International club friendly: Manchester City 5-3 AC Milan
31 July 2013
Allianz Arena, Munich
3' Silva; 19' Richards; 22' Kolarov; 32' Dzeko; 36' Dzeko; 37' El Shaarawy; 39' El Shaarawy; 43' Petagna
Manchester City XI: Hart, Richards, Kolarov, Lescott, Garcia, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Navas, Dzeko, Jovetic
AC Milan XI: Amelia, Antonini, Zaccardo, Vergara, Constant, Traore, De Jong, Muntari, Boateng, Petagna, El Shaarawy
A game of two very distinct periods of football saw Manchester City defeat AC Milan in Wednesday’s first Audi Cup semifinal at Munich’s Allianz-Arena.
David Silva opened the scoring after only three minutes following a nice bit of buildup from summer signings Jesus Navas and Steven Jovetic, and within the next 19 minutes the Premier League side would add another two goals thanks to full-backs Micah Richards and Alexandre Kolarov.
From there it was the Edin Dzeko show as the Bosnia-Herzegovina international bagged a first-half brace, first turning Navas’ pass into goal at the far post in the 32nd minute and then chesting Yaya Toure’s long pass before turning and arrowing a shot past Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia just four minutes later.
Milan, however, staged a late fightback thanks largely to Stephan El Shaarawy.
The Italy international opened the Serie A giants’ account in the 37th minute after getting the better of Kolarov down the left and beating Joe Hart with an accurate shot just inside the far post, and only two minutes later the 20-year-old had his second—rounding Hart after the referee had played the advantage inside the City box.
Andrea Petagna rounded out the scoring just prior to the break after getting a jump on Joleon Lescott and laying down his striker’s credentials with a well-taken effort.
Both managers rung the changes at the break, and both seemed to instruct their players to go about their business safely following the restart as neither side created much in the way of goalscoring opportunities.
Kevin-Prince Boateng forced a decent save out of Hart from in close midway through the second half, and Alvaro Negredo hit the crossbar with his only real chance of the match as City coasted to the 5-3 win.