Rapid Vienna 1 – Liverpool 0 (Friendly, July 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) The Merseysiders sunk to a disappointing defeat to Rapid, losing to a Steffen Hofmann free-kick scored just before the hour mark.
Hajduk Split 1 – Blackburn 0 (Friendly, July 19, 2009) The 45 minute match was settled 12 minutes in by the Croatians as Senijad Ibricic slide a low shot past Paul Robinson into the corner.
CF America 1* – Inter Milan 1 (pens. 5-4) (World Football Challenge, July 19, 2009) Juan Carlos Silva put the Mexicans in front with an excellent volley from a corner. Ivan Cordoba pulled Inter level with a back post header. Patrick Vieira missed his penalty to give CF America the chance to win the match.
LA Galaxy 2 – AC Milan 2 (Friendly, July 19, 2009) Thiago Silva put the Rossoneri in front but the Galaxy responded with a goal from the top draw. A lightning breakaway by Beckham saw the Englishman play a long ball to Donovan who played in Alan Gordon who finished off a cracking move. Pippo Inzaghi put Milan in front againÂ after good work from Ronaldinho and Flamini only for Bryan Jordan to level the match from a Beckham corner.
Burton 1 – Nottingham Forest 4 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Nathan Tyson helped himself to a 10-minute hat-trick against Football League new-boys Burton Albion. The striker opened his account moments into the second half, added a second six minutes later and completed his treble in the 56th minute. David McGoldrick, Forest’s Â£1million summer signing from Southampton, had put the Championship side ahead after half an hour. Robin Shroot beat Paul Smith for Burton’s late consolation.
Schalke 1 – Bayern Munich 2 (T-Home Cup, July 19, 2009) Breno fired Bayern into the lead which was quickly doubled by an og from Benedikt Howedes. Halil Altintop reduced the deficit with a close range header.
Stuttgart 0 – Hamburg 3 (T-Home Cup, July 19, 2009) Hamburg cruised past Stuttgart thanks to goals from Collin Benjamin, Jonathan Pitroipa and Mladen Petric.
Paderborn 0 – Borussia Dortmund 2 (Friendly, July 19, 2009) Dimitar Rangelov and Mohamed Zidan scored in each half for Dortmund.
Athletic Bilbao 2 – Anderlecht 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Suarez and De Sutter fired the Belgians into a 2-nil lead but Bilbao came back to tie courtesy of goals from De Marcos and Gurpegi. Anderlecht won the match 3-2 on penalties.
St Etienne 2 – Dinamo Bucharest 0 (Friendly, July 17, 2009)
RB Salzburg 2 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 19, 2009) Austria’s season began in superb style as Zlatko Junuzovic curled in a beauty just before the half hour. The visitors held their lead until the final 20 minutes when Alexander Zickler swept Salzburg level from close range and Somen Tchoyi popped up in the 90th minute to thrash home the winner.
Kapfenberg 0 – Ried 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 18, 2009) Oliver Glasner’s goal midway through the opening period was enough to earn Ried an opening day win.
LASK Linz 4 – Mattersburg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 18, 2009) Christoph Saurer opened the scoring after two minutes and the result was wrapped up with three further goals before half-time through Roman Wallner (30), Florian Metz (36) and Christian Mayrleb (39).
Terek Grozny 3 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Russian Premier League, July 19, 2009) Zenit had been 2-down before Sszabolcs Huszti and Pavel Pogrebniak levelled. But Terek ran out winners as defender Valentin Iliev popped up in the 89th minute to snatch the three points.
Spartak Moscow 1 – Krylia Sovetov Samara 1 (Russian Premier League, July 19, 2009) The visitors moved ahead in the 27th minute with a superb goal from Timofey Kalachev, the forward played a one-two on the edge of the box before side-footing a curler into the top corner. But just as it looked like Spartak would concede defeat they grabbed a late leveller, Vladimir Bystrov burst through from midfield, evading a series of challenges to slide home the equaliser.
Amkar Perm 1 – Lokomotiv Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, July 19, 2009) Lokomotiv went one down after Amkarâ€™s Predrag Sikimic scored a header midway through the second half. But a penalty from Russian international Dmitry Sychev salvaged a draw for for visitors.
IFK Gothenburg 3 – Trelleborg 1 (Allsvenskan, July 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Johansson and Olsson put IFK 2-up before Jensen pulled a goal back with a powerful shot into the near post. Sigurdsson ended any hopes of a Trelleborg comeback with a third from the spot.
Djurgarden 1 – Elfsborg 2 (Allsvenskan, July 19, 2009) The highlight of the match was Elfsborg opener from Emir Bajrami, the forward netting a Marco van Basten style goal by striking a volley high into the oppositye corner from a tight angle.
Gefle 0 – Helsingborg 2 (Allsvenskan, July 19, 2009) Second half strikes from Andersson and Sundin earned HIF the three points.
Brondby 2 – OB Odense 2 (Tippeligaen, July 19, 2009) Jon Jonsson earned Brondby a point with a 66th minute equaliser.
MyPa 4 – RoPS Rovaniemi 0 (Veikkausliiga, July 19, 2009) Tosaint Ricketts claimed a brace for MyPa in the win.
Kashiwa Reysol 0 – Gamba Osaka 2 (J-League, July 19, 2009) Gamba won the match thanks to Leandro’s second half brace, the first from the spot and the second a well-directed header from a right-wing cross.
Yamagata 3 – Jubilo Iwata 1 (J-League, July 19, 2009) Yamagata won the match courtesy of a ten minute first-half burst. Shogo Kobara put Montedio ahead before Ryoichi Maeda equalised for Jubilo, only for Yamagata to move back in front with goals from Katsuyuki Miyazawa and Yu Hasegawa.
New England Revolution 2 – Chivas USA 0 (MLS, July 19, 2009) Kheli Dube collected a Shalrie Joseph through-ball to race through a score the opener on the hour, Steve Ralston making the points safe picking up on an error in the Chivas defence to claim the second.
DC United 3 – Colorado Rapids 1 (MLS, July 18, 2009) The Rapids lead in the 14th minute after a miscue from United defender Bryan Namoff saw the ball crash into his own net. The hosts rallied after the break, Jaime Moreno converted a penalty before Namoff redeemed himself with a header in the 56th minute. Luciano Emilio added a third to put the result safe.
Columbus Crew 3 – Real Salt Lake 1 (MLS, July 18, 2009) Jason Garey bagged a goal in each half to lead the Columbus Crew to a victory over RSL. Steven Lenhart also scored for Columbus while Raphael Cox scored his first goal for Real Salt Lake.
Cruzeiro 1 – Corinthians 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 19, 2009) Ronaldo was involved in almost everything on his return to his former club. The former Inter Milan striker set up Jorge Henrique for the opener with a cracking pass then missed a penalty five minutes later. Ronaldo did get on the scoresheet in the second half after great work from Jucilei. Kleber pulled a goal back for the home side from the penalty spot.
Sao Paulo 2 – Santos 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 19, 2009) Sao Paulo snapped a three-match winless streak by beating Santos thanks to a pair of goals from striker Washington.
Sport Recife 1 – Avai FC 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 19, 2009)
Bareuri 4 – Nautico 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 19, 2009)
Gremio 2 – Internacional 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 19, 2009) Nilmar put the away side in front in the Gre-Nal derby, Gremio hit back with goals from Souza and Maxi Lopez.
Flamengo 2 – Botafogo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 19, 2009) Aleesandro put Botafogo ahead in the 34th minute but Flamengo equalised in the 40th minute as Adriano rose above the Botafogo defense to head the ball in the net. with 20 minutes remaining Renato headed Botafogo back into the lead, only for Emerson to draw Flamengo level seven minutes from time.
Vitoria 0 – Atletico Mineiro 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 19, 2009)
Atletico Paranaense 0 – Coritiba 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 19, 2009)
Mexico 4 – Haiti 0 (Gold Cup, July 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)Â Tottenham forward Giovani Dos Santos set up two and scored one as the Mexicans set up a semi-final Gold Cup clash with Costa Rica. Miguel Sabah claimed the first after Castro had seen his penalty saved. Dos Santos claimed the second with a fine shot into the corner and then set up Sabah for his second from a corner. The Mexicans saved the best for last withÂ another Dos Santos corner setting up Pablo Barrera to volley home with seven minutes remaining.
Guadeloupe 1 – Costa Rica 5 (Gold Cup, July 19, 2009) A stunning overhead kick from Celso Borges put the Costa Ricans ahead in the third minute, the striker producing an acrobatic finish to an Armando Alonso cross. Alonso created Costa Rica’s second when he crossed to Alvaro Saborio who smartly headed home in the 16th minute. Costa Rica took firm control after the break with a goal from Andy Herron and although Guadeloupe pulled one back, thanks to Alexandre Alphonse, the outcome was never in doubt. Alvaro Saborio grabbed his second after racing on to a fine through ball from Borges to make it 4-1 and then Pablo Herrera completed the rout a minute from the end.