City narrowly lost out in their glamour friendly against Real Madrid at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening…
A full house attended the re-badged King Power Stadium’s initial fixture against Spanish giants Real Madrid and a new look City gave a good account of themselves, narrowly losing 2-1.
For the home fans this was a first chance to see Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Konchesky, Danns and Nugent in the starting line-up and City enjoyed a decent start against Jose Mourinho’s Galacticos.
Benzema had the first chance of the game, going close with an effort, but Danns also narrowly missed the target at the other end.
Schmeichel then spread himself well (bringing inevitable comparisions with his Dad) to deny Coentrao in a one-on-one and Bamba was immense in defnece, dealing with the likes of Kaka with a flourish.
Nugent found the side-netting towards half-time but by now Madrid had found their rhythm and City were struggling to get hold of the ball.
Big signing Mills then injured himself in a collision with keeper Adan as he tried to get his head to a Gallagher free-kick.
Still suffering the effects of his head injury Mills then slipped up to allow Benzema in down the left, the Frenchman squaring for Coentrao to open the scoring. Mills was immediately swapped for St Ledger.
Half time saw a change of kit for City, now wearing Real Madrid style all-white, while King and Johnson were introduced to the action.
Bamba had an early chance to equalise but sent his firm downward header straight at new keeper Casillas, from a Danns corner.
Ronaldo had also come on at half-time and was now pulling the strings for Madrid, but his every touch was booed and the crowd were delighted when he sent a shot high, wide and not too handsome.
The vistors made it 2-0 on the hour when some devastating quick passing set up Marcelo from close in. Although his shot hit the post Benzema was well placed to net the rebound.
The introduction of five City substitutes saw the game hit a barren patch, until City got an 89th minute goal through Dyer. It was too late for a serious attempt at an equaliser, but gave a record crowd something to cheer.
Bring on the Coventry…!
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills (St Ledger 45), Bamba, Konchesky (Ball 75), Wellens (King 46), Abe (Oakley 75), Danns (Waghorn 75); Gallagher (Johnson 46), Nugent (Howard 75), Vassell (Dyer 75).
Subs not used: Berner, Weale, Schlupp, Tunchev.
Real Madrid: Adan (Casillas 46), Ramos, Varane, Albiol (Fernandez 79), Marcelo (Arbeloa 63), Khedira (Pepe 63), Granero (Alonso 46), Kaka (Ronaldo 46), Callejon (Ozil 46), Benzema (Higuain 63), Coentrao (Rodriguez 70). Subs not used: Carvalho, Sahin, Mejias, Casado.
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands). Attendance: 32,188.
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