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.
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.