It might not go down as the most important goal of Michael Owen’s career, but the next time Manchester United face Barcelona, they will do so having experienced the sensation of beating the European champions thanks to the former England striker’s second-half winner in Washington.
The Champions League holders have now confirmed that Afellay has suffered a small tear in his left hamstring and will be unavailable for a while. It's not yet exactly known how long the former PSV star will be sidelined, but he could miss the upcoming Spanish Supercopa matches against Real Madrid on August 14 at Santiago Bernabeu and at Camp Nou three days later.
Madrid now jet off to China for a pre-season tour before hostilites commence with Barcelona and they were ahead late in the first half when Benzema rounded Kasper Schmeichel to present Callejon with the simplest of tasks from close range. The visitors, who introduced Ronaldo at half-time, completed a relatively routine victory just after the hour when Benzema reacted quickest after defender Marcelo's shot had struck a post.
Jose Mourinho insists Real Madrid are not in talks to sign Emmanuel Adebayor, despite the Togo international's presence in the crowd as Real beat Leicester in a pre-season friendly.
Barcelona are reported to be monitoring his progress, but Atletico have also emerged as possible suitors for the 20-year-old's services, and Griezmann reveals he would be open to such a move. "I [have] thought a lot about it [a move to Atletico]," Griezmann said, according to L'Equipe. I [have] chosen but it's my president [that] will decide.”