Wednesday, February 21, 2007

im back with lots to tell bout yesterdays match between real madrid and bayern munich. enough for me to say that, real played as if it was a final against a much weaker side, bayern munich. anyway, bayern put a late goal to level the score line, literally. real madrid need to win in munich at least by 0-1 in order to get through to next stage. they played really well and showing a different side of the real Real Madrid. im a lil curious though on why exactly failure seems to haunt them in la liga matches. o boy....maybe the answer is actually right in front of their eyes they only need to look harder. hopefully this win would bring luck for their next match against atletico madrid.

here are some interesting articles from few newspapers:

Beckham at his brilliant best for Real
By Sid Lowe in Madrid
Last Updated: 9:14am GMT 21/02/2007

Real Madrid (3) 3 Bayern Munich (1) 2
If this was as much David Beckham versus Owen Hargreaves as it was Real Madrid versus Bayern Munich, the former England captain was the undisputed winner here, providing England manager Steve McClaren with something of a dilemma and Real with a slender, potentially dangerous first-leg lead.

Beckham had a hand in all three first-half goals as Real gained a 3-1 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu. But with Hargreaves a busy, energetic presence as Bayern pushed Real back in the second half, an 88th-minute goal for the former Barcelona midfielder, Mark van Bommel, changed the complexion of this tie entirely. It was Bayern who ended the happier of the two teams.
Beckham's influence had been felt as early as the 10th minute. His pass found Ruud van Nistelrooy, who spun his marker and slipped a perfect ball through the gap for Gonzalez Raul to score at the second attempt.
Bayern equalised with a Lucio header after 23 minutes, but Real were soon back in front, Beckham's deep corner reaching Ivan Helguera, whose header was touched in by Gonzalez Raul. Then another Beckham delivery was flicked on by Helguera and finished by Van Nistelrooy.
Bayern fought back well and with the clock ticking down, Van Bommel thumped in a volley. (the telegraph)

Beckham is still Real class

DAVID BECKHAM staked his case for an England recall with an inspirational display.
Becks, 31, set up three first-half goals but Owen Hargreaves’ Bayern battled back to leave this tie wide open.
Real boss Fabio Capello said: “Beckham was very important.”
And Beckham insisted: “My ambition has never changed. I’ve always wanted to play for my country and will always be available.”
Real thought they had it wrapped up at 3-1 and jubilant fans showed their appreciation with a deafening chorus of “Beckham, Beckham”.
England chief Steve McClaren should watch this performance and note how Becks’ stomach for a fight could keep Fabio Capello off the dole in Madrid.
Beckham’s intelligent pass to Ruud van Nistelrooy let him thread a ball for Raul to chase and round keeper Oliver Kahn with a ricochet before scoring on 10 minutes.
Lucio made it 1-1 on 23 minutes but five minutes later Becks’ corner was met by Ivan Helguera and the ball looped into the far corner with Raul claiming a faint final touch.
Becks’ vicious free-kick into the box was flicked on to Van Nistelrooy who fired No 3 past Kahn.
Bayern’s Mark van Bommel hit another crucial away goal in the 88th minute. (the sun)

Beckham inspires Real
From The Times
February 21, 2007
Peter Jenson in Madrid

David Beckham rolled back the years last night with an inspirational display to drive Real Madrid to a 3-2 win at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League first knockout round tie and put himself back in the reckoning for an England recall.
“I always wanted to play for my country and I will always be available whether I’m in Spain, or whether I’m in LA,” Beckham said. “I will always want to do well for my country.”
There were even chants of “Beckham, Beckham”, not heard since his first season, as his three assists put Real in the driving seat against poor opposition, who scored a late goal to keep themselves in the tie.
Beckham found Ruud van Nistelrooy, whose precise pass set up Raúl to score after 10 minutes.
After Bayern struck back, Beckham was at the heart of both Real goals. After 28 minutes his corner was headed towards goal by Iván Helguera and was helped over the line by Raúl, and then his free kick was converted by Van Nistelrooy.
A trademark Beckham free kick had to be brilliantly saved by Oliver Kahn, the Germany goalkeeper, and was Real’s best chance to add to their lead.

Real Madrid 3 Bayern Munich 2: Real rebuild with Beckham the architect of success
By Jack Rashleigh at the Bernabeu

The England coach, Steve McClaren, asked for a video of David Beckham's last game. The former national captain will want to hand-deliver a copy of this performance. Beckham, who was sent off in Real's dull draw at the weekend, was the architect of all of his side's goals as Madrid edged ahead of Bayern Munich in this Champions League last-16, first-leg tie.
There were even chants of "Beckham! Beckham!" from the home crowd, the like of which have not been heard since the early days of stint in Spain. With the Champions League thoroughbreds Raul and Ruud van Nistelrooy on form, Real were on course to be comfortable winners until they conceded a potentially damaging late away goal.
"Beckham played very well, he was very important," said his coach, Fabio Capello. "When he has been in the side he has always played at a high level. He created two tonight and [scored] one the other night and I recognise that."
Capello started Beckham on the right after toying with the idea of playing him in the centre, and recalled the young Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain. Van Nistelrooy had the first chance, however, blazing over after running on to Beckham's throw. Beckham then whipped in a cross that just eluded Raul.
On 10 minutes Real were ahead. Beckham found Van Nistelrooy and his pass sent Raul clear. His first shot was saved by Oliver Khan but his second effort crept in.
The first goal was always going to be vital, with the crowd waiting to turn on the unpopular Capello, but on 23 minutes Bayern were level after sloppy goalkeeping. The full-back Willy Sagnol floated a free-kick to the back post, Iker Casillas failed to come and, jumping between two defenders, Lucio looped a header over the Real goalkeeper.
Madrid's response was swift. Higuain won a corner and from Beckham's kick the defender Ivan Helguera headed towards goal with Raul, on the line, touching the ball home. Eleven minutes before half-time it was three Beckham's free-kick was flicked on by Helguera and Van Nistelrooy volleyed in.
Beckham started the second half as he had finished the first, hitting a 35-yard pass to Higuain, whose shot was smothered by Khan. The keeper then saved Beckham's free-kick.
Capello showed unusual bravado throwing on the winger Robinho to keep Bayern stretched. But Real tired, allowing Bayern to score what could be a vital second away goal, with Mark van Bommel beating Casillas in the 88th minute.
As he left the pitch Van Bommel, formerly of Barcelona, made crude gestures towards the home fans only to apologise later. "I have got nothing against the Real fans," he said, "only against some of the players." (the independent)

Real deal Beckham gives Capello a lift

Fabio Capello had David Beckham to thank for supplying the goals which gave the under-fire Real coach a vital win. Capello kept Beckham on the right and recalled Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 19, signed from River Plate last month to partner Ruud van Nistelrooy.
It was the old Manchester United one-two that unlocked Bayern's defence on 10 minutes.
Beckham found Van Nistelrooy and his slide-rule pass sent Raul clear. The club captain's first shot was blocked but he scored from the rebound.
On 24 minutes, Bayern were level when keeper Iker Casillas failed to come for Willy Sagnol's floated free-kick and Brazilian Lucio looped a header back over his head to equalise.
But Madrid responded in style and on both occasions, Beckham's delivery was the key. After 28 minutes his corner was headed towards goal by defender Ivan Helguera with Raul helping the ball across the line and on 34, Van Nistelrooy scored from a Beckham free-kick.
But former Barcelona star Mark van Bommel pulled back a priceless away goal for Bayern in 88 minutes. (the evening standard)

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