This July between 18-24 in China was organised International Champions Cup 2017. The teams that played on this preseason tournament represent the top championships in Europe: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund from Bundesliga, Internazionale and AC Milan from Serie A, Olympique Lyonnais from Ligue 1 and at last but not at least Arsenal from Premier League. It was an wonderful occasion for supporters from far East to see their favorite clubs and players and for the performing teams to get match fitness, sharpness in the attack, try new tactics and integrate new signed players.
Matches Reviews and Highlights:
Tuesday 18 July 2017, Guangzhou
AC Milan 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
After an intense summer signings AC Milan arrived in China to play new signing and develop the understanding and the tactics before the start of Serie A. The starting line up and during the game the technician of italian team filled up a mixt team with old and some of the new signings like Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie and Fabio Borini and Hakan Calhanoglu and Mateo Musacchio who entered in the second half. Their opponents Borussia Dortmund had in opposition the established players and that proved decisive in the clear win 3-1. Nuri Shahin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goals put Dortmunt ahead 2-0. Carlos Baca reduse from the difference, but after a counter atack the Gabon international, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the final score: AC Milan 1-3 Borussia Dortmund.
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Wednesday 19 July 2017, Shanghai
FC Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal (penalty shoot-out 2-3)
The game in Shanghai was a traditional display of Champions League clash of the titans of the European football. This time only it was far from the trashing result from previous meeting 5-1, but even so Germans were dominant for entire 90 minutes. It was close somehow to the final played against another English side Manchester United in 1999. Reds were dominant and missed many occasions, having a fragile lead of one goal after the Lewandowski opener. James Rodriguez missed as well five big occasions and Petr Cech showed an impressive display on the night. Alex Iwobi equalized in the last minute of the game on the 94th minute and Arsenal sealed the victory on the penalty shoot-out.
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Saturday 22 July 2017, Shenzhen
FC Bayern Munich 0-4 AC Milan
AC Milan delivered in the game with Bayern Munich the surprise of the tournament. After loosing 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund, the reorganized side of the rossonieri literally smashed the German Champions 4-o after the goals of Franck Kessie, Hakan Calhanoglu and the double of the young striker Patrick Cutrone. Despite the few moment of brilliance and missed occasions Bavarian players offered to little to get back in the game after they were led by 2-0. Carlo Ancelotti have plenty of things to work on until they meet Chelsea in Singapore.
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Monday 24 July 2017, Nanjing
Internazionale Milano 1-0 Olympique Lyonnais
One of the most tight game as occasions and the quality of the squad and of the game play was in the last match played in China between Inter and Lyon. First half with occasions from both sides to go ahead remained unfinished. After the .introduction for Inter of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Stevan Jovetic, Gabriel Barbosa and Perisic, the dynamic of the game got new gear and soon after on the 74th minute Gabriel opened the deadlock, pulling Inter ahead 1-0. Just before the full time whistle few more chances we created from both sides but the final result remaisn the same Inter 1-0 Lyon
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