Monday 13 August 2012
New signing Lukas Podolski scored twice against his former side as Arsenal hit four goals against Cologne in Germany.
The 27-year-old striker scored on 15 and 43 minutes, the first a penalty, as the Gunners completed their pre-season preparations with a comprehensive victory.
Arsenal's most recent arrival Santi Cazorla also impressed, providing the fifth-minute corner from which Thomas Vermaelen headed in the opening goal. Gervinho rounded off the scoring on the hour.
Liverpool also ended their pre-season schedule with a win as Andy Carroll got on the scoresheet against the Bundesliga side managed by former Reds defender Sami Hyypia.
It proved an unsuccessful return to Anfield for Hyypia, who spent 10 years at Anfield, but whose side fell behind with less than a minute on the clock.
Teenager Raheem Sterling produced a fine, curling shot top open the scoring and Lucas doubled the lead from close range on 29 minutes.
Half-time substitute Andy Carroll also got on the scoresheet to make it 3-0 midway through the second half with Sidney Sam converting the consolation goal for the visitors.
Wigan sucumbed to a narrow defeat against their La Liga hosts in their final pre-season friendly.
Though the Latics began brightly at the Balaidos Stadium with Albert Crusat forcing a good save from Javi Varras in the home goal, they were lucky not to go behind when Alex Lopez struck the crossbar with a fierce strike.
Celta continued to swarm forward after the interval and forced Ali Al-Habsi into a string of saves before Iago Aspas found the breakthrough.
Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa were both on target as Manchester United fought back from a 3-1 deficit to win in Germany.
Javier Hernandez pounced on 31 minutes to cancel out Artur Sobiech's opening goal but second-half strikes by Karim Haggui (49) and Mohammed Abdellaoue (66) left the visitors with a mountain to climb.
However, United responded well as Rooney scored with a free-kick (69) and a penalty (82) and new signing Kagawa marked his return to Germany with an 85th-minute winner.
"It was great [to play with Kagawa]," Rooney told MUTV. "Obviously, he's a very clever player. The likes of him, Chicharito and Tom Cleverley are players who are capable of getting on the ball and linking the play and it worked well for us tonight."
Newcastle's pre-season preparations concluded on a low note as Alan Pardew's side were emphatically unravelled by Championship side Cardiff.
The visitors found themselves 3-0 down inside 27 minutes thanks to two Aron Gunnarsson goals either side of a Joe Ralls effort and although Shola Ameobi converted a second-half penalty, Etien Velikonja completed the misery for the Magpies.
Southampton also conceded four goals as the newly promoted Barclays Premier League side were unable to get on the scoresheet in north-east Italy.
The Serie A side, who are gearing up for the UEFA Champions League play-offs, never looked back once Antonio Di Natale had given them a 12th-minute lead.
Di Natale scored again before the interval, after having set up Willians for the second goal, and the impressive Italy striker teed up Luis Muriel to round off the scoring for the Friulani.
Darren Bent scored twice as Aston Villa shared an entertaining draw with the Bundesliga club.
Niclas Fullkrug gave hosts the lead before goals from Bent and Ciaran Clark edged Villa ahead.
Though Eljero Elia levelled, Bent headed in Charles N'Zogbia’s corner to restore Paul Lambert side's advantage on 68 minutes only for Aaron Hunt to earn Bremen a share of the spoils.
Another match between Barclays Premier League and Bundesliga opposition provided a flurry of goals as Danny Graham scored twice for the Swans.
Michael Laudrup's charges were 2-0 down at half-time as Stuttgart's Christian Gentner and Vedad Ibisevic breached the Swans' rearguard.
The visitors were level thanks to Graham's double – the latter a penalty – and took the lead when Nathan Dyer's cross deflected in, but substitute Raphael Holzhauser made it 3-3 with 10 minutes remaining.
Djibril Cisse scored the visitors' goals as Queens Park Rangers twice came from behind to salvage a draw in Germany.
Mark Hughes' charges fell behind when Aristide Bance scored a 17th-minute penalty, and although Cisse had responded in emphatic fashion on 33 minutes, the hosts were in front once more through Anton Ferdinand’s own goal eight minutes before the interval.
The west Londoners hit back again when Cisse doubled his tally 10 minutes after half-time when put through by a wonderful pass from new signing Junior Hoilett.
Martin Jol's charges were unable to exploit their early advantage as Charlton came from behind to win at Craven Cottage.
Only five minutes had gone when Damien Duff popped up to give Fulham the lead, and despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession in the first half the Cottagers were undone in the second half when Johnnie Jackson and Yann Kermorgant scored on 70 and 77 minutes.
Norwich City came unstuck in their final pre-season match as Borussia Monchengladbach proved too strong for them at Carrow Road.
Goals in each half by Igor de Camargo and substitute Branimir Hrgota proved enough to secure victory for the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, who gave City a thorough examination in a competitive game.
Everton's final pre-season sortie ended in defeat as David Moyes’s side succumbed at La Rosaleda.
A full-strength Everton enjoyed an equal share of possession but were sunk by a powerful 73rd-minute header by Brazilian centre-back Weligton.
Sunderland were also on the losing side after falling to a narrow defeat at Leicester City.
Martin O'Neill's side had no response to Tom Parkes' 72nd-minute winner and suffered their fourth defeat in six pre-season matches.
Two rapid-fire second-half goals ensured the Royals overcame Crystal Palace in their final pre-season friendly.
New signing Pavel Pogrebnyak broke the deadlock for the hosts after 51 minutes and Adam Le Fondre made it 2-0 just two minutes later.
West Ham came away from Portugal with a share of the spoils after grabbing a last-gasp equaliser against the UEFA Champions League hopefuls.
The newly promoted Hammers had to rally after going a goal behind when Lima converted a 34th-minute penalty after James Collins was adjudged to have handled the ball, and they did so when Winston Reid met James Tomkins’s knock-down to score from close range.
West Brom completed their pre-season schedule with a routine defeat of the Championship side.
The visitors took the lead after just seven minutes when Youssouf Mulumbu's unleashed a powerful drive and the match was out of reach 10 minutes later when Shane Long scored from the penalty spot.