Olympiacos All Stars 2-2 Ronaldo, Zidane & Friends: Honours Even In Match Against Poverty

Ronaldo did not play due to injury, and Zidane could not get his name on the scoresheet tonight...
The eighth annual match against poverty in Greece ended in a highly entertaining draw that saw four goals and much attacking football. Ricardo Se Pinto recorded a brace in the first half, but Kostas Mitroglou halved the visiting team's lead just before the break. Mitroglou was again on target in the second half to complete the comeback for Olympiacos All Stars.

Ronaldo, Zidane & friends dominated the proceedings in the early minutes of the game and deservedly took the lead in the ninth minute through Pinto, who broke the deadlock with a fine lob and tap-in.

The hosts started pushing for an equaliser, but Pinto pinned them back again in the 19th minute after capitalising on a mistake by Olympiacos' defence. Despite dominating possession, the Greek team was unable to create any clear-cut chances.

In the 27th minute Mitroglou halved the deficit with a precise finish from near the penalty spot to give the hosts a glimmer of hope. Krisztian Nemeth had a few good chances to draw the game level in the remaining minutes of the first half, but was ultimately unable to find the back of the net.

After the break, Olympiacos All Stars continued to press for an equaliser and went close on a couple of occasions through Nemeth and Jaouad Zairi. Mitroglou, however, was the hero yet again in the 50th minute when he completed his brace with a fine solo effort that saw him bypass three players and Olympiacos team-mate Antonios Nikopolidis before slotting home.

The tempo of the game dropped after the goal and chances were few and far between in the remaining minutes. Still, the hosts were granted with a superb opportunity to win the game from being two down in the 89th minute when Francois Modesto blasted a header over the bar from close range.

Ronaldo, Zidane and Friends team consisted of stars of past and present including Antonis Nikopolidis (Greece), Ronald de Boer (Netherlands), Darko Kovačević (Serbia), Mahamadou Diarra (Mali), Nuno Gomes (Portugal), Sabri Lamouchi (France), Ricardo Sá Pinto (Portugal), Cornel Râpă (Romania), Raúl Albiol (Spain), Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Netherlands), Pierre van Hooijdonk (Netherlands), William (Brazil), Anthar Yahia (Algeria), Silviu Ilie (Romania), Marius Găman (Romania).

Olympiacos All Stars team contained much of the current of the Greek outfit squad, along with a number of Olympiacos veterans, including Giorgos Anatolakis, Predrag Djordjević, Alexandros Alexandris, Andreas Niniadis, Grigoris Georgatos, Darko Kovačević, and Christian Karembeu.

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