2022 MATCH REPORT
SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF AT THE LONDON STADIUM, SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022
The 2022 showdown took place at London Stadium, with 54,410 fans in attendance, 10 years on from the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The match ended 4-1 with penalties to Soccer Aid World XI, taking them into the overall lead with 6-5 wins since the inaugural 2006 match. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham OBE presented the Soccer Aid for UNICEF shield to the winning Soccer Aid World XI team. UNICEF UK Ambassador, Robbie Williams, delivered a special half time performance, captivating the crowd with fan-favourite, Angels.
It was another enthralling contest between England and the Soccer Aid World XI, with Liam Payne captaining the England Team, and Usain Bolt handing over captaincy to Ukrainian football manager, Andriy Shevchenko. England, co-managed by Vicky McClure and football legends Harry Redknapp, David Seaman and Emma Hayes were up against Idris Elba, legendary manager Arsène Wenger and Soccer Aid for UNICEF stalwart Robbie Keane.
The first half saw fan favourite Chunkz concede a penalty against Noah Beck, with Beck scoring the first goal of the match for the Soccer Aid World XI. Moments later, roles reversed when Beck conceded a penalty against Chunkz. After much deliberation, Mark Wright stepped up and clinched an equaliser for England minutes before half time, in his first goal since 2016. Minutes into the second-half Tom Grennan took the lead for England before another equaliser hit the back of the net by Kem Cetinay, who has now netted a goal in each of the matches he has played in. When the whistle blew at 90 minutes, the score was level at 2-2 with the game ending on penalties. Lee Mack scored the winning penalty for Soccer Aid World XI – gloriously clinching the winning goal for his team for the second year in a row.
Alex Brooker, who became the first disabled player to take part in a Soccer Aid for UNICEF match, made his debut and delivered a fantastic performance in the first 15 minutes of the match before jokingly offering to come back on as goalkeeper. Power-house Eni Aluko delivered countless shots at goal, matched by brilliant saves from the world’s strongest man, Tom Stoltman.
As the only official FA sanctioned mixed gender match, Fara Williams returned for England, whilst Chelcee Grimes returned for the Soccer Aid World XI FC. Eni Aluko, Anita Asante, Heather O’Reilly and Carli Lloyd all made their Soccer Aid for UNICEF debuts.
Making up the rest of the star-studded squads were new and returning players Damian Lewis CBE, Sir Mo Farah, Martin Compston, Lee Mack, David Harewood, Tom Grennan, Noah Beck, Steven Bartlett, Chunkz, Mark Wright, Aitch, Mo Gilligan, Russell Howard, Munya Chawawa, Tom Stoltman, Mark Strong and Kem Cetinay. They were joined by football legends David James, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Stewart Downing, Joe Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Mark Noble, Petr Cech, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, Cafu, Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko.
Tonight’s show was presented by UNICEF UK Ambassador, Dermot O’Leary and pitch side reporter Alex Scott, who recently returned from Namibia where she saw UNICEF’s work first-hand. Maya Jama was back in the pundit seat, joined by Jermaine Jenas.
Commentary for the match was provided by Sam Matterface, who was joined by former Soccer Aid World XI FC player and the infamous voice of ITV’s Love Island, Iain Stirling. The Appreciation Station returned to the stadium this year with UNICEF UK Ambassador James Nesbitt and famous faces including Barney Walsh, Peter Andre, Rachel Stephens and Dafne Keen offering their thanks to generous ITV viewers making donations throughout the night.
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