Arsenal and Spurs were the only Premier League winners as Liverpool and Stoke struggled against lower league opponents.
Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Alexander Doni had debuts to forget as Liverpool went down 3-0 to Hull at the KC Stadium. Goals from Irish under 21 international Robert Brady, Robert Koren and former Arsenal starlet Jay Simpson sealed a good win for the Tigers, with Kenny Dalglish using the game to give a run out to 22 of his players.
While Kenny Dalglish might be downbeat this evening, Arsene Wenger will be a pleased man following Gervinho’s goal scoring debut, the Ivory Coast striker scored a brace in a 30 minute cameo as Arsenal beat Cologne 2-1
Gervinho netted his first with a fine finish following good link up play with Jack Wilshere’s before finishing well following a Theo Walcott’s cross after 15 minutes.
Wenger joy’s almost turned to horror when he was forced to take his summer signing off following a clash with He Cologne keeper Michael Rensing, but however it was more of a precaution.
While Gervinho dazzled, another summer signing Carl Jenkinson had the unfortunate please of scoring a consolation goal for Cologne, his attempted clearance lobbing Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal
Down in South Africa meanwhile Tottenham clinched the Vodacom Challenge title with a 3-0 victory over Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg thanks to a brace from Rafael van der Vaart and a Jermaine Defoe effort.
Steve Bruce’s Sunderland ended their German tour on a low following a goalless draw against Borussia Monchengladbach in a game that was marred by the 71st minute sending off of Titus Bramble.
Jonathan Woodgate made his Stoke debut in their friendly at Aldershot but the Potters went down 1-0 defeat thanks to an Adam Mekki’s goal.
Meanwhile Neal Bishop scored a last minute goal to deny Wolves a win against Notts County, Matt Jarvis putting Wanderers the ahead in the first half
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