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August 8, 2013 4:00 AM IST
 
 
 
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LA Galaxy 0-2 AC Milan: Balotelli helps clinch third in Guinness Cup

Massimiliano Allegri's outfit produced a commanding display to defeat the MLS Champions in Miami and end the competition on a high

By Max Bentley

Milan celebrating
AFP
Milan clinched third place in the Guiness International Champions Cup as they produced a fine display to defeat LA Galaxy 2-0 in Miami.

First-half goals from Mario Balotelli and M'Baye Niang gave Massimiliano Allegri's outfit a commanding advantage in a match which they dominated from start to finish.

Milan took the lead on 17 minutes when Robbie Keane was caught sloppily in possession, allowing Andrea Poli to poke the ball beyond the LA Galaxy defence for Balotelli to emphatically smash past the advancing Carlo Cudicini.

Stephan El Shaarawy then spurned a good opportunity to double the Rossoneri's lead when he controlled Niang's pass but he could not produce the finish to match as he fired a fierce shot against the legs of Cudicini and over the crossbar.

Bruce Arena's side looked short of the invention which helped them to defeat Juventus only three days earlier although Juninho nearly levelled the scores just past the half hour mark.

The Brazilian midfielder unleashed a swerving effort from distance which Christian Abbiati parried and the Milan goalkeeper had Cristian Zapata to thank as he produced a crucial challenge to prevent Landon Donovan from sweeping in the rebound.

Milan then doubled their lead four minutes before the interval when Niang capped his impressive performance with a goal. The 18-year-old Frenchman produced a neat feint to deceive Todd Dunivant on the right of the box before firing a low left-footed strike past Cudicini and into the bottom left-hand corner.

The Rossoneri continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and Niang, El Shaarawy and substitute Bakaye Traore were all culpable of wasting presentable goalscoring chances to give Milan a three-goal advantage.

With an important league fixture against Dallas on the weekend, Arena decided to make wholesale changes for the second half and his side struggled to fashion chances against a resilient Milan rearguard.

Sulley Muntari saw a late strike rattle against the crossbar before Milan's victory was slightly marred by a late injury to Balotelli.




Los Angeles Galaxy

23
Carlo Cudicini
Goalkeeper
45′
3.00
2
Todd Dunivant
Defender
61′
2.00
22
Leonardo
Defender
3.00
4
Omar Gonzalez
Defender
45′
3.00
20
A.J. DeLaGarza
Defender
2.50
14
Robbie Rogers
Midfielder
45′ 54′
2.50
19
Juninho
Midfielder
61′
3.50
8
Marcelo Sarvas
Midfielder
48′
2.00
5
Sean Franklin
Midfielder
2.50
7
Robbie Keane
Striker
61′
1.50
10
3.50

Milan

2.50
32
3.00
81
3.00
28
3.00
26
4.00
17
4.00
45
3.00
-
3.50
16
Andrea Poli
Midfielder
3.00
18
3.50
9
2.00
92

Substitutes

18
J. Penedo
Goalkeeper
45′
 - 
12
Brian Rowe
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Bryan Gaul
Defender
 - 
16
 - 
36
Oscar Sorto
Defender
 - 
28
Kofi Opare
Defender
45′
3.00
21
Tommy Meyer
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
25
2.50
23
Colin Clark
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
12
Hector Jimenez
Midfielder
54′
 - 
25
Rafa García
Midfielder
 - 
32
 - 
33
 - 
34
 - 
30
 - 
11
 - 
27
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
59
Gabriel
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
49′
 - 
5
 - 
3
 - 
2
 - 
-
Luca Lotti
Defender
86′
 - 
-
3.00
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
56′
3.00
34
Nigel De Jong
Midfielder
49′
 - 
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
65′
2.50
-
Bakaye Traoré
Midfielder
65′
 - 
24
 - 
9
 - 
23
 - 
37

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
3rd Place Final
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 0
Arturo Vidal Arturo Vidal
Midfielder
Juventus
2 2
Kevin Mirallas Kevin Mirallas
Striker
Everton
2 1
Alessandro Matri Alessandro Matri
Striker
Fiorentina
2 1
Kwadwo Asamoah Kwadwo Asamoah
Midfielder
Juventus
2 1