Manchester United 2 – Boca Juniors 1 (Audi Cup, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) United broke the deadlock against Boca courtesy of a sublime free-kick from Anderson that arched perfectly into the far top corner. The goal was the Brazilian’s first for United since his arrival at the club. In the 41st minute United doubled their advantage, Park bravely played in Rooney who in turn found debutant Antonio Valencia out wide, the winger breezed past two Boca players and saw his effort squirm into the net. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half Boca struck back, Federico Insua expertly finishing a free-flowing attack at the back post.
Hannover 0 – Arsenal 1 (Friendly, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Arsenal ripped through the Hannover backline inside nine minutes with a trademark patient attack, Bendtner played in Van Persie, the Dutchman picked out Cesc Fabregas’ run into the box and the captain coolly beat the keeper to score. (First half highlights here.)
MLS All-Stars 1 – Everton 1* (Pens. 3-4) (MLS All-Star Game, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Everton became the first Premier League side to win this annual match thanks to an MVP performance from Tim Howard. Louis Saha capitalised on poor defending to put the Toffees in front, Brad Davis equalised for the MLS. Howard saved three penalties in an exciting shoot-out, including the final dinked effort from Freddie Ljungberg. (The full shoot-out can be seen here.)
West Ham 0 – Tottenham 1 (Barclays Asia Trophy, July 29, 2009) The 1-nil scoreline flattered West Ham who were totally outplayed by Spurs. Roman Pavlyuchenko struck the inside of the post in the first half, and when the goal finally arrived the Hammers only had themselves to blame as Jermain Defoe’s poked shot trickled through Green’s hands and legs on its way in the net.
Beijing Guoan 1 – Hull 1 (Pens. 5-4) (Barclays Asia Trophy, July 29, 2009) The Tigers took an early lead against Beijing Guoan through Geovanni’s spectacular after just nine minutes, but immediately after the restart the host’s Cameroonian defender William Paul Modibo found himself in the box and able to bundle a cross over the line.
Aston Villa 3 – Atlante 1 (Peace Cup, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Atlante opened the scoring with a sliding Curtis Davies deflecting a cross past stopper Brad Guzan after 20 minutes. Youngster Marc Albrighton marked a rare appearance with an equaliser five minutes before the break. Carew put Villa in front after the break, causing havoc in the box and touching a great free-kick by Lichaj past Vilar in the Atlante goal. Villa then claimed the all important third when a great Albrighton cross was met superbly by Ashley Young who headed powerfully past Vilar.
Bayern Munich 4 – AC Milan 1 (Audi Cup, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) It took Bayern just 11 minutes to score, Thomas Muller finished off a clinical attack which rip the Milan defence wide open. The game then mellowed until the final 15 minutes, Bastien Schweinsteiger dancing his way through the Italian backline to score. Andrea Pirlo crashed home a terrific free-kick to bring Milan back in the match, but late strikes from Saer Sene and Muller again sealed a victory for the Germans.
Fiorentina 0 – PSG 3 (Friendly, July 29, 2009) Erding, Guily and Luyindula led the Parisians to a comfortable win.
Besiktas 0 – FC Porto 0 (Peace Cup, July 29, 2009) This dour draw ensures Porto will face Aston Villa in the semi-finals.
Parma 1 – Iraklis 2 (Friendly, July 29, 2009) Iraklis forward Ivan Bosnjak took advantage of stuttering Parma defending to hand the Greeks the lead. Parma centre-half Hernan Dellafiore levelled for the Italians from a set-piece,but soon after Denis Epstein claimed the winner.