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Borussia Dortmund punish rusty Reds

AFP
Published Jul 21, 2019, 2:14 am IST
Updated Jul 21, 2019, 2:14 am IST
Brazilian internationals Roberto Firmino and Alisson were both absent for the Reds following their Copa America campaign.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jacob Brijun Larsen (left) vies for the ball with Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool in an exhibition match on Friday. Dortmund won 3-2. (Photo: AP)
 Borussia Dortmund’s Jacob Brijun Larsen (left) vies for the ball with Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool in an exhibition match on Friday. Dortmund won 3-2. (Photo: AP)

Chicago: Danish internationals Thomas Delaney and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored second half goals as Borussia Dortmund handed Liverpool a 3-2 defeat in the opening game of the Premier League giants pre-season US tour on Friday.

In sweltering heat at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, Bundesliga side Dortmund punished a rusty defensive display from the European champions, who were missing several star players.

 

Brazilian internationals Roberto Firmino and Alisson were both absent for the Reds following their Copa America campaign along with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, both missing due to the African Cup of Nations.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp opted for a  youthful starting line-up against his former club before making 10 changes in the second half.

“It was a very difficult game for both teams,” Klopp said afterwards. “I saw a lot of good things, and a lot of good individual performances, but obviously not enough.

“We’re obviously not anywhere near where we want to be,” he added, referring to the goals his team conceded.
Liverpool face Spanish side Sevilla on Sunday at Boston’s Fenway Park baseball stadium in the second game of their three-match US tour.

Greenwood strike earns United win
In Singapore, teenage striker Mason Greenwood ca-me off the bench to score a brilliant goal with 15 minutes remaining as Manchester United secured a 1-0 victory over a disappointing Inter Milan side in a Singapore friendly on Saturday.

The Premier League side dominated from start to finish and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been delighted with a sharp performance that deserved to be rewarded by a bigger margin of victory against a team still finding their feet under new manager Antonio Conte.

United created several chances in both halves but finally broke down a resolute Inter defence in the 75th minute through a touch of magic from 17-year-old Greenwood, who has impressed so far in the English side’s pre-season tour of Australia and Asia.

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