Last Updated: 03/08/17 9:06am
Real Madrid ended their frustrating pre-season tour of the USA by beating the MLS All-Stars 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Chicago.
Marcelo scored the decisive penalty as the Champions League holders took the victory on Wednesday in front of a sellout crowd of 61,000 at Soldier Field, the home stadium of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
The All-Stars squad featured a number of recognisable names for European fans, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Kaka, David Villa and Tim Howard.
Borja Mayoral opened the scoring in the 59th minute for Real Madrid, who controlled possession of the ball throughout the contest.
Mayoral found open space in front of the goal before taking a short pass. His well-timed shot deflected off the leg of a diving defender and into the back of the net for the Spanish giants, who were playing without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dom Dwyer, an English-born member of the USA national team, equalised for the MLS squad in the 87th minute with a header from close range.
The forward was in the right place for the rebound after Dax McCarty’s header bounced off the post, winning a foot race with goalkeeper Luca Zidane, who was bought on late in the second half by his father, Zinedine Zidane.
Indeed, the 19-year-old was the hero for Real during the shoot-out as the MLS side missed their first two spot kicks, with Zidane saving Dwyer’s effort before Giovani Dos Santos rattled the bar.
Mateo Kovacic calmly slotted home his effort to put Madrid on the brink of victory after Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale also scored their spot kicks before left-back Marcelo sealed the contest by burying his penalty past Stefan Frei.
The All-Star game marks the end of a four-match, 11-day pre-season US tour for Real that included a 3-2 loss to Clasico rivals Barcelona in Miami on Sunday.
Real Madrid also drew with Manchester United before losing on penalties in San Francisco on July 23 and lost to Manchester City in Los Angeles on July 26.
They will now return to Europe to play United in the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia on August 8, then take on Barcelona in the two-legged Spanish Super Cup on August 13 and 16, before opening the La Liga season on August 20.