Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (left) celebrates after scoring a goal against Hong Kong’s Kitchee during their friendly match on Wednesday. Associated Press
England international Sterling scored a brace in the second half as West Ham’s defence went AWOL in Nanjing.
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was the hero for Wolves, saving three spot-kicks after their Asia Trophy final against Manchester City went to penalties on Saturday in Shanghai. Wolves won the exhibition tournament 3-2 on penalties after the game against the Premier League champions ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Manchester City moved back ahead of Liverpool to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Burnley, while Chelsea consolidated their place in the top four thanks to another error from Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Fresh after avenging his side’s Champions League defeat against Tottenham, Pep Guardiola will target the quadruple again next season with Manchester City despite the disappointment of this week’s Champions League exit against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams was benched and fellow centre Ryan Crotty missed out altogether as New Zealand named their team for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland.
Bottom club Ittihad Kalba will look to bounce back to give their new coach a winning debut when they take on Fujairah in the fourth round match of the Arabian Gulf League (AGL) on Friday.