Last night (Sunday 16th June) the World’s biggest football charity match took place at Chelsea’s ground in London. The World won in more ways than one, with the World XI getting revenge for last year by beating England on penalties with over £6.7 million being raised for UNICEF. This was the thirteenth year that Soccer Aid has taken place and this year was a first with two female players Katie Chapman and Rachel Yankey taking to the pitch. Since Soccer Aid started over £30 million pounds has been raised for UNICEF.
Soccer Aid brings together many football legends and celebrities who play to raise money so that children around the world can grow up happy and healthy. Managers on the night were Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid who had help from professional Managers Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp.
England took a 2-1 lead at half time thanks to two goals from Jeremy Lynch for England followed by a Usain Bolt response for the World XI. In the final ten minutes Kem Cetinay scored a fantastic equaliser to take the game to penalties. Nicky Byrne was the penalty shoot out hero saving two of the England penalties.
Rita Ora provided the half time entertainment whilst the celebrities playing included Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, Lee Mack, Michael Owen, David Seaman, Ben Shephard and Sir Mo Farah.
As man of the match Jeremy Lynch said in his post match interview, “it’s not the result, it’s the cause”.
A fantastic achievement from all involved, long may this fixture continue.
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