Borussia Dortmund 2 Benfica 2 (3-4 on penalties): Portuguese giants win ICC shoot-out

Benfica ended Borussia Dortmund’s 100 per cent start at the International Champions Cup as they triumphed 4-3 on penalties.

Portuguese giants Benfica overturned a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw before surviving a shoot-out in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Benfica rallied after the break following two first-half goals from Dortmund’s Maximilian Philipp had the Bundesliga side in control – Andre Almeida and Alfa Semedo restoring parity before Eduardo Salvio struck the decisive blow on penalties.

The result ended Dortmund’s run of back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Manchester City at the pre-season tournament in the United States, while Benfica avoided defeat in their ICC opener.

Dortmund started slowly as Pizzi fired a free-kick wide, before Omer Toprak came under pressure in his six-yard box to scramble clear.

The German outfit grew into the game, though, and opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Mario Gotze and Jacob Bruun Larsen played a one-two in the area, before Philipp poked home the latter’s cross.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Philipp latched onto Gotze’s pass and volleyed in to double Dortmund’s lead.

The former Freiburg striker nearly had a first-half hat-trick as Christian Pulisic crossed to the back post, but Ruben Dias cleared with Philipp lurking.

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LIVE: AC Milan vs Manchester United

Mata

Assist

Manchester United

12′ Mata brilliantly flicks the ball into the path of Alexis who scored the chance.

A. Sánchez

Goal

Manchester United

12′ UNITED SCORE!!! 1-0! Alexis times his run perfectly has a one-on-one with Donnarumma and slides it home on the floor.

11′ A beautiful passing move from Milan which started with Calabria bombing down the left flank, ends with Kessie launching a shot well above the crossbar. Goal kick.

9′ Alexis takes aim from distance… IT’S ON TARGET… but Donnarumma parries it to his right.

8′ This match is shaping up nicely as it’s gotten a bit end-to-end now. MIlan growing into the game well, but United have a free kick.

6′ Cutrone collects the ball in the opposing box, holds it up, then lays it off for Kessie who SHOOTS… but it’s side netting for the midfielder.

4′ United applying the pressure early as McTominay gets a shot off now.

2′ Early couple of corner kicks to Manchester United.. but neither result in anything. AC Milan try to counter up the middle but Cutrone slips and Mourinho’s side collect the ball.

1′ We’re underway from the StubHub Center in Los Angeles!

Of course, the Rossoneri will have to get through Manchester United’s defence which ranked second in goals conceded (28) and first in clean sheets (19) in the Premier League last season.

Keep an eye on both Cutrone and Calhanoglu in Milan’s attack tonight. The former led the Italian side in goals last season (9) while the latter led them in both assists (7) and chances created (72).

In player news, Anthony Martial has left the Manchester United camp as his partner is about to give birth. Some are speculating that he will not return to the States for the rest of the ICC matches.

While this is largely “just pre-season”, things have been incredibly level between these two sides historically. In 10 matches against one another, each side has won five times. Who will break the deadlock tonight?

Roma seem to be at about full strength tonight which should give them an advantage over a largely youth line-up from manager Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United: Lee Grant; Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Andreas Pereira, Ander Herrera; Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez.

AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Ignazio Abate, Matteo Musacchio, Leonardo Bonucci, Davide Calabria; Franck Kessie, Manuel Locatelli, Andrea Bartolacci; Suso, Patrick Cutrone, Hkan Calhanoglu.

Let’s just dive right into the starting line-ups shall we?

Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of AC Milan v Manchester United in this International Champions Cup match!

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LIVE: Roma vs Tottenham

1′ Roma get the match underway from California!

Eusebio Di Francesco’s goalkeeper of choice today is Antonio Mirante after the departure of Alisson and the too-recent arrival of replacement Robin Olsen. New signing Davide Santon makes up part of a strong defence, alongside Kostas Manolas, Juan Jesus and Luca Pellegrini. A new-look midfield consisting of Bryan Cristante, Maxime Gonalons and former PSG player Javier Pastore will attempt to ease the transition following the departure of influential player Radja Nainggolan. In attack, it’s a familiar trio of Cengiz Under, Patrick Schick and Diego Perotti.

Mauricio Pochettino gives the nod to Michel Vorm in goal due to the absence of Hugo Lloris post-World Cup. Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters take up the full-back positions with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Ben Davies as the makeshift centre-backs as it appears Davinson Sanchez is not quite ready for action. Luke Amos and Moussa Sissoko occupy the double-pivot positions with Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Lucas supplying striker Fernando Llorente.

Roma substitutes: William Bianda, Matteo Cardinali, Ante Coric, Daniele De Rossi, Gregoire Defrel, Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy, Federico Fazio, Daniel Fuzato, Rick Kardsdorp, Justin Kluivert, Aleksandar Kolarov, Ivan Marcano, Robin Olsen, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Kevin Strootman.

Roma Starting XI (4-3-3): Antonio Mirante, Davide Santon, Juan Jesus, Kostas Manolas, Luca Pellegrini; Maxime Gonalons, Javier Pastore, Bryan Cristante; Cengiz Under, Patrick Schick, Diego Perotti.

Spurs substitutes: Paulo Gazzaniga, Alfie Whiteman, Davinson Sanchez, TJ Eyoma, Anthony Georgiou, Oliver Skipp, George Marsh, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Son Heung-min.

Spurs Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Serge Aurier, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ben Davies, Kyle Walker-Peters; Luke Amos, Moussa Sissoko; Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura; Fernando Llorente.

With 15 minutes to go, the team news has been confirmed! Let’s begin with Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino is missing nine players who made the World Cup semi-finals, including winning captain Hugo Lloris and star-striker Harry Kane.  Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and Josh Onomah are also unavailable due to injury – leaving the manager with fewer options than normal.  

In completely contrasting fashion, all has been quiet on the Tottenham front. A number of recent contract renewals point to the faith Spurs have in their own talent moving forward. Fans have been slightly restless though, with most of the other top-six sides in England having already made significant moves. 

To freshen up the squad, Monchi has made a couple of astute signings in key areas. Javier Pastore’s transfer from PSG and the purchase of wunderkind Justin Kluivert – son of Patrick – are encouraging signs that the former Sevilla sporting director is following a detailed plan of action. 

Roma get their International Champions Cup tournament underway with a stern fixture against Tottenham. The Giallorossi will be playing their first match since the departure of Alisson and their failure to acquire Malcom from Bordeaux. It has been a tough summer for Roma, who also sold Radja Nainggolan to rivals Inter.

Good evening and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the International Champions Cup fixture between Spurs and Roma from the San Diego County Credit Union Stadium in California!

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Juventus 2 Bayern Munich 0: Two-goal Favilli sinks German champions

Joao Cancelo, Mattia Perin and Emre Can were making their Juventus debuts in Philadelphia, however, Andrea Favilli stole the show.

Andrea Favilli announced himself with a first-half brace as Juventus defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 in their International Champions Cup opener.

Joao Cancelo, Mattia Perin and Emre Can were making their Juve debuts in Philadelphia on Wednesday, however, Andrea Favilli stole the show.

Signed from Ascoli, Favilli broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute after Sven Ulreich’s failed to deal with a poor back-pass from team-mate Josip Stanisic at Lincoln Financial Field midweek.

The 21-year-old then doubled the lead in cool fashion eight minutes later to condemn Niko Kovac to his first defeat as Bayern head coach since replacing Jupp Heynckes in the off-season.


There was no Cristiano Ronaldo following his sensational switch from Real Madrid but Juve still fielded a star-studded XI, including Perin, Can, Cancelo, Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele Rugani, Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanic, Alex Sandro and Federico Bernardeschi.

Bayern – who defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in their ICC opener – fielded the likes of Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez, Juan Barnat and Serge Gnabry in the line-up, with Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches on the bench.

It was a lively start despite the wet conditions as Ulreich was forced into an early save – the back-up keeper managing to get a strong hand to keep out Favilli’s powerful attempt.

Perin enjoyed a relatively comfortable half, though the former Genoa star was called into action to deny Ribery, who showed some nice foot work to create space to unleash a fine curling effort four minutes later.

Bundesliga holders Bayern began to take control as the half wore on, with Juve surviving a couple of goal-mouth scrambles, however, it was the Italian champions who opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark.

A poor back-pass from Stanisic put Ulreich under serious pressure and Marchisio pounced on the wayward return ball, picking out Favilli and the new signing side-footed the opener with the German shot-stopper caught off his line.

Bayern were forced into a substitution with Martinez – who has endured an injury-ravaged career – replaced by Alaba following a collision with Favilli.


Favilli was in the thick of the action again five minutes prior to the interval when he sprung the offside trap after Sandro’s long ball and finished coolly beyond Ulreich.

The only concern for Juve from the first half was Can’s withdrawal two minutes before the break.

Bayern substitute Woo-Yeong Jeong should have reduced the deficit just shy of the hour-mark but the Korean teenager somehow blazed over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

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Rugani’s agent confirms Chelsea’s interest in Juventus defender

Daniele Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia confirmed Chelsea are interested in signing the Juventus centre-back .

Rugani has been heavily linked with Chelsea after former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri replaced Antonio Conte at the Premier League giants.

The 23-year-old Italy international defender worked under Sarri during his loan spell at Empoli.

Speaking prior to Juve’s International Champions Cup clash with Bayern Munich in Philadelphia, Torchia acknowledged Chelsea’s pursuit, though he insisted Rugani is happy with the Serie A holders.

“The interest from Chelsea is there for Rugani,” Torchia told Radio Sportiva .

“Beyond the figures though there’s a technical question, neither the player nor Juventus have ever said they want a sale.

“The operation with Chelsea is separate from [Gonzalo] Higuain, each deal has a different cost and different dynamics.

“The two players can bring in different profits. Rugani is calm and happy, he’s at the pre-season training camp and he’s thinking about Juventus.

“Tonight he’ll play against Bayern Munich, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have offers, just that he’s thinking of his current club, which is at the highest level.”

Juventus continue their U.S. tour with a clash against Benfica on Saturday before taking on the MLS All-Star team next week. 

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