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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Jose Mourinho, Mo Farah, David James star in #Game4Grenfell charity match to honour London Tower fire victims


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has shown off his rarely-seen skills on the pitch by starring in a charity football match for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in June.
Mourinho, who was a midfielder but never played above the semi-professional level decided to come on as a second-half substitute goalkeeper in the match between two teams of celebrities and ex-players at QPR’s Loftus Road. He replaced former England goalkeeper David James to a noisy reception.
The 54-year-old showed some useful touches between the posts, making a crucial early save as he battled to maintain his side’s slender 2-1 lead at that stage of the match.
In typically combative style, Mourinho was the centre of attention for much of the time he was on the pitch, he was booked for time-wasting, arguing the equalising goal was offside and he scored a penalty in the shoot-out.

On the 80th minute mark, four Grenfell survivors and two firefighters who tackled the blaze came on together in a mass substitution and received the loudest reception of the day from the sell-out crowd at the 20,000-capacity stadium.
The match went to penalties after it ended 2-2, in which multiple Olympic gold medallistMo Farah scored a goal. Despite Mourinho’s best efforts, he was unable to prevent a defeat for his side as Olly Murs scored the winning goal during the penalty shoot-out as his side lost 5-3.
Singers Rita Ora, Emeli Sande and Marcus Mumford entertained the crowd with a live performance during the half-time break.
Grenfell survivor Paul Menacer said being given the chance to play in the match “means the world to me”.
“We met people who want to talk and actually care about us. Someone as big as Jose Mourinho coming down and talking to us is just an amazing thing.”

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