Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Gareth Bale shine in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Juventus

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Marco Asensio came off the bench and delivered as he scored twice early in the second-half to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Juventus 3-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The Spaniard was introduced at the start of the second period and took less than two minutes to score. He then added his second in the 56th minute with both goals provided by new team-mate Vinicius Jr.

It was the first defeat of the pre-season and the final match of the International Champions Cup campaign for Italy’s Juventus. The Serie A champions now open up their title defense at Chievo on August 18.

They were without new signing Cristiano Ronaldo, who did not make his debut against his former team. The Portuguese superstar skipped the club’s US tour because he was recovering from his World Cup performance.

Gareth Bale also scored for the European champions as the Welshman served notice that he is going to produce despite the loss of Ronaldo.

Bale hit a stunning shot from 20 yards out in the 39th minute to level the score at 1-1 in the front of the crowd of 60,000 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

Bale finished with 16 La Liga goals last season and is in his fifth campaign with Real Madrid.

Asensio subbed in after half-time and wasted no time getting on the board. He finished off a drive by side-footing a shot home in the 47th minute on a rush with Vinicius, who also entered the game at half-time.

The pair combined again just nine minutes later to make it 3-1 for Real Madrid on another unselfish pass from Vinicius. This time, Asensio’s shot deflected off the right arm of Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and trickled into the net.

Juventus’ lone score came in the 12th minute on an own goal by Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal.

Carvajal was trying to corral Joao Cancelo’s left side cross when he deflected the ball into his own net.

It was the first pre-season defeat for Juventus, who were without many of their key attackers for their US tour, including Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic.

In earlier matches, Juventus beat Bayern Munich, Benfica and the Major League Soccer All-Stars.

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Hola everyone, David Cooper here. Welcome to Friday’s Real Madrid blog where we will be keeping you up to date on all the latest news, features and gossip from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Follow our updates below…

11:42pm: Prospect of Thibaut Courtois signing for Real Madrid this summer diminishes

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The prospect of Thibaut Courtois signing for Real Madrid this summer is becoming less and less, Marca reports.

The deal hinges on Chelsea and given the Blues have yet to find a suitable No1 replacement who could fill Courtois’s boots, the Belgian is set to stay put in west London.
Read more on this story here.

9:51pm: Julen Lopetegui weighs in on Cristiano Ronaldo departure

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New manager Julen Lopetegui has weighed in on the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since the Portuguese star’s shock transfer to Juventus.

Ronaldo’s departure has left a huge hole for Madrid to fill. However, Lopetegui says he’s relishing the challenge of leading the side into a new era.
Read more on this piece here.

8:35pm: Julen Lopetegui reassures No1 Keylor Navas of his place

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Real Madrid are continually being linked with a new goalkeeper in this transfer window but new manager Julen Lopetegui says he has spoken to incumbent No1 Keylor Navas and reassured him of his place.

Read more about Navas here.

7:49pm: Julen Lopetegui “delighted” with his team’s pre-season preparations

How will Lopetegui handle the pressure of the post-Ronaldo era?

How will Lopetegui handle the pressure of the post-Ronaldo era?

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui says he is “delighted” with his team’s preparations during a pre-season that has been marred by players being absent due to the World Cup.

Read more on what the boss had to say here.

7:01pm: Bale needs to show he can be the star now Ronaldo’s gone

Bale has to prove he can be the star player at a club of Madrid's stature.

Bale has to prove he can be the star player at a club of Madrid’s stature.

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo were teammates until a month ago. Now, two players whose careers have been intertwined for the last five seasons have stages to themselves – and with that, the responsibility to deliver.

At Real Madrid, Bale needs to show he can be the star now Ronaldo’s gone. For Ronaldo, a change of club after a shock transfer to Juventus comes with the pressure of delivering European club football’s biggest trophy.
Read Aditya Devavrat’s piece here.

4:37pm: Real Madrid players said to be unhappy with Sergio Ramos’ extended summer holiday

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Sergio Ramos is an integral figure to Real Madrid, but several of his teammates are said to be unhappy about the club allowing the captain to extend his summer break for the second successive year.

Read more on this story here.

4:19pm: Chelsea join race for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic

Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic.

Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea are the latest club to pursue Mateo Kovacic after the Real Madrid midfielder turned down Manchester United, Italian outlet CalcioMercato claim.

Read on here.

12:00pm: Agent of Thibaut Courtois turns up heat on Chelsea

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It’s a transfer saga that has rumbled on since the World Cup was done and dusted and now Christophe Henrotay, agent of Thibaut Courtois, has revealed that Real Madrid have made a concrete offer for their client.

But so far that’s not enough for Chelsea – read more here.

10:54am: Real Madrid arrive in Washington ahead of clash with Juventus

Los Blancos have touched down in Washington D.C. for their next match in the International Champions Cup, against Juventus at FedEx Field, the home of the NFL team the Washington Redskins

Real will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 loss to Manchester United in Miami on Wednesday, in new manager Julen Lopetegui’s first match in charge.

Consternation was building around Sergio Ramos’ late return from his holiday but to the relief of Madrid fans the no-nonsense defender is finally back with the team in time for tonight’s match (Kick-off: 02:00 Sunday UAE Time).

One player who won’t be lining up for Juventus is new signing Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently unfollowed Los Blancos on instagram.

As you’ll see below the fans were out in force to welcome Madrid to the US capital.

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New Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui relishing the challenge of leading the club in post-Cristiano Ronaldo era

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Lopetegui is relishing the challenge of leading Real Madrid in the post-Ronaldo era.

New Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has weighed in on the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since the Portuguese star’s shock transfer to Juventus.

“Cristiano is one of the most important players in the club’s history,” the man who replaced Zinedine Zidane this summer said. “He expressed his intention to go and the club facilitated his exit, recognizing the legacy he has left behind.”

Ronaldo’s departure has left a huge hole for Madrid to fill. However, Lopetegui says he’s relishing the challenge of leading the side into a new era.

“When I signed (Ronaldo) still belonged to the club, but soon after he expressed his intention to go.

“It’s an exciting challenge reinventing the team without Ronaldo, making it competitive and capable of winning titles. I have no doubt that it will happen with these players that we have.”

Madrid have been linked with several strikers as observers wonder how Ronaldo’s near 50-goal average per season will be replaced – he managed 44 across all competitions last season – but Lopetegui played down the possibility of a replacement being signed.

“We won’t talk about hypotheticals,” he said. “The reality is that I am convinced by the team I have. I prefer not to talk about things that haven’t happened.”

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