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David Beckham Upstaged by Dismissed Veteran PSG Debutant Goalkeeper

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 16, 2016

Paris Saint-Germain's final game of the season was always going to end in the tears of a 38-year-old, but nobody expected the headlines NOT to be around David Beckham.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and England man did not play in the Ligue 1 champions' last match of the French season at Lorient and watched his teammates claim a 3-1 win from the stands.

Such is the power of Beckham's name that even his non-appearance was guaranteed to claim the headlines.

His final game as a professional footballer took place last weekend when Beckham was reduced to tears as he left the field in the 82nd minute against Brest at the Parc des Princes last weekend, as CNN reported.

But even the former midfielder found himself usurped by third-choice goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom, who made his debut for PSG at the Stade du Moustoir as a second-half substitute for Alphonse Areola.

However, just 10 minutes after entering the field of play, the 38-year-old Le Crom was dismissed for bringing down Lorient striker Julien Quercia as he bore down on goal.

Le Crom left the field in tears and was consoled by PSG staff and players on the bench as he made his way off the pitch.

Consequently, PSG defender Mamadou Sakho took over in goal but could not save the subsequent penalty by Arnaud Le Lan.

PSG, though, still won the game 3-1 with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring one of the goals to become the first man to hit 30 goals in a season since Jean-Pierre Papin in the 1989-90 campaign, as Bleacher Report featured columnist Jonathan Johnson noted.

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