England captain David Beckham scored his first goal for Real Madrid as the Spani
England captain David Beckham scored his first goal for Real Madrid as the Spanish champions defeated FC Tokyo 2-0 in the Japanese capital...
Beckham was making his second appearance for Real on their summer tour of the Far East after Saturday's match against China Dragons which Real won 4-0.
With French playmaker Zinedine Zidane sidelined with a thigh injury, new Real coach Carlos Queiroz started the match by playing Beckham in a central midfield position.
All the world seemed to be watching in the hope of witnessing a Beckham goal and, under torrential rain in Tokyo's National Stadium, the player duly abliged.
After an earlier effort had been comfortably pushed away from danger by Toyko 'keeper Yoichi Doi, Beckham was given the perfect opportunity to show his talent when Santiago Solari was fouled on the left corner of the penalty area.
In trade mark fashion, Beckham hit a sweetly struck, curling right-foot effort that flew over the Toyko wall before beating Doi and finding the goal just inside the far right-hand post.
Beckham looked to be understandably delighted with his goal and was soon congratulated by all his new team-mates.
The goal seemed to give Real a new cutting edge and just four minutes later, Argentinaian Solari added a second after Portillo, played through by Figo, had forced Doi into an acrobatic save.
As the match progressed Beckham and Figo dictated the midfield pattern of play more and Beckham's influence was made all the more by the England captain's willingness to flick between a central position and one further out on the right.
The third Madrid goal eventually arrived with just three minutes left as substitute Ronaldo, with good memories of Japan from last year's World Cup, jinked his way past two Tokyo players before hitting a brilliant curling shot from 24 yards into the far corner.