Saturday, August 10, 2013

Real Madrid 3-0 Inter: Classy Casemiro sees Los Blancos ease to victory

Carlo Ancelotti's men prepare for their La Liga kick-off next weekend in perfect fashion with a comfortable win against the Nerazzurri in Missouri.

Real Madrid coasted to victory as it turned on the style in a 3-0 victory over an uninspiring Inter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.  

Carlo Ancelotti's men were rarely threatened as strikes from Kaka, Ronaldo and the outstanding Casemiro saw them post an easy victory against their Italian opponents, who look to be in for another tough season in Serie A under new boss Walter Mazzarri.

Inter started the brighter and Rodrigo Palacio was almost clean through on goal in only the second minute. Andrea Ranocchia's hopeful clearance ballooned beyond the Real backline and was read by the Argentine forward who failed to control the high ball as it came over his shoulder - an alert Diego Lopez saving his

defenders’ blushes as he raced out to collect the loose ball.

Real Madrid soon assumed control of the match and through Kaka and the impressive Casemiro, Los Blancos began to create a number of opportunities.

Both Alvaro Morata and Angel Di Maria had half chances inside the opening 10 minutes. The Spanish Under-21 striker was inches away from connecting with a Kaka cross from the right and the Argentine fluffed his lines when set up by the same player just 12 yards out.

Eventually Kaka took it upon himself to open the scoring, although he needed a slight reprieve himself to do so.

Chesting down a cross from fellow Brazilian Casemiro, the former AC Milan playmaker saw his first effort blocked by Samir Handanovic in the Inter goal. However the giant Slovenian could only watch as Kaka reacted quickest to the loose ball to send a diving header into the bottom corner and put Real Madrid in front.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men continued to press forward and Cristiano Ronaldo sent a couple of efforts wide of both posts as he attempted to outfox Handanovic from range.

Ronaldo did eventually double Madrid’s lead, latching onto Casemiro’s smart through-ball and smashing an effort across an outstretched Handanovic and into the far corner just before the break.

The signs were just as ominous for the Nerazzurri at the start of the second half as their opponents almost started the second half the way they had ended the first, as Di Maria rattled the crossbar less than 60 seconds after the restart.

Chances began to dry up for Ancelotti’s men and Inter almost found a way back into the game as the unlikely partnership of Ranocchia and Palacio linked up once more. This time the Argentine striker was able to take down the defender's long clearance, but his finishing let him down on this occasion, as he curled his effort wide of Lopez’s goal when he really should have hit the target.

Real Madrid did eventually make it three as Casemiro claimed the final touch on Di Maria’s deep corner, although replays suggested the final touch may have come off of an Inter defender.