|PSG’s David Beckham shoots against Marseille on Wednesday. (AFP-Yonhap News)|
PARIS (AP) ― David Beckham made his first start for Paris Saint-Germain, which advanced to the French Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win Wednesday night over rival Marseille.
The 37-year-old midfielder made his PSG debut Sunday as a 76th-minute substitute in a 2-0 league win against Marseille.
He played until the 86th minute in the cup match, leaving three minutes after receiving a yellow card for a confrontation and argument with Jordan Ayew.
“I enjoyed it,” Beckham said. “I felt good. I have been working hard for the last few weeks. It helps to have players around me who work the way they do and play the way they do.”
Beckham, who joined PSG from the Los Angeles Galaxy, almost set up a goal with a 62nd-minute corner kick but Zoumana Camara’s header was cleared off the goal line. Beckham left to chants of “Dav-eed Beckham! Dav-eed Beckham!” at Parc des Princes.
Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez announced he will leave at the end of the season, making his decision public after his team advanced to an FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United.
Chelsea beat second-tier Middlesbrough 2-0 in the fifth round on goals by Ramires in the 51st minute and Victor Moses in the 73rd.
Benitez said some fans have had an “agenda” against him ever since he joined the club, mainly due to him having managed Liverpool earlier in his career.
“They should concentrate on supporting the team. At the end, they are not making any favors to the club, to the rest of the fans and the players,” he said.
“They put pressure on the players and don’t create a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.
“They have to realize they are making a big mistake. ... it would be much better to have a good atmosphere.”