Galacticos bring Galaxy back down to earth

Rose Bowl: Real Madrid overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 in a pre-season friendly at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday.

The Galaxy went ahead five minutes before halftime when defender Todd Dunivant scored and doubled the advantage a minute into the second period after U.S. international Landon Donovan slotted home a penalty kick.

The visitors had made eight substitutions at the break, introducing several of the squad`s big names, and once they had settled after conceding the second, Jose Mourinho`s men set about avoiding an embarrassing result in front of 89,134 spectators.

Argentine international striker Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back for Real in the 51st minute, latching on to a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo, and the same player equalised ten minutes later with a deft chip.

Real scored the winning goal in the 71st minute when Galaxy substitute goalkeeper Brian Perk could only parry a shot into the path of midfielder Pedro Leon, whose looping shot from the edge of the area took a deflection before finding the net.

Madrid rallied to beat Mexico`s Club America by the same score in the opener of their two-match U.S. tour in San Francisco on Wednesday and the team`s resilience was something that impressed coach Mourinho.

“For this trip, everything was perfect,” Mourinho told reporters. “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.”

That bonding appeared to have a positive effect on the side`s ability to remain competitive, even in friendlies.

“Obviously, I like this mentality of not wanting to lose, of wanting to overcome, a lot,” Mourinho added. “For me the second half was fantastic in every aspect.”

Bureau Report