PEEP! PEEP! FULLTIMEReal Madrid 2 - 0 Club AmericaA goal late in the first half and another late in the second half gives Madrid a win that they really had to scrap it out for. Benzema scored - as he always does. Ronaldo did too - as he always does. Club America fought hard, but lacked the cutting edge that is required against sides of the calibre of the European champs. Kashima Antlers, watch out - the trophy gobbling machines that are Zizou, Ronnie and Madrid are on their way. It was a pleasure covering this match, thank you for reading!Anirudh Menon signing outToodle-ooo
Calm down Madridistas. The Goal stands.
OH WAIT. The ref has called for a video replay.
THAT IS HOW YOU DO IT. Ronaldo is played in by a cute little ball from James, and he smacks it in.
94' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! RONALDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
93' Morata tries to pick out Ronaldo with an audacious outside-of-the-boot chance, but nothing doing.
92' OH! FOR THIS!! Sambueza swings in a lovely cross to the far post that Arroyo is mere centimetres away from heading.
91' Three minutes of added time. For what?
89' Aguilar bosses Ronaldo once again, but concedes a throw. From it Morata turns with the grace of a ballet dancer (just wow) and he lays it off Lucas Vazquez. The forward can't get his shot away.
88' Varane brings out his party tricks as he sells a dummy to Arroyo with the ease of Leo di Caprio selling bad stocks in Wolf of Wall Street. The ball is worked out to Morata - who turns on a dime, and sends a curler that misses the far post by inches
86' Marcelo bombs down the left, and sends in a delicious cross that just misses the leaping Cristiano Ronaldo.
85' Samudio puts in a brilliant tackle to stop Ronaldo's raid down the right wing. But Madrid have the ball back.
84' Marcelo tries to play in James Rodriguez, but ends up hitting the Colombian on his backside. Yeah. Sums up the last five minutes, does that.
83' Do something, someone. Pretty please?
81' Lucas Vazquez races into the box, but Aguilar keeps apace with him and cuts out the cross intended for Ronaldo. The corner from James is useless
79' Substitution for Madrid as Benzema is taken off for Alvaro Morata. This kind of feisty encounter is custom-built for the scrappy Spaniard. He'll love it.
78' OH! Benzema and Carvajal play some lovely football and the latter runs in behind the defence, but his touch lets him down. Club America counter immediately and William Da Silva outpaces Varane (never the easiest of tasks) and dinks in a teasing cross that flies just behind the onrushing Miguel Arroyo.
77' There are 50,000 + people in the Nissan Stadium right now, and they are being treated to some pretty average fare.
75' Vazquez sends in a teasing little ball that Aguillar outjumps Ronaldo for! Marvellous display of aerial defending being put on by the Mexican here.
74' Benzema, Ronaldo and Vazquez all have touches within the penalty box before the latter lays it off to Luka Modric. The Croat unleashes one from the edge of the box, but it's straight at Munoz - whose handled these long-range howitzers with ease.
71' Zizou doesn't like what he's seeing so he takes of World Cup Winner Toni Kroos to replace him with World Cup Golden Boot James Rodrigues. The embarrassment of riches that he has at his disposal is simply astounding.
70' More scrappiness ensues. Seriously. That's all that's happening.
67' This is supremely scrappy now. Possession is being interchanged with the crazy frequency. America's substitution as their top scorer of this season Silvio Romero is taken off for Miguel Arroyo.
66' America are pressing like a ferocious wolf pack. Unlike the wolves of fable though there's no end-product.
65' That was a rather ludicrous miss from all concerned. Horrible defending, and horrible communication between Ronaldo and Benzema. Samudio stops Carvajal in his tracks to stop another Madrid attack