Beckham, LA Galaxy overwhelm PH Azkals, 6-1


David Beckham scores the first goal for the LA Galaxy against the Philippine Azkals in their friendly match Saturday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the Rizal Stadium in Manila. The Galaxy won, 6-1. RAFFY LERMA/INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines – International football star David Beckham, on possibly his last game with the Los Angeles Galaxy, kickstarted a scoring barrage by the Galaxy in a 6-1 victory over the Philippine Azkals Saturday.

Greg Berhalter and Adam Cristman capped Los Angeles’ domination with two more goals in the last 10 minutes.

Berhalter scored on a penalty kick in the 81st minute and Cristmas followed up with his second goal of the night just after five minutes before a sizeable crowd at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

The English football sensation, whose contract with Galaxy has expired, struck with a curling effort in the 20th minute, finding the right top corner of the goal.

Captains David Beckham of LA Galaxy and Chieffy Caligdong of the Philippine Azkals shake hands before their game at the Rizal Stadium in Manila Saturday, Dec. 2, 2011. RAFFY LERMA/INQUIRER

Beckham, who was reported to have been contractually-obliged to play for at least 45 minutes, played on for 27 more minutes in the second half.

In a television interview after game, Beckham was asked about his extra minutes in the second half to which he admitted that he wanted to play again when saw boxing icon Manny Pacquiao arrive in the stadium because he was such a huge fan of the Filipino great.

After finally being taken out of the game, TV cameras showed Beckham approach Pacquiao and hand him his jersey before they both walked out of the stadium.

Phil Younghusband scores what would be the lone goal for the Philippine Azkals against the LA Galaxy in their friendly match Saturday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the Rizal Stadium in Manila. The Galaxy won, 6-1. AUGUST DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER

Striker Mike Magee latched onto a pass from Landon Donovan, America’s leading goal scorer, in the 38th minute while Keane, Ireland’s all-time scorer, also delivered just a minute into the second half.

The Philippines’ lone goal came from Phil Younghusband, who pulled one back home in the 40th minute with a left-footed strike.

Younghusband had countless of misses, including one in the 56th minute which hit the crossbar.

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  • Anonymous

    Generally i find filipino fans are better behaved as compared to some other places,They know how to enjoy watching the game,  There are those who are  fanatic overzealous, violence,emotional  Chanting sound of animal monkey sound. Past history has showned even countries waged brief war just becuase of football disagreement between the two countries in latin americas. These are not fans,. Fans are those who know and understand the game, love the game , embrace the game and who promote peace and goodwill . Fans are people who are able to accept defeats of their team with sportmanship and grace and congratulate the opposition team in both win and defeat. Being a soccer player before, i know fans play a vital part in their support toward the team and how player has to accept and take the raps and hurl of abused insults from both home fans (when the team lose) and from the opposition fans. Today im a fan, no longer a player who has retired  and i choose to be the fan that is able to accept both defeat and win with sportmanship and grace and congratulate the opposition team as well.

  • dennis

    It´´s ok if most of Football fans of Azkals are mostly girls or even gays.The point is,Kung mga boyz or Man lang ang mga fans,sure na hindi hahatak ng fans,mostly barkadas or a group of two.Samantalang kapag Girls or Woman with family,less trouble and vandalism! It would be easier for security guards to implement safety measures and routine inspection.We can even avoid drunken spectators and troublemaker group.Kapag babae ang nanood,lalo na kung may asawa,dala na ang buong pamilya at mga anak at kasama syempre si Mister!

  • Roque

    kayong mga team azkal puro kasi kayo pa cute kaya indi kayo nananalo sa game,cno b my pagkukulang?ang coach ba o ang player?mabuti pa cguro labanan nyo un mga tambay baka sakali manalo pa kayo.

  • peter

    As my Brazilian friend would say… “You can play anywhere,you just need a football to play!”

  • Anonymous

    Optimist: Football is an emerging sports here! We need stadiums! The Filipinos will be one of the best in the future! People are finally supporting the team! Many are now interested in playing the sport!

    Pessimist: Football is just a trend! The people will lose interest sooner or later. No worthy wins yet. More practice. So now you’re pushing for fields to be built in every neighborhood?

    Realist: It will take several years to develop formidable, world-class players. Football needs real fans not bandwagon. The team must prove themselves more to deserve genuine support. Bring the sports to the masses. 

    Opportunist: Wow, gorgeous men! Book them!! Gotta catch ‘em all!  -> haha! lol.  :)

  • Crony

    Its time to build the Football Stadium which can hold 50,000 people or more… Let’s tap the expertise of  designer Kenneth Cobonpue and other Architects….

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