Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray: Score, Reaction from 2015 Santiago Bernabeu Trophy

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2015

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Real Madrid took home the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy in their final warm-up before the La Liga season, beating Galatasaray 2-1 on Tuesday behind goals from Nacho Fernandez and Marcelo. 

Wesley Sneijder scored the lone goal for Galatasaray.

It was a mixed bag for Real Madrid, who were the stronger side during the match but weren't without their hiccups, per football writer Dermot Corrigan:

Galatasaray nearly struck first in the 16th minute, as Lukas Podolski broke free in the box and ripped a shot on goal. He didn't place it in either corner, however, and Keylor Navas was able to scoop up the attempt. 

That would prove costly, as a minute later Real Madrid earned a corner. Luka Modric served the ball into the box, and Nacho promptly flicked it home with an unmarked header. 

Real Madrid's players celebrate defender Nacho Fernandez's goal during the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu football match Real Madrid vs Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 18, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / DANI POZO        (Photo credit should
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Los Blancos nearly doubled their lead minutes later, as Cristiano Ronaldo broke into the box and fired a shot off his left foot, but Fernando Muslera made the save.    

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Again in the 32nd minute, Real Madrid had a chance to double their lead. Isco had an open look on goal off a corner, but his curling effort hit the crossbar and went out of play.

Real Madrid went into the half up 1-0 but likely felt as though the lead should have been greater, as the side had a number of excellent chances they couldn't convert. Gala were perhaps lucky not to be facing a greater deficit at the start of the second half, but they still had plenty of positives to draw from.

And it was Galatasaray that scored the game's next goal. The Turkish side struck on the counter, with Podolski setting up Sneijder, who curled home a lovely effort past a helpless Navas.

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 18:  Wesley Sneijder (L) of Galatasaray AS scores their opening goal during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match between Real Madrid CF and Galatasaray  at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 18, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonz
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Real Madrid found the winner, however, when Marcelo scored an absolute golazo. The left-back cut inside, evading three defenders, and calmly slotted his shot to the bottom-left corner to give the Spanish side a 2-1 lead in the 81st minute. 

Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo (C) shoots to score a goal during the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu football match Real Madrid vs Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 18, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / DANI POZO        (Photo credit sh
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Post-Match Reaction

The game's hero spoke about getting ready for the La Liga campaign, per AS English:

Gareth Bale also seemed pleased with the effort:

Galatasaray have to be happy with Podolski, who was one of the most active players throughout this contest and probably should have had a tally or two of his own. The summer signing looks as though he will really bolster Gala's attack. 

And Galatasaray will likely be pleased with their overall effort. Already underway in their league season, the side decided against going with a full-strength squad, but they still nearly matched a pretty stacked Los Blancos lineup.

Real Madrid may have a few kinks to iron out themselves ahead of the La Liga season. Ronaldo missed several chances he normally converts, while Bale was shaky at times. Still, Los Blancos controlled much of the action and will be ready to get rolling in La Liga.

They'll open their campaign Sunday against Sporting Gijon, while Galatasaray will next face Ankaraspor on Monday.

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