Manchester United 2 – Portsmouth 1 (Friendly, July 27, 2008) Manchester United should have taken an early lead against Portsmouth but the referee chalked off Carlos Tevez’s initial penalty, and on the retake the Argentinean hit the bar. United did take the lead after the break as Chris Eagles was in the right place to fire home a loose ball. Tevez then made up for his earlier miss with a fine solo goal where he made space for himself before drilling a shot into James’ near post. Jermain Defoe scored an excellent 90th minute goal for Pompey.
Ulsan Hyundai 1 – Fulham 2 (Friendly, July 26, 2008) Hodgson’s men went behind in the 32nd minute when Lee Jin Ho nodded in a cross from six yards into the top left hand corner. The Cottagers were back level 12 minutes into the second period through a Simon Davies header before new boy Zoltan Gera fired a late winner.
Borussia Dortmund 1 – Juventus 3 (Friendly, July 27, 2008) Juventus took the lead away at Borussia Dortmund when new signing Amauri hit the back of the net finishing a swift counter-attack. Iaquinta doubled Juve’s lead heading in a Nedved cross on 51 minutes. With fifteen minutes to go Iaquinta bagged his second, lobbing the keeper after being given the freedom of the park. The German side pulled one back through a penalty from Kruska. (Second half highlights here.)
LASK Linz 2 – Real Madrid 3 (Friendly, July 27, 2008) Linz moved in front when Saurer’s header beat Dudek into the corner. Madrid equalised five minutes later, Robben ran down the right and whipped in a cross for Julio Baptista, who headed home. The Spaniards then moved ahead when Robben teed-up Raul for a header. Saviola made sure of the win in the 84th minute, but Mijatovic still had time to score one more for Linz.
Bari 0 – Inter Milan 2 (Friendly, July 27, 2008) Balotelli’s free-kick allowed Julio Cruz to nod in from close range after 27 minutes and give Inter the lead. In the second half Mancini was felled by Masiello in the box, and sub-Adriano converted a powerful penalty for his first goal since he returned to Italy.
Jaap Stam XI 3 – Ajax 3 (Friendly, July 26, 2008) The match marked the end of the long and illustrious career of Jaap Stam.
Schalke 1 – Besiktas 2 (Friendly, July 26, 2008) The Turks took a two-goal lead with Zapotocny and Bobo scoring either side of halftime. Howedes got on the scoresheet for Schalke firing home a loose ball in the box.
Mansfield 2 – Derby 3 (Friendly, July 26, 2008) Alan O’Hare put the hosts ahead before Rob Hulse levelled on his debut following his move from Sheffield United. Mark Stallard put Mansfield ahead again but two goals from Tito Villa and Paul Green edged the Championship side in front. Ryan Goward had the chance to level for the Stags from the spot but Carroll saved with his legs.
Lens 0 – Auxerre 0 (Friendly, July 26, 2008)
SV Vassen 1 – PSV 5 (Friendly, July 26, 2008)
South Korea 2 – Ivory Coast 1 (Friendly, July 27, 2008) Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryeong opened the scoring in bizarre fashion when his clearance flew the length of the pitch and sailed over his opposite number. Lee Keun-Ho increased the hosts’ lead just before the hour mark, before Gervais Yao Kouassi took advantage of poor defending to ensure a nervous final few minutes for the Koreans.
Aston Villa 1 – Odense 0 (Agg. 3-2) (Intertoto Cup, July 26, 2008) Ashley Young grabbed the winner with a stunning goal just minutes after half-time. The game was however overshadowed by a pretty gruesome injury to Wilfred Bouma.
Stuttgart 3 – Saturn Moscow 0 (AET) (Agg. 3-1) (Intertoto Cup, July 27, 2008) With just seven minutes left, Simak forced extra-time with a curled free-kick. With 12 minutes to go Hilbert’s cross was headed in by Marica. Two minutes later Marica struck again as he reacted quickest in a goalmouth scramble.
Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Bnei Sakhnin 0 (Agg. 3-1) (Intertoto Cup, July 26, 2008) Juan Carlos Valeron scored the only goal of the game to send the Israeli-Arab side out. It was a miserable trip for Sakhnin, who had seven of their players detained and questioned at Ben-Gurion Airport on Wednesday on suspicion that they had attempted to steal perfume from a duty free shop.
Fredrikstad 1 – Brann 0 (Tippeligaen, July 26, 2008) Fredrikstad’s token Brazilian defender Fernando Pereira Wallace scored a beauty to settle the game, curling a left footed free-kick across the keeper into the top corner.
Dinamo Zagreb 2 – Rijeka 0 (1. HNL, July 27, 2008) Two goals inside the final ten minutes, from Badelj and Balaban, gave Dinamo a winning start to the Croatian season.
Hajduk Split 1 – Zadar 0 (1. HNL, July 27, 2008) Ibricic’s made the breakthrough in the 87th minute with a powerful free-kick from an acute angle.
Austria Vienna 3 – Ried 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 26, 2008) Drechsel put Reid in front early, but Austria went into the break ahead thanks to Hattenberger and Bazina, with Standfest killing the game off in the 54th minute.
Karpaty Lviv 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (Vyscha Liga, July 27, 2008) After falling behind to a goal from Zenjov, Shakhtar earned a draw through Fernandinho’s header.
Illychivets 2 – Lvov 0 (Vyscha Liga, July 27, 2008)
San Jose Earthquakes 1 – New York Red Bulls 1 (MLS, July 27, 2008) The Red Bulls took the lead in the fourth minute thanks to an own goal from Denton who tried to cushion a header back to goalkeeper Joe Cannon, but the ball beat the keeper for 1-0. But on his home debut, Darren Huckerby got the equaliser, pouncing on a loose ball in the 13 minute to break his MLS duck.
FC Dallas 4 – LA Galaxy 0 (MLS, July 27, 2008) Kenny Cooper was the hero for FC Dallas, scoring in the 15th and 17th minutes to set up the win. Oduro added a third before the break and the rout was completed by Thompson at the death.
Colorado Rapids 0 – Columbus Crew 2 (MLS, July 27, 2008) Goals on each side of the half by Steven Lenhart and Jason Garey were enough for the Crew to secure the win.
Newcastle Jets 0 – Adelaide United 0 (Pre-Season Cup, July 26, 2008)
Perth Glory 0 – Melbourne Victory 1 (Pre-Season Cup, July 26, 2008) Thwaite’s 11th minute header was enough for the Victory.
Sao Paulo 3 – Portuguesa 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 27, 2008) After going behind in the 48th minute after a strike from Edno, Sao Paulo were able to turn the result in their favour with goals from Hugo (62′), Dagoberto (69′) and Eder Luis (84′). The loss saw Portuguesa drop down into the relegation zone.
Atletico Mineiro 2 – Vitoria 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 27, 2008)
Atletico PR 0 – Figueirense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 27, 2008)
Goias 1 – Sport Recife 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 27, 2008)
Flamengo 0 – Botafogo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 27, 2008)
Santos 5 – Vasco da Gama 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 27, 2008) Santos crushed Vasco with two goals from Colombian midfielder Molina (17′ and 88′) and a hat-trick of penalties from Kleber Pereira (32′, 40′ and 45′). Amaral (37′) and Micao (82′) scored for Vasco.
Gremio 1 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 27, 2008)
Club America 3 – Santos Laguna 2 (Mexican Apertura, July 27, 2008)
Puebla 2 – Monterrey 2 (Mexican Apertura, July 27, 2008)
Atlante 2 – Toluca 1 (Mexican Apertura, July 26, 2008) Torre put Toluca one-up at the break, but a second-half penalty from Maldonado and a fine strike from Zamora a few minutes later won the game for Atlante.
Tigres 0 – Pachuca 0 (Mexican Apertura, July 26, 2008)
Cruz Azul 2 – Chivas 2 (Mexican Apertura, July 26, 2008)
Atlas 5 – Chiapas 0 (Mexican Apertura, July 26, 2008) Three goals in the opening 17 minutes, from Colotto, Vargas and Bogado set up the win. Bogado and Vargas then scored again in the second half.
Barcelona 0 – Emelec 1 (Campeonato Equitoriano, July 27, 2008)
U. Catolica 0 – Espoli 1 (Campeonato Equitoriano, July 27, 2008)
Nublense 1 – Colo Colo 2 (Chilean Clausura, July 27, 2008)
A. Italiano 0 – Huachipato 3 (Chilean Clausura, July 27, 2008)