Wednesday 07 August 2013
Manchester United were held to a draw as they completed their pre-season tour against AIK in Stockholm.
Angelo Henriquez produced his first senior goal for David Moyes's side as he cancelled out Robin Quaison's opening strike. The 19-year-old Chilean striker pounced midway through the half after Quaison had given the hosts the lead early in the second half.
Though Robin van Persie looked a threat throughout, the Dutchman was denied a goal on his 30th birthday by goalkeeper Kyriakkos Stamatoupolos, who also saved spectacularly from Patrice Evra. However, the Barclays Premier League champions, who were indebted to a string of first-half saves by Anders Lindegaard fell behind four minutes after the re-start when Quaison turned Nemanja Vidic to put a fierce strike past substitute goalkeeper Ben Amos.
Matters worsened for United when Nani and Jonny Evans had to go off with respective groin and ankle injuries, but the visiting side drew level midway through the second half when the 19-year-old Henriquez side-footed in from close range after being picked out by Wilfried Zaha's cross.
Nicolas Anelka scored a hat-trick as Steve Clarke's side completed a comfortable victory over the League of Ireland Premier side.
The 34-year-old former Chelsea striker made it six goals in as many pre-season friendlies as he found the net in the 25th, 47th and 63rd minutes. Graham Dorrans, who has also been in freescoring form in pre-season, scored twice to double his summer tally, while Shane Long opened his pre-season account against his former side.
Albion were well worth their 2-0 half-time lead and underlined their Barclays Premier League credentials after the break by adding a further four goals.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored his first goal for Norwich City in a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad at Carrow Road. The Dutchman put Norwich ahead after 12 minutes but a goal from former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela meant the match ended all square.
Carrow Road will be the setting for Norwich’s final pre-season friendly against Panathinaikos before they face Everton in the Barclays Premier League on 17 August.
Elliot Grandin was twice on target as Crystal Palace ran out convincing 4-1 winners over Dulwich Hamlet in their final away trip of their pre-season schedule.
A mixed blend of youth and first-team experience made the short trip to Champion Hill, South London, but Palace's Premier League quality shone through in an assured display.
Grandin, who was signed from Blackpool in the summer, scored twice, while Jerome Williams and Yannick Bolasie were also on target as the Eagles earned Ian Holloway's side a routine victory.
Everton signed off from the International Champions Cup with a narrow defeat at the hands of Valencia on Tuesday.
A 52nd-minute goal from Michel Herrero separated the teams in the sweltering heat at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, as Valencia sealed fifth place at the pre-season friendly tournament.
Roberto Martinez experimented with four at the back and gave his 19-year-old summer loan signing Gerard Deulofeu his first start since arriving from Barcelona against the side who thrashed Inter Milan 4-0 on Sunday.
Everton threatened in the first half through Stephen Naismith, who forced a fine save from Vicente Guaita, but Valencia looked dangerous throughout. Joel Robles was called upon to save expertly from Roberto Ibanez in the first half and Juan Bernat in the second, but could do nothing about Michel's strike from the edge of the penalty area.
Toffees striker Nikica Jelavic came off with a dead leg with three minutes remaining, while Tony Hibbert picked up what Martinez described as "a niggle".
Shola Ameobi scored a last-gasp equaliser to earn Alan Pardew's side an away draw at Rangers.
The experienced striker, a second-half substitute, dinked a clinical finish over goalkeeper Cammy Bell with seconds remaining, after being set up by brother Sammy.
The Magpies appeared destined for defeat, with Lee McCulloch's early penalty separating the sides at Ibrox, as Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuhy and Davide Santon all came close in an eventful first half, but after sending two efforts wide of goal, it was third time lucky for Ameobi who kept his cool to earn the Magpies a share of the spoils with his fourth goal in five pre-season matches.
Hull City's pre-season trip to Germany ended with a 2-0 defeat to Eintracht Braunschweig.
Steve Bruce made six changes to the side that started Saturday's 1-0 win at Dynamo Dresden, with Allan McGregor, Ahmed Elmohamady, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Robert Koren and Yannick Sagbo all rested.
The closest the Tigers came to scoring was when Robbie Brady struck the bar in the first half, but the hosts never looked after taking the lead eight minutes after the re-start through Ademi. Danny Graham passed up the chance to equalise almost immediately, after seeing his shot saved and Braunschweig sealed the win through Korte's 85th-minute header.
West Ham slipped to a narrow defeat in the Guadiana Tournament after succumbing to Rafa's 63rd-minute goal.
After overcoming Sporting Lisbon in a five-goal thriller on Monday night, when Kevin Nolan was on target and Ravel Morrison scored twice, the Hammers were unable to meet the same high standards they had set the previous evening.