For a preseason match, Manchester City and Liverpool went at it Wednesday night as if it were the middle of the English Premier League season.
A crowd of 49,653, a record for a soccer match at Yankee Stadium, was entertained by the rivals in the Guinness International Champions Cup match.
Liverpool beat the EPL champions, winning the shootout, 3-1, after the teams played to a 2-2 draw. The Reds (2-0-0, five points) moved into the Group B lead ahead of City (1-1, four) in the summer competition. Two points were awarded to the shootout winner, one to the loser.
Lucas Leiva converted the game-winning penalty kick after Emre Can and Jordan Henderson also scored. Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made two saves in the tiebreaker.
Stevan Jovetic struck twice for City within a 14-minute span; Raheem Sterling and Henderson scored for Liverpool, which twice rallied from a goal deficit.
The teams will play each other for EPL points and glory in Manchester on Aug. 25.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers enjoyed what he saw. "It was a great game," he said. "Manchester City has a wonderful team. They'll [contend] in the Premier League again this year. For us in the preseason, it was a great game."
The stadium was a sea of red and decidedly pro-Liverpool, including fans and actors Mike Myers and Daniel Craig. When the City players came out for pregame warm-ups, the Reds' faithful heartily booed them.
"Liverpool supporters don't surprise me anymore," Rodgers said. "It's just remarkable the support that we get when we go on the road. This probably was a home game for Manchester City. It felt like one for us."
City's sister club, New York City FC, will call the stadium home as an MLS expansion team next season.
Most of the soccer field was in the outfield, except for temporary grass that ran from the shortstop area to first base on the right flank.
"Three-quarters of it was excellent," Rodgers said. "There was a patch on the righthand side that I assume where the pitcher stands."
City broke through in the 53rd minute. Jesus Navas beat Jack Robinson on the right flank and sent in a ball that deflected off Jovetic in front of the net for a 1-0 lead. City's joy lasted only a few minutes as Liverpool equalized in the 59th minute on Henderson's shot from atop the box past goalkeeper Joe Hart.
After teammate Bruno Zuculini powered a shot off the crossbar in the 64th minute, Jovetic knocked in a 6-yard shot to break the tie in the 67th.
But Liverpool pressed on and Sterling drilled home Leiva's feed from 15 yards to tie it in the 85th minute.