LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a signature goal and Real Madrid displayed its deft scoring ability to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-1 in an exhibition on Saturday night.
Jose Callejon and Joselu scored 8 minutes apart in the first half and Karim Benzema converted a header in the 57th minute as the Spanish giants showed little rust in their preseason opener.
Ronaldo, who set La Liga’s scoring record with 40 goals last season, entered as a halftime substitute. The Portuguese star used multiple step-over’s to fake out three defenders, then fired a sharp shot with his left foot that found its way inside the near post.
David Beckham wore the captain’s band for the Galaxy against his former team but failed to make an impact before being removed for a substitute in the 61st minute.
Adam Cristman scored the Galaxy’s lone goal, redirecting Antonio Adan’s save with a header into the net.
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