Usain Bolt Named Man of Match as England Beat World XI at Soccer Aid 2018

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt captained a World XI selection of stars to a 4-3 penalty shootout defeat against England in Soccer Aid 2018 on Sunday after the teams drew 3-3 in a superbly entertaining charity clash at Old Trafford.

 Darren Bent was back for England and opened the scoring before freestyle footballer Jeremy Lynch doubled their lead. 

The visitors thundered back, however, and led after goals by Robbie Keane, Juan Sebastian Veron and Clarence Seedorf—until Michael Owen equalised with only minutes left. 

 Bolt converted his penalty in the shootout, but actor Blake Harrison snatched victory from the Jamaican after substitute goalkeeper David Harewood made two saves for England.

 Eight-time Olympic gold medal winner Bolt failed to get on the scoresheet and fluffed a few good opportunities to do so at the venue of his supported club, Manchester United. 

 The charity match, the brainchild of former Take That singer Robbie Williams, returned after its usual two-year break and raised money on behalf of UNICEF, having drawn in donations of £24 million prior to Sunday's match, per the official website.

 The atmosphere was electric from start to finish for the thrilling encounter, with Bolt showing off his sporting exploits: 

 The charity clash featured big names both from inside football and the wider celebrity community, with Yaya Toure in midfield for the guests just weeks after leaving Manchester City and United legend Eric Cantona appearing for the final 20 minutes. 

 Ex-England cricket stars Freddie Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen were in the host squad, meanwhile, captained by singer Olly Murs and managed by one-time Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce. 

For all the celebrity talent in England's lineup, they required a professional touch to poke their noses in front:

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