United Legends Beat Barca Legends

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Manchester United had sweet echoes of 1999 as the Red Devils legends defeated legends of Barcelona in a charity match at the Nou Camp on Friday.

Some of the biggest names at Barca over the past 20 years – including Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert – took to the pitch again but they still went down 3-1 toUnited legends through goals from Jesper Blomqvist, Karel Poborsky and Dwight Yorke.

Blomqvist and Poborsky scored either side of half-time before United captain Dwight Yorke, who famously netted here in a riveting 3-3 draw on the way to the Treble in 1999, put the seal on the display with a fine finish from outside the box.

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Frederic Dehu scored a consolation for the home side with the last kick of what was a thoroughly entertaining game.

The packed crowd at the Camp Nou were treated to a good dose of Ronaldinho magic as the Brazil great showed glimpses of the player that once held the world in his thrall.

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He forced a string of decent saves from United goalie Van der Gouw, and together with Rivaldo and Edgar Davids, the two-time World Player of the Year caused United all sorts of problems.

Blomqvist, who gave United a half-time lead, was brought crashing back down to earth in a devilish move by Ronaldinho in the middle of the park.

Rivaldo was denied by the linesman’s flag after Juliano Beletti struck the side netting – but United were causing plenty of problems, too, and Poborsky doubled their lead on 57 minutes after good work from JS Park.

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United had the last laugh

United captain, Yorke, put the result beyond doubt on 77 minutes after Rivaldo had missed a sitter earlier, but Dehu gave the hosts some consolation with a goal from the last kick of the game.

The return leg comes up September 2 at Old Trafford.

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