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City outclass AC Milan 5-3 to face Bayern in final

AFP, MUNICH, Germany

Manchester City outclassed AC Milan to set up a showdown with Bayern Munich in the final of the pre-season Audi Cup tournament following a 5-3 victory at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Last year’s English Premier League runners-up dominated the opening 30 minutes against an experimental Milan side, taking the lead after just three minutes through Spanish winger David Silva.

With Stevan Jovetic looking impressive on his City debut, Manuel Pellegrini’s men doubled their lead on 19 minutes, thanks to Micah Richards, before Aleksandar Kolarov added a third shortly after.

Edin Dzeko then struck twice within the space of four minutes to put City 5-0 ahead, but the Italians rallied, through two goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and an Andrea Petagna strike, to reduce the deficit going into half-time.

The second half brought a flurry of changes, but no more goals.

Hosts Bayern secured their place in yesterday’s final after beating Brazilian side Sao Paulo 2-0 in the second semi-final.

Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic put Pep Guardiola’s team ahead 10 minutes after the interval, before German youth international Mitchell Weiser wrapped up the victory in the closing stages after Xherdan Shaqiri’s effort crashed back off the post.

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