Real Madrid 2-1 Hamburg (2-Aug-2008)

Real Madrid: Dudek; Salgado (Callejón, 80′), Heinze, Javi García, Torres; Sneijder (Parejo, 66′), Guti (Baptista, 56′), Diarra, Robben (Robinho, 73′); Raúl (Higuaín, 56′) and Van Nistelrooy (Saviola, 56′).

HSV Hamburg: Rost; Atouba (Aogo, 60′), Mathijsen, De Jong, Kompany; Trochowski (Reinhardt,. 45′), Jarolim, Demel (Benjamín, 45′) y Pitroipia (Ben – Hatira), 68′); Guerrero (Torun, 71′) and Olic (Zidan, 45′).

Referee: Alan Nelly
1-0, min. 25. Van Nistelrooy
1-1, min 53. Zidan
2-1, min. 84. Parejo

Ruud Van Nistelrooy doing what he does best, score goals

Ruud Van Nistelrooy doing what he does best, score goals

Ok, first things first. I love the new kits by the way, I think the kits look absolutely royal and would suit C.Ronaldo more than the jokerish Manchester United’s red shirts (one of the reasons why C.Ronaldo should leave Manchester United and wear the famous white jersey

It was a lively affair in London in which both sides had their chances, but the mighty Real Madrid’s precision in front of goal proved the difference in the end.

Real Madrid took the lead midway through the first half through Ruud van Nistelrooy, and then weathered a brief storm from the Germans to make it into half time with their lead in tact.


However, shortly after the break, freshly introduced substitute Mohamed Zidan (who I rate very highly, I think he has so much individual talent that he can play for any team in Europe, though he has his problems with consistent performancesand hisattitude sucks too, he does not like being TOLD something, which in football happens all the time) drew things level with a fabulous strike.

The game then went back and forth for much of the remainder of the half, with Real Madrid making changes throughout and it was the final two substitutes who combined to produce the winner, with Juanmi Callejon crossing for Parejo(who I think has been loaned to QPR, such a shame) to head home from point blank range.

Hamburg started the game full of energy, but it was Madrid who looked the more composed in possession.

Despite being a yard short of pace compared to their opponents – who are further along in their pre-season – Real Madrid defended fairly comfortably throughout the opening minutes and in fact hadthefirstopportunityofthegame,with