Szombathelyi Haladas 0 – Arsenal 5 (Friendly, July 27, 2009) The Gunners were clinical in the first half against the Hungarian side. Nicklas Bendtner headed home the opener from a Traore cross before Eduardo drilled home the second. The Crozilian claimed the third from a free-kick and Bendtner got the fourth on the stroke of half-time. (First-half highlights here.) Robin van Persie tucked away a penalty in the second-half to complete the rout. Brazilian Maikel missed a penalty late on for Szombathelyi, with a truly shocking attempt.
Portland Timbers 2 – Burnley 2 (Pens. 2-4) (Friendly, July 25, 2009) After trailing to George Jostonâ€™s early strike, Burnley stormed back with goals from Steven Caldwell and Steven Thompson, before a free-kick from Rodrigo Lopez levelled matters before the 90 minutes. In the shoot-out, Brian Jensen pulled off two good saves before Wade Elliott tucked home Burnleyâ€™s decisive penalty to topple the Timbers.
The post-match interview with Eduardo can be seen here.
Malaga 1 – Atlante 3 (Peace Cup, July 27, 2009) Gabriel Pereya put the Mexicans in front but Malaga hit back almost straight away through Jose Luque. Rafael Marquez Lugo put Atlante in front again in the second half and Christian Bermudez scored a brilliant volley into the top corner for the third.
Feyenoord 3 – Sampdoria 0 (Friendly, July 26, 2009)Â Feyenoord took the lead as Fer scored from a corner after 19 minutes. Samp’s Marco Rossi was then sent off forÂ handling Makaayâ€™s shot on the goal-line,Â Bruins making no mistake from the penalty spot. Feyenoord finished with a third goal as De Guzman slotted home just three minutes from time.
Halmstad 0 – Malmo FF 3 (Allsvenskan, July 27, 2009) Malmo stoel the points with late goals from Jiloan Hamad and an Agon Mehmeti brace.
AIK Stockholm 1 – GAIS 0 (Allsvenskan, July 27, 2009) Former Blackburn defender Nils-Eric Johansson continued his rare purple patch in front of goal to net AIK’s winner with a 65th minute header.
Hacken 2 – Orebro 2 (Allsvenskan, July 27, 2009) Hacken looked odds-on for the points after John Chibuike and Jonas Henriksson put the hosts 2-up with 30 minutes to play, but a late Alejandro Bedoya double earned Orebro a point.
Orgryte 0 – Hammarby 0 (Allsvenskan, July 27, 2009)
Sturm Graz 3 – Wiener Neustadt 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 26, 2009) Daniel Beichler put the hosts ahead after nine minutes and further goals before the half-hour mark from Andreas Hoelzl and Beichler settled the contest.
Kapfenberg 3 – Austria Karnten 2 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 26, 2009) Kapfenberg notched their first win of the season with substitute David Sencar grabbing a last-minute clincher. Karnten’s Sandro Ferreira da Silva scored one of the more bizarre free-kicks after his teammates performed a strange pre-kick routine.