Arsenal lose at Valencia; Aguero & Forlan down Liverpool; Bellamy leads City to Celtic win; Napoli edge West Ham; Lazio humble Inter in the Super Cup; Frankfurt shock Werder

Valencia 2 – Arsenal 0 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Michel fired home the first for Los Che with fifteen minutes remaining after the Gunners had failed to clear a free-kick. David Villa claimed the second from a tight angle in injury-time. (First half highlights here, second half highlights here.)

Liverpool 1 – Atletico Madrid 2 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) After the Anfield crowd had sung their hearts out in the warm-up, Liverpool fell behind to Atletico after 14 minutes as Kun Aguero steered a close range header into the far corner. The Reds soon found themselves 2-down as Diego Forlan curled a beauty past the outstretched hand of Pepe Reina. Fernando Torres missed the chance to score against his former employers when the striker hit the inside of the post. Lucas Leiva managed to pull a goal back in the closing stages but the Reds came up short finding an equaliser.

Manchester City 2 – Celtic 1 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) Gareth Barry opened his City account against Celtic with a terrific volley from a delicious Zabaleta cross. The lead was short-lived as City notorious defence were caught out from a ball over the top which Chris Killen latched onto to thrash home. The Citizens regained the lead early in the second half thanks to a superb solo Craig Bellamy goal.

West Ham 0 – Napoli 1 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) A competitive friendly at Upton Park was settled by when Fabio Quagliarella looped home a superb flicked header over Hammers keeper Robert Green after 78 minutes.

Aston Villa 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) While Emile Heskey hit winner for the hosts after 14 minutes, Fiorentina missed the chance to level when Alberto Gilardino crashed a penalty against the upright. (Eye-witness footage only)

Guadalajara (Chivas) 1 – Barcelona 1 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Ramon Morales’ 50th minute opener for the Mexicans was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic’s close range equaliser for Barca.

Benfica 1 – AC Milan 1 (Pens. 5-4) (Friendly, August 8, 2009) A towering header from centre-forward Oscar Cardozo left Milan defender Giuseppe Favalli for dead on the hour mark. The Rossoneri snatched a draw at the death courtesy of a Sidnei own goal.

Birmingham 0 – Sporting Gijon 0 (Friendly, August 8, 2009) The Blues’ best chance fell to midfielder Keith Fahey in the 25th minute, who was denied by a brilliant save from Gijon goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar.

AEK Athens 0 – Boca Juniors 2 (Friendly, August 8, 2009)

Parma 1 – Osasuna 2 (Friendly, August 8, 2009)


Sheffield Wednesday 2 – Barnsley 2 (Championship, August 8, 2009) Wednesday held a two-goal at the break with goals Jermaine Johnson and Michael Gray. Tykes teenager Jacob Butterfield buried a low drive, his first goal for the visitors, to pull one back, and Jon Macken struck a 75th minute equaliser, chasing down Kayode Odejayi’s flick-on from a free kick, to earn Barnsley a point.

Derby 2 – Peterborough 1 (Championship, August 8, 2009) Miles Addison put the Ram into a fourth minute lead. The Posh looked to have claimed a point when Shaun Batt equalised the penalty spot six minutes from time. But a poor goalkeeping error from Joe Lewis, who flapped at Kris Common’s corner, allowed Gary Teale to poke home the winner. (Eye-witness footage only)

Leeds 2 – Exeter 1 (League One, August 8, 2009) Jermaine Beckford put Leeds ahead after just 13 minutes and Exeter’s task got that much harder after Barry Corr was sent off for swinging a stray elbow. Exeter still managed to level through Alex Russell’s exquisite free-kick, only for Beckford to net the winner two minutes from time.

Carlisle 1 – Brentford 3 (League One, August 8, 2009)


Inter Milan 1 – Lazio 2 (Italian Super Cup, August 8, 2009) The Italian Super Cup between Inter Milan and Lazio was all-square at the break (highlights here) after Mourinho’s side arguably edged the opening 45. After the break Lazio took control, new signing Matuzalem prodded the Romans ahead before Tommaso Rocchi brilliantly lobbed Julio Cesar just three minutes later or number two. With 12 minutes to go Samuel Eto’o opened his Inter account with a powerful strike in the inside the area.


Hoffenheim 1 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, August 8, 2009) Ivica Olic opening his Bundesliga account with Bayern early doors at Hoffenheim with the forward tucking home a cross in the box. The Village Team levelled on the stroke of halftime through Chinedu Obasi’s low shot into the far corner.

Mainz 2 – Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Bundesliga, August 8, 2009) Mainz started their new life in the Bundesliga in perfect fashion against Bayer as Tim Hoogland headed home a left wing cross after 5 minutes. It all turned pear-shaped for the newbies just before the break as Eren Derdiyok equalised for Leverkusen before Stefan Kiessling handed the visitors the lead sixty seconds later. But Mainz stuck to their guns a eeked out a point courtesy of an outstanding Daniel Gunkel free-kick in the 81st minute.

Werder Bremen 2 – Eintracht Frankfurt 3 (Bundesliga, August 8, 2009) Werder conceded after six minutes at home to Frankfurt as Ioannis Amanatidis got between two defenders to sidefoot a cross from the right. Bremen weren’t behind for long as Mesut Ozil equalised from the spot. Frankfurt retook the lead in the 41st minute as Ioannis Amanatidis grabbed his second of the game, but Werder rallied once more as Boubacar Sanogo equalised on the stroke of halftime. Martin Fenin stole the points heading home a corner in the second half.

Nurnberg 1 – Schalke 2 (Bundesliga, August 8, 2009) Schalke’s strike-force of Jefferson Farfan and Kevin Kuranyi combined in the 36th minute at Nurnberg to earn the visitors the lead at the break. Kevin Kuranyi doubled Schalkes lead after the break, Marek Mintal’s 88th minute goal proving a mere consolation.

Borussia Dortmund 1 – Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, August 8, 2009) Marvin Matip headed a dangerous free-kick into the near post into his own net to hand Dortmund an opening day win.

Hertha Berlin 1 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, August 8, 2009) Hertha’s super Serb Gojko Kacar grabbed all three points with an 82nd minute winner.


Grenoble 0 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, August 8, 2009) The goal scorers for OM were Mamadou Niang and Benoit Cheyrou.

Le Mans 2 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, August 8, 2009) Modibo Maiga put the home side in front, Mathieu Bodmer equalised six minutes later. A penalty from Coutadeur on the hour looked to have given Le Mans the victory but Lisandro Lopez found a 90th minute equaliser.

Montpellier 1 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, August 8, 2009) Cyril Jeunechamp received his marching orders for a second bookable offence on 34 minutes for the home side before Ludovic Giuly put the visitors ahead in the 71st minute but Emir Spahic netted a last-gasp equaliser.

Monaco 1 – Toulouse 0 (Ligue 1, August 8, 2009) Nene got the only goal of the game a minute before halftime to give Monaco victory against Toulouse.

Auxerre 0 – Sochaux 1 (Ligue 1, August 8, 2009) Sochaux also claimed an away victory at Auxerre thanks to Vaclav Suerkos’ 39th minute winner.

Valenciennes 1 – Nancy 3 (Ligue 1, August 8, 2009) Mamadou Samassa had put the home side ahead on nine minutes. But Floyd Ayite (20), Bakaye Traore (72) and Jonathan Brison (61) struck to give Nancy an emphatic win, while Valenciennes’ night then got even worse when Nicolas Penneteau received his marching orders deep into injury time.

St. Etienne 0 – Nice 2 (Ligue 1, August 8, 2009)  Goals from Mahame Traore and Loic Remy earned Nice an opening day victory over St. Etienne.

Rennes 3 – Boulogne 0 (Ligue 1, August 8, 2009) An early goal from Ismael Bangoura set the tone and was followed by strikes from Kader Mangane and Jerome Leroy.


Ajax 4 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, August 8, 2009) Gregory van der Wiel put the home side in front on 10 minutes, Benjamin de Ceulaer equalised on 31 but a late Luis Suarez hat-trick sealed the won for Martin Jol and his men.

Roda 1 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, August 8, 2009) Anouar Hadouir fired Roda in front after 19 minutes only for Goran Lovre to level matters on the half hour mark. Groningen’s hopes of claiming three points were dashed though when Danny Holla was sent off after 51 minutes.


Germinal Beerschot 1 – Standard Liege 1 (Jupiler League, August 7, 2009) Germinal took the lead in the 70the minute when Bart Goor beat the keeper with a fantastic lob. Standard, still winless this season, secured a point through Milan Jovanovic.


Sivasspor 1 – Trabzonspor 2 (Super Lig, August 8, 2009) Selcuk Inan (10) and Ceyhun Gulselam (78) netted for Trabzonspor with Yannick Kamanan replying for the hosts.

Diyarbakirspor 2 – Ankaragucu 2 (Super Lig, August 8, 2009) Ceyhun Eris grabbed a double as Ankaragucu played drew with Diyarbakirspor, who got on the scoresheet through Adnan Gungor and Andres Mendoza.


Spartak Nalchik 2 – Spartak Moscow 4 (Russian Premier League, August 8, 2009) Welliton was the hero for Spartak Moscow grabbing a hat-trick in the win to second them up to second in the table.

FC Moscow 1 – Rubin Kazan 3 (Russian Premier League, August 8, 2009) League leaders Kazan chalked up another win thanks to goals from Gokdeniz Karadeniz, Aleksandr Bukharov and a Dominges penalty.


AIK Stockholm 2 – Brommapojkarna 1 (Allsvenskan, August 8, 2009) Philip Haglund’s well directed header handed the visitors the lead, but a Jonsson penalty and a last-gasp Ivan Obolo header earned AIK the points.

Trelleborg 0 – Malmo FF 2 (Allsvenskan, August 8, 2009) Malmo won the mid-table clash with a ninth minute Wilton Figueiredo strike and a late Andersson penalty.


Grasshoppers 1 – St. Gallen 3 (Swiss Super League, August 8, 2009) Three goals in the first 30 minutes from Moreno Merenda (10), Philipp Muntwiler (27) and Moreno Costanzo (29) gave the visitors a healthy cushion before rock-bottom Grasshoppers saw Senad Lulic sent off shortly before the interval. Alain Schultz got the hosts on the scoresheet after 68 minutes but the fightback ended there allowing St Gallen to move two points behind leaders Young Boys.

Sion 1 – Aarau 1 (Swiss Super League, August 8, 2009) A last-minute goal from substitute Artur Ionita snatched a point for Aarau, cancelling out Enes Fermino’s 55th-minute strike.

Dynamo Kiev 3 – Illitchivets Mariupol 1 (Ukraine Premier League, August 8, 2009) Milos Ninkovic and Oleksandr Kasyan exchanged goals for either side at the start of the second half before Oleg Gusev and Ninkovic’s second wrapped up Kiev’s victory.


New England Revolution 1 – Los Angeles Galaxy 2 (MLS, August 8, 2009) Landon Donovan scored a cracking goal for the opener, a fine left-footed volley that curled into the top corner. Jovan Kirovski doubled the lead with a strikers turn and finish, Steve Ralston pulled one back for the home side from the penalty spot.

Colorado Rapids 4 – Chivas USA 0 (MLS, August 8, 2009) Conor Casey bagged a hat-trick as all the goals came in the first-half.


Botafogo 0 – Atletico Paranaense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 8, 2009) Patrick’s 68th minute winner downed Botafogo.

Nautico 2 – Santo Andre 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 8, 2009) A Carlinhos Bala brace steered Nautico to victory.

Santos 2 – Avai 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 8, 2009) Santos scored in the 9th minute when Paulo Henrique set up for Madson, and the hosts doubled their lead in the 51th minute through a Kleber Pereira effort. Avai responded quickly with two goals in four minutes from Muriqui and Emerson.

ABC 1 Duque de Caixas 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 8, 2009)

Vila Nova 1 – Bahia 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 8, 2009)

Figueirense 0 – America RN 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 8, 2009)


North Queensland Fury 2 – Sydney FC 3 (A-League, August 8, 2009) John Aloisi found himself though on goal before coolly finishing to give the visitors 1-nil lead after four minutes. Much-hyped youngster Kofi Danning then scored Sydney’s second, turning his defender inside out and smashing a shot into the bottom left corner. Rostyn Griffiths headed a goal back for the Fury before the interval and then Robbie Fowler announced his presence in the A-League with a second half penalty to level the scores. John Aloisi had the final say, scoring a 72nd minute penalty to give Sydney the points.

Brisbane Roar 1 – Gold Coast United 3 (A-League, August 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Gold Coast started their A-League life with a superb away win capped with goals for prized-assets Jason Culina and Shane Smeltz. A late Sergio Van Diyk penalty gave the home side some hope, but it was dashed minutes later when Robson added the third.


Japanese All-Stars 4 – South Korean All-Stars 1 (Exhibition, August 8, 2009) The J-League side took the lead in the 14th minute when Marquinhos scored with a deflected strike. Lee Jung-soo doubled the lead for the Japanese in the 60th with a close range shot, and Kengo Nakamura made it 3-nil in the 72nd. Juninho added a fourth shortly after, before Choi Sung-kuk scored a consolation penalty for the Koreans.