Cristiano Ronaldo gave fans at the first football match ever at Dodger Stadium what they wanted Saturday, scoring one goal and aiding another in Real Madrid’s 2-1 friendly win over Everton.
More then 40,000 spectators turned out at the 51-year-old baseball stadium nestled in Los Angeles’ Chavez Ravine and the first football goal in the venue’s history went to one of the game’s greats when Ronaldo scored in the 17th minute.
Ozil doubled Real Madrid’s lead in the 31st minute after taking a pass from Ronaldo.
Second-half substitute Nikica Jelavic scored in the 61st minute for Everton.
The win sends Real into the title match of the International Champions Cup, an eight-team friendly tournament that will end on Wednesday in Miami.
They will face the winner of Sunday’s match at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, between Chelsea and AC Milan.
Everton will play for third place against the loser of that match.
‘Real should not have made talks public’
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti should not have made public the Spanish club’s attempts to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale, the Premier League side’s coach Andre Villas-Boas said on Saturday.
Asked if he felt Ancelotti was in the wrong, Villas-Boas said: “I think so, in my opinion. Carlo is a person I appreciate a lot and we have great respect for each other, but bearing in mind this situation they have decided to make it public. Normally in situations like this it is scrutinised by the FA with lots of care and attention. We have seen lots of people speak about a player that is not theirs and we are due some respect. These rumours of an imminent transfer are not true. The only thing we have communicated with Real Madrid is that he is our player and he is not for sale.”
Mourinho reveals England snub
London: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed he was close to taking charge of England in 2007 before realising he would be bored by the low-key nature of international management. “My plan at that time was just to try to motivate myself for a job (with England) that doesn’t fulfil me,” Mourinho told the Independent.
Wenger hits back at Rodgers over Suarez
London: Arsene Wenger hit back on Saturday at Brendan Rodgers after the Liverpool manager insisted Arsenal’s bid for Luis Suarez fell well short of the player’s valuation. “I do not understand this kind of thinking and would not like to talk openly about negotiations, because that is not my target in (this) press conference,” he said.