Football round-up: Downpour means Hodgson must wait to take the plunge
Sunday 18 July 2010
Roy Hodgson will have to wait until Wednesday for his first game in charge of Liverpool after their planned friendly match in against Al-Hilal in Austria had to be called off because the pitch was waterlogged. That means he will start the latest chapter of his interesting and varied career against one of his former clubs, Grasshopper, in Switzerland.
But he will do so without the Argentinian full-back Emiliano Insua, who has left the squad for talks with Fiorentina after the two clubs agreed a fee. "I am expecting him to join Fiorentina next week," Hodgson told the club's website.
Tottenham, on tour in the United States, fielded a number of younger players and none who were at the World Cup as they drew 0-0 with the Earthquakes in San Jose. Robbie Keane had several chances and had a goal ruled out for offside.
Everton completed their three-match tour to Australia with a 2-1 victory over Brisbane Roar, their 20-year-old French striker Magaye Gueye coming on to score the winner from Jose Baxter's cross seven minutes from the end. Jack Rodwell had curled in the opener after half-time but the Roar got back in with a shout in the 66th minute when Kosta Barbarouses scored after a quickly taken free-kick.
Fulham, managerless but possibly soon to be guided by Ajax's former Spurs manager Martin Jol, put in a poor display at Bournemouth where Bobby Zamora scored in a 1-1 draw.
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