Milan and Sao Paulo were defeated in the semifinals of the 2013 Audi Cup on Wednesday, setting up a third-place clash between the two clubs for Thursday at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.
Milan gave up five goals to Manchester City before the 37th minute on Wednesday but fought back with three goals before the half, only to ultimately fall, 5-3.
Sao Paulo was held scoreless against German giant Bayern Munich, losing to the hosts, 2-0.
Here's a look at the broadcasting schedule for the third-place match of the 2013 Audi Cup, complete with a preview of the clash.
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
When: Thursday, August 1 at 12 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Sao Paulo will be a heavy underdog in this match. While the Brazilians held high-powered Munich to two goals on Wednesday, a lot of that had to do with the work of goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who made several diving saves in the first half. Munich posted 16 shots at goal in the first half alone, according to Munich's official website.
There's also the fact that Sao Paulo scored zero goals in the match—although the club did present some pressure at times in the match.
Milan, ranked as the No. 14 club in the world by UEFA.com, will need to step it up on the defensive end, though. Giving up five goals before the 37th minute is simply unacceptable, no matter who you play. City showed a great attack but was also given ample space at times to operate.
It doesn't help when 10 of your players are unavailable, as Gazzetta.it noted.
Milan still has the talent on the offensive end to defeat Sao Paulo on Thursday, though, so it would likely take another big performance from Paulo's 40-year-old goalkeeper for the Brazilians to shock the Italians. The Brazilian defense must also play well early on, in hopes of keeping the match within reach.
After all, Milan placed third in Serie A last season, while Sao Paulo is currently 18th out of 20 clubs in the Brasileiro.
Even without Mario Balotelli on the pitch, Milan still has Stephan El Shaarawy, and it still has the firepower to capture third place in the 2013 Audi Cup.
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