LA Galaxy thrash Philippine Azkal 6-1

Last Updated: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 18:05

Manila: The Los Angeles Galaxy football club defeated the Philippine Azkals 6-1 Saturday night in front of a packed crowd in Metro Manila here.

The Azkals put up a commendable defence against the Galaxy during the first 20 minutes of the game.

But international football star David Beckham blasted a halfcourt shot barely 15 minutes into the match to test Azkals goalkeeper Edward Sacapano. Five minutes later, Beckham opened the scoring with a sweet lob from outside the box that hit the back of the net.

The shot was followed up by another Galaxy strike, Mike Magee, hiking Los Angeles` lead to 2-0.

However, the Azkals had several scoring opportunities, with captain Chieffy Caligdong had a near-goal but his attempt in the 29th minute sailed over the top bar.

In the second half, Robbie Keane surprised the Azkals with the Galaxy`s third goal by striking in the 46th minute.

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

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao watched the match. In a television interview after the game, Beckham said he wanted to play again when he saw Manny Pacquiao arrive in the stadium because he was a huge fan of the Filipino great.

The exhibition game is part of the Galaxy`s Asia-Pacific Tour.

IANS



First Published: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 18:05

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