Diego Maradona XI lose 5-2 to Chechen politicians' side

Argentine legend on the losing side as world XI of former stars open new Terek Grozny stadium
Diego Maradona and a selection of former players received a 5-2 thrashing from a team of politicians and Terek Grozny players led by Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on Wedesday night.

The friendly match was organised to celebrate the opening of Terek Grozny’s new 30,000-seater stadium.

Maradona lined up with the likes of Luis Figo, Dida, Roberto Ayala, Ivan Zamorano, Alain Boghossian, Steve McManaman and Franco Baresi.

Terek Grozny players joined Kadyrov, presidential envoy to the region Alexander Khloponin and famed former Soviet Union goalkeeper Rinat Dasayev.

Zamorano opened the scoring after 13 minutes before Maradona doubled the advantage from a free-kick five minutes later.

Anzor Ismailov pulled one back for the Kavkaz team, but they were still losing 2-1 at the break.

Kavkaz took advantage as Maradona's men looked weary, and Timur Dzhabrailov and Andrei Fedkov both scored before Zaur Sadayev notched a brace.

Figo summed up the feelings after the game and his reaction suggested happiness despite the loss.

"I really did not think about whether it is scary to go to Grozny or not," the former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder told RIA Novosti.

"I like coming out on the field with my former club and international team-mates. It was a very interesting game, and I was pleased to show what I can do again.

"I only thought about football and nothing else. I think it was a great football festival."

Former Milan and Italy defender Baresi added: "I liked the atmosphere in this arena."

"It is always nice to play with former team-mates. I think we didn’t play too badly tonight. The atmosphere was wonderful, so I am pleased."

There had been fears the game would present a risk to the stars' safety given the uncertain political backdrop in Chechnya.

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