Zhirkov leads Chelsea win over AC Milan; Starlet Livermore earns Spurs a draw with Barca; Celtic crash five past Al Ahly; Manchester United edge FC Seoul in a 5-goal thriller; Benfica beat the Black Cats

Chelsea 2 – AC Milan 1 (World Football Challenge, July 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Didier Drogba took everyone by surprise with a sublime strike from around 35 yards out which blazed into the top left corner after just seven minutes. The Serie A side were back on level terms after 37 minutes thanks to Clarence Seedorf, who hit a first-time strike from Ronaldinho’s lay-off which sailed into the net from 18 yards. Russian debutant Yuri Zhirkov then crowned his first Blues’ match with the winner midway through the second half after capitalising on a game of pinball in the Milan area which started when Andriy Shevchenko’s shot was parried by Kalac to Frank Lampard.

Watch individual highlights of Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato, Oguchi Onyewu and Alessandro Nesta.

Barcelona 1 – Tottenham 1 (Wembley Cup, July 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Barca broke the deadlock after 33 minutes, Yaya Toure burst through the Spurs backline with Bojan Krkic on hand to fire the ball home after the ball broke loose. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes from time and 19-year-old Jake Livermore made himself a new Spurs hero by getting on the end of an Ekotto cross in the heart of the Spanish area. (Second half highlights here.)

Celtic 5 – Al Ahly 0 (Wembley Cup, July 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Egyptians only had themselves to blame for conceding the opening goal against Celtic at the Wembley Cup as a series of weak, halfhearted challenges allowed the Scots to steal possession with Massimo Donati eventually finding the net. The bumblebees doubled their lead through a 38th minute Scott McDonald penalty. Shaun Maloney added third minutes after the restart while Scott McDonald claimed number four before the  hour was up. Chris Killen wrapped up the rout with a fifth in the 83rd minute.

Artur Boruc put in a fine performance in goal in which the Pole made a series of top saves to keep a clean sheet. Boruc’s saves can be seen here.

FC Seoul 2 – Manchester United 3 (Friendly, July 24, 2009) (Longer MUTV highlights here.) FC Seoul sent the home crowd wild 25 minutes in taking the lead with a superb goal as Dejan Damjanovic met a right-wing cross on the volley, giving Tomasz Kuszczak no chance in the United goal. The Koreans’ lead was short-lived, John O’Shea swung in an inviting right-wing cross and Wayne Rooney was left free by the penalty spot able able to easily head home the leveller. On the stroke of halftime the hosts retook the lead in style, the ball was slipped through to Dejan Damjanovic and the Montenegrin forward chipped a delightful shot over Kuszczak for number two. (First half highlights here.) United equalised just before the hour, Rooney’s diagonal ball over the top picked out Federico Macheda’s run to perfection and the young Italian rounded the keeper to finish in style. With the game tied Fergie introduced Berbatov, Nani and Owen, and the result was almost immediate as Dimitar Berbatov expertly headed Gibson’s cross into the near post to claim the eventual winner.

Sunderland 0 – Benfica 2 (Amsterdam Tournament, July 24, 2009) An Oscar Cardozo penalty and a fierce drive from Maxi Pereira in the second half shot down the Black Cats.

Sevilla 1 – Juventus 2 (Peace Cup, July 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Ciro Ferrara’s side went ahead in the 27th minute when Amauri got on the end of Alessandro Del Piero’s corner to power home a header from the edge of the six-yard box. A neat Jonathan Zebina pass gave Vincenzo Iaquinta possession in a dangerous position 25 yards out and he progressed to the edge of the box before firing a low shot past Andres Palop. Sebastien Squillaci scored for Sevilla heading in Jose Carlos’ corner with 10 minutes to go.

Ajax 3 – Atletico Madrid 3 (Amsterdam Tournament, July 24, 2009) Dario Cvitanich opened the scoring early on, but Simao and Sergio Aguero each netted before halftime to give their side the lead. Dennis Rommedahl restored parity twenty minutes from time, and although Maxi Rodriguez’s goal six minutes later appeared to have provided Atleti with the win, up stepped Luis Suarez to level it at the death.

Cologne 0 – Bayern Munich 2 (Friendly, July 24, 2009) A pacey Bayern counter-attack lead by Miroslav Klose was finished by a low Mario Gomez shot in the Cologne near post. Bastien Schweinsteiger wrapped up the win with a second half header.

Liga de Quito 3 – Al-Ittihad 1 (Peace Cup, July 24, 2009)

AEK Athens 2 – Ankaragucu 2 (Peace Cup, July 24, 2009)

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Khimki 2 – Amkar Perm 0 (Russian Premier League, July 24, 2009) Late strikes from Streltsov and Cvetkovic handed the hosts the three points.

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LASK Linz 4 – Austria Vienna 5 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 24, 2009) The visitors appears to be cruising after storming to a 3-nil lead inside the opening half hour courtesy of goals from Klien, Bak and Okotie. But in incredible fashion LASK managed to go into the break 4-3 as Prager, Mayrleb (brace) and Metz grabbed four goals in a 14 minute spell. Austria Vienna showed their fighting spirit after the interval as Ortlechner equaliser before Okotie grabbed his second four minutes from time to end a thrilling match.

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Real Salt Lake 4 – FC Dallas 2 (MLS, July 24, 2009) Striker Jeff Cunningham scored against his old side and Dutch midfielder Dave van den Bergh found the net to put Dallas 2-up after just 21 minutes. RSL’s revival began in the 55th minute when Yura Movsisyan beat Dallas keeper Ray Burse one on one. The equaliser came seven minutes later when Robbie Findley stroked home a penalty. Dallas then saw a Cunningham’s spot-kick saved by RSL keeper Nick Rimando before the hosts went ahead in lucky circumstances in the 88th minute as the ball deflected off Dallas defender Daniel Torres and bounced into the net. Movsisyan scored his second in stoppage time to round off the victory.

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England 2 – Ukraine 2 (European U19 Championship, July 24, 2009) Ukraine got off to a great start when, on two minutes, a good passing move saw Kyrylo Petrov slide a low finish to the right of Jason Steele. England got a deserved equaliser from the penalty spot when Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury drilled it into the bottom left after Danny Welbeck was brought down by keeper. England took the lead five minutes after the restart when United youngster Daniel Drinkwater took a clever, quick free-kick that Everton’s Dan Gosling rifled past Levchenko. But sloppy marking allowed Petrov to get his second of the night just after the hour mark.

Serbia 2 – Spain 1 (European U19 Championship, July 24, 2009)


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