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Lopes scores in Galaxy defeat to Real Madrid

Posted on 03 August 2012 by iyeo

David Junior Lopes has developed a knack lately for scoring against big time European clubs.

A little more than a week after scoring an equalizer against Tottenham Hotspur, the 6-4 Center Back was at it again against Spanish power Real Madrid on Thursday. This time, Lopes cashed in a goal off a David Beckham set piece in the 24rd minute, but even that was not enough to prevent Madrid from once again outclassing the Galaxy for a third straight year courtesy of a 5-1 win over LA at the Home Depot Center.

“It was a good exhibition for the fans,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “I was disappointed with our start in the first 15-20 minutes, but at the same time, I must allow myself to understand we are playing against one of the best club teams in the world.”
Lopes’ chance came in the 23rd minute, as Beckham sent a free kick into the penalty box towards Omar Gonzalez and the 6-5 Center Back headed the ball forward to Lopes, who chested a ball past keeper Iker Casillas in the back net.

“It was all god and a lot of luck,” Lopes said.

Lopes’ goal was a small bit of consolation for what was a poor start to the match, as Madrid easily got behind the Galaxy back line for the match’s first nine minute. Real Madrid spotted the Galaxy a goal just two minutes into the match, as Angel Di Maria sent a ball forward for Gonzalo Higuain, who then sent his shot past Josh Saunders far post for the game’s first goal. Goal number two came for Real Madrid in the 11th minute when Di Maria was on the receiving end of a ball, this one sent by Lass Diarra, and his shot in the box beat Saunders into the back net.

“I was disappointed by our start,” Arena said. “Our backline didn’t execute well, and I think we gave them too much time and space in the midfield.”

The Galaxy finally started to pose some threats later in the first half. In the 17th minute, a corner from David Beckham went to Bryan Gaul, but the Left Back’s header missed near post, then in the 20th minute, Robbie Keane took on several Madrid defenders into the penalty area, but his shot was deflected. Madrid then answered Lopes’ goal in the 36th minute courtesy of Jose Callejon. Both teams brought in their second units for the second half, but Real Madrid’s second unit featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and others proved to be a little stronger than that of the Galaxy, and Madrid got second half goal from Alvaro Morata in the 49th minute and Jese Rodriguez in the 84th minute.

The Galaxy resume MLS play on Sunday, as they travel to Seattle for an important Western Conference showdown with the Sounders.

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