PASADENA, Calif. — Karim Benzema scored his second goal of the pre-season as Real Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 in front of a crowd of 93,702 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in the final game of their United States tour.
Benzema put Madrid ahead from the penalty spot in the 19th minute after Vinicius Junior was knocked down by Danilo, shooting low into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Mattia Perin.
Substitute Marco Asensio made it 2-0 from Jesus Vallejo’s cross with 69 minutes played to make it a win, draw and loss for Madrid in the United States this month.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti has chosen the starting XI to contest the UEFA Super Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt, with five changes to the side which drew 2-2 with Club America on Wednesday.
Benzema had the ball in the net with just 10 seconds on the clock after a clever routine from the kick-off, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Leonardo Bonucci hit the bar with a diving free kick before Madrid took the lead midway through the first half.
Danilo conceded possession and when Vinicius drove in the Juventus defense he was brought down by an awkward challenge as the defender tried to recover.
Benzema converted the penalty for his second goal in as many games, after missing Madrid’s tour opener loss to Barcelona.
The Italian giants had their own penalty call when Eder Militao was forced to dive on Angel Di Maria to save Ferland Mendy’s pass, while Vinicius fired into the side netting and Juventus defender Bremer threatened to a header before halftime. .
Ancelotti made just one change at the break, with Antonio Rudiger replacing Militao.
David Alaba saw a shot blocked, Mendy’s cross was cleared by Perrin and Dani Carvajal saw an effort saved as Madrid dominated early in the second half.
Benzema’s left-footed curler was brought down by Perin before Madrid made nine more changes with just over an hour remaining.
One of them, Asensio, made it 2-0, sweeping Vallejo’s cross from the edge of the penalty area after clever footwork from fellow substitute Eden Hazard to make sure of victory.
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