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Robert Lewandowski strikes again as Bayern Munich overcome Real Madrid

Robert Lewandowski scored his second goal on Bayern Munich's summer tour of the USA to help Niko Kovac's side beat Real Madrid 3-1 in Houston on Saturday.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Real Madrid
Goals: 1-0 Tolisso (15'), 2-0 Lewandowski (67'), 3-0 Gnabry (69'), 3-1 Rodrygo (85)

For a match being held in the city of NASA's headquarter's on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon, it was fitting that fans did not have to wait long for lift-off. Both Kovac and his Real counterpart Zinedine Zidane fielded strong starting line-ups and the teams went at each other from the first whistle, both having early sights of goal before Corentin Tolisso opened the scoring for Bayern after a quarter of an hour. Thomas Müller's defence-splitting pass allowed David Alaba to scamper to the byline on the left and his low cross was met at the back post by Tolisso. The Frenchman's first shot was blocked, but he made no mistake on the rebound, lashing in from close range. There were further opportunities in an open first half, but Bayern took a narrow lead into the break.

Both teams made several substitutions during the interval - Zidane swapped out all 11 players - but the game remained an entertaining one. Bayern strengthened their grip on proceedings midway through the half thanks to Lewandowski's expert marksmanship after evading the offside trap - his second goal in the States following his header against Arsenal in Los Angeles. Serge Gnabry made sure of the win just moments later with a smart finish from Leon Goretzka's pass. The Spanish side did manage to pull a consolation goal back late on, however, when Rodrygo curled in a free-kick from the edge of the box following Sven Ulreich's dismissal for a professional foul as the last man. It was ultimately of little consequence though, as Bayern held on with ease to see the result over the line.

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac (r.) shares a word with his Real Madrid counterpart Zinedine Zidane. - 2019 Getty Images

Match stats

  • Lewandowski has six goals and one assist in eight UEFA Champions League matches against Real Madrid - more than he has against any other European side.
  • This was the 20th meeting between the clubs. Bayern have won eight and drawn two, while Real have nine victories to their name.
  • The clubs previously met in the ICC in August 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Spaniards earned a 1-0 win that day with a late goal from Danilo.
  • Hazard's brother Thorgan signed for Bayern's Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund this summer.
  • Toni Kroos made 130 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern before switching to the Spanish capital in summer 2014.
  • Luka Jovic registered 17 goals and five assists in the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt last season prior to moving to Los Blancos this summer.

Line-ups

Bayern: Neuer (c) (Ulreich 46') - Kimmich, Martinez (Süle 46'), Boateng, Alaba (Zaiser 69', Hoffmann 83') - Sanches (Pavard 46'), Thiago (Goretzka 59'), Tolisso (Singh 72') - Müller (Lewandowski 46'), Arp (Gnabry 46'), Coman (Davies 59')
Unused subs: Kehl, Mihaljevic, Poznanski, Johansson, Stiller
Out: Hernandez (fitness)
Coach: Niko Kovac

Real Madrid: Courtois (Navas 46') - Carvajal (Hernandez 46'), Ramos (c) (Nacho 46'), Varane (De La Fuente 46'), Marcelo (Mendy 46') - Modric (Seoane 46'), Kroos (Kubo 46'), Isco (Rodrygo 46') - Asensio (Vasquez 46'), Benzema (Jovic 46'), Hazard (Vincius Jr. 46')
Unused subs:, Lunin, Odriozola, Fidalgo, Mariano, Bale, Diaz, Altube
Out: Casemiro (extended break), Diaz (hamstring), James (extended break), Vallejo (extended break)
Coach: Zinedine Zidane

As it happened

FULL TIME!

The final whistle blows and it's a well deserved win for Niko Kovac's men. Yes, it's still pre-season, but beating Real Madrid in any kind of match cannot be taken for granted. Bayern were the better team overall, created more chances and were more ruthless in front of goal.

90+2' DISALLOWED GOAL FOR SINGH

In the second of three minutes of added time, Singh collects a ball into the box in a central position, takes a touch and smashes a shot low past Navas and into the net. It's a great finish, but it's ruled out for offside in the build-up.

85' GOAL! RODRYGO PULLS ONE BACK

From the ensuing free-kick, Rodrygo curls a superb effort into the top corner.

81' ULREICH SENT OFF

An uncharacteristically sloppy pass from Kimmich - a backheel towards his own goal without looking - and he sends Rodrygo clean through on goal. Ulreich charges off his line to narrow the angle and the referee adjudges him to have brought down the attacker outside the penalty area. He's shown a straight red card, so on comes young goalkeeper Hoffmann in his place.

76' LEWANDOWSKI CLOSE

The chances are coming thick and fast for Bayern now. Boateng sends a pinpoint ball over the Real backline to Lewandowski, who bears down on goal. A defender manages to get back to cover and, with Navas off his line, Lewandowski attempts to chip the goalkeeper but doesn't get enough height on it and Navas saves.

75' SINGH JUST WIDE

And another opportunity for Niko Kovac's side as Singh gets on the end of a cross from the right. He can't quite open up his body enough to slot it in, and ends up firing just wide.

74' NEXT CHANCE FOR BAYERN!

Bayern again enjoy space down the left and the cross from Davies makes its way to the back post, where Gnabry is arriving at pace. He looks certain to score, but doesn't make a clean connection and shoots straight at Navas.

72' TWO MORE CHANGES FOR BAYERN

Youngsters Singh and Zaiser come on for Tolisso and Alaba.

69' GOAL! GNABRY MAKES IT THREE!

Real try to play out from the back but Bayern's pressure forces them into a mistake. Goretzka intercepts a pass and charges down the left before sending a cross into the middle to the unmarked Gnabry. He still has work to do, though, as the ball arrives at an uncomfortable height, but his first touch sets him out for a volley, which he lashes into the net from 12 yards.

67' GOAL! WHAT A FINISH FROM LEWANDOWSKI!

Lewandowski's run catches the eye of Süle, who chips a ball over the top of the Real defence. The striker's first touch leaves him with his back to goal, but a quick turn leaves his marker standing and he slides a low shot past Navas and into the corner.

62' SIGHT OF GOAL FOR VINICIUS JUNIOR 

A rare lapse at the back from Bayern and suddenly the young Real Madrid has a clear shot at goal, but Neuer is alive to the danger and dashes off his line to narrow the angle and snuff out the danger with a good save.

60' TOLISSO CLOSE AGAIN

Pavard pings a beautiful ball over the Real defence to the unmarked Tolisso. His first touch takes him a touch wider than he'd have liked, but he still gets a shot off that Navas does well to tip over the bar.

59' DAVIES AND GORETZKA ON

The duo replace Coman and Thiago respectively.

54' FIVE CHANGES FROM BAYERN

Confirmation that Lewandowski, Süle, Ulreich, Gnabry and Pavard all came on for Bayern at the interval, replacing Müller, Martinez, Neuer, Arp and Sanches.

Real, meanwhile, switched their entire team.

49' GOOD FROM ALABA

Nice interplay from Alaba and Coman on the left and the former gets to the byline before drilling a ball at goal, but it flies over the target and Navas - on for Courtois - doesn't need to intervene.

SECOND HALF!

Real Madrid get the ball rolling again. There have been a number of changes on both sides - confirmation of those to come shortly.

HALF-TIME!

It's been a great game so far. Both teams are attacking with pace and purpose and although there's only one goal in it at present, there have been good chances at both ends.

45' COMAN AGAIN

The Frenchman jinks past Carvajal again and smashes a shot at goal, but Courtois makes a good save.

42' TWO CHANCES FOR BENZEMA

Marcelo dinks a cross from the left towards the back post, where Benzema narrowly misses the ball with a diving header. Seconds later, Asensio curls a ball from the right towards the back post. Benzema has got on the wrong side of Boateng, but attempts to stab the ball with his right foot, when a side-footer with his left appeared the better option. Either way he fails to make a connection from two yards out and it goes out for a goal kick.

38' NEUER KEEPS OUT HAZARD

Hazard collects the ball on the left-hand edge of the Bayern box, cuts inside and tries to curl it into the far corner. Neuer anticipated where he was going, though, and punches clear.

33' ASENSIO MUST SCORE... BUT NO!

Confusion in the Bayern box as Real attack and Marcelo slips the ball to Asensio, who looks to have a clear sight of goal from 10 yards out, but Boateng makes a superb last-ditch block to deny him.

30' THIAGO FROM DISTANCE

The Bayern midfielder smacks a first-time effort at goal from just outside the Real box. It's a clean hit and Courtois see it late given the number of bodies in the way, but he gets down to his left to save for a corner, which comes to nothing.

28' VARANE HEADS OVER

Patient play on the right from Real, with Kroos, Asensio and Hazard interchanging quick passes before the former floats a ball towards the back post. Varane gets there first but his header goes wide.

25' NEUER DENIES BENZEMA

Benzema picks up an attempted clearance from Alaba on the right. He's inside the box and has his route to goal blocked by two or three defenders, but he still manages to squeeze a low shot through the forest of legs. Neuer was alert to it, though, and makes a routine save .

20' KROOS FIRES WIDE

There's a sustained spell of pressure from Real, who pin Bayern inside their own penalty area, albeit without looking like getting beyond the defence. Kroos eventually tries his luck from 25 yards, but he doesn't catch the ball quite right and it's a tame effort in the end, rolling wide of the target.

18' CHANCE FOR SANCHES

Ramos goes close to equalising for Real but Bayern break at pace, with Thiago releasing Sanches down the left. Alaba sprints forward to take a defender with him, before Sanches cuts inside and shoots towards the far post, but it's blocked for a corner.

15' GOAL! TOLISSO BREAKS THE DEADLOCK!

Tolisso's the scorer, but Müller deserves huge credit as it was his first-time ball to Alaba on the left-hand side of the penalty area that split open the Real defence. Alaba scampers to the byline and crosses into the middle for Tolisso, whose first shot is cleared off the line. The rebound falls kindly to him though, and he makes no mistake at the second attempt.

11' STUNNING DEFENDING FROM KIMMICH

Modric bends in a devilish ball across the six-yard from the right. It's one of those ones that just needs a touch to go in and usually ends in a goal (or own goal), but Kimmich does brilliantly under pressure from Benzema to take the sting out of the cross. He forces Neuer to make a neat save at his near post, but it's the best possible outcome given the circumstances.

9' COMAN SKIPS PAST CARVAJAL

Coman looks bright again here and has his first opportunity to go one-on-one with Carvajal on Bayern's left wing. He's a blur of shimmies and quick feet before jinking his way past the Spain international, only to run out of pitch and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

8' WAYWARD FROM KIMMICH

Neat one-touch play on the right-hand edge of the Real penalty area from Bayern and Arp suddenly releases Kimmich. He gets to the byline and crosses into the middle, but it's not one of his better efforts and the ball eludes everyone and goes out of play.

5' SANCHES DRILLS OVER

Renato Sanches receives the ball around 25 yards out, just left of centre. He takes a touch to settle himself and then lets fly with a vicious effort - Bayern's first shot of the game - that rasps just over the crossbar.

4' GOOD SAVE FROM NEUER

The Bayern No.1 denies a close-range effort from Isco with a strong right hand - but again the goal wouldn't have counted as the offside flag was raised.

2' FIRST CHANCE FOR BENZEMA

Benzema collects a long, high ball forward from Marcelo on his chest and immediately takes a shot. He doesn't catch it well and it rolls wide - it wouldn't have counted had he scored anyway as the flag was raised for offside.

1' KICK-OFF!

Bayern get the ball rolling in Houston!

PENALTIES IN CASE OF DRAW

The format of these International Champions Cup matches is such that there will be a penalty shootout immediately after the 90 minutes in case of a draw.

WARM-UPS OVER

Both teams have now completed their pre-match warm-up routines and have returned to the changing rooms to get their war paint on.

ONE TO WATCH: COMAN

French winger Kingsley Coman began on the bench against Arsenal earlier in the week but absolutely tormented the Gunners' defence when he came on.

With veteran wide men Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben having now both left the club, this season represents a huge opportunity for Coman to stake his claim on the flank for years to come. Doing the business today against a side of the calibre of Real Madrid certainly wouldn't do his chances any harm...

REAL TEAM NEWS

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has picked what is arguably his strongest XI, including former Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos in central midfield. New signing Eden Hazard begins in attack, but there is no room for fellow summer recruit and former Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic.

BAYERN TEAM NEWS

Boateng starts at centre-back, despite his impending early departure from the tour tomorrow, while Renato Sanches is given his first run out on US soil this year. It's a big game for Fiete Arp, who begins in attack again in will have a chance to showcase his talents against a European heavyweight.

BOATENG TO RETURN TO MUNICH EARLY

Bayern announced this afternoon that centre-back Jerome Boateng will cut short his stay in the US and return home to Munich ahead of his teammates "for private reasons". The 30-year-old will depart for Germany on Sunday, while the remainder of the squad will travel on to Kansas City, where they will meet AC Milan on 23 July.

HELLO AND WELCOME

While pre-season matches are useful for players and coaches alike to gauge form and fitness ahead a new campaign, they can tend to be difficult for fans due to the lack of a competitive edge. However, one suspects that will not be the case today, with two star-stacked sides intent on putting on a show for their American supporters.