Madrid trounce Israeli-Palestinian team

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Spanish league champion Real Madrid ended its season in style on Tuesday evening, routing a mixed Israeli-Palestinian team 8-0 in a charity &quot;Peace Match&qu

Updated: June 21, 2007 14:28 IST
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Tel Aviv, Israel:

Spanish league champion Real Madrid ended its season in style on Tuesday evening, routing a mixed Israeli-Palestinian team 8-0 in a charity "Peace Match" in front of 30,000 fans in Tel Aviv.

Star midfielder Guti grabbed a first half hat-trick for Madrid to put the game all but out of reach for the Peace Team, which included Israel captain Yossi Benayoun and Bolton Wanderer's Idan Tal.

Striker Raul added a fourth two minutes into the second half before being substituted followed by a goal by Alvara Negredo, another from Guti and one from Ruben de la Red. The rout was finished off two minutes from the end by Negredo.

Madrid brought a near-full squad of players to Israel, and coach Fabio Capello included many of the stars who had played a significant part in Real's La Liga triumph at the weekend in his opening line up, including Sergio Ramos and Michel Salgado. Israeli president-elect Shimon Peres, who heads the Peres Center for Peace which organized the event, began the game with a ceremonial kickoff.

But the biggest star, Madrid's David Beckham, did not make the trip.

The Peace Team nearly took a surprise early lead in the second minute when Sivasspor's Pini Balili found himself with only goalie Iker Casillas to beat. But the Israeli international was unable to make the chance count and Casillas saved easily.

Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain forced the first real save of the match in the 27th minute when he unleashed a powerful shot which Peace Team goalkeeper Dudu Awat punched away for a corner kick.

Two minutes later Real took the lead when Guti fired past Awat from the edge of the area.

Benayoun had a great chance to score in the 37th minute, but his volley was too weak.

Guti made it 2-0 in the 40th minute when he hit a strong shot from the left side of the penalty area which Awat was powerless to stop. And he scored his third in the 45th when he half-volleyed into the corner from the center of the penalty box.

Raul scored the fourth for Real two minutes into the second half, kicking the ball past Awat from the edge of the area. Negredo scored a fifth with 28 minutes to go, and Guti got his fourth and Madrid's sixth two minutes later.

It was 7-0 in the 74th minute when de la Red scored a skillful goal, evading substitute goalkeeper Shavit Elimelech. Negredo scored his second of the match in the 88th.

Earlier in the day, Ramon Calderon, the Madrid club's president explained his reasons for encouraging Real's participation in the event.

"Real Madrid does not close its eyes to the social realities that surround us. This explains and justifies our presence here in Israel and our support for the peace and the integration of Israeli and Palestinian people," he said.

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