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Late Rangers goals sink Chelsea to maiden pre-season defeat

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London : Nacho Novo and Filip Sebo hit late goals to sink Chelsea and set up Rangers perfectly for its UEFA Champions League second-round qualifier against FK Zeta.

Novo opened the scoring Saturday after 86 minutes but it was Sebo's strike 60 seconds later which captured the imagination of the home fans, who hope he is finally ready the shed the joke-figure image he acquired during his debut season at Ibrox, reports the Premier League website.

The trip to Glasgow marked the penultimate game in Chelsea's pre-season preparations.

They face Denmark's Brondby Tuesday night before tackling Manchester United, the team who denied them the title last season, in the Community Shield Aug 5.

John Terry, fresh from signing a new five-year deal, recovered from a toe injury in time to lead out the Stamford Bridge side at Ibrox. Summer signings Florent Malouda, Steve Sidwell and Tal Ben Haim were also named in the starting line-up.

In other friendly matches involving English Premier League sides, new signings Craig Bellamy and Freddie Ljungberg both found the net as West Ham United eased to a 3-1 win at Southend.

Arsene Wenger's current Arsenal side are very much still a work in progress but there were a few glimpses against Paris St Germain that life without Thierry Henry may not be so bad.

The Emirates Cup – which opened with a 2-1 win for the hosts – at least gives the Gunners boss further chance to tinker as he fine-tunes preparations for the battles ahead over the coming nine months.

Goals from Mathieu Flamini and Niklas Bendtner were enough for the Gunners before Peguy Luyindula pulled a goal back.

Arsenal were missing summer signing Eduardo da Silva, the Brazilian-born Croatian international awaiting the outcome of next week's appeal to the Home Office for a work permit.

First-half goals from Mikael Forssell and Cameron Jerome gave Birmingham City a comfortable 2-0 victory over neighbours Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.

The Finland striker sprang the offside trap in the fourth minute after a pass from Jerome before skipping past goalkeeper Clayton Ince and firing into an empty net.

In the 33rd minute Olivier Kapo and Sebastian Larsson combined with the latter crossing for Jerome to score at the second attempt.

Sunderland enjoyed a winning start to their tour of Ireland as Stern John scored the only goal in the victory over Bohemians.

John, a 73rd-minute substitute, found the net within five minutes of coming on after converting Ross Wallace's cross.

Big-money signing Darren Bent struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur ran out 3-0 winners over Orlando Pirates in their latest pre-season outing in South Africa.

Former Charlton Athletic striker Bent took his pre-season tally to four as Spurs hit all three goals in 21 first-half minutes to win the Vodacom Challenge at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Bent scored either side of a goal he set up for strike partner Dimitar Berbatov.

Two early goals helped Aston Villa to a hard-fought victory over Columbus Crew.

Ashley Young opened the scoring after only eight minutes, and Gareth Barry made it 2-0 to Martin O'Neill's men just three minutes later.

An 83rd-minute goal from Ricardo Vaz Te gave Bolton Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Tranmere at Prenton Park. The Portuguese striker latched on to a pass from El-Hadji Diouf and fired home from 12 yards.

England Under-21 striker Leroy Lita hit a hat-trick as Reading came from behind to win 3-1 at Brighton.

An own goal from Michael Duberry gave the Seagulls the lead but the Royals came roaring back with Lita netting three times in the final half hour, his third from the penalty spot in the last minute.

Premiership new boys Derby County were beaten 2-0 by League Two side Mansfield at Field Mill thanks to goals from Michael Boulding and John McAliskey.

Nigerian Julius Aghahowa came off the bench to score two in Wigan Athletic's 4-0 win at Halifax. Emile Heskey and Jason Koumas, scoring for the first time for Wigan, were also on target.

Ross Campbell hit a last-minute winner from close range as Hibernians beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at Easter Road.

Manchester City had mixed fortunes in its double-header, goals from Abdelmajid Oulmers and Brice Jovial handing Charleroi a 2-0 win over Sven-Goran Eriksson's first team after City's second XI had beaten Morecambe 2-1 thanks to Paul Marshall and Ched Evans.

Bjarni Vidarsson scored twice as a youthful Everton side won 3-2 away to Kendal Town.