Posted On Wednesday, 31st July 2013
AC Milan featured three Ghanaians in their 5-3 defeat to Manchester City to exit the pre-season Audi Cup tournament on Wednesday.
While Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng started, Kingsley Boateng came on as a second half substitute the game which saw the Rossoneri heading for a comprehensive defeat as they found themselves 5-0 within the first 36 minutes.
But the Italian giants hit three goals in quick succession to ensure the game was still a contest by halftime.
City flew out of the blocks and took the lead after just four minutes as Jesus Navas glided past Sulley Muntari on the right flank and picked out Stevan Jovetic at the back post, who cushioned the ball across goal for David Silva to finish.
City’s relentless pressure and Milan’s pedestrian tempo led to a second as Micah Richards, playing at right-back, powered towards goal and met a clipped pass from Fernandinho which gave him the chance to test Marco Amelia. The Italian saved Richards’ first effort but the ball was still loose and the defender poked home.
Aleksandar Kolarov was next to strike for City as Jovetic pounced on Andrea Petagna’s wayward pass and played in the Serbian full-back, who lashed a low drive from a narrow angle past Amelia.
City’s slick exchanges continued to stupefy Milan and Pellegrini’s men eased to their fourth after Silva threaded a pass into Navas on the right flank, and the winger’s superb low ball across the face of goal was tapped in by Edin Dzeko.
The Bosnian then scored his second by effortlessly controlling Yaya Toure’s 20-yard pass with his chest and struck a controlled volleyed attempt on the half turn past Amelia.
But Milan, who had been anonymous until City’s fifth, were sparked into life by Stephan El Shaarawy just a minute after Dzeko’s second. The Italian striker was alert to a poor touch by Javi Garcia on the edge of City’s area and scuffed a low effort beyond the reach of Joe Hart.
Two minutes later, El Shaarawy netted his second of the game as City’s defence were at a standstill and the Italian was able to edge clear of Hart and finish with ease.
City’s back line showed further frailty four minutes later as Muntari’s cross from deep on Milan’s left flank bypassed Joleon Lescott and Andrea Petagna was able to control and place his strike through the legs of Hart.
Multiple changes throughout the second half disrupted the pace of the game and Milan were unable to build on their promising end to the opening 45 minutes.
Andrea Poli forced Hart into a smart save, while at the other end, Alvaro Negredo, a second-half substitute, struck the crossbar with a fierce effort from the edge of the box.
City will now face the winner of Bayern Munich and Sao Paolo in Thursday’s final.