More woe for Beckham as Real suffer home defeat

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David Beckham's troubled week continued last night as his Real Madrid team suffered their first home defeat of the season, a 3-0 thrashing by Osasuna which allowed Valencia to take over at the top of the Primera Liga.

Real, knocked out of the Champions' League by Monaco in midweek, were humbled 3-0 at the Bernabeu by their mid-table opponents. Goals from Valmiro Valdo, Perez Pablo Garcia and Mohamed Moha sentenced Real to only their third home league defeat in four seasons on a miserable night for Beckham, who returned after missing the Monaco defeat through suspension.

Beckham was watched by his wife, Victoria, and son, Brooklyn, in a public show of support following new claims about his alleged infidelities. He is expected to make a statement today following discussions with advisers.

Valencia replaced the champions after the midfielder Miguel Angel Angulo scored a second-half header to earn a 1-0 win at Real Zaragoza. With just six games remaining Valencia lead the standings on 69 points. Real follow on 67 while Deportivo La Coruña, who won 2-0 at Villarreal, are a distant third on 60. Barcelona, who extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches with a 3-1 win at Valladolid on Saturday, are a point behind in fourth.

In Italy, Internazionale scored twice in the last four minutes against Perugia yesterday for a 3-2 win which boosted their hopes of Champions' League qualification. Goals from the Brazilian Adriano and the Nigerian, Obafemi Martins, secured the points after they trailed 2-1 to Perugia, who are threatened by relegation.

Inter opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a superb solo effort from Adriano. But Perugia drew level five minutes into the second-half with a Eusebio Di Francesco header and took the lead eight minutes later when Dario Hubner pounced on a poor clearance.

Roma, nine points behind Milan at the top of Serie A, beat Chievo 3-1 as Fabio Capello's side served the first of a two-match ban from the Olympic Stadium following crowd trouble in last month's Rome derby. John Carew fired Roma in front, Federico Cossato levelled the score before Antonio Cassano nodded Roma ahead and Andrea Barzagli's own goal late on made it 3-1.

On Saturday, third-placed Juventus beat Lazio 1-0 when David Trezeguet headed home the winner from a Mauro Camoranesi cross two minutes from time.