By Andy Hyslop
- GB & Ireland XI beat ROW XI 3-1, thanks to goals from Scholes and Owen (2)
- The game in aid of UNICEF was played in front of a sell-out crowd at Old Trafford
David Beckham led his GB & Ireland XI to a 3-1 win over a ROW XI captained by Portuguese legend Luis Figo. Figo captained the ROW in the absence of Zinedine Zidane following the horrific scenes in Paris on Friday.
Whilst the ROW starting XI had some of the biggest names in world football from the past couple of decades including Robert Pires, Cafu, Patrick Kluivert, Ronaldinho and former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
GB & Ireland started the better and created several chances before taking the lead a Scholes header from Beckham’s cross. Neville laid the ball back to Beckham, who whipped the ball into the area, where Scholes ran onto the ball and headed past former United keeper Van Der Sar.
Sadly the first-half saw Nicky Butt being forced off with an injury and he was replaced by Gary McAllister. The start of the second-half saw both sides making several changes. With the score still at 1-0, Micheal Owen came on to replace Peter Crouch.
Owen made it 2-0 when Beckham chipped a ball to the far post, where Scholes laid the ball back into the centre of the goal and when ROW failed to clear it. Owen took his chance. Another former Red Dwight Yorke pulled a goal back for ROW.
Owen then capitalised on mistake from keeper Van Der Gouw, as he the ball was played the cross the area. The keeper let a shot from Ashley Cole slipped through his hands and his legs, then Owen was first to the loose ball.