Roma edge past Real Madrid

Match was disrupted as intruders waved Palestinian flag

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Published: Thu 31 Jul 2014, 10:22 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:31 PM

Roma beat Real Madrid 1-0 on Tuesday in a friendly match disrupted by a pitch invasion, with a Palestinian flag being waved among the intruders.

Approximately 20 fans, mostly young men, appeared to overwhelm the security officials.

Players and team officials waited as the intruders were rounded up and removed from the scene. Some players stretched while others just stood with hands on hips as the fans ran past looking for acknowledgement.

Roma veteran Francesco Totti scored the only goal on a cross from the right by Alessandro Florenzi in the 58th minute.

Roma nearly made it 2-0 about a minute later, but Adem Ljajic had a close miss. Real Madrid’s Isco shot just right of the goal in the 60th minute.

Roma’s next game in the International Champions Cup friendly tournament is against Italian rival Internazionale on Saturday, when Real Madrid will play Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti tried to put up a brave face after a 0-1 defeat to Italian side AS Roma that saw his side eliminated from the Guinness International Champions Cup in the US. “We tried to play good football again and we did so for an hour, but we could not take out chances,” lamented Ancelotti, who tried to look at the positive.

“We have not had any injury problems and we have improved our physical condition, which is what you look to do in pre-season,” he said. “There are still a lot of players away and they will soon join the team and all of them will be ready when we play the Supercup (Aug 12 vs Sevilla). The fact they don’t come back until Aug 5 doesn’t mean they can’t play as they will have a week to get into shape,” added the Real Madrid coach. “Now we are going to have more time to prepare for the Supercup and have more time to rest. Real Madrid can’t be happy at a defeat, but we will be able to be better prepared,” continued Ancelotti, who refused to discuss the possible signing of goalkeeper, Keylor Navas or whether Casillas or Diego Lopez would be first choice goalkeeper in the BBVA Primera Liga next season.

Ancelotti did discuss Cristiano Ronaldo, saying his knee problems were behind him.

“He is working well and we will be able to see if he can play a few minutes against Manchester United. I think his injury is forgotten, but we have to be calm.”

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