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Sunday 11 August 2013

Friendly review: Arsenal claim Man City scalp

Chelsea come from behind to beat Roma while Liverpool suffer first pre-season defeat

Fourteen Barclays Premier League sides were in action on Saturday, with most playing their final warm-up matches a week ahead of the start of the 2013/14 season.

A packed crowd in Helsinki saw Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-1. Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a half-time lead before Aaron Ramsey, who set up Walcott’s goal, doubled the lead after the break. Olivier Giroud made it three by lobbing the ball over Joe Hart. Alvaro Negredo got the goal that City deserved late on.

Christian Benteke scored twice as Aston Villa beat Malaga 3-2 at Villa Park. The Belgium striker opened the scoring before Ron Vlaar headed in to make it 2-0. Aleksandar Tonev set up Benteke, who was fouled for a penalty which he converted to make it three. Malaga fought back with two goals but could not find an equaliser.

Miroslav Klose got the only goal for Lazio at Selhurst Park, as Crystal Palace went down to defeat. After the match Palace manager Ian Holloway said he would target five more signings, adding that Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh, who was in the stands, was set to join on a one-year deal.

Another team to lose to Italian opposition were Fulham who lost 2-1 to Parma at Craven Cottage. Steve Sidwell got the only goal for Martin Jol’s side.

Chelsea came from behind to beat Roma 2-1 at Washington's RFK Stadium. Half-time substitutes Frank Lampard and Romelu Lukaku got the goals after Mark Schwarzer’s error had allowed Roma to take the lead.

Norwich City claimed a 2-0 win over Panathinaikos through goals by Bradley Johnson at Carrow Road, but there was concern over new striker Gary Hooper, who was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

"Gary has been taken for a precautionary X-ray,” Chris Hughton, the Norwich manager, said. “He got a whack on the shin, it was an awkward challenge. We'll wait and see what the X-ray shows but hopefully it's just a whack which will be a bit sore rather than anything more serious."

Roberto Soldado scored his first goal for Tottenham Hotspur since signing from Valencia in a 1-1 draw with Espanyol. The Spain striker gave Spurs the lead at White Hart Lane from the penalty spot. Sandro and Younes Kaboul made long-awaited returns from injury while Paulinho made his first appearance for Spurs.

Liverpool went down to their first defeat of the pre-season, losing 1-0 to Celtic in Dublin.

Nicolas Anelka’s fine pre-season form continued with a goal for West Bromwich Albion in a 2-0 win over Bologna. It was the French striker’s seventh in as many games. Markus Rosenberg scored the other at The Hawthorns.

Ravel Morrison scored after 16 seconds as West Ham United beat Portuguese UEFA Champions League hopefuls Pacos de Ferreira 2-1. Modibo Maiga was on target also for Sam Allardyce’s team.

Stoke City dominated at home to Genoa but could not find a breakthrough and had to settle for a goalless draw.

There were goals galore at St Mary’s where Southampton beat Real Sociedad by the odd goal in seven, thanks to Jason Puncheon's late winner. Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jos Hooiveld had given Southampton the lead each time previously.

A second-half header from Fabricio Coloccini earned Newcastle United a 1-1 draw with Braga at St James’ Park in a match that paid tribute to former Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson. Loan signing Loic Remy was presented to crowd before the match.

Hull City ran out 3-0 winners over Real Betis in Andy Dawson’s testimonial at the KC Stadium. Danny Graham, Sone Aluko and George Boyd got the goals for Steve Bruce’s team ahead of their opening Barclays Premier League match away to Chelsea on 18 August.  

Another promoted side to win were Cardiff City, who beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 through goals from Peter Whittingham and Fraizer Campbell.

On Friday, Manchester United lost 3-1 against Sevilla at Old Trafford in a testimonial for Rio Ferdinand. David Moyes’s team, who play Wigan Athletic today in the Community Shield at Wembely, scored through Luis Antonio Valencia.

Friendly results

10 August
3-1 Man City
Aston Villa
3-2 Malaga
Celtic 1-0 Liverpool
2-1 Roma
Crystal Palace 0-1 Lazio
Fulham 1-2 Parma
Hull City 3-0 Real Betis
Newcastle United 1-1 Braga
Norwich City 2-0 Panathinaikos
Southampton 4-3 Real Sociedad
Stoke City 0-0 Genoa
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Espanyol 
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Bologna
West Ham United 2-1 Pacos Ferreira

9 August
Manchester United
1-3 Sevilla

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