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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Newcastle held by Olympiakos

ESPN staff

Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw by Olympiakos in the Algarve, as a late Kostas Mitroglou denied the Magpies victory in the Trofeu Internacional de Futebol do Guadiana.

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Steven Taylor turned the ball home after the Greek defence failed to deal with a corner-kick from Romain Amalfitano to give Newcastle the lead, before the sending-off of Francois Modesto firmly swung the tie in the favour of the Premier League side.

In a second-half of many changes, Mitroglou took advantage of disorganisation in the Magpies defence to equalise after fine work from Abdoun on the left-flank.

With the scores equal the tie was sent to penalties, but the two sides were not to be separated with the five spot-kicks ending 4-4 and the trophy shared.

Premier League newcomers West Ham were delivered a lesson at the hands of Dynamo Dresden on a disappointing night in Germany for the Hammers as they fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Goals from Robert Kock, Hasan Pepic and Cuneyt Koz saw off the Premier League side with ease as Dresden continue their preparations for the 2. Bundesliga season.

For Sam Allardyce, there is plenty to consider as a strong side found themselves suffering at the hands of their hosts. West Ham next play Energie Cottbus on Sunday.

Sunderland were also handed a pre-season setback with a 1-0 defeat to Hartlepool at Victoria Park, with new signing Steve Howard the goal hero for the League One side.

The Black Cats fielded a side with several first-team regulars but fell behind in the eighth minute to the npower League One side when Howard finished from close range.

Sunderland were rather subdued in the first half although improved after the interval, with David Meyler shooting just wide from 25 yards.

Their best chance of a leveller came when Fraizer Campbell saw his stooping header superbly tipped over the bar by Scott Flinders as Sunderland crashed to their second pre-season defeat.

Reading continued their preparations for a Premier League return with a 1-1 draw with Olhanense in Portugal. Recently signed midfielder Danny Guthrie gave the Royals the lead before a second half penalty by Duarte equalised for the hosts.




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