Jamie Carragher beats Usain Bolt in race for ball during Soccer Aid clash

Carragher represented England in Soccer Aid and managed to get the better of Bolt, playing for the World XI, during the first half of match as the pair raced for the ball

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Jamie Carragher beat Usain Bolt in a race for a long ball during this year’s Soccer Aid.

The Liverpool legend represented England and had his work cut out in the first half, coming up against the world’s fastest man in Bolt.

Carragher was joined by Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes for the home nation, while the likes of Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf and Patrice Evra lined up for the visitors.

A goalless first half saw the World XI have the lion’s share of the chances, with Seedorf rattling the post.

But Carragher and Bolt’s battle caught the eye, with a surprising outcome.

Carragher had to fend off Bolt

A ball was punted towards Bolt, who quickly sprang into action wearing 9.58 – his world-record 100 metres time – on his shirt.

Carragher sussed out the danger, though, rolling back the years at centre-back and ensuring England were not breached.

Neville had taken a different approach earlier in the evening, bringing the Jamaican down rather than getting into a foot race and, instead, conceded a free-kick.

The pair, who have developed into one of television’s most popular duos from their work on Sky’s Monday Night Football, were taking part in the match at the Etihad Stadium to help raise money for Unicef.

Carragher managed to beat Bolt to the ball

£47million has been raised for the charity since Soccer Aid began in 2006 and Carragher was keen to make amends following his error which led to Bolt scoring in 2019.

Social media was ablaze following his pace, with one posting: “Carragher taking out Usain Bolt is very funny to me. Beauty of soccer aid.”

Another said: “Neville and Carragher are the best CB partnership I never wanted to see.”

A third added: “Carragher is handling Bolt too easily.”

However, the ex-Liverpool defender came in for criticism after he clashed with England left-back Tom Grennan, who slid in late during the opening exchanges.

“Jamie Carragher is being a complete a*** with his bad tempered fouls,” a viewer tweeted.

Carragher’s centre-back partner, Neville, was also keen to make amends after his “bad memories” as a Manchester United player and fan.

“The last time I played at the Etihad was the day I kissed Paul Scholes. I’m not sure that was a good experience or a bad experience,” he said.

Neville was featuring in his first Soccer Aid

“That was one of my last games for the club. I probably only played about four or five matches after that for the club.

“Scoring in the last few minutes, Patrice [Evra] crosses it, Scholes heads it in and I go running off down the touchline, so that’s my lasting memory.

Ex-Red Devils captain Neville went on to admit: “I’ve had some bad ones since, I was in the ground when [Sergio] Aguero scored the last-minute goal to win the league for City, which was just desperate.”

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