Game4Ukraine – Team Shevchenko 2-2 Team Zinchenko RECAP: Arsene Wenger and Emma Hayes’ sides finish level
Re-live Mail Sport’s blog as we take you through the Game4Ukraine, which raised money to rebuild schools in Ukraine amid the ongoing war against Russia.
That’s all from us tonight for Mail Sport’s coverage of Game4Ukraine.
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Clarence Seedorf was outstanding and looked as if he was still playing professionally.
He said: ‘It’s easier to maintain fitness level than try to get fit every time, it’s so much harder so i just try to maintain it.
‘It’s a mindset. It’s a lifestyle and I just love the game. I love the game myself, I love to be healthy and enjoy it.’
The former Tottenham striker, who played for Team Shevchenko this evening, said: ‘On a personal level, it was an honour to be involved in this.
‘I see some familiar faces, the legends that turned out it was amazing for such a fantastic cause. Obviously, it’s more than just football tonight.
‘We all enjoyed it and it was a draw. Can’t complain.’
The trophy will be shared by the two teams after this evening’s draw. Mark Noble, Clarence Seedorf, Darijo Srna and William Gallas with the all important goals – all for a great course, of course!
88′ – Seedorf is named the Man of The Match. He remains hungry for a second goal as he sees his shot go just over the bar.
85′ – Pires is brought down 22 yards out. Srna steps up to take it but his free-kick is blocked by Michael Essien in the wall.
80 – Singer James Arthur enters the field for Team Shevchenko. It will be interesting to see what he has under his sleeves for the remaining 10 minutes of this match.
77′ – Defoe runs into a tight angle on the left and delivers a low cross which misses a few players initially. But Gallas is there to sweep it home and level the score at Stamford Bridge.
75 ‘ – What a save that is! Joe Cole unleashes a powerful strike from distance but David James dives acrobatically to his left to deny the former midfielder.
73′ – Sagna delivers a cross from the right side and Pires’ close-range strike is saved. The rebound is headed over by Junior Moraes.
70′ – It’s almost been a one-man show this evening. Seedorf is 47 these days but he has not lost any of his quality,
65′ – After some chances on both ends, the match has slowed down slightly. Perhaps the legs are starting to feel heavy for some of the ex players out there.
61′ – Mudryk strikes the bar with a curling effort before going off to be replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Defoe and Shevchenko return to the field while radio host Roman Kemp comes in for Team Zinchenko.
54′ – The ball is played out wide to Wilshere on the right, he pulls it back for Darijo Srna, who slots it into the bottom corner.
50′ – It’s a slow restart but Mudryk is exciting the crowd as they cheer every time he gets on the ball.
46′ – Team Zinchenko get us back underway for the second-half.
Plenty of changes during the break David James and Per Mertesacker come in for Zinchenko’s team.
Chelsea winger Mykahilo Mudryk is on for Shevchenko’s side alongside comedian Russell Howard.
Tom Walker performs his iconic song ‘Leave a Light On’ and I must say it was pretty good. He receives a massive round of applause from fans.
Next to perform is Ukrainian rock and pop band BoomBox. Lead singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk has been fighting on the frontline against Russia and is apparently heading straight back there after tonight.
The talented Peter Doherty sings ‘Dirty Old Town’ and it’s received well by the crowd at Stamford Bridge.
Unlike the usual 15-minute break, the second-half will kick-off in 40 minutes. There will be live performances from the likes of Pete Doherty and Boombox during the interval.
45′ – Gerard Pique strikes the post just before the whistle. We go into the break tied after two quick-fire goals by Mark Noble and Clarence Seedorf. It’s definitely been a spectacle!
41′ – What. A. Goal. Seedorf receives the ball near the edge of the box, drops a shoulder to get away from Pires before unleashing a powerful strike into the top corner. Lehmann was not saving that!
38′ – We have a liftoff! Pires plays it wide to Silva, who delivers a low cross. Noble controls it, Cech goes down quickly and the former West Ham captain finds the net.
36 – The newly introduced Defoe receives the ball on the edge on the box and spin before firing a shot over the bar. You feel he would have buried that in his playing days!
32′ – Silva picks out Wilshere with a wonderful ball over the top. Wilshere gets there before Cech and slams the ball into an empty net but the offside flag goes up immediately.
The former Arsenal man looked to be on side!
30′ – Yakubu really has been lively and he tests Cech again with a powerful strike from a tirght angle. The former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper is equal to it again, though.
24′ – The game is paused on minute 24 to pay respect to Ukraine as fans cheer and clap.
23′ – Lescott plays out from the back and plays it to Eto’o who cuts in from the left and unleashes an effort which is well saved by Lehmann.
19′ – The players are getting into their rhythm with some chances on both ends. Mark Noble, who is playing as a striker, goes close as his effort takes a slight deflection before going past the far post.
17′ – Yakubu has been bright and he takes a powerful shot from the edge of the which Cech palms away.
12′ – Changes for both sides. Zola is replaced by Claire Rafferty, while Lescott takes Cannavaro’s spot in defence.
To the delight of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, Zinchenko goes off to be replaced by Rachel Yankey.
9′ – Eto’o carries the ball from deep and unleashes a low effort which is easily picked up by Lehmann between the sticks.
6′ – Sagna delivers an excellent cross from the right. Silva gets on the end of it but his effort is held by Cech.
3′ Unsurprisingly, the pace of this game has been very slow and it would be no surprise if that remains the game throughout the 90 minutes.
Yakubu takes the first shot of the game from the edge of the box but it sails well over the bar.
1′ – It’s team Shevchenko who get us underway at Stamford Bridge
God Save the King and the national anthem of Ukraine are both delivered amicably.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers a message on the big screen and it’s followed by a minute of silence.
Lehmann, Sagna, Morgan, Riise, Clichy, Pires, Silva, Wilshere, Zinchenko, Noble, Yakubu
Cech, Oddo, Cannavaro, Pique, Serginho, Seedorf, Makalele, Zola, Shevchenko, Cole, Eto’o
Some team that…
It’s a charity match but some of the ex players may forget that as soon as they step onto the pitch!
Just over 20 minutes to go until kick-off.
Gerard Pique, Fabio Cannavaro and Clarence Seedorf are among the game’s greats set to play at Stamford Bridge.
Ex-Blues Claude Makelele, William Gallas, Michael Essien, Gianfranco Zola, Ricardo Carvalho, Carlo Cudicini, and Samuel Eto’o will also all be involved.
Two World Cup winners and Joleon Lescott arrive for #Game4Ukraine 😎🏆 pic.twitter.com/HeW1uKUMJd
Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and legendary striker Andriy Shevchenko will lead two teams out at Stamford Bridge this evening.
Zinchenko and Shevchenko have been at the forefront of plans for the Game4Ukraine, which was officially announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a public address in May.
The first aim of the Game4Ukraine is to raise funds to help rebuild the Mykhailo-Kotsiubynskyi School in Chernihiv Oblast.
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And welcome to Mail Sport’s coverage of Game4Ukraine. This match has been organised to raise money for Ukraine. There will be plenty of familiar faces in action… but more on that later!
Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 6pm.
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