A game for Haiti

More than 50,000 spectators turned out at Lisbon’s Stadium of Light last night as a Zinedine Zidane XI took on a Benfica Allstars XI to raise funds for the people of Haiti, devastated by an earthquake two weeks ago.

The game, which was organised organised by the United Nations Development Fund, finished three goals apiece, and was the seventh annual Match Against Poverty.

Included in the Zidane XI were Kaka, Thierry Henry, Luis Figo, Fabien Barthez, Robert Pires, Dani Alves, Patrick Kluivert and Haiti international Jean Soni.

Renowned Italian referee Pierluigi Collina came out of retirement for the game, and Portugal legend Eusebio took the field for a ceremonial kickoff.

Zidane’s side took the lead after a quarter of an hour through Real Madrid star Kaka, but two goals from Nuno Gomes had the Benfica side ahead by half time.

Frenchman Robert Pires restored parity in the second half, converting a pull back from Zidane.

Substitute Eder Luis put the hosts back in front before Indian captain Baichung Bhutia equalised late on from a tight angle.

“By coming to the stadium people have done a great thing,” said Zidane.

“I am very happy we can do something to help.”

It is estimated that 200,000 lost their lives in the January 12 earthquake.

“I know there are many problems in the world – but Haiti is the most urgent situation,” said Brazilian Kaka.

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Neil Sherwin

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  1. je m’appel tapa mauritanie je suis tres content de match pour aider les gens pauvre je ne plus de temp mon numero 002223088210 je voullu donner plus des information merc merci zidane

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