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PSG held as Beckham returns to scene of 1998 shame

PSG held as Beckham returns to scene of 1998 shame
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David Beckham returned to the scene of his infamous 1998 World Cup red card horror show on Sunday, but was unable to inspire his Paris Saint-Germain team to victory at Saint-Etienne as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Beckham was sent-off for kicking out at Diego Simeone early in the second half of England’s 1998 World Cup last-16 game against Argentina at Saint-Etienne’s Geoffroy-Guichard stadium, a match which the South Americans won on penalties.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star became a national scapegoat amongst home fans and media for his sending-off, his act of petulance widely seen as the cause of England’s exit.

On Sunday, the 37-year-old former England skipper started his first league game for the Ligue 1 title-chasers, but saw his team throw away a 2-0 advantage in a match where he put in a solid performance.

The result means PSG are now five points ahead of Lyon and seven up on Marseille with nine games to play.

Javier Pastore and Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the visitors 2-0 ahead with first-half strikes, but an Alex own-goal just before half-time and a wonderful finish from Francois Clerc with 18 minutes left meant the two sides shared the spoils. 
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