Tottenham 3 – Hull City 0 (Barclays Asia Trophy, July 31, 2009) Harry Redknapp claimed this trophy for the second season in succession after a dominant display from Spurs. Luka Modric’s raking pass was finished by Robbie Keane for the opener just after the quarter hour. Keane fired home a penalty to double the lead midway through the second half and Aaron Lennon finished off the match late on following a fine cross from Naughton. Post match celebrations here.
West Ham 2 – Beijing Guoan 0 (Barclays Asia Trophy, July 31, 2009) Late strikes from Danny Gabbidon and youngster Zavon Hines spared West Ham’s blushes in Beijing.
Aston Villa 2 – FC Porto 1 (Peace Cup, July 31, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) First half goals by Emile Heskey and Steve Sidwell were enough to send the Liga Sagres side packing after having made it through the group stage unscathed. Hulk scored in added time for Porto, but by then it had come a little too late.
Juventus 2 – Real Madrid 1 (Peace Cup, July 31, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Juventus scored first against Los Blancos after Fabio Cannavaro was able to turn home a Del Piero free-kick. Real levelled before the break as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second penalty in as many games four minutes before the break. (First half highlights here.) After the break the Italians push ahead, again from a set play as Hasan Salihamidzic rose unchallenged to head home a corner. Pepe glanced a last minute header over the bar for Real while Ronaldo finished the match with a trademark moment of petulance, but only after CR9 had been hacked down by Grygera.
Vitoria Guimaraes 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Pens. 4-3) (Friendly, July 31, 2009) Portsmouth lost to Guimaraes in Portugal, striker Rui Miguel found the net ten minutes into the second half before Custodio headed home a second late on.
Wehen Wiesbaden 1 – Wolfsburg 4 (DFB Pokal, July 31, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Wolves appear to have started where they left off last season by creaming Wehen in the cup with their three star players all scoring. Grafite side-footed home the opener and Zvjezdan Misimovic tucked in the second after walking through the home defence. Edin Dzeko got in on the act early in the second half, and showboat link up play between Grafite and Misimovic chalked up goal number four. Bohl netted a consolation for Wehen.
Babelsberg 0 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (DFB Pokal, July 31, 2009) Sami Hyypia made his Leverkusen debut after leaving Anfield, Eren Derdiyok grabbed the only goal of the match midway through the second half.
Braunschweig 0 – Kaiserslautern 1 (DFB Pokal, July 31, 2009)
Ingolstadt 1 – Augsburg 2 (DFB Pokal, July 31, 2009)
VfB Lubeck 2 – Mainz 1 (DFB Pokal, July 31, 2009)
Osnabruck 2 – Hansa Rostock 1 (DFB Pokal, July 31, 2009)
Standard Liege 2 – Sint-Truiden 2 (Jupiler League, July 31, 2009) Newly promoted Sint-Truiden earned a fine point at powerhouse Standard on the opening day of the season. Cephas Chimedza put the visitors in front only for Igor De Camargo to equalise in the 38th minute. De Camargo put Standard ahead heading home a corner early in the second half before Vincent Euvrard levelled the match midway through the half. Hirac Yagan missed a last minute penalty for Liege.
Wiener Neustadt 2 – Ried 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 31, 2009) Newly promoted Wiener picked up their second win of the season coming from behind to beat Ried. Stefan Lexa put the visitors 1-up with an incredible lob from 30-yards out, but goals from Diego Viana and Tomas Simkovic turned the match in the newbies’ favour.
Polonia Bytom 1 – Belchatow 0 (Ekstraklasa, July 31, 2009) Szymon Sawala grabbed a 72nd minute winner capitalising on the visitors inability to clear their lines from a set-play.
Lechia Gdansk 2 – Arka Gdynia 1 (Ekstraklasa, July 31, 2009) All the goals arrived in the first half, Marcin Wachowicz gave Arka the lead before a double from Karol Piatek, the second from the penalty spot, hand Lechia an opening day win.