Sydney beat Newcastle; Beckham stars for the Galaxy in New Zealand

Newcastle Jets 1 – Sydney FC 2 (A-League, December 7, 2008) Jobe Wheelhouse raced onto a through-ball and drove a powerful volley into the corner of the net to give the Jets an 11th minute lead. Sydney struck back almost immediately through Iain Fyfe’s back-post header, and Brendan Gan came off the bench to claim the winner for the visitors.

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Oceania All-Stars 0 – LA Galaxy 3 (Club Friendly, December 7, 2008) The Galaxy wrapped up the game before halftime, with David Beckham starring for the US outfit. Jovan Kirovski fired the Galaxy into a third minute lead, Alan Gordon headed the second, and Brandon McDonald completed the scoring in the 30th minute when he was left unmarked at the far post to nod in.