Liverpool and Spurs sweat it out
A review of Saturday's pre-season friendly action.
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Barclays Premier League rivals Tottenham and Liverpool sweated out a goalless draw in steamy Baltimore.
Spurs came closest to breaking the deadlock three minutes before the interval when Harry Kane flicked the ball to Aaron Lennon, who struck the post from a few yards out.
Both teams were affected by the high temperatures, which took much of the pace out of the match.
Rodrigo Palacio's last-gasp strike earned Inter Milan a 1-1 draw against Celtic in their friendly at Parkhead, but Hoops boss Neil Lennon was left with more to worry about ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League clash against HJK Helsinki.
Kris Commons, whose fine strike just before the break gave the home side the lead, hobbled off near the end leaving Celtic to finish the game with 10 men after they had used all their outfield substitutes.
Lennon had already seen striker Anthony Stokes carried off on a stretcher in the first half and that will be a concern ahead of the opening leg of their qualifier against the Finnish side in midweek.
Wigan were given a workout by Hoffenheim but held on for a 1-1 draw against the Bundesliga club.
The Latics were in front after 25 minutes in Bad Wimsbach, Austria with a well-struck volley from Mauro Boselli.
Hoffenheim's equaliser from French centre-back Matthieu Delpierre five minutes before the interval was followed by a dominant second-half display by the Germans.
However, Roberto Martinez's Wigan weathered the storm well.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke watched his side waste a number of chances as they played out a goalless draw against Barnsley at Oakwell.
Despite dominating proceedings the Baggies were unable to make their openings count, with Shane Long hitting the post in the second half with a header.
Clarke can take some consolation from the fact Zoltan Gera made his first start in eight months as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.
Southampton's pre-season fixture at St Mary's ended in a 1-0 defeat to Eredivisie champions Ajax.
Aras Ozbiliz's goal separated the two sides, the young winger finding the target after 64 minutes with a low strike.
Norwich enjoyed a better result in their friendly at Peterborough, beating the London Road outfit 2-0.
Steve Morison gave the Canaries the lead after 32 minutes and James Vaughan wrapped up the scoring four minutes from time.
Mladen Petric's fourth goal in as many pre-season games, a magnificent Bryan Ruiz free-kick and a Steve Sidwell tap-in gave Fulham a comfortable 3-0 victory over Wycombe at Adams Park.
Huddersfield let slip a two-goal lead as they concluded their mini-tour of Scotland with a 2-2 draw against Hibernian at Easter Road.
Town went 2-0 inside 20 minutes, with Lee Novak turning home a cross from Jordan Rhodes in the 14th minute and summer signing Sean Scannell doubling the Yorkshire side's lead five minutes later.
But Hibs reduced the deficit thanks to Leigh Griffiths' stunning volley in the 27th minute and Ivan Sproule slammed home a 62nd-minute equaliser for the Scottish Premier League side.
Derek McInnes' return to McDiarmid Park proved to be an unhappy one as a first-half brace from trialist Rowan Vine was enough to ensure a 2-1 victory for St Johnstone over Bristol City.
Jon Stead's header just before the interval proved no more than a consolation.
John Sutton's solitary strike helped Hearts finalise preparations for the new SPL season with a 1-0 win over Rotherham at New York Stadium.
Martin Petrov's first-half penalty helped Bolton secure a 1-1 draw with Crewe.
Max Clayton had put the League One side ahead.
Lee Clark's Birmingham went down to a 1-0 defeat at Cheltenham.
Central defender Harry Hooman bundled in the only goal at the Abbey Business Stadium after 12 minutes and despite dominating possession the Blues could not conjure up an equaliser.
Goals from Frank Nouble, Adam Hammill and Kevin Doyle gave Wolves a 3-0 win over Midlands foes Walsall.
Derby bagged their first pre-season victory of the summer with a 1-0 victory over Burton.
Summer signing Michael Jacobs curled in a delightful 20-yard winner early in the second half at the Pirelli Stadium.
Danny Collins and Greg Halford made their Nottingham Forest debuts but their new side went down 2-1 at Mansfield.
Anthony Howell and Nick Wright scored Mansfield's goals with Ismael Miller the man on target for Forest.
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland made his first appearance for the club in a goalless draw at South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster.
Kirkland, a free signing from Wigan earlier this summer, pulled off a top-class save to deny Doncaster's summer signing David Syers.
Ipswich went down to their first friendly defeat of the summer as two goals from Janos Kovacs secured a 2-0 win for Luton at Kenilworth Road.
Former Millwall striker Gary Alexander came back to haunt his old club as his goal helped Crawley to a 2-0 win.
Billy Clarke struck against the run of play after half an hour before Alexander sealed the win early in the second half from the penalty spot.
Oliver Norburn scored a late equaliser to help Bristol Rovers salvage a 1-1 draw with Yeovil.
Rohan Ince's goal 12 minutes from time looked to have given Gary Johnson's side the win, but Norburn came off the substitutes' bench to deny the hosts.