Real Madrid Tops Inter Milan in St. Louis Match
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Real Madrid got another highlight goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and was dominant in its preseason finale with a 3-0 victory over Inter Milan on Saturday.
Kaka’s second-effort header started the scoring in the 11th minute for Real Madrid, which was 5-0-1 in the preseason and allowed one or fewer goals in all but one game. Play was interrupted for several minute in the second half when several fans dashed onto the field to shake hands with or even hug Real Madrid players.
The delay came right after a corner kick deflected into the net off defender Ricardo Alvarez to make it 3-0.
Attendance of 54,184 was the largest ever for a soccer game in St. Louis, though about 13,000 shy of capacity at the Edward Jones Dome. It topped standing-room attendance of more than 48,000 in May for Manchester City’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Chelsea at Busch Stadium
More fans dashed onto the field after the game ended, testing the depth of security staffing.
Inter Milan tested Real Madrid backup goalie Diego Lopez several times in the second half, including two good chances from Alvarez and one rifled over the crossbar by Rodrigo Palacio, the team’s leading scorer last season.
Ronaldo played the first half, virtually all of it in the Inter Milan end, and made it 2-0 in the 38th minute when he took a stretch pass from Casemiro at the box in stride and ripped a one-timer past diving goalie Samir Handanovic.
Three days earlier, Ronaldo went the distance and scored twice in the title game victory over Chelsea in the Guinness International Championship Cup, including a free kick looped over defenders that then curled just under the crossbar.
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