Oliver Todd for MailOnline

Real Madrid could only manage a draw against Valerenga as Rafa Benitez’s side drew a blank in their preparations for the new La Liga season.

The Spanish giants are still two weeks away from kicking off their competitive season against Real Betis, but Benitez’s men looked far from ready in Sunday’s Oslo friendly.

Gareth Bale showed glimpses of his ability, while Martin Odegaard delighted fans on his Norwegian homecoming with an impressive first-half display.

Gareth Bale plays a pass under pressure from Valerenga's Daniel Holm during the pre-season friendly

Gareth Bale plays a pass under pressure from Valerenga’s Daniel Holm during the pre-season friendly

Martin Odegaard returned to Norway and showed his potential in Oslo, going past Christian Grindheim here

Martin Odegaard returned to Norway and showed his potential in Oslo, going past Christian Grindheim here

Real, who are preparing a £25million bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, kept it tight at the back – a familiar trait from Benitez – but were unable to find a breakthrough going forward.

New boss Benitez, who was missing Cristiano Ronaldo, said: ‘We lacked precision, I’m not a hundred percent satisfied. We have much from for improvement.

‘We missed players in attack that are responsible for scoring many goals, but the team has played positively today.’ 

New boss Rafa Benitez watched on as his Real Madrid side struggled to find a breakthrough in the friendly

New boss Rafa Benitez watched on as his Real Madrid side struggled to find a breakthrough in the friendly

Bale and Co looked a little rusty but they do have two weeks to go until their La Liga opener against Real Betis

Bale and Co looked a little rusty but they do have two weeks to go until their La Liga opener against Real Betis

James Rodriguez collects the ball under the attentions of Elias Mar Omarsson as Real look to burst forward

James Rodriguez collects the ball under the attentions of Elias Mar Omarsson as Real look to burst forward

Although the Norwegian fans were thrilled to have Real Madrid in their country, the afternoon turned sour for one young fan after Marcelo unleashed a powerful shot.

The Brazilian’s strike swerved wide of the goal but hit the boy straight in the face, knocking a mobile phone out of hands in the process.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo (third from right) unleashes a powerful, left-footed shot at goal

Real Madrid defender Marcelo (third from right) unleashes a powerful, left-footed shot at goal

Marcelo's strike misses the goal but hits a young boy in the face, knocking a mobile phone out of his hands

Marcelo’s strike misses the goal but hits a young boy in the face, knocking a mobile phone out of his hands

RONALDO TAKES A BREAK

Real Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday as the forward continues his recovery from the back injury which kept him out of the Audi Cup earlier this week.

Rafa Benitez expects his star man to be fit for the new season and he certainly looked in relaxed mood as he soaked up some sun while his team-mates were in action in Norway.

Ronaldo took to Instagram to share a picture of himself wearing a pair of yellow trunks on a beach, adding the caption: ‘Happy Sunday’.


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