AC Milan batter Bayern in China
AC Milan got their International Champions Cup campaign off to a flying start with a 4-0 win over Bayern Munich at Shenzhen’s Longgang Stadium.
Milan take early lead through Kessie
The Italians looked the more dangerous early on and opened the scoring in the 13th minute when a Ricardo Rodríguez cutback found its way to Franck Kessie, who drilled the ball home from the edge of the box. They then doubled their lead in the 24th minute with Rodríguez, a 17 million euro signing from Wolfsburg last month, once again the architect. The Swiss left-back curled a free kick into the box which Patrick Cutrone headed firmly past Bayern's 17-year-old keeper Christian Fruchtl into the net.
Cutrone bags a brace
M'Baye Niang, the most eye-catching player of the first half, caused all manner of problems down Bayern's flanks. The Frenchman created Milan's third goal when his defence-splitting pass put Giacomo Bonaventura clear. The defender then played a simple ball for Cutrone to slot home for his second of the match.
After the break, Bayern came closest to scoring when Thomas Müller's drive from 20 metres out was well saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma. Milan completed a comprehensive victory five minutes from time when forward Hakan Calhanoglu cut inside from the left flank to unleash a powerful shot which flew low into the Bayern net.