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July 27, 2013 11:30 PM IST
Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
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Valencia-AC Milan Preview: European giants clash in ICC opener

The Guinness International Champions Cup kicks off in Spain, with Los Che and the Rossoneri doing battle at Estadio Mestalla before the competition shifts to the USA.

By Avi Creditor

Andres Guardado - Valencia
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Valencia (4-2-3-1): Alves; Mathieu, Ruiz, Rami, Cissokho; Romeu, Parejo; Piatti, Banega, Guardado; Soldado.


: Diego Alves, Vicente Guaita, Yeray Lopez

Defenders: Adil Rami, Victor Ruiz, Joao Pereira, Antonio Barragan, Ricardo Costa, Jeremy Mathieu, Aly Cissokho

Midfielders: Oriol Romeu, Sofiane Feghouli, Ever Banega, Juan Bernat, Javier Fuego, Michel, Andres Guardado, Dani Parejo

Forwards: Jonas Goncalves, Roberto Soldado, Pablo Piatti, Jonathan Viera, Paco Alcacer, Roberto Ibanez, Fede Cartabia

AC Milan (4-3-3): Abbiati; Constant, Mexes, Zapata, De Sciglio; Montolivo, Muntari, Boateng; Niang, Balotelli, El Shaarawy


Goalkeepers: Christian Abbiati, Marco Amelia, Gabriel

Defenders: Luca Antonini, Daniele Bonera, Kevin Constant, Phillipe Mexes, Bartosz Salomon, Didac Vila, Cristian Zaccardo, Cristian Zapata, Mattia De Sciglio

Midfielders: Kevin-Prince Boateng, Bryan Cristante, Nigel De Jong, Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Ali Muntari, Ricardo Montolivo, Antonio Nocerino, Riccardo Saponara, Rodney Strasser, Bakaye Traore

Forwards: Mario Balotelli, Giacomo Beretta, Robinho, Stephan El Shaarawy, M'Baye Niang, Nmandi Oduamadi, Andrea Petagna

  • Mestalla is hosting the only Guinness International Champions Cup match that is not being played on American soil.
  • The match marks the first meeting between the two storied sides.
  • Both teams will play their next matches in New York, with the winner taking on the winner of Chelsea-Inter and the loser dropping down to the loser's bracket and meeting the Chelsea-Inter loser.
  • There will be no extra time in any matches in the ICC. If a match is tied after regulation, it goes straight to penalty kicks. Teams receive two points for a regulation win and one for a PK win.
  • Los Che striker Roberto Soldado is the subject of fervent transfer rumors, with the club's president saying he could be had for a €30 million transfer fee. Tottenham are said to be the Spanish forward's most serious suitor.
  • AC Milan are also heavily involved in the transfer market, with the club being linked to Japan star Keisuke Honda.

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Available Squads
12João PereiraDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
20Ricardo CostaDefender
22Jérémy MathieuDefender
15Javi FuegoMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
16Paco AlcácerStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
-Jonathan VieraMidfielder
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
14Juan BernatMidfielder
28Federico Nicolás CartabiaMidfielder
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
3Luca AntoniniDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
37Andrea PetagnaStriker
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
9M'Baye NiangStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
24Bryan CristanteMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
Probable Lineups
Guaita 13
João Pereira 12
Adil Rami 4
Ricardo Costa 20
Jérémy Mathieu 22
Javi Fuego 15
Parejo 21
Sofiane Feghouli 8
Ever Banega 0
Jonas 7
Paco Alcácer 16
Christian Abbiati 32
Luca Antonini 3
Daniele Bonera 25
Philippe Mexes 5
Kevin Constant 21
Antonio Nocerino 0
Nigel De Jong 34
Andrea Poli 16
Robinho 7
Kevin-Prince Boateng 9
Andrea Petagna 37
Round 1 Matches
Times In IST
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
3 0
Arturo Vidal Arturo Vidal
2 2
Kevin Mirallas Kevin Mirallas
2 1
Alessandro Matri Alessandro Matri
2 1
Kwadwo Asamoah Kwadwo Asamoah
2 1