England captain David Beckham played his part in Real Madrid's 7-2 destruction of Real Valladolid...
After playing in both of his country's Euro 2004 qualifiers, England captain David Beckham played his part in Real Madrid's 7-2 destruction of Real Valladolid at the Bernabeu on Saturday...
Becks Watch: Primera Liga
Real Madrid 7-2 Real Valladolid
13 September 2003
When this Real Madrid side click, the football that they can produce is wonderful and on Saturday night they laid down their credentials for all of Europe to see.
Though he didn't score, Beckham's game was full of clever touches and accurate passing and none more so than the pass which led to Zinedine Zidane scoring Real's fourth goal of the night.
With 53 minutes gone and Beckham deep on the right touchline, the no.23 sent over a perfectly struck, 50-yard cross-field pass which fell onto the left foot of Zidane, who volleyed home past Bizarri with consumate ease.
The next experience for Beckham will be playing in the Champions League for his new side - the first game in the nine-times champions' calendar is at home, against Olympique Marseille.
David Beckham - Match Stats
Minutes on pitch: 90
Shots on target: 2
Shots off target: 1
Tackles won: 3
Tackles lost: 8
Fouls won: 2
Fouls conceded: 2
Teams Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Míchel Salgado, Pavón, Raúl Bravo, Roberto Carlos; Beckham, Cambiasso (Borja, 71); Figo (Guti, 64), Raúl, Zidane (Núñez, 64); y Ronaldo. Real Valladolid: Bizarri; Torres Gómez, Jonathan (Losada, 35), Caminero, Julio César, Marcos; Richetti, Jesús, Sousa (Chema, 42), Zapata (Oscar, 57); and Fernando Sales. Referee: Iturralde González Bookings: Míchel Salgado (86), Chema (86)