Atletico Madrid defeat Arsenal 4-2 after penalties in pre-season friendly

Atletico Madrid defeat Arsenal 4-2 after penalties in pre-season friendly

- Arsenal lost to Atletico Madrid in a pre-season friendly

- The match ended 1-1 in regulation time as it went on to penalties

- Luciano Vietto and Smith Rowe scored for their sides respectively

Unai Emery tasted his first defeat as Arsenal manager after losing 3-1 on penalties to Atletico Madrid following a 1-1 draw on regulation time.

Argentine striker Luciano Vietto scored a fine header towards the end of the first half and Smith Rowe got the equalizer immediately after the restart.

The Gunners eventually lost the match on penalties, as Atletico substitute goalkeeper Antonio Adan saved from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joel Willock and Eddie Nketiah before scoring the deciding spot-kick.

Atletico Madrid defeat Arsenal 3-1 on penalties in pre-season friendly

Aaron Ramsey in action against Atletico Madrid in a pre-season friendly. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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Big names like Alexandre Lacazette started up front, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played from the left-flank.

Reiss Nelson made up the front trio in a 4-3-3 system before was replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the second-half.

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Newly signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno and midfielder Matteo Guendouzi made their debut while Sokratis Papastathopolous played the final half-hour.

The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi, who have trained in Singapore this week but were not deemed ready to play the match but will face PSG on Saturday.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported Alexis Sanchez was in scoring form as Manchester United defeated AC Milan 9-8 in a thrilling penalty shoot-out in their International Champions Cup fixture in Carson, California.

The Chilean 12th minute goal that gave the Red Devils the lead only lasted for three minutes before Suso equalized for the Serie A side.

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