PSG vs. Leicester City: Score and Reaction from 2016 ICC

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2016

Paris Saint-Germain 's Jonathan Ikone, center, is congratulated by teammate Angel Di Maria, left, after scoring a goal against Leicester City in the first half of International Champions Cup soccer match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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Paris Saint-Germain continued its stellar run at the International Champions Cup with a 4-0 win over Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday night from Carson, California. 

It capped off a three-game stretch that also saw a pair of 3-1 wins over Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Regardless of the result, it's been quite a turnaround for Leicester, who just last year were playing preseason friendlies against lower-league English sides Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Burton Albion, Rotherham United and Birmingham City.

But after pulling off one of the most improbable runs to a title in sporting history, they had a chance to line up against the French champions on Saturday.

PSG got on the board first after Daniel Amartey took down Jonathan Ikone at the right edge of the box for a penalty. Edinson Cavani stepped up in the 26th minute and cannoned a low shot to the right of Kasper Schmeichel's goal as the keeper guessed the wrong way.

For a player who scored 25 goals in all competitions for PSG, Cavani scoring early in the preseason is a good sign of things to come. 

Riyad Mahrez was inches away from drawing Leicester back in it in the 33rd minute, but his strong free kick from just outside the box was pushed over the bar by Alphonse Areola. The ensuing corner saw a poor clearance deflect off of Amartey's head, but the carom went just wide of PSG's open goal.

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Ikone went from creator to scorer when he put the ball in the net himself in the 45th minute. On the break, the ball was sent out wide to Thomas Meunier, whose cross was deflected and fell to the 18-year-old's foot. With his first touch while falling, he sent it into the bottom left corner of the goal to double PSG's lead. 

Leicester came out strong in the second half and had another golden chance to pull one back, but substitute Ahmed Musa whiffed on a volley sent in by Leonardo Ulloa in the 48th minute with nothing but an open goal in front of him.

Instead, an unmarked Lucas Moura made it 3-0 when he headed in a cross from Maxwell in the 64th minute. 

One minute from time, another 18-year-old provided PSG with a fourth as Odsonne Edouard was sent in behind the Leicester defense and easily finished past Schmeichel.

PSG's dominant spell at the International Champions Cup saw them outscore their opponents 10-2. Other than the injury to Thiago Silva, this trip to the United States was an overwhelming success as they continue to prepare for a Ligue 1 title defense. 

For Leicester, their opponents don't get much easier while they're stateside. On Wednesday, they'll meet a Barcelona squad that defeated Celtic 3-1 earlier on Saturday in Ireland.

Afterwards, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri said this friendly against an elite side was a good test for his team.

"I think it is a good experience for us," said the Italian, per Rob Tanner of the Leicester Mercury. "PSG is a good team that is building to win the Champions League. They have a big squad with big players and for our players it was a good experience. At that moment you know that preparation they are little ahead of us."


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