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Monday 06 August 2012

Pre-season friendlies round-up

Man City win; Fulham hit four in busy pre-season programme

  • Joleon Lescott helped Manchester City finish their pre-season programme on a high

  • Chelsea were beaten by Brighton despite the efforts of John Terry and Gary Cahill

  • Mladen Petric was among the goalscorers as Fulham recorded a good win over Nice

  • Jermain Defoe was the only goalscorer as Tottenham saw off Watford

  • New signings Ron Vlaar and Karim El Ahmadi could not stop Villa losing to Nottingham Forest

Wolfsburg 0-2 Manchester City
Limerick 0-4 Manchester City

The Barclays Premier League champions finished their pre-season programme with victories in their final two friendly matches.

On Saturday, Sergio Aguero's toe-poked finish and Yaya Toure's shot secured a win over Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg.

On Sunday City were in Ireland, with Edin Dzeko scoring twice in a comfortable win over Limerick.

Dzeko, the only player to start both matches, bundled the ball in from close range and finished from a breakaway either side of Dedryck Boyata's strike.

That left City 3-0 up at the break and then Luca Scapuzzi completed a comfortable win ahead of Sunday's Community Shield match against Chelsea.

Nottingham Forest 3-1 Aston Villa

Barry Bannan scored a wonderful free-kick as Villa cancelled out Lewis McGugan's opener, but Villa slumped to defeat against the Championship outfit with late goals by Marcus Tudgay and McGugan's second.

Brighton 3-1 Chelsea

The European champions suffered a third successive pre-season defeat as Brighton came back strongly to shock the Barclays Premier League side after Frank Lampard's opener.

Blackpool 2-0 Everton

Everton gave starts to new signings Steven Naismith and Steven Pienaar but Alex Baptiste and James Caton gave the Championship side victory.

OGC Nice 0-4 Fulham

Martin Jol's side recorded an impressive win over the Ligue 1 side as Mladen Petric's spectacular opener was followed by goals from Alex Kacaniklic, Mahamadou Diarra and substitute teenager Mesca.

Den Haag 0-0 Newcastle United

Papiss Cisse saw his header cleared off the line and Shola Ameobi had a strike ruled out for offside as the Magpies were held to a stalemate in the Netherlands.

MK Dons 0-0 Norwich City

Robert Snodgrass played his first 90 minutes for the Canaries, but the visitors could not break down a resilient MK Dons side.

Trabzonspor 1-1 QPR

Shaun Wright-Phillips' emphatic low drive earned QPR a draw in Turkey, after Trabzonspor took the lead through a fine chip from Ondrej Celustka.

Bournemouth 2-2 Reading

Jem Karacan returned from injury but Reading could not secure victory despite twice taking the lead through Adrian Mariappa's header and Hal Robson-Kanu's penalty.

Southampton 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Billy Sharp finished smartly from Adam Lallana's cross and Jason Puncheon struck with a low shot as the Saints secured victory against Wolves.

Helsingborgs 2-0 Sunderland

The Swedish champions inflicted the third defeat of pre-season on Martin O'Neill's side thanks to Alfred Finnbogason's long-range effort and May Mahalangu's close-range finish.

Llanelli 1-1 Swansea City

Rory Donnelly capitalised on a poor back-pass to put Swansea ahead, but Rory Jenkins equalised as the visitors were held by their south Wales neighbours.

Watford 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Jermain Defoe headed in Kyle Walker's cross in the second half as Spurs recorded victory over their Championship rivals.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies needed a late 25-yard finish from Peter Odemwingie to earn a draw in an entertaining encounter against the Owls.

Ipswich Town 3-1 West Ham United

Matt Taylor fired a shot in off the post but the Hammers were beaten by the Championship side who scored through Michael Chopra, Luke Chambers and substitute Jason Scotland.

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Real Mallorca

The Latics were beaten by two second-half goals from their Spanish opponents, Victor Casadesus and Kevin Garcia finding the net.

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Key Points

  • Man City win two friendlies in two days as pre-season programme ends
  • Fifteen other Barclays Premier League sides in action
  • Fulham secure convincing victory, mixed results elsewhere