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David Beckham finally makes PSG debut

[Monday, February 25, 2013 ]

David Beckham made his long-awaited debut for Paris St Germain on Sunday night in a 2-0 home victory over Olympique Marseille.

Cheered before, throughout and after the Classique, all eyes were on David Beckham
Cheered before, throughout and after the Classique, all eyes were on David Beckham

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Beckham, who joined PSG on a five-month deal last month, was on the bench as expected, having not played since helping Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS Cup at the beginning of December.

However, the former England captain was the center of attention from the moment he ran out of the tunnel to take his bow before the crowd.

He received a massive cheer when his name was read out five minutes before kick-off and he jogged out onto the pitch to a cover version of "Hey Jude".

Having completed possibly the most photographed warm-up routine in the football history, Beckham came on as a 76th minute substitute for Javier Pastore with the score at 1-0, becoming the 400th player to ever play for PSG.

And he helped set up Zlatan Ibrahimović for an injury-time goal that would seal the win for Rouge et Bleu.

A tasty flick by Beckham put Jérémy Ménez through and his cross was tucked home by Ibrahimović.

"I'm delighted this evening, especially with the win," Beckham told the club's website.

"Today was a perfect day! Not just because I became the 400th player in the club's history, but because I play in a very special side.

"The welcome I received from the fans was incredible and I'd like to thank them for that."


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