Thursday 26 July 2012

Pre-season friendlies round-up

Defeats in USA for Liverpool and Chelsea but Man Utd, West Brom and West Ham win

  • Raheem Sterling was in action as Liverpool suffered a narrow defeat against Roma

  • Frank Lampard scored for Chelsea but the MLS All-Stars won with a last-gasp strike

  • Shinji Kagawa's first goal for Manchester United was enough to earn a victory in Shanghai

Roma 2-1 Liverpool

Charlie Adam hit a consolation goal as Liverpool were beaten by Roma at Fenway Park in Boston.

Roma took the lead through Michael Bradley, the American firing in a shot on 63 minutes.

Six minutes later Alessandro Florenzi fired in the loose ball after Erik Lamela's shot was parried and although Adam struck from 20 yards with 10 minutes remaining, the Italians saw out the victory.

MLS All-Stars 3-2 Chelsea

Goals by John Terry and Frank Lampard were not enough to prevent Chelsea slipping to their first pre-season defeat.

Chris Wondolowski put the All-Stars in front in Philadelphia, but Terry rose to head an equaliser before half-time.

Lampard's close-range finish put Chelsea ahead before Chris Pontius side-footed an equaliser - and in injury time former Fulham forward Eddie Johnson scored with a shot which deflected off of David Luiz.

Shanghai Shenhua 0-1 Manchester United

Manchester United new boy Shinji Kagawa scored his first goal for the club as Sir Alex Ferguson's men won their only Asian pre-season fixture in sweltering conditions.

New Shanghai signing Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka were absent as from the resilient Chinese side, but Kagawa broke through on 68 minutes.

His shot found the net and secured United the Chevrolet China Cup.

FC Copenhagen 0-3 West Bromwich Albion

Steve Clarke earned his first win as Albion boss as the Baggies won in Denmark.

Steven Reid curled in an excellent free-kick on 15 minutes, but Clarke had to wait until the closing moments to make victory secure.

Shane Long scored an 89th-minute penalty before fellow substitute Gabriel Tamas scored with a deflected shot two minutes into injury time.

Rot-Weiss Erfut 0-3 West Ham United

West Ham scored three times in the second half to secure victory against the German third division outfit.

The Hammers broke through on 47 minutes after substitute Phil Ofosu-Ayeh inadvertently turned Kazim Richards' cross into his own net.

Ricardo Vaz Te produced a fine finish after a good link up with Blair Turgott on 63 minutes, then added another after being put through by Nicky Maynard.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea and Liverpool suffer defeats in the USA
  • Shinji Kagawa scores as Man Utd beat Shanghai Shenhua
  • West Brom and West Ham earn wins overseas