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Photos: Real Madrid beats MLS' Galaxy 3-1 in Valley Champions Cup

GLENDALE — Karim Benzema scored a pair of second-half goals to lead Spanish soccer power Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer 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 also had quality chances in the 18th and 22nd minute, Galaxy defender Sean Franklin trying his best to defend Ronaldo from his right back position. Real Madrid had the vast majority of the scoring chances in the first half. The Galaxy's best opportunity was a near own goal from Real Madrid's Daniel Carvajal in the eighth minute. Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez chipped a ball toward the goal that Carvajal almost misplayed with his clearance. The fans in the crowd of 38,922 rose to their feet every time Ronaldo touched the ball. The Di Maria-Ronaldo connection almost produced another result in the 38th minute, as Ronaldo had plenty of time to settle a pass at his feet, dribble and shoot. But his shoot went over the goal. [Jose M. Romero, The Associated Press]

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