Ronaldo missing in action as Bale’s stunner help Madrid beat Juventus

Ronaldo missing in action as Bale’s stunner help Madrid beat Juventus

- Cristiano Ronaldo's present and past clubs met in America with the Portugal star away in Italy

- Juventus went into the lead after Dani Carvajal guided a Joao Cancelo shot into his own goal

- Gareth Bale equalised superbly from 25-yard before Asensio netted a brace in the 2nd half

Spanish giants Real Madrid showed their true potentials to take opponents to the cleaners after Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit by thrashing his new team Juventus 3-1 in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.

The Portuguese superstar ended his nine-year stay at the Santiago Bernabéu after sealing a massive deal to the Serie A Champions in July.

The 33-year-old did not play any role during the pre-season exhibition fixture at FedEx Field, as he continued training at the club base in Turin ahead of the new season.

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While the Italian side were trying to cope without the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, the Los Blancos took advantage of Ronaldo’s absence from the Bianconeri line-up to dismantle the Massimiliano Allegri's side in America.

A Dani Carvajal own-goal handed Juventus the lead, but Gareth Bale ensured Ronaldo’s exit won’t affect the Galaticos after netting a textbook equaliser that saw the teams on level terms before the break.

In the second stanza, the Champions League holders introduced Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior, who proved too hot to handle after coming off the subs bench as well as fellow substitute Marco Asensio who scored twice to seal a comfortable win.

The Los Blancos are expected to face another Italian opposition when they tackle Roma in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Despite fielding a strong starting XI that include Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema, the Santiago Benabeau dwellers fell behind in the 12th minute when Carvajal turned Joao Cancelo's cross from the left past his goalkeeper Keylor Navas into his own net.

Real Madrid responded well after going behind by possessing the ball very well, but they were restricted to a Bale’s goal in 24th from long range.

Five minutes later, Isco almost increased the tally for the Galaticos after cutting in from left but failed to convert after firing a shot wide of Wojciech Szczesny's near post.

Ronaldo missing in action as Bale’s stunner help Madrid beat Juventus

Gareth Bale celebrates stunner for Los Blancos against Juventus. Photo Credit: Getty Images

The pressure continued to mount, and it told in the 39th minute, Bale picking up a loose ball outside the Juventus area, taking a touch and then firing an eye-catching strike into the back of the net.

Real Madrid came close to taking the lead with three minutes remaining in the half, young left-back Sergio Reguilon blasting a fierce drive across Szczesny and narrowly wide following a rapid Madrid counter-attack.

At halftime both managers made changes, and the new arrivals were quickly involved in the action, albeit in contrasting fashion.

Nicolo Fagioli, on for Sami Khedira, gave the ball away inside the Juve half and two Madrid substitutes pounced.

Asensio let go of Vinicius Junior down the left side and the Brazilian teenager teed up his team-mate with a clever square ball, Asensio firing past Szczesny at close range to earn Madrid the lead.

Moments later Vinicius Junior continued to torment Juve as Madrid made it 3-1 in the 56th minute, Asensio holding off Claudio Marchisio and sliding a finish beneath Szczesny, who ought to have fared better.

The Los Blancos could have netted their fourth on the night following another counter-attack just before the hour mark, but Mattia De Sciglio somehow cut out the danger after Vinicius Junior opted to touch when he should be pulling the trigger.

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Although the Galaticos could not add to their goals haul during the encounter, they ensured that Juventus played second throughout the closing moments, and will be looking forward to produce such confidence when hostilities commence in the new campaign.

Ronaldo missing in action as Bale’s stunner help Madrid beat Juventus

Cancelo congratulated by his Juventus team mates after his cross forced Dani Carvajal into scoring an own goal. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Chelsea goalie Willy Caballero was the Blues saviour from an embarrassing defeat during the tie Manchester City's all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero netted his 200th and 201st goal for the Premier League champions in their 2-0 win against Chelsea in the Community Shield contest.

The encounter decided at Wembley saw Aguero open the scoring after 13 minutes with a fine low finish into the bottom-right corner from 18 yards, after an assist from Phil Foden who created the opportunity behind Chelsea defence line.

Aguero also doubled the lead in the 58th minute as he scored his second to hand City a 2-0 lead.

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