Manchester United 0 – Portsmouth 0 (Pens. 3-1) (Community Shield, August 10, 2008) Ryan Giggs had the first real chance of the Community Shield midway through the first-half, but David James saved well at his near post. Nani also came close after a fine run through the Pompey defence. Darren Fletcher was the chief culprit of missing chances however, failing to slide home a simple chance from Tevez’s fine run and cross. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second period Darren Fletcher was unlucky to hit the bar with a fine chip that beat James. Later in the half both Nani and Tevez had shots on the Pompey goal, both were well saved by James. As penalties loomed, Frazier Campbell was the next to go close, blazing over when well placed. (Second half highlights here.) Diarra blazed over for Pompey first up and and following successful pens from Tevez, Defoe and Giggs, Mvuemba then saw his pen saved by Van der sar, Carrick scored and Glen Johnson screwed his pen over the bar to give United the win. (Extended footage of the shootout here.) Gary Neville accepted the trophy.
Tottenham 5 – Roma 0 (Friendly, August 10, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Spurs enjoyed the perfect start after just three minutes when Bentley whipped in a free-kick which missed everyone and crept in at the far post. The lead was doubled two minutes later when Bent latched on to a poor pass from Mexes to finish clinically, and more sloppy defending allowed Bentley to smash home a low 25-yard drive on the stroke of half-time. Sub-Lennon made an immediate impact by scoring the fourth following excellent work from Giovani Dos Santos. Bent added the fifth from a Bentley corner.
Fulham 2 – Torino 2 (Friendly, August 9, 2008) The Cottagers looked to have the game in the bag as goals from Bobby Zamora and Zoltan Gera put them in the ascendancy against the Serie A side. But two defensive lapses from the Fulham defence undid all their good work and allowed Elvis Abruscatto and Angelo Ogbonna to salvage a draw.
Porto 2 – Lazio 1 (Friendly, August 10, 2008) Alves (stunning strike) and Gonzalez put Porto two-up. Ledesma pulled one back for the Italians.
Tenerife 3 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (Friendly, August 10, 2008)
Plymouth 2 – Wolves 2 (Championship, August 9, 2008) Argyle twice took the lead through Rory Fallon and Marcel Seip, only for them to be denied victory by equalisers from Michael Kightly and Sam Vokes.
QPR 2 – Barnsley 1 (Championship, August 9, 2008) Loftus Road were stunned when Iain Hume gave Barnsley the lead in the fifth minute. But Fitz Hall levelled after 29 minutes and lashed in a superb volley two minutes later, before wasting a chance to clinch a first career hat-trick when his second half penalty was saved by Luke Steele.
Oldham 4 – Milwall 3 (League One, August 9, 2008) Oldham went a goal down after just 15 seconds to Tresor Kandol but they twice came from behind to snatch victory in a seven-goal thriller. After being 3-1 down, the Latics pulled a goal back in the 74th minute when Liddell made no mistake from the penalty spot after Paul Robinson was sent off for bringing down Lee Hughes. Hughes set up Lewis Alessandra for a close range leveller on 80 minutes, and Chris Taylor curled in a shot from the edge of the box to send Boundary Park mental.
All the goals from yesterday’s action in League Two can be seen here.
Accrington 0 – Aldershot 1 (League Two, August 9, 2008) A fine free-kick from Scott Donnelly just before the break gave Aldershot a win on their return to League Football after a 16-year absense.
Celtic 1 – St Mirren 0 (SPL, August 10, 2008) Barry Robson grabbed the only goal from the penalty spot after Jan Venegoor of Hesselink had been fouled in the box by Will Haining who was subsequently sent-off.
Lyon 3 – Toulouse 0 (Ligue 1, August 10, 2008) Reigning champions Lyon kicked off their new season with a quick-fire goal from new signing Jean Makoun, who threw himself at a free-kick to power home a header after 12 minutes. Karim Benzema got off the mark peeling away at the back-post, chesting the ball down, and firing in the second. Benzema got his second of the night mopping up a Juninho corner which had been headed onto the bar.
RW Erfurt 3 – Bayern Munich 4 (DFB Pokal, August 10, 2008) Jurgen Klinsmann avoided a potential embarrassment by edging past Erfurt thanks to a late goal by Toni Kroos that gave the Bundesliga champions a narrow 4-3 win over third-division outfit.
ASV Durlach 1 – Arminia Bielefeld 2 (DFB Pokal, August 10, 2008) Artur Wichniarek put Arminia ahead with a cracking left foot shot which arrowed into the top corner.
Luneburger 0 – Stuttgart 5 (DFB Pokal, August 10, 2008) Mario Gomez hit a second half brace.
Oberneuland* 1 – Koblenz 1 (DFB Pokal, August 10, 2008) (Pens. 5-4)
ASV Bergedorf 1 – Duisburg 5 (DFB Pokal, August 10, 2008)
Heidenheim 0 – Wolfsburg 3 (DFB Pokal, August 10, 2008) Mahir Saglik scored twice.
Ansbach 0 – Karlsruher 5 (DFB Pokal, August 10, 2008)
Neustrelitz 0 – 1860 Munich 2 (DFB Pokal, August 10, 2008)
Austria Vienna 3 – SV Salzburg 2 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 10, 2008)
Altach 2 – Rapid Vienna 7 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 9, 2008) Hoffer was the hero scoring four goals.
Rubin Kazan 4 – Zenit St. Petersburg 1 (Premier Liga, August 10, 2008) Zenit got off to a horror start, conceding goals to Bukharov and Rebrov within 13 minutes. Timoshyuk scored for Zenit from the spot, but in the 70th minute Rubin killed the game when Bukharov added a third. Zenit then had sub-Piugrinie sent off ten minutes after coming on, Kobenko added a late fourth, and Timoschuk saw red to leave Zenit with just 9-men.
Karpaty Lviv 1 – Illitchivets Mariupol 0 (Vyscha Liga, August 9, 2008)
Chernomorets Odessa 2 – Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 0 (Vyscha Liga, August 9, 2008)
Metalurg Zaporizhya 1 – Tavriya Symferopol 0 (Vyscha Liga, August 10, 2008)
Arsenal Kyiv 1 – Zorya 1 (Vyscha Liga, August 10, 2008)
Metalist Kharkiv 0 – FC Lviv 0 (Vyscha Liga, August 10, 2008)
Croatia Sesvete 0 – Dinamo Zagreb 1 (1. HNL, August 9, 2008)
Zizkov 3 – Teplice 0 (Gambrinus liga, August 10, 2008)
Kladno 0 – Sparta Prague 2 (Gambrinus liga, August 10, 2008)
Young Boys 2 – Xamax 1 (Swiss Super League, August 10, 2008)
Gornik Zabrze 0 – Ruch Chorzow 0 (Ekstraklasa, August 10, 2008)
Standard Liege 3 – Anderlecht 1 (Belgium SuperCup, August 9, 2008)
New Zealand 0 – Brazil 5 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Brazil took a 4th minute lead over New Zealand, Pato teed up Anderson who needed three bites at the cherry before scoring. Wunderkid Pato then doubled the lead before the break, steering a lovely header into the far corner from a left wing cross. Ronaldinho almost inspired a third before the break, but his final ball was a little late, catching the Brazilians offside. It wasn’t long before Ronaldinho netted his goal, his low free-kick evading everyone in the 53rd minute. Ronaldinho made it 4-0 from the spot after having been felled running through on goal, and in injury-time Rafeal Sobis hit the fifth.
Australia 0 – Argentina 1 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Argentina dominated Australia for almost the entirety of the match without being able to find the crucial goal despite chances for Messi, Riquelme and Lavezzi. But just before the game entered the final ten minutes, the South Americans finally made the breakthrough when a lovely move was finished off by Napoli’s Lavezzi from Di Maria’s perfect cross, which was nothing more than they deserved.
USA 2 – Holland 2 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore scored about eight minutes apart in the second half as the Americans overcame Ryan Babel’s early goal. But Gerald Sibon scored from a 22-yard free kick with seconds remaining as the heavily favored Netherlands salvaged a 2-2 tie with the United States.
Serbia 2 – Ivory Coast 4 (Olympics, August 10, 2008) Sekou Cisse gave the Ivorians a third minute lead and, although Milan Mrdakovic equalised in the 16th, Slobodan Rajkovic headed the ball into his own net in the 24th and Salomon Kalou added a third goal in the 69th. Djordje Rakic scored a second for Serbia with a minute to go but the Ivorians added a fourth in injury time through Gervinho.
Belgium 2 – China 0 (Olympics, August 10, 2008)
New York Red Bulls 4 – DC United 1 (MLS, August 10, 2008) Jaime Moreno gave DC United the early lead in the 16th minute but Angel tied the game on a free-kick in the 27th and New York went ahead just before half-time when Magee scored. Angel got his second goal when he lobbed a long shot over goalkeeper Zach Wells in the 50th and Ubiparipovic concluded the scoring in the 87th when he converted a pass from Jorge Rojas.
Atlante 2 – Pachuca 1 (Mexican Apertura, August 9, 2008)
Pumas 2 – Toluca 1 (Mexican Apertura, August 10, 2008) After falling behind to a goal from Mancilla, the hosts equalised through Espinoza before Leandro Augusto almost burst a whole in the net with a blistering drive from 25-yards out in the 88th minute.
Puebla 0 – Santos 0 (Mexican Apertura, August 10, 2008)
Cruz Azul 2 – Tecos 0 (Mexican Apertura, August 10, 2008)
Club America 1 – Monarcas 1 (Mexican Apertura, August 10, 2008)
Rosario Central 3 – Estudiantes 2 (Argentinean Apertura, August 10, 2008)
San Lorenzo 0 – Tigre 1 (Argentinean Apertura, August 10, 2008)
Colon 1 – River Plate 1 (Argentinean Apertura, August 10, 2008)
Boca Juniors 4 – Gimnasia J 0 (Argentinean Apertura, August 10, 2008)
Arsenal Sarandi 3 – Argentinos Juniors 0 (Argentinean Apertura, August 9, 2008)
EL Nacional 1 – Emelec 0 (Campeonato Ecuatoriano, August 10, 2008)
Vitoria 5 – Vasco 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 10, 2008)
Botafogo 1 – Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 10, 2008)
Nautico 1 – Santos 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 10, 2008)
Coritiba 3 – Sport Recife 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 10, 2008)
Portuguesa 2 – Cruzeiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 10, 2008)
Internacional 1 – Figueirense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 10, 2008)
A. Lima 2 – Melgar 1 (Peruvian Clausura, August 10, 2008)