Hungary 2 – Italy 0 (European U21 Championship Qualifiers, November 13, 2009) Liverpool striker Highly-rated Liverpool striker Krisztian Nemeth opened the scoring on fifteen minutes after a fine reverse pass by Andras Simon. (Nemeth came off five minutes later due to an injury.) Another Liverpool youngster, goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi made a fine save at the end of the first half from Balotelli. (First half highlights here.) Sampdoria midfielder Vladimir Koman secured the win with two minutes remaining. Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone had made his debut for Italy U21s.
France 1 – Tunisia 1 (International U21 Friendly, November 13, 2009) PSG’s impressive centre-half Mamadou Sakho put Les Bleus 1-up from an early set-piece, Khaled Ayari finding a 52nd minute equaliser for the visitors.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 – Houston Dynamo 0 (AET) (MLS western Conference final, November 13, 2009) The Galaxy fired their way to the MLS Cup final in a match which was interrupted by several electricity cut-outs. A Beckham free-kick in the first period of extra-time set up Greg Behalter for the opener, while Landon Donavon netted the second from the penalty spot.
Chacarita Juniors 0 – Newells Old Boys 1 (Apertura, November 13, 2009) The match was settled by a bizarre 25-yard own goal from right-back Omar Ratif.
Tigre 2 – Godoy Cruz 0 (Apertura, November 13, 2009)
England Legends 1 – World XI 4 (Exhibition, November 12, 2009) The game in aid of the Help the Heroes charity pitted Alan Curbishleyâ€™s England side against a Rest of the World XI managed by Lawrie Sanchez. England boasted ex-internationals Dave Beasant, Steve Hodge, Des Walker, Andy Sinton, Gascoigne and Andrew Cole as well as the customary celebs, while Paul Jones, Kenny Cunningham, Iain Dowie, Tugay, Steffan Freund, Stefan Schwarz, Gus Poyet, Lothar Matthaus, Mauricio Taricco.
The World side were much the stronger in the first half (highlights here) with Matthaus, Dowie and Poyet scoring early on, before Guy Whittingham fired home with two minutes remaining in the opening 45. Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas bagged a fourth in the second half.