Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Ronaldo leads Madrid to win over Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and Kaka came up with 3 assists as Real Madrid beat AC Milan 5-1 in a friendly at the Yankee Stadium in New York. 

Angel di Maria put Madrid ahead with a spectacular 25-yard volley in the 24th minute, but Robinho equalized nine minutes later with one of the few shots by Milan, a seven-time European champion depleted by summer departures and retirements. 

Ronaldo, the 2008 FIFA Player of the Year, finished crisp passes with quick bursts of speed in the 49th and 66th minutes, the latter off a pass from Kaka. Sergio Ramos made it 4-1 with a header following Kaka's corner in the 81st and Jose Callejon added the final goal off Kaka's chip in the 89th minute. 

With top executives from both clubs in New York, there was intrigue involving Kaka, the 2007 FIFA Player of the Year. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani hugged Madrid President Florentino Perez on the field before warmups, then exchanged greetings with Real coach Jose Mourinho. 

Kaka, who was bought by Milan from Sao Paulo at age 21 in 2003, Kaka became a star with Milan and scored 95 goals in 269 games over six seasons. Madrid bought him in the summer of 2009 for 65 million Euros (then 93.5 million Dollars) and he has struggled with injuries since. He has 24 goals in 92 games for Los Blancos. 

Real Madrid's first goal came when Mesut Oezil's corner kick was punched out by Christian Abbiati straight to Di Maria, whose volley might have grazed the goalkeeper's fingertips on its way in. 

Milan equalized after Antonio Cassano made a quick pass to Antonio Nocerino, who sent a backheel pass to Robinho. He side-footed the ball in from 10 yards, then ran and kissed a fan's hand in the first row. 

Ronaldo gave Madrid a 2-1 lead with a 14-yard shot off a feed from Lass Diarra. Backup Marco Amelia, who entered at the start of the second half, made a diving stop to deny Ronaldo on a long-range shot. 

On Madrid's third goal, Gonzalo Higuain passed from the flank to Kaka, who controlled the ball and freed an open Ronaldo for an uncontested shot.
Real Madrid, eliminated by Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League semifinals, opens the La Liga season on Aug. 19 at home against Valencia. Milan starts Serie A on Aug. 26 at home against promoted Sampdoria. 

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