City’s pre-season friendly win against Celtic, decided on penalties after a 1-1 draw, got them a trophy and a new title…
19 players got a run out in a keenly contested International Champions Cup fixture, which saw Riyad Mahrez adding to his stunning portfolio of goals just after the break.
Faced with three defenders he made room for himself, cutting inside before curling the ball into the far corner,
But Celtic levelled 13 minutes later when Eoghan O’Connell’s precise low shot from 20 yards found the net via the right hand post.
A draw in this competition meant a penalty shoot-out after 90 minutes and all ten kicks found the net: with Fuchs, Wasilewski, Drinkwater, Chilwell and Okazaki all converting.
Into sudden death, Schmeichel saved Forrest’s spot kick, leaving Amartey to step up and seal two International Champions Cup points.
After the game Claudio Ranieri tried to squash speculation about his goalscorer,
“He is our fantasy, we can work hard but he is the one that can make something happen. £100 million? Keep going, keep going… much better that he stay with us.”
City’s next game is on Saturday 30 July, when they face Paris Saint-Germain at the Stub Hub Center in Los Angeles.
Celtic: Gordon (Fasan 62), Janko, Lustig (Ambrose 46) O’Connell, Roberts (Forrest 62), McGregor (Johansen 62), Brown (c) (Allan 75), Armstrong (Christie 75), Izaguirre, Griffiths (Rogic 75), Dembele (Ciftci 62). Subs Not Used: Fisher, Henderson.
CITY: Zieler (Schmeichel 46), Amartey, Hernandez (Huth 62), Morgan (c) (Wasilewski 62), Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 71), Mendy (Simpson 46), Drinkwater, Albrighton (Schlupp 46), Gray (Musa 46), Ulloa (Okazaki 62).
PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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