Fulham lose to Gold Coast United; Ronaldo claims a hat-trick in Corinthians win

United States 2 – Honduras 0 (Gold Cup, July 8, 2009) Santino Quaranta and Brian Ching scored on 75 and 79 respectively to see off Honduras.

Haiti 2 – Grenada 0 (Gold Cup, July 8, 2009) Fabrice Noel and James Marcelin (shocking defending) were on the scoresheet as Haiti bounced back from losing their opening match. 

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Gold Coast United FC 2 – Fulham 1 (Friendly, July 8, 2009) Danny Murphy put the Cottagers in front with a trademark free-kick into the top corner in the 16th minute. The Aussies won the game with two goals late on from Brazilian Milson and New Zealand striker Shane Smelz.

Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Al Ahly 0 (Friendly, July 8, 2009) The German side saw off the Egyptian giants thanks to goals from Burak Kaplan on three minutes and then Tranquillo Barnetta on the stroke of full-time.

Galatasaray 1 – WAC Casablanca 0 (Friendly, July 8, 2009) A fine left-footed strike from Emre Colakin the 42nd minute settled the match.

Union Berlin 3 – Hertha Berlin 5 (Friendly, July 8, 2009) Artura Wichniarek bagged a first half brace – his first from the spot and the second after a fine team move, while Benyamina scored for the hosts after 14 minutes. Hertha extended added further goals after the break from Rafael, Domovchiski and Chermiti, while Benyamina’s second and a last-gasp goal from Biran made the game more exciting.

Red Star Belgrade 2 – Borac Banjaluka 0 (Friendly, July 8, 2009)

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Sant Julia 1* – Tre Fiori 1 (Pens. 5-4) (Agg. 2-2) (Champions League qualifier second-leg, July 7, 2009)

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Estudiantes 0 – Cruzeiro 0 (Copa Libertadores final first leg, July 8, 2009) Cruzeiro keeper Fabio was in fine form to deny the home side but late on the Brazilians could have snatched a crucial away goal with Kleber and Leonardo Silva going close.

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Corinthians 4 – Fluminense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 8, 2009) Ronaldo stole the headlines with a fine hat-trick. The home side dominated the first-half and were three up thanks to Ronaldo’s first and second, sandwiched in between was a fine passing move finished off by Dentinho. Flu came back into the match in the second-half with two goals in six minutes from Conca and an og by Diego and it was left to Ronaldo to score his third and seal the match, lashing home with six minutes to go.