Alonso’s goal lifts Real Madrid over LA Galaxy 3-2

Real Madrid pulled off a late rally to complete an undefeated

trip through California.

Xabi Alonso scored in the 72nd minute and Real Madrid beat the

Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 victory in an exhibition match Saturday

night in front of 89,134 at the Rose Bowl.

Gonzalo Higuain added two goals for Real Madrid.

”For this trip, everything was perfect,” Real coach Jose

Mourinho said. ”We trained well. We trained hard. The players were

together for 24 hours in a perfect environment for them to grow up

as a group.”

Mourinho said he was most pleased with his players’ resilience,

especially in the second halves of both games.

”Obviously, I like this mentality of not wanting to lose, of

wanting to overcome, a lot,” Mourinho said. ”For me the second

half was fantastic in every aspect.”

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said that Mourinho – who guided Inter

Milan to the Champions’ League, Italian league and Italian cup

titles last season – will make Real formidable.

”They’re one of the best club teams in the world,” Arena said.

”They’re going to going to challenge in Champions’ League and

certainly give Barcelona a run for their money in La Liga.”

Todd Dunivant and Landon Donovan scored for the Galaxy, who are

winless in six of seven games.

”All in all, I think our team was able to play with a top-notch

team like Real Madrid and see what this level can be like,” Galaxy

forward Clint Mathis said. ”It was good for our team in a critical

portion of our season.”

Sergio Canales began the play that led to the winning goal.

Canales’ no-look, back-heel pass freed Higuain for an 8-yard shot

that was blocked by goalkeeper Josh Saunders. But the long rebound

fell to Alonso, who converted a high 19-yard diagonal shot inside

the left post.

The Galaxy built a 2-0 halftime lead before Higuain tied the

score with two goals in a 10-minute span.

In the 51st minute, Higuain redirected Cristiano Ronaldo’s

left-wing cross from nine yards.

Then in the 61st minute, after Fernando Gago intercepted Tristan

Bowen’s clearance, Higuain received Gago’s pass and lofted an

8-yard shot between Dunivant and defender Gregg Berhalter that

sailed inside the left post.

Higuain, who led Argentina with four goals during the World Cup,

finished Real Madrid’s tour with three goals.

”His pace surprised me,” Arena said. ”He outran a couple of

players who could at least run well. He went right by them. I was

impressed with him in the World Cup but after watching him tonight,

I’m much more impressed.”

Dunivant gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute. After

the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez headed Donovan’s corner kick off the

right post, Dunivant poked the deflection of his own blocked shot

while lying on his back at the goal line.

Donovan made it 2-0 in the 45th minute with a penalty kick

against Polish international goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. The Galaxy’s

Juninho drew the penalty when Royston Ricky Drenthe kicked him in

the face.

Iker Casillas, the captain of Spain’s World Cup championship

team, replaced Dudek for the second half.

The Galaxy’s Clint Mathis, who announced his retirement on

Tuesday, made his final professional start and played 27 minutes.

Mathis played 11 years in Major League Soccer and 46 games for the

United States, including the 2002 World Cup.

Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira didn’t dress for the game. Khedira,

purchased by Real from VfB Stuttgart, started all seven games for

Germany in the World Cup.