Ozil directs Arsenal rout of Lyon in preseason friendly; United beat Barca
Four goals in nine first-half minutes saw Arsenal canter to victory in their opening Emirates Cup match against Lyon.
After an even start, the hosts turned the screw on their Ligue 1 opponents with Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey all hitting the net in an outstanding spell of attacking football, before Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla added goals in the second half to wrap up a resounding 6-0 win.
Giroud opened the scoring in the 29th minute, when he turned in an Ozil free kick with his shoulder despite having his shirt pulled.
The Gunners doubled their lead soon after, this time Oxlade-Chamberlain collected a pass from Giroud after some smart work by Ramsey and drilled a low shot past Anthony Lopes in the Lyon goal.
It got even better for Wenger's side as Iwobi finished off another attack almost from the restart, the teenager striking home Ramsey's pass with aplomb following yet another a free-flowing move. Ramsey added the fourth from an Ozil cross. Ozil grabbed the fifth with a cool finish in the 62nd minute. And Cazorla's low free-kick 13 minutes later settled the score on an impressive day for the Gunners.
Wayne Rooney raised both arms in delight after his early goal and Manchester United had many more moments to celebrate in an impressive victory over Champions League winner Barcelona.
Rooney scored on a header in the eighth minute off Ashley Young's corner kick, and Manchester United kept the pressure on all afternoon to beat Barcelona 3-1 on Saturday and stay unbeaten during its preseason tour in the United States.
Jesse Lingard added the Red Devils' second goal on a cross by Tyler Blackett in the 65th, just two minutes after coach Louis van Gaal subbed out his entire starting 11 to play the second team. Adnan Januzaj scored for Man United in the 90th minute, some 30 seconds after Rafinha got Barcelona on the board in the 90th.
The Red Devils improved to 3-0 in the International Champions Cup, this time getting the best of Luis Suarez and Barca while playing under clear skies for a sellout crowd of 68,416 at the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Chelsea recovered from their surprise defeat to the New York Red Bulls to claim their first victory of their preseason U.S. tour with a penalty triumph over Paris Saint-Germain in Charlotte.
Jose Mourinho's men, who were beaten 4-2 by the Red Bulls on Thursday, rode their luck to hold PSG to a 1-1 draw during regulation time before defeating the French champions 6-5 on penalties with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois the Blues' hero.
He saved from Jean-Christophe Bahebeck immediately after Juan Cuadrado had missed for Chelsea and then, after the shootout had gone to sudden death, Courtois parried Thiago Silva's spot-kick before the Belgium international stepped up to smash home the next penalty himself and seal victory.
Borussia Dortmund scored a small amount of revenge on Juventus with a 2-0 victory over the Champions League runners-up.
Dortmund were dumped out of Europe's top competition by the Old Lady in the round of 16 last season but used goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus to walk away with decisive win in St. Gallens on Saturday.
Juventus featured seven starters from their Champions League final defeat to Barcelona. However it was the Germans who took control from the opening whistle and took advantage of a below-par Bianconeri side.
AC Milan won a friendly against city rivals Inter Milan with a wonderful acrobatic volley from Philippe Mexes in Shenzhen, China.
The game saw both teams struggle on a tricky pitch and neither scored before the break as they went into half-time at 0-0. However, Giacomo Bonaventura's corner was smashed into the Inter net past goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo by Mexes to break the deadlock.
Milan, who gave debuts to new signings Luiz Adriano and Carlos Bacca, had Antonio Nocerino sent off late in the game for a foul on Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Yevhen Konoplyanka made his Sevilla debut in the back-to-back Europa League champs' 3-1 loss to Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion.
The Ukraine international came on halfway through the second stanza, but couldn't change the result.
Felix Kroos converted a penalty in the 25th minute. Anthony Ujah doubled the lead five minutes later. And Oliver Husing headed home in the 83rd minute before Juan Munoz earned a consolation goal for the visitors in the 84th.
The positive vibes from Bojan Krkic's long-awaited Stoke City return could only lift them so far, as they fell to Championship side Brentford 2-0 in their preseason friendly.
The ex-Barcelona forward was a revelation in his first Britannia campaign before suffering a season-ending knee injury in January. But despite his uplifting substitute appearance on Saturday, goals from Akaki Gogia and Stuart Dallas secured victory for the lower-division club.
Timely late goals from Youssouf Mulumbu and Lewis Grabban suppplied Norwich with a come-from-behind win over German side Augsburg in the finale of their Alpine Tour.
A Piotr Trochowski 30-yard free kick placed the Premier League side into a second-half deficit. But Mulumbu evened the match in the 77th minute, and Grabban latched on to a Mulumbu through-ball to fire home the winner at the death.
La Liga powerhouses Atletico Madrid beat a spirited Numancia side 2-0.
The second division side held out against their more illustrious opponents for entire first half, before back-to-back goals from Lucas Hernandez and Angel Correa just after the break put Atleti ahead.
A pair of goals inside of 18 minutes powered Villarreal to a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg in their Emirates Cup opener.
Gaspar opened the Yellow Submarine's account inside of 10 minutes with an accurate finish to the top corner of the Germans' net.
Ivan Perisic levelled shortly after, but the equilibrium was broken once and for all when a failed clearance paved the way for Matias Nahuel to nab the winner.
Aston Villa's first match without Christian Benteke ended in a 1-1 draw against local rivals Walsall.
Benteke complete his much-publicised move to Liverpool at midweek, not long after Fabian Delph had pulled a U-turn on the club and signed with Manchester City.
Academy starlet Callum Robinson scored in the 22nd minute for the Villans, before being cancelled out by Anthony Forde's deflected free-kick.
Australia international Mathew Ryan and Braga loanee Danilo made their debuts for Valencia in their 1-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.
Paco Alcacer bagged the only only goal of the game after just 2 minutes. After some superb build-up play from Jose Luis Gaya, Alcacer finished with aplomb past stranded PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet.
Celtic's promising preseason continued with a 2-0 defeat of Rennes.
Leigh Griffiths and Gary Mackay-Steven ruffled the net for the Scottish champs who have now won six of seven matches, including Champions League wins over Stjarnan, this summer.
James Morrison bagged a brace as West Brom sank Swindon Town 4-1.
Morrison score nine minutes in with a low drive from the edge of the penalty box. Victor Anichebe doubled the advantage in the 23rd with help from a poor back-pass from Yaser Kasim.
Kasim earned a modicum of redemption nine minutes later, pulling back a goal for Swindon with a well-placed curled strike. But second-half tallies from Morrison and Stephane Sessegnon completed a comfortable win for the Premier League side.
West Ham came back from their narrow Europa League victory midweek with a lifeless 0-0 draw at Charlton Athletic.
Regan Charles-Cook came closest to scoring, missing on a lobbed effort after the hour, but chances were hard to come by for both teams before the final whistle brought a merciful end to the proceedings.
With striker Bafetimbi Gomis held out, new signing Andre Ayew opened his Swansea account and helped his new team to a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Ayew, who was signed last month from Marseille, scored in the 59th minute before Robert Tesche levelled the match for good.
Troy Deeney scored the only goal in Watford's 1-0 win at Dundee United.
Former Atletico Madrid man Jose Manuel Jurado's inch perfect cross picked out Deeney, who powered his header past Dundee keeper Luis Zwick in the 53rd minute.
Leicester City struggled to a 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town.
David Nugent got the goal for City in the 10th minute, then Matt Green converted a penalty after Dean Hammond fouled Mitch Rose in the box.
A late Marlon Ritter goal helped Borussia Moenchengladbach to 2-2 draw with Turkish first division side Bursaspor.
Cedric Bakambu struck just after the half-hour mark to put Bursaspor ahead, before Josip Drmic brought the German side level with a well-taken penalty. Cristobal Jorquera's 64th minute goal looked to have won it for Ertugrul Saglam's team, but Ritter's goal ensured that the spoils were shared.
At the Stade de la Beaujoire, Premier League new-boys Bournemouth drew 0-0 with Nantes.
The Cherries were awarded an 87th minute penalty, but Matt Ritchie to lost his footing while taking the spot-kick and sent his strike over the crossbar.