A football friendly between a professional Beijing team and a group of German business people, including the ambassador to China, drew a boisterous crowd yesterday at a festival to mark 30 years of diplomatic ties between China and Germany. Ambassador Joachim Broudre-Groeger scored one goal as the Germans tied with the Chinese team 7-7. The mainland team, Beijing Guoan, some of whose players featured in the World Cup, won the game in overtime to the delight of spectators who crowded around afterwards for autographs. Security guards blocked fans from mobbing the players. The game was organised to illustrate how a shared love of football has helped unite the two countries. 'Both teams kicked pretty well, so it's significant for both sides,' said spectator Lin Dong. The German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing organised the two-week festival, called Showcase Germany - 30 years of Chinese-German Diplomatic Relations, charging 30 yuan (HK$28) for entry. So far it has attracted up to 15,000 people a day. Events were especially busy during the National Day holiday. About 100 German businesses and institutions, plus representatives of German provinces, set up booths to promote cars, furniture, food, pharmaceuticals and tourism at the festival grounds by the China Millennium Monument. Children dressed up as rats enacted German folk tale the Pied Piper of Hameln, while adults sampled traditional delicacies such as sausage sandwiches and beer. Bands entertained the crowd with jazz, folk and classical music. About 250 German companies do business in Beijing and 400 operate in the Shanghai area. One exhibitor said the ticket price had discouraged attendance in the festival's first few days, but Ute Dietmar of the chamber of commerce said the event had gone well and that the chamber would consider holding a similar event in future. 'It was difficult to say in advance how it would go before we did it,' Ms Dietmar said. The event ends on Friday.