Valencia beat Real 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

David Beckham was one of two Real Madrid players shown a red card as the Spanish giants crashed to 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia on Sunday.

Valencia beat Real 2-1

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David Beckham was one of two Real Madrid players shown a red card as the Spanish giants crashed to 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia on Sunday. Though Real Madrid had come from behind to thrash Rosenborg 4-1 in the Champions League midweek, they found Valencia an entirely different proposition. And that despite being given what appeared a huge helping hand by referee Dauden Ibanez. Sergio Ramos and the visitor's Emiliano Moretti seemed equally involved in goalmouth tussle - Ibanez though saw enough to merit a penalty. Zinedine Zidane wasted the opportunity after just ten minutes. That set the tone for the night for the French superstar.Spirited sideHe rarely looked happy and Real, shorn through injury of two of their Brazilian superstars in Ronaldo and Julio Baptiste, saw a spirited Valencia blossom. Pablo Aimar and David Villa had both gone close before Ruben Baraja put Quique Flores' men ahead in the 22nd minute. With 36 minutes gone, Raul put Real back on level terms. But less than three minutes later and the hosts were trailing again. And this time, it was Real on the wrong end of what looked a harsh decision. The next twist in Segio Ramos' eventful evening saw the costly ex-Seville defender adjudged to have handled Aimar's cross. The prolific Villa stepped up to hit his seventh goal of the new campaign.Another role was found for Sergio Ramos in the second half - that of saviour a€" as his goal-line intervention prevented Villa extending the advantage. But Valencia were dominating by now, doing what they do well and looking to punish Real on the counterattack while playing a neat passing game and employing their renowned tight defensive formation. Tempers boilReal's frustration mounted as the minutes ticked by. Tempers eventually boiled over.A second-half substitute, Thomas Gravesen managed to survive only a few minutes before incurring Ibanez's wrath. And as Real careered towards their third league defeat in just eight games, a petulant David Beckham picked up two yellow cards for dissent in quick succession. An ignominious end to a mediocre evening for Beckham and the rest of the Real side. It finished 2-1 to Valencia - an excellent and well-deserved win that sees them join Real in equal third place in the Primera Liga. (AP)



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