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International Champions Cup

  • July 30, 2014
  • • 7:00 PM
  • • Yankee Stadium, New York City

Liverpool won 3 - 1 on penalties

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  • Well, thanks for joining us for LIVE coverage of the International Champions Cup. A thoroughly entertaining game of football. See you again soon!
  • Liverpool looked shaky at the back and a bit toothless up front early on, but Raheem Sterling injected life into the Reds' attack and they were well worth his superb equaliser. Things are looking very intriguing for next season.
  • Despite their defeat there were some real positives for Manuel Pellegrini's men. Stevan Jovetic looked on superb form, while Navas was a constant threat down the right.
  • It looks like Liverpool will be set to meet Manchester United in Monday's final after a wonderful game of football. Penalty practice may be in Man City's training programme soon, though.
  • LUCAS SCORES!! LIVERPOOL WIN 3-1!! The Brazilian slots it low into the right-hand corner to hand the Reds victory.
  • IHEANACHO SCORES!! City finally on the scoresheet as the youngster nonchalantly fires it into the roof of the net down the middle. 2-1 to Liverpool.
  • HENDERSON SCORES!! Advantage Liverpool as Henderson hammers it into the left corner with Hart going the wrong way again. 2-0.
  • NAVAS MISSES!! Mignolet saves superbly low to his right, diverting it away with a strong wrist. Stil 1-0 to Liverpool.
  • CAN SCORES!! Finally!! The midfielder coolly sends Hart the wrong way, putting it into the bottom right-hand corner. 1-0 to Liverpool.
  • YAYA TOURE MISSES!! Mignolet saves low with his feet after a poor penalty down the middle. And it's STILL 0-0!
  • STURRIDGE FIRES OVER AS WELL!! Unbelievable!! Still 0-0!
  • KOLAROV MISSES!! The defender drills it over the bar!!
  • 90' + 4'
    That's FULL TIME in New York, and we've got a penalty shootout to enjoy! A truly fantastic match played at real tempo, and both sides will have plenty to chew over after that 2-2 draw. Stick with us for penalties...
  • 90' + 3'
    DISALLOWED!! Sterling curls an absolute STUNNER into the top corner as he latches on to a ball beyond the defence, but the flag is up.
  • 90' + 2'
    Coutinho looks to be the hero as he flies into the City half and tries to take on the entire defence, but Nastasic holds his ground and sticks in a leg to take the ball away.
  • 90' + 1'
    Into the first of two added minutes, and Liverpool are on the search for a winner here. Sturridge chests the ball down in the box and cuts on to his left before curling an effort at goal which deflects high over the bar.
  • 90'
    Henderson is almost in for Liverpool as he makes a darting late run into the box. He manages to sneak the ball away from Hart but is forced wide, although it doesn't matter as the flag goes up for offside.
  • 89'
    Toure plays the ball through the middle for Zuculini, but it's a laboured touch from the midfielder and Liverpool are able to take control once more as they look to advance down the left.
  • 87'
    Toure plays wide to Navas, but the winger is closely watched by Sakho and he eventually loses control and concedes a throw deep inside the Liverpool half.
  • 86'
    Will we see a penalty shootout? Or is there another twist in this thoroughly entertaining game? Liverpool have been far better in the last 15 minutes or so, but City have plenty of firepower to cause problems in these last few minutes.
  • 85'
    Goal Raheem Sterling
  • 85'
    STERLING LEVELS IT!! The goal had been coming, and Liverpool are back on level terms as Sturridge picks it up on the left and floats a pass to Henderson, who volleys it first time to Sterling, and the England man takes a touch before curling an emphatic finish into the corner.
  • 84'
    HART DENIES TOURE!! The Reds win a corner and Toure powers in a stunning header, which Hart saves brilliantly low with his feet. A wonderful stop!
  • 83'
    Liverpool have had some lovely ideas tonight, but the moves haven't quite come off. Henderson runs to reach Coutinho's ball before looking for Sturridge with a first-time pass into the box, but it's poorly executed and runs out for a goal kick.
  • 82'
    Iheanacho drops back to collect Richards' pass before flicking a lovely ball back to Fernando. Liverpool win the ball back, though, as Sterling takes out two City players before charging down the left. Richards recovers well, and gets back to win the ball off the Liverpool substitute.
  • 80'
    Richards advances into the Liverpool half and tries to play a one-two with Navas, but the pass is behind him and the Reds win possession back again. Pellegrini's men have definitely backed off since Jovetic was replaced.
  • 79'
    Sakho moves forward to collect a loose ball before firing a good pass out to Sterling. It comes inside to Sturridge, who looks for Johnson's late run but sees his delivery headed away.
  • 78'
    Lucas collects the ball inside his own half before spreading wide to Can as Liverpool gradually look to move forward. Can they find an equaliser?
  • 77'
    As is expected with a raft of changes, things have slowed down a fair bit as both sides gradually get used to their new personnel. There's not too long left in this game, and City look like they'll be in pole position to take on local rivals United in the final on Monday.
  • 76'
    Time for more changes, now, as Lucas and Mamadou Sakho replace Gerrard and Coates, the latter of whom has generally been very impressive in Liverpool's back line.
  • 75'
    Toure looks to go on one of his trademark driving runs forward as he collects the ball in midfield, but he produces a rather heavy touch and Enrique moves in to hammer the ball out of his path.
  • 73'
    Coates is the first man in the book tonight as he completely cleans out Richards in the middle of a sweeping City move forward. Kolarov then lines up the set piece from all of 35 yards, but his shot loses all its pace as it deflects off the wall.
  • 72'
    Can looks for Sterling with a diagonal ball over the top, but Richards and Boyata are both there to watch it and snuff out the danger. Time is quickly running out for Liverpool to find an equaliser, which would send us straight to penalties.
  • 71'
    COUTINHO GOES CLOSE!! The Reds take advantage of the reorganisation from City as Sterling gets away and moves into the box from the left. He lays back to the edge of the box for Coutinho, who side-foots a 20-yard effort wide of Hart's far post.
  • 70'
    Clichy's work is done tonight, as is the thoroughly impressive Jovetic, as Micah Richards comes on along with Yaya Toure, who gets a massive cheer from the New York crowd.
  • 69'
    Sturridge hasn't had many sights of goal this evening, but he tries his luck from distance as he powers a shot well wide of the post from 30 yards.
  • 68'
    This could be a very big season for Jovetic, who couldn't shake off injury last season but looks really sharp this summer. Premier League, you have been warned.
  • 67'
    Goal Stevan Jovetic
  • 67'
    JOVETIC NETS AGAIN!! City are back in front after more good work from the striker, who sets the move away by spreading wide to Navas. The winger pulls back to Iheanacho for a first-time shot which hits Coates, and Jovetic is first to react to poke it into the far corner. City back in front!
  • 65'
    Another summer arrival, Emre Can, is on for Liverpool now as he replaces Allen and immediately dishes out instructions from the bench. The Reds really should be behind but it's still level.
  • 64'
    ZUCULINI OFF THE BAR!! HOW DID HE MISS?? City hit Liverpool on the break as Jovetic slides the ball in for Kolarov, who plays the ball low across the six-yard box. Zuculini is there to meet the ball four yards out and, with the goal at his mercy, somehow scoops it up on to the bar. Should be 2-1!
  • 63'
    Rodgers will be delighted with the way Liverpool were able to hit back quickly after going behind. His side are now in possession inside the City half, but aren't rushing to create anything immediately.
  • 62'
    The City possession has resumed once more as Fernando slides the ball through to Jovetic, who can't keep it under control and Liverpool set another dangerous counter moving. Sterling charges down the left before firing it into the box, and Nastasic is there to hack it behind for a corner.
  • 62'
    The City possession has resumed once more as Fernando slides the ball through to Jovetic, who can't keep it under control and Liverpool set another dangerous counter moving. Sterling charges down the left before firing it into the box, and Nastasic is there to hack it behind for a corner.
  • 60'
    What a great second half! City looked destined to score at least one or two more, but that's a superb goal from Liverpool and could shake this game up a little.
  • 59'
    Goal Jordan Henderson
  • 59'
    HENDERSON LEVELS IT!! It's a wonderful equaliser for Liverpool as Sterling slides a perfect pass through the middle for Sturridge, who goes down under Kolarov's challenge, but it runs for Henderson and the midfielder fires it first time into the top corner. Lovely finish!
  • 58'
    Liverpool, for all the danger they are creating, are really struggling at the back. Kolarov plays a neat one-two and is in on goal, but hesitates as he advances and his cross is blocked by Mignolet.
  • 57'
    Penalty? Wonderful skill from Iheanacho as he skips past Coates not once, but twice inside the box before laying off to Jovetic. The striker fires towards goal but it deflects off Robinson, and they appeal for handball but nothing is given.
  • 56'
    STURRIDGE GOES CLOSE!! Liverpool are by no means down and out in this game. The striker meets the corner at the near post and flicks a header just over the crossbar with Hart scrambling.
  • 55'
    SUPERB SAVE FROM HART!! Gerrard looks for Sterling with a ball through but it deflects off Boyata and into Coutinho's path. The Brazilian races into the box but Hart hares off his line to block the effort.
  • 54'
    The Montenegrin has been on good form in pre-season and has looked particularly impressive tonight, so that's a deserved goal for the City forward and a deserved lead for his side.
  • 53'
    Goal Stevan Jovetic
  • 53'
    JOVETIC POKES CITY IN FRONT!! It's a scrappy goal but the deadlock has finally been broken as Navas skips past Robinson on the right before firing it in low. Gerrard can't block it completely and it deflects into the path of Jovetic, who prods it past Mignolet to give Pellegrini's men the lead.
  • 52'
    City have possession back under their control but Liverpool press hard, forcing their opponents all the way back before Navas latches on to a ball inside Enrique. The winder looks for the good movement of Jovetic, but Coates is again there to read the low cross and hack it away.
  • 51'
    This is much better from Liverpool, but Sturridge surrenders possession as he takes on Boyata, who sticks very close to the striker before making the challenge.
  • 50'
    HART DENIES ROBINSON!! Sturridge picks the ball up on the left and flicks the ball inside for Robinson, who looks to poke it past the England goalkeeper, but Hart stands firm and blocks the substitute's effort well.
  • 49'
    Kolarov fires the ball down the left, but Sinclair can't get it under control as his header loops up and into the path of Toure, who gratefully gathers for Liverpool.
  • 48'
    And one final half-time change! Jack Robinson is on for Liverpool as the Reds start brightly, and Sterling lifts the ball over for Coutinho in the box but Nastasic is across well to put it behind for a corner.
  • 47'
    Kelchi Iheanacho and Joe Hart are also on for Dzeko and Caballero respectively, as Liverpool win a free kick which Boyata heads away.
  • 46'
    We're back underway in New York as Liverpool start the second half. There have been a few changes, but I can see Simon Mignolet is in goal and Raheem Sterling and Glen Johnson are on for the Reds, while Scott Sinclair has replaced Milner.
  • Who will take the spoils in this International Champions Cup clash, and put themselves in pole position in the group? Here's hoping for another exciting 45 minutes of football inside Yankee Stadium, which we will bring you very soon.
  • Liverpool, meanwhile, look a little disjointed at the moment. Sturridge isn't getting much action while Coutinho hasn't had the chance to create much with Fernando mopping things up in midfield. It'll be interesting to see what changes Rodgers might make.
  • Pellegrini will be very happy with the way his side have controlled proceedings, but he will be disappointed they couldn't convert that control into a lead. Jovetic has looked particularly impressive, though, and you feel if things carry on like this the goals will come.
  • That's HALF TIME in New York and it's 0-0 at the break after a high-tempo half of football. Man City have dominated possession but it's Liverpool who had the best chance, which Rickie Lambert couldn't convert.
  • 45'
    Jovetic flicks a header on looking for the run of Milner, but Coates is again there to cut out the danger as he heads it out for a throw.
  • 44'
    City are ending this half strongly, and Clichy spreads wide to Kolarov, who fires in another low cross which is cleared by Gerrard this time. It comes out to Milner, who fires a long-range effort which flies well wide of Jones' far post.
  • 43'
    Lovely turn from Milner, who shows Kelly a fresh pair of heels, but the defender recovers well to slide in and push the ball just out of the City man's reach as Coates collects and clears.
  • 42'
    It's not Navas' best delivery of the night, as Coates meets it at the far post to head well clear. City are quickly back in possession, though, as Milner then tries to slide the ball through for Dzeko, but it's well cut out by Toure.
  • 41'
    We're just entering a bit of a lull as the game approaches half time. Navas looks to move down the right-hand side but Enrique comes across to stop him in his tracks, although it's at the expense of a corner.
  • 40'
    Fernando flexes his muscles in midfield, charging in to beat Henderson to a header and booming the ball into the Liverpool half.
  • 39'
    Navas delivers the set piece and it whips into the box, but evades everyone as Liverpool get the goal kick and a bit of respite.
  • 38'
    Another good move forward from City sees Milner slot a perfect pass beyond Kelly for Kolarov, who moves into the box before his low cross is blocked behind for a corner.
  • 37'
    Good chance for the Reds as Lambert is put in behind near the right-hand edge of the box, and he fires in a low cross with two men in the box, but it's too near Caballero who gets down well to smother the ball.
  • 36'
    City break forward through Navas and at one point they have four on three, but Jovetic wastes the chance as he receives the ball, trying an audacious first-time pass across the field to Dzeko which he massively overhits.
  • 35'
    Around 10 minutes to go until the break, then, and it's the reigning Premier League champions who have enjoyed the majority of possession so far. There have been encouraging signs for Liverpool, though, and they look like they could move up a gear at any point.
  • 33'
    Gerrard sets Allen away with a good ball through the middle, but his team-mate wastes the opportunity to attack as his pass for Enrique is easily cut out by Clichy.
  • 32'
    Liverpool have a rare push forward as Sturridge moves into the box before seeing a shot blocked. It comes out to Gerrard, but his left-footed effort from range takes a massive deflection which takes all the pace off and it's no danger to Caballero.
  • 31'
    On this form Jovetic looks like he could be a key player for City this season. He's linking things up beautifully between midfield and attack so far in this game.
  • 30'
    Another chance for Dzeko! It's wonderful work from Jovetic, who unlocks the Liverpool defence again as he finds Navas. The Spaniard fires in a cross from the right and Dzeko goes to meet it, but the ball is at an awkward height and his volleyed effort is blocked by Kelly.
  • 28'
    Wide from Dzeko! The Bosnia striker seems to be in the mood today as he tries another shot, this time drilling well wide of the post as Jones watches it without any worries.
  • 27'
    Thre pressure is mounting on Liverpool, here, as Enrique is penalised for a foul on Navas and they take it quickly, but City spurn the chance as they surrender possession before Sturridge is caught offside at the other end.
  • 26'
    DISALLOWED!! Moments after Dzeko is denied a free kick after a trip by Coates, the striker has the ball in the net as he slots past Jones from Milner's through ball, but he's just beyond the defence and the flag is up straight away.
  • 25'
    Lovely from Navas! The Spain winger produces a wonderful piece of skill a-la Zidane to turn away from Coutinho before flicking the ball over the top for Jovetic. Liverpool eventually clear but that was a superb turn.
  • 24'
    Kelly fouls Kolarov on the far side once more, but this time City take the free kick short. The pressure mounts as Jovetic collects it near the corner, but Coates does well to win a throw off the striker.
  • 23'
    Sturridge is almost away as Gerrard looks to lift a ball over the top, but Nastasic watches it well and manages to head it down as City win possession back once more.
  • 22'
    Liverpool are getting sloppy in possession, giving it away far too often in midfield. Navas can't punish the Reds, though, as he ends up running the ball out of play on the near side.
  • 21'
    Just wide from Milner! The midfielder races to meet a loose ball and fires a shot towards goal, but it deflects off Kelly and flies wide of the post with Jones scrambling. Incredibly, though, a goal kick is given and it's fair to say Milner is far from impressed.
  • 20'
    So far you'd have to say City have been the better side, but the chances for Coutinho and especially Lambert have been the best. Hard to see how this one's going to go.
  • 19'
    NAVAS TESTS JONES!! Liverpool are sloppy in possession and Milner intercepts in midfield before playing a lovely ball through for Navas, who takes a touch and fires low across goal, but Jones gets down well to hold on to it.
  • 18'
    City are enjoying planty of possession, here, and Milner spreads the ball wide to Jovetic, who looks for the run of Dzeko with a lovely low cross, but Coates slides in to fire it away for a throw to Pellegrini's men.
  • 16'
    Danger for Liverpool at the other end as Navas swings in a teasing cross towards Dzeko, but Toure is there to just about hack it away from danger. A fantastic tempo to this game so far.
  • 15'
    LAMBERT SHOULD SCORE!! Sturridge picks the ball up on the right and plays in Henderson along the flank. The midfielder swings in a lovely cross for Lambert at the far post, but Caballero does well to make himself look big and the striker heads straight at the goalkeeper. A wonderful chance for the new Liverpool man.
  • 14'
    Liverpool just about head the corner away with Boyata looking to meet it at the far post, but City are back in possession and continue to look to dictate the pace of the game.
  • 13'
    Kelly is penalised for a clumsy challenge out wide and Navas floats it across the box, but it's not a great delivery. Boyata does well to recover it, though, before Jovetic forces a corner for City.
  • 12'
    JUST WIDE FROM COUTINHO!! It's again Enrique who's involved as he collects the ball near the left-hand corner of the box, and he squares the ball into the path of Coutinho, who hits a low shot just wide of the post. Best effort of the game so far.
  • 11'
    City just choose to slow things down after a fairly frantic start, but Caballero and Nastasic fluff their lines as the ball flies out for a throw to Liverpool, who look to move back into dangerous territory.
  • 10'
    Sturridge and Coutinho link up nicely on the right before Henderson switches play out to Enrique, who advances into the box but sees his low cross cleared by Nastasic.
  • 8'
    JOVETIC HEADS OVER!! City come forward once more and they move down the left-hand side through Milner, who looks to fire a cross in but it's deflected behind. Jovetic is free six yards out and meets the inswinging set piece, but can only blast his header over the bar.
  • 7'
    A lovely flick from Jovetic nearly sets a sweeping City move away, but Zuculini's return pass isn't up to standard and Coates is able to intercept comfortably. Pellegrini's side are definitely on top at the moment.
  • 6'
    Great chance for Jovetic as Dzeko flicks a wonderful pass beyond the defence. Jovetic turns inside Toure before going down as Kelly comes in, but the referee isn't interested. It's quickly back in the City box as Dzeko drills a low shot at goal, but it's straight at Jones.
  • 5'
    Gerrard battles hard to win the ball off Jovetic before firing a stray pass out wide. The Reds quickly win possession again though, as Kelly is brought down on the far side. City come back and Dzeko looks to advance but is stopped in his tracks by a red wall on the edge of the box.
  • 4'
    Despite their slow start it's City who have the first shot of the match, as Clichy moves forward and spots some space, electing to fire a low effort from 25 yards which rolls well wide of Jones' post.
  • 3'
    Gerrard fires a volleyed pass out wide to Enrique, but the full-back can't bring it under control and Pellegrini's side have a throw on halfway. The champions have started a little slowly so far though.
  • 2'
    Liverpool start brightly as Sturridge charges through the middle before an attempted one-two with Coutinho doesn't quite come off. The Brazilian finds Lambert out wide but City manage to deal with the danger as his cross is blocked.
  • 1'
    And we're now underway in New York as City get the ball rolling for the first half.
  • There's what seems to be the customary International Champions Cup delay ahead of kick-off, but we'll hopefully be underway soon.
  • We're not far from kick-off, so stick with us as we bring you all the action from the clash between last season's Premier League top two.
  • Pellegrini's men kicked off the tournament in style, thrashing AC Milan 5-1 after going 4-0 up inside 25 minutes to record their third straight pre-season win, scoring 11 goals in the process.
  • Liverpool have had a mixed pre-season so far, beating Olympiakos 1-0 but losing to Roma and Brondby. This is one of their strongest sides so far so Rodgers will be hoping for a stronger performance tonight.
  • There's no Man City bench news yet, so we'll bring that to you as and when it comes.
  • It's a familiar Manchester City line-up in the US. Willy Caballero is again in goal after joining his former boss from his days at Malaga, while Bruno Zuculini continues in midfield.
  • So, no place for new signings Dejan Lovren or Divock Origi in tonigh's Liverpool squad, but we'll hopefully get a good look at the partnership between Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge.
  • Man City (4-4-2): Caballero; Clichy, Boyata, Nastasic, Kolarov; Navas, Fernando, Zuculini, Milner; Jovetic, Dzeko.
  • Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Ward, Johnson, Sakho, Robinson, Lucas, Can, Suso, Ibe, Coady, Sterling, Peterson.
  • Liverpool (4-3-1-2): Jones; Kelly, Toure, Coates, Enrique; Gerrard, Henderson, Allen; Coutinho; Lambert, Sturridge.
  • We’re hoping to see some strong teams in action tonight as the season fast approaches so let’s bring you the line-ups, starting with Brendan Rodgers’ men…
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