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Man U beat Boca Juniors; Bayern top AC Milan
MUNICH, JUL 30 (Agencies):
Published on 30 Jul. 2009 11:10 PM IST
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New signing Antonio Valencia scored the winner for Manchester United in a 2-1 victory over Boca Juniors in a star-studded friendly tournament on Wednesday. With this victory the Red Devils reached the final of the Audi Cup in Munich. In the second game of the Audi Cup, Thomas Mueller scored twice to help Bayern Munich beat AC Milan 4-1, to seal a date with Manchester United in the final. The Ecuadorian winger needed just 42 minutes of his United debut to find the target after Anderson had earlier netted his first goal for the club with a stunning free-kick. Federico Insua reduced the arrears in the 55th minute as the Argentinians dominated the second half, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s side held on to reach tomorrow’s final, where they will now take on hosts Bayern Munich. Ferguson named Federico Macheda and Wayne Rooney in his attack with Valencia making his debut on the right wing. Much of the attention was on the Ecuadorian, who is earmarked to fill the void left by the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. His first few touches exhibited a touch of nerves and it was Boca who made the more confident start to the game with Juan Roman Riquelme playing an intricate one-two with Insua before his shot was deflected wide of the post. Earlier, midfielder Anderson gave Manchester United the lead with a curling free kick. AC Milan’s torrid pre-season preparations have continued as they were trounced by Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening. The Italians were trailing most of the way by a single strike, but always looked second best before a flurry of late goals ensured they had no chance at a comeback. Leonardo employed a 4-4-2 formation, using the energetic Ignazio Abate on the right wing with Ronaldinho supporting Pato, but the tactical change has not improved the club’s poor results in pre-season. It was an uphill battle early on as Bayern forward Thomas Muller opened the scoring after just 12 minutes and the Bavarians looked in complete control for the entire first-half. Leonardo threw on Marco Borriello and Gennaro Gattuso at the outset of the second-half, but the duo did not help Milan’s cause as Bastian Schweinsteiger doubled the lead in the 79th minute from after a defensive mix-up. Andrea Pirlo pulled one back from a set-piece following a hand-ball, but Saer Sene restored Bayern’s two-goal lead in the 89th, before Mueller completed the victory.

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