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Lambert makes Liverpool bow

19 Jul 2014 22:31:57

Lambert makes Liverpool bow

Rickie Lambert made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt as Brendan Rodgers' side came from behind to beat Preston 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Lambert, who supported the Reds as a boy, made his dream move to Anfield from Southampton earlier this summer and played 45 minutes at Deepdale before being replaced at half-time.

Another summer signing, Emre Can, also started the match but the young midfielder was taken off after just 20 minutes due to tightness in his calf.

Philippe Coutinho, Fabio Borini - who remains a target of Sunderland - Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel and Jon Flanagan were included in a strong Liverpool line-up but it was Preston who took the lead through Josh Brownhill.

Liverpool, however, scored twice in three minutes in the second half as Suso applied a curling finish in the 74th minute before Kristoffer Peterson side-footed home a winner.

Chelsea also came from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon 3-2 thanks to two goals from substitute John Terry.

Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma were all named in a young starting team that fell 2-0 behind before half-time courtesy of Alan Bennett's opener after 38 seconds and Matt Tubbs' penalty.

Terry was introduced at the interval and the captain scored two goals either side of Salah's equaliser to seal a second pre-season victory for Jose Mourinho's men.

Arsenal's afternoon was more comfortable as they eased to a 2-0 win at Boreham Wood.

Aaron Ramsey started for the Gunners alongside Carl Jenkinson, Nacho Monreal and Wojciech Szczsny but it wasn't until the 68th minute that Kristoffer Olson gave the FA Cup winners the lead.

Benik Afobe then made sure of the victory with a penalty late on.

Sunderland did their confidence no harm at all with an emphatic 5-1 win over Darlington.

New arrivals Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon and Jordi Gomez all played a part in the contest but it was experienced centre forward Steven Fletcher who did the most damage.

Fletcher, who was making his first appearance since March, marked his return from injury with two goals before being taken off at half-time.

Emanuele Giaccherini, Connor Wickham and Gomez added three more in the second period while Gary Brown scored Darlington's consolation.

New West Brom boss Alan Irvine was denied a pre-season victory against Wycombe as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw behind closed doors.

On Saturday night, Tottenham recorded a 3-3 draw against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

Lewis Holtby opened the scoring with a close-range header for the Premier League side after 10 minutes but Gonzalo Pineda levelled from the penalty spot before the break after a foul by Michael Dawson to bring the home side back into the game.

Kyle Naughton suffered a head injury as the first half wore on following a collision with Jalil Anibaba but managed to play on and see the first 45 minutes out.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino made six changes at half-time before goalkeeper Brad Friedel was beaten well by a thunderbolt from Osvaldo Alonso three minutes in as they fell behind for the first time in the match.

It was not long before Tottenham were back level as second-half substitute Roberto Soldado slotted a penalty home after he was bundled down by Chad Marshall.

Former Spurs star Clint Dempsey, who made the switch to the Sounders last year, received a cheer from both sets of supporters as he was subbed off with 20 minutes to go for Sean Okoli, who set up Tristan Bowen minutes later as Seattle went in front again.

Seconds later down at the other end, DeAndre Yedlin was penalised for handball in the box and Iago Falque made no mistake with the resulting penalty to make it 3-3.


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