PASADENA, California — Karim Benzema scored his second preseason goal as Real Madrid defeated Juventus 2-0 in front of a crowd of 93,702 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in the final game of their tour of the United States.
Benzema gave Madrid the lead from the penalty spot in the 19th minute after Vinicius Junior was knocked down by Danilo and shot past goalkeeper Mattia Perin low in the bottom corner.
Substitute Marco Asensio made it 2-0 from a cross from Jesus Vallejo in the 69th minute to make it a win, a draw and a loss to Madrid in the US this month.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti chose the base that is expected to play the UEFA Super Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt, with five changes in the team that tied 2-2 with Club America on Wednesday.
Benzema had the ball in the net with just 10 seconds left after a clever routine straight from kick-off, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Leonardo Bonucci hit the crossbar with a trailing free kick before Madrid took the lead midway through the first half.
Danilo conceded possession and as Vinicius drove to the Juventus defence, he was felled by an awkward challenge as the defender tried to recover.
Benzema converted the penalty for his second goal in as many games after missing Madrid’s opening defeat to Barcelona.
The Italian giants had brushed aside a penalty appeal of their own when Eder Militao was forced to step in on Angel Di Maria to save Ferland Mendy’s underhit, while Vinicius shot into the side net and Juventus defender Bremer threatened with a header before half time.
Ancelotti made only one substitution at half time, Antonio Rudiger replaced Militao.
David Alaba got a shot blocked, a cross from Mendy was palmed off by Perrin and Dani Carvajal saw an effort saved as Madrid dominated early in the second half.
Benzema’s left-footed curler was knocked over by Perin before Madrid made nine more changes with just over an hour of play.
One of them, Asensio, made it 2-0 by sweeping Vallejo’s cross from the edge of the six-yard box after clever footwork from another substitute, Eden Hazard, to secure the win.
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