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A. Živković
H. Seferović
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A. Taarabt
Ferro
0 - 1
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L. Fejsa
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M. Musacchio
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Pizzi
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57% 42%
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Shots On Target 6 8
Total Passes 586 441
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That concludes our coverage of today's encounter then; thank you for joining us and have a great week!
With all of their ICC commitments complete, Bruno Lage's side sit atop the table as the only team to win all of their fixtures - except however for Manchester United. The Red Devils still have one game to go too, in Cardiff on August 3, when they face Milan themselves. They'll need a big goal swing to give them the title, but Benfica can take heart in knowing they've done all they can to seal glory.
It's three International Champions Cup wins from three for Benfica as they keep a perfect record intact for their pre-season efforts against AC Milan. Adel Taarabt's deflected strike off Lucas Biglia proved to be the difference after the Serie A club found no way to unlock their opponents, and they will be left to rue their missed chances as they lose their second ICC match in Foxborough. At full-time at Gillette Stadium, it finishes AC Milan 0-1 Benfica.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: AC MILAN 0-1 BENFICA
90' + 2' Every time Benfica get the ball, they're playing it wide or playing it back. They're trying to keep it away from Milan as much as they can, even if that means keeping it in their own half.
90' There will be four added minutes of time once again.
89' Benfica win a corner following a run from Caio and look to try and pin it down in the opposition half. They can't keep it down there however and Milan come again.
D. Maldini
K. Piątek
87' Milan remove Piatek with their latest change, and introduce Daniel Maldini.
A. Živković
H. Seferović
87' Andrija Zivkovic takes the place of Seferovic for Benfica now too.
Jota
A. Taarabt
86' Benfica bring on Jota to replace Taarabt.
85' Who is the man of the match today? Surely Vlachodimos has got to be in the mix. He's been brilliant in front of the net for them.
83' Biglia! He nearly went from zero to hero as he smashes a free-kick against the top-left corner of the crossbar. Piatek's follow-up header is wide, which is just as well given Vlachodimos was unable to get there in time.
82' Milan win a promising free-kick 25 yards out. Biglia will take as he looks to atone for his earlier mistakes.
80' There's just over 10 minutes and injury time left to play here, with Milan still pushing all their efforts towards an leveler. What chances have they got in the bag still?
78' Castillejo sticks one into the net for Milan - but the flag was already up, to rule them offside in the build-up.
75' Suso! It's a great effort from the Milan man who has arguably been the dynamo of his side today, but he can only find another stop from Vlachodimos.
Chiquinho
Pizzi
73' Chiquinho takes the place of Pizzi in another Benfica change.
Jardel
Ferro
73' Benfica also take off Ferro and allow Jardel to take to the pitch.
Florentino Luís
L. Fejsa
73' Benfica now add Florentino Luis to the mix, replacing Fejsa as change number four.
T. Ebuehi
Álex Grimaldo
73' The Portuguese side make their third swap with Grimaldo making way for Tyronne Ebuehi.
A. Samaris
Gabriel
72' Benfica also make change number two, removing Gabriel and bringing on Andreas Samaris.
Caio
Rafa Silva
72' Benfica make their first alteration, introducing Caio for Rafa.
A. Taarabt
Goal
70' BENFICA TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! The goal is awarded to Taarabt, but it should really be an own goal for Milan instead. A poor clearing header in the box finds the striker on the left and he cracks a shot in towards the bottom-right corner, only for Biglia to stick a leg out and redirect it past a helpless Reina at the opposite post.
Ferro
Assist
70' Milan will be absolutely fuming with themselves. They had so much possession, so many chances in that first half, and they've somehow gone behind. It's a rough deal for them.
69' No, it's Pizzi who takes! He smashes a great effort down the middle and Reina puts it away with a big punch.
67' A Benfica free-kick on the edge of the Milan box! It's practically 18 yards exactly, almost brushing the whitewash. Grimaldo looks set to take.
L. Fejsa
Yellow Card
65' Fejsa has been testing the official tonight with a few challenges and now gets a booking for persistent infringement.
M. Gabbia
M. Musacchio
64' Milan's fifth swap of today's encounter sees Matteo Gabbia take the place of Musacchio.
R. Krunić
H. Çalhanoğlu
64' The Serie A side make their fourth change, introducing new boy Rade Krunic for Calhanoglu.
I. Strinić
R. Rodríguez
64' Milan make their third swap of the game, introducing Ivan Strinic for Rodriguez.
63' Grimaldo whips it beyond the wall and past the right post, leaving Reina with not much to do. It looks like we're about to get a cavalcade of changes.
62' Benfica have a free-kick just over 25 yards out from Milan's goal, which puts them in a promising position. There haven't been many set-piece chances in this game so far.
60' Just as they risk shifting towards soporific movement, Benfica seem to crack into life. Dias sends a ball rattling away down the right flank and a cross tips it into the centre of the box, but Conti has it covered with little trouble.
58' It's dried out somewhat underfoot - not too surprising given the heat on the East Coast today - and the ball is moving around a little more freely. Benfica are looking a touch slower again all of a sudden though.
56' Back down the other end, Taarabt scuffs a shot into the defence and sees it trickle to Reina at a snail's pace. The forward hasn't looked as sharp as some of his team-mates in Benfica's best moments.
54' Tavares makes an absolute mess of his attempt to clear the ball and his keeper has to scramble to keep the ball away from Milan's attackers.
53' Castillejo! The Milan man makes a weaving run with a few stepovers for good measure and forces Vlachodimos into a great save. Corner to the Serie A side.
52' This upturn from Benfica has leveled things out somewhat now, with both teams having made 10 shots so far.
50' Seferovic has won a corner now off the Milan defence. Pizzi plays it short before it's swung in for Gabriel, who sticks the looping header straight to Reina.
48' Benfica look to have had a proverbial rocket placed in their boots at the break, and they're looking a lot more sprightly. Will Milan be left to rue their failure to snatch something early doors?
46' We're back underway at Gillette Stadium and Reina is pressed into action already as he makes a quick save to deny an early Benfica attack. The Portuguese side have a corner but are unable to make anything of it.
A. Conti
D. Calabria
46' Milan make a second swap, replacing Calabria with Andrea Conti.
Pepe Reina
G. Donnarumma
46' AC Milan make their first change at half-time, replacing Donnarumma with Pepe Reina.
How many swaps are to be expected then? A fresh batch of defenders? Some new forwards? An entirely different starting XI? We'll find out soon enough.
It's scoreless at the break at Gillette Stadium in this International Champions Cup clash, with Milan unable to press their on-field advantage to make Benfica pay. There's nothing between the two on the scoreboard as a result - and that leaves it hanging in the balance. At half-time, it's AC Milan 0-0 Benfica.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: AC MILAN 0-0 BENFICA
45' + 3' Is this game going to see widespread changes for the second half? Teams in the ICC have often made wholesale changes at the break. Meanwhile, Silva - with a spring in his step - pushes a close-range effort straight to Donnarumma. Benfica have suddenly found their footing.
45' + 1' Gabriel! Milan very nearly found themselves behind against the grain then after the midfielder turned on a dime to meet a chance pass in the opposition box. Donnarumma gets down low and gets the stop in time.
45' We've got four additional minutes to play at Gillette Stadium.
43' Milan must be wondering how they've not found the back of the net yet. Save the odd infringement by Benfica into their own third of the pitch, they've pushed their rivals all over the shop.
41' Piatek blasts a shot from 25 yards out that veers very close to goal, but Milan were ruled to have been offside in the build-up regardless.
39' Calhanoglu prods an effort towards goal, though a favourable deflection carries it into Vlachodimos' gloves.
Pizzi
Yellow Card
38' Interestingly, both have apparently been shown yellow cards for dissent.
M. Musacchio
Yellow Card
38' Musacchio and Pizzi both got into a bit of an off-the-ball tussle and have been duly booked by the referee.
36' If Benfica have won more than one in every five tussle so far, it'll be a minor miracle. They're looking particularly soft in one-on-one challenges.
34' Piatek finds the side netting! A neat move from Milan allows the striker to slip into the box unimpeded, and he turns a shot just wide of the woodwork on the right side.
32' That's more like it! Pizzi orchestrates a move out wide on the right for Benfica and even if they cannot finish it satisfyingly enough, it shows a little more enterprising spirit than when they were under the hammer at the back.
30' Play is back underway. Will that breather have given Benfica some time to recover? There's a slightly deflated beach ball being batted around the crowd with more life in it than their defence at the moment.
28' Suso whistles a strike past the right post, cracking an effort from outside the box to finish off a brisk Milan counter after Grimaldo surrendered the ball inside the opposition half. We're having a three minute break for water,
26' What should Bruno Lage do now? His side desperately seem outclassed after a few good opening chances. Their Serie A opponents are trampling all over them.
24' Milan reckon they should have a penalty for a tumble taken by Romagnoli in the box following another frenzied piece of attack, but the referee waves them away. Benfica are looking lethargic right now, in serious need of a drop in pace.
22' Vlachodimos is earning his pay so far! His punch to clear away a corner falls to Borini who whips a volley back in that the keeper palms away - and then he's forced to stop a close-range header only seconds later. Milan are looking the vastly superior side right now.
21' There's a pause in play now following an injury to Gabriel, with medics attending the midfielder after he went down following a cheap concession near his own box.
20' Benfica concede a second corner after dealing with the first and the Portuguese outfit push their opponents back again for a moment. 
18' Castillejo gives Milan a second plum chance in as many minutes with a neat strike, but Vlachodimos gets a big left hand on it near the penalty spot to push it out fort a corner.
17' Off the post! From distance with nothing obviously on the cards, Calhanoglu rattles the woodwork, besting Vlachodimos but unable to tuck it away. Suso fluffs the chance for a follow up and Benfica breathe easy. 
15' Castillejo is fed a throughball to race into the Benfica box now, but Vlachodimos sweeps out to collect safely from under the Milan man's feet.
13' Play resumes and Tavares spearheads a move down the right flank for Benfica, though the Portuguese side find no-one in the penalty area when they loft it in.
12' Milan have only won one of their last seven friendlies on American soil, beating Barcelona in Santa Clara last August.
10' Borini goes down claiming a foul, though replays show he was simply outclassed near the edge of the opposition box.
9' Despite those early attacks, Milan don't look particularly unsettled so far. They've put some muscular challenges in and are arguably the more fluid of the two sides.
7' Grimaldo sends Rafa down the left wing now and a cut-back pass to Taarabt allows the attacking midfielder to try his luck from the edge of the box, curling one straight to the keeper.
5' A lovely little pass is dinked in for Rafa on the edge of the Milan box, on Benfica's first serious attack, and he tucks it just around the top right corner of the goal. It's nowhere near a capacity crowd but there's a lot of noise in Foxborough today.
3' Early exchanges have already made one key finding in Massachusetts. The pitch has been over-watered somewhat, and at 32 degrees celsius, the ball isn't so much bouncing as plopping somewhat.
1' We are underway in this 2019 International Champions Cup clash between AC Milan and Benfica!
The players and mascots are making their way to the pitch now, accompanied by a boxing ring-style walk-on and announcement from the local commentator.
The teams are set to emerge at Gillette Stadium and we'll be approaching kick-off any time soon.
Both managers aren't exactly household names, though Lage's efforts in sealing the Primeira Liga title certainly put his name on the map last season. Before he came to Benfica, he was an assistant at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea. Giampaolo meanwhile was in charge of Empoli and Sampdoria.
These two teams have met in Europe a number of times over the years, most recently in the group stages of the 2007-08 Champions League. Milan progressed as winners to the round-of-16, while Benfica finished third and headed to the UEFA Cup after falling behind Celtic.
Both teams are certainly playing between storied stands today, with Gillette Stadium the home of the NFL's New England Patriots side, the joint-most successful team in Super Bowl history. It's also the home of the MLS's New England Revolution and hosted concerts by U2, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones among others over the years.
BENFICA (4-4-1-1): Odisseas Vlachodimos; Nuno Tavares, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alejandro Grimaldo; Pizzi, Lubomir Fejsa, Gabriel Pires, Rafa; Adel Taarabt; Haris Seferovic.
AC MILAN (4-4-1-1): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez; Samu Castillejo, Lucas Biglia, Suso, Hakan Calhanoglu; Fabio Borini, Krzysztof Piatek.
Team news is in, with only one of Milan's new signings included in their squad, in the shape of midfielder Rade Krunic, who starts from the bench. Benfica meanwhile include returning midfielder Chiquinho, who rejoined the club this off-season following a year with Moreirense. Patrick Cutrone is absent from the former, having reportedly flown to England to speak to Wolves.
With two wins from two already under their belt however, Bruno Lage's side remain only one of four teams left who could lift the ICC trophy, having defeated Mexico's Guadalajara and Italy's Fiorentina to make fine preparations for the new campaign following the loss of star forward Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid.
Having succeeded Gennaro Gattuso following his departure last month, Marco Giampaolo is still searching for his first win in charge of the Serie A outfit in pre-season, and faces a stern test tonight as his Rossoneri look to bounce back from defeat against Bayern Munich in this competition on Wednesday.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2019 International Champions Cup, as AC Milan square off against Benfica at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts.