Beckham booed as Galaxy beaten
Monday 15 September 2008
After crossing nine time zones to reach four cities in three days, David Beckham appeared a little disoriented on Saturday after the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-0 loss to the Kansas City Wizards.
"Good evening, good afternoon – I'm not sure what it is at the moment," Beckham said after the Major League Soccer match. The Wizards won through goals from Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud less than two minutes apart in the second half and extended Los Angeles' run of matches without a win to 12 games.
Beckham, who arrived in Kansas City on Friday, missed a free kick badly – leading to boos from the crowd – and did not have much of an impact on the outcome. "Obviously, it's tough because I'm trying to get back into the time zone and didn't sleep well last night, which didn't help," said Beckham, who played the entire game. "It's something that I've got used to. It's tough at times, especially when I don't have many games before I play again."
In the Netherlands, Steve McClaren's FC Twente were denied victory when 81st-minute substitute Joel Tshibamba salvaged a last-gasp 1-1 draw for NEC Nijmegen. Eljero Elia looked to have earned McClaren's team all three points with the opening goal just before the half-hour mark. But 19-year-old forward Tshibamba clinched a dramatic point for the visitors with just a minute left on the clock.
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