A goal or two for Haiti victims

A goal or two for Haiti victims


India’s Bhaichung Bhutia, playing for Zidane and Friends team, dribbles past Benfica All Stars’ Paulo Madeira (left) during their Match Against Poverty in Lisbon on Monday. AFP

UN goodwill ambassador Zidane and Real Madrid's Kaka were joined by Luis Figo, Rui Costa, Thierry Henry, Pavel Nedved, Edgar Davids and Bhaichung Bhutia in front of a capacity crowd of 65,000 at Benfica's Luz stadium.

"By coming to the stadium people have done a great thing. I am very happy we can do something to help," said former France playmaker Zidane after the 3-3 draw.

"This is a very good cause, that's why there are so many players here. Football is with the people of Haiti," said Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal who was in charge of the All-Star team.

The Jan 12 quake killed up to 200,000 people and left hundreds of thousands more Haitians injured and homeless.

After a minute's silence for the victims, Portugal great Eusebio took centre stage for a ceremonial kickoff and Italian referee Pierluigi Collina came out of retirement for the occasion.

Brazil playmaker Kaka put the All-Star team ahead before Nuno Gomes struck twice for the home side.

Zidane set up the equaliser for Robert Pires only for Eder Luis to restore Benfica's lead in the 60th minute.

The last goal of the night was scored by Frenchman Christophe Dugarry in the 85th minute.

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