Real Madrid defeat Celtic 2-0

Real Madrid rounded off their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Glasgow Celtic in Philadelphia.

Jose Mourinho’s men won comfortably with goals in each half from Jose Callejon and Karim Benzema, having started the game brightly with Jose Callejon and Cristiano Ronaldo both going close.

However, it took until midway through the first half for the Spanish champions to take the lead, the ball falling kindly in the box for Callejon to steer the ball wide of a despairing Lukasz Zaluska.

Celtic’s best chance of the half came when Joe Ledley got free of the Madrid defence and fired a shot just over the bar, but Antonio Adan in the Madrid goal was rarely troubled in what turned out to be an uneventful opening 45 minutes.

Los Blancos increased the advantage on 67 minutes when Karim Benzema’s quick feet proved too much for Adam Matthews and the French striker saw his cross-shot from a tight angle go in off the far post.

The 34,018 crowd then fell silent when Celtic midfielder Dylan McGeouch lay motionless after a clash with Nuri Sahin, with the 19-year-old having to be rushed to hospital with what later turned out to be a broken jaw.

The rest of the match was played out in a subdued atmosphere as Real ran out 2-0 winners to remain unbeaten on their summer travels before next week’s opening La Liga fixture against Valencia.

Real Madrid 2-0 Celtic

Scorers: Callejon 22 (RM), Benzema 67 (RM)

Real Madrid: Adan; Arbeloa (Nacho 56), Albiol, Ramos (Varane 46), Coentrao (Sahin69); Khedira (Granero 46), Alonso (Diarra 56), Callejon (Di Maria 56), Kaka (Benzema 46), Ronaldo (Ozil 56); Higuain (Morata 69)

Celtic: Zaluska; Matthews, Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre; McGeouch (Fraser 77), Kayal, Ledley, Commons; Stokes, Murphy (McGregor 32)

Referee: Stoica (USA)


 

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