Liverpool FC Defeats AC Milan in Front of Big Charlotte Crowd


Liverpool FC of the English Premier League defeated AC Milan of Italian Serie A 2-0 in a European Champions League yesterday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

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A Liverpool FC victory created a little less drama than might have been had in the Champion League Standings. Liverpool FC had won Group A in the Champions League before action had even started when Olympiacos defeated Manchester City to end Manchester City’s bid to win the group or at least push Liverpool FC in the match.

Aug 2, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen (24) gets a congratulatory hug from forward Rickie Lambert (9) after a goal against AC Milan during an international friendly at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

According to David Scott of the Charlotte Observer, Liverpool FC was the more aggressive team in the early going. This allowed them to take advantage of a rare error by Michael Essien of AC Milan. They intercepted his lazy pass and then proceeded to score when midfielder Joe Allen knocked the second rebound into the goal in the 18th minute.

Though there was a failed penalty kick, scoring dried up until the very end of the game. Suso knocked one in from twenty yards away to make the final score 2-0.

The real heroes of the match were probably the 66,000 fans who came out to see this European Champions match between good teams. As to what this says about local interest in soccer is hard to say. These were elite European teams. I think it would be far more telling if 66,000 showed up to see the LA Galaxy and NY Red Bulls play a match.

In the meantime both sides of ‘Will Soccer Ever be Big in America’ debate will probably find something to encourage them about this match.

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