Bent & Bentley lead Spurs win over Celtic; Despite Essien’s belter, Chelsea lose on pens in Moscow again; Liverpool draw a blank in Spain; Podolski hits a hat-trick; Man City ease past Streymur

Lokomotiv Moscow 1* – Chelsea 1 (Pens. 5-4) (Russian Railways Cup, August 1, 2008) Michael Essien put Chelsea in front with a brilliant left-footed strike that powered into the Lokomotiv Moscow net just before the thirty minute mark. Ruslan Kambolov struck a free-kick in off the post for the equaliser with six minutes remaining. Chelsea lost another penalty shoot-out in Moscow, Bridge and Shevchenko missed their spot-kicks to set up a wooden spoon clash with AC Milan.

AC Milan 0 – Sevilla 1 (Russian Railways Cup, August 1, 2008) Sevilla moved ahead immediately after the restart when Rene Gattuso’s flying header flew into Abbiati’s bottom corner from Enzo Maresca’s free-kick. Milan, deprived of all their main strikers, offered little offensively, and they were served a further blow when Brocchi got himself sent off for two bookings after coming on as a sub.

Celtic 0 – Tottenham 2 (Feyenoord Jubilee Tournament, August 1, 2008) In-form Darren Bent got the first for Spurs just before the half-hour capitalising on a shocking backpass from Harper. David Bentley got the second with ten minutes to go following good work from Bale.

Feyenoord 1 – Borussia Dortmund 2 (Feyenoord Jubilee Tournament, August 1, 2008) Jakub Blaszczykowski put Dortmund in front with a stinging strike in the fifth minute. Georgino Wijnaldum equalised for the home side but late on Hule bagged the winner for Dortmund.

Newcastle United 0 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Friendly, August 1, 2008) Maximuliam Nicu headed the only goal after fine play from Lennart Haartmann to condemn the Toon to their second consecutive pre-season defeat.

Braga 2 – Cagliari 0 (Friendly, August 1, 2008) (Pens. 4-5) Luis Aguiar (pen) and Jorghino (lovely free-kick) with the goals.

Alemannia Aachen 0 – Schalke 4 (Friendly, August 1, 2008) New signing Jefferson Farfan opened the scoring, and Schalke doubled their lead through Westermann’s header in the 58th minute. Aachen had numerous chances to score, and they also conspired to miss an open goal. Schalke punished their lower-league opponents with further goals from Vukovic’s og and Bordon.

Porto 3 – Leixoes 0 (Friendly, August 1, 2008) (Pens. 4-3) Lucho Gonzalez, Bruno Alves and Lisandro Lopez got the goals for Porto.

Vitoria Guimaraes 2 – PSG 1 (Friendly, August 1, 2008) (Pens. 2-1) Oliveira’s header and Coral’s volley put Vitoria in the driving seat. Mabiala pulled a goal back for PSG.

Villareal 0 – Liverpool 0 (Friendly, July 30, 2008) With Robbie Keane making his debut, Liverpool’s best chance of the half fell to fellow new-boy David Ngog following Yossi Benayoun’s clever run and pass but the Frenchman’s snapshot was weak and easily gathered. The Yellow Submarine went close to breaking the deadlock as Ariel Ibagaza struck the post, before Liverpool’s Stephen Darby got in a fine block to deflect the ball over on the rebound.

Urawa Red Diamonds 2 – Bayern Munich 4 (Friendly, July 31, 2008) After Miroslav Klose put Bayern Munich ahead against the Urawa Red Diamonds, Lukas Podolski extended the lead with a fine finish after a swift counter-attack. Podolski added the third just before the break, but Urawa managed to pull a goal back through Umesaki on the restart. (Goals from Klose, Podolski’s first and Umesaki can be seen here.) Podolski then completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute, Abe scoring a late consolation for the hosts.

Independiente 0 – San Lorenzo 2 (Friendly, July 30, 2008) It was a miserable game for Independiente, who conceded goals to Hirsig and Bergessio at the start of each half, before having both Pusineri and Herron sent off.

Carlisle 1 – Middlesbrough 2 (Friendly, July 29, 2008) Boro took the lead just after half time thanks to Jeremie Aliadiere. Danny Carlton levelled minutes later but new French signing Didier Digard opened his account with the winner, a 30-yard rocket that gave the keeper no chance.

Olympiakos 1 – Getafe 0 (Friendly, July 30, 2008)


Manchester City 2 – EB/Streymur 0 (Agg. 4-0) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008) Streymur held firm until the interval but Martin Petrov scored his second goal of the tie early in the second half and Darius Vassell grabbed another late on for Sparky’s side.

Banants Yerevan 0 – SV Salzburg 3 (Agg. 0-10) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008) The Austrians scored all three goals in a 13 minutes second half rout. Nelisse headed in the opener, Ilic netted the second after some good team build up, and Obster scored a fancy volley when left free at the back post.

Austria Vienna 2 – Tobol 0 (Agg. 2-1) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008)

Juvenes/Dogana 0 – Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 (Agg. 5-0) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008) Yigal Antebi scored his second goal of the tie with his head in the fifth minute and only two minutes later another defender, Brazilian Douglas da Silva, scored another headed goal.

Birkirkara 0 – Hajduk Split 3 (Agg. 0-7) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008) The final goal from Ibricic, a fine solo effort beating two players en route to goal, was the pick of the strikes.

Gomel 1 – Legia Warsaw 4 (Agg. 1-4) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008)

Slaven Belupo 4 – Marsaxlokk 0 (Agg. 8-0) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008)

Lech 4 – Khazar 1 (Agg. 5-1) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008) A brilliant strike from Murawski, to put Lech ahead in the tie, was the best goal of the game. Injac’s 25-yard drive to make the score 3-1 wasn’t too bad either.


Finn Harps 0 – Galway 2 (Premier Division, August 1, 2008)


Brazil 2 – Vietnam 0 (Pre-Olympics Friendly, August 1, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Alexandre Pato bagged the first, the AC Milan striker was played through by Rossoneri team-mate Ronaldinho. Thiago Neves powered a fine left-footed shot into the top corner for the second.

South Korea 1 – Australia 0 (Pre-Olympic friendly, July 30, 2008) A well-taken strike from Korean striker Young-Rok Shin in the 24th minute was all that separated the two teams. (The Korean commentators were slightly over-excited during this Korean counter-attack, which was saved off the line.)


Maracaibo 0 – America de Cali 0 (Copa Sudamericana, July 31, 2008)


Sport Recife 3 – Ipatinga FC 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 31, 2008)

Vasco da Gama 6 – Atletico Mineiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 31, 2008)

Coritiba 0 – Gremio 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 31, 2008)

America-RN 2 – Gama 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 1, 2008)

Juventude 1 – Ponte Preta 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 1, 2008)

Vila Nova 4 – Marilia 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 1, 2008)


UAG (Tecos) 1 – Chivas de Guadalajara 0 (Apertura, August 1, 2008) Despite playing with only 10-men for over an hour of the game, the hosts stole the points thanks to Garcia’s neat lob.

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