To mark the 30th anniversary of the charity Star Team For The Children, the traditional meeting between the team of the charity and All Stars Formula 1 Drivers took place on Tuesday evening at the Louis II Stadium. Under the watchful eyes of Prince Albert II and Hereditary Prince Jacques, both teams were level at the final whistle (3-3).
The game: 3-3
With many stars kicking off, the 29th edition of the World Stars Football Match lived up to its promise on the field. But also in the stands, where many fans gathered to cheer on their idols.
With Charles Leclerc, Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz Jr., Pierre Gasly, Maro Engel and Lucas Di Grassi, many riders took up the challenge against a Star Team For The Children that included Vincent Candela, Greg Campi, Jérémy Ménez and Sonny Anderson.
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The game was brimming with scoring chances and was set on fire thanks to a masterful first-half free-kick from Vincent Candela that gave Star Team For The Children an early lead.
The rain clouds parted over the Louis II Stadium in the second half, but that didn’t dampen Sonny Anderson’s spirits as he doubled his team’s score. But led by an exceptional Carlos Sainz (see below), the All Stars Formula 1 Drivers turned the match.
The team of drivers equalized when they were 3-1 behind thanks to a brace from the Scuderia Ferrari driver. In the evening it was 3:3 in the benefit game.
Man of the Match: Carlos Sainz Jr. stands out
The Spaniard impressed in the 90 minutes he spent on the pitch. Carlos Sainz Jr. was on the move from the start of the game with several sharp accelerations, pairing perfectly with longtime idol and compatriot Fernando Alonso.
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In the second half, the Scuderia Ferrari driver was rewarded with a double, allowing the All Stars Formula 1 drivers to salvage the tie. If Carlos Sainz Jr. is just as perceptive and inspired at Sunday’s Grand Prix, he could well be on his way to victory…
Reactions: “Together for a good cause”
Pierre Gasli: “I am glad that there are many drivers. It’s always cool to get together to support a good cause, try to help as much as we can, as much as we can, to get people involved. I hope we raise a lot of money.”
LeBouseuh : “I gave everything, I’m very happy. One of the goals was kind of my fault but we limited the damage with the draw. We could have won, we pretty much dominated the game. It’s a tough cardio workout. We’ll do better next time!”