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Manchester United and Real Madrid came face-to-face in one of those wonderful high profile friendlies last night in America. The greatest things about those matches is if it's a draw it goes to penalties and that's what happened last night, but they were awful.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes but as the match was in the extremely important International Champions Cup so the game had to go to a spot kick contest, otherwise how would we know who will win the tournament?
Just to dispel a common misconception in football, penalties aren't a lottery. You see you can't practice for a lottery, no matter how much we all practice spending the money in our minds.
England losing so regularly helps prove how they aren't a 'lottery'. Image: PA
You can train for penalties, even if you struggle to replicate the tension, just by taking shots from the spot. So you'd have thought at some point two of the biggest clubs in the world would have given that a go.
Instead the shoot-out was utterly dreadful with only three men converting their penalties:
The first four all missed their penalties with Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay the culprits for the Red Devils and Matteo Kovacic and Oscar Rodriguez Arnaiz culpable for Los Blancos.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan then scored for United only for young defender Luismi Quezada to equalise. Both sides went back to missing through Victor Lindelof, who had earlier given away a penalty, and Theo Hernandez.
Daley Blind scored United's final spot-kick to put all the pressure on Casemiro who had scored from 12 yards in normal time but the midfielder didn't even make David de Gea have to save it, blazing over.
David de Gea saved two pens in the shoot-out. Image: PA
Mourinho's side have a perfect record on their tour to America having previously beaten LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Manchester City and next face Barcelona in the International Champions Cup.
Real go on to face City and then finally Barcelona. Both managers will be hoping they don't have to endure such bad pens again!
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