Blackburn come back from 2-down against Roma; Fulham crack five past Perth; Europa League qualifiers

Roma 2 – Blackburn 2 (Pens. 3-2) (Friendly, July 16, 2009) Roma took a two-goal lead after Steven NZonzi’s mistake allowed Rodrigo Taddei to score, and John Arne Riise drove a free-kick past Jason Brown. Paul Gallagher scored on the stroke of halftime, the striker coolly converted after Jason Roberts had taken advantage of a poor error by Riise. And Rovers then pulled level as teenager Aaron Doran scored on 52 minutes, firing home his first goal for Rovers from Keith Treacy’s cross.

Perth Glory 0 – Fulham 5 (Friendly, July 15, 2009) Andrew Johnson gave Fulham a 16th minute lead before Erik Nevland stole the headlines blasting a seven-minute hat-trick (60, 64, 67) after replacing Bobby Zamora at halftime. Former Melbourne midfielder Adrian Leijer completed the rout in the 83rd.

NK Nafta 0 – West Brom 3 (Friendly, July 15, 2009) Luke Moore,Jonathan Greening and Jonas Olsson scored as the Baggies strolled to victory in Slovenia.

Benfica 2 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (Friendly, July 16, 2009) Athletic struck first in the 17th minute when Toquero was given the freedom of the Benfica box to head an Orbaiz cross past Moretto. Benfica needed two minutes in the second half to equalise, Javier Saviola headed home a cross from Fabio Coentrao to level. And the Argentine later popped up with the winner as Saviola converted a Coentrao corner at the far post.


Tobol Kostanay 1 – Galatasaray 1 (Europa League qualifiers, July 16, 2009) The Gala defence was breached inside two minutes after centre-forward Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev controlled and converted a right right wing cross in Tobol’s first attack. Eventually the Turks drew level when Milan Baros headed home a Arda Turan corner just before the hour.

Rudar Velenje 0 – Red Star Belgrade 1 (Europa League qualifiers, July 16, 2009) After hammering away at the Rudar defence in the 59th minute Slavko Perovic eventually headed home the winner for the former European giants Red Star.

Steaua Bucharest 2 – Ujpest 0 (Europa League qualifiers, July 16, 2009) Despite being down to ten men after Kapetanos was sent off in the 42nd, Steaua took a 46th minute lead through Romeo Surdu’s powerful low drive while Bogdan Stancu doubled the lead with a close-range volley.

Legia Warsaw 3 – Olimpi Rustavi 0 (Europa League qualifiers, July 16, 2009) Legia cruised to victory after Adrian Paluchowski scored after 19th minutes and Olimpi then saw Aquino miss from the penalty spot with just over 20 minutes remaining. The Poles then pressed their advantage as Tomasz Kielbowicz (70) and Sebastian Szalachowski (82) both scored.

Brondby 0 – Tallinna FC Flora 1 (Europa League qualifiers, July 16, 2009) Tonis Vanna settled the match with a goal worthy of winning any football match, the full-back cracking home a ripper into the top corner from fully 30-yards out.

Rosenborg 0 – FK Karabakh 0 (Europa League qualifiers, July 16, 2009)


New York Red Bulls 1 – LA Galaxy 3 (MLS, July 16, 2009) David Beckham made his return to the LA Galaxy starting line up having there were ripples of boos welcoming the Englishman back to the MLS. That didn’t stop LA winning there fourth straight match in style beginning with Alecko Eskandarian’s superb left-footed volley opener from almost 30-yards in the third minute. Landon Donovan doubled the lead with a second beauty from distance on the half hour while Eddie Lewis wrapped up a one-sided first half with the third. Juan Pablo Angel netted a consolation penalty at the death.


Corinthians 4 – Sport Recife 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 16, 2009) Fabiano headed Sport into an 11th minute lead only for Ronaldo to turn the match on its head with a pair of headers. A belter from Cristian extended Corinthians’ lead but Sport rallied as Vandinho netted a brace to equalise. Eventually the hosts found a winner thanks to Moradei’s 20-yarder ten minutes from time.

Atletico Mineiro 2 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 16, 2009) Atletico Mineiro took top spot in Brazil by beating the defending champions Sao Paulo. Striker Tardelli scored in the first minute and in the 52nd minute Tardelli teed up Serginho for Atletico’s second.

Nautico 1 – Vitoria 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 16, 2009)