Beckham makes 1st start as PSG beats Marseille 2-0

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 2:02 AM

PARIS (AP) — David Beckham made his first start for Paris Saint-Germain, which advanced to the French Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win Wednesday night over rival Marseille.

The 37-year-old midfielder made his PSG debut Sunday as a 76th-minute substitute in a 2-0 league win against Marseille. He played until the 86th minute in the cup match, leaving three minutes after receiving a yellow card for a confrontation and argument with Jordan Ayew.

"I enjoyed it," Beckham said. "I felt good. I have been working hard for the last few weeks. It helps to have players around me who work the way they do and play the way they do."

Beckham, who joined PSG from the Los Angeles Galaxy, almost set up a goal with a 62nd-minute corner kick but Zoumana Camara's header was cleared off the goal line. Beckham left to chants of "Dav-eed Beckham! Dav-eed Beckham!" at Parc des Princes.

"He had a solid game and he showed he could last," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "There are a lot of things he can show us — his experience, his passing, his aggression. I don't think he played like a 37-year-old tonight."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the 34th minute and converted a penalty kick in the 64th, raising his season total to

26 goals in all competitions. Earlier in the day, he was suspended for two European matches following his red card in a Champions League game.

In other games, Lorient beat Brest 3-0, Nancy won 2-0 in overtime at fifth-division Venissieux Minguettes and Bordeaux defeated non-league Raon-l'Etape 5-3 on penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie.

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LONDON (AP) — Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez announced he will leave at the end of the season, making his decision public after his team advanced to an FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United.

Chelsea beat second-tier Middlesbrough 2-0 in the fifth round on goals by Ramires in the 51st minute and Victor Moses in the 73rd.

Benitez said some fans have had an "agenda" against him ever since he joined the club, mainly due to him having managed Liverpool earlier in his career.

"They should concentrate on supporting the team. At the end, they are not making any favors to the club, to the rest of the fans and the players," he said. "They put pressure on the players and don't create a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. They have to realize they rare making a big mistake. ... it would be much better to have a good atmosphere."

Chelsea, which has won the FA Cup in four of the last six seasons, will play at United on March 10, the same day Millwall hosts Blackburn in an all-second-tier matchup. The quarterfinals start March 9, when Everton hosts Wigan and Manchester City is home against second-tier Barnsley.

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SEVILLA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid advanced to a Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid, holding Sevilla to a 2-2 tie and winning on 4-3 aggregate in the total-goals series.

Diego Costa scored in the sixth minute and Radamel Falcao in the 29th as Atletico built a 4-1 aggregate lead. The hosts got goals from Jesus Navas on a long shot in the 39th and Ivan Rakitic in second-half injury time.

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Arjen Robben curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 43rd minute, and Bayern Munich defeated defending champion Borussia Dortmund 1-0 to reach the German Cup semifinals.

Stuttgart advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2007 , beating second-division Bochum 2-0 on goals by

Christian Gentner in the 18th and Vedad Ibisevic in the 83rd.

Wolfsburg and Freiburg also are in Sunday's semifinal draw.

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