As it happened: Real Madrid fall to defeat in pre-season opener against Bayern Munich
Head coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid, Nacho Fernandez of Real Madrid, Luka Modric of Real Madrid, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid, Marcelo of Real Madrid and Luka Jovic of Real Madrid look on during the pre-season training camp on July 16, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)


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Bayern, however, looked impressive throughout, with Fiete Arp and Benjamin Pavard particularly catching the eye. 


Much of the post-match media attention will be devoted to the future of Gareth Bale, who was omitted from today's squad despite being fully fit. 

Real Madrid are of course one week behind Bayern in their pre-season preparations, with the German powerhouse losing to Arsenal on Thursday. 
Well, that's that. Bayern run out victorious in this International Champions Cup game. The first half was a lively affair with chances flowing both ways, but the interval brought changes which made things much more one way traffic. 
Lewandowski and Gnabry celebrate after the second goal. 
Three minutes of additional time at the end of this game.
Disappointed with Luka Jovic's Real Madrid bow today. However, if he had the silver platter service that Karim Benzema squandered in the first half, he may well have scored a hatful.
The Brazillian wonderkid dusts himself off after the foul by Ulreich and curls a powerful free-kick past Hoffman. Wonderfully executed and just nestles in the top right corner. 
85' - GOAL!
Wow. Rodrygo has absolutely thundered that. 
80' - RED CARD
Ulreich walks for a foul on Rodrygo, after his outstreched leg brought the Brazillian down as he looked to slot into an empty net. 20-year-old Hoffman enters the fray.
74' - CHANCES!
Gnabry goes close to a second, and again it's at the back post. Navas saves his low effort well. Singh then misses from point-blank range after a ball in from the right. Where is the marking?
More subs for Bayern, who have this game tied up. Singh and Zaiser come on for Alaba and Tolisso. 
Serge Gnabry makes it 3-0 with twenty minutes remaining. The inexperience of the Real backline is beginning to become apparent, as the ex-Arsenal man finds himself with acres of space to control and side-foot home. Pretty awful stuff from the Spanish giants. 
70' - GOAL!
Bayern really turning the screw now. Lewandowski spins brilliantly and slots past Navas, dumfounding poor Javi Sanchez in the process. 2-0. 
67' - GOAL!
Ferland Mendy's turn to pay homage to the moon landing, as he thrashes wildly at the ball just under 30 yards from goal. Not troubling Ulreich at all.
62' - CHANCE
Vinicius goes close now! The Brazillian finds himself in behind the solid Bayern defence, but just as he composes himself to slot beyond Ulreich, World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard gets himself in position to block the shot and take the sting off it for his goalkeeper. 
60' - CHANCE
Tolisso goes close to his second! The Frenchman spots a gap in the Real defence and goes for it, but is denied well by Keylor Navas after a superb through ball seeks him out. Bayern looking much the more comfortable side out there. 
Double substitution now for Bayern on the hour mark. Thiago and Coman depart for Goretzka and Davies. 
Coman with a wonderful ball aimed towards the talismanic Robert Lewandowski. It doesn't quite reach him but does reach Thiago, who can't quite execute the diving header. 
Real Madrid have a corner as they grow into the early proceedings of this second half. 
Kimmich is booked for a fairly naughty challenge on Real Madrid debutant Rodrygo, who arrived from Santos this summer. 
Right then, confirmation of the substitutes:

Real Madrid have introduced Navas, Jovic, Vinicius Jr., de la Fuente, Nacho, Vazquez, Mendy, Rodrygo, Kubo, Seoane and Hernandez. 

Bayern have brought on Ulreich, Sule, Pavard, Lewandowski and Gnabry.

We're back underway again here. Real Madrid have changed their entire 11 for the second half, and Bayern have done something very similar.
Well then, here come the changes. Let's hope this second half is just as breathless as the first. 
The wild scenes in Houston as Bayern took the lead

Corentin Tolisso's effort is enough to give Bayern Munich the lead with 45 minutes played. Real Madrid are looking very dangerous, however, and probably deserve to be level. 


(And would be, had Karim Benzema not left his shooting boots at home...)

Coman with an effort from close range, but Courtois makes the most of the advantageous angle to make the save. Some pushing and shoving between Sanches and Carvajal in the aftermath of that, as well. 

Neuer saves yet again on the stroke of half time. Modric does well on the right to regain possession from a sleepy Bayern rearguard, before driving in towards goal and curling an effort which was perhaps too close to the German keeper. 
Benzema, deary me...

Two chances in two minutes for Karim Benzema, and both times he fails to connect with the tantalising deliveries. He has to do better. 

39' - CHANCES!
Hazard has a curling effort clawed away by the evergreen Neuer, before summer signing Fiete Arp thunders a shot off the crossbar up the other end. A frantic pace to this game, which I hope isn't ruined by the inevitable changes at the interval. 
Isco really taking his 50 year space shuttle anniversary celebrations to new heights with that effort from the resulting free-kick.  Awful. 
Hazard's turn now to be walking a bit gingerly. He's ok to continue. 
Sergio Ramos down and in some discomfort after getting an accidental knee in the thigh from Thomas Muller. He carries on for now, but will be watched closely. 
Courtois' turn now to make two good saves. The first one  saw him get down well to his left after Thiago let fly from distance, and the second slightly more routine to stop Sanches' hopeful effort. 
The ball finally comes in, but the cross is headed tamely over by Raphael Varane, with Benzema waiting to pounce just behind him. 
Real have a corner as they ramp up the pressure on Bayern as the game approaches the half-hour mark. 
One of these from Benzema has got to go in, surely. Neuer gets low to deny his low shot and prolong the striker's frustration.
Benzema breaks through the Bayern line again, but his clever attempted reverse pass to Hazard is thwarted well by Javi Martinez. 
Zizou won't be too displeased from what he's seen from his side so far in their first pre-season game.

Ramos had gone close just a couple of minutes ago with a header which flashed across the Bayern goal, but it's the German side who are straight back in the Madrid half and applying pressure. 
Corentin Tolisso with the opening goal here. Great work by Alaba down the left to roll it across the six-yard box to the ex-Lyon man, who tucks it away at the second time of asking.
15' - GOAL!
11' - BIG SAVE
What a save. Modric gets the cross spot on, and Benzema must score. Neuer with an excellent save to stop the French striker, even with a slight deflection.
Asensio says no, before blasting straight into the wall. Hazard, by the way, is wearing number 50 as an apparent homage to the anniversary of the moon landing.
A first glimpse of Eden Hazard's immense talent, as his deft flick keeps a Real Madrid attack ticking. Free kick to the Spanish side, could it be Hazard to take?
Benzema races through on goal but is called offside. Looks to be the correct decision. 
Frantic start here. Both sides going for it. Renato Sanches has just launched a long-range effort into orbit. How very fitting.
Interesting start. Karim Benzema brings the ball down with his chest 25 yards from goal before lashing a volley wide. Seconds later, Manuel Neuer skews his pass horribly out of play for a Real Madrid corner. 
And we're off! Referee Remy Touchan blows the whistle to open proceedings.
We're almost underway here, five minutes later than planned. There are, however, still some empty seats scattered around this very impressive stadium. 
Here come the teams!
No Gareth Bale in the matchday squad, but he is fit and in the stadium tonight. I wonder what's going on there...

Zinedine Zidane to apparently address the issue in the post-game press conference. 

Blimey. Both sides starting the game with very strong sides, and a first opportunity to see Eden Hazard play in a Real Madrid shirt. Worth the late bedtime.

Kick off in 10 minutes. 

Real Madrid look like this:
Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Isco; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio. 


Seoane, Rodrygo, Jovic, de la Fuente, Kubo, Mendy, Lunin, Hernandez, Fidalgo, Navas, Nacho, Mariano, Vazquez, Odriozola, Diaz, Vinicius Jr., Altube.

Bayern will line up as follows:

Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Martinez, Alaba; Thiago, Tolisso, Sanches; Muller, Arp, Coman.


Ulreich, Hoffman, Sule, Pavard, Lewandowski, Goretzka, Davies, Gnabry, Zaiser, Singh, Poznanski, Mihaljevic, Johansson, Kehl, Stiller.

30 minutes to go
There's 30 minutes until kick-off in Houston, where the temperature is 33 degrees Celsius. Local time is approximately 18:30. The team sheets are in, and will follow. 
How to watch Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid on UK TV
The match is being shown on Premier Sports 1 - available to Sky (412) and Virgin Media (551) customers.
Bayern beat Real Madrid on penalties in the 2012 semi-finals but fell short in their own stadium to Chelsea in another penalty shootout. In 2016, Real beat Bayern, in this very tournament, 1-0 in New Jersey which was a reversal of the score when the team's met in the 2015 Audi Cup in Munich.
These sides are no stranger to one another, having met eight times in the Champions League in this decade - and also twice in preseason competitions. Real Madrid got the better of their Bayern 2014, 2017 and 2018 Champions Leagues and actually went on to win the competition each time.
The stadium: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
The match will be played at NRG Stadium, Houston. It is the home of the NFL's, Houston Texans. The stadium was opened in 2002 and was the first NFL stadium to have a retractable roof. It currently holds 71,995 spectators and has previously hosted two Superbowl's and a Wrestlemania. It's no stranger to soccer matches, however, with Copa America, Gold Cup and MLS All-Star games all hosted at the ground.
Real Madrid without Copa America stars
Real are also without some of the stars of Brazil's Copa America winning team and Spain's under-21 winning side. Casemiro, Eder Militao, Fede Valverde, Jesus Vallejo, Dani Ceballos and Borja Mayoral were all given extended breaks after busy summers.
Debuts for new signings
This will be Real's first game of pre-season which could mean debuts for summer signings Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic and Rodrygo. The squad have been at a training camp in Montreal which initially began with 29 men travelling from Madrid. Keylor Navas joined the party from Costa Rica after international duty and Isco also arrived late due to his partner having a baby.
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid team news
Summer signings, Benjamin Pavard and Fiete Arp both made their debuts against Arsenal and will be available again this evening. Canadian international Alphonso Davies could also be involved as he cut short his holiday after representing his country in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Lucas Hernandez, Bayern's record signing, will not be available as he is in Munich recovering from knee surgery.
Bayern's last game: Arsenal

Bayern Munich are coming into the game off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in their ICC opener. A Louis Poznanski own goal put Arsenal in front before Robert Lewandowski equalised. It wasn't to be Bayern's day though with Edward Nketiah netting a late winner for the English side.

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