Sheffield FC 2-5 Inter Milan - match report
Pele and 18,741 spectators flocked to Bramall Lane on Thursday evening to see Sheffield FC - the world's oldest football club - take on Italian champions Inter Milan in a unique friendly.
World Cup winner Marco Materazzi was part of the Inter Milan team that raced into a 4-0 lead before Sheffield FC fought back, much to the delight of the appreciative crowd.
Such was the demand, the game was delayed slightly to allow supporters extra time to get into the stadium. The match - organised to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the world's oldest football club being formed - was preceded by Pele stepping out onto the hallowed Lane turf.
The world's greatest ever player set off on an impromptu run around the Lane's centre circle, to warm applause, and was then introduced to both sets of players before kick-off.
Sheffield made the brighter start and created the first three chances of the evening but Davey curled wide, Powell shot at the goalkeeper and Holmes blazed over. Inter, however, opened the scoring with their first effort. Goalkeeper Holmshaw spilled Filkor's shot but BALOTELLI netted at the second attempt after initially hitting the post.
A further nine minutes elapsed before Inter attacked again... but they were again clinical. This time PASSOS saw his free-kick blocked but fired home the second effort from 25-yards.
Holmshaw made saves from Balotelli and Maaroufi at the near post before Sheffield went on the attack again. Holmes provided a pin-point left-wing cross and Powell headed just wide.
Inter took advantage of Sheffield's miss to add a third before the break. With 42 minutes gone, good work from Balotelli put SLAVKOSKI in the clear and he slid the ball under Holmshaw's left hand.
The Italian giants began the second half like they had left off in the first and quickly added a fourth goal. With 51 minutes gone, BALOTELLI cut in from the left and struck a 20-yard shot beyond Holmshaw's right hand to claim his second.
Inter, didn't have it all their own way and Sheffield began to make a game of it around the hour mark. On 61 minutes, COPNELL's shot beat Materazzi and took a wicked deflection before crawling into crawling into Belec's net.
The crowd enjoyed Sheffield's moment of glory and the fans were back on their feet on 64 minutes, thanks to a second goal. This time Materazzi conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box and Dolby delivered for WARD to score with a close-range header.
Dolby went close to reducing the arrears further before Materazzi's night came to an end on 72 minutes when he was substituted and he acknowledged the fans after receiving applause.
Late on Sheffield managed to keep their illustrious opponents at bay, until the 88th minute when Inter added a fifth and final goal through LITTERI, but Sheffield FC seemed pleased with the respectability of the score at the final whistle.
Sheffield FC: Holmshaw, G. Smith, P. Smith, Colley, Winters, Jones, Dolby, Davey, Powell, Holmes, Ward, Wilkins, Copnell, Ingall, Thorpe, Wainman, Roney, Townsend, Boulter, Kearney, Carney, Harvey.
Inter Milan: Belec, Filippini, Fatic, Passos, Desencios, Materazzi, Krin, Filkor, Slavkoski, Maaroufi, Balotelli, D'Angelo, Esposito, Perissinotto, Schiavini, Gerbo, Siligardo, Mancini, Macri, Papa, Litteri, Napoli, Pedrelli.