Sunday 04 August 2013

Friendlies: Arsenal snatch Napoli draw

Laurent Koscielny earns a 2-2 draw against Napoli; Gerrard savours testimonial

  • Olivier Giroud scored the opening goal for Arsenal against Napoli

  • Steven Gerrard recevied a rousing reception for his testimonial

  • Kim Bo-Kyung continued his pre-season goal-scoring form against Chievo

  • Everton lost out to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup

  • Southampton produced an impressive display against Celta Vigo

Arsenal 2-2 Napoli

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny headed home with four minutes to go as the Gunners came from behind to draw with Napoli on the opening day of the Emirates Cup.

Lorenzo Insigne put the Italian side ahead on seven minutes and after Lukas Podolski’s penalty was saved by Pepe Reina, Goran Pandev doubled Napoli’s lead with a fine finish.

But Arsenal hit back through Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick with 18 minutes to go and with 86 minutes on the clock, Koscielny was first to react after Reina had blocked captain Per Mertesacker’s header.

"It was a good game overall," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger."It had a good pace against a good side. They finished second in the league in Italy last year.

"I feel overall during the 90 minutes that we played very well going forward. It took us some time to adjust defensively. It was as well a mental test because we were 2-0 down against such a good team to come back to 2-2. It was very interesting for us."

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Liverpool 2-0 Olympiacos

Steven Gerrard looked back on a memorable afternoon at Anfield as he celebrated his testimonial in front of a packed house at the iconic venue.

The talismanic midfielder received a rousing reception as he took to the field with both teams forming a guard of honour.

"The supporters have always been magnificent with me ever since I made my debut, but to walk out with my three little daughters, who are the most important people to me, was right up there with winning the big trophies for this club," said Gerrard. "It was a very emotional occasion and I loved every minute of it."

Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson were the goalscorers as Liverpool continued their 100% pre-season record. The Reds have also yet to concede a goal.

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In pictures: Steven Gerrard testimonial

AS Monaco 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane and Andros Townsend were on the scoresheet as Tottenham Hotspur suffered defeat at the hands of Monaco.

Striker Jermain Defoe came off after feeling tightness in his hamstring with only nine minutes gone and Monaco took the lead soon after through James Rodriguez, with Lukas Ocampos and Radamel Falcao making it 3-0 in the second half.

Spurs, who had Jake Livermore and Zeki Fryers in defence because of the unavailability of Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen, pulled a goal back but Falcao and then Mounir Obbadi made the match safe for the home side. Townsend grabbed a consolation late on.

"We were missing lots of players and they will help us improve, but we wanted to do better," said Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas. “We're aware we're better than this, but we'll take our lessons from it.

"Monaco looked strong with individual quality, we made some mistakes and they punished us. We had belief that we could have got a better result but we'll now work hard to improve before the season starts."

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Everton 1-2 Real Madrid

Roberto Martinez's team produced an impressive second-half display as they were defeated in the International Champions Cup in Los Angeles.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after rounding goalkeeper Tim Howard while Everton were close to equalising on 20 minutes when Marouane Fellaini's header came back of the post.

Sylvain Distin then had a goal disallowed while Mesut Ozil doubled Real Madrid’s lead. Nikica Jelavic pulled a goal back on the hour mark when he finished clinically from a Steven Naismith knockdown.

"The first half wasn't as good as we can be," Martinez told the club's website. "I did feel that the way we performed in general was good in many aspects but we were well aware of the counter attacking of this Real Madrid side and we left ourselves exposed to that, which is disappointing. But now is the time to do it; pre-season is when you can correct those things and playing against the best you can learn quickly.

"We started from scratch after half time and we won the second half and that is very pleasing. We showed incredible character and there were some monumental performances from some individuals."

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Cardiff City 1-0 Chievo

New signing Steven Caulker made his debut as Cardiff claimed victory in their penultimate pre-season friendly.

Chances were at a premium in the opening half and Kim Bo-Kyung scored the only goal of the match on 57 minutes when he tapped in the rebound from Craig Noone's initial effort.

"We're playing against a team who've been in the Serie A 11 of the past 12 years," manager Malky Mackay told the club's website. "We knew that it would be a step up in terms of the technical ability of the opposition, they were physically a strong team and at times made some clever runs.

"We knew it was going to be more of a test of what we're looking for in two weeks time, mapping out a plan with today in mind and Athletic Club next week. The fitness work is coming to and end, we're working on match sharpness and that was certainly what today was about, getting the clean sheet and getting the win."

Match report

Celta Vigo 0-0 Southampton

Saints could not pick up the Trofeo Memorial Quinocho as they were defeated by the La Liga side in a penalty shoot-out.

Jay Rodriguez, Gaston Ramírez and Rickie Lambert all had chances to break the deadlock in the first half while Guly went close in the second period.

The home side won the penalty shoot-out 4-1, with Steven Davis scoring Southampton's penalty kick.

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