Asia Trophy: Wolves beat Man City in bizarre penalty shootout

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Wolves emerged as champions of the Premier League Asia Trophy after a tense penalty shootout following a goalless draw at Shanghai Hongkou Stadium.

In a game that was dominated for large periods by Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions missed three shots to lose the penalty shootout 3-2.

The City could not find a way to break through the robust Wolves defense and the man of the match goalkeeper Rui Patricio though they dominated the match.

On the 19th minute, Leroy Sane was brought down in the Wolves box running at pace and referee Martin Atkinson duly obliged and award the penalty.

Sterling, the man of the match in the first game, stepped up to take the spot-kick, however, the powerful shot sailed over the bar into the Wolves fans sat behind the goal.

Wolves rarely broke out of their own half. In the 30th minute, Wolves found themselves with a freekick on the edge of the box. A Joao Moutinho outswinger to the back post caused an issue for the City defense and when Morgan Gibbs-White went to the ground, desperate appeals for a penalty but was turned down by the referee.

As the players came out for the second half, City continued to control the game. In the 77th minute, City midfield maestro David Silva almost scored the goal of the Asia Trophy from a free-kick from 25 yards out. However, Patricio was equal to the effort, diving across the face of his goal to pull off the save of the tournament.

In the penalty shootout, it was once again the Portuguese keeper who made three saves to give Wolves the Asia Trophy for the first time.

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