Heavyweights Play Out Dramatic Friendly Draw

Two of the most exciting teams in the world, Spain and Brazil played out an eye-catching 3-3 friendly draw at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday night (March 26). La Roja, who had only won twice in their previous nine matches against the Selecao, were minutes away from a famous victory, but a Lucas Paqueta penalty in injury time robbed them of it.

Real Madrid Pair Score From Open Play In A Game Dominated By Penalties

Spain and Brazil both like to draw opponents toward them, hoping to open up space that facilitates an offensive break. This strategy, although effective, can turn the game a little physical, causing the referee to blow his whistle rather frequently. Tuesday’s game was filled with cheeky fouls, three of which took place inside the penalty area, resulting in three penalties.

In the 11th minute, Spanish youngster Lamine Yamal drew a foul from Joao Gomes inside the box. The Wolverhampton Wanderer man stuck out his leg to bring the Barcelona attacker down, giving the referee no option but to award a spot-kick early on. Manchester City maestro Rodri dispatched a powerful penalty down the middle of the goal, comfortably beating Bento Krepski.

In the 36th minute, Spain doubled their advantage, owing to a blinder of a solo goal from Dani Olmo. Receiving the ball from Yamal, Olmo flicked the ball onto his left foot, beating Lucas Beraldo and Bruno Guimaraes, before curling the ball beyond Bento and into the top-left corner.

Four minutes after Olmo’s strike, Real Madrid attacker Rodrygo scored Brazil’s first goal of the night at his home stadium. Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon exchanged passes with Rodri before inexplicably passing the ball straight to Rodrygo, who chipped the keeper with a perfectly weighted shot.

Then, in the 50th minute, Endrick, who will join Real Madrid in the summer, bagged his first goal at the Santiago Bernabeu. Following a corner, the ball found its way to the 17-year-old. Endrick dispatched a first-time effort…

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Author : Sushan Chakraborty

Publish date : 2024-03-27 05:02:34

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