Real, Atletico and Barcelona stay perfect, Valencia ties
Superstar midfielder David Beckham knocked
in one of his patented free kicks as Real Madrid escaped with a 1-0 win
over recently promoted Numancia.
In his 50th appearence for Real, Beckham took advantage of a foul on
Zinedine Zidane a curled a ball past goalkeeper Alvaro Nunez in the 17th
Despite the lackluster performance, the Galacticos are one of only three
teams with wins in their first two contests of the season.
One of the other teams is crosstown rival Atletico Madrid, which went
into Albacete and won 2-0 on two late goals. Spanish international
Fernando Torres broke a scoreless tie in the 85th minute. Ariel Ibagaza
added a score in injury time to seal the win and the three points.
Barcelona is the third 2-0-0 in the Spanish Primera Liga. Barca cruised
to a 2-0 win over FC Sevilla, thanks to scores from Ludovic Giuly and
recently signed Swedish international Henrik Larsson.
Last season's champion, Valencia had to rally from two goals down to
post a 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao. Ismael Urzaiz and Andoni Iraola
gave Bilbao a 2-0 lead which it held until the 65th minute when Marco Di
Vaio cut the lead to one. Miguel Angulon drove home the equalizer nine
minutes later to save Valencia.
Other finals from the second round; Osasuna downed Osasuna Deportivo La
Coruna, 3-1; Espanyol 4-1 over Betis Sevilla; Mallorca edged Getafe,
2-1; Levante got past Racing Sabntander, 3-1; Malaga and Real Zaragoza
played to a scoreless draw as did Villareal and Real Sociedad.