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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pre-season results : Crouch scores in Pompey win - Blackburn lose in Austria

New signing Peter Crouch scored his first goals for Portsmouth in Monday night's 4-1 friendly victory over manager Harry Redknapp's former club Bournemouth.

Sulley Muntari grabbed the only goal of the first half in the 23rd minute before Crouch scored twice, tucking in his first following a free-kick before heading in his second and Pompey's third.

Jermaine Defoe also got on the scoresheet with the visitors' fourth while Brett Pitman grabbed an 80th-minute consolation for the Cherries.

The only negative for Redknapp was a thigh injury sustained by another new signing, Glen Little.


Blackburn Rovers crashed to a 3-1 defeat to Bundesliga newcomers TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a friendly in Austria.

After a goalless first half, which saw Morten Gamst Pedersen pick up an injury, Rovers boss Paul Ince made a host of substitutions with Robbie Fowler coming on for his Rovers debut.

And it was Hoffenheim who took the lead six minutes into the second half when Christoph Janker followed up after Jason Brown saved a header.

Benni McCarthy's 63rd-minute volley drew Rovers level but two minutes later Matthias Jaissle's header just squeezed beyond Brown to give the Germans the lead again.

And in the final minute Janker grabbed his second to ensure victory for Hoffenheim.

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