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  • 25 February 2013, 8:58

Beckham Helps Seal Win For PSG On His Debut

David Beckham celebrated his Paris Saint-Germain debut by helping to create the second goal as the French leaders beat bitter rivals Marseille 2-0.

The 37-year-old former England captain came off the bench with just over a quarter of an hour to go with his side already a goal up at the Parc des Princes.

A clever flick in stoppage time released fellow substitute Jeremy Menez down the left, whose subsequent cross was turned in by striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for PSG's second, and his 22nd goal of the season.

"The manager just told me to go and take the ball. There was a little bit of pressure on tonight, I enjoyed coming on," Beckham said.

"I always knew that coming here and being a part of this team, I was never going to be in the starting 11 straight off, and that's the way I'll probably think for a while.

After the second goal, Beckham ran up to Ibrahimovic and leaped into the Swedish striker's arms to the sound of cheers from PSG fans.

"I needed a fresh player on the pitch. He brought us the quality of his passing, his experience, tactical understanding," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said, praising Beckham's impact.

The star footballer was paraded before fans five minutes before kick-off and he received a loud standing ovation, with supporters chanting "David, David" as he warmed up before coming on for Javier Pastore.

"The atmosphere in the stadium, the reception that I got tonight was pretty incredible," Beckham said.

"Playing for a top-flight team, to be able to do that at my age, I'm very happy about that."

Beckham is looking to win a championship title in a fourth different country after previous success with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Before Sunday's game, he had not played a competitive match since his last appearance for LA Galaxy on December 1.

"It's been tough getting up to speed, because I obviously took seven weeks off and did absolutely nothing," Beckham said.

"It was difficult to get back to fitness, but I feel good," he added.

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