Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Zidane says good bye in 3-3 draw with Villarreal

Zinedine Zidane played for the last time wearing the Real Madrid jersey in the 3-3 game with Villarreal. His team reached the second place in the Spanish League.

Two goals from Baptista either side of a header from Zidane on his last home appearance with Madrid secured a point after Diego Forlan had threatened to upstage the Frenchman with two goals to put Villarreal in front.

In fact, Real Madrid took the lead after 23 minutes when Raul headed Robinho’s cross into the path of Baptista, who let fly with a scorching volley.

As everybody expected, Villarreal were soon back in contention when Juan Roman Riquelme’s corner was nudged into his own goal by Real defender Alvaro Mejia in the 31st minute.

Forlan burst down the right eight minutes later and fired across keeper Iker Casillas into the far corner to put the visitors in front.

Zidane equalised in the 67th minute, pulling wide at the far post to fire David Beckham’s cross with a looping header back across the goal.

With five minutes left Villarreal broke and Javi Venta's goal-bound shot was stopped by Sergio Ramos using his hands. The Real defender was sent off and Forlan made no mistake from the penalty spot.

However, they only held the lead for two minutes before Baptista rose to head home Beckham's free kick.

Real Madrid have 70 points with one match left to play, 12 short of champions Barcelona, who beat city rivals Espanyol 2-0 in the Nou Camp on Saturday.