ENGLAND 0 SOCCER AID WORLD XI 3
THE football legends were upstaged by the celebrities as the Soccer Aid World XI scored an emphatic victory against England at the Etihad.
Former Love Island winner Kem Cetinay found the net twice and there was also a goal for comedian Lee Mack.
But the winner was UNICEF as the night raised more than £13 million for the children’s charity.
This was the 10th Soccer Aid match and the cumulative total collected for UNICEF is nudging towards £50m.Embed from Getty Images
And an estimated 50,000 crowd witnessed the World XI, managed by Harry Redknapp, record a third successive victory to make to 5-5 in the series.
There was a galaxy of former footballing greats in action, Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos, Dutch superstar Clarence Seedorf, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Joe Cole, Patrice Evra and Fara Williams.
Among the celebrities were musicians Olly Murs, James Bay and James Arthur along with Mo Farah, Olympians Usain Bolt and Max Whitlock.
Dutch superstar Seedorf came as close as anybody to break the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes.
The four times Champions League winner struck the frame of the goal in the 10th minute with a free kick bent over the defensive wall.
It awarded against Gary Neville for a tug on the shirt of 100m sprint world record holder Usain Bolt.
The World XI had the better of the chances as former Manchester United left back Evra was twice denied by decent saves from David James.
Seedorf also released Bolt who raced through on goal only to shoot into the side netting with only James to beat while Julie Fleeting, also one-on-on, slid an effort wide.
Managed by former England and Manchester City’s Sven-Goran Eriksson, England’s best chance fell to reality star Mark Wright whose drive from 25 yards rippled into the side netting.
The World XI remained the greater threat from the restart as former Manchester City and Holland midfielder Nigel De Jong struck the upright.
And they made the breakthrough in the 51st minute when Cetinay found the net with a speculative drive from 25 yards which bobbled past second-half celebrity goalkeeper Joel Dommett.
Former Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba, the World XI celebrity goalkeeper, showed his class with a decent save to keep out a shot from Joe Cole.
The World XI doubled their lead with 16 minutes left when Cetinay struck again with an angled shot across the face of goal.
Cetinay was set up by a delight reverse pass from Line of Duty actor Martin Compston.
And he had the chance to complete a hat trick but shot directly at Dommett.
The World XI had another great chance to wrap up victory when Dermot Kennedy released Lee Mack, but the comedian fired wide as Dommett raced from his line to close him down.
Mack missed another sitter, though his embarrassment was spared by an assistant referee’s flag for offside.
But in the last minute, it was third time lucky for 53-year-old Mack as he found the net to wrap up a comprehensive victory.
Former Manchester United and Scotland international Darren Fletcher squared a pass across the six-yard line for Mack to slot home.
And Mack celebrated by lifting his shirt to reveal a photo of comedian Rob Bryden who had been mentoring him in a television comedy spoof in the build up to the match.