Friendlies – James makes Bayern debut in victory; Arsenal and Dortmund get wins


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James Rodriguez made his first appearance in a Bayern shirt on Saturday.

Thomas Muller and Juan Bernat scored as Bayern Munich beat Werder Bremen 2-0 in a 45-minute game to win the Telekom Cup on Saturday, while James Rodriguez made his first appearance after signing from Real Madrid earlier in the week.

Carlo Ancelotti named a strong side that included Mats Hummels, Thiago Alcantara, James, David Alaba, Kingsley Coman and Muller.

✅ Goals from @esmuellert_ and @JuanBernat
✅ @jamesdrodriguez debut
✅ #TelekomCup win!
All in the highlights from #SVWFCB ��

– FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 15, 2017

Muller, named captain for the day, put Bayern ahead on 12 minutes, set up the second for Bernat with a back-heel and missed a penalty during the game which was played in front of 41,283 in Monchengladbach.

Robert Lewandowski scored and Corentin Tolisso debuted earlier in the day as Bayern beat Hoffenheim 1-0 in another 45-minute game to advance to the final.

Arsenal defeated Western Sydney 3-1 in their final preseason match on their Sydney tour.

Arsenal concluded their preseason tour of Australia with a 3-1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers that came thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny.

Nacho Monreal caught the eye by providing two assists, while club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette got more minutes under his belt but the Gunners barely had to break sweat against their A-League opponents, who scored a second-half consolation goal through Steve Lustica.

Andre Schurrle netted a stoppage time winner for Dortmund in their 3-2 win over Urawa in the J League World Challenge.

Borussia Dortmund got their tour of Asia off to a winning start with a 3-2 victory against J-League runners-up Urawa Reds in a game that saw Mario Gotze return from a metabolic illness.

In front of almost 64,000 spectators at the Saitama stadium, Emre More scored twice before setting up Andre Schurrle to grab a late winner.

Reported Manchester United target Ivan Perisic was not part of the Inter Milan squad that lost 2-1 to Nurnberg. However, Luciano Spalletti did include a number of other recognisable names including new signings Borja Valero and Milan Skriniar.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were beaten 4-0 by Lyon with second-half goals from Maxwel Cornet, Myziane Maolida, Nabil Fekir and Amine Gouiri enough to secure a convincing win at Celtic Park.

Stoke finished their preseason tour of Switzerland with a 4-2 defeat to French champions Monaco.

Saido Berahino and Mame Biram Diouf scored for Stoke, while Fabinho, Allan Saint-Maximin, Radamel Falcao and Kevin N’Doram were on target for the Champions League semifinalists. Reported Arsenal target Thomas Lemar started the match and Kylian Mbappe came on at half-time.

Frank de Boer won his first game in charge of Crystal Palace as the Premier League side ran out 3-1 winners at non-league Maidstone United.

Jordon Mutch (2) and Jacob Berkeley were on target for Palace, who were without the majority of their first-team stars.

A strong Watford side fought back from two goals down against League Two opponents Wimbledon before eventually losing 3-2. New signing Nathaniel Chalobah watched from the stands after joining from Chelsea earlier this week.

Southampton began their preparations for the new campaign with a goalless draw against Swiss side St. Gallen in which new manager Mauricio Pellegrino named a different XI for each half.

Max Gradel scored the winner as Bournemouth beat Portuguese side Estoril 2-1. Jordon Ibe had given the Cherries the lead early in the second half before Estoril equalised from a free kick.

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