Friendly match - Inter beat Real on penalties despite Bale wonder goal

International Champions Cup, California Memorial Stadium: Real Madrid (Bale 9’) 1-1 Inter Milan (Icardi 67’). Inter win 3-2 on penalties.

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Friendly match - Inter beat Real on penalties despite Bale wonder goal
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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (11) shoots for a score during the first half against Inter Milan in the first round of the Guinness International Champions Cup at California Memorial Stadium (Reuters)

The Italian giants won the shootout after the game finished 1-1 with Bale’s effort cancelled out by Mauro Icardi’s penalty.

Bale showed the Madrid youngsters how to make an impact after hitting the bar with a header after three minutes, and the Welsh winger then broke the deadlock with a stunning strike from distance which swerved past Samir Handanovic.

Inter’s best chance of the half fell to Jonathan who headed over while Ruben Botta and Dodo fired long-range efforts over.

Yann M’Vila came on for his Inter debut and made an impact with a long-range effort that was tipped over.

Inter won a penalty a minute later when Nemanja Vidic was brought down in the box and Icardi chipped his spot-kick down the centre to equalise.

Substitute goalkeeper Jesus Fernandez produced a double save to deny Vidic and Marco Andreolli to force a shootout.

But Inter triumphed in the Group A fixture after Isco and Asier Illarramendi had their spot-kicks saved while Omar Mascarell put his penalty wide.

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Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a penalty kick during the second …

KEY MOMENTS:

3’ – WOODWORK - Bale hits the crossbar with a looping header following a cross from the right!

9’ - GOAL! A stunning strike from Bale with a swerving shot from 25 yards that flies past Handanovic who is rooted to the spot.

11’ – DE TOMAS CHANCE - De Tomas turns neatly and fires a shot from the edge of the box which is blocked.

21’ – INTER CHANCE - Dodo sends in a cross from the left and Jonathan heads over, that is Inter's best chance so far.

28’ – BALE FREE-KICK – Bale’s free-kick, which is fairly central, forces Handanovic into a smart low save to his left.

39’ – PENALTY CLAIM - Real want a penalty after claiming the ball hit Juan Jesus's hand from Lucas's shot but the referee waves play on.

42’ – INTER SHOT - Botta tries a long-range effort which flies over the bar.

44’ – DODO SHOT - Dodo with an ambitious shot from the left-hand side of the box which goes over the bar.

55’ – INTER CHANCE - D'Ambrosio with a low shot from the edge of the box that is comfortably saved by Fernandez.

66’ – INTER CHANCE - Fernandez tips M'Vila's curling effort over the bar from distance, good effort.

67’ - PENALTY! - Vidic is shoved by Sebrinho in the box from M'Vila's cross.

67’ - GOAL! Icardi chips his penalty down the centre and its 1-1!

78’ – STUNNING SAVES - Fantastic double save by Fernandez to deny first Vidic's volley and then keep out Andreoli's shot from two yards out.

80’ – INTER SHOT - Diego Laxalt with a dipping effort from an angle that goes narrowly over, nice effort.

83’ – FINE STOP - Good save from Carizzo to keep out Mascarell's first-time low shot.

Video of Bale's goal

TALKING POINT

Did Isco and Illarramendi do enough to secure their future at Madrid? Isco looked bright in central midfield and will be keen to have a good tournament following James Rodriguez’s arrival. Illarramendi looked solid protecting the back four in a young midfield without being spectacular.

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MAN OF THE MATCH

Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan): The 32-year-old may have been lucky to escape without punishment over an apparent elbow but he was solid in defence and showed he still has some pace. The former Manchester United skipper won his side a penalty and came close to scoring with a volley. He also scored a great penalty in the shootout.

PLAYER RATINGS

REAL MADRID: Lopez 6, Carvajal 7, Llorente 5, Pepe 5, Nacho 5, Illarramendi 6, Medran 5, Isco 7, Bale 9, Lucas 6, De Tomas 6. Subs: Fernandez 8 , Derik 5, Llorente 5, Sobrino 5.

INTER MILAN: Handanovic 6, Ranocchia 5, Vidic 9, Juan Jesus 8, D’Ambrosio 6, Jonathan 8, Kuzmanovic 4, Obi 6, Dodo 5, Botta 5, Icardi 7. Subs: M'Vila 8, Carizzo 8, Andreoli 6, Laxalt 6, Nagatomo 5, Bonazzoli 4.

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