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Thousands of Soccer Fans Fill TCF Bank Stadium for International Match

Updated: 08/02/2014 4:57 PM
Created: 08/02/2014 3:05 PM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Tens of thousands of fans were at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday for the Guinness International Champions Cup soccer tournament as English soccer Greek champion Olympiacos beat English soccer champion Manchester City.

Dimitrios Diamantakos scored twice in regulation and Roberto Jimenez Gago made two saves in a shootout to help Olimpiacos beat Manchester City 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in the International Challenge Cup game.          

Aleksander Kolarov put English Premier League champion Manchester City up 2-1 in the 53rd minute on a penalty kick after David Silva was tripped in the Olimpiacos box.          

But Diamantakos tied it in the 65th minute when he took a feed at the top of the box, made a move to get past goalkeeper Joe Hart and blasted it into the open net.          

Manchester City opened the scoring on Stevan Jovetic goal in the 35th minute. Jovetic took a pass from Samir Nasri, dribbled past one defender, then split two others with a right-footed shot that beat a flat-footed Jimenez Gago. Two minutes later, Diamantakos tied it for Olimpiacos.

The tournament is being played in a total of 12 cities and 13 stadiums across the United States and Canada. The format consists of two groups of four in a round-robin format; each team will play a total of three matches in group play, and the two group leaders will face off Monday, Aug. 4 in the final at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.  

The tournament features eight teams: Real Madrid CF, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, AS Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Olympiacos.

Ahead of the international soccer match, the University of Minnesota’s stadium got a grassy makeover, covering the artificial turf with real grass.

"The University of Minnesota and its Athletic Department are proud to be a part of such a prestigious series and to host two of the most famous clubs in the world," Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said. "TCF Bank Stadium has hosted some of the most exciting events in recent Twin Cities history, and we look forward to welcoming another memorable event."

See more about the tournament at http://internationalchampionscup.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: KSTP-TV/Josh Rosenthal

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