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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 3, 2008

Friendlies: Huntelaar strike sinks Sunderland

Sunderland 0-1 Ajax

Klaas Jan Huntelaar's second-half strike proved the difference between the sides as Sunderland continued their pre-season preparations with a narrow home defeat to Ajax.

The Holland forward, linked with a move to England over the summer, lashed home the game's only goal nine minutes into the second period after two good saves from Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Roy Keane's side will consider themselves unlucky to have lost after bossing possession, particularly in the latter stages, but the closest they came to a goal was a first-half Daryl Murphy effort which struck the outside of the post.

A crowd of 19,768 turned out for the match - part of the celebrations marking the 35th anniversary of Sunderland's victorious FA Cup run - and gave a warm pre-kick-off reception to the 1973 heroes.

Both managers included three of their summer signings with Pascal Chimbonda, Teemu Tainio and El-Hadji Diouf starting for the hosts and Oleguer Presas, Ismail Aissati and Dario Cvitanich lining up for the visitors.

Ajax, making their second trip to the Stadium of Light, had the first real chance in the seventh minute when Gordon instinctively threw out a right hand to keep out Huntelaar's close-range attempt after good work down the left by Luis Suarez.

The Black Cats' first sight of goal came in the 16th minute when former Bolton striker Diouf slid a neat ball through for Dean Whitehead whose low shot skidded wide of Maarten Stekelenburg's post.

Ten minutes later Whitehead again tried his luck after cutting in from the left, but curled his right-footed shot just wide.

Cvitanich - a recent acquisition from Argentinian side Banfield - found himself enough space to try a shot from 20 yards nine minutes before half-time but it had neither the power nor accuracy to test Gordon.

Three minutes before the interval the hosts came within a whisker of taking the lead when Murphy, again supplied by the influential Diouf, curled a left-footed strike which just skimmed the outside of the left-hand upright.

Steed Malbranque, the third Tottenham player to move to Wearside this summer, was handed his Sunderland debut as a half-time replacement for Murphy.

The Frenchman was powerless to prevent his side going behind in the 54th minute, however.

Rasmus Lindgren's initial effort from the left was saved by Gordon, as was Huntelaar's follow-up, but the rebound fell at the feet of the Holland frontman a second time and he lashed high into the net.

Both managers opted to make changes, Keane replacing Whitehead with Grant Leadbitter and Van Basten introducing Miralem Sulejmani in place of Huntelaar.

Diouf drew a fine save from Stekelenburg with a free-kick from the edge of the area, and Tainio had a long-range effort blocked by Gabri before Michael Chopra slotted home in vain late on after being flagged offside.

Tottenham 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

Darren Bent's impressive pre-season form continued as he helped Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund to win the Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam.

The 24-year-old striker broke the deadlock in the ninth minute with the first real chance of the game after Jermaine Jenas had dribbled past three defenders.

Former Charlton frontman Bent collected the ball in the penalty area and turned before drilling a low shot past Dortmund goalkeeper Marc Ziegler to claim his 10th goal in five pre-season matches.

Jenas was also involved in the second goal in the 55th minute when he broke from midfield and slid a through-ball for Brazilian Giovani who dinked the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net.

Tottenham scored their third goal with four minutes remaining after a swift counter-attack led by right-back Adam Smith.

The 17-year-old defender broke down the right flank and delivered a low cross for Jamie O'Hara who slotted the ball home from close range.

Hearts 1-0 Hull City

Audrius Ksanavicius handed Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo a 1-0 victory in his first game at Tynecastle as the Edinburgh club held off Premier League newcomers Hull City.

The Lithuanian headed home just after the half-hour mark in a game of few chances.

Laryea Kingston won the ball in the middle of the Hull half and Hearts moved the ball out left for Ruben Palazuelos, whose cross was headed into the corner from 10 yards by the Lithuanian.

Hull only threatened from Geovanni's dead-ball prowess while Kingston showed he will be vital for the home side's Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign, which kicks off against Motherwell on Saturday.

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