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Beckham delivers in New Zealand
December 3rd, 2007 9:15AM
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[VIDEO] The Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham, playing the full 90 minutes despite being obligated to go just 55 minutes in Saturday's exhibition against Wellington Phoenix, helped set up three goals and scored from the penalty spot in a 4-1 win in front 31,853 fans in New Zealand.

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After falling behind, 1-0, early in the game, Clint Mathis and Landon Donovan put the Galaxy on top with first-half goals. Carlos Pavon scored in the 48th minute before Beckham's successful penalty kick.

Mathis scored on a rebound after a blocked shot from Donovan, who had latched on to a precise cross-field Beckham pass. Donovan scored his goal on a rebound from an Edson Buddle effort on another sequence of passes involving Beckham.

Pavon tapped home the Galaxy's third goal after Mathis volleyed across the goal area. Mathis had received a cross from Donovan, who was feed by Beckham after the Englishman dribbled through the heart of Wellington's midfield.

Pavon was fouled to earn the Galaxy a penalty kick, which Donovan offered to Beckham, who shot high into the net.

Retired Cobi Jones - now assistant coach to new head man Ruud Gullit - played the final 15 minutes for the Galaxy,

Wellington Phoenix 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 4, Goals: Aloisi (Felipe) 7; Mathis 17, Donovan 45, Pavon (Mathis, Donovan) 48, Beckham (pen.) 77.

LA Galaxy -- Joe Cannon (Steve Cronin, 46), Ante Jazic, Kyle Veris, Chris Klein, Chris Albright (Quavas Kirk, 46), Kevin Harmse (Peter Vagenas, 46), Josh Tudela, David Beckham, Clint Mathis (Cobi Jones, 75), Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle (Carlos Pavon, 46).

Wellington Phoenix -- Mark Paston, Karl Dodd (Steven O'Dor, 79), Kristian Rees, Steven Old, Ross Aloisi (Jeremy Christie, 58), Michael Ferrante (Costa Barbarouses, 72), Richard Johnson (Daniel, 72), Vince Lia (Ahmad Elrich, 58), Felipe, Vaughan Coveny (Greg Draper, 86), Shane Smeltz (Royce Brownlie, 46).

Att.: 31,853.


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