Friendlies round-up: Guardiola loses on Bayern return

Pep Guardiola’s first match in charge of Manchester City ended in defeat at his old club, as FC Bayern München secured a 1-0 victory at Allianz Arena.

Both sides were significantly weakened. Guardiola had 12 academy players in his squad and fielded six teenagers, but it was Carlo Ancelotti and Bayern who came out on top thanks to a goal from Erdal Ozturk.

New signing Oleksandr Zinchenko played in the first half for City, though neither Ilkay Gundogan or Nolito were involved.

Bayern dominated proceedings in the first half, and though City were much improved in the second, they still lost out via Ozturk’s winning goal, which arrived 14 minutes from time thanks to a lucky deflection off Gael Clichy that wrong-footed substitute City goalkeeper Angus Gunn.

The Citizens now travel to China, where they will play local rivals Manchester United on Monday.

Elsewhere, Liverpool continued their promising pre-season form with a 2-0 victory at Championship outfit Huddersfield Town.

Marko Grujic and Alberto Moreno struck for the Reds, although the match was perhaps most notable for the appearance of substitute goalkeeper Shamal George, who had to play as a striker after Lucas Leiva picked up an injury when Jurgen Klopp had used the rest of his replacements.

Antonio Conte, meanwhile, earned his first win as Chelsea boss as the Blues beat Austrian side RZ Pellets 3-0.

Bertrand Traore opened the scoring, before second-half goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah wrapped up the win.

Sam Allardyce left Sunderland’s 3-0 success at Hartlepool just after half-time as he looks set to be named as the new England manager.

Jermain Defoe’s double and Wahbi Khazri’s strike secured the win, with the Black Cats expected to turn to former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes to replace Allardyce.

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