Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Beckham makes Milan friendly debut

David Beckham made his long-awaited AC Milan debut as they beat Hamburg on penalties in a friendly in Dubai.

David BeckhamBeckham, who has joined the Rossoneri on loan from MLS side LA Galaxy, started the game before being substituted at half-time for Mathieu Flamini.

The former England captain had a steady game for Milan and he could make his Serie A debut when Milan return to domestic action away to Roma on Sunday evening.

Ronaldinho put Milan ahead with a penalty on the hour mark, but Collin Benjamin equalised for Hambrug four minutes later to send the game into a penalty shoot-out.

Milan got the better of their German opponents prevailing 4-3 on penalties as they continue their preparations for the resumption of the Serie A season.

Beckham admitted he was excited at the prospect of playing in Serie A and hopes his move to Italy will help him keep his place in Fabio Capello's plans with England.

"I'm still part of the national team now," said Beckham. "When I'm playing and when I'm fit the manager has always said there's a chance he'll pick me."

"I've never played in the Italian league before so it's going to be exciting for me."

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti was impressed by Beckham's first outing for the Rossoneri.

"To me he gave a very good impression," said Ancelotti. "Dynamic quality and also he is an intelligent player.

"Obviously he is not at his maximum because for two months he didn't do anything but he had a good week with us and now he is in a good condition and can make a good contribution to the team."

Source: Sky Sports

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