ICC Preview: Everton - Real Madrid

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ICC Preview: Everton - Real Madrid



Everton (4-5-1): Howard; Stones, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini; Anichebe


Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, Tim Howard

Defenders: Leighton Baines, John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, Antolin Alcaraz, John Stones

Midfielders: Darren Gibson, Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini, John Lundstram

Forwards: Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone, Steven Naismith, Apostolos Vellios, Victor Anichebe

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Cheryshev; Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.


Goalkeepers: Antonio Adan, Iker Casillas, Diego Lopez

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa, Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Nacho, Denis Cheryshev

Midfielders: Angel Di Maria, Casemiro, Isco, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Kaka, Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Asier Illarramendi

Forwards: Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jese Rodriguez



  • Everton eked by Juventus in a penalty shootout to advance in the winners' bracket. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard made a clutch save, and 19-year-old defender John Stones converted a cheeky chip in the shootout to boost the Toffees past the Italian champion.

  • Real Madrid had a considerably easier first-round matchup, coasting by a shorthanded LA Galaxy side 3-1. Karim Benzema scored twice after Angel Di Maria opened the scoring.

  • The match pits Everton manager Roberto Martinez against a team from his native country, Spain.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium -- the setting for Saturday's clash -- on Wednesday night.

  • The winner of this game will go up against the winner of Chelsea-AC Milan for the ICC final, while the losers will duke it out for third place. Regardless, all teams in the ICC will travel to Miami for the final placing matches in the tournament.

  • Should Madrid and Chelsea advance, Jose Mourinho would get the chance to coach against Los Blancos just months after leaving the club to return to London.