Football friendlies round-up: Cahill scores hat-trick to stop Canaries singing

Tim Cahill tuned up his familiar ability to be in the right place at the right time as he scored a hat-trick to steer Everton to a 4-2 victory at Norwich City.

The Australian midfielder, who had a mixed World Cup, sharpened his focus on the coming season by opening the scoring after only six minutes, to the embarrassment of his former club-mate John Ruddy, the Norwich goalkeeper who allowed Cahill's shot on the turn to dribble through his legs. There was little Ruddy could have done about the second, just before half-time, when Cahill intercepted a poor back pass to score.

In the second half Norwich showed the qualities they will need back in the Championship by fighting back to equalise through Andrew Crofts and Andrew Surman. But the Canaries had little time to celebrate before Steven Pienaar backheeled for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to restore Everton's lead. Cahill scored the fourth in the 71st minute by outwitting Ruddy and volleying home.

At St James' Park Newcastle United came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with PSV Eindhoven. The Swede Ola Toivonen picked himself up from a foul by James Perch to open the scoring after six minutes with a beautifully flighted free-kick, and the Hungarian Balazs Dzsudzsak made it 2-0 with a superb strike from 25 yards. Perch cut the ball across the penalty area after 51 minutes and when it was half-cleared Ryan Taylor drove it home. Taylor swung in a free-kick from the left for Leon Best to glance in the equaliser with 17 minutes to go.

Wolves suffered a setback in their preparations when they lost 3-1 at Leeds United, where Max Gradel put the home side ahead with a volley. Matt Jarvis levelled on the stroke of half-time with a free-kick. Leeds took the lead again four minutes after the break when Lloyd Sam turned in Gradel's cross and Bradley Johnson headed a third after a free-kick by Neil Kilkenny.

Tuncay Sanli and Michael Tonge scored as Stoke City inflicted a first pre-season defeat on relegated Burnley, whose goal came from a Graham Alexander penalty.

Celtic salvaged their first match in the Emirates Cup with two goals in the last eight minutes to draw 2-2 with Lyon. The French club opened up a two-goal lead with goals from Michel Bastos and Harry Novillo but Celtic, who played toothless but attractive football, pulled one back with a volley by Gary Hooper in the 82nd minute of his debut and the substitute Georgios Samaras headed the equaliser.

Neil Lennon said Aiden McGeady, who was injured and missed the 3-0 defeat by Braga in the Champions' League last week, could be named for the second leg on Wednesday despite the fact that it would make him cup-tied for clubs eager to buy him. Spartak Moscow are reported to have offered £9.5 million for the midfielder and Tottenham and Aston Villa are thought to be interested.

Brett Emerton and Morten Gamst Pedersen scored as Blackburn completed their pre-season tournament in Australia with a 2-1 victory over the hosts, Sydney.

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