Leeds United 0 - Real Madrid 2
Real Madrid: Casillas; Geremi, Hierro, Iván Campo, Roberto Carlos; Makelele, Iván Helguera; Figo (Savio 84'), Guti (Munitis 89'), McManaman; Raúl. 4-2-3-1.
Real Madrid made it three victories out of three for Spanish teams on the first day of the second phase with a two goal win at Leeds. Madrid were the better side for most of the match and they rounded off their performance with two goals from Hierro and Raúl in a three minute spell in the second half. Vicente Del Bosque had surprised everyone with his line up, bringing in Geremi and the two Iváns Campo and Helguera, with McManaman moving out to the left wing to make room for Figo on the right. This was the third position Macca had played at in three matches after playing in the middle and the right of midfield in his previous games, and Del Bosque appears to regained his confidence in the man from Liverpool whose family were watching from the stands.
Madrid took early control of the game, keeping 75% of the possession in the first ten minutes with Geremi making forays down the right and Macca playing a floating role. However they could have been behind in the sixth minute when Leeds attacked and Woodgate hit the post with Casillas beaten. Referee Dick Jol produced the first yellow card of the game in the tenth minute to Figo for diving in the penalty area, and after that the Portuguese player was booed by the angry fans (as was McManaman). On the half hour mark Raúl struck a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area which bounced off the post, but Leeds came back and Casillas parried away a header from Mateo after Iván Campo gave the ball away.
Madrid continued to create chances in the second half, but they were rushing too much, and Guti and then Figo ran the ball too far when they should have done better. Then Hierro finally got the goal they were looking for after Figo floated over a cross from the right, and two minutes later Raúl added the second, McManaman making the play for Guti to pass on first touch to the striker. After that they slowed it down, and with Del Bosque already thinking of the long trip to Tokyo to play the Intercontinental cup next Tuesday, he put on Savio and then Munitis. Leeds had no answer as the few Spaniards in the crowd sang their hearts out, happy to see their side win away. Some of them will now board that plane for Japan, hoping that they keep up this form against Boca Juniors. If they do, the first title of the season is theirs for the taking.