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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 November 2007, 12:49 GMT
Beckham down under

David Beckham enjoys a traditional Maori greeting as he arrives in Wellington, New Zealand, with the LA Galaxy

David Beckham enjoys a traditional Maori greeting as he arrives in Wellington, New Zealand, with the LA Galaxy

David Beckham, Ruud Gullit and Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast

Beckham receives a Maori greenstone necklace from Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast as LA coach Ruud Gullit (centre) looks on

The locals make it clear who they have come to see

The locals make it clear who they have come to see - and it's not Landon Donovan

David Beckham

The pleasantries are over and Beckham is fired up as the Galaxy take on Wellington Phoenix at the Westpac Stadium

David Beckham

Beckham has an influential match, creating two goals and scoring from the penalty spot in the 77th minute

David Beckham

Beckham gives the crowd - a record for a football match in New Zealand at 31,853 - the obligatory shirt-free farewell

The tour opens on Tuesday, with Beckham and the LA Galaxy taking on Sydney FC

The tour opens on Tuesday, with Beckham and the LA Galaxy taking on Sydney FC

Two youngsters turn out to watch David Beckham play for LA Galaxy against Sydney FC

Beckham proves a huge draw in Sydney, with more than 80,000 turning out to watch the match at the Telstra Stadium

David Beckham waves to the crowd in Sydney ahead of the match

The former England captain is all smiles ahead of the game, which is Ruud Gullit's first as coach of the American side

Beckham was injured after 27 minutes following a tackle from Brendon Santalab

Beckham is not so happy after 27 minutes when a tackle from Brendon Santalab leaves him clutching his left ankle

David Beckham delighted the huge Sydney crowd by scoring a trademark free-kick from 25 yards

But Beckham manages to continue playing despite his injury and scores a trademark free-kick just before half-time

David Beckham's goal was popular with the huge Sydney crowd

Beckham celebrates scoring his goal, although his team already trail 3-0 when he strikes

David Beckham leaves the field after his team's 5-3 defeat to Sydney FC

Sydney FC end the game as 5-3 winners but the evening is all about Beckham, who bids farewell to the crowd



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