2018 AlKass International Cup: Kashiwa Reysol 3-2 Real Madrid


Kashiwa Reysol delivered an outstanding display of fortitude and tactical brilliance to overcome strong favourites Real Madrid and advance to the Al Kass 2018 semifinals.

Repeating a pattern established in their previous games, Reysol defended stoutly throughout and sought to hit their opponents on the counterattack, while absorbing continual pressure from a highly accomplished Madrid side who created enough chances to win several matches.

The Madridistas were in command from the first whistle and, just three minutes in, were almost in front when Alvaro De Frias collected the ball in a central area just outside the box and curled a delicious left-footed strike that looked destined for the top corner, only for Reysol keeper Leo Kokubo to make an athletic save, diving to tip the ball over the bar.

The chance was indicative of Madrid

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