Nigerian whiz kid, Kelechi Iheanacho, posted a superlative performance in his Manchester City win over Serie A giants, Roma, in the final of the International Champions Cup in Melbourne on Tuesday.
City defeated Roma 5-4 on penalties after the teams drew 2-2 in Melbourne.
City took the lead with just three minutes on the clock when Raheem Sterling broke free of the Roma defence before calmly slotting past Morgan De Sanctis.
However, the Italians drew level five minutes later as Miralem Pjanic beat Wilfredo Caballero with a powerful drive from 25 yards that flew into the top corner.
Chances continued to arrive during the remainder of what was an entertaining opening half, with David Silva and Iheanacho both being denied by De Sanctis.
The lively Iheanacho came close to giving Manuel Pellegrini’s side the lead on 34 minutes when he jumped highest to meet a cross from Silva, but De Sanctis was alert to the danger again and parried the ball away.
Roma enjoyed a strong finish to the half after struggling to create opportunities in front of goal, but they failed to make their late dominance count.
The closest that they came was from a corner, but Daniele De Rossi could not keep his header down.
A busy start to the second half saw City go back in front on 51 minutes through Iheanacho, who capitalised on some sloppy defending to rifle the ball into the net.
The Premier League side pushed hard for a third soon as Jesus Navas fired over before De Sanctis kept out Marcos Lopes with an instinctive save.
Yaya Toure then tried his luck with a fizzing strike, but substitute goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont was there to keep it out.
City were made to pay for those misses with just two minutes remaining when Adem Ljajic curled in a free kick from the edge of the box following Toure’s foul on Seydou Doumbia.
With the game going to penalties, Aleksandar Kolarov’s missed effort looked to be decisive as Doumbia stepped up to win the match for Roma.
However, his spot kick was saved by Joe Hart before the England international kept out Seydou Keita’s penalty to win the match for City.