Of the five Premier League clubs in preseason action Wednesday, only one was at home.
And Southampton did not have a good day.
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Liverpool fells in the Audi Cup Final on penalties, while Newcastle and Bournemouth cruised on the road and Manchester United won late at Sampdoria.
Wolfsburg 1-3 Newcastle United
Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies looked good in beating Bundesliga opposition on the road behind goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, Matt Ritchie, and Christian Atsu, three decent parts of the club’s Football League Championship title.
Liverpool 1-1 (4-5 pens) Atletico Madrid
Sampdoria 1-2 Manchester United
Nemanja Matic made his Red Devils debut in the first half, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan used that period to give United a lead it would give back. But Juan Mata snared an 81st minute winner ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.
Yeovil Town 1-3 Bournemouth
Southampton 0-4 Augsburg
Yes, 4-0. Yes, at home. Yes, Saints are quickly moving on from that to a visit from Sevilla on Saturday.