PSG whips Real 3-1 in ICC clash

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-GermainTHOMAS Meunier’s first-half brace and Jonathan Ikone’s early strike fired Paris Saint-Germain to a comfortable win over Real Madrid in their International Champions Cup clash in Ohio.

The French champions took the lead in the second minute in front of 87,000 fans at the home of MLS side Columbus Crew when Ikone slotted coolly past Kiko Casilla after a ricochet fell his way off Marcelo.

Jonathan Ikone gave the French side the lead inside two minutes

Unai Emery’s side doubled their lead 10 minutes before half-time thanks to Meunier’s left-footed strike into the top corner, and the Belgian made it three five minutes later.

Marcelo pulled one back for Zinedine Zidane‘s men before the break when he converted from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier’s handball, but the French champions held on for an impressive pre-season victory.

PSG looked much the sharper side in Ohio, and Real Madrid’s youngsters did well in the second half to avoid a heavier defeat.

It was a Real Madrid side without Euro 2016 stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and captained by Marcelo in the absence of Sergio Ramos.

Zidane called for the youngsters after an uninspiring first half from the more senior side, with his son Enzo Zidane joining Martin Odegaard on the pitch.

Thiago Silva was given a run out by PSG along with Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore in a strong looking team picked by Emery, and it paid off.

Real Madrid takes on Chelsea in Michigan on Saturday in the next match of their US tour while Paris Saint-Germain will face Premier League champions Leicester in California on the same day. – The Sun

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