Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Sturridge at the double for Chelsea

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge's first-half double helped Chelsea to a comfortable 3-1victory over Rangers in their friendly match at Ibrox.

Light Blues' striker Nikica Jelavic headed the Scottish champions into the lead after six minutes after being set up by Steven Naismith. However, Sturridge - who spent the second half of last season on loan to Bolton - struck twice to give the classy Londoners an interval lead which they never looked like surrendering.

Substitute Florent Malouda, who had replaced Sturridge on the hour mark, headed in Chelsea's third in the 72nd minute. The scoreline could have been worse for the home side had substitute goalkeeper Neil Alexander, on for Allan McGregor at the interval, not saved Frank Lampard's penalty two minutes later.

David Goodwillie scored on his Blackburn debut as the Barclays Premier League side signed off their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 4-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. The Scottish international had not even trained with his new colleagues following his move from Dundee United to Rovers on Wednesday.

Grant Hanley's own goal gave the Clydesdale Bank Premier League side the lead after 10 minutes, David Dunn immediately levelled from the penalty spot after Killie's Patrick Ada handled a cross and Jason Roberts gave the visitors the lead soon after. Roberts also converted a 31st-minute penalty after being fouled in the box.

Danny Graham grabbed his first goal for Swansea as Brendan Rodgers' side rounded off their pre-season preparations with victory over Real Betis at the Liberty Stadium.

The £3.5million former Watford man performed a lovely turn from an Angel Rangel pass to loft the ball into the net in the 63rd minute and settle the contest.

Norwich completed their pre-season friendly schedule with a comfortable 3-0 win over Parma at Carrow Road. A close-range effort from captain Grant Holt and a second half brace by winger Andrew Surman saw the Canaries warm up for next weekend's Premier League opener at Wigan with a confident display in front of a 13,000 crowd.

George Elokobi and Steven Fletcher scored in the space of five minutes midway through the second half to give Wolves a 2-0 win over Real Zaragoza at Molineux.

Sunderland were held to a goalless draw by Hibernian at Easter Road, while Newcastle's match against Fiorentina at St James' Park was abandoned by referee Mark Halsey in the 64th minute because of a waterlogged pitch - there had been no breakthrough at the time.