International Champions Cup 2013 Schedule: How to Follow Last Day of Action

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International Champions Cup 2013 Schedule: How to Follow Last Day of Action
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While the International Champions Cup was supposed to be just an exhibition of top clubs around the world, it has produced some exciting action already.

Last year's Serie A champion Juventus lost all three matches in the tournament, two of which on penalties. La Liga's Valencia had a better showing, defeating Everton and Inter after an early loss to Milan.

This leaves us with the third-place match and the tournament championship. These are two matches represented by four leagues and some of the top clubs anywhere in the world.

This final day of action is certain to provide some memorable moments, so make sure you do not miss a moment by following this guide.

 

Third-Place Match

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Teams: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Milan

When: Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 p.m. BST

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.

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As the host club, Los Angeles Galaxy were hoping for a great showing this week, even though the group seemed overmatched against some elite competition. One more win, and this tournament would be well worth it.

The Galaxy have plenty of talent on the roster, led by United States internationals Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez. Each of them scored against Juventus in the last match, and they remain players to watch in this one.

Former Tottenham star Robbie Keane is also a threat to score at any time. This group of players, combined with the excitement of the home crowd, is certain to help throughout the match.

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Still, Milan have the potential to put a lot of goals on the scoresheet with an elite line of forwards that includes Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and others. While Los Angeles has been solid defensively throughout the MLS season, it is a completely different challenge trying to slow down this type of group.

Expect a high-scoring showdown with plenty of highlight-reel goals, with the road club pulling out the win.

Prediction: Milan 3, LA Galaxy 2

 

Final

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Teams: Real Madrid vs. Chelsea 

When: Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. ET, 2 a.m. BST

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla. 

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This is a matchup of two clubs following the transfer rumours on a daily basis. Real Madrid are hoping to bring in Gareth Bale, while Chelsea continue to fight for Wayne Rooney.

However, the truth is that these teams would be world class even without any more additions.

Real Madrid are coming off a trophy-less season, but they ended the year strong and are expecting to do much better this year. As long as Cristiano Ronaldo is healthy, they remain tough to beat.

Karim Benzema has also had a strong tournament as he looks to build on a campaign which saw him oust Gonzalo Higuain and become the club's unquestioned No. 1 striker.

Meanwhile, Chelsea spent the offseason working to keep its own top players like Juan Mata and Eden Hazard. With Romelu Lukaku returning after a season-long loan, this should be one of the best clubs in the English Premier League.

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Still, the biggest story of this match is return of Jose Mourinho. The current Chelsea manager is beginning his second tenure with the club after spending time with Real Madrid. Unfortunately, things ended ugly last season, which makes this an awkward reunion.

Both sides should be expected to put everything into this matchup in one of the last chances to test themselves before the start of the season. This should make for a thrilling battle, which will lead to the best club winning.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2, Chelsea 1

 

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