America added a second setback against European rivals on their tour of the United States after falling 1-2 against Manchester City, in a match that had little of a friendly and in which, at times, the Mexican team was up to the task of the rival.
The Eagles had their first opportunity just two minutes into the game, through a free kick in which Stefan Ortega made a mistake and recomposed his movement.
The names and values of the Manchester City players were left off the pitch for several moments, as Fernando Ortiz’s team competed ‘you for you’, fought for the ball in midfield and tried to make a vertical game on the wings, trying to match the intensity that is experienced in the Premier League.
The goal against America fell at the moment when they played the best. Henry Martín lost a ball crossing midfield and from the left flank the English team, with Kevin de Bruyne as the protagonist of the action, won the ball from Emilio Lara, defended it against Jorge Sánchez and, after making a cut towards the center the field, sent a powerful shot that embedded itself in the right side of Memo Ochoa.
América waited longer in his own field and it was Alejandro Zendejas who dared to do more by making a vertical filtered pass to Henry Martín, who received, controlled the ball and beat Nathan Aké with a cut to his left. The Mexican team finished bruised, but was lucky enough to see the ball cross the goal line and thereby put his team equal to one goal.
The goal received caused City to wake up, they pressed their foot on the accelerator and began to overcome the lines until they had two important occasions that they failed to materialize in the goal of Óscar Jiménez, who came on as a substitute for Ochoa.
Manchester City cornered America in their own field and it was De Bruyne himself, who beat Emilio Lara back, entered the area and finished off under the legs of Jiménez, who could do nothing to stop the ball and see 1-2 against.
In the first minutes of the second half, Manchester City had the first clear opportunity in front of the goal thanks to an error by Pedro Aquino, who gave the ball to Grealish, who stood in front of Jiménez and when the Eagles’ goalkeeper shot He saved with his body and saved his goal for the third goal.
The changes that Fernando Ortiz made in his team caused that half of the squad were U20 elements and with this decision the Argentine coach handed over the game and with it the initiative of the match to the rival, who dominated up to three quarters of the field, but they did not have more forcefulness in what was his first preseason game in the United States.
In the final moments, Miguel Layún had an important opportunity from just outside the penalty area, but his shot went very far from the City goal and thus missed an important opportunity.
América had an offensive proposal, they tried to be at the level of the Premier League champion, but in the end the quality of one of the most expensive squads in the world ended up imposing conditions and taking the game.
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Manchester City vs. America – Match Report – July 20, 2022 – ESPN