Alonso strike sees off Galaxy
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A strike from Xabi Alonso's gave Real Madrid a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in front of a crowd of 89,134.

Gonzalo Higuain added two goals for Real, while Todd Dunivant and Landon Donovan were on target for the Galaxy, who are without a victory in six of their last seven matches.

Alonso sealed the victory for the Spanish giants in the 72nd minute, netting the rebound after Higuain's shot from eight yards out had been blocked by Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

The Galaxy had built a 2-0 half-time lead before Higuain pulled Real Madrid level after the break with two goals in the space of 10 minutes, making it three goals in all for Argentina's FIFA World Cup™ striker during Real's unbeaten two-match tour of California.

Dunivant had given the Galaxy a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute before Donovan converted a penalty in the 45th to make it 2-0, after Royston Ricky Drenthe had kicked Galaxy's Juninho.

From the spot Donovan beat Polish international keeper Jerzy Dudek, who was replaced for the second half by Iker Casillas, the captain of Spain's FIFA World Cup-winning team.

The Galaxy's Clint Mathis, who revealed he was retiring from the game on Tuesday, made his final professional start and played 27 minutes.

Mathis, who played 11 years in Major League Soccer, earned 46 caps for the United States, representing his country at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.