Arsenal 2 – Atletico Madrid 1 (Emirates Cup, August 1, 2009) Arsenal had the better chances in a goalless first half (highlights here) with Atletico Madrid. Andrei Arshavin put the Wenger boys ahead with just four minutes left on the clock. Pachelo then equalised for the Rojiblancos inside sixty seconds, only for the mercurial Russian playmaker to claim his double and leave Arsenal victorious.
Rangers 1 – PSG 0 (Emirates Cup, August 1, 2009) A second half header from Madjid Bougherra was enough to hand Walter Smith’s men a morale-boosting win.
Reading 2 – Chelsea 2 (Friendly, August 1, 2009) A strong Chelsea side slumped to a 2-goal halftime deficit at the Madejski stadium, Ashley Cole was guilt of a poor defensive error that allowed Jimmy Kebe to score the opener and a sweet Scott Davies free-kick beat Cech just before the break. (First half highlights here.) Just as it looked like the Blues would leave as losers Salomon Kalou tucked in an 89th minute goal from close range and Alex Pearce was unfortunate to head an injury time corner into his own net.
Celtic 1 – Sunderland 2 (Friendly, August 1, 2009) Goals either side of the break from Kieran Richardson and Kenwyne Jones gave the visitors a well-deserved lead until Celtic midfielder Marc Crosas put a better spin on proceedings when he pulled a goal back.
Derby 2 – Stoke 2 (Friendly, August 1, 2009) Liam Lawrence put Stoke ahead after 9 minutes with a deflected shot before Stephen Pearson restored parity at the start of the second half. Ricardo Fuller looked like handing the Potters victory, but Arnaud Mendy’s acrobatic overhead-kick from close range salvaged a draw for the Rams.
Aldershot 4 – Chelsea XI 1 (Friendly, August 1, 2009) Aldershot battered a young Chelsea XI with goals from Donnelly, Hudson, Halls and Hylton. Chelsea’s response came from our Italian youngster, Borini, in the 34th minute.
Burnley 1 – Leeds 2 (Friendly, August 1, 2009)
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – Barcelona 2 (Friendly, August 1, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Pedro Rodriguez and Jeffren Suarez scored Barcelona’s goals, sandwiched in between was a trademark free-kick from David Beckham. The crowd was the largest for a football game in the United States since the 1994 World Cup.
Benfica 4 – Portsmouth 0 (Friendly, August 1, 2009) Oscar Cardozo claimed the first two goals with a fine free-kick and then a volley in the 39th minute. Weldon scored the third and a Luke Wilkinson og completed the rout.
SpVgg Weiden 1 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (DFB Pokal, August 1, 2009) New signing Lucas Barrios scored his second goal since joining from Colo Colo to hand Borussia the lead at SpVgg Weiden. Nuri Sahin doubled Dortmund’s lead a minute into the second half. Alberto Mendez replied 12 minutes from time but Mohamed Zidan wrapped up a comfortable win for the Bundesliga outfit.
Germania Windeck 0 – Schalke 4 (DFB Pokal, August 1, 2009)
Preussen Munster 1 – Hertha Berlin 3 (AET) (DFB Pokal, August 1, 2009)
Burghausen 1 – Ahlen 1* (Pens. 4-5) (DFB Pokal, August 1, 2009)
Heracles 3 – AZ Alkmaar 2 (Eredivisie, August 1, 2009) Brazilian Everton opened the scoring for the home side from a tight angle, then Willy Overtoom profited from sloppy defensive work to double the lead before Mark Jan Fledderus added a third from a free-kick after 61 minutes. Alkmaar hit back with two goals in 60 seconds, first through Graziano Pelle and then Mounir El Hamdaoui. AZ lost their cool at the end as Gil Swerts was shown a straight red for elbowing and then Pelle followed him off for kicking an opponent.
Spartak Moscow 4 – Kuban Krasnodar 0 (Russian Premier League, August 1, 2009) Brazilian playmaker Alex saw his free-kick deflect into the Kuban net midway through the first half. Weliton added a well-taken brace after the break before Vladimir Bystrov played a nice-one on the way to scoring the fourth.
Tomsk 2 – CSKA Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, August 1, 2009) Milan Krasic set CSKA on their way by breaking the hosts high offside trap to run through and score. Krasic then set up Alan Dzagoev for the second – a nicely dinked finish over the advancing keeper. Goran Maznov revived Tomsk’s hopes after the break scoring a free-kick, but Jesus restored CSKA’s 2-goal cushion soon after with Krasic once again the provider. A Michkov penalty proved mere consolation for the hosts.
Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 1 – Dynamo Kiev 3 (Ukrainian Premier League, August 1, 2009) Roman Eremenko scored one of the goals of the weekend with a thunderous 35-yarder that ripped into the top corner. Artem Milevskyi scored an excellent second by lobbing a defender before scoring in the box. Andrei Yarmolenko added a third at the death for Kiev.
Molde 8 – Start Kristiansand 1 (Tippeligaen, August 1, 2009) Magne Hoset cash in with a hat-trick in the rout.
FC Copenhagen 1 – Silkeborg 1 (SAS Ligaen, August 1, 2009)
Sonderjylland 1 – Esbjerg 1 (SAS Ligaen, August 1, 2009)
Oita Trinita 2 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 (J-League, August 1, 2009) Josh Kennedy’s superb start to life with Nagoya continued when scored his third goal in as many games to put the visitors 1-up. The scored stayed that way until the 89th minute when Daisuke Takahashi levelled for the rock-bottom Oita and then Daiki Takamatsu poppe dup in ijury time to complete the comeback.
New England Revolution 1 – Toronto FC 1 (MLS, August 1, 2009)
Colorado Rapids 0 – Columbus Crew 1 (MLS, August 1, 2009)
FC Dallas 6 – Kansas City Wizards 0 (MLS, August 1, 2009)
Botafogo 2 – Bareuri 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2009)
Sport Recife 0 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2009)
Guadalajara (Chivas) 1 – Tigres 3 (Mexican Apertura, August 1, 2009)
Monterrey 3 – Atlas 0 (Mexican Apertura, August 1, 2009)