Everton 1-2 Real Madrid: Ronaldo leads los Blancos past Toffees
The Portuguese superstar scored one goal and created another, for Mesut Ozil, as Carlo Ancelotti's men set up a clash with either AC Milan or Chelsea
Cristiano Ronaldo was unsurprisingly the star of the show as Real Madrid edged out Everton 2-1 to reach the International Champions Cup final.
The Portuguese scored los Blancos' opener in the 17th minute before then setting up Mesut Ozil for the second just after the half-hour mark.
Roberto Martinez's Everton side came back into the match after the break and deservedly got on the scoresheet in the 61st minute through substitute Nikica Jelavic, but the Toffees could not manage an equaliser at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
The put Madrid through to Wednesday's final, where they will face the winner of AC Milan's meeting with Chelsea.
Madrid looked the better side in the opening 15 minutes but struggled to beat Everton's offside trap, until a misplaced pass from Seamus Coleman sparked one of the Spanish side's famously brutal counterattacks.
Ozil released Ronaldo in behind Sylvain Distin and the forward took a touch around Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard before sliding the ball home from a tight angle.
Most of Everton's early attacks came down the right-hand side and in the 23rd minute it was the same story, as Kevin Mirallas sparked one of the more controversial moments of the match.
The Belgian winger went past one Madrid player before he was tripped on the edge of the area by Sami Khedira.
While the German midfielder was inside the box when he made the tackle, his boot appeared to make contact with Mirallas just outside and the referee whistled for a free kick instead of a penalty.
Just two minutes later, Everton's Marouane Fellaini headed a corner onto the post, while on the half-hour mark Distin's header hit the back of the net but the goal was disallowed for a foul on Khedira.
Madrid immediately took advantage of that decision, with Ronaldo teeing up Ozil to make it 2-0 after a brilliant chipped pass over the top from Luka Modric.
The Liga club held on to their 2-0 lead until half-time but seven minutes after the break Everton almost got on the scoreboard when Mirallas, who was arguably Martinez's best player, found Jelavic in the box, but the Croatian striker's back-heel flick did not have enough power to beat Diego Lopez.
Jelavic, who came on for Arouna Kone, was causing Madrid's defence some trouble and he made it 2-1 just after the hour.
A move down the right wing saw Coleman overlap and cross to Steven Naismith at the back post, and the Scot headed the ball down for Jelavic to score with his first touch.
Everton's goal seemed to spark Carlo Ancelotti's men into life, with Daniel Carvajal and Jese Rodriguez forcing Howard into smart saves.
Martinez's team almost equalised with 12 minutes remaining but Phil Jagielka's diving header from Leighton Baines' free-kick looped over the bar as Madrid held on to put themselves in contention to pick up their first piece of silverware of the new season.
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