It’s the end of the line for Real Madrid who were seeking to defend their International Champions Cup after a 1-0 loss to Roma on Tuesday. Totti’s goal 57 minutes into the match kicks Ancelotti’s team out of contention, but leaves him in the U.S.until 2 August when they face Manchester with nothing up for grabs: Ancelotti will not qualify for the final at Sun Life Stadium on 4 August after yesterday’s defeat.
The only joy that the Cotton Bowl 57.512 spectators had was seeing the face of Cristiano Ronaldo by the giant video scoreboard. A disappointment for US fans and travellers from Spain.
With a temperature of 27 ° temperature and humidity at 68%, it was never going to be easy. Casillas, Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Modric all played their part, and the main change was with the Croatian on the left and Xabi higher up the field than usual, ahead of Illarra. Iker had little to do, as Roma did not get near the danger area in the first half.
The Whites squandered several opportunities on goal in the first half, and In the second half, Ancelotti made four changes: Diego, Arbeloa, Nacho and Thomas De Iker, Pepe, Coentrao and Lucas. Isco played the whole game, sharing duties with Bale. Eventually, on 57 minutes, Totti left a ball for Florenzi, who squared it back to him. The captain scored with his right and Madrid groggily played out the rest of the game.
Substitutions meant the game was a bit start-stop, but in the end Roma were comfortable in finishing off a game that was heavily disrupted by a succession of pitch invasions as the game wore on.