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AC Milan beats Real Madrid 4-2 in Dubai friendly

Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice for AC Milan

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Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice for AC Milan as the Italian giants beat Real Madrid 4-2 to win the Dubai Football Challenge (DFC) on Tuesday.

Real entered the mid-season friendly with a record of 22 consecutive wins, but Cristiano Ronaldo and teammates failed to match Milan's attacking power.


The last match of the year globally, co-organised by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Emirates Airline, was broadcast to more than 400 million households worldwide.

Finalising a blockbuster year of football, the Dubai Football Challenge has also closed a landmark 12 months for the city and its events scene, with the emirate crowned the World’s International Festival and Events City by the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) earlier this year on account of its calendar of internationally-renowned events, such as the Dubai Football Challenge.