Appointed at the head of Real Madrid last June to replace Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti was eagerly awaited for his debut with the Merengues. And for this first friendly duel against the Rangers of Steven Gerrard, the Madrilenians bowed. Without his internationals, still on vacation, the Italian technician was forced to line up a rejuvenated eleven with the presence of Rodrygo and Jovic in attack, Chust to support Nacho in defense and Lunin in goal. Quickly in this meeting, Rodrygo opened the scoring following a fast counterattack led by Odegaard (1-0, 8th). And despite dominance in possession, the Madrilenians have conceded many chances (21 shots, 8 on target).
After the break, the Scots logically equalized thanks to Sakala (1-1, 55th), before taking the advantage on a strong strike from Itten at the end of the game (2-1, 77th), well helped by a heavy error of the Merengue defense and the exclusion of Nacho, who received a second yellow card. A complicated first for Carlo Ancelotti for his return to the bench for Real, before a second important test against AC Milan on August 8.