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Real Madrid beat Chelsea with Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass

Portuguese hits double to cap pre-season tournament victory in US

  • AFP
  • Published: 17:08 August 8, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AP Images for Guinness International Champions Cup
  • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7) celebrates their win with Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas (1) over Chelsea the championship match during the Guinness International Champions at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Florida: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal in each half to power Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.

Ronaldo scored a free-kick in the 31st minute and helped seal the victory with a header in the 57th in front of a crowd of 67,273.

“The team played fantastic,” Ronaldo said. “This is what we are looking for. We are getting better.”

Marcelo Vieira also scored in the 14th minute for Real Madrid in the game that rounded off the eight-team, 12-game International Champions Cup tournament.

Ramires scored the lone goal for Chelsea in the 16th minute.

“We are trying to find our fitness and get the team playing the right way,” said midfielder Frank Lampard. “We could have played better.”

It was a disappointing loss for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who was facing his old club just three months after his acrimonious departure from the Spanish giants.

Mourinho was sacked by Real Madrid before rejoining Chelsea, a team he led to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

“I just tried to help my team and score goals,” Ronaldo said.

The three goals conceded by Chelsea were the first they had leaked in three Champions Cup tournament matches. “We had a long pre-season. We travelled to Asia for two weeks, played three games here and we got one more. It is going to be an exciting season for us,” Lampard said.

Earlier in the day, AC Milan won the third-place match by beating the LA Galaxy 2-0.


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