Allez Macron! French leader on the spot

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French President Emmanuel Macron was right on the ball, scoring a penalty while turning out for a team of star-studded soccer celebrities in a charity match.

Macron, playing in midfield and wearing the number 3 on his back in Thursday's match, was handed the ball and invited to take the spot kick after one of the President's teammates was brought down in the penalty box.

Macron, who is 43, fired his shot low and into the centre of the goal, wrong-footing the goalkeeper who had already started diving to his right. The goalkeeper managed to get a leg to the ball, but could not keep it out of the net.

Macron's goal, which came after around 10 minutes in the first half, brought the scores level at 1-1.

Macron's teammates included Arsene Wenger, former manager of Arsenal, and French World Cup winners Marcel Desailly and Christian Karembeu.

The game, in the town of Poissy, near Paris, was to raise money for the Paris and France Hospitals Foundation, with Macron playing against a team made up of staff from the Poissy/Saint-Germain-en-Laye hospital.

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