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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug, 1, 2009

Pre-season wrap: Arshavin shines, Celtic defeated

Andrey Arshavin came off the bench to net a late double as Arsenal beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the Emirates Cup.

The Russian, introduced in the second half, produced two superb finishes as the Gunners maintained their promising build-up to the new campaign.

There was also a welcome home return for Czech winger Tomas Rosicky, who had been out of action for some 18 months with a string of niggling injuries - and his availability for the build-up to the new campaign will be welcome boost to manager Arsene Wenger following the loss of Samir Nasri to a broken leg.

Wenger had named a mixed side, which included Vito Mannone in goal and Robin van Persie, last season's leading scorer, as captain with Cesc Fabregas one of 10 substitutes.

The Gunners looked to have snatched a winner with just four minutes left when Fabregas lofted the ball over to the back post from the right, where Arshavin arrived to volley past Sergio Asenjo.

However, German Pacheco beat the offside trap, somewhat dubiously, to slot in an equaliser.

There was, though, just enough time for Arshavin to latch onto a poor backward header from Ujfalusi and tap the ball round the keeper before sliding it into the net from the tightest of angles.

Celtic warmed up for the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Dinamo Moscow in Russia on Wednesday in disappointing fashion as they slumped to a friendly 2-1 defeat against Sunderland.

Trailing 1-0 from Wednesday's first leg at Celtic Park, Hoops manager Tony Mowbray used this match to increase the fitness levels of his squad but he may have expected some more encouragement from the display.

Goals either side of the break from Kieran Richardson and Kenwyne Jones gave the visitors a well-deserved lead until Hoops midfielder Marc Crosas put a better spin on proceedings when he pulled a goal back.

Kolo Toure hobbled out of his Manchester City debut after an hour as Mark Hughes' side played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Barnsley.

City enjoyed long periods of dominance but substitute Daniel Bogdanovic was allowed room chase down a long ball and fire past Shay Given with seven minutes remaining, before Martin Petrov grabbed an 88th minute equaliser.

A late comeback from Chelsea saw Carlo Ancelotti's Premier League side secure a 2-2 friendly draw at Reading.

A strong Chelsea team, which included the likes of Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, were behind at the break following Jimmy Kebe's strike and Scott Davies' free-kick.

Chelsea were a constant threat and the Reading defence had done well to keep the Blues at bay, but Salomon Kalou slotted home in the final minute and Reading captain Alex Pearce then turned Florent Malouda's cross into his own net.

Stoke were denied their first pre-season victory by a late equaliser at Derby today.

Liam Lawrence's deflected effort had given the Premier League side an early lead before Stephen Pearson levelled four minutes after the break.

Ricardo Fuller's 65th-minute strike looked to have won the match for Stoke but Arnaud Mendy, who had only come off the bench seconds earlier, equalised in acrobatic fashion - smashing home a stunning scissor-kick.

Blackburn were also held to a 2-2 draw, as Sheffield Wednesday fought back from two goals down at Hillsborough.

Ryan Nelsen and Jason Roberts fired Rovers into what looked to be a comfortable lead after just 21 minutes.

Akpo Sodje got one back for Wednesday moments later but the visitors could have immediately restored their two-goal cushion had El-Hadji Diouf not seen his spot-kick saved.

Marcus Tudgay drew Wednesday level from close range in the second half.

Wigan's preparations for the new Premier League season suffered a setback at Carrow Road as they lost 3-2 at League One Norwich - after twice being ahead.

The Latics went in front after just nine minutes through Charles N'Zogbia's cool finish, but the impressive Canaries were back on level terms before the break as Chris Martin sidefooted home Jon Otsemobor's cross after some poor defending on the right.

Wigan quickly regained the lead through Cho Won-Hee who produced a superb finish after being set up by Jason Scotland's clever pass.

But the hosts had the final word, quickly equalising through Martin's second goal of the game before grabbing a winner after 76 minutes when Simon Whaley slipped the ball past keeper Mike Pollitt.

Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest beat Birmingham 2-1. David McGoldrick put the hosts ahead four minutes before the break and Robert Earnshaw doubled their lead in the 82nd minute. Lee Carsley pulled one back for Birmingham four minutes from time.

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