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Pre-Season Friendly: Real Madrid 1 Paris Saint-Germain 0

By Football News



A first-half Karim Benzema goal was enough to secure victory for Real Madrid over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in Gothenburg.

It should have been a greater winning margin for the La Liga side, who enjoyed most of the chances, even if PSG began by keeping possession well.

After 23 minutes, Benzema gave Real the lead with a strong strike from distance that crept inside the post to Salvatore Sirigu's left-hand side.

It was no more than Real deserved after a strong period of pressure that saw Sirigu make an impressive double save from Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo

Ezequiel Lavezzi then had a glorious chance to open the scoring from close range 38 minutes in but he failed to connect with a knock down from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He had another good effort in the second half, forcing Diego Lopez into a sprawling save after 59 minutes. 

Madrid continued to press in the second half with an Angel Di Maria corner causing problems in the PSG box while Mesut Ozil also flashed an effort wide, after good work from Ronaldo. 

The Portuguese had a late free-kick saved as it remained 1-0, with Real boss Carlo Ancelotti getting one over his former employers.