Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Bo-kyung on target for Cardiff

Kim Bo-Kyung was on target against Chievo

Kim Bo-kyung scored as Cardiff continued their preparations ahead of their first Barclays Premier League season with a 1-0 win at home to Chievo.

Malky Mackay named a strong side for the visit of the Serie A outfit to the Cardiff City Stadium, with new club-record signing Steven Caulker making his first appearance for the club as a second-half substitute.

Kim's effort, which came just before the hour-mark, was the South Korea international's third goal of pre-season and proved to be enough to seal the win for the hosts.

The Bluebirds, who will face Athletic Bilbao next weekend in their final pre-season clash, start life back in the top flight when they travel to West Ham on the opening day of the new campaign.

Arsenal came from two goals behind to draw with Napoli in the opening match of the Emirates Cup. The Gunners have yet to bring in a marquee summer signing, despite manager Arsene Wenger having a bumper transfer war chest - with Liverpool maintaining Luis Suarez is not for sale after a bid of £40million plus £1 was rejected.

Wenger's faith in his current squad looked questionable after some poor first-half defending allowed Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev to put the Italians in command. However, an acrobatic goal by France striker Olivier Giroud with 18 minutes left sparked a fightback, with Laurent Koscielny heading in a dramatic late equaliser.

Tottenham, without Real Madrid target Gareth Bale amongst their ranks, were convincingly beaten by big-spending Ligue 1 side Monaco, losing 5-2 in their friendly in the French principality.

Bale remained at home as speculation about his future mounts but Spurs still named a strong side, with Nacer Chadli handed his first start for Andre Villas-Boas' men.

Monaco, who have invested heavily in their squad as they look to challenge Paris St-Germain in the coming season, took the lead after 14 minutes through a well-struck Andrea Raggi volley.

Two goals in quick succession after the interval, courtesy of Lucas Ocampos and Radamel Falcao, put Claudio Ranieri's side well on top. Spurs struck back just before the hour through young striker Harry Kane but the Premier League side did not have time to get themselves back into the match.

Falcao added his second with a composed finish, with Mounir Obbadi grabbing the fifth on 70 minutes and Andros Townsend scoring a fine consolation for the visitors late on.

Dwight Gayle was among the goals as Crystal Palace eased to a 4-0 win against League of Ireland side Waterford United. Ian Holloway named a strong line-up and summer signing Stephen Dobbie put the Eagles ahead after 28 minutes.

With a tough opening Premier League fixture at home to Spurs, Palace will be looking to start the season high on confidence but it took them until 15 minutes from time to add to Dobbie's opener.

The former Swansea man was again heavily involved as his exchange of passes with Gayle allowed the £8million forward to make it 2-0. Another young striker, Ibra Sekajja, was then gifted possession to add the third and trialist Osman Sow wrapped up the win with a well-taken injury-time volley.

Southampton lost on penalties to Celta Vigo in the Trofeo Memorial Quinocho following a 0-0 draw.

Big-money summer signings Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama both started for Mauricio Pochettino's side at Balaidos but Saints could not find a way through. Substitute Guly do Prado hit the bar with a header late on before missing the first penalty in the shoot-out.

Young midfielder James Ward-Prowse saw his spot-kick saved with only Steven Davis managing to score from 12 yards as Celta secured a 4-1 shoot-out win.

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