Melbourne - Kelechi Iheanacho was on target on Tuesday when
Manchester City defeated AS Roma 5-4 on penalties in the International
Champions Cup in Melbourne.
Iheanacho also provided an assist for debutant Raheem
Sterling to score his first City goal.
Sterling, the most expensive English footballer in history,
took just two minutes and 17 seconds to open his account for the big-spending
He showed his explosive pace to swoop on a defence-splitting
pass from Iheanacho to leave Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis flailing and
slot the ball into the empty net.
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The Italians equalised just five minutes after Sterling's
strike in spectacular fashion. Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic let fly with a
20-metre thunderbolt into the top right corner.
Roma had three quickfire scoring chances minutes before the
break, with Vincent Kompany lunging to deny Francesco Totti, Eliaquim Mangala
clearing another and unmarked Daniele De Rossi putting a header over the bar.
Nigerian teenager Iheanacho put Manchester City ahead again
on 51 minutes when he zeroed in on an awful back pass by former England
international Ashley Cole to coolly beat De Sanctis from close range.
But Serbian Adem Ljajic threw the Italians a lifeline when
he beat Joe Hart with his free-kick over the wall in the 87th minute to send
the match into penalties. The English team finally won the tie 5-4 on
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