Monday, July 25, 2005

Tokyo Verdy beats Real Madrid

Tokyo Verdy pull out a great upset by beating Real Madrid 3-0.

Beckham, seen here falling all over himself, started after missing a weekend match in China. Real was at almost full strength, so this was not a case of beating the third-stringers. Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo attributed the shock defeat to fatigue. Luxemburgo added that "...some of their players were very dirty especially the number six Toda. He kicked Beckham when the referee wasn't looking."

I know, this was just a friendly and Real has been on one hell of a road trip, but last year, Tokyo got steamrolled 4-0.

Will this mean anything once the real season gets going, no, but it is always impressive when a team beats Real.

Goals were scored by Daigo Kobayashi in the 6th minute, Washington in the 26th and Yamada headed one in in the 53rd.

By the way, Beckham did take a free kick in the 58th minute from very long range that almost caught Tokyo's goalkeeper looking. A few minutes later he was subbed out.

Real play Jubilo Iwata on Wednesday before finishing the tour with a friendly in Bangkok.


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