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Pre-season wrap: Wilshere stars, Toffees held

Teenager Jack Wilshere struck twice as Arsenal beat Scottish champions Rangers to win the Emirates Cup.

The 17-year-old was rewarded for a man-of-the-match display when coming off the bench in Saturday's game against Atletico Madrid with a place in Arsene Wenger's starting XI.

Wilshere grabbed his latest opportunity with both hands to fire the Gunners ahead inside two minutes.

Arsenal never looked back, as fit-again Croatia hitman Eduardo soon made it 2-0 before Wilshere, once more man-of-the-match, wrapped things up with another well-taken strike in the second half.

Real Madrid target Xabi Alonso made a brief appearance as a strong Liverpool team suffered a heavy defeat in Spain.

Midfielder Alonso came off the bench with six minutes remaining as Espanyol officially opened their new stadium, and reports in Spain indicate it may be his final appearance for Liverpool.

Luis Garcia - a namesake of the former Liverpool player - put Mauricio Pochettino's side ahead after 19 minutes and former Chelsea reserve Ben Sahar scored a second-half double to give Espanyol an impressive win.

Everton fought out a 2-2 draw at Coventry in a pre-season friendly at the Ricoh Arena.

The Toffees were without defender Joleon Lescott - the subject of two recent bids from Manchester City - because of a hip injury and led twice before the match finished level.

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill gave David Moyes' side the lead in the 15th minute when Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood failed to hold his initial shot.

Leon Osman went close to a second before Clinton Morrison crossed for Michael Doyle to slide in an equaliser.

Everton regained the lead just five minutes later when teenage substitute Jose Baxter fired into the bottom corner through a crowd of players.

But Aron Gunnarsson salvaged a draw for Chris Coleman's side and ensured Sky Blues veteran Marcus Hall's testimonial ended on a positive note when he headed a Doyle cross in at the near post.

A late David Goodwillie penalty ensured Dundee United grabbed a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in their challenge match at Tannadice.

Andrew Carroll's strike on the hour mark gave the visitors the lead, and Steve Harper saved a Danny Swanson penalty five minutes later after Kevin Nolan had handled in the box.

Then five minutes from time, the hosts were awarded a second penalty when Ryan Taylor was adjudged to have pulled at Craig Conway inside the box - and this time Goodwillie sent Harper the wrong way.

Before kick-off there was a minute's applause as tribute to former England and Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson who died from cancer last week. For most of the game the Geordie fans alternated between singing in praise of Robson and against owner Mike Ashley.

Birmingham scored three times in the first half of their 4-0 win at League Two Cheltenham.

Garry O'Connor, Sebastian Larsson and Kevin Phillips put the Blues in control, and triallist Albert Fataki was on target too soon after coming on as a substitute.

O'Connor's second-minute opener was a 20-yard shot; Larsson latched on to a through ball from Phillips to make it 2-0 just before the half-hour, and the latter almost immediately made it three with a volley.

Fataki's 80th-minute finish completed the job.


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