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Markovic, Mkhitaryan and Bale on target in friendlies

Former Chelsea and Liverpool transfer targets found the net this evening in pre-season friendlies as did Tottenham Hotspur's star man Gareth Bale.

A round-up of friendly results from July 16.

Dozens of friendlies have been taking place around Europe today, and here is our rundown of some of the results and notable moments.

Saint Etienne 3-1 Istres

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's former club showed no signs of missing him with a 3-1 win over Istres. 21-year-old prospect and former French youth international Idriss Saadi was on the scoresheet.

Sion 2-3 Benfica

Europa League runners up emerged as 3-2 winners over Swiss side Sion, thanks to a second half brace from new signing Lazar Markovic, who had been on the radar of Chelsea.

Notts County 1-3 Galatasaray

League side Notts County hosted Galatasaray, almost holding the Champions League quarter-finalists to a memorable and highly creditable 1-1 draw. There was pure joy for fans when Enoch Showunmi put the hosts ahead on 55 minutes, only for the Turkish club's prolific marksman Burak Yilmaz to net an 80th minute equaliser, but Wesley Sneijder scored a late winner to break the hearts of supporters.

Heerenveen 2-1 Oud-Heverlee

Dutch side Heerenveen won out 2-1 winners over their Belgian opponents. The winning goal was scored by Icelandic striker Alfred Finbogasson, linked with West Ham, Aston Villa, and previously Everton.

Swindon Town 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale scored a first half goal in his return to action for Tottenham against Swindon, lashing the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area, but it was not enough to earn them victory in Wiltshire, pegged back by a 76th minute equaliser from Andrew Williams.

Motherwell 2-4 Newcastle United 

Newcastle did not let a lack of summer spending so far prevent them beating SPL side Motherwell. Goals were scored by Haris Vuckic, Moussa Sissoko, Yoann Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux, while former Everton man James McFadden netted for the hosts.

Port Vale 3-5 Derby

Championship side Derby County emerged winners in an entertaining battle with Port Vale, scoring eight goals between them. Port Vale had gone 3-1 up before the Championship side fought back to claim a 5-3 result.

Colchester 0-2 West Ham

West Ham won comfortably against their Essex rivals, through a goal in each half. Joe Cole opened the scoring, his second of pre-season, before James Collins added a second.

Luzern 1-4 Borussia Dortmund

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored once again for his new side in a 4-1 win over Swiss side Luzern. The Armenian's goal was the third of the game, with Marvin Duksch, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus scoring for the Germans. You can check out Mkhitaryan's goal below:

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