July 28, 2012
TEAMS ON TOUR
AC Milan only winner
LIVERPOOL 0, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0
BALTIMORE—Scorching midday heat drained most of the life out of Saturday’s scoreless draw between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, which drew a crowd of 42,723 to M&T Bank Stadium.
Tottenham carried the momentum through most of the first half, including a first-minute blast by Gareth Bale that was deflected out for a corner kick, and had by far the best scoring opportunity when Aaron Lennon hit the post as the clock wound down toward the intermission. Spurs netminder Brad Friedel made a pair of clutch saves to preserve the clean sheet, falling on teenager Adam Morgan’s 27th-minute shot before it could sneak inside the lower left corner and soaring to pick off Martin Skrtel’s rocket in the 54th minute.
New Reds coach Brendan Rodgers gave several players their preseason debuts as Liverpool closed out its three-game North American tour, including Italian forward Fabio Boroni, captain Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing, who challenged Friedel twice in the early going.
AC MILAN 1, CHELSEA 0
MIAMI—Chelsea might have had the better of the play, but AC Milan were better at finishing, defeating the reigning European champions 1-0 Saturday in front of 57,748 at Sun Life Stadium.
Milan took advantage of a turnover near midfield to put away the game’s only goal, in the 68th minute. Stephen El Shaaraway brought the ball into the area and got off the initial shot, which was blocked by netmindedr Petr Cech. Urby Emanuelson was there to poke the rebound into the net. Emanuelson was dangerous throughout, missing a sitter in the first half and forcing Cech into a diving save in the 50th minute.
Chelsea’s best chance came early, in the form of an off-balance half-volley by John Terry that went over the bar. Blues captain Frank Lampard had an especially frustrating night, seeing several well-placed corner kicks go begging, committing a potentially costly second-half turnover and squandering a solid scoring opportunity by sending the ball straight at the Milan ‘keeper.
DC UNITED 1, PARIS-ST. GERMAIN 1
WASHINGTON, DC—Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three minutes into his first match for Paris-St. Germain, but Dwayne De Rosario converted a first-half penalty kick to lift DC United into a 1-1 tie with the French power in Saturday’s storm-delayed friendly at RFK Stadium.
Ibrahimovic left United defender Daniel Woolard flat-footed before beating goalkeeper Bill Hamid with a blistering shot to the lower left corner. Woolard also had a role in De Rosario’s equalizer, sending a cross into the box that defender Milan Bisevac played with his arm in the 33rd minute. De Rosario’s pk might well have been a game-winner, but teammate Chris Pontius hit the bar with his 20th-minute shot.
United backup ‘keeper Joe Willis came up with a pair of clutch stoppage-time saves, on Christophe Jallet and Mamadou Sakho, to preserve the result.
Severe storms forced a 45-minute delay in the 22nd minute of the match.