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Honours Even At The Bernabeu

Raul Garcia cancelled out James Rodriguez's goal, as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played out to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Carlo Ancelotti left Rodriguez on the bench, opting for Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso in the midfield, while Diego Simoene left Antoine Griezmann on the bench for the first half.

The first half failed to provide a lot goal-mouth action, with both sides restricted to long range efforts.

Mario Mandzukic had the best effort of the half with a long range from 20-yards out, which Iker Casillas managed to parry away.

Casillas was called into action a minute later, this time getting down well to deny Saul from the edge of the area.

Cristiano Ronaldo had been quite for most of the first half but could have given his side the lead just before the halftime break, but the Portuguese failed to steer his header on target after being picked out by Gareth Bale.

The hosts should have went ahead in the 69th minute, as Moya palmed Bale's stinging free-kick into the path of Tony Kroos, who managed to blasts his effort over the bar with only the keeper to beat.

Carlo Ancelotti rang the changes in the second half and even gave Angel Di Maria an opportunity to showcase his talent, much to the delight of the home fans.

And Los Blancos eventually took the lead in the 80th minute through new signing James Rodriguez, as the midfielder managed to squeeze the ball under Moya from 12-yards out.

Atletico equalised seven minutes later, as an un-marked Raul Garcia tapped home from three-yards out, to grab a vital away goal for Los Rojiblancos.

 

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