Liverpool Legends and Kaizer Chiefs Legends played to an entertaining 5-5 draw at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Chiefs Legends were able to end the afternoon victorious, after securing a 4-2 win during penalty shoot-outs which followed the match.
The two star-studded sides took to the pitch on Saturday in front of a 25000-strong crowd in the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Kaizer Chiefs Legends were put to the sword early on, as the former Liverpool greats surged to a 2-0 lead with only eighteen minutes on the clock.
Patrik Berger netted twice in the first twenty minutes of the match with two composed finishes past former Bafana Bafana keeper Brian Baloyi.
Stanton Fredericks scored Chiefs Legend’s first goal of the game in the 24th minute, with his low strike from inside the area beating Bruce Grobbelaar in goal.
The combination of Robbie Fowler and Berger was too good for the Chiefs Legends six minutes later, with Fowler’s low ball into the box finding Berger, who simply slotted home past a rather disgruntled Baloyi to seal his hat-trick and regain a two goal lead.
Doctor Khumalo began to show his skills as the first half continued, forcing Grobbelaar into two saves with some trademark dribbling and shooting from the former Bafana Bafana and Chiefs star.
Chiefs kept attacking, with Makua scoring their second goal of the match in the 37th minute, showing some sublime touch and composure to round Grobler and bury the ball into the back of the net.
There was a special moment for John Makholawana, the winner of an SMS competition, who entered the fray with five minutes to go in the first half.
A cross from Berger found the striker in the box, who directed a header past Baloyi to seal a dream goal.
Arthur Zwane finished from close range deep in the opening half to keep Chiefs in the game, with the first stanza ending 4-3 in favour of the Liverpool Legends.
Steve McManaman almost added to Liverpool Legend’s tally early in the second half, his volley from 20 yards out brushing the top of the net.
The game was reduced to walking pace as the second half continued, the two sides making regular changes to stay fresh.
Chiefs had a flurry of chances in the 53rd minute, Doctor Khumalo failing to make contact with his shot, while Arthur Zwane’s effort was blocked off the line.
Chiefs Legends did not have to wait long to equalise, Fredericks curling a beautiful shot past Grobbelaar to seal his brace.
McManaman had an excellent opportunity to put Liverpool Legends back into the lead in the 57th minute, but Brian “The Spider” Baloyi expertly blocked his strike at goal.
Berger made no mistake ten minutes later, by scoring his fourth of the afternoon after latching on to a long ball from Mark Wright and beating Baloyi at his near post with a fine finish.
Chiefs Legends equalised once more when Doctor Khumalo showed a good turn of pace in the 72nd minute, bursting into the box and smashing a left-footed effort past Grobbelaar.
Robbie Fowler could have scored the winner with 85 minutes on the clock, but another brilliant save from Baloyi denied the Liverpool legend’s effort.
Steve McManaman netted what looked like the winner on the brink of full-time, but was inexplicably flagged for offside, much to the frustration of the former England international.
The match ended in a 5-5 draw, with the game serving up many moments of excellent football and nostalgia for both sets of fans.
A penalty shoot-out decided the result, with the Kaizer Chiefs Legends triumphing 4-2 during the spot-kicks, goalscoring hero of the afternoon Patrik Berger inexplicably missing his penalty.