Top 10 Performances from Around the World This Weekend

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

Top 10 Performances from Around the World This Weekend

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    Although plenty of domestic campaigns are not yet up and running, some around Europe already are—and other big clubs are showing they are ready for competitive action with a string of impressive preseason performances.

    From prestigious summer tournaments to domestic Super Cups, one-off friendlies and European competition qualifiers, most sides are really gearing up for the 2014-15 campaign now—and we've even got league action from one country to bring you already.

    We've taken a look at all the major names and their results from the weekend, both competitive and friendly games, to give you the lowdown on the 10 best displays.

10. Olympique Lyonnais

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    Lyon were involved in a Europa League qualifying match against Czech Republic side Mlada Boleslav on Thursday night.

    With the away leg first they would have been hoping for a positive result to take home, and they got far more than that in the end with a comfortable 4-1 win.

    Mohamed Yattara scored twice to help put his side on the verge of qualification already.

9. Tottenham Hotspur

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    Spurs are still in preseason mode, but they showed they are getting ready for the new campaign with a rampant win over Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.

    A comprehensive 6-1 victory over the SPL team was partly as a result of Celtic fielding plenty of under-21 players as the main side prepares for a European qualifier, but several of Spurs' squad players impressed too.

    Erik Lamela and Lewis Holtby were among the scorers.

8. Zenit St. Petersburg

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    Back to competitive action and the Russian Premier League is already up and running, with last season's runners-up, Zenit St. Petersburg, looking to put right the wrongs of the end of the last campaign, when they essentially lost the title late on because of crowd trouble.

    Their first game of the season resulted in a 4-0 away drubbing of newly promoted Arsenal Tula.

    Forwards Hulk and Rondon were both on the scoresheet.

7. Newcastle United

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    Newcastle United continued what has been an up-and-down preseason in terms of results with a resounding 3-1 win over German Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

    The Magpies saw new signings Emmanuel Riviere and Remy Cabella find the scoresheet, while Facundo Ferreyra, the new loan signing from Shakhtar, made a late sub appearance.

    It was a good win to follow up a poor defeat against Malaga the previous day.

6. Manchester United

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    Manchester United booked themselves a place in the International Champions Cup final courtesy of a win over Real Madrid in front of the biggest-ever attendance at a football game in the United States.

    United were in control for most of the game and were clearly the sharper and fitter, with only Gareth Bale really a threat from the European Champions.

    Ashley Young scored twice and Javier Hernandez added a late goal in a 3-1 win.

5. Paris Saint-Germain

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    Back to competitive football almost all the way now for the top five, starting with PSG.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been showing off his skills and scoring talents in preseason from a variety of angles and impossibilities, and that continued into the French Super Cup on Saturday when his side beat Guingamp 2-0.

    The Swedish forward scored both goals inside the first 20 minutes—the first a thunderous effort from outside the penalty box and the second a penalty.

4. Spartak Moscow

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    Back to Russia and another big Premier League result, where Spartak Moscow look in fine shape heading into the new season.

    They destroyed Rubin Kazan 4-0 away from home, despite their opponents finishing only three spots below them in last season's league table.

    Artem Dzyuba struck twice before late goals from Denis Glushakov and Lucas Barrios put the seal on the impressive win.

3. Werder Bremen

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    Our final friendly performance of note is the more than impressive Werder Bremen display against Chelsea.

    Bundesliga overcame Premier League with style and with room to spare on Sunday, winning 3-0 to end the Blues' unbeaten preseason run.

    John Terry gave away a penalty and Cesar Azpilicueta was then beaten in the air by Ludo Obraniak as Bremen took full control in the first half, before a third late on added gloss.

2. PEC Zwolle

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    Another Super Cup now and over to the Netherlands, where PEC Zwolle won their first-ever Johan Cruyff Shield title with a 1-0 win over Ajax.

    Zwolle beat Ajax in the cup final last season, which was their first-ever major silverware of any sort, and have now followed it up with another impressive win.

    Stefan Nijland scored the only goal of the game.

1. Dinamo Moscow

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    We finish up back in Russia, where Dinamo Moscow have started the campaign in emphatic fashion, smashing seven goals past Rostov on the opening day.

    A 7-3 win puts them top of the table on goals scored after Matchday 1, and their attacking menace was clear from the outset when Kevin Kuranyi scored a penalty.

    Chris Samba and Balazs Dzsudzsak also both hit the target before Aleksandr Kokorin scored a hat-trick, including one penalty. Kuranyi scored the final Dinamo goal in the 10-goal thriller.