Sadio Mane converted a Dominic Solanke-won stoppage time penalty as Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 in an International Champions Cup game in New Jersey on Wednesday.
Leroy Sane and Mohamed Salah traded goals early in the second half.
Man City started few familiar names, with Riyad Mahrez and Claudio Bravo the most experiences, while Liverpool used nine regulars from last season as well as new man Fabinho.
Second half subs included Sadio Mane and Dominic Solanke for Liverpool, while Pep Guardiola introduced Joe Hart, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, and new signing Claudio Gomes.
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Fabinho was fortunate to not give a penalty away to Lukas Nmecha within the first quarter hour. Riyad Mahrez found Nmecha in the box and Loris Karius put the rebound back to the player. Fabinho made contact with the back of Nmecha’s leg before the player popped the ball over a goal, but what followed was only a corner kick.
Fabinho then fouled former NYCFC midfielder Jack Harrison moments later.
Curtis Jones provided rare early danger for Liverpool, but Claudio Bravo had little trouble with the youngster’s shot.
Man City’s Riyad Mahrez was the bright spot of the first half hour for both teams.
Jones forced Bravo into another low save in the 33rd minute. He’d later be whistle for a perceived dive in the 43rd minute, but this was clearly a man not in the penalty-giving mood.
Liverpool made plenty of halftime changes, and Sadio Mane nearly scored in the 48th minute.
Caoimhin Kelleher stopped a Leroy Sane effort in the 53rd minute. At the other end, Solanke had a goal pulled back for offside.
That’s when Sane scored a beautiful goal, using his speed to get behind the Liverpool back line before hammering a shot inside the far post that bounded into the top of the goal.
Salah subbed into the game, and scored a headed goal moments later. He was offside, but the fans were pleased and the linesman didn’t spot it.
After coming on as a sub, Mohamed Salah scores with about his third touch for Liverpool v Man City. Great header to make it 1-1... but he was just offside when the cross came in— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) July 26, 2018
And so it begins for 2018/19... #MCFC 1-1 #LFC #ICC2018 pic.twitter.com/upLlJYoRnL
Salah could’ve made it two had a back post header not been cleared wide by Cameron Humphreys-Grant.
Liverpool was the better money for a goal over the rest of the match, Mane and Salah giving the American crowd plenty of reason to ooh and aah.
Solanke was taken down in stoppage time with a body check from Tosin Adarabioyo.