Preseason results from Premier League teams

Posted on July 26, 2009. Filed under: Premier League, Soccer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Pre-season matches – Sunday 26th July

A round-up from http://www.premierleague.com of the pre-season friendlies involving Barclays Premier League clubs

Young Hungarian striker Krisztian Nemeth scored twice and Xabi Alonso made his first pre-season appearance as Liverpool beat Singapore 5-0 at the National Stadium.

Seeking their first pre-season victory after draws with Thailand and Swiss side St Gallen and a 1-0 loss to Rapid Vienna, the Reds gave a disjointed appearance in the first half but took the lead with the final kick before half-time when Andriy Voronin’s long-range effort found the net.

Voronin got past the challenge of Fahrudin and, with the Singapore defence backing off, fired in an innocuous low shot that crept past a late-diving Hassan.

Buoyed by the unexpected goal, Liverpool were much improved after the break and extended their lead 10 minutes into the second half when Javier Mascharano floated in a fine cross from the right for Albert Riera, who chested the ball down at the far post before firing a low shot past Hassan.

The fans were clamouring for an appearance by Torres and got their wish just after the hour when he was brought on with Dirk Kuyt in place of Yossi Benayoun and David Ngog.

It was the Dutchman that would make the bigger impression though setting up the last three goals, beginning in the 73rd minute when he crossed from the right for 20-year-old Nemeth to slide the ball past Hassan to make it 3-0.

Alonso came on in the 77th minute for Daniel Agger and just three minutes later started the move that ended with Kuyt crossing for an unmarked Torres to apply the finishing touch from point blank range for his first pre-season goal.

And with seven minutes left, another Kuyt cross found Nemeth, who headed home his second of the match.

goal crazy

That result was quickly eclipsed by Manchester United who also went goal crazy in the Far East.

Second-hald substutute Ryan Giggs scored his first ever hat-trick for the Red Devils as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men chalked up a resounding 8-2 victory against Hangzhou Greentown with Michael Owen also netting twice.

United, besieged by autograph hunters at every turn in China, took the lead on 24 minutes when Nani scampered in from the wide and fed Owen, who tucked home from close range.

Nine minutes later, Dimitar Berbatov put his mark on the contest, sweeping home a volley after Nani’s cross had been deflected skywards.

Zoran Tosic got the third 60 seconds later with a rising angled drive that flew into the corner. There was still time for one more from Owen before the interval, a typically clinical finish from the former Liverpool man, with Berbatov the provider, just as he had been for Tosic.

With four tour goals already to his credit, Owen was replaced at half-time by Wayne Rooney as Ferguson again resisted the temptation to link the two England internationals up front. The pair have not been on the same pitch together at any point in the Far East.

Nani produced a neat spin to fire the fifth on 50 minutes before substitute Giggs grabbed his first from 20 yards on 62 minutes. His second came nine minutes later when he raced clear one on one and gently lifted the ball over the keeper.

Wang Hong You pulled one back 12 minutes from time with a header from a corner.

But Giggs restored the seven-goal advantage with a simple finish from close range in the final minute to register his first treble in a United shirt as they rounded off their Asian tour in style.

However the home side get on the scoresheet again deep in stoppage time as Hong You grabbed his second goal.

Tottenham Hotspur went down 2-0 to Celtic who won the Wembley Cup.

With Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson all sidelined, manager Harry Redknapp was left with no recognised centre-back.

Pascal Chimbonda moved in from right-back alongside youngster Dorian Dervite but it took Celtic just eight minutes to expose Spurs’ fragile defence.

Paul Caddis shifted past Benoit Assou-Ekotto on the right and whipped in a cross, with Chris Killen getting in front of Chimbonda to plant his header past Heurelho Gomes.

Frenchman Dervite was fault for the second goal, courtesy of Samaras five minutes before the break.

Samaras was in his own half when he poked the ball past the 21-year-old. He carried it into the penalty and executed a precise finish across Gomes.

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