David Beckham debuted for Paris Saint-Germain over the weekend, and for both club and player, it was a positive experience.
Beckham, formerly of Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and the Los Angeles Galaxy, made his first appearance for PSG, Sunday, after joining the French league leaders in January. The former England captain entered amid snowy conditions in the 76th minute, replacing Javier Pastore in the PSG midfield.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 22nd Ligue 1 goal of the season, and PSG benefited from a first-half own goal on the way to a 2-0 victory over Marseille. The win kept PSG atop the French league table, three points ahead of Lyon.
In his brief cameo, Beckham completed 67 percent of his 12 passes and had 14 total touches, according to WhoScored.com. He was involved in Ibrahimovic's goal, passing to Jeremy Menez, whose cross set up the match-clincher.
Beckham became the 400th player to feature for PSG, according to the club's official website. After the match, Beckham said Sunday was "a perfect day." He said:
I'm delighted this evening, especially with the win. We have played better than this, but the most important thing was to get the win. 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.
PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed the "good result" and said Beckham will play again Wednesday in the French Cup.
"(Marseille) caused us a lot of problems tonight. We defended very deep, but it wasn't necessarily by choice" Ancelotti said (via PSG.Fr). "We should have controlled things better, even if we did carve out some clear-cut chances. Beckham played because he was ready and some other players needed to rest."
Video of Beckham's debut appears in the clip above and serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Monday. Enjoy, then let us know how you rated Beckham's first match in PSG colors.
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