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Galaxy no match for Real Madrid in loss, 3-1

Karim Benzema gives Real Madrid two goals in first victory in International Champions Cup tournament.

August 01, 2013|Staff and wire reports
  • Karim Benzema scores one of his two goals in Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over the L.A. Galaxy in the International Champions Cup.
Karim Benzema scores one of his two goals in Real Madrid's 3-1 victory… (Christian Petersen / Getty…)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Karim Benzema scored a pair of second-half goals to lead Spanish soccer power Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over the Galaxy on Thursday night.

The match was the first for both teams in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup tournament, which features six other teams from Europe.

Midfielder Angel Di Maria took a pass from former FIFA world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, who'd gotten past three defenders, and scored the game's first goal. Di Maria later added an assist.

Real Madrid was too talented for the Galaxy, as Ronaldo had multiple chances to score early in the match. A cross from DiMaria found Ronaldo in the sixth minute, and his shot hit the top of the goal and caromed away.

Ronaldo left the match at halftime, replaced at forward by Benzema. It took the Frenchman only six minutes to score.

Practice is sold out

A workout by Real Madrid on Friday, which was moved to UCLA's North Athletic Field from StubHub Center in Carson, is sold out and tickets are no longer available to the public, the Galaxy and UCLA said.

-- Jim Peltz

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