United edges Real in penalty shootout

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Santa Clara, US - David de Gea showed Real Madrid what it is miss­ing by play­ing the hero act for Manch­ester United as it won 2-1 on penal­ties af­ter a 1-1 International Champions Cup draw in Cal­i­for­nia, US, on Sun­day.

The Spain international saved spot-kicks from Ma­teo Ko­vacic and Os­car be­fore Casemiro hit the cross­bar with his shootout kick - hav­ing scored from 12 yards in nor­mal time - to hand United vic­tory.

United took the lead shortly be­fore half-time thanks to a sen­sa­tional piece of play from An­thony Mar­tial, the for­ward jink­ing away from Dani Car­va­jal, Luka Mo­dric and Lu­cas Vazquez to give Jesse Lin­gard the sim­plest of fin­ishes at the back post.

Casemiro lev­elled from the penalty spot af­ter Vic­tor Lin­de­lof could only stop a ram­pag­ing Theo Her­nan­dez by crash­ing into him be­fore the Brazil­ian missed the de­ci­sive penalty in a poor shoot-out.

United re­main un­beaten in the four matches it has played on its tour of the US, while the first pre-sea­son match for Zine­dine Zi­dane's men ended in de­feat. The clubs will soon clash again in the UEFA Su­per Cup in Skopje next month.


Manch­ester United’s An­thony Mar­tial (right) cel­e­brates with Jesse Lin­gard af­ter a goal against Real Madrid in Santa Clara, US, on Sun­day

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