Guinness International Champions Cup: A.S. Roma verse Inter Milan
Inter Milan’s backline lead them to 2-0 win over Roma at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday (August 2) afternoon. Leading Inter to the win was center back Juan Jesus. The Brazilian’s strong defending frustrated Roma’s efforts to put a tally on the board.
It would be fitting only goal in the first half of play came off from a Intern defender, just adding their stellar play. The goal came right before the half off the head of new signing Nemanja Vidic (formally with Manchester United). The 6’02” Serbian defender made a living in the air during his days in Manchester.
In the second half Inter doubled the score with a goal from Yuto Nagatomo. The Japanese defender jumped on a failed clearance by Roma and made it 2-0 in the 69th minute.
Player of the game: Inter Milan backline
This match at Lincoln Financial Field only drew 12,169 while later in the day Real Madrid – Manchester drew over 109,000 at the ‘Big House’ Michigan ( a new U.S. Soccer record).
Some would look at these numbers and think Philadelphia isn’t a soccer city and others like me would say it was a low turn out for several reasons. First we as Philadelphians aren’t striving for soccer games since we have professional team (Philadelphia Union) and we would rather spend less money on a game that counts. Plus this match should have been at PPL Park which holds just over 18,000 compared to 69,000 plus at LFF. They had to the change to do switch it there and didn’t. I could go on and on how these friendly matches should be handled but the guys in the suits don’t understand soccer in America. You will have to tune into the next live airing of World Sports Show for the rest my rant WHY I am right!
AS Roma Skorupski, Florenzi (78′ Balasa), Astori (78′ Calabresi), Castan (13′ Benatia, 72′ Romagnoli), Emanuelson (61′ Cole), Pjanic (61′ Uçan), De Rossi (Keita), Nainggolan (78′ Paredes), Iturbe (72′ Borriello), Destro (61′ Totti), Ljajic (72′ Sanabria)
Inter Milan Handanovic (64′ Carrizo), Andreolli (76′ Ranocchia), Vicic (81′ Silvestre), Juan Jesus, Nagatomo (76′ Mbaye), Jonathan, M’Vila (64′ Kovacic), Kuzmanovic (64′ Guarin), Dodò (64′ D’Ambrosio), Botta (63′ Laxalt), Icardi (81′ Bonazzoli)
Inter Milan Presser
photos by John DiCriscio – World Sports Show