An inexperienced centre-back pairing for Manchester City played right into the hands of Real Madrid, who ran out 4-1 winners at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of 99,382 fans.
A fluid, interchanging front four of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo ran riot against youngsters Jason Denayer and Cameron Humphreys in the first half, and goals by Benzema and Ronaldo within four minutes of each other gave the Spanish side a comfortable lead inside the first 25 minutes.
Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen says he pushed for a move to Borussia Monchengladbach after consulting with Eden Hazard.
Christensen, 19, joined Gladbach on a temporary two-year deal last week but only after talking to Hazard about his younger brother Thorgan, who joined the German side from Chelsea on a permanent deal in February.
"I asked Eden Hazard whether his brother Thorgan is happy at Gladbach," Christensen told Bild. "He said yes."
The Danish international said this information had helped...
Borussia Monchengladbach say they will resist any approach from Bayern Munich to purchase midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer.
Xhaka, 22, was linked with a move to Bayern earlier this year and Gladbach have moved to dismiss fresh speculation after the Bundesliga champions sold Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United.
Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl told Bild that there is no way the Switzerland international will be allowed to leave the club who finished third in the Bundesliga last...
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has finalised a season-long loan move to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Chelsea have tied down Christensen to a new deal at Stamford Bridge and they have agreed a deal to allow him to go to the Bundesliga for 2015-16.
The Danish defender, who can play at centre-back and right-back, joined Chelsea in 2012 from Brondby and he is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge.