Valencia 2 – Arsenal 0 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Michel fired home the first for Los Che with fifteen minutes remaining after the Gunners had failed to clear a free-kick. David Villa claimed the second from a tight angle in injury-time.
Liverpool 1 – Atletico Madrid 2 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) After the Anfield crowd had sung their hearts out in the warm-up, Liverpool fell behind to Atletico after 14 minutes as Kun Aguero steered a close range header into the far corner. The Reds soon found themselves 2-down as Diego Forlan curled a beauty past the outstretched hand of Pepe Reina. Fernando Torres missed the chance to score against his former employers when the striker hit the inside of the post. Lucas Leiva managed to pull a goal back in the closing stages but the Reds came up short finding an equaliser.
Manchester City 2 – Celtic 1 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) Gareth Barry opened his City account against Celtic with a terrific volley from a delicious Zabaleta cross. The lead was short-lived as City notorious defence were caught out from a ball over the top which Chris Killen latched onto to thrash home. The Citizens regained the lead early in the second half thanks to a superb solo Craig Bellamy goal.
West Ham 0 – Napoli 1 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) A competitive friendly at Upton Park was settled by when Fabio Quagliarella looped home a superb flicked header over Hammers keeper Robert Green after 78 minutes.
Aston Villa 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) While Emile Heskey hit winner for the hosts after 14 minutes, Fiorentina missed the chance to level when Alberto Gilardino crashed a penalty against the upright. (Eye-witness footage only)
Guadalajara (Chivas) 1 – Barcelona 1 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Ramon Morales’ 50th minute opener for the Mexicans was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic’s close range equaliser for Barca.
Benfica 1 – AC Milan 1 (Pens. 5-4) (Friendly, August 8, 2009) A towering header from centre-forward Oscar Cardozo left Milan defender Giuseppe Favalli for dead on the hour mark. The Rossoneri snatched a draw at the death courtesy of a Sidnei own goal.
Birmingham 0 – Sporting Gijon 0 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) The Bluesâ€™ best chance fell to midfielder Keith Fahey in the 25th minute, who was denied by a brilliant save from Gijon goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar.
AEK Athens 0 – Boca Juniors 2 (Friendly, August 8, 2009)
Parma 1 – Osasuna 2 (Friendly, August 8, 2009)