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Reds victorious in Gerrard testimonial

ESPN staff
August 3, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Steven Gerrard was given a standing ovation by the Anfield crowd after his testimonial © Getty Images
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Steven Gerrard may not have got on the scoresheet but Liverpool still secured a fifth straight pre-season win with a 2-0 victory over Olympiacos in their captain's testimonial.

It was against Olympiacos that Gerrard scored perhaps the finest goal of his 15 years in a Liverpool shirt, a stunning late strike that ensured his side's progress from the 2004-2005 Champions League group stage. Gerrard went on to inspire Liverpool to lift the trophy from 3-0 down in the final against AC Milan in Istanbul.

The 33-year-old has spent his entire career at Liverpool, and recently signed a two-year extension to his contract, with his testimonial marking his decade-long tenure as Reds captain.

Joe Allen opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after sliding in at the back post to convert Iago Aspas' cross in front of a capacity 44,362 crowd.

Jordan Henderson then doubled Liverpool's lead on 62 minutes with his first touch just 12 seconds after coming off the bench, smashing the ball home after bursting into the box.

Wantaway striker Luis Suarez was brought on alongside Henderson, replacing Aspas, to rapturous applause from the Anfield crowd. Retired Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher also got in on the action in the second half.

Gerrard may not have been able to repeat his heroics from nine years ago but he still received a standing ovation from all of Anfield after being withdrawn four minutes from time.

Elsewhere, Tottenham went down 5-2 at Monaco with Gareth Bale unavailable after staying behind in London, as speculation around his future increases.

Monaco took a 3-0 lead through goals from Andrea Raggi, Lucas Ocampos and Radamel Falcao.

Harry Kane pulled one back before Falcao got his second and Mounir Obbadi added a fifth for the French side. Andros Townsend reduced the arrears for Spurs late on.

Wayne Rooney returned to action from a hamstring injury to play 45 minutes for Manchester United in a 3-0 friendly win against Real Betis behind closed doors at Carrington.

Rooney, Nani, Nemanja Vidic and Javier Hernandez all started for United, with the quartet searching for fitness after missing the club's pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East.

Cardiff City recorded an impressive 1-0 win over Italian side Chievo, with Kim bo-Kyung netting his third goal of pre-season. Record signing Steven Caulker came on as a second-half substitute.

Hull ran out 1-0 winners at Dynamo Dresden with Ivorian striker Yannick Sagbo, signed from Evian last month, scoring his first goal for the club after 14 minutes.

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