Saturday 20 July 2013
Tottenham Hotspur warmed up for the Barclays Asia Trophy with a goalless draw against Colchester United, while Manchester United hit five against the A-League All-Stars.
Spurs were held to their second draw of their pre-season campaign as they shared a goalless stalemate with Colchester at the Westin Homes Community Stadium.
With Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon both omitted from the squad on account of light knocks picked up in training Andros Townsend gave an eye-catching performance in midfield, while substitutes Harry Kane and Shaquille Coulthirst, who helped Spurs reach the Barclays Under-21 Premier League final last season, came close for the north Londoners late in the second half.
Andre Villas-Boas's side now travel to East Asia where they will take on Sunderland in the Barclays Asia Trophy semi-final at Hong Kong Stadium. They will then take on either Manchester City or South China three days later.
Manchester United registered their first victory of the David Moyes era as they routed the A-League All-Stars in Sydney.
Jesse Lingard, one of the stars of United's Barclays Under-21 Premier League title victory last season, opened the scoring after 11 minutes, and like Danny Welbeck, the striker scored twice for Moyes' charges as the Barclays Premier League champions proved too strong for the Australian outfit.
Though Besart Berisha gave the home crowd reason for cheer last season's Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie rounded off the scoring to give United a comfortable first win of their pre-season tour.
Swansea City took their pre-season goal-haul to 23 goals in five matches as they completed another comprehensive victory at the expense of Yeovil Town at Huish Park.
Goals by Michu, Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez, Rory Donnelly and Alejandro Pozuelo earned Michael Laudrup's side their fifth successive win of the summer, although the Swans were grateful to goalkeeper Michel Vorm for keeping a clean sheet with three fine saves.