An inexperienced centre-back pairing for Manchester City played right into the hands of Real Madrid, who ran out 4-1 winners at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of 99,382 fans.
A fluid, interchanging front four of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo ran riot against youngsters Jason Denayer and Cameron Humphreys in the first half, and goals by Benzema and Ronaldo within four minutes of each other gave the Spanish side a comfortable lead inside the first 25 minutes.
Iker Casillas' Real Madrid exit and his signing with Porto was "a step back for Iker," said Uruguay striker Diego Forlan in his weekly column in The National.
"I have huge respect for Porto, another great club who consistently challenge for titles," Forlan wrote, adding that it was a tough decision for Real Madrid. "They identify players, develop them and then sell them on for a profit, but let's not pretend they're Real Madrid, one of the biggest clubs in the world. It's a step down for Casillas,...
MADRID -- The Spanish government has honoured Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez for their long and successful careers at Real Madrid and Barcelona that ended this summer.
The government says it inducted the goalkeeper and midfielder into Spain's Royal Order of Sports Merit.