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Francesco Totti goal secures 1-0 friendly win for Roma over Real Madrid in Texas

Last Updated: 30/07/14 10:23am

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Francesco Totti: Celebrates netting the winner against Real Madrid

Francesco Totti: Celebrates netting the winner against Real Madrid

Francesco Totti scored the only goal of the game as Roma ended Real Madrid’s hopes of retaining the International Champions Cup with a 1-0 win in Texas.

Gareth Bale, who opened the scoring in Real’s penalty shoot-out defeat by Inter Milan, had the first sight of goal as his side started brightly, but he could only direct a Lucas Vazquez cross wide.

The 25-year-old then lashed an effort over the bar from just inside the area as Real enjoyed the better chances of a goalless first half.

However, it was Roma who took the lead after 58 minutes when Totti converted Alessandro Florenzi’s low cross following a well-worked move down the right.

Their talismanic number 10 was involved in the build-up, dummying the original ball which found Florenzi, before continuing his run into the box and powering beyond a helpless Diego Lopez.

Ashley Cole completed the full 90 minutes for the Serie A side but was rarely tested, particularly after the break, as numerous pitch invasions and late substitutions killed the flow of the game.

Cole, who made the switch to Italy on a free transfer from Chelsea earlier this summer, was upbeat after the win and says he is doing his best to adapt to his new surroundings.

"With me joining a new team, it’s nice to see the players enthusiastic and ready to work for each other and to win against a team like Real Madrid – the European champions," he told Sky Sports.

"Okay, it’s pre-season, but it’s good for our confidence.

"I think it’s gone good. I’ve played two 90 minutes now. I’m trying to learn Italian, it’s taking my time but I think it’s good to bond with the players and try and understand their language.

"On the pitch it’s easy, because football is football. If I want to interact with them off the pitch I have to learn Italian and I’m trying."

Meanwhile, Real midfielder Xabi Alonso was keen to play down the importance of the game ahead of their meeting with Manchester United, who are unbeaten in the competition after defeating Inter Milan on penalties having already seen off Roma.

Alonso said: "It’s a pre-season game, the manager tries to do different things. There was so many changes in the second half.

"They’ve done well to score the goal – we couldn’t get over that. It’s just pre-season.

"We know the game coming against Manchester United is going to be a big one because they are doing pretty well but at this period of the season it’s not important about results.

"It’s about getting fit, having good sessions. We are not really concerned with results."

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