Almost a month after signing for PSG, David Beckham made his debut in Paris, entering Sunday's Classique against Marseille in the 76th minute. PSG had a 1-0 lead since the 11th minute thanks to a Nicolas N'Koulou own goal. But with his wife in the stands and most eyes (and even a special Beck-Cam) on him, Beckham helped set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for an injury-time goal that would seal the win for PSG and give his French critics a sampling of how he can contribute (outside of the club shop, that is).
Beckham flicked a looping pass off the side of his foot to Jeremy Menez, who then knocked the ball off Ibrahimovic's knee to put PSG up 2-0. As soon as the ball settled into the far side of the net, Beckham jumped into Ibrahimovic's arms to produce what Canal+ declared the "image of the night"...
Somewhere in Barcelona, Gerard Pique knows he's been forgotten.
As you can probably tell, Beckham had a pretty wonderful night. As per usual. From Sky Sports:
"I'm very happy tonight, mainly because of the victory," said Beckham.
"We have played better but it was very important to win. Today was the perfect day, not only because I'm the 400th player in the history of the club, but also because I'm part of a very special team.
"The welcome from the supporters was unbelievable, and I want to say thank you to them.
"It was a great match, the biggest in France. 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."
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