David Beckham scored the opening goal, a trademark curling right-footed strike from outside of the box in the 20th minute to spark the Galaxy to victory against the Filipino side that looked threatening on the first half.
The huge crowd in Rizal Stadium in Manila appeared stunned, perhaps even awed, at the way David Beckham so effortless and so precisely curled the ball, finding the top left corner over the flailing arms of Azkals goalkeeper Eduard Sacapano. Mike Magee doubled the lead in the 28th with an expertly taken strike from just outside the box, following a brilliant layoff from captain Landon Donovan.
The Azkals’ only goal courtesy of Phil Younghusband got the loudest response though as the Filipino-British striker unleashed a left-footed strike.
Irish international Robbie Keane also scored for the Galaxy, who extended a 2-1 halftime lead as the Azkals backline grew weary in the second half.
Phil Younghusband scores what would be the lone goal for the Philippine Azkals against the LA Galaxy.
Keane struck in the 47th minute from a Beckham free kick, before Adam Cristman scored two goals, including in the 62nd minute off a feed from Donovan.
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