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David Beckham helps set up goal in PSG debut

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 5:02am

David Beckham enjoyed a memorable Paris Saint-Germain debut when he came off the bench to help set up the second goal in the Ligue 1 leaders' 2-0 win over bitter rivals Marseille.

The win kept Carlo Ancelotti's side three points clear of Lyon, who defeated Lorient 3-1.

Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star Beckham came on in the 76th minute on a freezing, snowy night in Paris to a rousing reception. After an assured first touch and two more clean passes, a stray ball down the wing was met with derision from the Marseille fans who were pushing their team forward in search of a late equaliser.

But in a Hollywood ending to his debut, Beckham made sure the headlines would again feature his name by playing a crucial role in the second PSG goal.

The 37-year-old Englishman, who is the oldest player in Ligue 1, played a neat one-two with Jeremy Menez who then crossed the ball which bounced in off the leg of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Swede's league-leading 22nd goal of the season.

"It was a great match, the biggest in France," said Beckham.

"The welcome I got before the match and when I came on was fantastic. To have the opportunity at my age to play in such a great championship and with a great team, I am very happy and very proud."

Ancelotti admitted that Beckham could start Wednesday's French Cup clash at home to Marseille.

"He came on because Marco Verratti was tired and we needed fresh players on the pitch," said Ancelotti, who took off Javier Pastore to accommodate Beckham.

The welcome I got before the match and when I came on was fantastic. To have the opportunity at my age to play in such a great championship ... I am very proud

"He showed quality with his passes, his experience. He showed good qualities even if it was difficult to judge in only 20 minutes."

Asked if Beckham could start against Marseille at the Parc des Princes, Ancelotti said: "Perhaps. Verratti is suspended, so maybe he will play."

While Marseille players were jeered vociferously as they went through their paces prior to kick-off, Beckham's every move on the pitch was captured with French broadcaster Canal+ revealing that one camera - dubbed "Beck-Cam" - would be set aside solely to follow him.

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