Vincent Kompany Testimonial: Benjani nets late equaliser as Man City Legends draw 2-2 with Premier League All-Stars

By | 11th September 2019

VINCENT KONPAMY may have missed out due to injury but he still had plenty to smile about on a night Manchester City paid homage to their legendary former captain.

A hamstring niggle forced the 33-year-old Belgian to miss his own testimonial but he was able to sit alongside Pep Guardiola in the dug-out at the Etihad on Wedneday for an entertaining clash.

Benjani ensured honours were even with a late equaliser in Vincent Kompany’s Testimonial
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The injured Kompany was given a fitting send-off at the jam-packed Etihad
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Man United legend Gary Neville had an evening to forget in the clash after limping off with a hamstring injury
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A Man City Legends team took on a side of Premier League All-Stars in front of 51,000 spectators – and the crowd were provided with plenty of action courtesy of some heroes and pantomime villians in the 2-2 draw.

Zimbabwe striker Benjani was the hero for Kompany and City, the veteran outjumping ex-Liverpool defender and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher to head a late equaliser.

But it was Carragher’s fellow Monday Night Football co-host Gary Neville, not a favourite in these parts due to his Man United connections, who suffered the biggest nightmare.

The game was less than a minute old when City’s Martin Petrov burst past the former England full-back and Carragher before rifling past Edwin Van Der Sar to break the deadlock.

And it got worse for Neville before break as he appeared to pull his hamstring – forcing him out of the action.

Martin Petrov broke the deadlock for the City Legends with less than a minute on the clock
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Robbie Keane levelled for the Prem All-Stars from close-range
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Robin Van Persie put the All-Stars in front just seconds after the break
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Benjani would have the final say as he headed home an equaliser at the death
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Luckily, the Prem All-Stars – which contained a heavy United presence – had already drew level prior to his departure.

Robin Van Persie, who had just forced Joe Hart into an impressive save, teed up Robbie Keane to equalise from close-range.

And the Dutchman, who fired United to the Prem title after joining from Arsenal in 2013, would soon get his own name on the scoresheet.

Just three minutes after the restart he produced a typical, sizzling strike to turn the scoreline on its head.

Old Trafford legends Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs and Van Persie had all rolled back the years to impress – with a cheeky no-look pass from Scholes sending Twitter into meltdown.


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And the Red Devils appeared to be on course to come out on top against their City counterparts yet again as the game reached its final moments.

But that was until Benjani’s big moment at the death.

The 41-year-old, who famously secured Manchester Derby bragging rights for City at the home of their neighbours in 2008, climbed above Carragher with ease to powerfully nod past the outstretched Shay Given.

And his effort even earned him a congratulatory handshake from Guardiola at the final whistle as he provided Kompany with a final, memorable, farewell.

Ryan Giggs was one of the pantomime villains with an Old Trafford connection on display
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Paul Scholes appeared to have lost none of his magic
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Vincent Kompany watched on from the bench alongside Pep Guardiola
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51,000 people packed into the Etihad to say goodbye to Vincent Kompany
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This post written by Gary Stonehouse originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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