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Photos: World soccer stars team sinks Iran's 3-0 in Tehran charity match


Report by Press TV; photos by Mohammad Babaei, Islamic Republic News Agency

The team of world's retired professional footballers has produced a dazzling performance against Iran's football stars of the past in a charity match, the proceeds of which went to the Iranian society that supports MS patients.

World's retired professional footballers

On Friday (August 28, 2015), the constellation of world-renowned former soccer giants, including Vitor Baia, Luis Figo, Marcel Desailly, Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, known as Pauleta, as well as Fabio Cannavaro, edged the Iranian side 3-0 in a fixture staged at Azadi stadium in western Iran.

Iran's retired professional footballers

Both teams started the game in an energetic fashion, and sought to score the first goal any time they possessed the ball. It was finally Iran's 42-year-old Seyyed Mehdi Hasheminasab, who picked up a long pass from teammate Khodadad Azizi to put the ball at the back of the opposite side's net in the 20th minute.

The referee, Khodadad Afshariyan, however disallowed the goal.

Four minutes later, world stars were awarded a free kick, which Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, adroitly landed just inside the Persians' net.

In the 31st minute, Figo cracked a terrific shot into the bottom corner of the net to put the world's all-star team 2-0 ahead.

Shortly afterwards, Iran's Alireza Mansourian, who is currently manager of Naft Tehran F.C. in Iran Pro League, delivered a pass to Farhad Majidi, who shot.

The goalkeeper for world stars' team, Vitor Baia, parried the shot outside the penalty area, and the referee flashed the red card. Afshariya, however, altered his decision due to the nature of the match and showed the Portuguese retired footballer the yellow card.​

Pauleta seized a golden opportunity one minute before the breather and scored the third goal for the world retired soccer giants.

The match lost its momentum after the break, and both squads did not threaten each others' posts.

The world stars squad members arrived at the Imam Khomeini International Airport in the Iranian capital on Thursday and Friday.

The team takes the field once a month in a world country to raise funds for people, who are suffering from a disease or disaster. Support for Ebola patients in Africa was one of the latest fundraisers of the squad.


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