Brazil begin their Olympic warm-up; Arsene’s kids hit ten; Bent hits four for Spurs

Singapore 0 – Brazil 3 (Friendly, July 28, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) The Brazilians dominated possession in the first half and opened the scoring after 20 minutes, Ronaldinho flicked the ball to Diego who rifled home a shot from the edge of the box. Seven minutes later, Diego’s delicate chip caused confusion in the Singapore area and Ronaldinho scored from close range. Manchester City’s new signing Jo made it 3-0 in the 84th with a header.

Burgenland XI 2 – Arsenal 10 (Friendly, July 28, 2008) A very youthful Arsenal team took on Burgenland XI, a side made up of an assortment of Austrian players, and the Gunners got off the mark within the first minute. Traore burst down the left, crossed into Jack Wilshere, and his scuffed shot somehow went in. Bendtner scored a quick-fire brace, Carlos Vela then got in on the act, before Bendtner completed his hat-tick in the demolition. Vela added another, Bendtner got his fourth, making it 7-0 to Arsenal before the break. (First half highlights here.) Soon after the restart Vela claimed his hat-trick, Wilshere added another from the spot, and sub-Walcott also got in on the act. Unbelievably, Burgenland then pulled two goals back to restore a little pride. (Second half highlights here.)

Norwich 1 – Tottenham 5 (Friendly, July 28, 2008) Stefanovic deflected the ball past his own goalkeeper David Marshall to gift the visitors the lead in the 10th minute. Minutes later Ledley King, who came on for Michael Dawson, lost his bearings and slipped, allowing Jamie Cureton to pull Norwich level. But then the night belonged to Darren Bent. Bent put Spurs back in the lead before the break, before scoring a diving header from Assou-Ekotto’s cross to make it 3-1 in the 55th minute. Bent got his hat-trick goal after Marshall spilled Dos Santos’s shot. Five minutes later Bent put the ball through Marshall’s legs to score his fourth.

Cobh Ramblers 0 – Sunderland 4 (Friendly, July 28, 2008) Murphy, Stokes (2) and O’Donovan were the goalscorers for Roy Keane’s side.

Stockport County XI 1 – Liverpool reserves 1 (Friendly, July 26, 2008) Leon McSweeney clattered a shot against the Liverpool woodwork early on but it was the visitors who took the lead when Gerardo Bruna shot low from the edge of the area. County equalised in the 61st minute when Mikel San Jose got the final touch to convert a corner.

Oxford 2 – Manchester United XI 2 (Friendly, July 26, 2008) The U’s held Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stars of the future, with Yemi Odubade and Jamie Guy putting them 2-0 up before the visitors hit back through Danny Drinkwater and captain Sam Hewson.


Real Salt Lake 2 – Toronto FC 1 (MLS, July 28, 2008) Jamison Olave opened the scoring for RSL with his first MLS goal, sending a header past Greg Sutton. Amado Guevara found the equaliser with a free-kick in the 84th minute only for Robbie Findley to score in the final minute to give the hosts the win.