England XI 2-2 World XI (World XI win 3-1 on penalties): SOCCER AID

England XI 2-2 World XI (World XI win 3-1 on penalties): World XI triumph in the celebrity shoot-out after Usain Bolt and Love Island star Kem Cetinay cancelled out F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch’s double in Soccer Aid for UNICEF clash at Stamford Bridge

  • World XI have defeated England to win the 2019 edition of Soccer Aid for UNICEF at Stamford Bridge
  • F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch scored a poachers finish for England after Julio Cesar parried a Mark Wright volley
  • Lynch grabbed a deserved second goal of the night with a drilled effort on the turn on 38 minutes 
  • World XI hit back five minutes later after Usain Bolt capitalised on a disastrous error by Jamie Carragher  
  • An equaliser arrived late on as Love Island star Kem Cetinay curled the ball past Homeland’s David Harewood 
  • The match, which had raised almost £7million by full-time, went to a ‘celebrity shoot-out’ where Joe Wicks, Mark Wright and Lee Mack all missed for England 

World XI have won the biggest charity match in the world on penalties after Joe Wicks, Mark Wright and Lee Mack all missed from 12 yards in a competitive contest at Stamford Bridge.

Almost £7million was raised by full-time as the side coached by Piers Morgan and Harry Redknapp ran out winners.

England took the lead on 20 minutes when F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch struck from close range after a very busy Julio Cesar parried the ball into his path. 

World XI beat England to win the 2019 edition of the Soccer Aid for UNICEF on penalties at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

Love Island star Kem Cetinay raced away to celebrate after curling the ball into the back of the net with a left-footed strike

Cetinay ran over to the bench to celebrate with TV presenter and Daily Mail columnist Piers Morgan, who was delighted

Usain Bolt gave Piers Morgan and Harry Redknapp’s side hope on half-time after taking advantage of a Jamie Carragher error

F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch scored twice for England in the first half as the Three Lions appeared to take control of the game

Glen Johnson congratulates the standout performer in the first half Lynch after he put England 2-0 up against World XI

MATCH FACTS 

ENGLAND XI SOCCER AID TEAM 

  • Sam Allardyce – Manager
  • Susanna Reid – Assistant Manager
  • Robbie Williams – Singer and Soccer Aid co-founder
  • John Terry – Former Chelsea captain
  • Mo Farah – Olympian
  • Jamie Redknapp – Former footballer
  • Mark Wright – TOWIE star
  • David Seaman – Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper
  • Ben Shephard – TV presenter
  • Ant Middleton – TV personality and former SAS soldier 
  • Michael Owen – Former Liverpool and England striker
  • Joe Wicks – Fitness coach
  • Jamie Carragher – Former Liverpool and England defender
  • Jeremy Lynch – Freestyle footballer
  • Glen Johnson – Former Chelsea and England defender
  • Joe Cole – Former Chelsea and England midfielder
  • Lee Mack – Comedian and TV actor 
  • Marvin Humes – TV presenter and former JLS star
  • Rachel Yankey – Former England and Arsenal winger
  • Katie Chapman – Former England and Chelsea midfielder
  • Danny Jones – McFly singer
  • David Harewood – Homeland actor

WORLD XI SOCCER AID TEAM

  • Harry Redknapp – Manager 
  • Piers Morgan – Assistant Manager 
  • Didier Drogba – Chelsea legend
  • Usain Bolt – Former sprinter
  • Kem Cetinay – Love Island star
  • Robbie Keane – Former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland striker
  • James McAvoy – Scottish actor (known for playing Professor X in X-Men) 
  • Michael Essien – Former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder
  • Niall Horan – One Direction singer
  • Ricardo Carvalho – Former Chelsea and Portugal defender
  • Martin Compston – Line of Duty actor
  • Danny O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys actor
  • Jack Savoretti – Singer
  • Eric Cantona – Former Man Utd and France striker
  • Robert Pires – Former Arsenal and France midfielder
  • DJ Locksmith – Rudimental star
  • Billy Wingrove – Freestyle footballer
  • Nicky Byrne – Westlife singer
  • Roman Kemp – Capital FM presenter
  • Rosana Dos Santos Augusto – Former Brazil footballer
  • Francielle ‘Franzinha’ Manelo – Former Brazil footballer
  • Roberto Carlos – Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender

 

The Three Lions were the dominant side in the first half and Lynch grabbed a deserved second with a brilliant finish on the turn.

Usain Bolt kept the contest alive with an excellent finish after an embarrassing Jamie Carragher mistake and in the second half, Harry Redknapp and Piers Morgan’s side snatched an equaliser when substitutes Eric Cantona and Kem Cetinay combined to level the scores with a little over five minutes to go.

In the celebrity-only shoot-out, it was the World XI who ran out winners after Wicks, Wright and Mack all missed.

Sam Allardyce and co-manager Susanna Reid, who presents Good Morning Britain with Morgan, watched on thrilled in the first half as England took charge of the contest.

Glen Johnson orchestrated play effectively in an unusual midfield berth alongside Katie Chapman, one of four women to feature in the match in a long overdue Soccer Aid first. 

Michael Essien appeared to be carrying Morgan and Redknapp’s side for much of the opening exchanges, and if it wasn’t for the brilliance of former Brazil, Inter and QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, the Three Lions could well have been out of sight.

Cesar appeared to be on a personal mission to deny Mark Wright, who peppered the World XI goal before finally one of his parried strikes fell to a waiting England recipient. 

That was Lynch, whose direct running was a constant threat and he was rewarded with an easy tap-in after Cesar denied a Wright volley from 12 yards.

England could have had a penalty when Johnson was brought down by Essien while through on goal, but referee Clattenberg waved it away. 

That proved inconsequential as Lynch struck again on 37 minutes, firing the ball into the far corner with a well taken strike on the turn. 

England looked to be running away with it but World XI were given hope thanks in part to a disastrous error by former Liverpool defender Carragher.

The fastest man on earth Usain Bolt played out a compelling battle with iron-lunged fellow-athlete Sir Mo Farah 

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tries to control the ball for England during the first half of the match

Former Chelsea great Didier Drogba takes the ball away from former England international Katie Chapman in the first half

Usain Bolt, the captain of the World XI team, wears the number 9.58, referring to his world record 100m time set in Berlin

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman collects possession of the ball during the first half for the England Soccer Aid side

A long, hopeful ball was miserably misjudged by the centre-half, who watched ashen-faced as the ball cruelly looped over his timid jump to fall into the path of Usain Bolt, who fired the ball superbly past David Seaman. 

That goal gave World XI hope and Morgan, to a chorus of boos, announced they were ringing the changes at the interval by introducing stars including Robert Pires, Roberto Carlos and Robbie Keane. 

The new boys changed the flow of the game after the interval, but the only notable moment of the first 15 minutes was an outrageous backheel-flick by Roberto Carlos.

England perhaps should have another penalty on 65 minutes when substitute Joe Cole burst into the area – only to be hauled down by Essien.

But the Ghanaian had Clatternberg to thank as the Geordie ref once again saw nothing doing.   

Speed demon Bolt skipped away from Carragher after a disappointing error to fire the ball past a helpless David Seaman

Bolt is congratulated by Billy Wingrove after pulling his side back into the contest in the first half at Stamford Bridge

Former England boss and England Soccer Aid boss Sam Allardyce watches on during the first half as his side took control

Two former titans of Stamford Bridge past, John Terry and Didier Drogba, put their friendship to one side in the match

Piers Morgan does his best to inspire the World XI at the break as they trailed by a single goal after 45 minutes of action

But the players saw the funny side with singer Niall Horan in hysterics while Drogba (third from left) looked less amused 

Drogba tested Harewood and when he finally went round the England goalkeeper, he was denied by Carragher on the line

Drogba embraced his former footballing nemesis after the incident leaving everyone all smiles in the second half

Lee Mack came off the bench for England missed two glorious chances, blazing both over the crossbar and into the crowd

Eric Cantona came off the bench with 10 minutes to go to set up Love Island star Kem Cetinay for a late equaliser

Piers Morgan’s side won the match on penalties after Joe Wicks, Lee Mack and Mark Wright all fluffed their lines from 12 yards

It nearly proved costly almost immediately as Didier Drogba latched onto a wonderful ball from Roberto Carlos, before dancing past defenders and substitute stopper David Harewood.

The Homeland actor was left in no man’s land but the Ivorian’s strike was blocked on the line by Carragher, who made some amends for his earlier error.

Lee Mack showed his ineptitude by comically skying a glorious pass by Joe Wicks, before Morgan and Redknapp played their ‘trump’ card.

Eric Cantona took to the field with 10 minutes to go as the World XI sought an equaliser, but it was Mack again who next went close. Once again, Row 30 had to man the barricades.

But the French maestro had a crucial say.

He picked up the ball in the middle of the park, took a few strides before nonchalantly sliding the ball with the outside of his boot towards Love Island star Kem Cetinay, who moved the ball out of his feet before whipping a strike into the far corner of the net.

That goal took the match to penalties, where World XI triumphed thanks to two saves from Nicky Byrne.

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