Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
3. SPAIN: Beckham sees red
February 18th, 2007 10:04PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

David Beckham continues to dominate the headlines in Spain.

Last week it was for scoring on a free kick in his return to the Real Madrid starting lineup a month after being banished from the first team.

On Saturday, Beckham made news for being sent off in Real Madrid's 0-0 tie with Real Betis. Beckham's ejection came in the dying minutes of the game when he thought he was fouled in the Betis penalty area, and when he didn't get the call, he swung wildly with his right foot at Real Betis defender Jose Isidoro for the fifth ejection of his La Liga career.

Real coach Fabio Capello, who had dropped Beckham when the Englishman announced that he was joining the Los Angeles Galaxy after his Madrid contract expired, came to his player's defense.

"First, it was a foul on Beckham," said the Italian. "Then the referee has been hasty to send him off for the way he has responded. It was not such a bad foul."

The irony was that Beckham's play was one of the few bright spots in another dismal Real showing. The closest Madrid came to scoring was when Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, unmarked in the six-yard box, hit the crossbar after receiving a cross from Beckham.

"We want to create chances through wingers and forwards," said Van Nistelrooy, "but we lack a bit of confidence in the attacking front. We have players on the team capable of scoring goals. It's only a matter of time until they do."

Madrid missed a chance to move to withing two points of the lead in La Liga. Valencia beat Barcelona, 2-1, while Sevilla thumped Atletico Madrid, 3-1, to leave Barca and Sevilla tied for first place and Valencia and Real Madrid ties for third four points behind.

Barca stay top but are joined by second-placed Sevilla on 46 points. Valencia climbed to third on 42, ahead of fourth-placed Real Madrid on goal difference, after Real could only draw 0-0 at the Bernabeu against Real Betis.

Valencia went ahead on goals by Miguel Angel Angulo and David Silva at the start of the second half, and Ronaldinho scored on a late free kick for Barca. Valencia's David Albelda and Barca's Deco were shown red cards in the second half.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Tab Ramos names U-20 roster for Costa Rica friendlies     
Coach Tab Ramos' 20-player U.S. U-20 national team roster for friendlies at Costa Rica Dec. 17 ...
USL: Roughnecks hire Vaudreuil as head coach    
David Vaudreuil, who started all five playoff games on D.C. United's 1997 MLS championship team, was ...
MLS Expansion: LAFC links up with OC    
LAFC, slated to begin play in MLS in 2018, has reached an agreement with the USL's ...
MLS Moves: 'Caps decline option on captain Morales    
After struggling with injuries the past two seasons, Chilean Pedro Morales has been officially cut loose ...
What They're Saying: Ashtone Morgan    
"It got to a point where it was harder to play at home than away." -- ...
MLS Moves: 'Burrito' is no longer on the RSL menu    
In 2017 at Rio Tinto Stadium the only place to get a burrito will be at ...
MLS Rewind: Midseason splurges prove tricky    
One of the strongest arguments for MLS switching seasons from a spring-to-fall to fall-to-spring calendar isn't ...
MLS Cup Countdown: Newcomers deliver for finalists    
Neither the Seattle Sounders nor Toronto FC would likely be in the 2016 MLS Cup without ...
Video Pick: Terrific volley for Porto by Mexico's 'Tecatito'    
Mexico's 23-year-old Jesus "Tecatito" Corona scored Porto's second goal in a 5-0 UEFA Champions League win ...
USMNT: Arena meets Bundesliga quintet    
Less than two weeks after taking the job, new U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena has ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives