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Premier League preseason roundup: Wins for Liverpool, Palace, Swansea

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10 Premier League teams were in action on Saturday as many completed their preseason schedules ahead of the new season kicking off on Aug. 12.

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There were marquee wins for Liverpool and Crystal Palace, while plenty of other PL sides tasted narrow defeats as they get their house in order ahead of the long, hard season ahead.

Below is a brief recap on every game which took place on Saturday involving PL teams.


Barcelona 0-4 Liverpool

Sadio Mane tore Barca apart as Liverpool’s high-pressing game stunned the Spanish giants. Mane scored in the first half after good link-up play between Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino, and his cross at the start of the second half led to Javier Mascherano knocking into his own net. Divock Origi added a third after another Barca giveaway and Marko Grujic headed home a sublime fourth in front of early 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool has one more preseason game, playing Mainz 05 on Sunday in Germany.

Crystal Palace 3-1 Valencia

Connor Wickham scored twice and Mile Jedinak added a penalty kick as Palace made it seven wins from eight preseason games. Wickham struck twice in the first half, while Jedinak made it 3-0 before La Liga outfit Valencia pulled a goal back through Jaume Domenech late on.

Swansea City 1-0 Stade Rennais

Francesco Guidolin‘s side completed their preseason schedule with five wins from six as they beat Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais at the Liberty Stadium. Sub Jay Fulton scored the only goal of the game as new signing Fernando Llorente made his debut for the Swans.

Everton 0-1 Espanyol

The Toffees lost 1-0 to La Liga outfit Espanyol in their final preseason friendly. New signing Idrissa Gueye gave away a PK just four minutes into his debut and Leonardo Baptistao slammed home the PK. Everton had a PK of their own in the first half but Ross Barkley‘s effort was saved. A plus point for Everton was skipper Phil Jagielka returning from injury a week before the new season.

Hamburg 1-0 Stoke City

Mark Hughes fielded a strong Stoke side in his final preseason game before the new season, with only Marko Arnautovic not featuring as he recovers from a slight knock. The only goal of the game in Germany arrived early in the second half as Michael Gregoritsch reacted quickest for Hamburger SV. New Egyptian signing Ramadan Sobhi started wih Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan Krkic in the three attacking midfield positions behind Mame Diouf. USMNT star Geoff Cameron started at right back for Stoke and got a solid 70 minutes of action under his belt, while Bobby Wood also appeared for Hamburg after his transfer to the Bundesliga side this summer.

Hull City 1-2 Torino

Managerless Hull City lost to Serie A outfit Torino in Austria in their final preseason fixture. Caretaker boss Mike Phelan could be in charge for their opening game back in the PL next weekend against Leicester but there’s certainly plenty of work to do for the newly-promoted Tigers. Belotti opened the scoring for Torino but Abel Hernandez equalized for Hull who are short on players with no new signings this summer. Bovo supplied a stunning winner late on to hand Torino the victory.

Real Mallorca 1-0 West Brom 

The Baggies lost their final preseason game away to Spanish second division side Real Mallorca. The only goal of the game came from Brandon as Tony Pulis‘ men went through their paces ahead of their opener against Crystal Palace next weekend.

Watford 2-2 Lorient

Walter Mazzarri‘s side completed their preseason with a draw against Ligue 1 side Lorient. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo but scored for the Hornets but they were cancelled out by Toure  and Philippoteaux for the French side. Watford gets its new PL campaign underway against Southampton next Saturday.

Angers 0-1 Bournemouth

Marc Pugh‘s fine strike after two minutes saw Bourenmouth beat Ligue 1 side Angers in France to round off their seven-game preseason unbeaten. The Cherries face Manchester United next Sunday in their opening PL game of the season.

Middlesbourgh 0-0 Real Sociedad

PL new boys drew against the La Liga outfit as Aitor Karanka‘s side gave home debuts to five new players at the Riverside Stadium. USMNT’s Brad Guzan did not feature,

Who can Premier League clubs draw in the Champions League knockout rounds?

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All four Premier League entrants join a quartet of La Liga squads to comprise half of the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds field.

Atletico Madrid and Atalanta scored the final two berths with wins on Wednesday, giving us the 16 teams left in the race to meet in Istanbul on May 20.

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Serie A and the Bundesliga have three teams in the final 16, with Ligue 1 putting two in the fray.

Teams can neither be drawn against teams from their own domestic league nor UCL group.

Seeded teams

Barcelona
Bayern Munich
Juventus
Liverpool
Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain
RB Leipzig
Valencia

Unseeded teams

Atalanta
Atletico Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea
Lyon
Napoli
Real Madrid
Tottenham Hotspur

Who can PL sides draw?

Chelsea: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig

Liverpool: Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Real Madrid

Manchester City: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Napoli, Real Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur: Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Valencia

Bayern Munich tops Spurs 3-1 behind Davies, Coutinho

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Ryan Sessegnon scored his first Spurs and Champions League goals as Tottenham Hotspur rested many of its top players in a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in a group stage dead rubber on Wednesday.

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Kingsley Coman, Philippe Coutinho, and Thomas Muller scored for group-winning Bayern, who got an absolute star show out of 19-year-old Canadian left back Alphonso Davies.


Three things we learned

1. Spurs depth gets valuable time: Being a dead rubber, both teams left key components out of the fray or at least the Starting XI. Jose Mourinho left Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Jan Vertonghen out of the 18 and both Heung-Min Son and Davinson Sanchez on the bench. That didn’t stop his men from a strong showing in a very difficult venue, though Bayern rested David Alaba and put Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka on the bench to start the match.

2. Coutinho beats old nemesis again: The longtime Liverpool man was at his very best on Wednesday, and his wonderful second-half goal means he’s now scored against Spurs for Liverpool, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich (also assisting against the North Londoners while with Inter Milan). That’s also because his 14 matches against Spurs are the most he’s played against one club in his senior career.

3. Canadian super show from Davies: Alphonso Davies turned 19 just over a month ago but already looks a man in his prime. He registered an assist and hit the post in addition to making seven successful dribbles and winning five tackles, also completing almost 90 percent of his passes. There are shades of teammate David Alaba in his game. That’s high praise, but Davies potential may be higher than the Austrian.

Man of the Match: Davies was absolutely electric at left back. It’d be too easy to give it to Coutinho, who was just as good, and like Spurs manager we relish the chance to be contrarian.


Early chances were there for both sides, Paulo Gazzaniga the busier of the keepers and making a fine save on Benjamin Pavard.

Serge Gnabry tried to find Philippe Coutinho through a sea of defenders, but his pass bounded off Moussa Sissoko and onto the path of back-post residing Coman for the opener.

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Spurs leveled the score in the 20th minute when Sessegnon collected a deflected shot and buried it past Manuel Neuer.

Sissoko led a rush but couldn’t get cross over the fray as Spurs looked better money for a second goal.

Then Joshua Kimmich saw a yellow card for standing firm as Giovani Lo Celso wandered into him.

Bayern had the better of the final 15 minutes of the half, when Muller was in prime position to deposit Alphonso Davies’ rebound off the goal post.

Coutinho tried to put the match to bed in stoppage time, but his blazing shot from distance was touched off the bar by Gazzaniga.

He’d get his goal via another audacious shot, this time zipping a lay-off from Alphonso Davies through traffic and inside the far post.

Heung-min Son had a late breakaway saved by Neuer.

Saint-Maximin absence to ask more of struggling Almiron, Joelinton

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Newcastle United lightning bolt Allan Saint-Maximin is going to miss a month with a hamstring injury suffered late in the Magpies’ 2-1 defeat of Southampton at St. James’ Park.

The ebullient Saint-Maximin played deep into the match despite a minor injury, and was on of the main reasons Newcastle won. He helped set up the winning goal, but left the stadium on crutches.

That left Steve Bruce questioning his decision to keep “ASM” in the match.

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Now the electric Frenchman is set to miss fixtures against Burnley, Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Everton, Leicester City, and an FA Cup third round match versus either Boston United or Rochdale.

Saint-Maximin’s absence will hurt Newcastle all-around, but especially when its counter-attack tries to take down bigger sides. His 4.5 dribbles per match makes him one of just three players in the Premier League with more than 3.1 (Adama Traore and Wilfried Zaha).

Ultimately, though, this could provide struggling Joelinton more looks at performing on the wing opposite of Miguel Almiron. The Brazilian will have to work center forward at times as Andy Carroll certainly can’t go every game, and Dwight Gayle, Christian Atsu, and Yoshinori Muto could also be asked to play prominent roles.

And, of course, this will demand much more from industrious but sloppy Miguel Almiron, whose expected goal total is 2.5 (he has zero).

Sessegnon beats Neuer to score first Spurs, Champions League goal

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Ryan Sessegnon has his first Spurs goal, which also happens to be his first UEFA Champions League goal, and he’ll love telling the tale of it.

The 19-year-old Englishman ripped a rocket past Manuel Neuer of all people, collecting a deflection to equalize early in Tottenham’s match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

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Sessegnon entered the day with an assist in 30 minutes spread across three appearances for Spurs, and needed just 20 more minutes to find a goal.

He made a big money move from Fulham this summer, having made a remarkable 120 senior appearances. Almost all of those came before he turned 19, and he’s scored 25 times with 18 assists.

Kingsley Coman has Bayern’s goal as the teams remain locked at 1 after Bayern hung 7 on Spurs in England earlier in the group stage.