Bale, Ronaldo thrill as Real down Inter

“He told me both parties were optimistic”.


“To score three and not concede shows the hard work is paying off. It was a fantastic performance”.

Real already have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale on set-piece duties.

After making the trip to China, however, the Nerazzurri stepped up their competition and have since suffered 1-0 losses to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and crosstown rivals AC Milan.

The goals came from Jese in the 29th minute, Raphael Varane half way through the second half and James Rodriguez closed the scoring thanks to a stunning free-kick in the 89th.

The tempo dropped significantly as the game wore on, as much due to the stifling humidity as the wholesale changes made by both teams, but Rodriguez delivered the pick of the goals in the 88th minute to seal a comfortable win for the La Liga side.

On another day each might have claimed a first-half hat-trick in a rampant display.

Ronaldo then forced two classy saves from Samir Handanovic, the second from a trademark dipping and swerving 35-yard free-kick which the keeper parried over one-handed at full stretch, while Bale was terrorising full-back Martin Montoya, on loan from Barcelona, with his pace.

Jese was not to be denied on this occasion, as he controlled a precise Marcelo pass with his right foot and came inside Jeison Murillo before slotting inside the near post with his left.

A glut of half-time substitutions interrupted Real Madrid’s flow, but they always remained the more likely to score.

Inter failed to clear a corner properly and the ball was recycled from Toni Kroos to substitute Lucas Vazquez.

Hotshot Icardi will soon be partnered up front by Stevan Jovetic, who arrived in Milan Monday for a medical and to complete the formalities of his move from Manchester City to the San Siro.


However, the 22-year-old Argentine quickly added, “But I am happy to have signed a new deal with Inter”.

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