Chelsea new boys fire; City stroll
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 against Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana in a preseason friendly on Sunday night.
Nik Kapun put Olimpija 1-0 up before the break but the Blues were rescued in the second half as new signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa combined for the equaliser, then a few minutes later, new centre-back Kurt Zouma netted the winner.
Branislav Ivanovic put the ball in the net soon after, but it was ruled out by the referee and Fernando Torres even had time to chest over the bar from just a few yards out as the Premier League side claimed the win.
Later on Sunday, Manchester City claimed an impressive 5-1 victory over AC Milan in a weather-hit friendly at the Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Stevan Jovetic handed the Premier League champions the lead after 12 minutes with a low shot that creeped in at the near post and three minutes later Gael Clichy picked out Scott Sinclair in the box and he slotted home the second from close range.
The goalfest was not over yet and midway through the first half Jesus Navas' acrobatic effort from just outside the box took a huge deflection and left goalkeeper Michael Agazzi with no chance.
Rampant City added a fourth after 27 minutes as Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who has been training with the club for the past few weeks, picked the ball up on the edge of the box and turned 180 degrees before firing home.
Sulley Muntari pulled one back for Milan just before the break as he tapped in with a close-range finish at the home of NFL side the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Following a delay due to lightening and heavy rain, former City striker Mario Balotelli took to the field for the second half and had a goal ruled out for offside before Jovetic netted his second to make it 5-1.
Liverpool and Olympiakos wrapped up the exhibition action stateside as Brendan Rodgers side edged the Greek giants 1-0 in Chicago -- thanks to an early strike from Raheem Sterling.
The Merseyside club was finally able to give a debut to 20 million pound signing Lazar Markovic who started and showed brief glimpses of his quality in 45 minutes of action.
Premier League rivals Everton and Leicester were also in action overseas, playing each other in Bangkok in a contest the Foxes won 1-0.
Foxes forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the only goal of the game in the 66th minute, tapping in a centre from the right from Jamie Vardy, who had got to the ball before Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles. The two clubs meet again at the King Power Stadium on the opening day of the top-flight season.
Swansea put in a dominant performance as they triumphed 4-0 at Plymouth, with summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson netting a brace.
The Premier League side were 1-0 up on nine minutes as Rory Donnelly capitalised on a mistake by Pilgrims goalkeeper Luke McCormick.
After the break, Jordi Amat doubled the advantage before Sigurdsson - back on a permanent deal at the club he previously played for on loan in 2012 - struck twice, the second being a superb curling free-kick at the death.