Abutrika scores a double as Egypt beat Rwanda in World Cup qualification; Velez Sarsfield win the Argentinean Clausura

Egypt 3 – Rwanda 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, July 5, 2009) Mohammed Abutrika headed the Pharaohs into a 65th minute lead and Abed Rabbu added the second from the spot in the 75th minute. The Egyptians sealed the match with a brilliant third in the last minute when a free-flowing move from front to back was finished by Mohammed Abutrika.

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Nicaragua 0 – Mexico 2 (Gold Cup, July 5, 2009) Luis Noriega (penalty) and Pablo Barrera secured a relatively comfortable win for El Tri.

Panama 1 – Guadeloupe 2 (Gold Cup, July 5, 2009) Just after the half hour Loic Loval gave Guadeloupe the lead which was doubled two minutes after half-time with a cracking long-range strike from David Fleurival. Nelson Barahona pulled one back for Panama.

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Al Ahly 0 – Galatasaray 1 (Friendly, July 5, 2009) A penalty from Baris Ozbek just after the half hour was the difference between the two teams.

Ajax 3 – Ajax Cape Town 2 (Friendly, July 5, 2009) Dario Cvitanich gave the home side the lead midway through the first half, before Siem de Jong and Darko Bodul added further goals for the Amsterdammers. Sifiso Vilakazi’s late brace, including one from the spot, gave the South Africans a faint hope of claiming a draw.

Bayer Leverkusen 3 – WAC Casablanca 3 (Friendly, July 5, 2009) The Moroccans took a 2-1 lead into the break before Theofanis Gekas headed Bayer level from a Kroos cross. Aaish Faouzi put WAC back into the lead in the 72nd minute but Gekas soon popped up to equalise once more.

Club Brugge 0 – Roeselare 2 (Friendly, July 4, 2009) After being thumped 5-nil in their first friendly of the summer, Club Brugge slipped to yet another defeat courtesy of second half goals from Vadim Dotsenko and a lovely curling effort from teenager Jessy Lebsir.

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Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 – Gamba Osaka 1 (J-League, July 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Gamba started brightly as Leandro burst through the middle to fire the visitors into an 8th minute lead. Nagoya levelled just before the break after Davi won and converted a penalty, and Nagoya’s turnaround was complete in the last minute as an appalling mistake for the Gamba keeper saw the shotstopper pass the ball to home forward Yuki Maki who had the simple job of slotting the winner into the empty net.

Kawasaki Frontale 1 – Kashima Antlers 1 (J-League, July 5, 2009) Ten minutes before the break Kashima defender Atsuto Uchida was sent off for handling Hiroyuki Taniguchi’s goal-bound header, with Brazilian Juninho calmly slotting home the resultant penalty. Shinzo Koroki equalised in the 64th minute when he took a perfect pass from Marquinhos and slid the ball home from a narrow angle.

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Rosenborg 2 – LovHam 0 (NM Cupen, July 5, 2009) Second half goals from Kjell Rune Sellin and Didier Konan handed Rosenborg the fourth round victory in the cup.

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Bodo/Glimt 2 – Molde 4 (Tippeligaen, July 5, 2009) Thiago Martins gave the hosts a 13th minute lead, but that was soon wiped out as Pape Pate Diouf and then Mame Biram Diouf put Molde in the driving seat. Back came Bodo through an Anders Konradsen’s strike, before further goals from Magne Hoseth and Rune Ertsas gave Molde the points.

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Djurgardens IF 2 – Helsingborg 1 (Allsvenskan, July 5, 2009) Djurgarden moved out of the relegation zone by edging Helsingborg, Patrik Haginge and Sebastian Rajalakso scored for the hosts while Rasmus Jonsson pulled a goal back for the visitors.

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Colorado Rapids 1 – Chicago Fire 2 (MLS, July 4, 2009) Marco Pappa and Wilman Conde handed the Fire a  2-goal lead at the interval before Jacob Peterson close-range tap-in pulled a goal back for the Rapids.

Columbus Crew 1 – DC United 1 (MLS, July 4, 2009) Christian Gomez and Alejandro Moreno traded goals as the top of the table clash in the Eastern Conference ended in stalemate.

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Velez Sarsfield 1 – Huracan 0 (Argentinean Clausura, July 5, 2009) After the final day Clausura deciding match had been stopped due to hail, Maxi Moralez won the title in the 83rd minute with a controversial goal after Larrivey had collided with Huracan keeper Gaston Monzon. Velez claimed their seventh league title.

San Martin 2 – Lanus 3 (Argentinean Clausura, July 5, 2009) A double from Lanus’ Jose Sand helped the striker end the Clausura as the top scorer with 13 goals. Lanus finished in third.

Gimnasia La Plata 2 – Gimnasia J 0 (Argentinean Clausura, July 5, 2009)

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Nautico 0 – Internacional 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 5, 2009) Alleged Manchester United target Nilmar grabbed both goals.

Coritiba 2 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 5, 2009) Champions Sao Paulo continue to struggle, Marcos Aurelio and Ariel claimed the goals and to compound the defeat Andre Dias was sent off for the away side just before the hour mark.

Athletico Mineiro 1 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 5, 2009) Atletico Mineiro went ahead after 15 minutes when Eder Luis headed past Botafogo’s Uruguayan keeper Juan Castillo. Visiting captain Juninho silenced the home fans with the equaliser eight minutes later when he blasted in a free-kick from outside the box.

Avai FC 0 – Palmeiras 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 5, 2009)  Palmeiras beat bottom team Avai to climb to fourth with striker Obina scoring twice.

Goias 1 – Cruzeiro 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 5, 2009)

Gremio 4 – Atletico Paranaense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 5, 2009)