Wednesday 22 November 2017

Robbie Keane plays his part as Beckham pulls strings in Galaxy victory

ROBBIE Keane played his part as Los Angeles Galaxy recorded an important win last night.

David Beckham had a hand in both goals as Galaxy beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 to book their place in the MLS Western Conference final.

The Galaxy led going into the game following a 1-0 win in the first leg and they finished the job at Home Depot Center.

Now recovered from injury, Keane is due to join the Irish squad when they gather ahead of the Euro 2012 play-offs against Estonia.

Widely-travelled Birmingham-born striker Luke Rodgers levelled the aggregate scores in the fourth minute when he put the Red Bulls ahead with a low shot, following a through-ball from Thierry Henry.

However, Beckham and Mike Magee again teamed up to restore their team's overall advantage.

In the first leg Magee finished off a Beckham free-kick and last night he headed in a trademark corner by the former England midfielder to make it 1-1 three minutes before half-time.

After Rodgers found the side-netting in the second half Beckham was fouled in the penalty area by Roy Miller and Landon Donovan stepped up to seal a 3-1 aggregate success from the spot in the 75th minute.

The Galaxy will have home advantage when they face Real Salt Lake in Sunday's final.

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