Manchester United beat AC Milan after an intense penalty shootout in a pre-season fixture on Thursday morning. Competing in the International Champions Cup clash in Carson, California, the English club went on to beat Milan with a 9-8 lead in a penalty shootout which saw a total of 26 kicks from the spot.
The Chilean forward Alex Sanchez opened the scoring for United in the 12th minute as he shot past Milan’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to get his first goal in the pre-season. But the strike was canceled out by Suso three minutes later, as Milan brought the game back to level terms. The match finished with 1-1 scoreline in the regular time, after which it was taken to penalties.
The two teams had to take 13 penalties each to finally decide the winner. Taking his second kick from the spot, United’s Ander Herrera made no mistake and converted it successfully. But Milan’s Franck Kessie was not so lucky, as his attempted Panenka went over the bar, giving United the win.
In other friendly fixtures on Wednesday, Serie A Champions Juventus defeated Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich 2-0 with Andrea Favilli scoring both the goals. Another German club, Borussia Dortmund, saw a defeat, as they went down in their friendly fixture against Benfica on penalty shootouts. After drawing 2-2 in regular time, the Portuguese club finally emerged victorious 4-3 in penalties. Premier League Champions Manchester City suffered a 1-2 loss against rivals Liverpool in the third friendly fixture, while Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Roma 4-1. Later, on Thursday evening, Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in a friendly fixture. (Reuters)