efe-epaMunich, Germany

Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur here Tuesday in the Audi Cup semifinal, the Blancos' third loss in four preseason outings.

The only real bright spot for the LaLiga side was a sterling performance by goalkeeper Keylor Navas, playing in lieu of the injured Thibaut Courtois.

Coming off a 7-3 humiliation at the hands of capital rivals Atletico Madrid, Zinedine Zidane's men were determined to give a better account of themselves against the Premier League club.

The coach found himself with limited scope to refresh the lineup.

Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Brahim Diaz and Marco Asensio are sidelined by injury, while James Rodriguez and Casemiro are just back from summer vacation and need more time on the training ground to become match-fit.

Eight of Zidane's starting 11 at Munich's Allianz Arena were part of the Blancos squad that won the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Champions League finals.

The only new faces belonged to Eden Hazard, Rodrygo Goes and Lucas Vazquez.

Spurs, sensing weakness, pressed Real Madrid from the opening whistle and most of the first half was played in front of Navas' goal.

While Luka Modric and Toni Kroos tried their luck from distance, only Karim Benzema posed any threat to the Tottenham goal in the opening 45 minutes.

Hazard, the man Blancos fans hope will fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure a year ago, was not a factor.

The London side created chance after chance and broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute with a goal by striker Harry Kane, who benefited from a giveaway by Real Madrid defender Marcelo.

And Spurs would have turned the contest into a rout but for a quartet of tremendous stops by Navas over a seven-minute span.

In the 19th minute, the Costa Rican averted an own goal by defender Raphael Varane before going on to deny Erik Lamela from point-blank range, sweep away an attempt from Tanguy Ndombele and stonewall Kane in the box as the England captain was poised to make it 2-0.

Real Madrid started the second half with greater energy and Hazard sent a great ball to Marcelo, but the Brazilian's shot bounced harmlessly off a Spurs defender.

Tottenham reclaimed the initiative and renewed their assault on the Blancos goal, forcing yet more heroics from Navas, who stopped shots by Heung-min Son and Dele Alli.

Zidane made a quadruple change with 10 minutes left, sending in Kubo, Isco, De la Fuente and Mariano in pursuit of the draw.

The only one of them to trouble the Spurs defense was Kubo and the 18-year-old Japanese midfielder could not beat keeper Hugo Lloris. EFE

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