Inter Milan topped Real Madrid on penalties on Saturday afternoon at Cal’s Memorial Stadium. The European giants are taking part in the Guinness International Champions Cup, as part of a preseason barnstorming tour.
Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 62.583, Los Blancos opened up an early 1-0 advantage in the 10th minute when Gareth Bale crashed home a strike from 25 yards out. The next scoring didn’t come up until the 68th minute when Mauro Icardo chipped a penalty kick past Madrid’s Jesus Fernandez to pull Milan even.
Milan nearly went ahead in the 79th minute, but Fernandez managed to clear a close range shot off the line. With the game tied 1-1 after 90 minutes, the sides went to penalty kicks per the rules of the Guinness Cup.
Neither team was sharp during the penalties, as Milan won 3-2. The decisive miss for Madrid came from Omar Mascarell who sent his shot wildy off target and over the bar.
Milan goal keeper Juan Pablo Carrizo admitted that the squad started slowly after an eight hour flight on Friday, but thought the team picked it up in the final 45 minutes.
“Real got tired in the second half and after bring in new players we got a second air and we were able to be more aggressive, which is something that allowed us to even up the games considering the quality of Real.”
Madrid next takes the field on July 29, as they face off against AS Roma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Inter Milan is also next in action on July 29 as the club takes on Manchester United at FedEx Field in Washington D.C.
Note: Quote courtesy of UC Berkeley Athletics Communications.