Emirates Cup – Day One
Real Madrid 2-1 Hamburg
The Emirates tournament got under way with Real Madrid facing Martin Jol’s Hamburg, arguably the weakest of the four teams.
Real Madrid defeated Hamburg 2-1 in the Emirates Cup on Saturday. It was a match overshadowed by the impending transfer of Rafael van der Vaart from Hamburg to Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants were quick out of the blocks and should have led through Van Nistelrooy as early as the fourth minute but the Dutchman’s surge on goal was halted by on-rushing ‘keeper Frank Rost.
Hamburg were not prepared to become Real’s cannon fodder and had two chances that were thwarted by last-ditch tackles from Heinze and Miguel Salgado respectively. But Madrid soon found themselves on top again as Robben went close.
Much of Real’s dominance was due the central midfield duo of Gutti and Diarra’s dominance. .It was the ability of the midfielders to interchange that led to Real’s opener. Guti was at the top of the box, Salgado provided the overlap and, with too much space at the byline, the full-back picked out Van Nistelrooy to finish from inside the six-yard.
Hamburg came at Real Madrid but to no avail, until the after the break when their play was rewarded with a goal. The Egyptian international, Zidan, jinked in from the left, dropped a shoulder, nudged the ball away from two defenders and swept a glorious effort high and around Dudek.
The goal jolted Rela into life, but they were unable to beat Rost.
Five minutes from time, Saviola found Callejon in space on the right hand side and his cross, was met by a flying header from QPR bound Parejo to seal the points.
Arsenal 0-1 Juventus
Arsenal’s defeat by Juvetnus leaves them with a mountain to climb if they wish to retain the Emirates Cup.
Wenger decided to play most of the youngsters in the first game, and they held their own in the first half an hour.
Carlos Vela, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey were making their debuts at Emirates Stadium in an Arsenal shirt while Kieran Gibbs, who starred at the inaugural competition 12 months ago, began at left back.
Arsenal played well in the first half , the young midfield was not overpowered by the more experienced Juventuis, adding further credence to the cries of giving Wilshere his Premiership debut sooner rather than later..After 25 minutes Wilshere found Ramsey, who ran into the area forcing Buffon into a save. Ramsey is another player who is showing maturity beyond his age.
Just before half-time Juventus took the lead in a controversial manner when Iaquinta fired in a low free-kick and the Frenchman slid the ball in at the far post. Replays showed the goal should have been disallowed for offside.
At half-time, Wenger introduced three players Diaby, Adebayor and Gallas, it was good to see Diaby step onto the pitch once more.
The second half saw Juventus sit back, quite content with their lead. The meant the onus was on Arsenal to go forward, and create chances.
Arsenal pushed forward and Bendtner headed in the opening seconds. Adding the experience at half-time helped Arsenal create more chances.
Arsene made more changes just before the hour, bringing on Walcott, Sagna and Nasri. The impetus and urgency was firmly with Arsenal now and there were echoes of last season’s fluency when Sagna floated over a cross for Adebayor to thunder in a header. Buffon held on to the ball just under the bar.
Bendtner and Adebayor combined well, to create several half chances . AS the clock was ticking away, Adebayor received the ball on the edge of the area, he opened hi body and curled a beautiful shot that beat Buffon, but unfortunately beat the post too.
Line-up – Fabianski; J Hoyte (Sagna – 60), Senderos (Gallas – 45), Djourou, Gibbs; Eboue (Nasri – 60), Ramsey (Diaby -45), Denilson, Wilshere (Walcott – 60) ; Vela (Adebayor – 45), Bendtner