Liverpool scored a pair of second-half goals as they punished the second poor showing by a Milan side in yesterday’s International Champions Cup action, winning 2-0 in Santa Clara over A.C. Milan.
Divock Origi broke the scoreless deadlock in the 58th minute as he collected the ball on the left edge of the box, beat Jherson Vergara Amu one-on-one, and fired a low shot inside the far post.
The Reds’ lead doubled in the 73rd minute when Sheyi Ojo‘s blocked shot somehow skipped through the box unscathed, setting up a charging Roberto Firmino at the far post who poked home with a sliding finish.
While Inter Milan slumped to a comprehensive 4-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich earlier in the day on the east coast, their counterparts in Santa Clara at least held up defensively a little longer, but were constantly under pressure from the Liverpool attack which included Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, and new signing Georgino Wijnaldum from the opening whistle. It’s an ominous showing from a pair of storied sides who have struggled in recent years to produce results on par with usual expectations for clubs of their stature.
Meanwhile, Premier League champions Leicester City got a taste of what could potentially lie waiting for them in the Champions League as they fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.
On a late midnight E.T. kickoff from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, Edinson Cavani, Nanitamo Jonathan Ikone, Lucas Moura and Odsonne Edouard all found the back of the net for PSG against a strong Leicester City lineup that sorely missed the services of last year’s standout N'Golo Kante.
Despite the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is off to Manchester United, the PSG attack didn’t miss a beat as Cavani was a constant threat up front, and Hatem Ben Arfa came on for the final half-hour and picked up where the Uruguayan left off. The win is the third for PSG in the ICC, leaving them atop the U.S. table with nine points. While the victory is secondary in most preseason matches, the results have been more than promising for new PSG manager Unai Emery as the French club looks to back up its unprecedented Ligue 1 title and alongside a push further into the Champions League.