Juventus beat AC Milan 4-3 on penalties in Los Angeles with Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic and Timothy Weah unable to impact the game.
- The three met as Serie A rivals for the first time
- But this match lacked intensity of open play as four free-kick goals resulted in penalties.
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In the first match that Weston McKennie and Timothy Weah faced Christian Pulisic as opponents, none of the three Americans could salvage a significant performance in Juventus’ 4-3 win over AC Milan on penalties.
Pulisic, who recently joined AC Milan from Chelsea this summer, started the friendly in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Facing the newest United States captain, meanwhile, were McKennie and Weah, two of Pulisic’s USMNT teammates.
But in the end, while Pulisic and Weah looked occasionally dangerous in the build-up, and McKennie turned in a strong midfield performance, no goals were scored in the evening’s open game.
Malick Thiaw scored on a free kick and Danilo and Olivier Giroud scored on corner kicks to give Milan a 2-1 lead late in the first half. An early goal in the second half from a free kick was converted by Daniele Rugani or it was an own goal through Giroud.
The first game that saw Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic play as Serie A rivals was in favor of McKennie as Juventus defeated AC Milan 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
This match also saw Timothy Weah play Pulisic at the Rossoneri for the first time.
Goals from set pieces like one from Malick Thiaw (above) defined a game that lacked open-play intensity
That led to the penalty shootout, which went to six rounds. A save by Juventus goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio set up Matias Soule’s shot to win the game for Juve.
Neither team looked particularly threatening in the build-up to a game that lacked intensity outside of free kicks.
Both sides combined for nine shots on target – a 5-4 lead for Milan.
Managers Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Stefano Pioli of AC Milan substituted all of their starting eleven, leading Weah, McKennie and Pulisic to cancel the night.
Juventus now travel to Orlando to take on Real Madrid on August 2, while Milan take on Barcelona in Las Vegas on August 1.