Man Utd beat AC Milan after epic shootout

Man Utd beat AC Milan after epic shootout
AC Milan defender Mateo Musacchio heads the ball towards the Manchester United goal as Lee Grant watches on.
New York, Jul 26 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 7/27/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Manchester United enjoyed a winning start to their International Champions Cup campaign after surviving a penalty shoot-out 9-8 against AC Milan.

Franck Kessie chipped a spot-kick over the crossbar to finally hand United victory after 26 penalties, following a 1-1 draw in Pasadena, California on Wednesday.
Milan twice had the opportunity to prevail after Pepe Reina saved three successive penalties, including one from United counterpart Joel Pereira, but the Red devils eventually triumphed in a marathon.
United made a dream start at the Rose Bowl when the refreshed Sanchez broke the deadlock in the 12th minute.
Having struggled following his high-profile arrival from Arsenal, Sanchez – who enjoyed an extended break courtesy of Chile’s failure to qualify for the World Cup – scored with a tidy finish past Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Jose Mourinho, however, was left visibly frustrated after United conceded three minutes later – a ball from Leonardo Bonucci picking out Suso with ease.
Both teams enjoyed chances to win their ICC opener but neither side could make the breakthrough in regulation time as United prevailed on penalties.
Herrera almost put United ahead in the third minute, but Donnarumma got down low to tip away the shot.
But the Red Devils did hit the front thanks to Sanchez nine minutes later after being played through by Mata in a swift move.
United’s lead was short-lived, however, as a simple throughball from Bonucci exposed Milan’s opponents – Suso firing a half-volley past Lee Grant.
Donnarumma appeared to be targeted by United, who on two occasions attempted to catch the scrambling keeper off his line with Sanchez almost scoring direct from a corner, while Mata came close with a quick free-kick after Herrera was denied by the Italian moments earlier.
Sanchez continued to look sharp and the Chile international’s acrobatic volley came close to restoring United’s lead two minutes into the second half.
From that point, Milan looked the more likely to add to the scoring as United tired with the minutes ticking by, though the tireless Sanchez provided an outlet up front, while Milan debutant Reina made a fine save to keep out Luke Shaw’s long-range effort.
Calhanoglu looped a ball over to Fabio Borini, but the substitute’s shot was tipped onto the post by Joel Pereira with six minutes remaining as the match headed to penalties.
Liverpool down Man City 2-1
Liverpool defeated Manchester City 2-1 in the International Champions Cup at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Manchester City forward Leroy Sane opened the scoring after 54 minutes on Wednesday, assisted by Bernardo Silva. Eygptian star Mohamed Salah levelled the game just eight minutes later, reports Xinhua news agency.
Liverpool’s forward Sadio Mane added a penalty in the 94th minutes, helping Liverpool clinch the victory.
Riyad Mahrez, who just joined Manchester City for a club-record 60 million pounds, made his second appearance for the club. He debuted on Friday in the first match of the pre-season tournament, in which Manchester City was defeated by Borussia Dortmund.
Now in its sixth year, the International Champions Cup is a pre-season tournament that has been held every summer since 2013. This year, the tournament kicked off on July 20 and will conclude on August 11.
Eighteen elite clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus will play in a total of 27 matches to be held in the United States, Singapore, and Europe.

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