Premier League - Pre-season wins for Villa and Stoke

Round-up: Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke struck early as Aston Villa won 2-0 at Shamrock Rovers in pre-season action.

Premier League - Pre-season wins for Villa and Stoke

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke (Reuters)

The strike pair netted on the quarter-hour and half-hour respectively as Paul Lambert’s men continued their warm-up ahead of the new Premier League season.

Also in action from the English top flight were Mark Hughes’ Stoke, with the new boss at the Britannia returning to Wales to see his charges beat Wrexham 1-0.

Jonathan Walters put away the only goal of the game early in the second half.

Verona, back in Serie A after a lengthy absence, continued their preparations towards the return to the big time with a comfortable 2-1 win over Konyaspor.

Daniele Cacia and Jorginho had the Italians deservedly two up shortly after half-time, with Ishak Cakmak making the score look competitive for the Turkish club 20 minutes from the end.

Lazio could not manage more than a goalless draw against Panathinaikos in Athens.

The Biancocelesti are warming up for the Italian Super Cup with Juventus on August 18, but fielded Sergio Floccari as centre-forward to begin with.

Zeca almost gave the hosts an early lead when pouncing on an Abdoulay Konko backpass, but narrowed the angle too much to get round Federico Marchetti.

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