Los Angeles Galaxy 2-3 Real Madrid
Mourinho continued testing the waters in Real Madrid’s second match of the preseason. With Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for kick-off, Benzema was alone in attack and flanked by Van der Vaart and Di Maria. The French striker had another solid outing and often fell back to the wings to allow for the incorporation of Ramos and Drenthe on offense.
Real Madrid created numerous first half chances but were unable to finish successfully. Di Maria’s shot on 32′ hugged the post but on the wrong side. Shortly before halftime, the Galaxy capitalized on a corner to beat Dudek and take the lead after more than three deflections. The hosts advanced their positions and provoked Drenthe into committing a penalty on 45′. Landon Donovan converted the spot kick to put LA up 2-0 heading into the break.
Mourinho made ten substitutions to start the second and brought Cristiano Ronaldo, Canales, Pedro Leon, Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Higuain, Marcelo, Pepe, Gago and Arbeloa off the bench to join Garay. Real Madrid took control of the match and didn’t need much time to pull within one. Cristiano Ronaldo provided a fantastic pass to Higuain and their was little the goalkeeper could do to keep the Argentine from scoring. Six minutes later, Higuain had a goal disallowed after being flagged offside, but replay clearly showed the defense behind the Madridista. There was no sense in panicking, though, as minutes later Higuain wowed spectators with a brilliant feint and shot into the corner of the net to pull Real even with half an hour still to play.
A magical heal flick by Canales to Higuian on 71′ nearly made the come back a reality, but the goalkeeper managed to get a hand on the shot. Pedro Leon got a foot to the clearance and the ball sailed into the back of the Galaxy net after deflecting off a player. Real Madrid continued to pour on the pressure even with the match in the bag, but they would have to settle for a final score of 2-3, the same result as that against America in San Francisco.
L.A. GALAXY: Ricketts (Perk min.45); Berhalter (Leonardo min.63), Franklin (De la Garza min.63), Gonzalez (Jordan, min.76), Dunivant (Lewis, min.70); Juninho (Klein min.63), Stephens (Cazumba, min.70), Birchall, Donovan (Kirovski min.63); Mathis (Bowen, min.25), Buddle (Magee min.46).
REAL MADRID: Dudek (Casillas, min.45); Ramos (Arbeloa, min.45), Albiol (Pepe, min.45), Garay, Drenthe (Marcelo, min.45); Lass (Xabi Alonso, min.45), Diarra (Gago, min.45), Di Maria (Cristiano Ronaldo, min.45), Granero (Pedro Leon, min.45 / Morata, min.88); Van der Vaart (Canales, min.45 /Alex, min.90), Benzema (Higuain, min.45).
1-0 (40′): Dunivant.
2-0 (45′): Donovan.
2-1 (52′): Higuian.
2-2 (62′): Higuaín.
2-3 (71′): Pedro Leon.
Notes: Second match of the preseason
Played at: The Rose Bowl, Los Angeles
Referee: Mr. Arkadiusz Prus (USA)