Chelsea suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they went down 2-0 at Rangers.
By James Pearson & Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 31/07/07 10:12pm
Chelsea suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they went down 2-0 at Ibrox against Rangers.
Both Walter Smith and Jose Mourinho used most of their first-team squads, but it was the home side who claimed success.
Chelsea were solid but far from spectacular throughout the 90 minutes although they could have easily been ahead before Rangers scored.
Substitutes John Obi Mikel and Claudio Pizarro had efforts well saved by the Gers back-line with Roy Carroll and Carlos Cuellar both making goal-line stops.
Rangers went ahead with just five minutes left as they caught Chelsea on the break, Chris Burke fed Nacho Novo on the edge of the box and his shot left Hilario with no chance as the ball nestled into the corner.
Filip Sebo, who had earlier missed a gilt-edged chance to put Rangers ahead, made amends as he picked up the ball from DaMarcus Beasley and fired home into the corner, albeit with a slight deflection off Ricardo Carvalho.
One real bright note for Chelsea was the earlier than expected return of England's Ashley Cole - who came on to play for the last half hour.
Freddie Ljungberg and Craig Bellamy both scored their first goals for West Ham as The Hammers won 3-1 at Southend.
The Swede created the first of the afternoon for Bobby Zamora as his looping header found the back of the net. Bellamy then converted from close-range as Lee Bowyer's effort came back off the crossbar.
Ljungberg made it 3-0 just minutes into the second period and it was Zamora who returned the favour as he beat goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan before cutting the ball back for the former Arsenal man to slot home.
Southend's consolation came when skipper Kevin Maher fired home from the edge of the box.
Sven Goran Eriksson tasted defeat for the first time since taking charge at Man Ciy as they lost 2-0 in Belgium to Charleroi. Both goals came in the first half from Abdelmajid Oulmers and Brice Jovial.
Tottenham's good pre-season form continued with a 3-0 win over Orlando Pirates in the Vodacom Challenge Final.
Two goals from summer signing Darren Bent sandwiched an effort from Dimitar Berbatov as Spurs cruised home in South Africa.
Shortly after Bent's rasping shot was pushed wide by Pirates keeper Francis Chansa the former Addicks striker smashed home on 11 minutes.
Spurs were looking in good touch and some great persistence from Bent robbed defender Destin Makita before he rolled into the path of Berbatov who scored with ease.
Just three minutes later Bent had his second of the game when Adel Taarabt back-heeled into the path of the striker who showed great composure to slot home.
Spurs naturally took their foot off the pedal in the second half, although the Pirates improved their game, but it mattered not as Spurs claimed the trophy.
Leroy Lita grabbed a hat-trick as Reading came from behind to beat Brighton 3-1 at The Withdean Stadium.
A Michael Duberry own-goal had given the home side the lead, but Lita struck back within minutes and then helped himself to two more in the final minutes to seal victory for The Royals.
Stern John scored late on to give Sunderland a 1-0 win at Bohemians.
Middlesbrough went down 1-0 to Hibernian at Easter Road - their second Premier League scalp inside a week after they defeated Bolton in midweek.
The only goal of the game came in the final seconds when youngster Ross Campbell latched onto Abdessalam Benjelloun's through ball before firing home past Brad Jones.
Birmingham sealed a 2-0 win over Midlands neighbours Walsall at The Bescot Stadium. First-half goals from Mikael Forssell and Cameron Jerome were enough to seal victory for Steve Bruce's men.
Bolton needed a late goal from Ricardo Vaz Te to secure victory over Tranmere at Prenton Park. The Portuguese starlet struck with seven minutes left after latching onto El-Hadji Diouf's through ball.
There was a comfortable 4-0 win for Wigan at Halifax. Emile Heskey and Jason Koumas pounced before the break before two goals from substitute Julius Aghahowa sealed the win.
A strong Derby side went down to a shock 2-0 defeat at Mansfield Town who grabbed a goal in each half through Michael Boulding and John McAliskey.
A Man City reserve side beat League Two new-boys Morecambe 2-1 at Christie Park, likewise Everton's second string also claimed victory as they beat Kendal Town 3-2.
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