Martian Manhunter Faces Down Darth Vader During Soccer Aid

David Harewood takes down the dark side during UK's charity football match

Earlier this evening we football fans and fans of Supergirl got to witness an excruciatingly close game for football as celebrities and footballing legends worked together to raise money for Unicef as part of Soccer Aid.

Among the celebrities playing where Hayden Christensen from the Star Wars movies and David Harewood who is better known to fans of Supergirl as the Martian Manhunter.

The match went on for the full 90s minutes and as England took on the rest of the world in what was an incredibly close game. Leading the English team was British pop singer and television host Ollie Murs. Captaining the rest of the world was the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt.

The game saw England start off strong leading by 2 goals to 1 for much of the first half. By the halftime break, the rest of the world managed a late equalizer making it 2 each.

Harewood came on during the second half of the match only to let a goal in making the score 3 goals to 2. Luckily with 10 minutes to go England manage a late equalizer making it 3 goals each, which meant a penalty shootout, which is not the greatest of things for the traditional England squad, but is altogether a different beast when celebrities are involved.

The game rules dictate that only celebrity goalkeepers and celebrity players can take part in the shootout, which meant that all the footballing legends from both sides had to watch from the sideline.

In goal for England was David Harewood who proved to be a formidable force between the sticks as various rest of the world players took shots. Harewood couldn’t save the shot from Usain Bolt but did manage to redeem his earlier misfortune by stopping two shots from the Rest of the World side.

In the final moments, The rest of the World team unleashes a dark force against the brave English Lions. None other than Hayden Christensen aka Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader steps up to the penalty spot and engages in a battle of wits against Harewood’s Alien Manhunter. Christensen takes his shot, but his aim isn’t true as the ball flies over the crossbar.

It’s fair to say that Harewood acquitted himself well during the game and became the superhero of the hour as he helped the Lions roar to victory. Which isn’t too bad given that it was the actors first match with the charity event, which takes place every year.

All the players from both sides provided fans with an extremely entertaining game of football and managed to raise a whopping £5,540.259 towards Unicef to aid Children in poverty-stricken countries.

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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