5th August, 2018
AC Milan defeated F.C. Barcelona by a lone goal scored in the added time period by Andre Silva in an International Champions Cup match played on Sunday.
As has been the case with the Barcelona Manager in this pre-season games, he fielded a second string team without the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutino.
On the other hand, he once again gave the Brazilian newcomers Arthur and Malcom an opportunity to showcase what they have in stock.
The most recent signing, Arturo Vidal is of course yet to fully link up up with the rest of the squad as he has only just signed for the Catalan soccer giants and still has to say his “Good-Byes” at his former club, Bayern Munich.
The game played at the Levi’s Stadium in Carlifonia had Barca completely dominating the first half without a goal to show for their efforts and this trend continued in the second half. The closest they came to scoring was when Malcom hit the post in that superlative first half display.
Then came another chance to score as Barca had penalty appeals for an apparent stamp by Rodriguez on Rafinha but were ignored by referee Baldomero Toledo.
Just as most of the fans were preparing themselves for yet another penalty shoot-out, Franck Kessie was able to somehow find some space to square the ball to Andre Silva who made no mistake in slotting the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the near post to secure an unlikely win for the Gennaro Gattuso’s men with the very last kick of the game in the 92nd minute.
F.C. Barcelona will surely be looking totally different in composition in their next game when they confront Sevilla in the Supercopa de Espana in a few day’s time.