Rangers defeat Real Madrid 2-1


The rangers' pre-season ended in an impressive fashion. They came from behind to beat Real Madrid by 2-1 in their final friendly before the Scottish Premiership opener on Saturday.

Steven Gerrard and his side were aggressive in attack throughout the first period. Fashion Sakala, a summer signing, had many chances in the first 45 minutes. Ryan Kent also struck the underside bar. Real Madrid went ahead, however, after Rodrygo's (8) initial goal - their only shot in the first period. Sakala scored the 55th goal 10 minutes after the break. Sakala pounded home past Andriy Lunin, Real Madrid goalkeeper. The evening for the visitors was about to get even worse. Nacho was sent off (75) and Cedric Iten (77), a thunderous goalkeeper, was sent off. The rangers will now begin their defense of the title against Livingston live on ok Sports. Real Madrid was defeated by Rangers The rangers were the stronger side from the beginning and should have opened scoring twice within three minutes. First, John Lundstram spotted Sakala in midfield after a strong run down the right flank, but the latter failed to make the correct contact. Sakala found Sakala in the middle again just moments later. His fierce volley flashed across to goal. Real's first chance at any note in the second half was to find the net. Rangers won with a quick break, Martin Odegaard driving downfield. Rodrygo, who managed to pass through the blue shirts in front of him, was slotted into his right before Allan McGregor.

The rangers could have easily equalized with just two brilliant chances. Rangers won a free kick in the right area. Connor Goldson saved the delivery with a strong header. Kent then drove down the right, but Andriy Lunin saved him from a bad angle. Rangers continued to lose chances - Kent, Sakala, and others were particularly close - and the former should've equalized just before half an hour. Rangers pulled off a stunning break, with Scott Wright driving into their area and then cutting the ball back for Sakala. The attempted shot was missed but it landed in the net kindly for Kent at the back. His strike was unable to touch the underside of the crossbar and went wide. Rangers shot 17 times in the first half. Ten minutes later, the Rangers finally found the goal. Sakala had been impressive all the way and scored his first goal as the club's captain. He hammered it past Lunin. Glen Kamara had also done a great job in the build-up, fighting against Lucas Vazquez to slot Sakala through. The game was quickly changed by both sides. Real's stalwart Nacho did not have any excuses for being shown a second yellow card at the 75th minute. Kamara was caught on Kamara's thigh with his eyes up. He was already booked and was then given a red. The Rangers got their well-deserved equalizer just two minutes later. It was an amazing finish for Itten's pre-season goal. After waiting for the ball in the right spot, he thundered the ball home into the far corner. It was an outstanding performance by the Rangers.

Gerrard is happy after a friendly double-header

Steven Gerrard, the manager, said to Rangers TV: "First and foremost we deserved the victory and we have been outstanding over the entire weekend." "Of course, there were two different teams, but it was an excellent game and I have a lot to reflect on in the next week when picking the teams. "We've gained valuable time into players and have shown a level of possession I really like – our speed across the grass and our aggression, moving together as one in our shape. Yesterday we did a lot but missed some magic in the last third of our outcomes. But today we found that magic. "It was two great finishes by the boys, and they will get lots of plaudits. However, for me, the two performances by everyone over the weekend are more satisfying."

What's next

Rangers host Livingston on Saturday to defend their Scottish Premiership title. Real Madrid is back in friendly action when they face AC Milan on Sunday 8 August. They play Alaves on Saturday 14th August as part of their La Liga campaign.This will be a real football game

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