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Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

Inter tops Man City

LONDON (AP) Inter Milan opened its U.S. tour with an impressive showing against weary Manchester City, which was more than ready to head home to England.

Nsofor Victor Obinna scored in the 38th minute, and Inter pulled away to a 3-0 victory Saturday night in a friendly.

Manchester City played the final 69 minutes with only 10 men after Patrick Vieira was given a red card for a hard foul against Marco Materazzi. When they faced each other in the 2006 World Cup final, Vieira's French teammate, Zinedine Zidane, was ejected for head-butting Italy's Materazzi.

Inter took full advantage of the extra man, dominating play on both sides of the field.

Mario Balotelli, the 20-year-old Inter forward who may be transferring to Manchester City, didn't dress for the Italian club.

It was the first of three games for the defending European champions on North American soil, and manager Rafael Benitez couldn't have been happier with the effort.

"I am really pleased with the performance of the team. They played really well today," he said.

"Our idea is to improve our fitness and also give time to our young players on the pitch. We've got to do both."

Manchester City played without manager Roberto Mancini, who left Friday because of a family illness. He was replaced by assistant coach Brian Kidd.

The final game of Manchester City's five-city preseason tour of the United States drew a crowd of 36,569 at the Baltimore Ravens' stadium.

"There will be a few tired players going back on the plane tonight," Kidd said.

Gunners, Milan draw

LONDON (AP) Arsenal tied AC Milan 1-1 Saturday in the preseason Emirates Cup, with Marouane Chamakh scoring in his debut with the Premier League club. In the earlier game, Celtic scored twice in the last eight minutes, drawing 2-2 with Lyon.

Chamakh scored in the 36th minute, taking a pass from Andrei Arshavin and tapping the ball past goalkeeper Christian Abbiati. Alexandre Pato tied it for Milan in the 76th, heading in Clarence Seedorf's free kick.

Milan didn't take U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu on the trip to London. Chamakh joined Arsenal on a transfer after his contract with Bordeaux expired.

In the opener, Lyon was ahead 2-0 before Gary Hooper swept in a cross and Georgios Samaras scored on a header in the 89th minute.

Michel Bastos put the French team ahead in the 28th with a curling free kick. Harry Novillo extended the lead nine minutes into the second half with a 12-yard shot off Alexandre Lacazette's cross.

Roma rallies to tie

PARIS (AP) AS Roma tied Bordeaux 1-1 in the opener of the preseason Paris Tournament on Saturday, rallying behind Matteo Brighi's header in the 78th minute.

In Saturday's second game, Paris Saint-Germain defeated FC Porto 1-0.

Defender Sammy Traore scored from close range during injury time, stretching his leg to guide the ball in after Porto failed to defend on a cross.

Bordeaux took the lead in the 68th minute after Brazilian midfielder Wendel made a penalty kick after he was fouled by Simone Loria.

Brighi evened the score when he headed the ball into an an open net after goalkeeper Kevin Olimpa saved Stefano Okaka's shot.

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