Real Madrid top Inter Milan to end US tour
By R.B. Fallstrom ,APST. LOUIS -- After yet another impressive display to finish its U.S. tour, Real Madrid headed for the airport confident it's ready for the season.
August 12, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Another highlight goal from Cristiano Ronaldo led the way in a dominant preseason finale with a 3-0 victory over Inter Milan on Saturday.
“I'm very happy with this team, with these players,” new coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “They have incredible ability, all the guys.”
Real Madrid visited three cities for the first time with previous stops in Miami and Phoenix. They escaped the finale injury-free, too.
“Not only here, but in every stadium we found a very good atmosphere and local support was fantastic,” Ancelotti said. “The soccer in America is improving quickly.”
Kaka's second-effort header started the scoring in the 11th minute for Real Madrid, which was 6-0-1 in the preseason and allowed one or fewer goals in all but one of them. Play was interrupted for several minutes in the second half when several fans dashed onto the field to shake hands with or even hug Real Madrid players.
The delay came right after a corner kick deflected into the net off defender Ricardo Alvarez in the 68th minute to make it 3-0.
The attendance of 54,184 was the largest ever for a soccer game in St. Louis, though about 13,000 shy of capacity at the Edward Jones Dome. It topped standing-room attendance of more than 48,000 in May for Manchester City's 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Chelsea at Busch Stadium.