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Club friendlies wrap: Chelsea lose at Brighton

5 August 2012 04:57

Chelsea concluded their summer preparations for the Premier League campaign with a 3-1 loss to Brighton on Saturday.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo named a strong starting line up for the match at Amex Stadium.

Petr Cech started in goal with Gary Cahill partnering John Terry in central defence, while Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole completed the back four.

Raul Meireles, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien formed a midfield three as Ramires and Eden Hazard flanked Fernando Torres up front.

And despite Lampard opening the scoring for the Blues, efforts from Vicente, Ashley Barnes and Andrew Crofts secured a shock win for the Championship side, meaning Chelsea ended their pre-season with three consecutive defeats.

In other pre-season results around England, Lewis McGugan scored twice and Marcus Tudgay grabbed a goal as Nottingham Forest ran out 3-1 winners against Paul Lambert's Aston Villa.

League One club A.F.C. Bournemouth held Premier League newcomers Reading to a 2-2 draw at Dean Court, with number one goalkeeper Adam Federici competing in his first match for the Royals this pre-season.

Ipswich Town handed West Ham a 3-1 loss courtesy of goals from Michael Chopra, Luke Chambers and Jason Scotland, and West Bromwich Albion had Peter Odemwingie to thank for their fortunate 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Southampton made the most of their opportunities to beat Wolverhampton 2-0 and Fulham cruised to a 4-0 win against Nice, while Newcastle United were unable to score an elusive goal as they drew 0-0 at Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag.

Elsewhere in Europe on Saturday, German champions Borussia Dortmund reached the final of the Liga-total Cup following a 1-0 victory over hosts Hamburg in front of 44,000 fans.

Polish international Jakub Blaszczykowski scored from a Lukasz Piszczek to hand Dortmund a win in the competition consisting of 30-minute halves.

And their opponents in the final will be Werder Bremen after Thomas Schaaf's men prevailed 4-2 in a penalty shootout against Bayern Munich.

Nils Petersen, on loan from Bayern, hit the back of the net on 12 minutes before new signing Xherdan Shaqiri restored parity in the 27th minute.

Niclas Fullkrug fired Bremen ahead on 43 minutes but his goal was cancelled out by Toni Kroos' effort with the last kick of the game, which sent the match to a shootout.

Kevin De Bruyne, on loan from Chelsea, converted the decisive spot kick to make it 4-2 and book a meeting with Dortmund, meaning Bayern and Hamburg will contest the determining third place.

Meanwhile, big-spending PSG came-from-behind to level at 2-2 against Barcelona but lost the resulting penalty shootout 4-1 at the Parc des Princes, while Serie A champions Juventus defeated Malaga 2-0 thanks to an Alessandro Matri double.

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