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Real Madrid finally opened the scoring in a game for the first time in pre-season 2019-20 as they picked up a victory by the narrowest margin. Eden Hazard opened his Real Madrid account on the 19th minute of this game. This was Real Madrid’s second consecutive victory on the road. Zidane’s men would be able to take this confidence into their final pre-season game against Roma on Sunday.

Real Madrid Starting Line-up: Courtois, Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Isco, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.

RB Salzburg Line-up: Cican Stankovic, Patrick Farkas, Andre Ramalho, Jerome Onguene, Andreas Ulmer, Takumi Minamino, Zlatko Junuzovic, Antoine Bernede, Masaya Okugawa, Patson Daka, Erling Braut Haland.

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First Half

The first 45 minutes of the game provided mixed reactions. Real Madrid lost possession at regular intervals. The key observation was- Militao’s deployment as a left-sided centre-back. Usually, Ramos plays in this position and he is responsible for delivering accurate diagonal long balls to the right flank. But Militao did a splendid job in this role while Ramos was deployed in between him and Varane.

Real Madrid’s pressing did not have a pattern. They pressed well in periods when their forwards were able to push the Salzburg defense deep into their half. Apart from this, RB Salzburg did not feel any high pressure from their Spanish visitors.

Benzema, Hazard, and Marcelo continued to show impressive combinations once again. Hazard eventually opened the scoring with a Golazo, making his routine cut-back from the left-wing that resulted in a devastating finish down the middle. Casemiro’s return finally provided an anchor to the Real Madrid midfield although the Brazillian was fouled in both halves of the pitch for quite a few times, even in a friendly game.

Real Madrid’s entire left flank looked sharp and full of intent in the first half. The same cannot be iterated for Carvajal and Isco on the right flank. Both of them were guilty of being less-agile than their teammates on the other side of the Red Bull Arena.

Second Half

Madrid made two changes at the beginning of the second half. Casemiro and Militao were taken off as Nacho and Valverde came on. Ramos went back to his usual position. Salzburg resumed with an unchanged team. Early in the half, Carvajal kept struggling once again. His work in attack was poor and it was Varane who was doing all the defensive work on the right.

On the 57th minute, Salzburg striker Daka got the best opportunity to equalise for this team as the Madrid defenders were caught off-guard. But his shot flew over the goal as Courtois was way ahead of his line. Jovic replaced Eden Hazard on the 60th-minute mark. Hazard left the pitch to a standing ovation from the home crowd. Late into the game, Real Madrid brought in Vazquez, Vinicius Jr, and Odriozola as well but the scoreline remained the same.

Talking Points

The 3-5-2 formation has its perks, specially for Real Madrid. It allows Marcelo to express his attacking nature completely. He is still one of the best options for the team in that regard. It also provides the necessary cover at the back. Madrid has the flexibility to rest Carvajal and try Vazquez or Ordiozola too as a right-wing-back, if needed.

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