Pasadena, CA – The final leg of the Soccer Champions Tour ends with a bang with the matchup between Real Madrid and Juventus.
Tonight’s Real Madrid 2 – 0 victory gave the fans something to cheer about all the way to the parking lot tailgates after parties.
This year’s SCT consisted of 5 of the most globally known clubs in soccer. Juventus, Chivas De Guadalajara, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Club America who played in 4 iconic venues here in the United States.
The final stop took place at the very iconic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. In front of a sellout crowd of more than 93,000 screaming fans, Madrid and Juve were looking to give their American fans an exciting game and they didn’t fail.
A goal in the first minute of play had the crowd in a roar, but, offsides was called on Real Madrid to take away the early score. Real Madrid were in attack mode early and often.
In the 18th minute, Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) converted a penalty kick to gain a 1-0 lead.
Back and forth play led to some close calls for each club but no luck. After the first 45 minutes Real Madrid held unto a single score lead.
In the 68th minute, Jesús Vallejo (Real Madrid) after some very nice moves assisted Marco Asensio who scored the second goal of the game.
Madrid dominated this friendly by controlling the time of possession which included a shot advantage of as well
Win or lose, the players and coaches just enjoyed the experience of playing in the states.
“The energy of the crowd has all been love everywhere we have gone” said Madrid’s coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Juventus midfielder Di María talked about the experience at the Rose Bowl, “It’s a place where people don’t get to see these clubs much,” he said. “The stadiums are always full. The results in these games don’t have much influence. We try to make it a nice show.”
The two teams will now look to prepare for games that matter after entertaining the Southern California crowd.