Sunday 17 December 2017

Bayern come back to beat City and lift Audi Cup

Bayern Munich won their home pre-season tournament, the Audi Cup, after coming from behind to beat Manchester City last night.

City led through Alvaro Negredo before goals from Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic turned the game around.

Bayern should have taken the lead in the 29th minute, with Javi Martinez taking Arjen Robben's far-post cross away from his better-placed defensive colleague Dante.

City immediately went close when Stevan Jovetic shimmied inside onto his right foot and lashed just wide.

Negredo opened his City account on the hour when he beat Martinez and fired inside the far post.

The lead lasted only five minutes, though, as Muller tucked away a penalty after Pablo Zabaleta was penalised for handball.

Mandzukic then stooped to head in Muller's cross and make it 2-1, just beating fellow City defender Jerome Boateng to the chance.

Edin Dzeko forced a late reaction save from Manuel Neuer but Bayern held on to win.

Chelsea continued their preparations for the forthcoming Premier League campaign with a comfortable defeat of Inter Milan in Indianapolis.

Midfielders Oscar and Eden Hazard got the goals as Blues boss Jose Mourinho took the opportunity to give all 20 members of his squad some game-time against his former team at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Chelsea now meet AC Milan on Sunday.

Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 in their International Champions Cup quarter-final match in Phoenix.

Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target for the Spanish giants, with Jose Villarreal replying for the MLS outfit.

Wes Atkinson was denied an equaliser on his first-team debut as West Brom suffered a 1-0 friendly defeat against Genoa at Telford. Atkinson's late effort was well saved by Italian goalkeeper Antonio Donnarumma.

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