Huddersfield 1 – Arsenal 2 (Herbert Chapman Trophy, August 6, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) After 75 minutes without a goal, Huddersfield took a surprise lead thanks to Berrett’s deflected shot. The Gunners hit back almost immediately, the wonderfully named Sanchez Watt pulling Arsenal level. And Arseneâ€™s youngsters went on to claim another pre-season win when Nacer Baraziteâ€™s shot was too hot to handle, trickling into the net. (The trophy celebrations can be seen here.)
Manchester United 0 – Juventus 0 (Friendly, August 6, 2008) Juventus started brightly at Old Trafford, Camoranesi had an early shot deflected wide, before teeing up Del Piero who quickly found himself charged down by the United defence. (First half highlights here.) In the second half Momo Sissoko was jeered by the crowd before firing a shot straight at Van der Sar. (Second half highlights here.)
Celtic 1 – Manchester City 1 (Friendly, August 6, 2008) Man City took the lead through a classic, pacey goal from Martin Petrov, but Celtic earned a share of the spoils thanks to Paul McGowen’s goal following a free-kick. McGowen could have won it, but his last-gasp shot hit the bar.
Al Ahly 0 – Roma 3 (Friendly, August 6, 2008) Roma went in front after Esposito turned home a cut back. The Italians asserted their advantage in the second-half, Matteo heading in the second and Pizzaro adding the third from the spot.
New York Red Bulls 2 – Barcelona 6 (Friendly, August 6, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Xavi opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a header off a cross from Daniel Alves. Twenty seconds later, Eto’o got his first goal of the match, taking a pass from Xavi in his stride and beating keeper Conway. The lead grew to 3-0 when Rafael Alverz Marquez deflected a cross into his own net. New York pulled a goal back through Seth Stammler, but Barca added a fourth in the 43rd minute when Eto’o took a give-and-go from Alexander Hleb, to score his second. (First half highlights here.) New York narrowed the lead to 4-2 when Jorge Rojas scored a rebound, only for Barca to close out the scoring with goals by Jeffren Suarez in the 80th minute and Pedro in the 86th minute. (Second half highlights here.)
Olympiakos 2 – Santander 3 (Friendly, August 6, 2008) Pereira put the Spanish side in front in the 25th minute with a great effort into the top corner, two minutes later Papadopoulos equalised. Three minutes before the break an og from Leonardo after great work by Pereira gave Santander the lead again, Galleti equalised from a penalty before Smolarek grabbed the winner.
Dynamo Kiev 2 – Drogheda United 2 (Agg. 4-3) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2008) Dynamo took a 13th minute lead when Aliyev fired a shot through the keeper from the edge of the box. But the Irishmen went into the break level as Shaun Robinson made no mistake with his spot kick. Milevsky seemed to put the tie to bed when he put Kiev back in front with under 20 minutes remaining. A late goal from Graham Gartland set up a grandstand finish, but the hosts held on to progress.
BATE Borisov 2 – Anderlecht 2 (Agg. 4-3) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2008) The hosts took the lead through Bliznyuk, before Biglia squared matters with a penalty. After the Belgian side had Rnic sent off, BATE killed the match when Rodionov scored in the 83rd minute, but there was still time for Polak to get a consolation, but ultimately Anderlecht were dumped out of Europe.
Basel 4 – IFK Gothenburg 2 (Agg. 5-3) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2008) IFK Gothenburg took the lead away at Basel when Wernbloom broke the offside trap and finished smartly into the far corner. Basel equalised through Huggel’s looping header from a corner in the 25th minute. IFK made the crucial breakthrough in the 51st minute, Basel losing possession too easily in midfield, and when the ball arrived to Soder he scored at the second attempt. Basel levelled when Scott Chipperfield tucked home a back post cross after IFK had been exposed down the left flank. In the final stages Ergic put the hosts ahead on the night with a penalty, before he added a well taken second at the death.
MTK Budapest 0 – Fenerbahce 5 (Agg. 0-7) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2008) Fenerbahce moved ahead when Turkish international Semih swept the ball home from in the six yard box. Semih added a speculator second, chipping a stunning lob over the keeper after Fener had put together over 20 passes in the build up. Emre added the third from the spot, before Semih stole the show with his third and fourth goals of the night.
Wisla Krakow 5 – Beitar Jerusalem 0 (Agg. 6-2) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2008) Wisla overcame a first leg deficit to crush the Israelis and set up a glamour tie against Barcelona. Cantoro, Cleber (penalty) and Brozek all scored in the opening forty-five. The Poles strode to victory with two more second half goals with Diaz’s volley and Niedzielan’s rebound.
Dinamo Zagreb 3 – Domzale 2 (Agg. 6-2) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2008)
Rapid Vienna 3 – Anorthosis 1 (Agg. 3-4) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2008) Vincent Laban gave Anorthosis a 4-0 aggregate lead before one goal from Erwin Hoffer and a Stefan Maierhofer brace had them on the back foot in the closing stages.
Partizan Belgrade 2 – Inter Baku 0 (Agg. 3-1) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2008)
Sparta Prague 2 – Sheriff Tiraspol 0 (Agg. 3-0) (Gambrinius Liga, August 6, 2008)
Sibir Novosibirsk 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 0 (Russian Cup, August 6, 2008) Zenit fell to the first divison side courtesy of Aleksey Medvedev’s second half goal.
Wellington Phoenix 0 – Melbourne Victory 0 (Pens. 7-8) (Pre-Season Cup final, August 6, 2008) After a goalless game, the match went to penalties. Competition was fierce as both sides had 9 penalties each before Wellington’s Karl Dodd had his spot-kick saved by Victory goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos to win the Cup for Melbourne.
San Luis 2 – Cruz Azul 1 (Mexican Apertura, August 6, 2008)
Argentinos Juniors 0 – San Lorenzo 0 (Copa Sudamericana, August 6, 2008)
Vasco 0 – Coritiba 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 6, 2008)
Gremio 1 – Ipatinga 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 6, 2008)
Sport Recife 2 – Portuguesa 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 6, 2008)
Atletico-PR 2 – Nautico 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 6, 2008)
Fluminense 3 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 6, 2008)
China 2 – Sweden 1 (Women’s Olympics, August 6, 2008) Lotta Schelin scored for Sweden in the 38th minute after a sixth-minute goal by Xu Yuan. Han Duan scored the decisive goal in the 72nd minute to send the home crowd wild.
Japan 2 – New Zealand 2 (Women’s Olympics, August 6, 2008) Kirsty Yallop tapped in a cross in the 33rd minute to give New Zealand the lead, before Amber Hearn scored a second half penalty. Aya Miyama pulled a goal back from the spot, with Homare Sawa leveling for Japan with a near post volley in the 86th minute.
Argentina 1 – Canada 2 (Women’s Olympics, August 6, 2008) Candace Chapman put Canada ahead in the 27th minute when she scored with a powerful low shot from outside the box. The North American women doubled the advantage in the 72nd minute when Kara Lang headed home a free-kick. Argentina pulled one back in the 84th minute, sub-Ludmila Manicler converted a cross following a counter-attack.
North Korea 1 – Nigeria 0 (Women’s Olympics, August 6, 2008) Kim Kyong Hwa scored with a powerful shot from near the penalty spot after the Nigerian defense failed to clear a cross inside the area.
Norway 2 – USA 0 (Women’s Olympics, August 6, 2008)