Barcelona beat Israeli-Palestinian team

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Barcelona defeated a combined Israel-Palestinian team 2-1 on Tuesday at the Nou Camp in a 'Match for Peace'.

Barcelona beat Israeli-Palestinian team

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Barcelona defeated a combined Israel-Palestinian team 2-1 on Tuesday at the Nou Camp in a 'Match for Peace'. The match was aimed at building understanding and respect between Israelis and Palestinians and at contributing to the quest for Middle East peace. Singer and composer David Broza, who was born in Israel, and Said Murad, a member of the Palestinian group Sabreen kicked off proceedings by performing a song especially written for the occasion, along with Catalan singer Pep Sala. The match was backed by the Peres Centre for Peace, a foundation set up by veteran Israeli politician Shimon Peres. He was present at the Nou Camp watching alongside Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, but undoubtedly the biggest star at the Nou Camp for the soccer fans was the newly crowned European Footballer of the Year, Ronaldinho. He watched on as actor Sean Connery, who was there to show his support for the initiative, took the honorary kick-off. As expected it was Barcelona who dominated much of the play on the pitch, but the match was being played in very much a friendly manner. Midfielder Deco opened the scoring on the hour mark, with striker Maxi Lopez doubling the home side's advantage five minutes later. Abas Suan, who plays for Hapoel Bnei Sachnin pulled a goal back in the 67th minute for the visitors. All proceeds from the match will go towards promoting peace in the Middle East. (AP)

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