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Tuesday 07 August 2012

Pre-season friendlies round-up

Second defeat in USA for Chelsea while Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool draw

  • AC Milan goalscorer Urby Emanuelson (left) challenges Chelsea's Marko Marin

  • Liverpool's Martin Skrtel fires in a shot during the stalemate with Tottenham Hospur

  • Fulham goalscorer Steve Sidwell races through the Wycombe Wanderers rearguard

  • Stoke City's Kenwyne Jones battles for the ball during the 1-0 win against Orlando

Chelsea 0-1 AC Milan

Chelsea suffered their second successive friendly defeat against the Serie A giants in Miami.

Despite fielding a strong starting XI including John Terry, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard the Rossoneri emerged triumphant thanks to a second-half strike by Urby Emanuelson.

Though Terry headed a corner narrowly wide on the stroke of half-time, they had no answer to the lively Emanuelson, who scored with 20 minutes remaining after Petr Cech had parried Stephan El-Shaarawy's close-range effort.

Kitchee FC 2-2 Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Thomas Eisfeld were on target as Arsenal twice came from behind to share an entertaining draw with Hong Kong's treble-winners

Kitchee took the lead after just eight minutes when Lam Ka Wai pounced on a loose ball and supplied an excellent through ball from which Yago Gonzalez Lopez scored.

Walcott levelled for the Gunners from close range in 24 minutes after fine approach play by Abou Diaby, but five minutes later they were behind again as Cancela Rodriguez fired high into the net following a goalmouth scramble.

Just as he did against a Malaysia XI five days earlier, Eisfled came off the bench to equalise, profiting from Gervinho's cut-back 11 minutes from time.

Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

Tottenham were held to a goalless draw by Liverpool in high temperatures in Baltimore on Saturday.

Tottenham came the closest to breaking the deadlock three minutes before the interval when Aaron Lennon guided Gareth Bale's cross against the post from just three yards out.

Bale was forced off at half-time with an ankle injury following a late challenge by Charlie Adam and chances were few and far between thereafter as the players wilted in the 35C heat.

SC Braga 1-2 Newcastle United

Demba Ba and Ryan Taylor were the scorers as Newcastle won the inaugural Trofeu Internacional de Futebol do Guadiana.

Having drawn their first match of this four-team pre-season tournament against Galatasaray, Newcastle clinched the trophy despite being pegged back by Ruben Amorim's strike midway through the second half.

Ba has given Alan Pardew's side the lead four minutes earlier, converting the rebound after his penalty, awarded for a foul on Sylvain Marveaux, had been saved by Braga's Beto.

Amorim's deflected effort levelled the match but within three minutes Newcastle were in front again, Taylor deciding matters with a wonderful 25-yard free-kick.

Wycombe 0-3 Fulham

New signing Mladen Petric scored his fourth goal in as many pre-season matches as Fulham secured a comfortable victory.

Playing in their new orange away kits, Martin Jol's charges took the lead on 18 minutes when Petric curled a 20-yard shot inside the far post.

Bryan Ruiz bested that effort with a 25-yard free-kick that found the top corner five minutes from time and midfielder Steven Sidwell rounded off the scoring two minutes later.

SC Olhanense 1-1 Reading

Reading had to settle for a draw in Olhao as the Barclays Premier League side concluded their pre-season tour of Portugal.

The Royals took the lead thanks to an excellent strike by midfielder Danny Guthrie midway through the first half but Nicky Shorey’s handball enabled Rui Duarte to level the match on 64 minutes.

FC Energie Cottbus 2-2 West Ham United

Two goals in the last 13 minutes helped West Ham salvage an entertaining draw in Germany.

Sam Allardyce’s side had it all to do as Daniel Adlung scored on eight and 42 minutes to put the hosts in charge. However, Kazim Richards’ long-range volley on 77 minutes gave the visitors hope and, two minutes later, Sam Baldock levelled the match with a looping header.

Ventura Fusion 0-1 Swansea City

Swansea City won the first match of their American tour with a hard-fought win over Ventura County Fusion.

Michael Laudrup’s side sealed victory after Luke Moore connected with Danny Graham's cross for the only goal of the match after 21 minutes.

Orlando 0-1 Stoke City

Ten-man Stoke City edged victory thanks to Jonathan Walters's first-half winner.

Walters, who had headed City into a first half lead against Columbus Crew on Tuesday evening, struck on the stroke of half-time when he volleyed in Peter Crouch’s knockdown and the Potters held on for the win despite the second-half dismissal of fellow Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan for his second bookable offence.

Hoffenheim 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan came away from their Austrian tour unbeaten after a creditable draw against the Bundesliga side.

Mauro Boselli struck on 24 minutes to convert his third pre-season goal but Mathieu Delpierre headed in the equaliser from a corner five minutes before the interval.

Southampton 0-1 Ajax

Southampton were edged out by the Eredivisie champions, who struck the winner thanks to winger Aras Ozbiliz's 64th-minute strike.

Peterborough 0-2 Norwich

Steve Morison and James Vaughan scored in either half as Norwich completed a comfortable pre-season win at London Road.

Hartlepool United 1 Sunderland 0

The local bragging rights went to Hartlepool as summer signing Steve Howard scored after just eight minutes to secure victory for the hosts at Victoria Park.

Barnsley 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

West Brom dominated proceedings but were unable to find the breakthrough at Oakwell, Shane Long coming the closest with a header that hit the post.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea beaten by AC Milan in Florida
  • Arsenal held by Hong Kong outfit
  • Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool share draw