Euro U21 Championships: Brace for Berg as Sweden beat Serbia; Acquafresca’s double downs Belarus

Serbia 1 – Sweden 3 (European U21 Championship, June 23, 2009) Sweden set about taking the game to Serbia early doors and Marcus Berg fired the hosts into the lead with a shot on the turn after seven minutes. Berg soon notched up his second from the spot on the quarter hour, before Serbia’s impressive centre-half Gojko Kacar pulled a goal back from a corner. Sixty seconds later Sweden restored their two-goal cushion as Ola Toivonen stroked home the third. A pulsating first half ended when Nenad Tomovic received his marching orders, and Serbia ended the match with 9-men after Nikola Petkovic saw red after the break.

Belarus 1 – Italy 2 (European U21 Championship, June 23, 2009) The first half came to life in the final minutes of the 45, the Belorussians took a surprise lead when Sergei Kislyak scored his second goal of the tournament turned home a cross on the half-volley. But the Azzurini levelled immediately as Robert Acquafresca scored from the spot after the ref spotted a handball in the box. The Italians claimed victory 15 minutes from time when a slick move carved through the Belarus defence and Robert Acquafresca tapped home the winner.

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America RN 1 – Ponte Preta 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 23, 2009)

Ipatinga FC 0 – Fortaleza 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 23, 2009)

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Chicago Fire 1 – Chivas USA 0 (SuperLiga, June 23, 2009) Justin Mapp claimed the only goal in the 35th minute.

San Luis 3 – Tigres 1 (SuperLiga, June 23, 2009) All the goals came in the second-half, Braulio Luna claimed the opener on 55 and Jose Reyes scored the second a minute later. Juan Pablo Garcia Contreras pulled a goal back but Alfredo Moreno confirmed the win with the goal of the game in the 76th minute.