Everton 2 – Malaga 1 (Friendly, August 7, 2009) Early goals from Louis Saha and Leon Osman put the Toffees 2-up, Jose Juan Luque cracking home a brilliant free-kick for Malaga minutes into the second half.
Toronto FC 1 – Real Madrid 5 (Friendly, August 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Los Blancos, fielding new signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema, sparkled against Toronto. Raul found the target twice (first and second) and Cristiano Ronaldo slotting home a perfect setup from Benzema to put Real 3-up before the interval. Karim Benzema and Arjen Robben were also on target in the second half while Gabe Gala saved the home side some blushes, stabbing home a loose ball after a save by keeper Jerzey Dudek.
Juventus 1 – Villarreal 4 (Friendly, August 7, 2009) Villarreal took the lead over Juventus just minutes before the interval as Santi Cazorla was allowed too much time to advance with the ball before the Spanish international cracked a superb strike past the keeper. (First half highlights here.) The Yellow Submarine doubled their lead in the 52nd minute when Nilmar headed home a loose ball at the far post. With 12 minutes on the clock Robert Pires added a third for Villarreal, Amauri got the Old Lady on the scoresheet, but a 90th minute fourth from Pires sealed the rout. (Second half highlights here.)
Wolfsburg 2 – Stuttgart 0 (Bundesliga, August 7, 2009) Wolfsburg and Stuttgart played out an entertaining but ultimately goalless first half (highlights here) in the opening match of the new Bundesliga season. The Wolves closed out victory in the final 20 minutes, first through Zvjezdan Misimovic’s clean left-footed strike in the 71st minute and then last season’s top goalscorer Grafite turned in number two eight minutes from time.
AZ Alkmaar 2 – Sparta 0 (Eredivisie, August 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Mounir El Hamdaoui was at the heart of the move that lead to AZ’s opener against Sparta, the forward starting and then carrying on an attack which ended with Moussa Dembele striking home in the 6th minute. El Hamdaoui added a second after the break, scoring from a tight angle.
NEC Nijmegen 4 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, August 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Bjorn Vleminckx scored a brace for NEC in the victory. Erton Fejzullahu and Youssed El Akchaoui also netted for the hosts while Michael Papadopulos bagged a late consolation for Heerenveen.
Excelsior Rotterdam 2 – Telstar Ijmuiden 2 (Jupiler League, August 7, 2009)
AGOVV Apeldorn 2 – FC Zwolle 0 (Jupiler League, August 7, 2009)
Cambuur Leeuwarden 1 – De Graafschap 1 (Jupiler League, August 7, 2009)
Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 – Besitkas 1 (Super Lig, August 7, 2009) Michael Fink’s low 25-yarder drive put the visiors into a 29th minute lead, but just two minutes later Ibrahim Akin scored a wonderful twinkle-toes effort to earn the hosts a point.
Cracovia Krakow 2 – Lechia Gdansk 6 (Ekstraklasa, August 7, 2009) Lechia made it two wins from two games thumping six against Cracovia, Pawel Nowak scoring a late brace for the temporary league leaders.
Dnipro D’petrovsk 1 – Arsenal Kiev 1 (Ukraine Premier League, August 7, 2009) Evgen Seleznov headed Dnipro ahead on the half hour, Ionut Mazilu levelling for Arsenal midway through the second half.
Colombia 2 – El Salvador 1 (International Friendly, August 7, 2009)