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Marcelo Scores but Misses Penalty as Real Madrid Fall to AS Roma in Shootout

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2019

ROME, ITALY - AUGUST 11: Bryan Cristante of Roma competes for the ball with Eden Hazard of Real Madrid during the pre-season friendly match between AS Roma and Real Madrid at Stadio Olimpico on August 11, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid continued their preparations for the upcoming La Liga season with a penalty shootout loss against AS Roma in a pre-season friendly. The match finished 2-2 in regulation, and Marcelo missed the final spot-kick in a 5-4 shootout.

Marcelo and Casemiro twice gave the visitors the lead during an entertaining first half, but Diego Perotti and Edin Dzeko were on point for the Giallorossi. The second half wasn't nearly as engrossing, and after 90 minutes, the match went to penalties. 

Los Blancos will open the domestic campaign Saturday against Celta Vigo.

Manager Zinedine Zidane opted to start three centre-backs in a 3-5-2 formation, per Dermot Corrigan:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Definitely three CBs from Zidane - Varane in middle, Nacho on left, Militao on right. Hazard up front just off Benzema.

Raphael Varane, Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez all had their struggles in the system during the first half, and while it should have Zidane worried ahead of Saturday's La Liga opener, it also meant this friendly was an entertaining one before the break.

Roma were all over Real initially, with Dzeko and Perotti testing Thibaut Courtois. Nicolo Zaniolo was the standout for the hosts, but a moment of magic from Luka Modric gave the visitors the lead.

The Ballon d'Or winner spotted the run of Marcelo, and the Brazilian cut to his right foot before firing home.

The setback didn't halt Roma's momentum, however, and Zanilo continued to be at the centre of every attack. A brilliant solo effort resulted in the equaliser after 34 minutes, with the youngster running up the pitch before picking out Perotti.

Roma continued to push, and Corrigan noted the back three were struggling:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Under now backs Militao into the area and gets off shot which Courtois saves. Madrid's back three / new shape definitely needs work.

Casemiro restored the lead after 39 minutes with a header, although replays showed the midfielder was well offside when Marcelo's cross came in. The linesman's error was undone just a minute later as Cengiz Under set up Dzeko for another equaliser.

After 45 entertaining minutes, the fans finally had the chance to catch their breath. Corrigan thought Roma had clearly been the better team:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

HT Roma 2-2 Madrid. Very entertaining so far, Roma by far the better team with Madrid's back three caught out again and again, but Zidane's side with old knack of scoring out of nothing.

After the lightning opening 45 minutes, the intensity dropped in the second half. Real's defence continued to struggle, while on the other side of the pitch, substitutes Luka Jovic and Vinicius Junior needed some time to find their feet. The latter in particular struggled with his touch, but grew into the contest.

Chances were few, but Dzeko went close to handing his team their first lead, firing over from close range. Vinicius also had a good look on goal, but Pau Lopez made a fine save.

Gareth Bale and Isco nearly combined for a spectacular third goal, but the Welshman couldn't keep his shot on target. He also fired the last chance of the match narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

Los Blancos finished the 90 minutes on top but couldn't find a winner before the penalty shootout. In that shootout, all nine takers found the back of the net until it was Marcelo's turn. The Brazilian's effort crashed off the crossbar, ending the match in favour of Roma.