International Champions Cup
21 July 2018
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That will do it for our International Champions Cup coverage tonight, but we hope you join us again in future!
Dortmund did look more composed and fluid at times but certainly were not without errors. Favre has now won his first two friendlies as Dortmund manager which, while not worth weighing too much, is still a nice beginning to his tenure. Pulisic, who we mentioned in the pre-match, did earn the penalty that ended up winning the match but could have done more if he had stayed on the pitch a bit longer. Positive signs throughout for Dortmund though, who will be hoping to improve on last season fourth-placed finish in the Bundesliga.
Manchester City showed a lack of sharpness from beginning to end, but that's understandable as this was their first pre-season match and featured a lot of their youngsters. Jack Harrison and Brahim Diaz stuck out as ones to watch throughout this tournament. Mahrez didn't have that signature moment tonight to ingratiate himself to the City faithful, but put in a decent enough performance. Some promising signs here, but obviously nowhere near the dominant force they were in the Premier League last season.
Armando Villarreal's whistle blows and the match is over with Dortmund winning 1-0 against Manchester City.
90'+2 Neither side seem particularly encouraged to change the scoreline. Looks like things will calmly wind down to the whistle.
90' There will be two minutes of added time.
89' Roberts cuts in from the right-hand side and shoots from distance, but there's not much power on the sot and Hitz calmly traps it with his feet.
88' Bashiru blazes past the Dortmund defenders, but he'd gone too early. Offside.
86' Manchester City pass the ball back and forth in front of goal, but no one can get a shot off. The ball eventually hits off a Dortmund player for a corner.
85' Dahoud picks out Sancho with a lovely cross field ball... but the latter runs into trouble and loses the ball. Probably should have passed there.
84' A bit of head tennis in midfield at the moment as neither side seem to interested in holding onto possession.
82' Sancho finds space on the left again and seems to be Dortmund's biggest threat at the moment. Surely he'd like to twist the knife a bit on his former club here.
73' Germany's World Cup snub, Leroy Sané, comes on for Douglas Luiz. Think the former will have something to prove this season?
Riyad Mahrez would have loved to watch one of his freekicks bulge the net, but not a bad debut performance by any stretch. Patrick Roberts comes on for him.
Talented midfielder Philip Foden comes off for the more attack-minded Benjamín Garré.
Lukas Nmecha will likely be disappointed about being removed as he was finally starting to grow into the game. Nabili Zoubdi Touaizi comes on in his place.
More changes about to be made by the English side.
72' Sancho pulls off all kinds of tricks in the City penalty area before Dortmund unleash two shots Hart's way. Neither find the back of the net.
71' Mahrez plays a lovely reverse ball into Nmecha who gets his shot off cleanly, but it's easily covered by Hitz.
69' Luiz pulls off some silky skills on City's left, but the ball just runs away from him a bit and rolls out of play.
67' Defender swap for Manchester City this time as Jason Denayer makes way for Cameron Humphreys.
66' Brahim Diaz' play won't lead to a goal as it turns out. He comes off for Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru.
Here come the changes from Pep Guardiola.
64' Mahrez and Diaz are combining for some lovely stuff on their right hand side at times. Would not be surprising if their link up led to a goal sooner rather than later.
63' PHILIPP PUTS THE BALL IN THE NET.... but it's called offside. The score stays at 1-0 in favour of Favre's side.
61' Dortmund players continue to nip at the heels of their English opponents. Looks as though there will be plenty more cards in this match.
59' Play has slowed a bit here as City seem content to pass around Dortmunds defensive position rather than through it.
57' Diallo puts in a meaty challenge on Nmecha, but he escapes further paperwork from the referee.
55' This one has pace and swerve, but ends up going harmlessly wide of goal.
54' Now at the other end, Mahrez lines up his second free kick of the match.
53' Corner to Dortmund here. The ball comes in and Philipp tries to head it goalward, but can't connect. City play the ball out of the back.
52' Dahoud, who had just come on, picks up an early yellow for his foul on Diaz.
50' Now that all of those substitutions are out of the way, let's get back to the football!
46' Do not adjust your sets, Joe Hart is actually back in net for Manchester City after being loaned out for the last two seasons.
A third defender swap here as Dan-Axel Zagadou comes off for Sören Dieckmann.
We mentioned Maximilian Philipp at halftime and Dortmund fans likely realise he represents their best chance at doubling their lead.
Alexander Isak looked dangerous at times, but departs the action in lieu of Marius Wolf.
Christian Pulisic didn't get too long a runout in front of the American fans, but he made his mark by earning the penalty. Amos Pieper enters the fray in his stead.
Another defender swap as Ömer Toprak makes way for Abdou Diallo.
The penalty scorer, Mario Götze, comes off for the uber-talented Mahmoud Dahoud.
Nuri Şahin comes on for Dzenis Burnic, who picked up a yellow card earlier in the match.
Sebastian Rode comes off for midfielder Sergio Gómez Martín.
Jacob Bruun Larsen was playing well on the left wing but makes way for Jadon Sancho, who led Dortmund in assists last season (4).
Here come the changes that we mentioned earlier. First up, a like for like swap as Herbert Bockhorn makes way for Jeremy Toljan in defence.
Dortmund, on the other hand, have are starting to look more and more dangerous when they break forward. They do seem to lack a true focal point up front, but that's not exactly surprising as they have yet to permanently replace Aubameyang. We may see Maximilian Philipp make his case later tonight though as he is the club's highest scoring player from last season that is still at the club (9).
City ended the half with their best chance, but have created precious little thus far. Their final ball will need to be better if they hope to get back into this match.
This is just the second friendly for Dortmund and the first for City this summer... and it shows. A lot of sloppy dribbles and passes have prevented either side from maintaining momentum for long.
45'+1 That free kick will be the last action of the half as the teams head to the dressing rooms.
45' It's a great curling effort from the Algerian... and an equally great save from Hitz!
Nmecha shows off his strength as he tries to dribble through the German back line, but he's eventually hacked down and City are awarded a free kick. It looks like Mahrez will take it.
43' A legion of Dortmund players are warming up beind their own goal now. Expect mass changes from manager Lucien Favre at the half.
41' Zinchenko tries to play an early ball into Nmecha, who has had a very quiet evening, but the pass is too flat and is easily intercepted.
40' Bruun Larsen takes a ball cleanly out of the sky and starts a move that ends with Isak fouling a City defender in the box while trying to regain possession.
38' Diaz tries to dribble through midfield, but takes a turn too many and loses possesion.
35' Pulisic really starting to get the better of Zinchenko on Dortmund's right side. This time he beats him and his cross gets deflected behind for a corner. It is worth noting that Zinchenko is not a natural left back, but was forced to deputise there last season by manager Pep Guardiola.
32' Pulisic finds Isak in the pnelaty area with a cheeky chipped pass, Isak dribbles around the keeper... but his effort hits the side netting. Dortmund playing with much more confidence after their goal.
31' Mahrez gets clattered in midfield by a late challenge from Burdic, who picks up the match's first yellow card for his efforts.
28' GOTZE SCORES!!!! Bravo got a hand on the penalty effort, but the power was just to much for him and it ends up in the back of the net.
27' Curse of the commentator a bit here as Dortmund... ARE AWARDED A PENALTY! Pulisic had the better of Zinchenko who lunged in and sent the American to the floor.
25' Having found little joy out wide thus far, Mahrez has started drifting infield to get involved in the build up a bit more.
22' Gotze and Isak try to combine on a 1-2, but City disrupt the move and the latter is called for a foul.
19' Rode is called for a foul on an American football style tackle on Foden. It would have surely been a yellow card in a competitive match, but the referee lets him off easy.
16' Jack Harrison seems to be an easy outlet for City out left thus far. This time he skins the defender, tries to whip in a cross, but it's deflected behind for a corner.
14' The German side try the long ball method again, but fail to connect on it... again.
12' GOTZE SHOOTS... but his effort is saved by Bravo. The move started with a lovely bit of skill out right before the ball was released forward to Larsen who laid it off to Gotze.
9' Dortmund attempt another ball over the top as they try to take advantage of City's high line, but it soars out of play.
8' ISAK BREAKS BEHIND THE DEFENCE... but he's called offside. Was still a lovely pass into him nonetheless.
6' City play the ball quickly through the Dortmund midfield, but a little too quickly and an errant pass brings an end to the move.
4' A patch of sloppy play from both sides here now with no less than four fouls in the last two minutes.
2' Foden releases Jack Harrison up the left wing for Manchester City, the first real push forward from either side.
1' We're underway at Soldier Field in Chicago!
Both teams are on the field, and we only await the whistle of referee Armando Villarreal!
Two players to certainly keep an eye on are the right wingers for each side. Riyad Mahrez will make his Manchester City debut tonight, while Christian Pulisic will surely try to put on a display in his home country.
On the other side of the pitch, the German's do have more first team members in their squad, but have also put out a very young XI tonight.
To further that point, of City's 11 players with the most minutes last season, nine did not even make the trip to the US, let alone the team tonight.
While both sides are playing without some of their World Cup stars, Manchester City seem to be the worse off of the two with only four senior players in their starting XI.
Borussia Dortmund: Marwin Hitz, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Alexander Isak, Mario Gotze (C), Sebastian Rode, Christian Pulisic, Marcel Schmelzer, Dzenis Burnic, Jacub Bruun Larsen, Omer Toprak, Herbert Bockhorn.
Manchester City: Claudio Bravo (C), Riyad Mahrez, Jason Denayer, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Douglas Luiz, Jack Harrison, Lukas Nmecha, Phil Foden, Eric Garcia, Brahim Diaz, Luke Bolton.
Now let's take a look at the starting line-ups!
That having been said, the last match featuring these clubs was actually in this very competition in 2016, with the English side winning on penalties.
These sides have not played each other recently, but Dortmund have the upper hand historically having never lost a competitive match to Manchester City.
Hello, and welcome, to our live coverage of the International Champions Cup clash between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund!


C. Bravo
D. Zagadou
M. Götze
A. Isak
S. Rode
C. Pulisic
R. Mahrez
J. Denayer
M. Schmelzer
D. Burnic
Jacob Bruun Larsen
O. Zinchenko
M. Hitz
Ö. Toprak
Douglas Luiz
H. Bockhorn
J. Harrison
L. Nmecha
P. Foden
Eric García
Brahim Diaz
L. Bolton

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