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World XI beat England again as Soccer Aid raises record £15m for UNICEF

orld XI recorded a fourth straight win against England as Lee Mack scored the winning penalty on another big fundraising night for UNICEF.

Tom Grennan was named man of the match but missed the shootout as the World XI secured six wins to England’s five in Soccer Aid history.

Robbie Williams, who played half-time and is the mastermind of the event, announced shortly after full-time that a club record £15.6million had been raised. Donations will continue to be accepted until July 29.

A spirited first half saw Usain Bolt at the center of the action for the World XI, and the former sprinter will be disappointed not to be on the scoresheet before half-time.


Good work from Patrice Evra on the left freed Bolt inside the area, but his first effort was pushed over the bar by David James.

Shortly after, Bolt was released by Andriy Shevchenko in the middle and James was caught in no man’s land, but Gary Neville’s fine defense got England back into shape and the opportunity presented itself. keep waiting.

World XI then took the lead from the penalty spot as Chunkz, substituted minutes earlier, crashed into Evra. Noah Beck made no mistakes from 12 yards out.

England gained confidence after falling behind and leveled up after Beck tripped Chunkz in the box. Chunkz wanted to take the spot kick, only for Mark Wright to pull his rank and smash his penalty between Petr Cech and the post to level the scores.

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Grennan looked sharpest for England in the first half and eventually scored just minutes after the restart, fending off two defenders and firing past Tom Stoltman.

England were in the ascendancy but an injury to goalkeeper David Harewood – who persevered – helped them concede again as Wright’s weak back pass was not good for the slap shot and Kem Cetinay ran to even the scores.

The match went to penalties for the fifth time in 11 games and the World XI was in charge after Grennan missed England’s opener. It was at the comedic Mack, moving from England to the World XI to score the winner.

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