David Beckham made a surprising start in his Italian league debut Sunday, a solid 89-minute performance for AC Milan in a 2-2 draw with AS Roma.
Beckham failed to score in his first match on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, but Alexander Pato got two goals at Stadio Olimpico to help Milan into third place.
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said Saturday it would be “difficult” to start Beckham because the former England captain has been inactive for two months. However, Beckham lined up alongside Andrea Pirlo and Clarence Seedorf in midfield.
Inter Milan leads the league with 43 points, followed by Juventus with 39, Milan with 34 and Napoli with 33.