The first half proved to be an even affair with chances at both ends. Barcelona came close on 20′, when Ronaldinho’s shot cannoned off the crossbar. However, the Brazilian would go one better seven minutes later when he slotted home a penalty following a challenge by Núñez on Saviola. The reaction from the madridistas was instant and they were denied by two stellar saves from Angoy to keep out long-range efforts from Roberto Carlos and De la Red with 31′ and 35′ on the clock.
The Real Madrid Legends came out after the break intent on turning the scoreline around and did so just two minutes after the restart, with de Munitis‘s introduction proving to be key. The Cantabrian levelled matters on 42’ after he pounced on Amavisca‘s shot from the edge of the area that ricocheted off Guzmán, before conjuring up an exquisite piece of skill to skip around the goalkeeper and tap home into the unguarded net. Two minutes later, de Munitis picked up the ball wide on the right and swung in an inch-perfect cross that Alfonso got on the end of to put Madrid in the ascendancy.
The tempo of the contest subsequently dropped and Barcelona drew themselves level in the 60th minute following a fine solo run from Jofre Mateu, before Madrid hit the winner 10 minutes later. The decisive goal was a thing of beauty from De la Red as the madridista skipped past Goikoetxea, before tucking the ball just inside the post from the edge of the area.
2-Barça Legends: Angoy, Juan Carlos, Dehu, Tortolero, Goikoetxea, Deco, Mendieta, Arpón, Rivaldo, Saviola, Ronaldinho. Guzmán, Amor, Ronald de Boer, Coco, Jofre Mateu and Okunowo also featured.
3-Real Madrid Legends: Codina, Núñez, Iván Campo, Fernando Sanz, Roberto Carlos, Milla, Rivera, Figo, Amavisca, De la Red y Alfonso. Velasco, Víctor, Álex and Munitis also featured.
1-0 (min. 27): Ronaldinho (pen.)
1-1 (min. 42): Munitis.
1-2 (min. 44): Alfonso.
2-2 (min. 60): Jofre Mateu.
2-3 (min. 70): De la Red.