Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Real Madrid 3-1 win in Japan

Brazil striker Ronaldo scored twice when Real Madrid beat Japan's Jubilo Iwata 3-1 on Wednesday in the second of two pre-season games in Japan. England captain David Beckham completed 68 minutes in his second game after pulling a hamstring in the United States last week and received a standing ovation from the crowd of 34,000 when he came off, Reuters reported.

Japanese soccer authorities have found no evidence to indicate that David Beckham was spat at during a friendly match between Real Madrid and Tokyo Verdy earlier this week, according to media reports. Beckham was seen gesturing angrily at former Japan international Kazuyuki Toda during Monday's match, in which Tokyo Verdy snared an upset 3-0 over the Spanish powerhouse.

"Toda spat in my face. That in life is horrible, but in football no players like that," Japanese sports daily Nikkan Sports quoted the Madrid midfielder as saying after the match. However Kyodo News reported Wednesday that J-League officials had studied video footage of the match and found no evidence of a spitting incident.

Toda also claimed his innocence in a meeting with Verdy officials, Kyodo said. "He was the one that kicked me. Spit flew, and I think that's why he was angry, but it wasn't me," Toda was quoted by Sports Nippon as saying after Monday's match.