August 01, 2009

Real Madrid 1-2 Juventus [Peace Cup Semi Final] (Photo Gallery and Highlights Video)

A clash between Real Madrid and Juventus can never be too friendly. There's always more than victory at stake, even in a summer tournament. Quality and spectacle are assured. That's exactly what fans got out of the clash between both sides at the Sanchez Pizjuan tonight. Real Madrid's excellent offensive style met with Juventus' strong defence and counterattacks. Cristiano Ronaldo, Cannavaro and Salihamidzic scored the evening's goals.

The best of Real Madrid's game in the first half were the combinations between Ronaldo, Raul, Benzema and Granero, and they paid off. Cristiano passed the ball to Raul inside the box after battling with Cannavaro. The captain was tackled and a penalty was awarded. Ronaldo stepped up and scored the equaliser on the 40-minute mark.

Despite the defeat, Real Madrid can draw positive conclusions from their performance tonight. The team looks ready for greater challenges despite the little time it has had to work on its new style.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second goal for Real Madrid with a penalty kick again.

1 - Real Madrid: Dudek; Torres, Pepe, Metzelder, Drenthe; Guti (Gago, 79’), Lass, Granero; Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul (Negredo, 71') & Benzema (HiguaIn, 71').
2 - Juventus: Buffon; Chiellini, Cannavaro (Legrottaglie, 45'), Grygera, F. Melo (Marrone, 71'), Salihamidzic, Amauri, Camoranesi, Giovinco (Zanetti, 61'), Tiago Mendes & Del Piero (Iaquinta, 68').

0-1, 3': Cannavaro.
1-1, 40': Cristiano Ronaldo.
1-2, 49': Salihamidzic.

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