Mane, De Ligt rating on Bayern debut

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Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring their facet’s third objective with Sadio Mane (R) throughout their pre-season pleasant match towards DC United on the Audi Area in Washington on Wednesday. — AFP photograph

New signings Sadio Mane and Matthijs De Ligt scored debut targets as Bayern Munich thumped Main League Soccer’s D.C United 6-2 in a pleasant on Wednesday.

Senegalese worldwide Mane, who joined Bayern from Liverpool final month in a switch value a reported $42 million, opened his account for the Bundesliga champions from the penalty spot after 5 minutes.

Mane’s spot-kick was awarded after D.C. United centre-back Donovan Pines upended Lucas Copado because the teenage striker surged into the penalty space.

The early strike set the tone for a one-sided conflict at Washington’s Audi Area that underscored the work going through former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, just lately put in as supervisor of the struggling MLS facet.

Elsewhere, nonetheless, the mid-season type of MLS golf equipment made a distinction towards Premier League rivals as Minnesota United downed Everton 4-0 and Charlotte FC got here out on high in a pre-season penalty shootout over Chelsea after holding the English giants to a 1-1 attract 90 minutes.

Arsenal, in the meantime, used two second half targets to subdue Orlando Metropolis 3-1.

Bayern doubled their lead within the twelfth minute when Marcel Sabitzer’s shot from outdoors the realm wrong-footed D.C. United goalkeeper Jon Kempin.

Serge Gnabry made it 3-0 simply earlier than half-time, tucking away a low cross from Mane within the forty fourth minute.

De Ligt then marked his transfer from Italy’s Juventus earlier this week with a objective on debut after approaching instead at half-time.

The Dutch defender crashed in a volley from a nook to make it 4-0 after 47 minutes.

Joshua Zirkzee added a tap-in after a affected person construct up from Bayern to make it 5-0 within the 51st minute earlier than Skage Lehland’s comfort effort for D.C. United three minutes later.

Theodore Ku-Dipietro added a second for D.C. United three minutes from time earlier than German veteran Thomas Mueller made it 6-2 deep into damage time.

The matches in Charlotte and Orlando each began greater than an hour late due to extreme climate.

In Charlotte, the joy of seeing Raheem Sterling in Chelsea colours for the primary time was tempered because the hosts got here out on high 5-3 within the shootout.

Chelsea dominated from the beginning and noticed a spate of early makes an attempt go unrewarded earlier than US worldwide Christian Pulisic fired them forward within the thirtieth minute with a right-footed shot over diving Charlotte goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina.

That opener was cancelled by a Daniel Rios penalty that was transformed within the remaining minute of damage time.

England worldwide Sterling, signed this month to a five-year contract for a price reported to be 50 million kilos ($59 million) after successful 4 Premier League titles with Manchester Metropolis, got here on within the second half.

He almost bagged his first objective within the 84th minute, however his left-footed blast was turned away.
It regarded as if Chelsea would nonetheless stroll away with the win, however a handball by Trevoh Chalobah gave Charlotte a gap and when Conor Gallagher’s spot-kick was saved within the shootout the MLS membership might have fun.

In Orlando, Arsenal notched their fourth straight pre-season win.

Eddie Nketiah scored the go-ahead objective within the 66th minute and Reiss Nelson sealed it within the eightieth.

The Gunners had seized the lead within the fifth minute when Gabriel Martinelli’s shot was deflected in.

Uruguayan Facundo Torres pulled Orlando degree within the twenty ninth with a blistering shot previous goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, however with their high gamers introduced in at halftime Arsenal pulled away after the break.

Arsenal and Chelsea will proceed their preparations for the beginning of the Premier League season after they meet in Orlando on Saturday.

Everton head residence after a disappointing two Stateside defeats. They fell 2-0 to Arsenal in Baltimore on Saturday.


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