Mon 26 July 2021 | 5:54

Rangers achieves a 2-1 comeback victory over Real Madrid

The pair faced each other in a friendly match at Ibrox Stadium, and although Rodrygo fired Real Madrid into an early lead, goals from Fashion Sakala and Cedric Itten secured deserved friendly win for Rangers ahead of their Premiership opener against Livingston.

Rangers’ summer signing, Sakala

, carved out numerous chances in the opening 45 minutes, while

Ryan Kent

hit the underside of the crossbar.

With an 8th-minute goal from


, which was the Los Blancos’ only chance in that period of time, Real Madrid took an early lead while ten minutes after the break. Despite many chances in the first half, Sakala finally scored the goal he deserved in the 55th-minute before

Cedric Itten


firing a thunderous winner

 at 75th-minute.

Rangers first half



: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Davis, Lundstram, Wright, Hagi, Kent, Sakala.

Rangers subs used

: Arfield, Kamara, Simpson, Itten, Middleton, Bassey, Patterson, Jones, Kelly, and Balogun.

Real Madrid starting XI

: Lunin, Nacho, Marcelo, Vazquez, Jovic, Odriozola, Odegaard, Isco, Rodrigo, Blanco, Chust.

Real Madrid subs used

: Arribas, Gutierrez, Park, Gila, and Dotor.


Speaking to 

Rangers TV

, manager 

Steven Gerrard

 said: "First and foremost, we deserved the win and we have been excellent over the whole weekend.

"Obviously, it was two different teams for obvious reasons, but every single person over the course of the two 90 minutes has been excellent and they have given me a lot to think about in the two days in terms of picking teams for real next week.

"We have got valuable minutes into important players and we have shown a level out of possession that I really like - our speed across the grass, our aggression and moving together as a unit in our shape, I am really happy with that and yesterday, we did a lot of things right but we missed a little bit of magic in the final third in terms of our outcomes, but today, we found that magic.

"It was two great finishes from the boys and they will get a lot of plaudits, but for me, I am more pleased with the two performances from everyone over the weekend."


source: Sky Sports

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