Spanish giants spank Manchester City 4-1 to clinch the International Champions Cup at Australia’s MCG
Melbourne: Cristiano Ronaldo turned on a show as Real Madrid demolished Manchester City 4-1 before a record crowd in the International Champions Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. World footballer of the year Ronaldo showcased his sublime skills and was among the goalscorers as Real ripped apart City in a blistering performance before more than 99,000 fans.
Real’s Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Man City at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday
It was the MCG’s biggest ever crowd for a football-only event. The 10-time European champions revelled in the atmosphere, opening up Man City with dazzling touches, flicks and clinical finishing for three goals in the first half.
Striker Karim Benzema put the Spanish giants ahead in the 21st minute. Benzema hooked in Gareth Bale’s cross over his left shoulder in a brilliant piece of finishing following a fine run down the right wing by Daniel Carvajal in the leadup.
Over 99,000 fans turned up at the MCG for yesterday’s match —the biggest ever crowd for a football-only event. pics/Getty Images
Bad to worse
Ronaldo pounced four minutes later, bringing down Toni Kroos’ long pass with a sublime first touch before poking home. Goalkeeper Joe Hart was unable to keep the ball from crossing the line for a double Real sucker punch after shaky City defending as Ronaldo thrilled the crowd with his trademark goal celebration. It got worse for City when central defender Pepe scored Real’s third with an unmarked thumping header off Isco’s corner. Deep in first-half stoppage time, City got one goal back through a penalty for a Sergio Ramos hand-ball as he jostled with Raheem Sterling. Yaya Toure slotted home the spot kick for City to trail 1-3 at the break. Denis Cheryshev made it four when he stabbed home an Isco cross. City’s night was further soured when new signing Fabian Delph injured his left hamstring and was carried off.