Barca were punished for failing to make their chances into goals against AC Milan in Santa Clara, where Andre Silva scored in the 92nd minute. His sudden goal with almost the last touch of the game secured a victory for Milan over a poor and unfamiliar Barcelona side in the International Champions Cup. If you would like to bet on Milan’s upcoming matches, make sure to check out this review of MoPlay, where you can find some valuable information on this subject. The Rossoneri will be playing their next game against Genoa, starting the Serie A campaign.
Blaugrana were missing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitić, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutino, as the majority of the club’s stars were gifted an additional period of rest following their appearances in the World Cup, while newest signing Arturo Vidal is yet to play with the squad. In their absence, coach Ernesto Valverde started Brazilian newcomers Arthur and Malcom against the Rossoneri, as Barca dominated the game without reward in the first half. The contest at Santa Clara appeared destined for a good old penalty shootout, but Andre Silva had other ideas, the Portuguese forward beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the goalkeeper’s near post to win it in the 92nd minute after being found in empty space by Franck Kessie. The late goal came against the flow of play in California, but the result will no doubt encourage Gennaro Gattuso’s team ahead of the new Serie A campaign.
The La Liga champions had threatened inside the first minute, with Paco Alcacer forcing Gianluigi Donnarumma to concede a corner by making a decent save. Alessio Romagnoli had to be on point 10 minutes later, the defender breaking up a promising exchange of passes between brazilians Arthur and Malcom. Milan’s first clear chance fell to Fabio Borini, who saw his shot from the penalty area blocked by Marlon.
It was Barca who continued to create opportunities, Malcom narrowly failing to get on the end of a forward pass from Rafinha in the 19th minute. And on the half-hour mark, Ricardo Rodriguez had to make a precise sliding tackle to prevent Nelson Semedo from getting a shot away from a tight angle of the box. With nine minutes remaining in the half, Arthur unleashed a fast drive from outside the area, a diving Donnarumma proving his quality by keeping it out. The offense continued as the half-time whistle approached, Malcom hitting the post and Munir El Haddadi making an effort from range, with Donnarumma beaten on both occasions.
Both coaches made many substitutions during the second half. Ter Stegen, on for Jasper Cillessen on Barcelona’s goal, had to be alert to deny Hakan Calhanoglu in the 47th minute. That chance appeared on the break after Barca appealed for a penalty for an apparent stamp by Rodriguez on Rafinha, which was ignored by the referee. Andre Silva, wasted one of the few good chances in a tough second half when he fired into the side-netting in the 67th minute. Ricard Puig could have won it in the 90th minute, the Barcelona substitute firing a shot wide after being found unmarked. Instead it was Milan who took the win, Calhanoglu and Kessie showing considerable composure to sculp out the opening for Andre Silva, and the former Porto attacker scoring an easy close range winner.