Chelsea win again in America; Manchester United score eight in China; 5-high for Liverpool; Celtic ease past Spurs; Richardson leads Sunderland triumph

Chelsea 2 – Club America 0 (World Football Challenge, July 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Carlo Ancelotti’s side maintained their 100% record in America thanks to second-half goals from Franco Di Santo (set up by Malouda) and Florent Malouda (assist from Di Santo).

Inter Milan 2 – AC Milan 0 (World Football Challenge, July 26, 2009) Diego Milito claimed a double (helped by some poor keeping) to secure early bagging rights for the Nerrazzurri. For the Rossoneri, the biggest smile arrived when Ronaldinho was “wrongly sent off” by the ref.

Watch the individual match highlights for Alexandre Pato, Ronaldinho, Alessandro Nesta, Thiago Silva and Oguchi Onyewu.

Hangzhou Greentown 2 – Manchester United 8 (Friendly, July 26, 2009) (Longer MUTV highlights here.) It took United 24 minutes to score against Chinese outfit Hangzhou, Little Mickey prodding the Premier League champions ahead from close-range. On the half hour Dimitar Berbatov volleyed home a second at the back stick, the Bulgarian was again instrumental in the third goal as the forward teed-up Zoran Tosic for a fine finish in the far corner. At the end of the half Michael Owen score a wonderful fourth as the dinky striker collected a Berbatov flicked pass over the top, controlling on his chest and volleying home. The second half continued in similar fashion, Berbatov continuing to be at the centre of the action in a showboat special goal finished by Luis Nani. Ryan Giggs curled in a peach to claim number six and soon after the Welsh wizard notched up his brace with the seventh. Hongyou managed to salvage some local pride heading in a consolation late on before Ryan Giggs closed out the match with his hat-trick goal at the death. Otto claimed a injury-time second for the hosts.

Singapore 0 – Liverpool 5 (Friendly, July 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) On the stroke of halftime Liverpool broke the deadlock, returning striker Andriy Voronin proved the difference as the Ukrainian forward managed to work himself some space 25-yards out before seeing his speculative low drive find its way into the net. Albert Riera doubled the lead soon after the restart and, after coming off the bench with half an hour remaining substitutes Krisztian Nemeth (a brace) and Fernando Torres wrapped up the victory.

Tottenham 0 – Celtic 2 (Wembley Cup, July 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A fine Chris Killen header handed Celtic a 9th minute lead against Spurs. Soon after Darren Bent wasted a chance to pull the North Londoners level. The Bhoys then doubled their advantage just before the break as Georgios Samaras was allowed to run unchallenged into the Tottenham box from where he crashed home number two. (First half highlights here.)

Tony Mowbray’s post match interview can be seen here.

Barcelona 4 – Al Ahly 1 (Wembley Cup, July 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Bojan Krkic made in two goals in as many games at the Wembley Cup scoring a fine solo goal in which he beat the Egyptian left-back before driving a low shot inside the far corner. The Catalans conceded on the half hour as Hani El-Ageizi burst through the brittle Spanish backline, rounding the keeper and slotting a leveller into the open net. Teenager Jose Manuel Rueda then put his name up in lights with the goal of the game, the Barca midfielder rifling a beauty into the top corner from 30-yards out. Barca increased their lead after the break when a slick move involving Messi was finished off with a  tidy finish from Jeffren Suarez. And then things became a little too easy as Pedro Ledesma added a fourth.

Sunderland 2 – Atletico Madrid 0 (Amsterdam Tournament, July 26, 2009) A Kieran Richardson penalty gave the Black Cats the lead over Atletico Madrid on the stroke of halftime. Martin Fulop came to Sunderland’s rescue saving from Florent Sinama-Pongolle, and at the other end Carlos Edwards fired a bullet just over the bar. Capping off a fine result, Kieran Richardson then grabbed a killer second four minutes from time.

Ajax 2 – Benfica 3 (Amsterdam Tournament, July 26, 2009) The match started horribly for the hosts as Ismail Aissati scored a farcical own goal, finding his own net with a misplaced 20-yard backpass. Angel Di Maria doubled Benfica’s lead before Mitchell Donald scored the goal of the half to pull Ajax back into the game before the break. David Luiz snuffed out the Amsterdammers hopes early in the second half although Luis Suarez did net a late goal for Ajax.

Real Madrid 1 – Al Ittihad 1 (Peace Cup, July 26, 2009) Raul gave Real the lead ten minutes into the second half, the veteran Spanish striker turning swiftly following a Benzema pass. Al Ittihad stunned the Bernabeu by equalising through Aboucherouane.

Nurnberg 0 – Rangers 2 (Friendly, July 26, 2009) Second half strikes by substitutes Steven Naismith and Nacho Novo gave Rangers the win.

Peralada 0 – Espanyol 4 (Friendly, July 25, 2009) The La Liga outfit had little trouble securing the win with goals from Callejon, Luis Garcia, Coro and Ivan Alonso.

Bayern Munich 13 – McFit Allstars 0 (Exhibition, July 25, 2009) The star of the charity match was Miroslav Klose who grabbed five goals for Bayern.

PSV 5 – Team Cocu 1 (Exhibition, July 25, 2009) Phillip Cocu bowed out of professional football with a star-studded testimonial at PSV. Team Cocu was full of big names including Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Jaap Stam, Frank de Boer, Edgar Davids, but it was Luis Figo who stole the plaudits with a a wonderful opener into the roof of the net. In the end though Fred Rutten’s PSV proved too strong as Amrabat, Afellay, Koevermans and a Lazovic brace (first and second) sealed the win.

Lens 1 – Nice 1 (Friendly, July 25, 2009)

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CSKA Moscow 1 – Spartak Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, July 26, 2009) Deividas Semberas fired the hosts in a 12th minute, Alex equalised with a stunning free-kick ten minutes later and the Spartak playmaker bagged his brace midway through the second half from the spot.

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Helsingborg 2 – Gefle 0 (Allsvenskan, July 26, 2009) Helsingborgs are third after a 2-nil win over Gefle, Henrik Larsson and Marcus Lantz grabbing the goals.

Elfsborg 3 – Djurgarden 1 (Allsvenskan, July 26, 2009) Elfsborg won the match with three goal in the final ten minutes from Avdic, Nordmark and a Gustafsson own goal.

Trelleborg 2 – IFK Gothenburg 1 (Allsvenskan, July 26, 2009) Gustav Svensson gave the visitors the lead after only two minutes but Andreas Drugge and Andreas Whilborg won it for Trelleborg in the second half.

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Brann Bergen 4 – Bodo/Glimt 2 (Tippeligaen, July 26, 2009) Olafur Orn Bjarnason put Brann in front after only three minutes from the penalty spot, only for Thiago Martins to equalise in the 22nd minute. Rudolph Austin restored the lead before the break and further goals from Erik Huseklepp and Petter Vaagan Moen put Brann completely in control before Stig Johansen’s late consolation goal for the visitors.

Rosenborg 2 – Lillestrom 1 (Tippeligaen, July 26, 2009) Edwin Eziyodaw had given Lillestrom a surprise lead after 10 minutes but Mikael Lustig levelled the scores two minutes before halftime. It then took Iversen’s late spot-kick to give Rosenborg their 13th win of the season.

Tromso 2 – Stromsgodset 1 (Tippeligaen, July 26, 2009) Marcus Pedersen put the visitors in front just before the break but second-half goals from Sigurd Rushfeldt and Tore Reginiussen gave the points to Tromso.

All the goals from round 19 of the Tippeligaen can be seen here.

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Mattersburg 2 – Rapid Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 26, 2009) Robert Waltner netted the winner after Rapid – who were down to nine men at the time – had cancelled out Michael Morz’s spot-kick opener with a goal from Markus Heikkinen.

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DVTK Borsodi 1 – Debrecen 0 (Borsodi Liga, July 25, 2009) A 94th minute penalty from Akos Lippai ensured Debrecen walked away from the match with nothing.

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Illitchivets Mariupol 0 – Shakhtar Donetsk 2 (Ukrainian Premier League, July 25, 2009) Luiz Adriano’s brace earned Shakhtar victory.

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Dinamo Zagreb 7 – NK Istra 1961 1 (1. HNL, July 25, 2009)

Croatia Sesvete 1 – HNK Sibenik 2 (1. HNL, July 25, 2009)

NK Zadar 0 – Cibalia Vinkovci 3 (1. HNL, July 25, 2009)

Medimurje 1 – Karlovac 1 (1. HNL, July 25, 2009)

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Kyoto Sanga FC 3 – Kawasaki Frontale 1 (J-League, July 26, 2009) Takuro Yajima fired the visitors into a fifth minute lead, but Kyoto were soon level through a Diego Souza penalty. Early in the second half Jun Ando perfectly struck a low 20-yarder into the bottom corner and Diego Souza added a fine third, curling a 25-yard shot past the keeper on the hour mark.

Kashima Antlers 1 – Kashiwa Reysol 1 (J-League, July 25, 2009) Antlers went 1-0 down in the 44th minute but Brazilian striker Marquinhos nodded home an equaliser for the defending champions in the 56th minute.

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Corinthians 0 – Palmeiras 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 26, 2009) A hat-trick by Obina gave Palmeiras a 3-0 win in their Sao Paulo derby against Corinthians, who lost Ronaldo with a suspected broken hand.

Fluminense 1 – Cruzeiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 26, 2009)

Barueri 1 – Sao Paulo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 26, 2009)

Santos 1 – Flamengo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 26, 2009) Adriano helped Flamengo end a run of three consecutive defeats at Santos, his 78th minute shot from outside the box drawing his side level. Robson had put Santos in front and an own goal by defender Para three minutes from the end gave Flamengo the points in their first match since they sacked coach Cuca.

Sport Recife 3 – Nautico 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 26, 2009)

Atletico Mineiro 0 – Goias 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 26, 2009) Goias midfielder Iarley scored in the 81st minute to silence more than 50,000 Atletico Mineiro fans.

Vitoria 1 – Coritiba 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 26, 2009)

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Mexico 5 – USA 0 (Gold Cup final, July 25, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Mexicans won their first game on American soil since 1999 and perhaps boosted their World Cup qualification hopes with a resounding win with all the goals coming in the second half. Gerrardo Torrado claimed the first from the penalty spot, Giovani Dos Santos poked home the second after good work from Vela and the two combined again for the third with the Arsenal striker getting his name on the scoresheet. Jose Antonio Castro and Guillermo Franco completed the rout.


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