Major League Soccer, Real Madrid

Real Madrid Romp In LA

THe LA Galaxy were given a lesson in finishing last night as Real Madrid opened their pre-season with an impressive 4-1 victory over the LA Galaxy.

Real Madrid is one of the best teams in the world, and even with a strong line-up, the Galaxy could not hang with the Spanish giants. Madrid won 63% of the tackles in the game, had 60% of the possession and had 20 shots on goal to LA’s 8.

After a scoreless opening 30 minutes, Real Madrid moved to another gear, scoring two goals in quick succession.

Fabio Coentrao started a move in the 31st with a short pass to Kaka. The former FIFA player of the year picked out a streaking Callejon with a fantastic pass. Callejon had time to take a few touches before burying the ball in the lower left corner.

Madrid caught the Galaxy with its guard down minutes later. Joselu shot went through the legs of Beckham and wrong-footed goalkeeper Josh Saunders who appeared to be expecting a cross instead of a shot.

Then came a moment of pure class and brilliance from who else but Ronaldo (see below):

Benzema made it four, when he headed home a cross from Fabio.

Adam Cristman got one back and scored the Galaxy’s lone goal, redirecting Antonio Adan’s save with a header into the net.