Friday August 2, 2013 Friendlies Finished

Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - 3 Real Madrid

  • Di María 15’
  • Benzema 51’, 74’

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    Time:90'
    • Los Angeles Galaxy
    • Real Madrid
    • 90' There goes the final whistle! Benzema's brace is the difference in the end and Real Madrid leave Phoenix 3-1 winners over LA Galaxy.
    • 89' Morata arrives late but Garcia tracks back too though and makes a crucial block! Flag was up anyway.
    • 87' Madrid are just playing keep ball now as Ozil bursts forward and wins a free-kick.
    • 84' It's a good job Real scored that third or this final five minutes could have been a nervy time for the Spanish side.
    • 80' Morata goes into the book for leaving a foot in - that's the first of the game, in stark contrast to the four yellows and one red shown in the evening's previous match between Chelsea and Inter.
    • 78' Real make yet more changes: Jesus comes on to take over from Lopez in goal, while Jorge Casado also comes on for Carvajal.
    • 74' GOAL! But Real restore their two-goal advantage straight away as Benzema grabs a second on the counter! Di Maria with the assist as the Argentine simply pops up a hanging cross for Benzema to get on the end of!
    • 73' Brilliant build-up play from Galaxy, involving Rogers but it comes to nothing.
    • 72' Off goes Modric and Isco as Khedira and Ozil come on. Galaxy make a couple of changes too.
    • 70' Instead Isco steps up but he can only fire his effort straight at Rowe.
    • 69' Di Maria gets caught by Mastroeni - one of the many Galaxy subs - and Madrid have a free-kick, dead centre, about 30 yards out. Ronaldo would usually relish a chance like this, but he's off.
    • 65' After all those changes, here's who's on the pitch for Real at the moment: Lopez, Carvajal, Mateos, Fernandez, Cheryshev, Khedira, Di Maria, Casimiro, Ozil, Morata, Benzema.
    • 63' GOAL! Galaxy pull one back! Villarreal latches onto a poor headed clearance before taking it past two defenders and firing an unstoppable drive into the top corner! Superb goal!
    • 61' More changes now: Galaxy make three of them.
    • 60' What a run by Isco! He dances through two challenges behind letting fly with an effort that Rowe is equal to!
    • 56' Kaka takes it quickly, and short. But his quick thinking comes to nothing this time.
    • 55' Cheryshev gets his head down and motors forward. He looks to have overrun it, but he manages to somehow win a corner.
    • 53' Casemiro, another half-time substitute, goes close with a header from the resulting corner! Just over the bar from the youngster!
    • 52' Great start to the second half by Real. And Kaka nearly makes it three as he bears down on goal only to see his shot smothered by the late arriving defender!
    • 51' GOAL! Benzema wastes no time in making his mark on the match, the Frenchman bringing down a crossfield ball beautifully before slotting home into the bottom left-hand corner!
    • 46' Well, there's the usual raft of changes to try to figure out. Robbie Rogers is on for LA and Benzema is on for Real for starters.
    • 46' Here we go again! Second half under way in Phoenix.
    • 45' There goes the half-time whistle in Phoenix and Real take a slender 1-0 advantage in with them at the break.
    • 42' Modric crumples to the ground as he passes Zardes. It looked innocuous enough, but he seems to be in some pain. And when the Croat gets up, he fires off a few choice words at the Galaxy man. Really not sure that was deliberate but Modric seems upset about something.
    • 40' Isco is the next Real Madrid player to try his luck on goal. The former Malaga man sends his effort wide of the post though.
    • 38' Ronaldo is found in space and in on goal once again but he blazes his effort into the crowd behind Rowe's goal!
    • 35' Ronaldo plays a one-two and finds himself in on goal, but the flag is up for offside and even if his frustrated blast against Rowe got past the keeper it wouldn't have counted.
    • 33' Ronaldo's clearly enjoying himself out there, as is Di Maria who is the next to try a bit of trickery on the ball.
    • 32' Sarvas wins a corner for Galaxy as his shot from distance is deflected behind!
    • 31' Kaka plays a loose pass straight out of play. Didn't he used to be the best player in the world or something?
    • 30' Ronaldo delights the crowd as he performs a little trick to flick the ball up into his hands at a throw-in. Flash.
    • 27' Carvajal though is soon forced off the pitch with a bloody nose. It's running repairs though and he'll be back on soon enough.
    • 26' Ronaldo, now popping up on the right, links up nicely with Carvajal to play in the right-back. He has loads of time and space, possibly too much, and in the end his cross is easily headed clear.
    • 24' Ooh! Cheeky effort from Juninho, who tries to beat Lopez at his near post with a well-taken free-kick. It goes into the side-netting but 10 out of 10 for effort!
    • 22' Ronaldo again looks menacing on the Real left as he brings down a ball beautifully before coming back inside and letting fly! Easy for Rowe this time, as the keeper stands firm.
    • 18' Ronaldo is put through, his control is exemplary, but he drags his shot wide of the mark! You get the feeling that this could be a real romp. A Real romp.
    • 15' GOAL! Di Maria finishes delightfully to put Real one up! It's Ronaldo who tees it up for the Argentine, but there is still plenty to do. Di Maria dinks the ball over the advancing Rowe and the ball bounces into the back of the net!
    • 14' Carvajal gets forward well from the right-back position, but when he's played in on goal, his cannot match his run with a finish.
    • 12' Galaxy are, of course, missing some of their best players tonight. So no Robbie Keane or Landon Donovan. Keane's on the bench, lending his support.
    • 9' What a run by Jiminez! He gets past two Real defenders before sending a shot into the side netting from an acute angle.
    • 8' But here come the Galaxy, and Jiminez's chipped cross over towards far post is chested behind by Carvajal!
    • 7' Cheryshev now tests Rowe with a speculative effort from distance! Real are rampant early on!
    • 6' Oooh! Ronaldo again is the centre of attention as he rises, salmon-like to meet Di Maria's cross with a trademark header that he rattles the woodwork with!
    • 4' Ronaldo then gets to the byline and sends over a teasing cross, but there's no one there in a white shirt to get on the end of it.
    • 3' And the star of the show wastes no time in showing what he's capable of, stepping over a few times on the touchline before playing a pass to Modric.
    • 2' So, a far from full strength Real Madrid side, but nevertheless Ronaldo leads them out, much to the delight of the locals.
    • 1' So, here we go then! Under way in Phoenix!
    • - LA: Rowe, Dunivant, Franklin, Delagarza, Leonardo, Sarvas, Jiminez, Juninho, McBean, Villarreal, Zardes.
    • - Madrid: Lopez, Carvajal, Pepe, Mateos, Cheryshev, Modric, Di Maria, Ozil, Isco, Kaka, Ronaldo.
    • - Here come the teams, finally!
    • - We've already seen Chelsea swat aside a poor Internazionale side tonight in Indianapolis. The Blues won that one 2-0.
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    • - We're still waiting for kick-off here in Arizona.
    • - European giants Real Madrid meet MLS side LA Galaxy in a pre-season friendly in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Summary

    • 80' Morata goes into the book for leaving a foot in - that's the first of the game, in stark contrast to the four yellows and one red shown in the evening's previous match between Chelsea and Inter.
    • 74' GOAL! But Real restore their two-goal advantage straight away as Benzema grabs a second on the counter! Di Maria with the assist as the Argentine simply pops up a hanging cross for Benzema to get on the end of!
    • 63' GOAL! Galaxy pull one back! Villarreal latches onto a poor headed clearance before taking it past two defenders and firing an unstoppable drive into the top corner! Superb goal!
    • 60' What a run by Isco! He dances through two challenges behind letting fly with an effort that Rowe is equal to!
    • 51' GOAL! Benzema wastes no time in making his mark on the match, the Frenchman bringing down a crossfield ball beautifully before slotting home into the bottom left-hand corner!
    • 15' GOAL! Di Maria finishes delightfully to put Real one up! It's Ronaldo who tees it up for the Argentine, but there is still plenty to do. Di Maria dinks the ball over the advancing Rowe and the ball bounces into the back of the net!
    • 6' Oooh! Ronaldo again is the centre of attention as he rises, salmon-like to meet Di Maria's cross with a trademark header that he rattles the woodwork with!
    • - LA: Rowe, Dunivant, Franklin, Delagarza, Leonardo, Sarvas, Jiminez, Juninho, McBean, Villarreal, Zardes.
    • - Madrid: Lopez, Carvajal, Pepe, Mateos, Cheryshev, Modric, Di Maria, Ozil, Isco, Kaka, Ronaldo.

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  1. how many corners were taken in this game?

    From Voicu, on Fri 2 Aug 12:39
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