Serie A - Udinese bow to Sunderland, West Ham edge Sampdoria

Round-up: Sunderland scored two goals in as many minutes to beat Udinese in one of several Premier League v Serie A friendlies on Saturday.

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Serie A - Udinese bow to Sunderland, West Ham edge Sampdoria
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Connor Wickham, un des grands artisans du sauvetage miraculeux de Sunderland

The Friulani visited Heritage Park and Luis Muriel tested Costel Pantilimon a couple of times in the first half with Silvan Widmer turning off target and the goalkeeper fingertipping an Allan screamer out from under the bar.

After the restart Zeljko Brkic was made to work, palming a fierce Connor Wickham free kick round the post.

Sunderland caught Udinese by surprise with two goals in as many minutes. First Vergini got on the end of a Gomez corner, then the same player was brought down for a penalty which Wickham converted.

Brkic rushed off his line to charge down Agnew’s effort, while Bruno and Muriel threatened at the other end.

Sampdoria were leading twice in London, but fitness levels were decisive as West Ham won 3-2.

The Blucerchiati visited the Boleyn Ground for the inaugural Marathonbet Cup, which saw ex-Lazio striker Mauro Zarate start for the Hammers.

Samp took the lead in London after 16 minutes, as Stefano Okaka got in front of Collins to slot home an Eder through ball.

Nenad Krsticic and Eder wasted opportunities, but in first half stoppages Lorenzo De Silvestri brought down Potts for a penalty that Mark Noble converted.

Manolo Gabbiadini should’ve made it 2-1 at the dawn of the second half, but was put off by a last-ditch Potts sliding challenge, then two efforts were charged down from Okaka and Gabbiadini.

Sampdoria took the lead for the second time that afternoon, as Eder got between centre-backs to run on to a Roberto Soriano pass and beat the goalkeeper.

Ex-Catania striker Gonzalo Bergessio was given his Samp debut, but substitute Mo Diame got the Hammers back on level terms with a stunning goal, blazing past both Fabrizio Cacciatore and Andrea Costa.

They almost turned it around completely, as their season begins two weeks earlier than the Italian one and it began to show in their fitness levels, but the bar kept out Downing’s header.

Right at the death 17-year-old Burke was left totally unmarked to side-foot in a Lee pass from six yards. By this stage the Blucerchiati had visibly run out of steam.

Aston Villa and Parma meanwhile played out a quiet 0-0 draw in the Midlands while promoted Burnley saw off Hellas Verona 3-1.

The first period had ended goalless at Turf Moor, but fitness levels were inevitably different as the English season begins two weeks ahead of Serie A.

Jutkiewicz had a goal ruled offside almost immediately and blasted another chance over the bar, but Luca Toni had gone round Heaton when Mee dived in with a goalline clearance.

Heaton also needed a fine save on Juanito Gomez Taleb from point-blank range.

Verona took the lead straight after the restart, as Toni set up Greek international Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for a header on the rebound.

However, just 60 seconds later Taylor beat Rafael on an Ings assist.

Burnley started to pile on the pressure in the final half-hour, as Jutkiewicz nodded in a Mee cross and Wallace scored with a splendid free kick.

Rafael kept the scoreline down with two marvellous saves on Ings.

Everton slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Bundesliga newboys Paderborn in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Second-half goals from Marvin Ducksch and Daniel Bruckner secured victory for the German side, after Mortiz Stoppelkamp's penalty had cancelled out Chris Long's long-range effort in the first period.

Leicester's preparations for a return to the top flight ended in fine style with a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen at the King Power Stadium.

Foxes captain Wes Morgan headed home a Riyad Mahrez corner in the seventh minute to score the only goal of the game and ensure City ended their pre-season on a high.

Swansea had a Saturday to forget as they were beaten 3-0 by Villarreal at the Liberty Stadium.

Goals from Ikechukwu Uche, Bruno Soriano and Denis Cheryshev ensured the Yellow Submarine left south Wales with plenty to cheer, while the defeat leaves Swans boss Garry Monk with plenty to ponder ahead of next weekend's opener against Manchester United.

West Brom also shipped three goals as they were convincingly beaten by Porto at the Hawthorns.

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro opened the scoring before Jonas Olsson equalised for the hosts five minutes before the interval. The Portuguese side upped their game in the second half and Jackson Martinez helped himself to a brace to secure a 3-1 victory.

Stoke secured a credible 1-1 draw at Freiburg, with summer signing Mame Biram Diouf claiming his first goal for the club to cancel out defender Pavel Krmas' second-minute opener.

An own goal by QPR defender Clint Hill in the second half consigned Harry Redknapp's side to a 1-0 defeat to Greek side PAOK at Loftus Road.

Crystal Palace played out a goalless draw against Bundesliga side Augsburg in Germany.

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