Zaragoza shock Real Madrid

Published March 19, 2004

BARCELONA, March 18: Real Zaragoza fought their way back from a goal and a man down to claim an extra-time victory over Real Madrid in a thrilling King's Cup final at the Montjuic Olympic stadium on Wednesday.

Argentine midfielder Luciano Galletti grabbed the winning goal nine minutes before the end of extra time. England captain David Beckham put Real ahead with a superbly struck free kick midway through the first half, but Zaragoza fought back to take a 2-1 lead before the break thanks to a well taken goal from Dani and a penalty from fellow striker David Villa.

Real equalised from a free kick by Roberto Carlos three minutes. But Real could not press home their numerical advantage and they too went a man down when Guti was sent off six minutes into the first period of extra time.

Owen scores twice

LONDON: Liverpool and Michael Owen put their run of poor form behind them as the England striker scored twice in an easy 3-0 home win over relegation strugglers Portsmouth in the Premier League on Wednesday.

The victory takes Liverpool up three places to fifth with 42 points from 28 games as they chase fourth spot and a Champions League place. Portsmouth stay third from bottom with 24 points, two points adrift of Leicester City and the safety zone.

Liverpool were desperate to put on a convincing display after a shock FA Cup replay defeat to Portsmouth, a frustrating draw with Olympique Marseille in the UEFA Cup and a sloppy premier league loss at Southampton. -Reuters

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