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By ESPN Staff
Aug 3, 2013

Monaco see off Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were beaten convincingly by big-spending Ligue 1 side Monaco, losing 5-2 in their friendly in the French principality.

Tottenham were unable to keep Monaco star Radamel Falcao at bay.
Tottenham were unable to keep Monaco star Radamel Falcao at bay.

Spurs star Gareth Bale remained at home as speculation about a move to Real Madrid mounts, but head coach Andre Villas-Boas still named a strong side, with Nacer Chadli handed his first start.

Monaco, who have invested heavily in their squad as they look to challenge Paris Saint-Germain in the coming season, took the lead after 14 minutes through a well-struck Andrea Raggi volley. Two goals in quick succession after the interval, courtesy of Lucas Ocampos and Radamel Falcao, then put Claudio Ranieri's side well on top.

Spurs struck back just before the hour through young striker Harry Kane but the Premier League side did not have time to get themselves back in to the match.

Falcao added his second with a composed finish, with Mounir Obbadi grabbing the fifth on 70 minutes; Andros Townsend then scored a fine consolation for the visitors late on.

Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney returned to action from a hamstring injury to play 45 minutes for Manchester United in a 3-0 friendly win against Real Betis behind closed doors at Carrington.

Rooney, Nani, Nemanja Vidic and Javier Hernandez all started for United, with the quartet searching for fitness after missing the club's pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East, and it was Nani, Rooney and Vidic who got the goals.

Kim Bo-Kyung scored the only goal of the game as Cardiff continued their preparations ahead of their first Premier League season with a win at home to Chievo.

Malky Mackay named a strong side for the visit of the Serie A outfit to the Cardiff City Stadium, with new club-record signing Steven Caulker making his first appearance for the club as a second-half substitute.

Kim's effort, which came just before the hour-mark, was the South Korea international's third goal of pre-season and proved to be enough to seal the win for the hosts.

The Bluebirds, who will face Athletic Bilbao next weekend in their final pre-season clash, start life back in the top flight when they travel to West Ham on the opening day of the new campaign.

Dwight Gayle was among the goals as Crystal Palace eased to a 4-0 win against League of Ireland side Waterford United.

Ian Holloway named a strong line-up and summer signing Stephen Dobbie put the Eagles ahead after 28 minutes. With a tough opening Premier League fixture at home to Spurs, Palace will be looking to start the season high on confidence but it took them until 15 minutes from time to add to Dobbie's opener.

The former Swansea man was again heavily involved as his exchange of passes with Gayle allowed the £8 million forward to make it 2-0.

Another young striker, Ibra Sekajja, was then gifted possession to add the third and trialist Osman Sow wrapped up the win with a well-taken injury-time volley.

Southampton lost on penalties to Celta Vigo in the Trofeo Memorial Quinocho following a 0-0 draw.

Big-money summer signings Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama both started for Mauricio Pochettino's side at Balaidos but Saints could not find a way through.

Substitute Guly do Prado hit the bar with a header late on before missing the first penalty in the shoot-out. Young midfielder James Ward-Prowse saw his spot-kick saved with only Steven Davis managing to score from 12 yards as Celta secured a 4-1 shoot-out win.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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