Monday, July 31, 2017

Weekend roundup of the ICC Singapore, ICC America, French Champions Cup, Emirates cup and solanke nets yet again for Liverpool

Hertha Berlin 0 Liverpool 3:
Brazillian, Philippe Coutinho captained Liverpool for the first time amidst links of a move to Barcelona and Sadio Mane made his return from injury as the Reds smatched Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Saturday evening.

Liverpool were already 2 goals up at half-time as close-season signing from Chelsea Dominic Solanke, whose inclusion came in due to a hamstring tightness for Divock Origi, headed home beautifully from an Adam Lallana's cross before Georginio Wijnaldum stroked in the second after a laid pass from Sadio Mané who really looked sharp on his return.

Mohamed Salah provided an equally exquisite finish for his third pre-season goal after receiving a sublime pass from Coutinho.

The good news for Klopp was Mane came through 45 minutes in his first outing since undergoing knee surgery in April, while Andrew Robertson made his debut after joining from Hull City in the second half of the game.

Chelsea 1 Inter 2:
Jovetic and Perisic downs Chelsea.

Stevan Jovetic scored one and assisted another as Inter ended a perfect International Champions Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in Singapore.
Although the game will be remembered for a comic 45 yard Geoffrey Kondogbia own goal.

Jovetic puts Inter ahead in first-half injury-time, scoring on the follow back after Thibaut Courtois saved his initial kick from a controversial penalty.

The Montenegro striker then teed up Ivan Perisic to drill home Inter's second from a tight angle, but Chelsea, who started club-record signing Alvaro Morata on the left of a front three, were given a lifeline when Kondogbia somehow lobbed goalkeeper Daniele Padelli with a bizarre back-pass from 45 yards.

Michy Batshuayi scored a goal but was wrongly ruled out for offside, with Chelsea's pre-season tour ending and a return to England on Sunday, the next challenge for Antonio Conte's men is Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday August 6.

Manchester City 3 Tottenham 0:
Stones, Sterling and Diaz score in win.

Manchester City produced another commanding display in their 3-0 win over Tottenham at the International Champions Cup on Saturday.

Pushing up the tempo after their 4-1 win over Real Madrid, City were a class above as John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Brahim Diaz fired Pep Guardiola's men to an impressive victory.

John Stones who scored against Madrid last time out was at it again, breaking the deadlock with a header in the 10th minute.

Tottenham struggled throughout the game and Sterling added the second 18 minutes from the end after being put through on goal before youngster Diaz came off the bench and capped the win in the second minute of stoppage time.

Monaco 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2:
Dani Alves' proves why hebis world class, secures Trophee des Champions for PSG.

Dani Alves enjoyed a dream debut and it was definitely one to remember as Paris Saint-Germain made a statement by coming from behind to beat Monaco 2-1 and win the Trophee des Champions.

Brazilian international Alves, signed on a free transfer from Juventus, announced himself to the club's faithful in stunning fashion during Saturday's curtain raiser in Morocco.

The evergreen 34-year-old, playing in the unfamiliar attacking position on the right of a front-three, blasted in a long-range free-kick shortly after the resumption of the second half to cancel out Djibril Sidibe's expertly taken first-half opener.

And Alves' brilliant cross was headed in by Adrien Rabiot in the 62nd minute to secure PSG a fifth consecutive Trophee des Champions cup

Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 3:
Neymar Jr and Messi lead Valverde's men to win ICC title.

Barcelona claimed the International Champions Cup after prevailing 3-2 in a thrilling first Clasico encounter against bitter rivals Real Madrid in the US.

The trophy went to Barca thanks to Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique goals on Saturday amid the growing uncertainty over Neymar's future at Barcelona.

It was far from a friendly clash as Barca and LaLiga-Champions League titleholders Madrid went head-to-head on American soil, with Barca coming out top.

Goals from Rakitic and Messi put Barca 2-0 up inside seven minutes but Mateo Kovacic pulled one back shortly after and Marco Asensio equalised nine minutes before half-time.

Gerard Pique restored parity in the 50th minute as Barca edge out Manchester City in the race for the ICC trophy, while Madrid ended the tournament without a victory.

Roma 1 Juventus 1 (4-5 on penalties):
Juventus ends International Champions Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over Roma after a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Both managers named strong starting line-ups and clear-cut opportunities were rare in a balanced and often combative encounter.

Mandzukic made the most of his lone chance in the first half with a clinical finish, but the woodwork denied Kevin Strootman an equaliser early in the second half.

Pressure began to mount for Roma in the final half-hour as Juve sat deeper, but Dzeko capitalised on a rare piece of slack marking to tap in a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov.

Roma who snatched an injury-time winner against Tottenham in their last outing, pushed for a second in the closing stages but didn't get it and it was their youngster Marco Tumminello then missed the crucial spot-kick to hand Juve the win in the shoot-out.

Arsenal 1 Sevilla 2: Lacazette strikes as Arsenal win Emirates Cup despite loss.

Alexandre Lacazette scored on his first home start for Arsenal as they defended their Emirates Cup title, despite former Stoke City man Steven N'Zonzi's lovely goal downed the Gunners to a 2-1 loss against LaLiga side Sevilla on Sunday.

Sevilla had the opener in the 49 minute with Joaquin Correa swapping passes with Wissam Ben Yedder and beating the offside trap to slip a cute finish beyond Petr Cech.

Club-record signing Lacazette hit back for Arsenal, finishing off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's low cross to score his first goal at the Emirates Stadium.

Sevilla went back in front through N'Zonzi's exquisitely taken strike, the midfielder picking out the top-right corner with a first-time shot from 25 yards.

But Sevilla could not find a third goal that would have given them 10 points leaving Arsenal to top the standings on goals scored thanks mainly to their 5-2 win over Benfica on Saturday, despite the Spanish side winning both of their games having also beaten RB Leipzig 1-0.

Compiled by Emmanuel Ndibe

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