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PIX: Wolves shock City; United down Inter

July 20, 2019 20:12 IST

Rui Patricio

IMAGE: Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio saves a penalty from Manchester City's Lukas Nmecha. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Rui Patricio saved three penalties as Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated English Premier League champions Manchester City to claim the Premier League Asia Trophy 3-2 in a penalty shootout in Shanghai on Saturday.

 

The Portuguese goalkeeper kept out spot kicks from Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha as Nuno Espirto Santo's Wolves side won the four-team pre-season tournament, which also featured Newcastle United and West Ham United, after the game was goalless at the end of 90 minutes.

The match at Hongkou Stadium was a frustrating tale of missed penalties for Pep Guardiola's English champions as Raheem Sterling was also off target from the spot during regulation time.

The England international was in electric form in the opening exchanges but failed to cap a fine start with a goal when he fired over the bar from the penalty spot just before the midway point of the first half.

Patricio was kept busy in the Wolves goal, with the keeper called upon to make a routine save from Sterling with less than two minutes on the clock before pulling off a reflex save to keep out Aymeric Laporte's close-range attempt.

IMAGE: Wolverhampton Wanderers' players celebrate after winning the Premier League Asia Trophy. Photograph: Fred Lee/Getty Images for Premier League

Referee Martin Atkinson awarded City a penalty 20 minutes into the game when Leroy Sane was hauled down by the combined efforts of Conor Coady and Morgan Gibbs-White, only for Sterling to send his spot kick high and wide.

Wolves eventually broke out of the City stranglehold to put some pressure on the Premier League champions' goal as the half wore on but it was Guardiola's side who always looked the more likely to score.

Patricio denied City again 13 minutes from the end, this time making a flying save to ensure substitute Silva's free kick did not curl inside his left post.

Wolves held out despite City dominating possession, clinging on for a scoreless draw to take the game into a penalty shootout where Patricio performed more heroics.

Earlier in the day, Yoshinori Muto gave Steve Bruce a winning start to life as Newcastle United head coach when the Japan international scored the only goal of the third-place playoff against West Ham United.

Bruce, who was appointed as Rafael Benitez's replacement earlier in the week, watched from the stands as the unmarked Muto flicked home a Jamie Sherry cross 11 minutes before halftime to give Newcastle the win.

Teenager Greenwood gives Manchester United win

IMAGE: Manchester United players celebrate after Mason Greenwood scored the goal. Photograph: Lionel Ng/Getty Images

Teenage forward Mason Greenwood rifled home in the 75th minute to give a dominant Manchester United a 1-0 victory against Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.

The 17-year-old turned sharply inside the box before firing into the far corner after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was only able to parry Ashley Young's whipped free kick.

Greenwood almost got a second goal minutes later when he flicked a looping finish onto the top of the crossbar following great work by teenage Dutch winger Tahith Chong.

Earlier, Nemanja Matic saw his header from a corner come back off the post.

A poor Inter Milan rarely troubled David de Gea's goal in a sluggish affair played in searing heat and humidity.

The International Champions Cup features 12 teams playing friendly matches in venues in North America, Europe and Asia.

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