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Premier League on tour, Saturday roundup: Liverpool, Manchester United into ICC final

Aug 2, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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For Manchester City, the International Champions Cup is over, with penalty kicks again haunting Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. After losing to Liverpool via spot kicks on Wednesday, Manuel Pellegrini’s team met the same fate on Saturday, with Greek champions Olympiacos claiming second in Group B after their shootout win in Minneapolis, Minn.

The result set paved the way for Liverpool, first in the group, to join rival Manchester United in Monday’s final, with both halves of England’s greatest northwest derby using Saturday wins to clinch their place in Miami. backed by an early goal in Charlotte, N.C., the Reds claimed victory over Milan, while a record crowd in Ann Arbor, Mich. saw Manchester United down European champions Real Madrid.

Here more on the three Premier League titans’ days on American soil:

Olympiacos 2-2 Manchester City

Stevan Jovetic’s goal 10 minutes before halftime gave the Citizens a brief lead, but when Dimitrios Diamantakos equalized from the middle of the box in the 37th minute, the sides went into intermission tied, 1-1.

Aleksandr Kolarov restored City’s lead in the 53rd minute after David Silva was brought down in the box, but Diamantakos’s second of the game saw the teams play out the final 25 minutes at 2-2. In the shootout, Micah Richards’ miss in the seventh round allowed Anastasios Papazoglou to lift Olympiacos to second in Group B, his conversion into the lower left corner giving the Greeks the shootout, 5-4.

Manchester United 3-1 Real Madrid

The largest crowd in U.S. soccer history (109,318) saw Ashley Young stake the Red Devils to a 21st minute lead, an advantage Gareth Bale pulled back from the spot after being taken down in the box. Eight minutes before halftime, a cross from Young was misplayed by Iker Casillas, giving the United winger what would turn out to be the game’s winning goal.

In the 80th, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández converted from close range off a Shinji Kagawa cross to give United a 3-1 lead, allowing the Red Devils to claim a spot in Monday’s final.

Milan 0-2 Liverpool

A disappointing tournament for Milan ends with the Rossoneri giving up their ninth and 10th goals of the competition: An earlier opener to Joe Allen, and late consolation for Suso. While Pippo Inzaghi’s side confirmed its place at the bottom of the eight-team tournament, Liverpool moved on to Monday’s final, where a preseason derby will mark the end of each club’s U.S. tour.

  1. footballer4ever - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    I am so there at Joe Robbie Stadium, now known commercially as “Sun Life Stadium”, for some Monday Night Football. I had purchased 4 club level seats as soon as they were announced in late January. I went to last years’ GICC final between Real Madrid vs Chelsea which was an awesome experience, but getting Manchester United in this year’s championship vs Liverpool is quite a dream final. I got my Machester United Jersey ready, had my evening job time off approved ahead of time and all that’s left to say is , “Are you ready for some Football!”?

    • Matthew - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      That’s going to be one heck of a exhibition, Footballer…the two greatest clubs in all of England competing for this year’s GICC; good luck to both sides and may Liverpool win!

      • footballer4ever - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM

        Indeed it will. I watch MLS games on the network and I am a current MLS LIVe subscriber; Nevertheless, I follow and watch Premier League games on NBC/NBCSN too. For the sake of championship final, I don’t ask for luck, but for both football clubs to put on a game worthy of a final tournament, not an exhibition, but in the end, may Manchester United win. (Win).

        If Liverpool wins decisively and not on a Sturridge flop call, then I’ll tip my hat to your team while in attendance.

        May you enjoy the game on TV on the three lettered NBCSN rival network that starts with “F” and ends with “X”

  2. rjbailey - Aug 3, 2014 at 6:53 AM

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