Ronaldo On Target As Real Beat Fiorentina In Friendly
Cristiano Ronaldo On Target As Real Madrid Beat Fiorentina In Friendly
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored as Los Blancos beat Italian side Fiorentina 2-1 in a friendly on Wednesday night.
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The two teams met for the 39th edition of the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy in Madrid, with the home side going into the clash as strong favourites.
Ronaldo, who had recently been hit with a suspension, started in Los Blancos' attack, while Sergio Ramos, who was also sent off in a recent fixture, was named in the starting line-up.
The match got off to a flyer as Fiorentina opened the scoring after four minutes through former Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout, who found the back of the net from the edge of area.
It did not take long for Real to respond, however, as Borja Mayoral was on hand to put away a relatively easy chance after Ronaldo fired the ball across goal. Zinedine Zidane's side continued to control the clash, with the likes of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez looking lively in attack.
The Portugal captain put his side ahead after 33 minutes in brilliant fashion, when he cut in from the left side of the field to unleash an effort that left Fiorentina goalkeeper Marco Sportiello helpless. His shot rifled into the top corner of the net, similar to his strike against FC Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.
The second half saw Zidane's side take control of the ball once again, although Stefano Pioli's Fiorentina did create a few chances of their own.
Ronaldo looked a constant threat to the Italian team's defence on the night, and played the full 90 minutes as his manager said he would in the build-up to the clash.