Ronaldo’s pair of goals lift Real Madrid over ChelseaMIAMI GARDENS, Florida - 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 over Chelsea in Wednesday's final of the Guinness International Champions Cup.
Ronaldo scored twice and set up the opener as the Spanish giants got one over their old coach Jose Mourinho, who departed the Bernabeu at the end of last season to return to Chelsea.
“We played beautiful football,” Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo's performance before 67,273 fans at the home of NFL's Miami Dolphins was acknowledged by Mourinho.
“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.”
Real Madrid's new manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was also coaching against one of his old teams, having led Chelsea to the 2009-10 English Premier League and FA Cup double.
AC Milan finished third. Mario Balotelli and M'Baye Niang scored first-half goals, and AC Milan controlled long stretches of play in what became a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the third-place match of the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament Wednesday night.
Balotelli scored in the 17th minute, and Niang extended the lead with a nifty score in the 40th. But the storied Italian club, which opens its league play at home later this month, lost Balotelli in the 79th minute. He played a ball across the field and went down immediately, holding the back of his right leg around the knee area, though apparently was only cramping up on a night where the heat index in South Florida was 96 degrees Fahrenheit (36 Celsius) at game time.
"We played a good match from a technical and effort standpoint," AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We made a few mistakes, but feel satisfied."
For the most part, so did the Galaxy, who substituted liberally at halftime and in the second half.
Galaxy star Landon Donovan was among those who logged only 45 minutes in the exhibition. AP