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Jose Mourinho watched his first win at Old Trafford as England beat the Rest of the World 3-2 in the Soccer Aid charity match. Sam Allardyce and Robbie Williams were in charge for the home side as they overturned a losing scoreline to win. The match, which takes place every two years, features celebrities and former football stars. It raises cash to pay for food, medicine and water for the world's poorest and most vulnerable children. This year's line-ups saw One Direction star Louis Tomlinson (England) matched against bandmate Niall Horan, who was assistant manager for the Rest of the World, along with Leicester City's Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri.



Other players wearing the Three Lions shirt included Marvin Humes and Paddy McGuinness while Michael Sheen, Matthew Morrison, Sir AP McCoy and Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon turned out for the Rest of the World. It was Towie star Mark Wright, a former non-league player, who opened the scoring with a 25 yard left-foot scorcher past Patrick Kielty in the 50th minute. But in true England style, minutes later they were down to 10 men. Referee Jon Moss showed little charity spirit as he produced a second yellow for Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard, who had an early shower after another clumsy challenge. Seconds later former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov evened the score shooting past Jamie Theakston.


Then Paddy McGuinness brought down Brazil legend Ronaldinho for a penalty, which was converted by Berbatov to make it 2-1 to the Rest of the World. But England came back with a double-strike from Jermain Defoe. He scored the first on 65 minutes after a long pass from comedian and actor Jack Whitehall before slotting a second 12 minutes later. Robbie Williams, who came up with the idea for Soccer Aid, said: "I went to the loo and got ready to go on and I came on the pitch thinking it was 2-2 and the whistle blew at the end and I didn't know we had won." Mark Wright, who won man of the match, said: "I have got to pinch myself. I can't even explain the feeling." McFly's Danny Jones was forced to pull out before the game after he fractured his elbow during training.The match, which had a crowd of more than 70,000, saw more than £5.3 million pledged to Unicef.  

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