Ten goals we loved from the 2018 International Champions Cup

The 2018 International Champions Cup was the biggest and best edition of the summer's premier summer tournament yet.

With 18 teams comprised of the world's best soccer stars, competing across three continents for the first time, we were spoiled for action and some of the goals were unforgettable.

Ahead of this Valentine's Day, we've picked out ten of our favourite strikes from the tournament – here are the goals we loved from ICC 2018! 

1. Lautaro Martínez vs. Atlético de Madrid

Signed from Racing Club for $26million last summer, new Inter forward Martínez gave Nerazzurri supporters a first glimpse of his enormous potential at the 2018 International Champions Cup.

He'd already netted the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Olympique Lyonnais in Lecce when he scored a stunning winner against Atlético de Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in the final game of the tournament.

A searching ball to the back post from Kwadawo Asamoah spotted the run of the Argentine who launched himself towards goal, directing the ball past Jan Oblak with an agile volley which almost defied belief. 

2. Emile Smith Rowe vs. Atlético de Madrid

As well as taking over the US, the 2018 International Champions Cup also went to Singapore and it was there one of the tournament's best goals was scored.

Premier League side Arsenal were taking on UEFA Europa League winners Atlético at the National Stadium in Kallang but had fallen behind shortly before half time to a Luciano Vietto strike.

No matter, though. Two minutes into the second period 17-year-old midfielder Emile Smith Rowe picked up a loose ball, rode a couple of challenges and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the far corner. Two days later he turned 18 – not a bad birthday present! 

3. Rafinha vs. AS Roma

Having spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Inter the Brazilian midfielder needed to make a point to Barça coach Ernesto Valverde.

What better way to do it than by scoring a worldie at the International Champions Cup? 

After the Blaugrana picked up possession in midfield, Munir El-Haddadi exchanged a quick one-two with Rafinha who controlled the forward's lofted ball over the Roma backline with his chest before expertly dispatching a half volley past keeper Robin Olsen to open the scoring. 

4. Álejandro Grimaldo vs. Juventus

Runners-up in the Portuguese Liga NOS, Benfica were underdogs for their meeting with Serie A winners Juventus in New Jersey. But Rui Vitória's side packed a punch and went in front with this stunner from left-back Álejandro Grimaldo.

With 65 minutes gone at the home of the New York Red Bulls, the Spaniard took a fairly straight run up to a free-kick, whipping it over the wall and back down in a flash to leave Bianconeri goalkeeper Mattia Perrin rooted to the spot.

5. Luca Clemenza vs. Benfica

The draw between Benfica and Juventus at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, only featured two goals in normal time – before Juve triumphed from the spot – but both were peaches. 

With Benfica leading thanks to Grimaldo's stunning opener (above) it took something even more special to force spot kicks. 

A raking ball forward found Mattia De Sciglio who knocked down for youngster Luca Clemenza. And Clemenza did the rest, weaving between two Benfica defenders, while holding off a third, before depositing the ball in the far corner with a wicked curling effort. 

6. Andreas Pereira vs. Liverpool

David Beckham. Ryan Giggs. Cristiano Ronaldo. It's fair to say Manchester United appreciate good free-kick takers and, in Brazilian prospect Andreas Pereira, they might just have another.

The playmaker started for José Mourinho's side in the all-Premier League clash with rivals Liverpool at a packed-out Michigan Stadium and quickly repaid his coach's faith with an equaliser from 25 yards.

With unerring accuracy, Pereira whipped the ball up and over the Liverpool wall and, quick as a flash, it was beyond the motionless Kamil Grabara to draw the Red Devils level in Ann Arbor. 

7. Christian Pulisic vs. Liverpool

With the game between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund tied at 1-1 following his earlier penalty kick, US Men's National Team captain Christian Pulisic turned on the style at the death, sending 55,000 fans wild at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

A flowing BVB move which began with goalkeeper Marwin Hitz ended with Pulisic tucking the ball past Reds' No.1 Loris Karius a matter of seconds later as the Bundesliga side flew up the field to win the tie.

Winger Jacob Bruun Larsen applied further gloss to the scoreline with a third goal in stoppage time as Dortmund got revenge on former head coach Jürgen Klopp.

8. Arthur Melo vs. Tottenham Hotspur

The chase for Brazilian prospect Arthur was a long and arduous one for Barça. But the former Grêmio man wasted no time in showing why the Catalans had pushed so hard to secure his signature.

Youngster Juan Miranda whipped the ball from left to right, finding Rafinha on the far side. The Brazilian controlled before laying off for his countryman on the edge of the box.

Having taken a touch to set himself, Arthur lashed past helpless Tottenham Hotspur keeper Paulo Gazzaniga to double Barça's advantage at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

9. Gareth Bale vs. Juventus

The International Champions Cup holds special memories for Gareth Bale. The 2018 edition was his fifth with Real Madrid and it was in 2014, his first, that he opened his account for Los Blancos.

And the Welshman was at it again last year, bagging twice for Julen Lopetegui's side. The pick of which was his fierce strike from the edge of the penalty area against Juventus at FedExField, MD.

Dani Ceballos seized on a bobbling ball 25 yards from goal before Bale took over, getting the ball out of his feet before lashing past Wojciech Szczęsny to tie the score up at 1-1 before half time.

10. Xherdan Shaqiri vs. Manchester United

The clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium, AKA 'The Big House' in Ann Arbour, had been long anticipated and, on the day, a crowd of more than 107,000 were not left disappointed.

United had already struck a strong claim for goal of the match when Pereira lifted a sumptuous free-kick up and over the Liverpool wall to cancel out Sadio Mané's opener. 

But that was the warm-up act to what was the follow and, as Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners, Shaqiri's stunning, acrobatic, bicycle kick completed a remarkable win and ensured the Swiss maestro's debut ended in the perfect fashion.


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