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Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain Live: Heavyweight clash in store in International Champions Cup

Ross Aylward 27 Jul 2016
  • Real Madrid face Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering International Champions Cup clash
  • The European rivals meet at Mapfre Stadium in Ohio
David Luiz of PSG

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain lock horns in what promises to be a mouthwatering International Champions Cup contest between two of Europe’s heavyweights at the Mapfre Stadium in Ohio.

Real Madrid v PSG kicks off at 9.30am AEST on Thursday (12.30am UK) and will be streamed live online.



Real, who are the most successful side in the history of the competition with three titles overall, begin their search for a fourth with what will be their opening match of pre-season.

Zinedine Zidane guided Los Blancos to an 11th UEFA Champions League success after taking temporary charge mid-season following the sacking of Rafael Benitez – beating rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties – but had to settle for second place in La Liga behind Barcelona.

The preparations for his first full campaign and the quest to wrestle back the Spanish domestic crown start here, although they are without a number of star names in America.

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently recovering from the injury that forced him off early in the Euro 2016 final, while the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Pepe are all on a break following their exertions in France.



Nevertheless, it is a good opportunity for the likes of Isco, Raphael Varane, Mateo Kovacic and Martin Odegaard to stake their claims for places to Zidane.

Meanwhile, PSG’s preparations for the forthcoming campaign are already in full swing. Following a narrow 2-1 win over English side West Bromwich Albion earlier in the month, the 2015 North American ICC champions began the defence of their title with a 3-1 victory over Internazionale.

Serge Aurier was the unlikely hero with two goals, while Layvin Kurzawa was also on target as coach Unai Emery made it two wins out of two since taking over from Laurent Blanc.

Following their recent domestic dominance, the former Sevilla coach is tasked with taking PSG to the next level in Europe and, having guided the Spanish side to three consecutive Europa League crowns, he clearly has the right credentials to do so.


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