Marcelo’s two goals lead Real Madrid to 3-2 victory over Chelsea at Michigan Stadium
Real Madrid and Chelsea squared off at Michigan Stadium, which had an attendance of 105,826. Marcelo Vieira Da Silva scored two early goals to lead Real Madrid to a 3-2 victory in the International Champions Cup.
Willian took a free kick and sent the ball into John Terry just three minutes into the game. The veteran defender almost put the ball in the back of the net, but missed. Chelsea controlled the game early, but a few mistakes left them scoreless.
In the 19th minute, Marcelo dribbled past two defenders and pulled a shot with his right foot. The ball deflected off Oscar and into the goal to give Real Madrid a 1-0 lead. Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic could not do anything about that shot on net.
Marcelo did it again in the 26th minute, but this time with his dominant left foot. The captain defender got a pass from a teammates and blew past Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill and Nemanja Matic to make for an easy finish. The second goal of the afternoon for Marcelo gave Real Madrid a 2-0 edge.
Seven passes allowed the ball to fall at the feet of Mariano Diaz at the 37th minute. The 22-year-old fired a shot from about 30 yards out past the arms of Begovic for a 3-0 lead in favor of Real Madrid.
Bertrand Traore, Pedro and Gary Cahill, all members of Chelsea, picked up yellow cards in the first half. In the second half, a yellow card was handed to Real Madrid’s Carlos Enrique Casimiro and Enzo Zidane.
After the first half of action, Chelsea brought on new keeper Thibault Courtois to replace the struggling Begovic. The team also brought on Juan Cuadrado, Nathaniel Chalobah and Michy Batschuayi. Real Madrid’s only replacement was Danilo Luiz Da Silva for Daniel Carvajal.
Chelsea had their best chance in the 59th minute as Cassila was out of position. However, the shot was blocked by Real Madrid defender Jose Fernandez (Nacho) to save a goal.
Eden Hazard made his preseason debut for Chelsea in the 64th minute as he entered the game for Pedro. Hazard logged four goals and three assists for Chelsea in the 2015-16 Premier League season. During the same time frame as Hazard, six substitutes entered the game for Real Madrid.
16 minutes after checking into the game, Hazard got Chelsea on the board with a goal in the 80th minute. The 25-year-old raced to a long pass, dribbled past the keeper and finished the shot to cut Chelsea’s deficit to two goals.
Hazard scored another goal in stoppage time, but it was not enough to pull off the comeback and Real Madrid escaped with a 3-2 victory.
The match between Real Madrid and Chelsea brought in the second-largest amount of people to a soccer game on United States soil. The largest was the game between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium on August 2, 2014.