July 28, 2019 / 9:32 PM / 3 months ago

Benfica make it three wins from three in ICC

Jul 28, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; SL Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt (49) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against AC Milan in the second half during the International Champions Cup soccer series at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - A deflected strike from Adel Taarabt was enough to ensure Benfica beat AC Milan 1-0 to finish their International Champions Cup campaign with a 100 per cent record on Sunday.

Milan dominated the first half in Foxborough without making their pressure count, with their Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek missing the best of the openings.

After the break it was all Benfica, and the pressure told in the 70th minute as a corner came out to Taarabt, which he drilled for goal only for the ball to take a huge deflection on its way past Pepe Reina.

Milan pressed for an equaliser but again came up short, as they finish the United States leg of the pre-season event with two defeats from two.

Despite losing star youngster Joao Felix who was transferred to Atletico Madrid at the start of the summer, Benfica completed a clean sweep of victories in the Massachusetts sunshine.

Reporting by Pete Hall; Editing by Ian Chadband

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