Manchester United defeated European champions Real Madrid in Santa Clara on penalties, after a first-half goal from the superb Jesse Lingard was cancelled out by Casemiro’s second-period penalty.

This was Real’s first match of their pre-season tour and manager Zinedine Zidane named a strong team that included star names Luca Modric, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, made nine changes to his starting XI with only Marcus Rashford and Lingard retaining their places from the 2-0 win over Premier League rivals Manchester City in Texas four days earlier.

Lingard tested Keylor Navas with an early shot from range and the sharp Academy graduate went close again on 42 minutes with a rasping drive that flew wide. His goal finally arrived on the stroke of half-time, tapping home from close-range after a breathtaking dribble into the box from Anthony Martial. Real had the ball in the net a moment later through Marcelo but it was correctly ruled offside.

Jose made eight half-time substitutions and was forced to make a ninth on 51 minutes, when Ander Herrera left the field holding his ribs to be replaced by young Scott McTominay. Real then equalised through Casemiro from the penalty spot, after Victor Lindelof felled new signing Theo Hernandez.

Play was halted on 77 minutes for a second water break of the game, due to the searing Californian heat that made for difficult playing conditions. Fellaini went close to scoring a winner when shooting wide late on, but the game eventually went to a penalty shoot-out with the score level at full-time.

Martial, Mateo Kovacic, McTominay and Oscar missed the opening four spot-kicks, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Real Madrid’s Luis Miguel Quezada converted successfully. Lindelof and Hernandez then missed as well, prior to Daley Blind scoring and Casemiro hitting the bar to conclude a 2-1 shoot-out win for United.

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