Paris: Former England captain David Beckham enjoyed a promising French league debut for Paris St Germain, riding warm crowd support in a late cameo during the 2-0 home victory over Olympique Marseille on Sunday.
The 37-year-old was greeted by a roar from the packed Parc des Princes stadium when he made his first appearance off the bench in the 75th minute and made enough of an impact to please coach Carlo Ancelotti.
"He has brought his passing skills, his experience and some tactical solutions. He only played 20 minutes tonight but he showed some good things," Ancelotti, who coached Beckham during his first spell at AC Milan in 2009, told reporters.
"He will be very, very useful."
Ancelotti dismissed suggestions he had fielded Beckham because of his iconic status. "He's just a player like the others to me," he said.
He commented little about his own performance, but gushed about the victory and the warm welcome at the "beautiful" Parc des Princes.