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Ronaldo gets one over on Chelsea and Mourinho

ESPN staff
August 8, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Mourinho praises Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo gave his former coach one more dazzling display of his skills, and delivered a trophy to Real Madrid in the process with a 3-1 win against Chelsea in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup in Florida.

Ronaldo scored twice and set up the opener as Real Madrid showed former coach Jose Mourinho, who departed the Bernabeu at the end of last season, what he had left behind. "He's a great player,'' Mourinho said. "If he scores goals, that is not news. If he doesn't score goals, that would be news.''

Although neither side was ever likely to go full tilt on the eve of their seasons starting, there was enough to keep the 67,273 fans inside the home of NFL's Miami Dolphins entertained.

Madrid opened the scoring in the 14th minute as Ronaldo's well-weighted through ball found Marcelo on the goal side of his marker. After sidestepping the covering defender, he fired a well-placed shot into the bottom right corner, beyond the reach of Petr Cech.

Chelsea were soon level when Ramires split two defenders to be put clear on the goalkeeper. Iker Casillas was quickly off his line but Ramires calmly flicked the ball softly over him.

A trademark Ronaldo free kick, coming after he had been unceremoniously dumped on his backside by Branislav Ivanovic, put Real ahead on the half hour. From 25 yards his strike curled to the left, sneaking just under the crossbar and off the fingertips of the Cech.

Chelsea had three great chances in the opening minutes of the second half, the best when Eden Hazard was denied by Casillas when through on goal.

In the 57th minute, Ronaldo struck again, perfectly timing his run toward the goal line and steering in a header to complete the scoring.

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