Bastos, Robinho & Elano ease Brazil past Zimbabwe; Barrios scores again as Paraguay beat Greece; Pato & Ronaldinho lead AC Milan in Montreal

Zimbabwe 0 – Brazil 3 (International Friendly, June 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Brazil were lucky not to fall behind in the opening stages in Zimbabwe as the Samba Boys started well off the pace in their first match in Africa this summer, but in the 42nd minutes Dunga watched his team take the lead as Michel Bastos cracked home an unstoppable free-kick. Two minutes later Brazil doubled their advantage when Robinho was freed in the box by a great ball from Maicon and the Santos forward toe-poked home the second. Ten minutes after the break Elano tapped home the third after a fine one-two between Dani Alves and Julio Baptista (great backheel).

Greece 0 – Paraguay 2 (International Friendly, June 2, 2010) Enrique Daniel Vera opened the scoring for the South Americans from close range on nine minutes. The in-form Lucas Barrios doubled the lead 16 minutes later.

Norway 0 – Ukraine 1 (International Friendly, June 2, 2010) Debutant Roman Zazulya scored the winner with 12 minutes remaining after the keeper had spilled a free kick.

Belarus 0 – Sweden 1 (International Friendly, June 2, 2010) Christian Wilhelmsson rode his luck from a tight angle to score the winner for Sweden in the 48th minute.

Azerbaijan 0 – Honduras 0 (International Friendly, June 2, 2010) Honduras look a little light weight going into the World Cup without target striker Carlos Costly. They failed to really test Azerbaijan goalkeeper Salahat Agayev, even after the 73rd-minute red card awarded to Sasa Yunisoglu for a rash tackle.

Romania 0 – Macedonia 1 (International Friendly, June 2, 2010) Tall central defender Vance Sikov scored the only goal of the game after 28 minutes.

Albania 1 – Andorra 0 (International Friendly, June 2, 2010) Rapid Vienna striker Hamdi Salihi grabbed the winner at the back post a minute before the break.

Serbia 0 – Poland 0 (International Friendly, June 2, 2010) Both sides struggled in poor conditions.


Montreal Impact 1 – AC Milan 4 (Club Friendly, June 2, 2010) Alexandre Pato, Filippo Inzaghi, Clarence Seedorf and Ronaldinho scored as AC Milan beat the Montreal Impact. David Testo scored the lone goal for the Canadians, while home goalie Matt Jordan made several huge stops to make sure the game did not get out of hand in the first half.

Ronaldinho & Pato’s individual match highlights can be seen here.


Torino 1 – Sassuolo 1 (Serie A/B play-off first leg, June 2, 2010) Torino are now under pressure ahead of the second leg on Sunday. Sassuolo striker Daniele Martinetti fired the away side into the lead. Rolando Bianchi headed home an equaliser in the second half.


New York Red Bulls 2 – Houston Dynamo 1 (MLS, June 2, 2010) Sinisa Ubiparipovic gave the Red Bulls the lead in the 15th minute but Brian Ching scored his second goal in as many games since being cut from Bob Bradley’s World Cup squad as he equalised in the 65th minute. Juan Pablo Angel won the match for New York when he crashed home a 30-yard free-kick in the 94th minute.


Gremio Prudente 1 – Atletico GO 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 2, 2010) A beautifully flighted free kick from Jose won the match for the home side.

Atletico PR 3 – Botafogo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 2, 2010) Herrera and Para had given Botafogo a two-goal lead by the 25th minute. Paulo Baier pulled the home side back into the game with goals before the break, the second a delicate free kick. In the second half three players were sent off, two from Botafogo, and Alex Mineiro scored the winner with a deflected effort that creeped in off the post.

Fluminense 2 – Vitoria 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 2, 2010) Fred opened the scoring for Flu, with six minutes to go Vitoria equalised through a header from Jonas. Three minutes later Alan secured the home side’s third successive win.

Ceara 2 – Avai 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 2, 2010) Misel and Lopes scored late goals for Ceara.

Palmeiras 0 – Flamengo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 2, 2010) Vagner Love bagged the winner for the Rio side with three minutes to go.

Goias 2 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 2, 2010) Paraibo had put SP in front with a cracking long-range free-kick but Goias hit back with goals from Bernardo (a penalty) and Jonilson.

Cruzeiro 0 Santos 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 2, 2010)


Atletico Junior 3 – Equidad 1 (Apertura Play-off, June 2, 2010) The second goal from Cortes was an excellent run and strike as Atletico Junior secured the title.


Macara 0 – Olmedo 2 (Ecuador Apertura, June 2, 2010)

Independiente Jose Teran 3 – El Nacional 1 (Ecuador Apertura, June 2, 2010)

Universidad Catolica 0 – Emelec 1 (Ecuador Apertura, June 2, 2010)

LDUde Quito 3 – Manta 0 (Ecuador Apertura, June 2, 2010)


Sport Huancayo 1 – Universitario 0 (Peru Primera Division, June 2, 2010)