WATCH: AC Milan defeat Bayern on penalties in ICC

The Serie A side twice took the lead against the German champions before being taken to penalties, though Vincenzo Montella’s men came out on top in spot-kicks

AC Milan claimed a 5-3 penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, following a 3-3 draw in their International Champions Cup tie.

Mbaye Niang opened the scoring for the Serie A side before Franck Ribery levelled, 10 minutes prior to a stunning David Alaba strike which put the Bavarian side ahead.

Andrea Bertolacci and Juraj Kucka reversed the scoreline in Milan’s favour, but Vincenzo Montella’s men were again pegged back with a late Ribery penalty, taking the ICC tie to a shootout. 

Watch how the spot-kicks unravelled in the video above.

Montella pleased with Milan growth but insists hard work must continue


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David Alaba: 'Ambitious' Ancelotti has made a strong first impression

The Roten defender says the team’s new coach is easy to get along with, but also has made clear he’ll be expecting a lot out of his squad this season


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Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba says new manager Carlo Ancelotti has made a strong first impression at the Bundesliga club.

The 57-year-old, who arrived at the Bavarian club this summer, is renowned for his man management skills and Alaba has so far been impressed with what he’s seen.

“He’s a really cool guy. I think he can get along really well with every single player, with young players but also with big players who have been here at the team for a long time,” Alaba told Goal. “I think he has a good hand for that.

“Also, I think he’s doing a great job with the young players too. You can see that he has a lot of experience with that. There are reasons that he’s become such a successful coach.”


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Ancelotti takes the reins from Pep Guardiola, who oversaw three Bundesliga titles while in charge of Bayern Munich. Guardiola has now moved to manage Manchester City in the Premier League, and former Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti, who has three Champions League titles and lifted three league trophies, has taken over at Bayern.

Alaba has been impressed with how Ancelotti takes time to work with indivudal players in training sessions and says the coach makes sure the player understands what he’s being asked to do.

“You see that in training. I think Mr. Ancelotti is a coach who speaks to the players a lot, not only as a team but also with the individual player,” he said. “He tries to talk to you and wants to make sure to explain to you what he wants you to do on the pitch. That’s important, and if you listen to it, you’re going to learn a lot.”

In addition to that experience and understanding, Alaba said the 57-year-old manager also brings some joy to the team, though he also makes sure to communicate his desire for success.

“I think the first thing I’ve seen in this first week I’ve been here is that he loves his job, 100 percent. He’s very ambitious, he wants to win and we all know that he’s already won a lot of titles and he has a lot of experience,” Alaba said. “He wants to share that experience with us so that we can be successful. I think he works very hard every single day in order to be successful at the end of the season.

“We want to do that together as a team, to follow our coach so we’ll also be successful. I think as a team we trust in him, [and] that’s important.”

And while Alaba said that he prefers to get forward and be involved in attacking phases of play, he also knows that Bayern must continue to be consistent at the back if they are to add to its silverware collection. Still, Alaba, who scored once in the Bundesliga and once in the Champions League last campaign, has no doubt that Die Roten will continue to thrive going forward.

“First of all, we have to be good in the defense. If we have stability and stay strong in the defense, we can win a lot of titles this year,” he said. “I think it’s not a secret that we’re very good in attack. We showed it in the past few years whether it be with Jupp Heynckes or Pep Guardiola and I think we’ll show it also this season.”

Bayern Munich 3-3 AC Milan (3-5 on penalties): Bonaventura seals win

A penalty shoot-out was required to seperate AC Milan and Bayern Munich as the former won their International Champions Cup opener.

AC Milan sealed a win in their pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich as Giacomo Bonaventura scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out.

Bayern forced the shoot-out from the jaws of defeat in a spirited affair against Milan, with Franck Ribery converting a late penalty to level the scores at 3-3 at full-time.

However, Milan got one over former coach Carlo Ancelotti, as the Italian giants kicked off their International Champions Cup campaign in style with a solid performance, despite the late goal.

Bayern remain undefeated this pre-season in regular time, having beat Manchester City and Landshut, but they almost came undone against the Milan side who were enjoying just their second hit-out.

Juraj Kucka scored what looked to be the winner for Milan just after the hour mark, completing a comeback from 2-1 down after Milan had opened the scoring courtesy of M’baye Niang’s 22nd-minute opener, but that was all ruined by Ribery’s late penalty.

Milan coach Vincenzo Montella joined Ancelotti in naming a strong line up, with the former’s XI including number one goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, as well as Riccardo Montolivo, Alessando Romagnoli, Niang and Suso, while the latter picked the likes of Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Xabi Alonso and Franck Ribery.

Niang opened the scoring after 22 minutes when he pounced on an error at the back from Holger Badstuber, whose slip-up in defence allowed the Frenchman to burst through into a one-on-one with keeper Sven Ulerich, before slotting coolly past the Manuel Neuer stand-in.

But their lead was short-lived as Ribery continued his comeback from injury in style, slashing home a lovely strike following good work down the left flank from Alaba.

The Frenchman showed a sublime touch to kill Alaba’s drilled cut-back, before unleashing a low-hard shot Donnarumma could not stop into the bottom-left corner.

Alaba made it 2-1 to Bayern just nine minutes later as he sent a swerving shot through a crowd of defenders which deceived the young Milan shot-stopper.

Both sides returned largely unchanged, bucking the pre-season trend of wholesale half-time changes, and it was Milan who looked the sharper, as Andrea Bertolacci equalised just minutes after the restart.

Kucka was fortunate to score what looked to be the winner just after the hour mark as his shot from range took a heavy deflection to send Ulreich the other way and bobble over the line.

But as the clock ticked on towards the 90-minute mark, Bayern upped the pressure and the Milan defence finally cracked when a clumsy challenge in the box saw the referee award a penalty.

Ribery stepped up confidently to seal his brace and force the penalty shoot-out in Chicago.

A high-quality penalty shoot-out followed with the first seven penalties coolly converted, including a lovely paneka from Kucka, before Rafinha’s effort was saved by Donnarumma, allowing Bonaventura to smash home the winner.