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Work To Do After MLS All-Stars Win

Work To Do After MLS All-Stars Win

Real Madrid brought the curtain down on the tour of the USA with a victory over MLS All-Stars.

The win was secured on penalties as Real won the spot kick content 4-2 after a 1-1 draw at the 61,000 capacity sold out Soldier Field, Chicago.

Familiar faces, such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, former Real forward Kaka, David Villa and Tim Howard appeared for the MLS All-Stars with Los Blancos, in control of most of the game, ahead through Borja Mayoral ahead of the hour.

Real were denied a regulation time victory when Dom Dwyer, able to get to the ball ahead of Luca Zidane, obviously Zinedine's son, handed a second half debut, to head the MLS All-Stars level on 87 minutes.

Zidane, 19, saved from Dwyer in the shoot out with Mexican international, former Barcelona forward, Giovani Dos Santos hitting the crossbar. After Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale had scored Mateo Kovacic's penalty left it to Marcelo to beat goalkeeper Stefan Frei to round off Real's penalty victory.

Technically Real failed to win in America, drawing with Manchester United before losing on penalties, suffering defeats against Manchester City and La Liga rivals Barcelona ahead of this draw.

But, attention now turns to the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia against Man United on August 8th and then Barca in the two-legged Spanish Super Cup on August 13th and 16th, which Zidane knows WILL need improvement from Real.

Speaking post-match Zidane was quoted by realmadrid.com: 'We saw a good game, the fans enjoyed it and that in the most important thing. We're happy to be here, I would have liked some better results but I'm happy with the tour and the work we've put in. We have had two or three seasons to work hard, with a good team of international players. I hope that the MLS continues the grow, they have a great level with great players.'

Adding: 'The tour has not been great in general. We did some good things but the feeling is bad because we played four games and struggled. We can't settle for that but we'll be back. We had four games to prepare our first official game and that's that. We have work to do.'

The boss had praise for Man of the Match winner Mayoral, who wasn't being ruled out of first team contention, assuming he remains at the Santiago Bernabeu?

'I'm happy for Borja, he had some minutes and played well. This is his home and he knows how the club works. He is with us and until the 31st anything can happen. He is happy here and we're happy with him,' said Zidane.

Both Bale and Benzema come away from America without goals but, as much as Zidane knows forwards need these, he knows he can't change what's happened with Zizou focusing on the upcoming campaign.

'We can't change it and it's no big deal. It is a coincidence and it does not matter. It is important for forwards to score. We had chances and didn't take them, but never mind. Now we're starting the official season and that is important.'

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Writer:Raul Madrid
Date:Thursday August 3 2017
Time: 12:54PM

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