Manchester City vs. AC Milan: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
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.
That's all for me, folks. Hopefully you enjoyed this Audi Cup semifinal, particularly what was a fascinating first half.
FT: Manchester City 5-3 AC Milan
Into the 90th minute now. Bayern Munich vs. Sao Paulo will follow shortly after the final whistle.
88' Really petering out at Allianz-Arena. City did what they needed to do in the opening period and will deservedly contest tomorrow's final, barring an unlikely Milan fightback late on.
85' Milner takes the layoff from Nasri and passes the ball to absolutely no one. This truly is Manchester City's "B" attack.
Manchester City pretty much won this match in the first half, and that means the players who were withdrawn either at the interval or shortly after (Jovetic, Navas, Dzeko) will likely feature prominently in tomorrow's Audi Cup final against either Bayern Munich or Sao Paulo.
79' Pinato has replaced Kevin-Prince Boateng for AC Milan. The Ghana international was among his side's more useful attackers in this match.
78' City passing the ball around the perimeter pretty safely at the moment. Both managers seem to have instructed their players to keep things much more simple following a crazy first half.
A couple more Milan changes to report: De Jong and Vergara have been replaced by Cristante and Pacifico.
73' Nasri with a decent ball to Gareth Barry, who had run forward. But (and this is hardly surprising) Barry made the final effort look very, very awkward.
71' Not a lot of action since the restart, other than a few half-chances from Boateng and Garcia. You'd think Nasri and Rodwell would be quite keen to make impressions here.
66' A trio of Milan changes now: Poli, Emanuelson and Kingsley Boateng have replaced Muntari, Constant and El Shaarawy.
64' Two more City changes: Dzeko and Silva have made way for Milner and Barry.
The first half had goals galore. So far in the second period it's been the goalkeepers who have shone.
62' Really nice coverage on Nasri by Muntari, who forces a corner. And Gabriel makes a terrific save as the ball fell to Javi Garcia!
I'm convinced that games with 5+ first half goals frequently have 0 in the second half. Mainly based around Blackburn 4-1 Rosenborg in 1995.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) July 31, 2013
58' Good save by Hart on Boateng, who took his shot from in close and slightly to the goalkeeper's right. Milan get their first corner of the match as a result, but it's cleared. A much more subdued second half in Munich.
56' Lescott with a better bit of defending than he showed on the Petagna goal in the first half, keeping El Shaarawy at bay. Just FYI, Gabriel has replaced Amelia in the Milan goal.
54' Rodwell gives the ball away in his own third, but Boateng's shot is well wide of the target.
Manchester City changes: Nasri, Rodwell and Negredo have replaced Fernandinho, Jovetic and Navas.
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