GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Valley soccer fans were given a rare treat Thursday night as Spanish soccer squad, Real Madrid, showed why they are arguably the best team in the world.
Real faced the LA Galaxy in the first round of the Guinness International Champions Cup.
Nearly 40,000 fans attended the match at University of Phoenix Stadium, and judging by the number of white Real jerseys, the Spaniards, led by international star Cristiano Ronaldo, were the home team.
While he did not score a goal himself, and left the field after the first half, Ronaldo did not disappoint, displaying amazing play throughout the first period, including a header that barely missed early in the game.
Minutes later Ronaldo escaped 3 defenders and provided the assist to Angel di Maria for the first goal of the game.
Although the Galaxy came out strong, they could not withstand the Spanish onslaught.
Karim Benzema made it 2-0 early in the second. The Galaxy rallied in the 63rd minute with a goal from Jose Villareal, but 10 minutes later Benzema put the nail in the coffin, for a final of 3-1, Real.
Both teams now head to Los Angeles, where Real will face British side Everton, and the Galaxy take on Italian powerhouse, Juventus.
The cup then moves to Miami, where Saturday night's winner will face the top team from several east coast tournaments.