While you could have spent your Sunday evening watching Roy Hodgson’s England side run out narrow winners in their Euro-2016 qualifier with Slovenia, it’s far more likely that you were either doing far more important things — like unsuccessfully translating Tolstoy or watching the Liverpool Legends team take on their Real Madrid counterparts at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Dubbed the clash of 15-European Cups, this charity event was put together to raise money for the Spanish Red Cross. Exhibition matches are generally slower paced and congenial in nature, but that doesn’t mean they have to be lacking in excitement and this one had it in abundance.
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The Reds had a wealth of talent at their disposal with the likes of Robbie Fowler, Patrik Berger and Jason McAteer running out for them in the Spanish capital. Surprisingly fit given his injury record, Harry Kewell would get things started in earnest with the Australian scoring a rare header less than 15-minutes in. Michael Owen, who also pulled on the white shirt of Madrid along with former Liverpool stars Fernando Morientes, Jerzy Dudek and Steve McManaman, doubled their advantage with a header of his own as the Anfield outfit ran riot in the opening exchanges.
The hots would pull themselves within a goal before the break though and they’d be back on level terms not long after the re-start through a pair of Roberto Carlos penalties after both Steve Harkness and Jamie Carragher had handled in the area. Jose Amavisco put Los Blancos ahead for the first time when his deflected effort caught Sander Westerveld unaware and the Madrid faithful would go home with their side enjoying a comfortable lead as Ivan Perez bagged a suspiciously offside looking winner.
The old timers may have come up short, but they — and manager for the day Ian Rush — certainly showed the current squad exactly what a Liverpool team playing the mighty Real Madrid should look like.