July 23, 2011
WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE
Man United, Real, Sporting all winners
MANCHESTER UNITED 3, CHICAGO FIRE 1
|Cristiano Ronaldo takes on Philadelphia Union defender Carlos Valdes in the second half of Real Madrid's 2-1 win at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday.
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CHICAGO--- Cory Gibbs gave the Chicago Fire an early lead, but Manchester United scored three second half goals for a 3-1 win at Soldier Field.
In the 13th minute, Marco Pappa served the ball into the box. Gibbs jumped up and headed it past David De Gea for the 1-0 lead.
The Fire held on to their lead until the 66th minute. Rio Ferdinand sent a long ball to Wayne Rooney, who ran into the box, beating Conway and defender Josip Mikulic. The ball bounced into the net, knotting things up at 1-1.
Man U took a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute. Rafael beat the Fire defense and ran along the endline. He bet the men in red, shooting the ball through the legs of Conway and into the net. Gibbs dribbled past a defender in the 82nd minute and sent the ball right over a bending Conway and into the net for a 3-1 advantage.
Manchester United has won all three of their games against Major League Soccer opponents. They have two games remaining in their North American tour, on Wednesday when they face the MLS All-Stars at Red Bull Arena and on next Saturday when they face FC Barcelona at FedEx Field in a re-match of last year’s Champions League final.
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SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL 2, JUVENTUS 1
TORONTO---Two first half goals by Yannick Djaló were enough to propel Sporting Clube de Portugal to a 2-1 win over Juventus at Rogers Center Saturday night,
Yannick opened the scoring in the 13th minute off an assist from U.S. international Oguchi Onyewu, then added another 23 minutes later.
Former Italian international Alessandro Del Piero chipped a shot over Sporting goalkeeper Marcelo Boeck to pull Juventus within one.
The game was Sporting’s lone participation in the World Football Challenge Juventus goes on to New York where the will play Club America Tuesday night at CitiField.
REAL MADRID 2, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
PHILADELPHIA---Real Madrid scored two early goals, but the Philadelphia Union made game of it before falling 2-1 in front of 57,305 fans at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night.
It didn’t take Real Madrid to open the scoring. Just two minutes into the game, Jese beat Sheanon Williams on the left side of the area and slipped the ball behind Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.
Nine minutes later, it was 2-0. Karim Benzema took two touches at the left side of the penalty area, then slid a square all across the top of the 18 to Mesut Ozil, who put the ball just inside the right post.
It took the Union 80 minutes to crack the Real Madrid defense, and when they did, it was two of their youngsters who made it happen. Danny Mwanga sent a short pass to Michael Farfan at the top of the penalty area, and he chipped the ball into the upper left corner of the net over the hands of goalkeeper Thomas Meijas.
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