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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ronaldo triple seals Real win

Cristiano Ronaldo made three goals in a devastating 9 minute second-half spell on Wednesday to propel Madrid to a 3-0 triumph over Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara.

Ronaldo was thwarted by Chivas keeper Luis Michel in the 1st half of the friendly. Michel stopped one of the Portuguese ace signature free kicks in the 6th minute and shortly afterwards denied a headed attempt from a corner.

Then as half-time approached, Ronaldo fought off a defender to gain a through ball from Mezut Ozil, only to find Michel had rushed out to close the angle. The former Manchester United star ultimately broke through in the 73rd minute, splitting two Chivas defenders as he raced into the penalty area to meet a cross from French international Karim Benzema and fire beyond Michel with his right foot.

3 minutes later, Ronaldo converted a penalty after team-mate and Portuguese compatriot Pepe was brought down in the box by Chivas' Omar Arellano. Ronaldo realised his hat-trick with a blast to the lower right corner in the 82nd minute.

The match at Qualcomm Stadium was the 2nd on Real Madrid's North American tour, which they opened with a 4-1 triumph over Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy on Saturday. They play MLS's Philadelphia Union in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Spanish club is one of several European sides warming up for the season in North America.  Spanish rivals Barcelona, English Premier League clubs Manchester United and Manchester City and Italian club Juventus all have friendlies scheduled in the coming weeks.

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