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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 March, 2004, 22:34 GMT
Beckham misses out on Cup
Real Madrid's David Beckham
Beckham watches on as Zaragoza get their medals
David Beckham looked for consolation in the Champions League after Real Madrid lost 3-2 after extra-time in the Spanish Cup final to Real Zaragoza .

"You always walk away disappointed from this kind of result, but we still have the Champions League," he said.

"At times we did look tired, but I don't want to look for excuses - it was no consolation that it was a good game.

"Afterwards, the dressing room was silent. Nobody was talking, and there was no need to."

A trademark Beckham free-kick put Madrid ahead in the Copa del Rey but a Dani strike and David Villa's penalty put the underdogs in front at half time.

Roberto Carlos equalised with a free kick before red cards for Zaragoza's Cani, and Madrid's Guti in extra time.

Argentine Luciano Galletti's strike six minutes into the second extra period ended Madrid's Treble hopes.

The aristocrats were bidding to become the first Spanish team to win the domestic cup, the league title and the Champions League in the same season.

Defeat continued their miserable run in the Copa del Rey.

They have now gone 11 seasons since their last victory in the competition, against Zaragoza, in 1993.





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