Frendlies Wrap: Crew cruise for Magpies

BY foxsports • July 27, 2011

Columbus Crew 0, Newcastle United 3

Shola Amoebi scored in the first half and Fabricio Coloccini and Haris Vukcic added goals in the second half as Newcastle United beat the ten-man Columbus Crew 3-0 in a friendly on Tuesday.

Amoebi put Newcastle up 1-0 in the ninth minute. Coloccini scored in the 53rd minute following a corner that deflected off two Crew players and Vukcic added the third in stoppage time.

The Crew entered the match without starting goalkeeper William Hesmer because of injury and back-up keeper Andy Gruenebaum was sent off in the 45th minute for handling the ball outside the penalty area as he slid to stop a break.

Gruenebaum will still be eligible for the Major League Soccer match at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

MK Dons 3, Tottenham 5

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice as a Tottenham XI featuring a number of first-team regulars enjoyed an entertaining 5-3 friendly win at MK Dons.

The Russia striker twice slotted home after being played in by Niko Kranjcar as the Premier League side led 2-0 at the interval, though the League One side could have been level at that stage as Jay O'Shea missed a good chance and Sam Baldock hit the post.

But Luke Chadwick curled home a superb 25-yard strike to cut the deficit and Jabo Ibehre touched home Daniel Powell's shot to equalise.

Harry Kane replaced Jermain Defoe and scored twice, either side of a stunning 35-yard dipping volley from stand-out performer Kranjcar, while Ibehre added his second and Dons' third.

Juventus 1, Club America 0

Cristian Pasquato scored in the first half as Juventus held off Mexican side Club America 1-0 in a rain-delayed match in the World Football Challenge at Citi Field in New York.

Juventus played 15 minutes of the second half with 10 men after Claudio Marchisio hobbled off with a bruised left chin caused by a sliding tackle. There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury.

After three near-misses, Juventus broke through in the 42nd minute. Mexican goalkeeper Armando Navarrete punched another cross to his right, directly to Pasquato 12 yards away and the forward sent the ball into the upper right corner.

Club America, which played a Mexican League game on Sunday, substituted six players at halftime and all 11 by the 79th minute.

Rochdale 3, West Brom 0

An inexperienced West Brom side lost its first ever meeting with League One side Rochdale 3-0.

Ashley Grimes opened the scoring for Dale after six minutes, and the host was awarded a penalty on 28 minutes when Albion skipper Steven Reid lunged in on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, with Gary Jones coolly slotting in to make it 2-0.

Akpa Akpro made it 3-0 in the second-half to kill off any chance of a West Brom comeback.

Crystal Palace 1, Norwich 0

Norwich drew a blank as it continued its preparations for the Premier League with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Promoted Canaries, who had hit 26 goals without reply in their three previous matches against summer cannon fodder, found Championship side Palace a tougher proposition.

And young substitute Nathaniel Pinney secured a win for the host when he rounded John Ruddy and slid the ball into an empty net a minute from time.