Real Madrid beat Real Salt Lake

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Ruud van Nistelrooy scored on a penalty kick and set up another goal in the second half Saturday as Real Madrid beat US namesake Real Salt Lake.

Real Madrid beat Real Salt Lake
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Ruud van Nistelrooy scored on a penalty kick and set up another goal in the second half Saturday as Real Madrid beat US namesake Real Salt Lake 2-0 in a friendly match. Salt Lake managed to hold Madrid scoreless for the first 45 minutes before the Spanish superpower took control of the game. Robhino also scored for Madrid off a touch pass from van Nistelrooy, the latest All-Star to join "Los Galacticos.'' The big Dutchman transferred from Manchester United last month and showed he will fit in just fine in the Spanish capital. Madrid concluded a two-game US pre-season tour, which also included a 1-1 draw against DC United on Wednesday in Seattle. Real Salt Lake had been wanting to get Madrid here ever since naming the Major League Soccer expansion club after the European superstars two years ago. Plenty of collisions The so-called "friendly'' got a little nasty at times Saturday, with plenty of collisions and jersey tugging and a red card issued to Salt Lake's Atiba Harris in the 58th minute. Harris was ejected for taking out Sergio Ramos by sliding into the Spanish defender with his cleats high. There was a little jostling after the play as Ramos stayed down, but tempers cooled before Harris was led off the field and the game resumed. About seven minutes later, Robhino took a pass from van Nistelrooy and easily knocked it passed Salt Lake goalkeeper Jay Nolly. Madrid's David Beckham, the biggest draw of the week to events open to fans, didn't play until the second half, and the pace of camera flashes picked up noticeably. Beckham had a free kick in the 86th minute and the ball bounced high off the wall of Salt Lake players standing together to block it. Nolly, a halftime substitution for Scott Garlick, ran over his own player while going for the loose ball as the two-year-old Salt Lake club started to look outclassed. Salt Lake's Willis Forko was called for tackling Antonio Cassano from behind, and Madrid was awarded a penalty kick. Van Nistelrooy took the shot and poked the ball passed Garlick, who dove to his right as the ball went to his left. (AP)

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