Team England took on World XI for Soccer Aid in the eighth edition of the tournament, with Harry Redknapp and Piers Morgan’s international team winning the nail-biting match 3-1 on penalties.
While TV personalities Mark Wright and Marvin Humes lined up with Olympians Mo Farah and Usain Bolt on the pitch, there was plenty of celeb support in the crowds, including Rita who put on a very racy performance at halftime.
Halftime entertainment: Rita Ora led the celebs at London ‘s Stamford Bridge on Sunday night as Soccer Aid 2019, in aid of Unicef, kicked off with an a-list crowd in attendance
The singer took to the stage in a shredded white top and bizarre one-legged jeans as she wowed the celeb crowd in attendance.
Rita pulled out all the stops for the halftime entertainment, taking to the stage with a huge crowd of backing dancers who all matched her in denim ensembles.
The star showed some skin with her white vest with cut-out detail, teamed with her quirky jeans.
Earlier in the evening the singer looked gorgeous, if a little cold, in a white suit jacket and shorts as she was interviewed pitchside before the match kicked off.
Putting on a show:The singer took to the stage in a shredded white top and bizarre one-legged jeans as she wowed the celeb crowd in attendance
Dressed to impress: The star showed some skin with her white vest with cut-out detail, teamed with her quirky jeans
Good sport: The popular chart-topped provided a very glam break in the match
Show time! Rita pulled out all the stops for the halftime entertainment, taking to the stage with a huge crowd of backing dancers who all matched her in denim ensembles
Work it: Rita put her best foot forward as she performed at the star-studded event
Ta-da: The Only Want You hitmaker flexed her arms as she put on an animated performance
The chart-topper flashed her legs in tight white shorts teamed with an oversized jacket and plenty of bling for her night at Stamford Bridge.
She joined a host of stars on camera, including Countdown favourite Rachel Riley who provided some pre-match commentary with host Dermot O’Leary.
The match went to penalties after a closely fought 90 minutes.
Whip my hair: The singer certainly put her all into the performance for the benefit of the sell-out London crowd
Big finish: Rita is a Unicef ambassador, lending her support to the charity’s annual fundraising match
Hi guys: The star addressed the crowds as she joined her backing dancers on the stage
She’s got some moves: The singer pulled out her best moves as she entertained the crowds at Soccer Aid
Olympians Mo Farah and Usain Bolt captained England and World XI, respectively.
But World XI won the biggest charity match in the world on penalties after Joe Wicks, Mark Wright and Lee Mack all missed from 12 yards.
Glen Johnson orchestrated play effectively in an unusual midfield berth alongside Katie Chapman, one of four women to feature in the match in a long overdue Soccer Aid first.
Champions! World XI beat England to win the 2019 edition of the Soccer Aid for UNICEF on penalties at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
Man of the match: Substitutes Eric Cantona and Love Island star Kem Cetinay combined to level the scores with a little over five minutes to go
What a hero! Cetinay ran over to the bench to celebrate with TV presenter and Daily Mail columnist Piers Morgan who was delighted
Thrilled: Proudly brandishing the winning plate, Piers also gave his medal a kiss after the win.
Celebrations: The World XI teammates hoisted the presenter into the air as they celebrated their win against the English team
Winners: In the end it was Piers and Harry’s international team who won the nail-biting match 3-1 on penalties
Proud: Piers was clearly ecstatic about his team winning the tournament as he immediately began cheering and hugged his co-manager Harry
Michael Essien appeared to be carrying Morgan and Redknapp’s side for much of the opening exchanges, and if it wasn’t for the brilliance of former Brazil, Inter and QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, the Three Lions could well have been out of sight.
Cesar appeared to be on a personal mission to deny Mark Wright, who peppered the World XI goal before finally one of his parried strikes fell to a waiting England recipient.
Sam Allardyce and co-manager Susanna Reid, who presents Good Morning Britain with Morgan, watched on thrilled in the first half as England took charge of the contest.
England took the lead on 20 minutes when F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch struck from close range after a very busy Julio Cesar parried the ball into his path.
The Three Lions were the dominant side in the first half and Lynch grabbed a deserved second with a brilliant finish on the turn.
Sports legend: Usain Bolt gave Piers Morgan and Harry Redknapp’s side hope on half-time after taking advantage of a Jamie Carragher error
Scorer: F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch scored twice for England in the first half as the Three Lions appeared to take control of the game
They could have taken it! Glen Johnson congratulated the standout performer in the first half Lunch after he put England 2-0 up against World XI
Here we go: Sir Mo Farah was marshalled by former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien with Jamie Carragher watching on
England could have had a penalty when Johnson was brought down by Essien while through on goal, but referee Clattenberg waved it away.
That proved inconsequential as Lynch struck again on 37 minutes, firing the ball into the far corner with a well taken strike on the turn.
England looked to be running away with it but World XI were given hope thanks in part to a disastrous error by former Liverpool defender Carragher.
The fastest man on earth! Usain Bolt played out a compelling battle with iron-lunged fellow-athlete Sir Mo Farah
Speed demon: Bolt skipped away from Carragher after a disappointing error to fire the ball past a helpless David Seaman
Safe hands: Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman collected possession of the ball during the first half for the England Soccer Aid side
Watch out: Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tried to control the ball for England during the first half of the match
He’s off: Former Chelsea great Didier Drogba took the ball away from former England international Katie Chapman in the first half
A long, hopeful ball was miserably misjudged by the centre-half, who watched ashen-faced as the ball cruelly looped over his timid jump to fall into the path of Usain Bolt, who fired the ball superbly past David Seaman.
That goal gave World XI hope and Morgan, to a chorus of boos, announced they were ringing the changes at the interval by introducing stars including Robert Pires, Roberto Carlos and Robbie Keane.
The new boys changed the flow of the game after the interval, but the only notable moment of the first 15 minutes was an outrageous backheel-flick by Roberto Carlos.
England perhaps should have another penalty on 65 minutes when substitute Joe Cole burst into the area – only to be hauled down by Essien.
But the Ghanaian had Clatternberg to thank as the Geordie ref once again saw nothing doing.
Pep talk: Piers Morgan did his best to inspire the World XI at the break as they trailed by a single goal after 45 minutes of action
It worked! But the players saw the funny side with singer Niall Horan in hysterics while Drogba (third from left) looked less amused
Missed chances: Lee Mack came off the bench for England missed two glorious chances for England, blazing both over the crossbar
Main man: Usain Bolt, the captain of the World XI team, wore the number 9.58, referring to his world record 100m time set in Berlin
Well dome: The sprinter was congratulated by Billy Wingrove after pulling his side back into the contest in the first half at Stamford Bridge
Looking on: Former England boss and England Soccer Aid boss Sam Allardyce watched on during the first half as his side took control
It nearly proved costly almost immediately as Didier Drogba latched onto a wonderful ball from Roberto Carlos, before dancing past defenders and substitute stopper David Harewood.
The Homeland actor was left in no man’s land but the Ivorian’s strike was blocked on the line by Carragher, who made some amends for his earlier error.
Lee Mack showed his ineptitude by comically skying a glorious pass by Joe Wicks, before Morgan and Redknapp played their ‘trump’ card.
Head to head: Two former titans of Stamford Bridge past, John Terry and Didier Drogba, put their friendship to one side in the match
Tough contest: Drogba tested Harewood and when he finally went round the England goalkeeper, he was denied by Carragher on the line
Eric Cantona took to the field with 10 minutes to go as the World XI sought an equaliser, but it was Mack again who next went close. Once again, Row 30 had to man the barricades.
But the French maestro had a crucial say.
He picked up the ball in the middle of the park, took a few strides before nonchalantly sliding the ball with the outside of his boot towards Love Island star Kem Cetinay, who moved the ball out of his feet before whipping a strike into the far corner of the net.
That goal took the match to penalties, where World XI triumphed thanks to two saves from Nicky Byrne.
She’s got skills! Rita was also seen taking to the pitch, scoring a goal against actor David Harewood
She shoots, she scores! Rita gave the kick her all as the crowd cheered her on at halftime
Glam appearance: The star didn’t let her racy outfit stop her from some sporting activity
A-list: Earlier in the evening the singer looked gorgeous, if a little cold, in a white suit jacket and shorts as she was interviewed pitchside before the match kicked off
Sports fan: The star, who is a Unicef UK ambassador, looked right at home as she shared a chat with Dermot O’Leary
Special guest Rita previously opened up about her emotional and ‘special’ visit to her native Kosovo as part of her work as a Unicef UK ambassador ahead of Sunday’s charity match.
The singer, who left the country as a baby when her family were forced to flee from conflict, said travelling to her birthplace and meeting youths who had been helped by the charity ‘meant everything to her’.
Rita said: ‘Meeting children and families in the country where I was born was so special and seeing firsthand the work Unicef does to support them has made me more determined than ever to utilise my position to support and campaign.
Glam: Countdown star Rachel Riley, who is expecting her first child, also joined Dermot on the pitch for a chat
Say cheese! Dermot O’Leary, James Nesbitt, Rachel and Blake Harrison all posed for a selfie
Selfie time! Rachel was keen to get the best angle as she pulled the stars in for another snap
Smile! Next up it was Soccer Aid regular James’ turn to take control of the camera
‘My family left Kosovo because of conflict in search of safety and better opportunities for the future. Today, it’s amazing to see Kosovo is at peace and children have much better access to quality healthcare and education.’
The star saw first-hand how the charity’s campaign has improved children’s health and education.
Rita spent time meeting young people and their families, including a teenager whose dad died when she was a child, before her mother was diagnosed with cancer.
Pre match analysis: Cold Feet star James and Inbetweeners actor Blake gave their take on the match
Hollywood power! Tom Hanks, fresh from the European Toy Story 4 premiere in London earlier in the day, took to the pitch before the match
Fundrasier: Tom lifted a note revealing how much money had been raised before kick off at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2019
They mean business! Good Morning Britain presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid went head to head, with Piers the World XI Assistant Manager, and Susanna the same title for England
Tasteful: Susanna looked stylish as she attended Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2019 on Sunday, where she served as co-manager for the English team
Fashion: Susanna navy blazer with matching trousers by Matalan and a crisp white blouse for the day
Look: Styling her brunette locks into loose waves, she completed her look with a pair of shades
All star: Piers was in great spirits before his win as he sat with Susanna, England’s manager Sam Allardyce and World’s Manager Harry Redknapp
Stepping up! Susanna, a huge football fan, suited up for her big night in charge of the England team
Rita said: ‘I had the honour of visiting 19-year-old Antigona who lives in a rural area outside the capital, Prishtina.
‘Her dad died when she was very young and then her mother got cancer, so she had to drop out of school to look after her siblings and missed out on an education.
‘Antigona married at the age of 16 and she now has two daughters, who she wants to give the opportunities she never had.’
Always time for a snap: Piers was keen to capture the night on his phone
Ready for it? One Direction star Niall Horan looked a little nervous as he arrived at the ground
England team: Comedian Lee Mack and ex TOWIE star Mark Wright, wearing Matalan, led the England team off the coach
World Team: Usain Bolt had the crowd clapping and chanting as he arrived
Ready for the match: JLS singer and TV star Marvin Humes was suited and booted in Matalan
ENGLAND XI SOCCER AID TEAM
- Sam Allardyce – Manager
- Susanna Reid – Assistant Manager
- Robbie Williams – Singer and Soccer Aid co-founder
- John Terry – Former Chelsea captain
- Mo Farah – Olympian
- Jamie Redknapp – Former footballer
- Mark Wright – TOWIE star
- David Seaman – Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper
- Ben Shephard – TV presenter
- Ant Middleton – TV personality and former SAS soldier
- Michael Owen – Former Liverpool and England striker
- Joe Wicks – Fitness coach
- Jamie Carragher – Former Liverpool and England defender
- Jeremy Lynch – Freestyle footballer
- Glen Johnson – Former Chelsea and England defender
- Joe Cole – Former Chelsea and England midfielder
- Lee Mack – Comedian and TV actor
- Marvin Humes – TV presenter and former JLS star
- Rachel Yankey – Former England and Arsenal winger
- Katie Chapman – Former England and Chelsea midfielder
- Danny Jones – McFly singer
- David Harewood – Homeland actor
WORLD XI SOCCER AID TEAM
- Harry Redknapp – Manager
- Piers Morgan – Assistant Manager
- Didier Drogba – Chelsea legend
- Usain Bolt – Former sprinter
- Kem Cetinay – Love Island star
- Robbie Keane – Former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland striker
- James McAvoy – Scottish actor (known for playing Professor X in X-Men)
- Michael Essien – Former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder
- Niall Horan – One Direction singer
- Ricardo Carvalho – Former Chelsea and Portugal defender
- Martin Compston – Line of Duty actor
- Danny O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys actor
- Jack Savoretti – Singer
- Eric Cantona – Former Man Utd and France striker
- Robert Pires – Former Arsenal and France midfielder
- DJ Locksmith – Rudimental star
- Billy Wingrove – Freestyle footballer
- Nicky Byrne – Westlife singer
- Roman Kemp – Capital FM presenter
- Rosana Dos Santos Augusto – Former Brazil footballer
- Francielle ‘Franzinha’ Manelo – Former Brazil footballer
- Roberto Carlos – Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender