10 August 2013
Fernando Porrero(Saint Louis)
Real Madrid brought their U.S. tour to a close with a resounding victory over Inter in Saint Louis. La Liga starts next Sunday against Betis and the Whites are leaving the U.S.A feeling great. Ancelotti's team have been able to work calmly and in the four friendlies that they have played they have been far superior to their opponents. The team is more than ready to make a good start. La Liga starts next Sunday and Real Madrid are fully switched on.
Ancelotti opted for a starting eleven full of changes to bring Real Madrid’s tour to a close. The Italian knows that the league starts in a week and that it's time to start saving energy. The team that were out on the field were still the better of the two sides and did enough to prevail over an Inter team that are not going through their best moment in history. The Whites could have had their first in the 7th minute, but Morata narrowly failed to get to a good cross from Kaka. Mazzari’s team looked to play on the counter and tried to get in behind the Whites’ defence using Palacio’s speed. The goal to make it 1-0 came in the 11th minute. Kaka, from a header, after Handanovic had saved the Brazilian’s sensational shot in the first instance, scored the Whites’ first.
Real Madrid overwhelmed an Inter team that, put simply, did not get a sniff of the ball. In the 14th minute the referee missed a very clear handball by an Italian defender from a Ronaldo shot. Ancelotti’s team were vastly superior to Inter and sought the second goal that would put the match to bed early. The Italians however did not trouble Diego Lopez, who was a spectator. The crowd, that nearly filled the stadium, enjoyed Ronaldo’s and Kaka’s skills. In the 26th minute a pinpoint pass from Casemiro was controlled but put over the bar by Morata, who struck the ball with everything he had but put it over when those around him had already started to celebrate the goal. In the 36th minute Ronaldo, with a header, created more danger for Handanovic to have to deal with.
In the 38th minute the scoreline became 2-0 with a Ronaldo masterpiece, who shot into the far corner from the edge of the area after receiving a great pass from Casemiro. The crowd, as happened in Miami and Los Angeles, went crazy for what was the Portuguese’s sixth goal of the preseason. Inter remained inferior to Real Madrid and still without having had any shots at goal. Not a single attempt at goal from the Italians, who had had a bad first half. That is how the half ended.
In the second half Ancelotti used the bench and brought on Jese, Khedira and Pepe for Arbeloa, Modric and Ronaldo. The ex-academy player from the Canaries went up front and smashed the ball against the crossbar with a spectacular shot with his first touch. Real Madrid kept looking for more goals against an Inter team that had continued playing the same as in the first half: not shooting on goal. Ancelotti’s team were in absolute control of the match, which was being played as the Whites dictated. In the 56th minute the Italians had their first shot on goal which Diego Lopez stopped without any trouble.
Inter’s best move of the match came in the 58th minute, but Palacio, with everything in his favour, fired the ball over the bar. Real Madrid did not want the match to become complicated and began to go in search of the third goal that would put the result beyond doubt. In the 60th minute Morata had the chance to score but his shot went straight into Handanovic’s hands. The Italians lifted themselves and started to get closer to the Whites’ goal with a little more success. In the 67th minute the Whites made it 3-0 thanks to an own goal from Ricky Alvarez from a corner. Following the goal, at least five spectators ran out onto the field to hug the Whites’ players, something the crowd cheered, but that shows that security measures were not adequate. In the 68th minute Ramos came off for Mateos.
The Italians tried to close the gap so they did not have to leave with such a hefty scoreline against. In the 75th minute Carvajal stopped an Icardi header on the line. Now, with nothing to play for, the Italians pressed. The match became very back and forth. In the 78th minute Morata could have made it 4-0 but Carrizo stopped his shot well. With no time to draw breath both teams went in search of a goal. In the 80th minute Icardi’s header hit the crossbar. The crowd were really enjoying seeing this type of play. In the end, despite the attempts from both teams, there were no more goals and the match ended 3-0. Real Madrid brought their tour to a close with a resounding victory and now turn their thoughts to La Liga.