Madrid-Betis clash ends in draw

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Real Madrid drew Real Betis 0-0 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, hours after David Beckham announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Madrid-Betis clash ends in draw

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Real Madrid drew Real Betis 0-0 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, hours after David Beckham announced he will leave the club at the end of the season. Beckham, who will join the Los Angeles Galaxy on a five-year deal in Major League Soccer, was left off Madrid's squad for the first-leg, fifth-round match at Betis' Manuel Ruiz de Lopera Stadium and remained in the Spanish capital. The draw gave Madrid a slight advantage when the teams bid for a quarterfinal place in the return leg at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium next week. Madrid coach Fabio Capello, who also omitted Ronaldo, handed a debut to teenage striker Gonzalo Higuain, a recent signing from River Plate. Another newcomer, former Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago, was retained for his second game. The visitors were hit by the loss of left back Roberto Carlos in the 10th minute with what appeared to be a thigh muscle injury, leading to the introduction of Raul Bravo. Betis, struggling in the league and playing its second game under new coach Luis Fernandez, spurned the only clear chance of a ragged first half when Jorge Wagner headed Xisco Munoz's cross over the bar in the 35th minute. The untidy play continued into the second half although Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy nearly scored in the 61st with a gentle, angled shot which Betis goalkeeper Pedro Contreras managed to deflect with his left leg. Gago fired over the bar in the 74th, and substitute Raul Gonzalez headed narrowly wide five minutes later as Madrid's attacking play improved in the final stages.

Topics : Football Real Madrid
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