Beckham’s miscue added colour to PSG-Evian match


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Paris Saint-Germain did beat Evian Thonon Gaillard on Sunday but a big chunk of story was accorded to David Beckham.

Beckham got a straight red card and PSG finished with nine men but they stayed on course towards a first French league title in 19 years with 1-0 win over Evian on Sunday.

PSG will be crowned champions for the first time since 1994 next Sunday if they get more points against Valenciennes at home than OM pick up against Bastia at the Stade Velodrome.

Javier Pastore drilled in the only goal five minutes into the second half to put leaders PSG on 73 points, nine ahead of second-placed Olympique Marseille with four matches to go.

Beckham, who came on as a second-half substitute, was shown a straight red for a foul on Youssef Adnane two minutes into stoppage time after Marco Verratti had been sent off in the 80th when he picked up a second yellow card.

A mass brawl erupted after the final whistle and Evian’s Saber Khlifa was shown a red card by referee Olivier Thual, who also asked for PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to join him back on the pitch.

“This kind of thing happens in a football game, tempers flared a little bit, that’s all,” PSG defender Christophe Jallet told French television Canal Plus.

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