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Rooney scores twice, Man U beats AS Roma in Denver

By: The Associated Press
July 26, 2014 Updated: July 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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Manchester United players hug after a goal by Wayne Rooney during the first half of an exhibition soccer match against AS Roma at Mile High Stadium, in Denver, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER — Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up Juan Mata's goal in Manchester United's 3-2 victory over AS Roma on Saturday in the International Champions Cup.

Manchester United was coming off a 7-0 exhibition victory over Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl and nearly had another shutout in front of 54,117 fans at Sports Authority Field. That was spoiled on Miralem Pjanic's goal in the 75th minute.

Marco Borriello also scored for AS Roma, which carried the play early before Manchester United took control late in the first half behind Mata and Rooney.

In the 36th minute, Mata fed Rooney at the top of the box and he dribbled to his right before curling a shot over the outstretched fingers of goalkeeper Lukasz Korupski and into the top left corner of the net.

Right after Mata missed on a close-in chance, he capitalized on another in the 39th minute. Rooney lofted a pass from midfield that Mata corralled in the box and chipped over Korupski.

Rooney made it 3-0 on a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time.

Both clubs made wholesale changes after the break, employing their benches on an overcast day, and AS Roma got on the board with a well-placed shot late in the second half. Pjanic, 10 yards behind midfield, blasted a shot toward the Manchester United net. Goalkeeper Ben Amos was positioned high in the box and couldn't recover in time to stop the ball from going in.

AS Roma nearly made it a one-goal game when Leandro Castan's bicycle kick went off the post. That missed opportunity loomed large when Borriello scored on a penalty kick in the 89th minute to make it 3-2.

AS Roma had several scoring opportunities early.

Mattia Destro got behind the defense and took a pass from Salih Ucan. Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone came out to disrupt Destro, who chipped it over Johnstone toward the empty net. The ball bounced at the goalmouth and over the crossbar.

A minute later, Ucan sent a shot across the top of the box to Seydou Keita, but his shot went high over the goal.

Manchester United defender Rafael missed the game because of a groin injury.

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