Galaxy's Beckham shines against Oceania All Stars
LA Galaxy put together a strong performance to beat the Oceania All Stars 3-0 at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, with David Beckham looking in good form.
Beckham played a key part in all three of the first-half goals as the All Stars had little to offer against the Major League side.
The England midfielder played 80 minutes, pleasing the thousands of fans who had turned out.
Beckham had the first shot of the match with a volley which was tipped over the bar by former Manchester United team-mate Mark Bosnich.
The Galaxy were not to be denied a second time a few seconds later when Jovan Kirovski expertly controlled a long ball before blasting a fine effort into the bottom corner of the net.
Things soon turned worse for the Oceanic team when a great cross from Eddie Lewis was headed in by Alan Gordon in the 14th minute.
Play was called to a halt on the half hour mark when Beckham took a heavy fall after a tackle right on the edge of the area, but the 33-year-old picked himself up to attempt one of his trademark free-kicks.
The shot was deflected for a corner which Beckham took, finding midfielder Brandon McDonald on the far side of the box to head Galaxy into a 3-0 lead with only 32 minutes gone.
The opening 10 minutes of the second half appeared to be a practice match for the Galaxy with none of their previous urgency.
The only sour note came when midfielder Josh Tudela was sent off following a bad tackle.
Former Holland international Edgar David had a rare shot in the 79th minute, but his free-kick sailed high over the crossbar.