Barnet 2 – Arsenal 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Andrey Arshavin tapped home the opener for the Gunners who quickly conceded to a Ismail Yakubu header. Nacer Barazite curled in a beauty to put Arsenal in front again only for more slack defending to allow Elliot Charles to level the game late on.
Seattle Sounders 0 – Chelsea 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Chelsea’s American tour began in style after just 11 minutes in Seattle, new signing Daniel Sturridge confidently collected a high ball over the top, steadied himself and buried a shot into the far corner. The Blues strolled into a 2-nil lead just after the half hour, a patient attack eventually saw Anelka’s cut-back converted by Frank Lampard.
Malaysian XI 2 – Manchester United 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) (Longer MUTV highlights here.) It took Manchester United just nine minutes to break the deadlock in Kuala Lumpur as Wayne Rooney tucked home a simple opener after Dimitar Berbatov had seen a tame shot saved. Before the half hour United doubled their lead, again Rooney was the key as the forward carried the ball into the box before threading a ball past three defenders for Luis Nani to apply to simple tap-in. An entertaining first half ended with Amri Yahyah scoring a cracker for the hosts, the forward lobbing Van der Sar from 25-yards after Evra had missed a header in defence. (First half highlights here.) The Malaysians then equalised at the the start of the second half after Ben Foster horribly missed his kick allowing Amri Yahyah to nip in and score his second. But just as it looked like the match would end all-square Michael Owen popped up to score on his debut and hand the Premier League champions the win. (Second half goals here.)
Orlando Pirates 2 – Manchester City 0 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Lucas Thwala put the home side ahead from the penalty spot on 36 and Phenyo Mongala scored a cracker for the second (was it a cross?) on 56.
Southampton 1 – Ajax 4 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Luis Suarez bagged a brace for the Dutch powerhouse.
Swansea 3 -Â FC Twente 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Spanish striker Gorka Pintado scored twice to get Paulo Sousa’s reign as the Swans manager got off to a winning start. Pintado pounced on a loose pass 12 minutes after the break before Nikita Rukavytsya pulled Steve McClaren’s side level. Casey Thomas put the Swans 2-1 up before being upended in the box at the end which Pintado converted.
Bayern Munich 0 – Hamburg 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Piotr Trochowski fired home the only goal of the game after an Eljero Elia cross had only been partially cleared.
Schalke 0 – Stuttgart 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) A well directed diving header from 19-year-old Sebastian Rudy earned Stuttgart the win.
Rotena 0 – Sevilla 7 (Friendly, July 18, 2009)
Sporting Lisbon 1 – Feyenoord 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Helder Postiga cracked home a beauty to send Sporting into the break 1-up, but goals from Jonathan De Guzman and Roy Makaay turned the match for Feyernoord in the second half.
Bochum 3 – Olympiakos 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Kostas Mitroglou put the Greek side in front in the third minute, Stanislav Sestak equalised from the spot in the 20th minute. Olympiakos then took control of the game with an og from Marcel Maltritz and then a second for Mitroglou. Bochum hit back late on with goals from Sestak again and an og from Avraam Papadopoulos.
Universitatea Craiova 1 – Lazio 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) On the hour mark Lionel Scaloni put Lazio in front after receiving the ball in the area, slotting the ball home at the second attempt. Craiova equalised through New Zealand striker Michael Baird, who headed in a cross from the left wing late on.
Porto 3 – Monaco 0 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) A terrible/brilliant own-goal volley from Lukman Haruna, a goal from Mark Gonzalez and a third from Freddy Guarin saw Porto stroll to victory.
Lyon 2 – Lille 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Lille looked like having the match sown up after Boukari and Eduardo had given them a 2-nil lead but a late brace from Kim Kallstrom earned Lyon a share of the spoils.
Sivasspor 0 – PSV 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Sivas lost their heads and had two players sent off in the opening half hour. PSV took advantage with goals from Dzsudzsak, Amrabat and Koevermans.
Fenerbahce 3 – Nurnberg 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009)
Standard Liege 0 – Trabzonspor 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009)
Bordeaux 0 – Toulouse 1 (Friendly, July 17, 2009) Machado’s 21st minute free-kick evaded everyone to nestle in the net for the only goal of the game.