Beckham sets up Zlatan goal in PSG victory
Published: 25 Feb 2013 07:51 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Feb 2013 07:51 GMT+01:00
Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the back of the net on Sunday night after aging British star David Beckham came off the bench and set up the play, with Paris Saint Germain taking home the win by two goals.
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.
In a Hollywood ending to his debut, Beckham made sure the headlines will 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.
As the ball found snuck past the keeper, Beckham ran up to Zlatan and leapt into his arms, with the pair embracing in jubilation.
"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.
"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."
Zlatan's goal, meanwhile, leaves him with a league-leading 22 goals for the season.