Jul 24, 2012
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Pre-season friendlies round-up

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This week, the Premier League teams have continued their preparations for the coming campaign. Here’s how they got on:

Chelsea 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain

Chelsea secured a draw against former manager Carlo Ancelotti’s PSG thanks to Lucas Piazon’s late goal.

The French team took the lead in the first half as Nene fired in the loose ball after Javier Pastore hit the post.

But Piazon hit his first goal for the senior side as he connected with Ramires’ pass on 82 minutes to ensure honours were even in the first football match to be played at the new Yankee Stadium in New York.

Ajax Cape Town 1-1 Man Utd

Man Utd needed an added-time equaliser from new Portuguese signing Bebe to salvage a draw against Ajax Cape Town.

Substitute Alcardo Van Graan flicked in a corner to put the South African side ahead with just four minutes remaining.

But with a shock defeat looming, Bebe volleyed in Marnick Vermijl’s cross to level matters.

Toronto FC 1-1 Liverpool

Youngster Adam Morgan hit an equaliser as Liverpool came back to earn a draw in Canada.

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Toronto, coached by former England international Paul Mariner, took a surprise lead when Quincy Amarikwa followed up to finish after Sergio Camargo’s fiercely struck shot was parried.

But 18-year-old Morgan pounced from close range to ensure it finished all square in a match which saw Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers replace his entire team at half-time.

Fenerbahce 1-1 Newcastle United

A Mehdi Abeid goal was not enough to give Newcastle victory as they completed their mini-tour of Germany and Austria with a draw against Fenerbahce.

Abeid looked to have won the match as he produced a smart turn and shot on 78 minutes which beat Fenerbahce goalkeeper Mert Gunok.

But Cristian Baroni struck in injury time with a low drive past keeper Rob Elliott.

Chicago Fire 0-1 Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor headed the only goal of the match from a Chris Herd cross as Vllla earned the second 1-0 win of their USA tour.

However, the forward is set for a scan after picking up a minor knee injury during the contest.

Motherwell 1-1 Everton

Shane Duffy’s first-half header was not enough to secure victory for the Toffees.

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Duffy nodded in via the post from Victor Anichebe’s cross on 34 minutes to put David Moyes’ side ahead.

But Nicky Law struck a powerful equaliser to ensure a draw in a match which saw Steven Naismith make his debut from the bench.

FC Kaiserslautern 2-2 Fulham

Mladen Petric hit both goals as Fulham came back from 2-0 down to deny the German side victory on a stormy afternoon in Weingarten.

Ilian Micanski fired home and and Albert Bunjaku headed in as Fulham slumped behind, but Petric’s double ensured parity.

Sunderland 3-2 FC Groningen

Late goals from Fraizer Campbell and Ryan Noble produced a dramatic turnaround which secured the pre-season Peace Cup for Sunderland in South Korea.

Connor Wickham put the Black Cats in front from close range, but the Dutch side levelled through Hyun Jun Suk’s acrobatic effort and took the lead before half-time courtesy of Mitchell Schet’s low drive.

But Campbell turned the ball in from close range before Noble fired in a dramatic and spectacular injury-time winner.

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Hertha Berlin 3-2 Norwich City

Two goals from James Vaughan were not enough to prevent Chris Hughton’s side falling to a friendly defeat in Austria.

Vaughan produced two deft finishes, but the German side won thanks to a hat-trick from Elias Kachunga.

CDR Quarteirense 1-1 Reading

Ian Harte’s excellent second-half free-kick was not enough to give Reading victory.

Jason Roberts had hit the post early on before Harte’s effort, but the Portuguese outfit levelled late on.

Evian TG 0-1 Southampton

A first-half strike from Jason Puncheon was enough to make it two wins from two for Saints on their mini-tour of France.

The only goal came on 35 minutes as Puncheon fired in a low shot following Morgan Schneiderlin’s pass.

West Ham 2-1 Colchester

A Nicky Maynard goal and a Mark Noble penalty earned the Hammers victory against League One side Colchester.

Maynard finished early on and was fouled in the box soon after to enable Noble to fire in from the spot – although Anthony Wordsworth hit a consolation for the U’s.


Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

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