BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) -
Real Zaragoza stunned Real Madrid with a winning goal in
extra time to take the Spanish Cup and dash David
Beckham's hopes of a first trophy in Spain.
Luciano Galletti fired a low shot that flew past Real
keeper Cesar in the second half of extra time after the
match had ended 2-2 at the end of the 90 minutes.
Madrid's defeat crushed
their hopes of winning the trio of Cup, league and
Champions League trophies.
Long-range free kicks
from Beckham and Roberto Carlos had been cancelled out
by goals from Dani and a David Villa penalty before the
dramatic finale in the Montjuic Stadium.
Zaragoza survived the
sending-off of Cani late in normal time and when Real
lost Guti to a second yellow card early in extra time
the underdogs pushed 'los galacticos' in every area of
the field before Galletti found the net after 111
minutes of play.
The result was all the
more remarkable because while Real are top of the
Spanish league, Zaragoza are battling relegation.
With the injured Ronaldo
watching from the stands the players observed a minute's
silence for the 201 victims of last week's bomb attacks
The silence gave way to
a pulsating final in which Beckham continued a
remarkable first season in Spain by curling a free kick
into the net after 23 minutes.
Zaragoza equalised when
Dani smashed a shot past Real keeper Cesar but Beckham
almost added a second goal from a free kick but the ball
glanced off the post with five minutes left in the first
The underdogs took the
lead late in the first half with a penalty won and
converted by Villa after he was tripped by Guti but Real
brought the match to 2-2 when Carlos blasted a low free
kick around the wall three minutes into the second half.
Zaragoza looked doomed
when Cani was sent off for two yellow cards midway
through the second half after a foul on Guti but their
goalkeeper Cesar Lainez put in an outstanding
performance to keep his side in business.
The pace slowed as the
second half wore on but Lainez earned his team a chance
to fight on in extra time with a superb finger tip save
from Zinedine Zidane's header.
The first period of
extra time was uneventful but Zidane set the second half
alight with a vicious low shot that Lainez saved with
his legs despite having already dived in the other
As Real tired, Zaragoza
seemed to take heart.
However there seemed
little danger when Galletti, who had come on as a 60th
minute for Dani, struck a shot from 30 metres out that
nestled in the corner of the net.