Real Madrid beat Toronto 5-1 in friendly

Updated: 08 August 2009 09:59 IST

Two goals by Raul and another by Cristiano Ronaldo in the opening half hour set up Real Madrid's 5-1 victory over Toronto in a friendly on Friday.

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Two goals by Raul and another by Cristiano Ronaldo in the opening half hour set up Real Madrid's 5-1 victory over Toronto in a friendly on Friday.

Karim Benzema, in the 65th minute, and Arjen Robben in the 86th also scored before a record crowd of 22,089 at BMO Field.

Substitute Gabe Gala scored in the 75th minute for the Major League Soccer hosts.

Real Madrid, which has spent nearly $400 million to add eight players including Ronaldo, Kaka and Benzema over the summer, had an overwhelming edge in talent on the $250,000 temporary natural grass installed solely for the game.

Raul, the club's talismanic captain, opened the scoring in the 13th minute when he picked up a deflected clearance attempt near the penalty spot. After having his first shot blocked, he rifled the ball off the crossbar and in.

Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei was even more helpless 6 minutes later when world record signing Ronaldo picked up a deep ball on the wing, headed it to Benzema and then picked up a return backpass from the Frenchman and rifled a low shot home from the top of the box.

Seven minutes after that, Real Madrid scored again when Raul Albiol - yet another offseason addition from Valencia - passed across the box to fellow defender Cristoph Metzelder, who headed across the goal to Raul, who headed it in.

Toronto showed more initiative in the second half against a much-changed Madrid lineup. Brazilian playmaker Kaka came on at halftime while Ronaldo, Raul and Guti headed for the bench in the 63rd minute to loud applause.

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen
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