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PL roundup: Liverpool falls to Atleti; Newcastle, Bournemouth roll

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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

Roberto Firmino‘s late penalty gave the Reds a chance to win the Audi Cup, but Jordan Henderson was the only taker of 10 to miss a PK as Atleti claimed the honors.

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

A Benik Afobe double joined a Lys Mousset goal as the Cherries tuned prepared for their final preseason match — a visit from mighty Napoli — with an easy enough road win.

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.

PL roundup: Hammers, Town draw; Liverpool cruises at Bayern

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It was a busy day around Europe as seven Premier League clubs continue to shape up for next weekend’s openers.

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Bayern Munich 0-3 LiverpoolRECAP

Beating Bayern by three, at home, is a bit of a statement even in the preseason, and Daniel Sturridge joined Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the score sheet as the Reds advanced to play Atletico Madrid in Tuesday’s Audi Cup Final.

Stuttgart 3-3 Huddersfield Town

Down 3-1 in Austria against Bundesliga competition, Town came back through Collin Quaner and Sean Scannell goals. Rajiv Van la Parra also scored for the visitors. American winger Julian Green played 30 minutes for Stuttgart.

Burton Albion 2-1 Leicester City

The Foxes were down two when substitute Harry Maguire made sure the hosts didn’t keep a clean sheet.

Girona 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton had a pair of goals ruled offside and saw Glenn Murray sent off against La Liga’s new boys, who welcomed four Man City players on loan.

St. Pauli 4-2 Stoke City

Not many normal starters traveled to Germany for Stoke, but Joselu made his impact felt with a road brace for Mark Hughes‘ men.

Port Vale 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Hal Robson-Kanu scored before halftime, but the underdogs came back to draw with minutes to play.

Altona 3-3 West Ham United

A Winston Reid red card had the Irons behind the 8-ball as Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez debuted in maroon, but Toni Martinez and Andre Ayew scored to join an Altona own goal to give the Premier Leaguers a draw against the Hamburg-based side.