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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 August, 2003, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
Beckham makes Real debut
David Beckham made his first appearance in Real Madrid colours
Beckham impressed on the right flank

David Beckham made his Real Madrid debut in a friendly against China Dragons in Beijing, which the Spanish team won 4-0.

Beckham played for 72 minutes and enjoyed a solid if unspectacular start to his Real career, catching the eye with a series of raking passes and threatening the Dragons' goal with two trademark free-kicks.

Afterwards, he was quick to pay tribute to his new team-mates.

The England skipper said: "I enjoyed myself and felt very comfortable considering it was my first competitive game.

"This is due to the other Real Madrid players who have done everything they could to make me feel part of the set-up since the day we joined up for pre-season training."

Luis Figo, playing on the left, opened the scoring for Real in the first-half after a neat through ball from Ronaldo.

Real substitute Fernando Morientes scored twice after his introduction and fellow substitute Javier Portillo also scored near to the end.

Beckham played on the right side of midfield and enjoyed several early touches of the ball in his first outing for his new team.


Real created several early chances, opening up the well-organised Dragons defence with intelligent movement and slick passing.

Ronaldo blazed over after a neat cross from Zinedine Zidane and the Brazilian missed the target shortly afterwards after Robert Carlos' powerful drive rebounded off the post.

Beckham took both of the free-kicks that Real won in dangerous areas while he was on the pitch.

His first effort was well saved and his second curled narrowly wide.

Ronaldo had a header well saved before Figo eventually broke the deadlock with a cool finish from the edge of the area.

The Dragons might also have scored during the opening half, but an attempt from former Everton midfielder Li Tie to chip Iker Casillas drifted frustratingly wide.

Real emerged unchanged after the break as they went in search of further goals.

But their opposition, tenacious and well organised, continued to frustrate their illustrious opponents.

And China Dragons almost restored parity after 61 minutes when Chi struck the Real crossbar with a curling strike.

David Beckham receives a gift from Chinese nurses before making his debut
Beckham met Sars nurses before the game

Raul then forced a good save after Beckham had picked out substitute Santiago Solari with a superb long-range pass to start the move.

As the second-half wore on Real made numerous substitutions, with the likes of Zidane, Raul and Beckham departing.

Substitute Morientes was the quickest to react after Roberto Carlos' shot was parried.

The striker almost scored again shortly afterwards, but he was thwarted by the China Dragons goalkeeper.

Morientes caught the eye after coming on and scored his second of the match before fellow substitute Javier Portillo notched shortly before the final whistle to give the scoreline an unflattering look for the China Dragons.

BBC Five Live's Matt Willliams
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