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Friday, October 16, 2015, 09:54

English legends scrape win in friendly against HK veterans

By Luis Liu in Hong Kong
English legends scrape win in friendly against HK veterans

Retired soccer stars from the English Premier League (EPL) pose for a photo at a dinner party before a friendly match between retired EPL stars and local stars during the Sky Kids EPL All Stars Tour 2015 Hong Kong on Monday. (Image China)

A host of English Premier League legends, including Paul Scholes, Robert Pires and Robbie Fowler, won a friendly against Hong Kong football veterans by 5-4 on Thursday.

The game is to commemorate Hong Kong’s “football king” Wu Kwok-hung, who recently died.

Being a historical legacy, the Premier League has a huge fan base in the city. The event is one of the regular cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Also among the legends were former Liverpool stars Steve McManaman and Luis Garcia, Emmanuel Petit (ex-Arsenal and Chelsea) and Darren Anderton (ex-Hotspurs).

Last Saturday, the team won 5-1 in a game in Foshan, Guangdong province against a local team.

The multi-stop all-star tour kicked off just days before President Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK which will start next Monday.

Pires scored the first goal in the 10th minute after a perfect overhead pass by Garcia.

Anderton scored the second in the 16th minute, which was followed by Pires’ second in the 18th thanks to a team effort.

Long-shot master Scholes displayed his old magic in Hong Kong by taking a powerful shot from 30 meters away right into the bottom left corner. The crowd broke out in cheers as they saw echoes of former glories.

Hong Kong Legends’ Tam Siu-wai and Wong Fuk-wing tried their best to pull the team back. However, Robbie Fowler, though no longer fit, he managed to curve a freekick into the top right corner to nail the half-time score 5:2.

The Hong Kong team managed to score an answer ball — a free kick into the top left — before securing a penalty late in the second half.

A total of 7,188 spectators enjoyed the “Golden Oldies” match, many of whom are British old boys living here in town. Alan Murray, who is in his 30s and has lived in Hong Kong for 5 years, missed his days watching his home team Arsenal back in London. He was here for Pires and Petit.

Murray said football, which is loved by both British and Chinese people, could encourage friendship. Through sports people could come together, he said. He hoped there would be more cooperation on football between the two countries.

luisliu@chinadailyhk.com

English legends scrape win in friendly against HK veterans
Former Liverpool player Luis Garcia (center) controls the ball during an exhibition match of the SKY Kids English Premier League All Stars Tour 2015 Hong Kong at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground on Oct 15, 2015. EPL All Stars defeated HK Legends by 5-4. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

English legends scrape win in friendly against HK veterans
English Premier League legend Robbie Fowler (right) shoots the ball during an exhibition match of the SKY Kids English Premier League All Stars Tour 2015 Hong Kong at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground on Oct 15, 2015. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

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