Chelsea 2 – AC Milan 1 (World Football Challenge, July 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Didier Drogba took everyone by surprise with a sublime strike from around 35 yards out which blazed into the top left corner after just seven minutes. The Serie A side were back on level terms after 37 minutes thanks to Clarence Seedorf, who hit a first-time strike from Ronaldinho’s lay-off which sailed into the net from 18 yards. Russian debutant Yuri Zhirkov then crowned his first Blues’ match with the winner midway through the second half after capitalising on a game of pinball in the Milan area which started when Andriy Shevchenko’s shot was parried by Kalac to Frank Lampard.
Barcelona 1 – Tottenham 1 (Wembley Cup, July 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Barca broke the deadlock after 33 minutes, Yaya Toure burst through the Spurs backline with Bojan Krkic on hand to fire the ball home after the ball broke loose. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes from time and 19-year-old Jake Livermore made himself a new Spurs hero by getting on the end of an Ekotto cross in the heart of the Spanish area. (Second half highlights here.)
Celtic 5 – Al Ahly 0 (Wembley Cup, July 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Egyptians only had themselves to blame for conceding the opening goal against Celtic at the Wembley Cup as a series of weak, halfhearted challenges allowed the Scots to steal possession with Massimo Donati eventually finding the net. The bumblebees doubled their lead through a 38th minute Scott McDonald penalty. Shaun Maloney added third minutes after the restart while Scott McDonald claimed number four before theÂ hour was up. Chris Killen wrapped up the rout with a fifth in the 83rd minute.
Artur Boruc put in a fine performance in goal in which the Pole made a series of top saves to keep a clean sheet. Boruc’s saves can be seen here.
FC Seoul 2 – Manchester United 3 (Friendly, July 24, 2009) (Longer MUTV highlights here.) FC Seoul sent the home crowd wild 25 minutes in taking the lead with a superb goal as Dejan Damjanovic met a right-wing cross on the volley, giving Tomasz Kuszczak no chance in the United goal. The Koreans’ lead was short-lived, John O’Shea swung in an inviting right-wing cross and Wayne Rooney was left free by the penalty spot able able to easily head home the leveller. On the stroke of halftime the hosts retook the lead in style, the ball was slipped through to Dejan Damjanovic and the Montenegrin forward chipped a delightful shot over Kuszczak for number two. (First half highlights here.) United equalised just before the hour, Rooney’s diagonal ball over the top picked out Federico Macheda’s run to perfection and the young Italian rounded the keeper to finish in style. With the game tied Fergie introduced Berbatov, Nani and Owen, and the result was almost immediate as Dimitar Berbatov expertly headed Gibson’s cross into the near post to claim the eventual winner.