those ‘you are the ref’ quizzes. Look at this.
Simple decision, right? It’s a free-kick for Real Madrid on the edge of their own penalty area for a handball by Raheem Sterling.
What’s that? You’ve missed Sterling’s handball and only seen Sergio Ramos’s? Not great, but still not catastrophic. Free-kick City then.
Oh, penalty for City?
Specsavers is that way, mate.
Real Look Like A Team Of Goalkeepers In Their Away Kit
You’ve all seen it when a goalkeeper is sent off and, with no substitutes left, an outfield player is forced to don the gloves and take over between the sticks.
It’s always a comedic moment in football, and it’s great to see that Real Madrid have paid tribute to it by dressing all of their players up in goalkeeper kits for their away offering this season.
Well it’s either that or a touching tribute to Iker Casillas. One of the two.
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