Liverpool edged Manchester City on penalties in the International Champions Cup, while Chelsea continued their promising preseason form and faced little trouble in seeing off Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday.
Manchester City started the match in dominating fashion but they couldn't break the deadlock. Edin Dzeko came close to scoring the opener, but his strike was ruled offside and both teams remained goalless in first 45 minutes.
It was Stevan Jovetic who opened the scoring in the 53rd minute for City, when Jesus Navas's pass fell straight to him and the Bosnian made no mistake in putting his team in front. However, their joy was short lived as the Reds equalised through Jordan Henderson a few minutes later.
Henderson collected a loose ball and curled it into the top right corner from just inside the box. Jovetic, who was the live wire for City, put his side in the lead once again in the 76th minute, thus completing a brace.
Liverpool managed to get on level terms once again, despite City's domination, when Raheem Sterling smashed home from close range on Lucas Leiva's cross.
The Reds prevailed over the Premier League champions 3-1 in the shootout and put themselves in contention for reaching the final.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea came out in flying colours to register a dominating 3-1 victory over Vitesse Arnhem, with newly-signed Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa making their mark for the Blues on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho's side controlled the pace early on and Mohamed Salah opened the scoring as early as in the fourth minute. The Egyptian scored from close range, after good work from Costa, who has recently joined Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when Fabregas converted a freekick from 25 yards that curled into the top-right corner. Down by two goals at halftime, Vitesse came close to reducing the deficit when Zakaria Labyad's shot rattled the crossbar.
However, the Blues sealed the encounter when Nemanja Matic scored on Costa's pass 15 minutes before time. Uros Djurdjevic scored a consolation goal for the Dutch team in the final moments of the match.
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