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Thursday 19 July 2012

Pre-season friendlies round-up

Eden Hazard and Gylfi Sigurdsson both score in the latest round of pre-season matches

  • New Tottenham Hotspur signing Gylfi Sigurdsson was on target against Stevenage

  • Federico Macheda scores the only goal in Manchester United's victory in South Africa

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor takes on a Philadelphia Union defender in Aston Villa's 1-0 win

  • Fulham striker Marcelo Trotta scores one of his two goals in the win over Lokomotive Leipzig

Stevenage 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored in his first appearance in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt to help his side beat Stevenage in their opening pre-season friendly.

The former Swansea City midfielder fired home with a fine strike just after half-time following Andros Townsend's charge down the right.

"The main thing was to pick up match minutes"
- Andre Villas-Boas

Yago Falque made sure of the win in a match in which Jan Vertonghen also made his debut and defenders Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone returned to action.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas: "[Gyfil Sigurdsson] has tremendous goalscoring attributes that he showed last season at Swansea. He managed to turn his marker and shoot. It was a great goal and important for him.

"The players haven't stopped training since we started pre-season on July 9th. Bearing in mind the physical effort they are putting into training, coming here and doing what we are trying to do was very gratifying.

"The main thing was to pick up match minutes and the main objective was achieved. We all go home satisfied and Thursday we continue to train."

AmaZulu FC 0-1 Manchester United

Federico Macheda's first-half goal was enough for Manchester United to edge home in their competitive friendly in South Africa.

"We played some good football and scored a nice goal"
- Sir Alex Ferguson

The 20-year-old slotted in from the edge of the area to put his side in front while goalkeepers Anders Lindegaard and Taupwa Kapini produced a string of fine saves.

New signing Shinji Kagawa came on for his debut with two minutes to go while the match also featured Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "We're satisfied. We always like to win our first game. It was a good work-out for us. In the second half, I thought AmaZulu increased their aggression and got closer to us, making it more difficult.

"In general we showed some signs of tiredness towards the end, but we expect that in the first game of the tour. We played some good football and scored a nice goal. It was a good match."

Seattle Sounders 2-4 Chelsea

Chelsea new boys Eden Hazard and Marko Marin were both on target as the Blues opened their USA tour with victory at CenturyLink Field.

"It's great for the club and the team to have different options"
- Roberto Di Matteo

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for Chelsea in the third minute after being played through by Josh McEachran while Hazard, a summer signing from Lille, doubled the score seven minutes later with a deflected shot.

Seattle pulled a goal back but Marin produced his first Chelsea goal five minutes before the break, with Lukaku adding a fourth on the stroke of half-time.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo: "We were looking for a good workout, and we saw some good possession and combination play, integrating new players and seeing our younger talents in the club that will hopefully be the future.

"Hazard is a versatile player, he can play in the role he played tonight but also out wide. Last season we didn't have too many options in the role he played tonight apart from Juan, so it's great for the club and the team to have different options."

FC Lokomotive Leipzig 0-4 Fulham

Two goals from striker Marcello Trotta helped give Fulham a comfortable win over German side FC Lokomotive Leipzig.

"It's early days with our attacking combinations"
- Martin Jol

Loan signing Sascha Riether played a role in Trotta's opener on 22 minutes, as the teenager scored his second with a thumping strike eight minutes before half-time.

Fulham, who had begun their German tour with a 0-0 draw against HB Kobe on Sunday, wrapped up victory with second-half goals from new signing Mladen Petric and Lauri Della Valle.

Manager Martin Jol: "We didn’t create too many chances but the ones we did we took, and I am happy with that.

"We worked hard to put some good crosses in but Leipzig defended them well. I would have loved to have seen us create some more chances but it's still very early in pre-season.

"It is only the start of training for us, and it's early days with our attacking combinations because we have lost a few forwards over recent times."

Philadelphia Union 0-1 Aston Villa

Nathan Delfouneso capped an impressive display with the winning goal at the PPL Stadium.

"I thought it was tough for us with the heat but I was delighted with the way we played"
- Paul Lambert

The 21-year-old struck with a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area after latching on to Stephen Warnock's pass.

Striker Darren Bent, defender Ciaran Clarke and new midfielder Brett Holman also had chances while Villa survived a late scare when Josue Martinez fired wide.

Manager Paul Lambert: "It was a very good work-out. I thought we were excellent, certainly for good spells of the game.  I thought it was tough for us with the heat but I was delighted with the way we played.

"I thought we should have been two or three up before we did score but the football we played was excellent. I was really, really pleased.

"It's not an easy place to play with their crowd but I was really pleased with my team. The passing pleased me but also the commitment. I think that's always important as well."

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Key Points

  • Barclays Premier League clubs gearing up for new season
  • Tottenham, Man Utd, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Fulham all record wins
  • Eden Hazard and Gylfi Sigurdsson both score goals for new clubs