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Soccer Aid PHOTOS: When Mo Farah duelled with Usain Bolt for charity

June 11, 2018 12:36 IST

The 7th edition of UNICEF’s Soccer Aid charity football match saw famous faces from music, cricket, celebrity chefs as well as football veterans battle it out for charity at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Playing in front of a packed house, team England that was represented by former Liverpool star Micheal Owen, Olympic champ Mo Farah and pop musician Olly Murs among others duelled with World XI, which comprised Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt, former cricket Kevin Pietersen and former Man United player Juan Sebastian Veron.

The match, that saw former United great Eric Cantona make his at Old Trafford ‘comeback’, went into penalties after the teams were tied at 3-3 at regulation time.

England eventually won the match 4-3 after English actor Blake Harrison booted in the winning penalty.

But the real winners on the night were humanity and compassion.

Here are some photos from the memorable evening...

England's Mo Farah and World XI's Usain Bolt vie for possession

IMAGE: Usain Bolt of the World XI and Sir Mo Farah of England battle for the ball during the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, on Sunday. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

Olly Murs of England lifts the trophy with teammates after the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match 
IMAGE: Singer Olly Murs of England lifts the trophy with teammates after the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

World XI's Patrick Kluivert wins a header during the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match against England

IMAGE: World XI's Patrick Kluivert wins a header during the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match against England. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

Singer Robbie Williams of England celebrates a successful penalty in the shoot out during the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match

IMAGE: Singer Robbie Williams of England celebrates a successful penalty in the shoot out during the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

World XI players look on during the penalty shoot out

IMAGE: World XI players look on during the penalty shoot out during the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

England's Lee Mack is carried by teammate Andrew Flintoff as John Bishop takes a photo prior to the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match

IMAGE: England's Lee Mack is carried by teammate Andrew Flintoff as John Bishop takes a photo prior to the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

World XI's Kevin Pietersen and Dan Carter line-up prior to the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match

IMAGE: World XI's Kevin Pietersen and New Zealand rugby player Dan Carter line-up prior to the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

World XI's Juan Sebastian Veron, Yaya Toure and Martin Compston look on prior to the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match

IMAGE: World XI's Juan Sebastian Veron, Yaya Toure and Martin Compston look on prior to the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images
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