CARSON, Calif. -- A record soccer attendence of 30,317 in the Home Depot Center watched Real Madrid trounce the LA Galaxy 5-1 on Thursday night.
Real Madrid scored early and it scored often. The first goal came in only the second minute, when Angel Di Maria dummied inside from the right flank and slipped a pass into the box. Gonzalo Higuain, whose brother Federico recently signed for MLS with the Columbus Crew, only needed one touch to put the ball in the back of the net.
Di Maria scored his own less than 10 minutes later. He skipped past his marker after Lass Diarra found him open and beat Josh Saunders near post.
The Galaxy pulled one back midway through the first half. David Beckham floated a trademark free kick into the box. Omar Gonzalez headed the ball back across goal and David Junior Lopes, who scored against Tottenham last week, bundled it into the net.
Madrid made sure it entered the half with a two-goal cushion courtesy of Jose Callejon. Higuain passed straight through the Galaxy backline and Callejon's run lost Lopes, leaving the youngster with an easy finish.
Within minutes of the wholesale changes at halftime (no player from either team started both halves), Esteban Granero chipped the LA defensive line and Alvaro Morata scored.
In the last few minutes Los Blancos capped off the game with a gorgeous flowing move. Karim Benzema made a diagonal run across the field, playing a one-two to keep his surge going, and passed to Mesut Ozil on the right. The German cut the ball back into the box and Jesse Rodriguez finished it off.
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- Real Madrid
- Gonzalo Higuain
- Angel Di Maria