Manchester United 2 – Chelsea 2* (Pens. 1-4) (Community Shield, August 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) United took 10th minute lead against the Blues as Luis Nani received the ball in an inside-left position, shifted the ball onto his right, and fired a low shot into Cech’s far post. (First half highlights here.) The Blues equalised in the 52nd minute when Ben Foster could only palm a cross into Riccardo Carvalho’s direction and the centre-half converted from 6-yards. The comeback was complete in controversial circumstances in the 71st minute, Ballack body-checked Evra near the Pensioners box and from the resulting clearance Drogba set up Frank Lampard to blast a shot past a weak-wristed Foster. In injury time United equalised with their own controversial goal, Giggs played an offside Wayne Rooney through on goal and the number ten stroked the ball into the far corner. Giggs and Evra (terrible effort) missed in the shootout, while Chelsea scored four from four.
Yeovil 2 – Tranmere 0 (League Two, August 8, 2009) John Barnes’ career as Tranmere boss got off to a disappointing start as Dean Bowditch opened the scoring before Gavin Tomlin added a second from the penalty spot.
AFC Wimbledon 1 – Luton 1 (Conference, August 8, 2009) Tom Craddock gave the visitors the lead when Paul Lorraine brought down Shane Blackett in the area, Craddock stepping up to convert the penalty. Luton defender Blackett was then sent off for a foul on Jon Main in the area and the striker picked himself up to slot the spot-kick home with 10 minute on the clock.
DC United 0 – Real Madrid 3 (Friendly, August 9, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here) Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the 57th and 59th minutes and Dutchman Arjen Robben completed the scoring in the 69th minute as Real ran out comfortable winners.
Tottenham 3 – Olympiakos 0 (Friendly, August 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Spurs won the match with a final flurry in the last half hour, Roman Pavlyuchenko thrashed home the opener before Vedran Corluka scored the second from a corner. Jermain Defoe confidently claimed the third with a low shot in the box.
Honved 2 – Panathinaikos 2 (Friendly, August 9, 2009)
Bochum 3 – Monchengladbach 3 (Bundesliga, August 9, 2009) Gladbach began the new Bundesliga season in style at Bochum, Juan Arango toe-poking the visitors into a 19th minute lead before Israeli international Roberto Colautti added in the 26th minute. Roel Brouwers completed a completed one-sided first half by heading in Gladbach’s third minutes before the break. Bochum forward Mimoun Azaouagh started the fightback early in the second half with a curler into the top corner. Azaouagh then grabbed a stunning second, hitting a first-time strike in the top corner from 25-yards out. And Stanislav Sestak completed the brilliant Bochum comeback by angling a header in off the far post.
Freiburg 1 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga, August 9, 2009) Jonathan Pitroipa fired Hamburg into a third minute lead after the hosts failed to clear a corner. But the newly promoted Freiburg equalised midway through the second half through a Tommy Bechmann header.
Lille 1 – Lorient 2 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2009) Kevin Gameiro put the visitors in front by heading home a Monterrubio free kick on the half hour. Forward Marama Vahirua doubled Lorient’s advantage from a Monterrubio cross early in the second half before Monterrubio beat his own goalkeeper with a header shortly after the hour mark.
Bordeaux 4 – Lens 1 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2009) The home side took the lead on 11 minutes after dominating the early stages through a brilliant individual effort from Wendell. Lens equalised against the run of play six minutes before the interval when Yohan Demont’s cross was met with a diving header by Issam Jemaa at the near post. Yohan Gourcuff’s deflected shot put Bordeax back in front. In the 90th minute that Bordeaux made sure of the points, Marouane Chamakh applying the finish after more good work from Gourcuff down the right. Gourcuff capped a fine performance with his second in injury time, heading home from close range to make it 4-1.
VVV Venlo 2 – Den Haag 2 (Eredivisie, August 9, 2009) Wesley Verhoek and Ricky van den Bergh’s penalty gave the visitors a comfortable lead with less than half an hour gone. Down and out, VVV’s superb Japanese midfielder Keisuke “the new Naka” Honda crashed home a fabulous 25-yarder to give the hosts hope. Honda then levelled matters in the 76th minute with a controversial goal that didn’t look like it had crossed the line, ADO’s misery was complete losing both Karim Soltani and Van den Bergh late on.
FC Twente 1 – PSV 1 (Eredivisie, August 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Douglas bundled the ball over the PSV line after 20 minutes. But the lead lasted just six minutes before Balazs Dzsudzsak brought the visitors level.
FC Utrecht 1 – Willem II 0 (Eredivisie, August 9, 2009) Utrecht joined Ajax as the only side with a 100 per cent record in the table thanks to 1-0 success over Willem II with Francis Dickoh scoring the only goal of the game six minutes before the break.
Vitesse 0 – Feyenoord 0 (Eredivisie, August 9, 2009) Feyenoord missed the chance to maintain their perfect start after being held to a goalless draw at Vitesse.
NAC 0 – Heracles 0 (Eredivisie, August 9, 2009)
CSKA Moscow 1 – Amkar Perm 0 (Russian Premier League, August 9, 2009) The game looked destined to finish goalless only for Tomas Necid to pop up with a 90th-minute winner for the hosts.
Rostov 2 – Khimki 0 (Russian Premier League, August 9, 2009)
Anderlecht 3 – Cercle Brugge 2 (Jupiler League, August 8, 2009) Matias Suarez put Anderlecht ahead after 12 minutes, only for Anthony Portier to level before the half hour. An own goal from Frederik Boi restored the home side’s lead just before the break, and Mbark Boussoufa made it 3-1 shortly after the hour. Thomas Buffel pulled one back for the visitors in the 73rd minute, but Anderlecht held on to their lead to jump to first place.
Zulte-Waregem 2 – Racing Genk 2 (Jupiler League, August 8, 2009)
Gaziantepspor 2 – Galatasaray 3 (Super Lig, August 9, 2009) Gala took an early lead with goals from Arda Turan and Mustafa Sarp. Julio Cesar pulled one back in the 37th minute but Shabani Nonda restored Gala’s lead in the 85th. Rodrigo Tabata’s goal from the penalty spot in the 90th minute was mere consolation.
Denizlispor 0 – Fenerbahce 2 (Super Lig, August 9, 2009) Daniel Guiza netted twice in Fener’s triumph at Denizlispor.
Bursaspor 2 – Kasimpasa 1 (Super Lig, August 9, 2009) Erhan Kucuk had given the away team the lead five minutes into the second half but Tomas Zapotocny and Sercan Yildirim netted to turn the game on its head.
Austria Vienna 2 – Wiener Neustadt 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 9, 2009) A Manuel Ortlechner header and an Acimovic penalty put the hosts 2-up, Hannes Aigner replying with a consolation penalty for Wiener.
Ried 1 – Rapid Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 9, 2009) Stefan Hoffman scored for Rapid with Hamdi Salihi replying soon after.
Austria Karnten 1 – Sturm Graz 3 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 9, 2009) Oliver Pusztai fired the home side in front after seven minutes but Fabian Lamotte levelled before goals in the last nine minutes from Andreas Hoelzl and Jakob Jantscher turned the result on its head.
Mattersburg 2 – RB Salzburg 3 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 8, 2009) Robin Nelisse bagged the opener for visiting Salzburg six minutes from the break. Goce Sedloski levelled after 48 minutes while Ronald Spuller’s effort 60 seconds later saw the hosts nose ahead. Salzburg got back on level terms just a minute later through Dusan Svento. Mattersburg had Michael Morz sent off for a headbutt on Salzburg’s Aufhauser, while Robert Waltner was dismissed after 83 minutes for a foul on Marc Janko in the box – Simon Cziommer stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick and seal three hard-earned points for the visitors.
LASK Linz 4 – Kapfenberg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 7, 2009)
Orgryte 1 – IFK Gothenburg 2 (Allsvenskan, August 9, 2009) IFK fell behind in the derby when Alex Pereira netted after 15 minutes. But former Sunderland forward Tobias Hysen equalised in the 53rd minute and then grabbed a last-minute winner to take IFK up to top spot.
Djurgarden 0 – Hammarby 1 (Allsvenskan, August 9, 2009) A first half own goal from Markus Johannesson settled the match.
Halmstad 2 – Kalmar 0 (Allsvenskan, August 9, 2009) Halmstad recorded the only home win of the day, as goals from Emir Kujovic and substitute Marcus Olsson gave them a victory over Kalmar.
Elfsborg 2 – Gefle 3 (Allsvenskan, August 9, 2009) Yannick Bapupa’s second-half double helped Gefle to a 3-2 victory at Elfsborg, for whom Stefan Ishizaki also netted twice. Jonas Lantto’s 80th-minute effort proved the winner.
Sonderjylland 0 – FC Copenhagen 1 (SAS Ligaen, August 9, 2009) Hjalte Bo Norregaard scored the only goal as third-placed FC Copenhagen kept in touch with the league leaders.
AGF Aarhus 2 – HB Koge 1 (SAS Ligaen, August 9, 2009) Davit Devderiani put the home side ahead on the hour mark only for Fabinho to equalise two minutes later. A Jacob Poulsen penalty settled the game in Aarhus’ favour with 16 minutes left.
Esbjerg 1 – OB Odense 2 (SAS Ligaen, August 9, 2009) The hosts led thanks to Tim Janssen’s goal but efforts in the final 10 minutes from Lucas Caca and Peter Utaka turned the match around.
Molde 5 – Rosenborg 0 (NM Cupen, August 9, 2009) Magne Hoseth scored the goal of the game with a brilliant 30-yard goal capitalising on a wayward clearance from the keeper.
Young Boys 4 – Bellinzona 2 (Swiss Super League, August 9, 2009) The home side were 3-up after just half an hour thanks to a David Degen penalty and a double from Marco Schneuwly. An own goal by goalkeeper Marco Wolfli and Alessandro Ciarrocchi’s 82nd minute strike gave Bellinzona hope, but Degen notched his second three minutes from time to make sure of the win.
Korona Kielce 0 – Lech Poznan 5 (Ekstraklasa, August 9, 2009)
Odra Wodzislaw 0 – Polonia Bytom 1 (Ekstraklasa, August 8, 2009)
Slaven Belupo 2 – Hajduk Split 1 (1. HNL, August 9, 2009)
Newcastle Jets 3 – Wellington Phoenix 2 (A-League, August 9, 2009) A double from Jason Hoffman put Newcastle 2-up inside 25 minutes, But the Phoenix muscled their way back into the match with defender Ben Sigmund and striker Chris Greenache scoring goals to make it 2-2 at halftime. The Jets weren’t to be denied victory though, as substitutes Sean Rooney and Jason Naidovski combined to grab the winner six minutes from time.
San Jose Earthquakes 0 – Columbus Crew 3 (MLS, August 8, 2009) The Eastern Conference leaders cruised to another three points.
Real Salt Lake 1 – Seattle Sounders 0 (MLS, August 8, 2009) Robbie Findley settled the match collecting a hoof down-field and rifling the ball into the corner of the net.
Flamengo 1 – Corinthians 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 9, 2009) Adriano scored the winner at Maracana stadium with a left-footed strike from inside the area, picking up the ball near the penalty spot and firing a low shot into the far corner.
Vitoria 2 – Fluminense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 9, 2009) Vitoria opened the scoring with midfielder Willian in the 15th, but Fluminense rallied with goals by defender Luiz Alberto in the 29th and striker Roni in the 53rd. Forward Roger scored Vitoria’s equaliser in the 55th leaving Fluminense in second-to-last with only 15 points.
Sao Paulo 3 – Goias 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 9, 2009)
Coritiba 1 – Cruzeiro 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 9, 2009)
Barueri 1 – Gremio 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 9, 2009)