9 June 2014

A crowd of nearly 70,000 turned out to Manchester United’s Old Trafford on Sunday evening to witness Rest Of The World defeat England to win Soccer Aid in a pulsating encounter that ended 4-2.

A second half hat trick from Rest of The World’s former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf and a great chip from 25 yards from Nicky Byrne cancelled out a long range effort from Jamie Redknapp and a penality from Kevin Phillips to win the much-coveted Soccer Aid trophy.

By the time the final whistle blew ITV viewers had pledged over £2 million to UNICEF’s vital work saving children’s lives, which will be matched by the UK Government pound for pound, bringing the total to £4.2 million.

That figure has now risen to £5.3 million. 

"Soccer Aid shows how the power of sport can unite people to help save and change children’s lives all over the world," said David Bull, UNICEF UK's Exceutive Director.

"As a result of the generosity of the British public, and the Aid Match from the UK Government, UNICEF will be able to get life-saving food, medicine and clean water to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who donated tonight."

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: "The incredible public response to Soccer Aid shows Britain at its best. We are backing the generosity of the British people by matching all donations to Soccer Aid pound for pound, helping UNICEF double its impact.

"That means even more women giving birth safely and more children getting life-saving vaccinations and nutritious food in some of the world’s poorest countries."

It's not too late to donate

The match is over but you can still donate to Soccer Aid.

£5 could provide 75 children with safe drinking water for a month.

£25 could protect 93 children against deadly polio.

£50 could provide enough mosquito nets to protect 13 families from malaria, which kills a child in Africa every 30 seconds.

£100 could provide 238 packets of high energy biscuits to give children the nutrients they need in an emergency.

 
Michael Sheen's Rest of the World team celebrate a 4-2 win over England to regain the Soccer Aid trophy on 8 June. © Soccer Aid
Michael Sheen's Rest of the World team celebrate a 4-2 win over England to regain the Soccer Aid trophy on 8 June.© Soccer Aid