1st August, 2019
Wednesday night was a very happy one for Real Madrid fans all over the world as Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick for his earn a rare pre-season win by defeating Fenerbahce 5-3 in the Audi Cup.
The defensive challenges however continue to rear their head as the Los Blancos conceded another three goals in the game.
After conceding 12 goals in three games at the International Champions Cup, Madrid lost 1-0 to Tottenham on Tuesday and went into their clash with Fenerbahce needing a morale-boosting clean sheet.
All of that went out of the window within six minutes of a game that, while entertaining, covered neither side’s defenders in glory.
Real Madrid has two more friendlies to address those rearguard issues before Madrid’s LaLiga opener against Celta Vigo on August 17, and he will hope Karim Benzema can continue his good form against Red Bull Salzburg and Roma.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 31, 2019
It was Garry Rodrigues who was able to shrug off the challenge of Raphael Varane to give himself time and space on the edge of the box to fire off a shot that Keylor Navas got a hand to but failed to keep from squirming under his body as Zidane’s men fell behind.
Thereafter, Ozan Tufan drew a diving save from Navas with a 30-yard pile-driver before some sloppy Fenerbahce defending allowed Vinicius Junior’s cross to reach Benzema, who coolly placed a low finish into the corner of the net.
The Madrid striker then struck again when Toni Kroos floated a free-kick into the mixer which sat up nicely for the Madrid striker to arrow a fierce header beyond Altay Bayindir in a manner that will have delighted Zidane.
However, Nabil Dirar leveled matters when his shot ricocheted through the legs of Alvaro Odriozola and bounced up over Navas and into the gaping net to make it 2-2 at half-time.
Lucas Vazquez scampered down the right flank eight minutes into the second half and crossed to an unmarked Benzema who completed his hat-trick with a free downward header.
Madrid’s defence remained slow-footed and nobody challenged Tufan as he unleashed a swerving 25-yard drive that Andriy Lunin – on as a second-half substitute – got a firm hand to as it flashed into the net.
Play continued to swing from end to end and Nacho restored Madrid’s lead, slamming home the rebound after Mariano Diaz’s smart effort was only parried by Bayindir.
The goalkeeper also later palmed Vazquez’s cross-cum-shot into the path of Mariano to ram home Madrid’s fifth.