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Diosgyor of Hungary’s Milan Nemeth (left), in action with Krasnodar of Russia’s Joaozinho during their Europa League third qualifying round first leg soccer match in Nagyerdei Stadium in Debrecen
Hull draw in European debut Pizarro strike lifts Bayern to friendly win

PARIS, Aug 1, (AFP): Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty as Hull City emerged form their first foray into Europe in their 110-year history with a goalless draw at Slovakian side Trencin. The English Premier League club will be ruing not coming home with the advantage from this Europa League third round first leg outing in Zilina. After an hour’s play Shane Long was brought down in the area. But the golden opportunity went begging as Huddlestone’s penalty was easily saved by Milos Volesak. Huddlestone had an immediate chance at redemption from the rebound but his shot grazed the crossbar with an open goal at his mercy. The game was staged in Zilina as Trencin’s home ground does not meet the required UEFA standards.

Manager Steve Bruce gave two of his close season new recruits — Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince — a run out in the second half. Huddlestone later tweeted his apologies for missing the penalty. “Can only apologise to everyone for a lapse in concentration and thinking I had scored the rebound before I had. Ridiculous on my behalf,” he wrote on áhudz8. “On a positive note, the lads worked hard and defended well throughout deserved our clean-sheet. All to play for next week.” There were defeats for two of Scotland’s representatives with Real Sociedad beating Aberdeen 2-0 and St Johnstone losing 2-1 at home to Spartak Trnava of Slovakia. Multiple French league champions Lyon look odds-on to progress to the play-offs after a 4-1 win at Czech side Mlada Boleslav. Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven could only manage a 1-0 win at home to St Polten of Austria.

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NEW YORK: Claudio Pizarro scored the only goal as Bayern Munich beat Chivas Guadalajara 1-0 on Thursday in a friendly match at Red Bull arena to launch the Bundesliga champions’ US tour. Pep Guardiola’s men controlled the majority of possession and took the lead in the 10th minute when Pizarro slotted home Franck Ribery’s corner. Pizarro nearly had two more goals in the first half, with Carlos Fierro getting Chivas’ best chance to equalize in the 81st minute, only for Bayern goalkeeper Tom Starke’s save to preserve the winning margin. A crowd of 25,073 fans turned out for the match at the home of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls in Harrison, New Jersey. Bayern, who hadn’t played a pre-season match in the United States since 2004, next heads across the country to Portland, Oregon, where they will take on a team of MLS All-Stars in the North American league’s annual mid-season showcase on Wednesday.
 
It’s all part of Bayern’s bid to raise their profile in the United States, a move that other European clubs — notably such English Premier League outfits as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool — have already made. The club has opened a US office in Manhattan, and is launching a US website. A majority of Bayern’s German internationals — including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller and World Cup-winning goal-scorer Mario Goetze — are still resting after their triumphant campaign in Brazil. Nor did the sell-out crowd get to see 19-year-old German-American Julian Green, who scored as a substitute for the US in their 2-1 World Cup loss to Belgium. Green only recently returned to training after picking up a minor knee injury and Guardiola opted to play it safe with the youngster.
 
But France’s Ribery — who missed the World Cup with a back injury — looked sharp as he ably exploited Guadalajara’s defense. The Mexican side finally resorted to fouling him repeatedly, with both Jair Pereira and Jesus Sanchez Garcia receiving yellow cards after tangling with him. After Guadalajara’s Fernando Arce pulled a shot wide in the eighth minute, Bayern went ahead. Ribery curled a corner toward the near post where Pizarro headed it home. Ribery set up Pizarro again in the 24th, but the Peruvian’s shot was wide. Guadalajara’s best chance to level the score came in the 81st when Fierro controlled a cross on his chest before slamming a shot from six yards out straight at Starke. Bayern put the ball in the net once more in injury time, but Lucas Scholl’s effort was ruled out for offside.

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