Pep won! Kevin De Bruyne brace helps Manchester City beat USA in friendly
Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne scored a double to help England’s Manchester City beat Mexico’s United States 2-1 in a friendly at the NRG Stadium in Houston.
Mexico created their first dangerous approach in the 3rd minute when Spaniard Alvaro Fidalgo connected with a header from a pass from Paraguayan Richard Sanchez, but the ball was saved by German goalkeeper Stephan Ortega.
Fidalgo tries a shot from outside the area at the 15, and Ortega keeps the ball in the background.
In the 25th minute, British midfielder Jack Grealish almost got into a brawl with goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa after claiming a penalty that was not scored for a fall in the U.S. area.
Manchester City led 1-0 after half an hour when Kevin De Bruyne picked up the ball just outside the area and sealed the goal with a shot over Ochoa’s lance.
Aguilas del América leveled at 1-1 before the break when Henri Martin appeared in the box, broke free from the mark of Netherlands defender Nathan Ake and slotted past the goalkeeper.
Citizens went down 2-1 in first half compensation. From the right flank, Frenchman Riyad Mahrez sent a cross into the area defined by De Bruyne with a shot that slipped between the legs of goalkeeper Oscar Jimenez.
Already in the second half, in minute 51, Grealish appeared in the area and ran to goalkeeper Jimenez, who reduced the panorama and helped cover the shot with his body.
On 70 De Bruyne took a shot before leaving the field. And in the 90th, Miguel Leyen hit a deflected shot from the City goal.
After this game, on Saturday, Manchester City will play another friendly in the United States against Bayern Munich at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On Tuesday, the United States will face Real Madrid at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California.
City of Manchester:
Headliners: Ortega Moreno, Walker, Mbete, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Grealish, Mahrez, Alvarez.
Subs: Ederson, Carson, Phillips, Haaland, Kayky, Delap, Bobb, Palmer, Lewis, McAtee, Burns, Knight, Wilson-Esbrand.