Jul 22, 2011

Asia Tour in Malaysia..!!

Malaysia XI 0-4 Arsenal 13th July 2011
(scorers: ARS; Ramsey, Walcott, Vela, Rosicky)

Arsenal got their pre-season preparations underway with a 4-0 win over a Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur.

Aaron Ramsey drilled Arsenal ahead from the penalty spot on five minutes after Jack Wilshere had been brought down in the area.

Theo Walcott made it 2-0 before half-time when he lobbed the goalkeeper after running on to an exquisite through-ball from Ramsey.

Manager Arsene Wenger made a raft of substitutions at half-time and Carlos Vela scored the goal of the match when he lobbed onrushing Malaysia goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat just before the hour.

After Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri had been introduced, Tomas Rosicky headed in Andrey Arshavin's cross from close range to cap a dominant Gunners display.

Malaysia XI 3-6 Liverpool
16th July 2011
(scorers: MAS; Safiq Rahim, Safee Sali LIV; Adam, Ngog(2), Maxi(2), Kuyt)

Charlie Adam scored from the spot on his first start for the club as Liverpool saw off Malaysia All-Stars 6-3.

Adam was a lively presence in the opening exchanges and after 25 minutes played in Carroll, who went down in the area and earned the penalty. Adam had to take the spot-kick twice but sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-0.

Mohammad Safiq Rahim equalised with a fine free-kick five minutes from half-time. Dalglish made 11 substitutions at the break and after 68 minutes David Ngog scored following some poor defending.

The Frenchman added a second moments later as the Reds swamped their opponents. Maxi Rodriguez made it 4-1 in the 76th minute before Mohammad Safi scored twice in as many minutes to put the hosts back in contention.

Maxi then scored a second of his own in the last minute as Malaysia chased the equaliser, with Dirk Kuyt making it six deep in injury time.

Malaysia XI 0-1 Chelsea
21st July 2011
(scorers: CHE; Drogba)

Chelsea stumbled to a 1-0 win in their second pre-season friendly under Andre Villas-Boas against a Malaysian XI.

The Blues won the first match of their far east tour in Kuala Lumpur but, as in their victory at Portsmouth just over a week earlier, they were far from convincing.

And, like at Fratton Park, they needed an own goal to avoid a goalless draw in a match that saw new manager Villas-Boas again play two entirely different XIs in each half.

The winner arrived 12 minutes from time when Didier Drogba won a free-kick, which he took and smashed against the post, only for the ball to hit goalkeeper Mohd Izham Tarmizi and spin back towards the line.

The substitute thought he had retrieved the ball in time but the goal was controversially awarded.

Otherwise, Chelsea struggled against a side who conceded 10 times against recent tourists Arsenal and Liverpool.

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