7 Jan 2009

Beckham makes Milan debut in friendly

9:20 am on 7 January 2009

England football international David Beckham has made his AC Milan debut with a steady first-half run-out against Hamburg SV in a friendly, won 4-3 on penalties by the Italians after the match finished 1-1.

Beckham, 33, has joined the Serie A club on a short loan spell from Los Angeles Galaxy to keep up his fitness and stay in contention for the England team during the US close season.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was soon involved, sending a long ball into the Hamburg penalty area and seeking out Andriy Shevchenko.

He later set up Alexandre Pato to shoot straight at the Hamburg keeper before being substituted at halftime.

Ronaldinho broke the deadlock for Milan, scoring from the penalty spot in the 61st minute, but Hamburg were quick to equalise with a close-range effort from Collin Benjamin in the 66th minute.

Milan's coach Carlo Ancelotti says Beckham has dynamic quality and is an intelligent player who can make a good contribution to the team.