Ibe inspires Liverpool win
News of Saturday's major pre-season friendly action.
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Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Preston in Saturday's friendly, with Jordon Ibe setting up both their goals.
The 18-year-old winger scored in the pre-season Shankly Shield encounter at Deepdale 12 months ago and once again caught the eye after replacing Emre Can in the 22nd minute.
New signing Can had to limp off due to a calf strain on his non-competitive debut and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping the Germany Under-21 midfielder's injury is not serious ahead of the squad's departure for Boston on Sunday.
Teenage midfielder Josh Brownhill gave North End a half-time advantage when he fired home from close range. Brad Jones had saved Joe Garner's initial effort - an acrobatic overhead kick from Will Hayhurst's corner - but could only put the ball at the feet of Brownhill.
Simon Grayson made wholesale changes at half-time and Preston looked in control at the start of the second period, but gradually Liverpool's quality shone through.
Suso replaced another Reds debutant, Rickie Lambert, at the break and he equalised on 74 minutes.
Ibe made a driving run from the left towards the Preston penalty area, and he managed to get a pass through to Suso on the right. The Spaniard stepped inside on his left foot and curled an excellent shot around Thomas Stuckmann from 15 yards to equalise.
Three minutes later, Liverpool took the lead. Another substitute, Kristoffer Peterson initiated the attack on the left, with the ball taken on by Ibe to the byline before being passed back to the Swede who finished coolly, the ball taking a slight deflection before finding the back of the net.
Liverpool's next friendly is against Roma on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, while Preston travel to face Bamber Bridge on Tuesday.
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 Szczesny 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.
Tottenham played out an exciting 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders in Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in charge.
Lewis Holtby’s early opener was cancelled out by Gonzalo Pineda and Seattle then took the lead through Osvaldo Alonso, before Roberto Soldado equalised.
The drama was not over, though, as Tristan Bowen made it 3-2 to the home side and Spurs hit back once again thanks to Iago Falque.
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.
Craig Gordon made his first start for Celtic as the Hoops drew 1-1 against Dynamo Dresden in their friendly in Germany.
The former Hearts and Sunderland keeper, new manager Ronny Deila's only signing so far, was one of several changes to the side that started in the first-leg of their Champions League second qualifier against KR Reykjavik in Iceland on Tuesday night where the Scottish champions came away with a 1-0 win.
Captain for the day Kris Commons opened the scoring in the seventh minute against the German side with a drive from inside the box after being set up by striker Teemu Pukki.
However, the attacking midfielder, who scored 32 times last season, was substituted just before the break which may cause some concern ahead of the return game against KR Reykjavik at Murrayfield on Tuesday night.
Deila changed almost his whole side at the interval with the home team drawing level through striker Sylvano Comvalius in the 69th minute.