Football - Friendlies: Allegri’s Juve held; Villa crash to defeat

Juventus were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw with Cesena in Massimiliano Allegri’s second game in charge.

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Juventus v Cesena (Not in Italy) Imago

The new coach named a strong XI for the match at Stadio Dino Manuzzi, with Andrea Pirlo, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Thiago Motta all returning after World Cup duty.

Despite this, the champions couldn’t gel and were left humbled by the newly-promoted side as they came away with only a goalless draw.

Premier League outfit Aston Villa had Roy Keane alongside Paul Lambert in the dugout but crashed to a 3-1 defeat at League One Chesterfield.

Jack Grealish got Villa's sole goal as Tendayi Darikwa, Sam Hird and Sam Morsy scored for the hosts.

Premier League new boys Leicester City dug out a 3-2 victory over Midlands neighbours Walsall.

Goals from Wes Morgan and Dave Nugent put Leicester 2-0 up but they needed a winner from Danny Drinkwater after a fight back from Walsall.

Newcastle United named a youthful team at Sheffield Wednesday but new 20-year-old striker Ayoze Perez got the only goal of the game when he slotted home after a good pass from Gabriel Obertan

Sunderland were beaten 1-0 by Portuguese outfit Nacional with Lucas getting the only goal in the last minute.

Marseille's tour of Italy continued with a 1-1 draw against Bari. Eccentric Argentine Marcelo Bisela is in charge of the Ligue 1 giants this season and he saw new Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi get their goal.

Europa League winners Sevilla enjoyed a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin with Grzegorz Krychowiak and Juan Munoz getting on the scoresheet.

While Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburger SV, Saint Etienne and Benfica were all among the big clubs to enjoy victories.

Selected results

FC Seoul 0 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen

Muang Thong United 1 - 1 Almeria

Hannover 96 1 - 1 Csakvari FC

Penafiel 1 - 0 Moreirense

Lucon 0 - 0 Nantes

Barakaldo 0 - 2 Eibar

Hertha Berlin 0 - 2 Sevilla

Lens 4 - 2 Sporting Charleroi

Metz 1 - 1 Reims

Sturm Graz 0 - 2 Hamburger SV

Saint Etienne 5 - 2 Willem II

Bari 1 - 1 Marseille

Sion 0 - 2 Benfica

Vitesse 1 - 3 Chelsea

AET Elche * 1 - 1 Villarreal

Albacete 2 - 2 Granada

Coventry City 1 - 0 Watford

Hartlepool United 0 - 2 Middlesbrough

Savona 1 - 3 Genoa

Walsall 2 - 3 Leicester City

York City 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest

Bury 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

Cesena 0 - 0 Juventus

Chesterfield 3 - 1 Aston Villa

Glenavon 0 - 5 Leeds United

Perugia 1 - 3 Bordeaux

Peterborough United 0 - 0 Charlton Athletic

Port Vale 1 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 1 Newcastle United

Southend United 0 - 0 Queens Park Rangers

Nacional 1 - 0 Sunderland

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