Newcastle United's preparations for the new season suffered a blow as it went down to a 4-1 defeat against Championship side Cardiff City.
The Magpies conceded three goals in the space of 10 minutes in the first half and, despite a better showing in the second half, could only reduce the deficit by one goal through Shola Ameobi's 49th-minute penalty before
Newcastle's fierce rival Sunderland also suffered a disappointing result as it was defeated 1-0 in its friendly away against Leicester City.
The home side was the better team in the first half, creating several good chances, and it was finally rewarded for its dominance when substitute
There was controversy a few minutes later when an effort by
Norwich City suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
Another team facing German opposition was Queens Park Rangers as it played its second pre-season friendly in the country against Augsburg. The home side went ahead through a penalty by
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Two London sides went head to head at Craven Cottage and it was the newly-promoted Championship side Charlton Athletic which came out on top.
Premier League newcomer Reading managed a positive result against Championship opposition as it ran out a 2-0 winner at home to Crystal Palace.
After a bright performance by the Eagles in the first period, Reading came out of the blocks quickly in the second 45 minutes, and an opening goal from Pavel Pogrebnyak quickly followed by Adam Le Fondre's strike produced the victory for Brian McDermott's side.
Aston Villa continued its preparations for the new Premier League season with an entertaining draw against Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.
After falling behind to an 11th-minute goal from Niclas Fullkrug, Villa responded positively with Darren Bent drawing it level and Ciaran Clark taking it to the interval with a 2-1 lead.
The home team cut the deficit when Eljero Elia fired home before Bent got his second of the match in the 68th minute. However, Villa's advantage did not last long as Aaron Hunt grabbed the equaliser in the 71st minute to ensure the game finished in a draw.
In another poor result for a Premier League side, Southampton crashed to a 4-0 defeat at home against Udinese.
The Serie A side began the match strongly and striker Antonio di Natale scored with a 25-yard effort after 12 minutes. Brazilian midfielder Willians doubled the lead 12 minutes later with another long-range strike and Di Natale got his second in the 36th minute as the Saints defence continued to struggle.
Manager Nigel Adkins made four changes at half-time but Southampton failed to stop the Udinese onslaught as Colombian Luis Muriel extended the Italian side's lead.
Everton's pre-season campaign also ended on a disappointing note as it went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Malaga in southern Spain.
Weligton scored the only goal of the game in the 74th minute, heading home a free-kick from Diego Buonanotte.
But there were plenty of positives for David Moyes' side, with Malaga's goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero forced into several fine stops on either side of the interval.
Arsenal's 1-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle United ensured it beat north London rival Tottenham Hotspur to the last UEFA Champions League place despite a late blockbuster from Gareth Bale on the final day of the season.