Stiliyan Petrov’s #19 Legends Charity match was a roaring success in Glasgow on Sunday.
The Bulgarian midfielder, who retired from football earlier this year due to a battle with leukaemia, was honoured by more than 60,000 supporters at Celtic Park as his Stiliyan XI beat a Celtic XI 5-3.
The likes of Shay Given, Chris Kamara, Robert Pires, Dimitar Berbatov Jamie Redknapp, Gareth Barry and John Terry turned out for the Kenny Dalglish-managed Stiliyan XI while Bobo Balde, Henrik Larsson, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Neil Lennon and Johan Mjallby made up Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side.
Fulham’s Berbatov scored first for SXI in the first minute before Larsson got one back for CXI from the penalty spot on ten minutes.
Martin Petrov edged SXI ahead in the 16th minute before Berbatov made it 3-1 on the stroke of half-time. The Bulgarian ace completed his hat-trick just before the hour-mark to give Stiliyan’s side a 4-1 lead.
van Hooijdonk got one back for Celtic in the 73rd minute before actor Warren Brown made it 4-3 but Westlife’s Nicky Byrne gave SXI a two-goal edge with a fifth goal in the 89th minute.
Below are a few various Twitter posts from the day:
— Pierre van Hooijdonk (@pierrevh17) September 8, 2013
— Warren Brown (@warrenisbrown) September 8, 2013
— DidierAgatheOfficial (@DidierAgathe) September 8, 2013