Materazzi returns for Inter Milan

Updated: 10 November 2007 11:11 IST

Marco Materazzi helped Inter Milan Under-19s beat Sheffield FC 5-2 in a match celebrating the 150th anniversary of the world's first soccer club.

Sheffield, England:

A fit-again Marco Materazzi helped Inter Milan Under-19s beat Sheffield FC 5-2 in a match celebrating the 150th anniversary of the world's first soccer club on Thursday.

Sheffield FC, an amateur side playing eight divisions below the English Premier League, was formed in October 1857 and introduced the original 11 rules of soccer.

Those faded documents were unveiled for the first time in 40 years by Pele at the club museum hours earlier at Bramall Lane, the oldest stadium still hosting professional matches.

Materazzi, a World Cup winner in 2006, returned to action for the first time since injuring his thigh in August during Italy's 3-1 loss to Hungary.

"For Inter Milan to send Materazzi to a little non-league football club in Yorkshire was a fantastic mark of respect," Sheffield manager Dave McCarthy said.

A rusty Materazzi took few risks in his 72 minutes, rarely advancing beyond the halfway line and avoiding any crunching tackles.

However, the defender was at fault for both Sheffield goals, conceding the first goal through his legs, and a free kick which led to the second.

Mario Balotelli scored twice, and Gomes Passos, Goran Slavkoski, Gianluca Litteri earned the other goals for Italian's under-19 champions.

Stewart Copnell scored for Sheffield and set up the second for Rob Ward.

Topics : Football
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