Xabi Alonso and Arturo Vidal play match against 40 school children

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Remember those crazy football matches at school that used to be hastily organised by the kid with the newest Nike trainers and often featured teams of at least 20-a-side?

Well, Xabi Alonso and Arturo Vidal were brought back to those days when they took on 40 eight-year-olds at a special event during Bayern Munich's pre-season tour of America.

Alonso and Vidal have come up against some of the greatest teams in the world over the course of their careers but never would they have thought that taking on a few school children would be so difficult.

Organised by Bleacher Report, the Munich pair didn't have it all their own way as the clear numerical disadvantage played its part.

The kids team played with three goalkeepers, 17 defenders, 10 midfielders and 10 strikers, so any sort of space was hard to come by.

As you can see from the video below, the professionals used their height to their advantage and most of their chances came from set pieces.

The school children certainly gave as good as they got, though, and didn't shy away from putting their foot in.

For one particular youngster, it was a dream come true as Alonso was swarmed by the opposition in his own box and gave the ball away. Lorenzo - as he is referred to in the video - punished the Spaniard by finding the back of the net, prompting brilliant celebrations from the 40 children.

Other highlights include Alonso striking a free-kick directly into a wall consisting of over 30 players and Vidal being taken out by one brave child.

Despite Lorenzo's goal, the team of two still won 3-1 and avoided what could have been one of the most embarrassing defeats in both of their careers.

For the 40 kids, who are part of Bayern's GPS academy, it's safe to say it was a day they will never forget.

Alonso and co. will hope they won't have to face quite as many players when the Bundesliga kicks off this weekend.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are up against Wolfsburg on Friday and are widely expected to run away with the title for a fifth consecutive year.

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Xabi Alonso
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