Torres (3), Fabregas & Villa are the goal scorers as Spain hit NZ for five; Iraq & SA play out goalless draw

New Zealand 0 – Spain 5 (Confederations Cup, June 14, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Spain demolished New Zealand early on with Fernando Torres claiming an eleven minute hat-trick and Fabregas adding the fourth in the 24th minute. Torres’ first came on 6 minutes and was a terrific shot into the top corner. El Nino claimed the second on 14, finishing from a Villa cut back and the third came three minutes later with a towering header from a left-wing cross by Capdevilla. Fabregas finished a terrific move after yet more great play by Capdevilla. David Villa got in on the act with the fifth three minutes into the second half after good wing play from Torres and some shocking defending from Andrew Boyens.

South Africa 0 – Iraq 0 (Confederations Cup, June 14, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The opening stages of the match were hugely scrappy as neither side could string a series of passes together, but Bafana Bafana claimed the best opportunity when Macbeth Sibaya forced a fingertip save with a 20-yard drive on target. The second half saw some better football from the South Africans, who were the only side looking to win the game, and they should have scored when Dikgacoi’s header appeared destined for the Iraqi net only for Bernard Parker to block the ball on the line.

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Brescia 2 – Livorno 2 (Serie A/B play-off final first-leg, June 14, 2009) The Amaranto who broke the deadlock with a trademark Diamanti blockbuster from distance. And it got better for Livorno after Tavano sprung the offside trap to double the visitors’ advantage after just 13 minutes. Brescia rallied, Taddei’s brace ensuring that the tie remains firmly in the balance.

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Spartak Nalchik 2 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Russian Premier League, June 14, 2009) Two goals from Kazbek Geteriev had put Nalchik ahead after Igor Semshov’s 32nd minute opener, but Aleksandr Aniukov levelled matters for Zenit midway through the second half with a super volley.

FC Moscow 2 – CSKA Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, June 14, 2009) With the hosts piling on the pressure in the opening stages, the CSKA backline was breached inside three minutes as Aleksandr Samedov found the far corner. Branislav Krunic wrapped up the win with a second early in the second half after loose defending for the CSKA defence.

Tomsk 1 – Amkar 2 (Russian Premier League, June 14, 2009) Having fallen behind to Siarhei Karnilenka strike in the first half, goals from Georgi Peev and Predrag Sikimic after the break turned the match in Amkar’s favour.

Saturn 2 – Lokomotiv Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, June 14, 2009) Goals from Luiz Zelao and Dmitri Losokov earned Saturn a derby win over Lokomotiv.

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Columbus Crew 2 – Chivas USA 1 (MLS, June 14, 2009) After falling behind to Eduardo Lillington’s strike for Chivas minutes before the break, the Crew turned the match on its head in the second period thanks to a Guillermo Barros Schelotto double.

Seattle Sounders 2 – San Jose Earthquakes 1 (MLS, June 13, 2009) Seattle took the lead in the 42nd minute when Quakes defender Jason Hernandez slipped on the ball allowing Freddie Ljungberg to breakaway and score. In the 59th minute Seattle doubled their lead with a close-range shot from Freddy Montero. Darren Huckerby scored for the Quakes, but it proved a mere consolation.

KC Wizards 3 – New England Revolution 1 (MLS, June 13, 2009) The sides slugged it out in the first half hour, Davy Arnoud struck first for the Wizards in the 19th minute before Shalrie Joseph headed in the equaliser in the 28th minute off a set piece. The Wizards then killed the game minutes before the break, Jeff Larentowcz scored a rebound to restore the hosts’ lead while Aaron Hohlbein put the nail in the coffin with a third goal off a Jimmy Conrad assist in the 39th minute.

Toronto FC 2 – New York Red Bulls 1 (MLS, June 13, 2009) Sam Cronin and Danny Dichio scored goals in the first half for Toronto, Albert Celades scored in the 54th minute for New York who recorded their fifth straight loss.

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Racing 3 – Boca Juniors 0 (Clausura, June 14, 2009) Racing eased their relegation worries thanks to a comfortable win over Boca, goals from Lucas Castroman, Franco Zuculini and Sebastian Grazzini. Boca drop to a lowly 15th.

San Lorenzo 0 – Huracan 1 (Clausura, June 14, 2009) Paolo Goltz’s first half header earned Huracan the points.

San Martin de Tucuman 0 – Gimnasia 1 (Clausura, June 14, 2009)

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Coritiba 5 – Flamengo 0 (Cameponato Brasileiro, June 14, 2009) Bruno Batata netted a brace for Rene while Marcos Aurelio, Leozinho and an own goal by Wellinton secured the victory for the hosts at the Couto Pereira.

Bareuri 3 – Avai FC 1 (Cameponato Brasileiro, June 14, 2009) Avai took an early lead in the seventh minute when Marquinhos netted a free-kick. Just after the hour mark Ewerton levelled, before Pedrao and Marcos Pimentel secured the Barueri’s first victory in the 83rd and 85th minutes.

Palmeiras 3 – Cruzeiro 1 (Cameponato Brasileiro, June 14, 2009) Bernardo put Cruzeiro ahead in the 24th minute in Sao Paulo, but hosts Palmeiras recovered as Magrao equalised after 33 minutes (despite the fact that the ball never crossed the line) before a brace by Keirrison gave them the victory.

Atletico Mineiro 3 – Nautico 0 (Cameponato Brasileiro, June 14, 2009)

Internacional 0 – Vitoria 0 (Cameponato Brasileiro, June 14, 2009)