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Football: Zidane coaching career begins with defeat

Published on Aug 24, 2014 11:11 PM
Former French football star and new coach of Real Madrid Castilla Zinedine Zidane gestures during the Spanish League B football match against Atletico de Madrid at the Cerro del Espino stadium in Majadahonda, near Madrid on Aug 24, 2014. Zidane's first match as a coach ended in a defeat as his side went down to Atletico Madrid B 2-1 on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Zinedine Zidane's first match in charge of Real Madrid's reserve side ended in defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by Atletico Madrid B on Sunday.

The former World Player of the Year worked as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant as Real won the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season and is following in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola by beginning his career in management in the Spanish third tier.

And the Frenchman looked set for a fine start as Raul de Tomas gave his Castilla side a half-time lead.

However, two goals in eight second-half minutes from Daniel Aquino and Sekou Keita gave Atletico their second victory over Real in three days after the senior side beat Real to win the Spanish Super Cup on Friday.