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Real Madrid take over Toronto

Posted on 10 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

It was a great event as TFC hosted Real Madrid at BMO Field. The crowd was lively and packed the stadium beyond capacity. BMO Field broke its capacity record with the addition of  seats surrounding the field and the north stand hitting the 22,089 people in attendance mark.

It came as no surprise in the first half with Real Madrid dominating the game and maintaining possession. Real Madrid played simple passing in attempt to break the TFC defense with the first goal coming from Raul in the 13th minute as the defense failed to clear their lines. Minutes later Ronaldo converted a goal after a pass from Benzema to score his first goal for Real Madrid from open play rather than from the penalty spot. In the 26th minute Raul capitalized on another bad clearance opportunity after Albiol crossed the ball from the right all the way to the far post, which Metzelder headed the other way where Raul was there waiting to put it in the back of the net. Toronto FC had their chances  with the best coming from Pablo Vitti who was denied by Iker Casillas and another off a free kick as Amado Guevara did not miss the target by much.

In the second half even following all the substitutions Real Madrid continued to dominate. Dwayne De Rosario had a chance for TFC that was saved by Dudek after it took a slight deflection. In the 65th minute Benzema put in an easy goal with an open net in-front of him after a last minute pass from Alvaro Negredo. Ten minutes later Toronto put themselves on the scoreboard after O’Brian White took a shot that forced Dudek to make a save, leaving a rebound for Gabe Gala to put it in the back of the net. Four minutes before full time Real Madrid put the icing on the cake with Robben‘s goal after a pass from Karim Benzema.

Final score: Toronto FC 1, Real Madrid 5

It was over all a great showcase for the fans and a great experience for all TFC players. Toronto FC deserve a round of applause as they maintained an entertaining match by creating chances and not making Real Madrid’s job easy. Marvel Wynne had an outstanding game, holding up against Cristiano Ronaldo’s attack and beating him to the ball in many occasions with his speed. While Chad Barrett also maintained a physical battle with Royston Drenthe. TFC now await DC United’s arrival in Toronto for their match on Saturday at BMO Field.

All rumors that surfaced prior to the game about new TFC signings and a possible departure of Marco Velez have not proven true, at least not yet.  Also match predictions from the pre-game report some what held true with the exception of  the scoreline differential ending up four rather than three.

STARTING LINE-UPS:
Real Madrid:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas.
Defenders: Royston Drenthe,  Raul Albiol, Christoph Metzelder, Alvaro Arbeloa.
Midfielders: Kaka, Guti, Lassana Diarra.
Forwards:
Karim Benzema, Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Toronto FC:
Goalkeepers: Stefan Frei
Defenders: Marvell Wynne, Emmanuel Gomez, Adrian Serioux, Jim Brennan.
Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario, Amado Guevara, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson.
Forwards: Ali Gerba, Pablo Vitti.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Real Madrid:

46th minute:
Jerzey Dudek on for Iker Casillas
Esteban Granero on for Raul Albiol
Pepe on for Alvaro Arbeloa
Miguel Torres for Kaka
62nd minute:
Arjen Robben on for Cristiano Ronaldo
63rd minute:
Alvaro Negrado on for Raul
Xabi Alonso on for Guti
80th minute:
Wesley Sneijder on for Royston Drenthe,
Ezequiel Garay on for Christoph Metzelder
Toronto FC:
46th minute:
Brian Edwards on for Stefan Frei
Nick Garcia on for Adrian Serioux
Chad Barret on for Amado Guevara
Amadou Sanyang on for Carl Robinson.
63rd minute:
O’Brian White on for Ali Gerba
72nd minute:
Gabe Gala on for Chad Barrett
74th minute:
Danny Dichio on for Pablo Vitti
80th minute:
Marco Velez on for Emmanuel Gomez
82nd minute:
Faud Ibrahim on for Jim Brennan

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