First Division - Day 37

Real Murcia 2 - Real Madrid 1

Real Murcia: Sánchez Broto; Juanma, Cuadrado, Hurtado, Carreras; Acciari, Jensen; Gancedo (Maciel 62'), Luis García, Richi; David Karanka (Azkarate 90') 4-2-3-1.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Iván Helguera, Pavón, Mejía; Beckham, Borja (Jordi 90'); Figo, Zidane, Solari (Guti 70'); Raúl. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Murcia: David Karanka for Maciel / Madrid: Mejía, Borja, Zidane for Raúl Bravo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo.

1-0. 03. Luis García. Poked ball into net after Casillas spilled Richi's header.
2-0. 30. Luis García (penalty). After ball hit Helguera on arm in penalty area.
2-1. 92. Guti. Picked up short pass from Zidane and struck shot past Broto.

Real Madrid's season is going from bad to worse, and they dropped down to third in the table after losing 2-1 to already relegated Real Murcia. Once again it was one of their ex players who did the damage, Luis García scoring as early as the third minute after Casillas dropped Richi's header at his feet, and then converting a controversial penalty on the half hour mark after referee Turienzo Alvarez ruled that Helguera had handled the ball deliberately when Mejía deflected Gancedo's pass at him from point blank range.

Two minutes later Madrid were left with ten men after David Beckham was sent off for insulting the linesman and the game was virtually over. The Galacticos did their best to come back, Solari and Raúl both hitting the woodwork and Sánchez Broto keeping out shots from Figo, Raúl and Zidane, but when Guti finally did beat the keeper in injury time it was too late. For the first time in their 102 year history Madrid had lost four league games in a row, and their summer tour is now in jeopardy as they may have to play a Champions' League qualifying round in mid-August.