July 16, 2011
WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE
Real Madrid, Manchester City post wins
REAL MADRID 4, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 1
LOS ANGELES—Real Madrid gave the Los Angeles Galaxy a schooling at the Los Angeles Coliseum Saturday night, cruising to s 4-1 win.
The onslaught started in the 31st minute, when Jose Callejon broke in on the right side, running onto a ball from Kaka, that had started out of the back. As Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders moved out, Callejon slipped the ball past him and into the net.
In the 40th minute, Marcelo fed Joselu on the left side. The Real forward went one-on-one with David Beckham into the area, before lashing a shot that deflected off the Galaxy midfielder into the left side of the net, leaving Saunders flat-footed.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who entered the game at halftime, put on the most brilliant display of the game in the 53rd minute. After getting the ball from Raul Albiol on the left side, The former World Player of the Year did three stepovers, then beat three Galaxy defenders, first going to his right, then cutting left, before slipping the ball from an almost impossible angle past Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk into the upper left side of the net.
It only took another five minutes before Real scored again. This time, Fábio Coentrão made a run down the left all the way to the end line, spotting Karin Benzema making a run at the far post. Coentrão lofted a cross that Benzema sailed up to head into the net, giving Real Madrid a 4-0 lead.
The Galaxy put only four shots on frame in the game, two of them leading to their only goal. In the 67th minute, a shot by Jovan Kirovski on the right side was saved by Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan. The ball rebounded out to Adam Cristman, who was waiting at the top of the six to head the ball into the net.
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MANCHESTER CITY 2, CLUB AMERICA 0
SAN FRANCISCO—Sean Wright-Phillips scored one goal and set the stage for another as Manchester City shut out Club America 2-0 Saturday night at AT&T Park.
The England international’s 17th-minute shot was deflected by an America defender to Ryan McGivern, who opened the scoring by bending a shot into the net from the edge of the penalty area. Ten minutes later, Wright Phillips blasted a 25-yard shot between two defenders and past goalkeeper Armando Navarrete.
America’s best chances to claw their way back into the match came in the second half, after a complete turnover in the City lineup. Substitute goalkeeper Stuart Taylor was tested three times in the early minutes of the half, diving to save Edgar Castillo’s 47th-minute shot, turning away Daniel Marquez’s point-blank header in the 50th, and denying Vicente Matias Vuoso a clean shot at goal in the 53rd.