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Icardi’s penalty prowess lifts Inter over Real Madrid; Arsenal beaten by New York Red Bulls

While Mauro Icardi converted a penalty to equalise and struck the winner in the penalty shootout for Inter Milan against Real Madrid, Bradley Wright-Phillips led New York over Arsenal.

Mauro Icardi scored Inter Milan's penalty equaliers and later converted the winning spot kick in the shootout after Inter and Real Madrid drew 1-1 at the International Champions Cup on Saturday in Berkeley, California. Ezra Shaw / Getty Images / AFP / July 26, 2014
Mauro Icardi scored Inter Milan's penalty equaliers and later converted the winning spot kick in the shootout after Inter and Real Madrid drew 1-1 at the International Champions Cup on Saturday in Berkeley, California. Ezra Shaw / Getty Images / AFP / July 26, 2014

Inter Milan 1, Real Madrid 1 (Inter win on penalties)

Mauro Icardi drove the winner past diving goalkeeper Jesus Fdez in the fifth round of penalty kicks to lift Inter Milan past Real Madrid after they drew 1-1 on Saturday in an International Champions Cup match.

Icardi also converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute to equalise. Referee Ricardo Salazar awarded the penalty kick after Inter newcomer Nemanja Vidic went down in the box on a challenge by Sobrino.

“We played well today,” Inter manager Walter Mazzarri said. “We have young guys and we started a new cycle. Obviously, we’re not going to be happy just participating (in the tournament). We’re looking to obtain results.”

Gareth Bale scored for Real Madrid in the 10th minute, unleashing a strike into the top left corner of the net from about 25 yards out. The Welsh star also bounced a header off the crossbar less than three minutes into the match and nearly converted a direct free kick in the 30th minute

“He had a really good holiday. Forty days,” Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said about Bale. “He’s fresh and he’s working really well. ... Everyone is sure that it will be better for him this year.”

A sellout crowd of 62,583 fans watched the testy match at Memorial Stadium on the University of California campus. The contest featured four bookings and a shoving match broke out after a hard challenge from Real Madrid’s Raul de Tomas in the 48th minute.

The eight-club International Champions Cup will continue at various stadiums throughout North America until August 4.

Bale only played the first half but starred on a day when virtually all of Real Madrid’s starting 11 were unavailable. Forwards Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, midfielder Luka Modric and defender Sergio Ramos – among others – did not play for the Champions League winners. Prized acquisitions James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos also were unavailable for Ancelotti.

Real Madrid controlled the pace for most of the game. Inter Milan made a late push after Ancelotti inserted second-half substitutes. Fdez had to make two tough saves on a quick flurry of shots in the 79th minute during Inter’s best chance to score a go-ahead goal.

New York Red Bulls 1, Arsenal 0

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 32nd minute to help Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls beat Arsenal 1-0 on Saturday in the New York Cup.

Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s career goals leader, assisted on the goal in front of a sellout crowd of 25,219 at Red Bull Arena.

After Henry’s corner kick, Ibrahim Sekagya headed the ball back across the face of goal, and Wright-Phillips redirected it past goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

In two other matches pitting Premier League sides against cross-Atlantic counterparts, Totteham Hotspur dismissed Chicago Fire 2-0 and Aston Villa edged Houston Dynamo 1-0.

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