D.C. United 2-6 Bayern Munich: Debut Goals For Mane, De Ligt As Bayern Munich Thump Rooney’s D.C. United.
Newest hires In a friendly match on Wednesday, Bayern Munich thrashed Major League Soccer’s D.C. United 6-2, with goals from Sadio Mane and Matthijs De Ligt.
Newest hires In a friendly match on Wednesday, Bayern Munich thrashed Major League Soccer’s D.C. United 6-2 thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Matthijs De Ligt.
The Senegalese international Mane scored his first goal for the Bundesliga winners from the penalty spot after five minutes. Mane transferred from Liverpool to Bayern last month for a reported $42 million. The D.C. United center-back Donovan Pines’ foul on Lucas Copado, a young forward who charged into the penalty area, resulted in Mane’s penalty kick.
The first goal at Washington’s Audi Field set the tone for a one-sided match that highlighted the task former England and Manchester United player Wayne Rooney, who was recently appointed manager of the struggling MLS team, has ahead of him.
However, in other matches, MLS teams’ mid-season form paid off against Premier League opponents as Minnesota United defeated Everton 4-0 and Charlotte FC defeated Chelsea in a preseason penalty shootout after holding the English powerhouses to a 1-1 draw over the course of 90 minutes.
Arsenal, meanwhile, defeated Orlando City 3-1 with the help of two goals in the second half.
When Jon Kempin of D.C. United was caught off guard by Marcel Sabitzer’s strike from beyond the box in the 12th minute, Bayern increased their advantage.
Just before halftime, Serge Gnabry added a third goal by converting a low cross from Sadio Mane.
After being substituted in at halftime, De Ligt then celebrated his move from Italian team Juventus by scoring on his debut.
After 47 minutes, the Dutch defender volleyed in a corner to make it 4-0.
After a patient buildup by Bayern, Joshua Zirkzee scored a tap-in to make it 5-0 in the 51st minute, followed by Skage Lehland’s consolation goal for D.C. United three minutes later.
Three minutes from the end, Theodore Ku-Dipietro added a second for D.C. United before veteran German Thomas Mueller made it 6-2 with a goal in stoppage time.
Due to the bad weather, the matches in Charlotte and Orlando both began more than an hour late.
The thrill of witnessing Raheem Sterling wear Chelsea gear for the first time in Charlotte was subdued when the hosts won the shootout 5-3.
Before US international Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the lead in the 30th minute with a right-footed effort over diving Charlotte goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina, Chelsea dominated from the off and made a number of early opportunities that went unrewarded.
In the last seconds of extra time, a penalty by Daniel Rios that was converted ended that opening.
After four Premier League championships with Manchester City, England’s Sterling signed a five-year deal this month for an estimated sum of 50 million pounds ($59 million). Sterling entered the game in the second half.
In the 84th minute, he came close to scoring his first goal, but his left-footed shot was stopped.
Arsenal back off
It appeared as though Chelsea would still prevail, but Trevoh Chalobah’s handball gave Charlotte a chance, and when Conor Gallagher’s penalty attempt was saved in the shootout, the MLS team could rejoice.
Arsenal recorded their fourth consecutive preseason victory in Orlando.
In the 66th and 80th minutes, respectively, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson scored the winning goals.
When Gabriel Martinelli’s strike was deflected in the fifth minute, the Gunners took the lead.
With a powerful strike past goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in the 29th minute, Uruguayan Facundo Torres brought Orlando even, but after the interval, Arsenal pushed away thanks to the addition of their best players.
When they face off on Saturday in Orlando, Arsenal and Chelsea will continue to get ready for the start of the Premier League season.
After two dismal losses in the United States, Everton returns home. They lost to Arsenal 2-0 on Saturday in Baltimore.