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Troy Deeney, Jonathan Hogg and Geoffrey Mujangi Bia score as Watford beat Shanghai East Asia in friendly in La Manga
3:23pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in Sport
Watford have today beaten Shanghai East Asia 3-0 in a friendly as part of the club's warm-weather training camp in Spain.
Troy Deeney, Jonathan Hogg and Geoffrey Mujangi Bia all scored against Shanghai East, who were recently promoted to the Chinese Super League for the first time.
Shanghai were awarded a penalty around a quarter-of-an-hour into the contest but struck the post with their spot kick.
Watford started to take control as the half wore on and took the lead five minutes before the break through Deeney's powerful header.
There were wholesale changes at the break and the Hornets were dominant during the second period.
The lead was doubled when a goal-mouth scramble ended with the ball being bundled into the net by Jonathan Hogg.
Watford hit the bar and missed three good opportunities before Mujangi Bia rounded off the victory in the final minute with a neat finish.
Fitz Hall was among those who played and Daniel Pudil also featured after missing Saturday's match due to his son's illness.
The Hornets travelled to the five-star La Manga Club, in Murcia, on Monday for a four-day break ahead of their clash with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground due to the poor weather conditions in Hertfordshire.
Watford's touring party consisted of around 40 players and coaches and they are expected to return to England on Thursday.
The Hornets are the latest professional football club to have utilised the training facilities at La Manga Club. More than 60 professional football sides from 20 different countries are expected to visit the luxury Spanish resort before the end of March.
German champions Borussia Dortmund held a seven-day training camp at the resort at the start of the year and Shakhtar Donetsk, their opponents in the last 16 of the Champions League, will follow in their path later this month, with the runaway Ukrainian league leaders set to take part in the Copa del Sol tournament against five other teams as part of their preparations.
International tournaments for men and women, ranging from under-17 to under-23, will see sides representing 16 nations visit the resort, and other top European clubs including CSKA Moscow, FC Copenhagen and reigning Danish champions Nordsjaelland are also set take part in other competitions.
As well as first-class football training facilities – including eight international standard grass pitches – La Manga Club boasts a fully-equipped gym and indoor swimming pool and a rooms and spaces to cater for tactical meetings and private team dining.
Set in 1,400 acres, the venue also has three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre.
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