England rely on two own goals to labour past Japan; Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez bags a brace as Mexico hit five; France draw in Tunisia; Ivory Coast draw; Chile beat N. Ireland

England 2 – Japan 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) England were stunned after just seven minutes when a well worked short corner was turned in by Tulio Tanaka. Early in the second half England had a golden opportunity to level but Frank Lampard saw his penalty saved by Eiji Kawashima. With eighteen minutes to go the Three Lions did pull level, Tulio Tanaka bagging his second of the match, heading into his own net from a Joe Cole cross. With seven minutes to go England found an unlikely winner, Yuji Nakazawa scoring Japan’s second og of the match from an Ashley Cole center.

The post match interview with Frank Lampard and Joe Cole can be seen here and Fabio Capello here. John Terry and David James also shared their thoughts to the press.

Gambia 1 – Mexico 5 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Javier Hernandez scored his second goal this week to put Mexico ahead in their friendly with Gambia, the Manchester United striker poked home following some awful defending and with the aid of a waterlogged pitch. Javier Hernandez scrambled home the second on 50 minutes to strengthen Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to bring him to Manchester United before the World Cup and Adolfo Bautista finished for the third after a fine ball from Blanco. Bohna pulled one back for Gambia on 65 but further goals from Bautista again and Alberto Medina completed the rout.

Tunisia 1 – France 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Issam Jemaa slid Tunisia one-up at home to France after only six minutes. William Gallas equalised with a close range header on 62.

Nigeria 1 – Colombia 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) A terrific left footed volley from Valdez flew past Enyeama into the top corner to give Colombia the lead against Nigeria. Linkman equalised in the second half with a low long range effort.

Paraguay 2 – Ivory Coast 2 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) (The first three goals on a good quality video can be seen here.) After a goalless first half Didier Drogba broke the deadlock with a deflected free-kick and the Flying Elephants looked well in control when Bamba Souleyman claimed the second. Paraguay hit back first through Lucas Barrios who chested the ball down and finished well and late on Aureliano Torres equalised from a free-kick.

South Korea 0 – Belarus 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Sergey Kisliak’s left footed strike was the difference between the two teams with South Korea disappointing in their final warm-up game.

Venezuela 1 – Canada 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Angel Chuorio’s opener for the home side was cancelled out by a Gavin McCallum equaliser deep into injury-time of the second half.

Chile 3 – Israel 0 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Chile maintained their winning rhythm as they prepare for the World Cup finals after securing a 2-0 win over Israel, thanks a first half strike from Humberto Suazo and second half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Rodrigo Tello.

Chile 1 – Northern Ireland 0 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Colo Colo midfielder Esteban Paredes was on hand to guide a back post header beyond Alan Blayney from Matias Fernandez’s corner on the half hour mark to give Marcos Bielsa’s men a straightforward win.


Chicago Fire 0 – AC Milan 1 (Club Friendly, May 30, 2010) Clarence Seedorf scored in the 47th minute to earn the Rossoneri the win.

Ronaldinho’s individual match highlights can be seen here.


Gimnastic 0 – Cadiz 2 (Segunda Division, May 30, 2010) Bartholomew Ogbeche grabbed the opener with a low strike and the win was sealed by a tap in by Diego Tristan.

Murcia 4 – Celta Vigo 1 (Segunda Division, May 30, 2010) A poor backpass allowed Chando to lob home the opener for the home side, Bruno curled in the second from a free kick and Chando volleyed home the third which crashed off the bar and just over the line. Arceo headed Vigo a consolation before Kike completed the win with a cracking volley into the far corner.

Numancia 2 – Castellon 1 (Segunda Division, May 30, 2010)

Hercules 5 – Albacete 1 (Segunda Division, May 30, 2010) Danciulescu and Portillo both claimed braces for the home side as they destroyed Albacete.


Lecce 0 – Sassuolo 0 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Lecce finished the Serie B season one point clear and return to the top flight as champions.

Piacenza 0 – Cesena 1 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Marco Parolo scored the only goal of the game two minutes after the break as Cesena confirmed second place in the Italian second division and automatic promotion.

Crotone 1 – Ascoli 2 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Crotone opened after 26 minutes when Russotto broke through on the counter and finished with a curling finish into the top corner. Bernacci got Ascoli back on track with their first real effort of the game minutes later and midway through the second half Ilari netted a solo effort to secure the win.

Ancona 2 – Mantova 2 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Mantova were relegated in the thriller, and it all started badly when keeper Bellodi was terribly unlucky just nine minutes in, Mastronunzio shot hit the bar and ricocheted into the net off the back of the goalie’s head. Pellicori struck twice to turn it around with his diving header and by redirecting a wayward Tarana effort. 120 seconds later Mastronunzio went on a solo run through the Mantova defence to equalise and ultimately relegate the visitors.

Empoli 2 – Grosseto 2 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Tosto opened the scoring for Empoli by nodding in Vannucchi’s cross. Within three minutes Grosseto had turned the situation around, as Alfageme’s effort was parried into the path of Esposito and Carobbio blasted in a free-kick. Eder earned the hosts a point with a strike from the edge of the box into the top corner in the 65th minute.

Frosinone 2 – Triestina 2 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Troianiello broke through after 11 minutes for Frosinone with a right-foot strike from the tightest of angles, soon wiped out by Testini’s chest and volley. Stellone acrobatically fired in to restore the home side’s lead and Siligardi’s stoppage-time equaliser was not enough to keep Triestina clear of the play-outs..

Modena 3 – Gallipoli 2 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Della Penna pounced on a defensive error and Artistico lobbed the goalkeeper to give the visitors a shock lead, but within 60 seconds Bruno had sparked the comeback from close range. Giampà equalised with a diving header on Pinardi’s cross before Spezzani completed the turnaround thanks to an angled drive.

Padova 2 – Brescia 1 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Brescia got off to the worst possible start as within three minutes Di Nardo’s header had put the home team in front and a second header from Cuffa header doubled the lead. Caracciolo ‘s penalty proved mere consolation for the Serie A hopefuls. The match ended dramatically when, in stoppages, one of the sprinklers went off in the centre-circle and the referee had to give seven minutes of extra time, during which Rabito and Caracciolo skimmed the woodwork. 

Reggina 3 – Albinoleffe 1 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Pagano was the star of the show for Reggina, as his left-foot strike and an angled drive surrounded Missiroli’s tap-in. Albinoleffe did put the effort in, as Torri’s header came off the crossbar and just before the break he did get the ball into the net with his daisy-cutter.

Salernitana 0 – Vicenza 1 (Serie B, May 30, 2010) Gavazzi’s 8th minute header sealed the match.

Torino 1 – Cittadella 0 (Serie B, May 30, 2010)

Cremonese 1 – Arezzo 2 (Serie B/C play-off, May 30, 2010)

Pescara 2 – Reggiana 0 (Serie B/C play-off, May 30, 2010)


El Nacional 0 – LDU Quito 0 (Ecuador Apertura, May 30, 2010)

Espoli 3 – Deportivo Cuenca 0 (Ecuador Apertura, May 30, 2010)


Corinthians 4 – Santos 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 30, 2010) Jorge Henrique put Corinthians in front after just three minutes. Felipe Andre equalised after the break but a minute later Bruno Cesar restored Corinthians’ lead. Ralf and Paulinho added further goals and Michel pulled one back. Corinthians are unbeaten in five and are two points clear at the top of the table.

Atletico MG 1 – Fluminense 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 30, 2010) Muriqui slid the home side into the lead but Flu hit back with two goals in three minutes around the hour mark from Wellington Gum and Alan. Fred completed the win to send the Rio side into second place.

Internacional 4 – Atletico PR 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 30, 2010) After a goalless first half Internacional took control thanks to goals from Walter, Gonzalo Sorondo and Andrezinho. Alecsandro claimed the fourth and Manoel notched a consolation.

Guarani 0 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 30, 2010)

Ceara 1 – Cruzeiro 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 30, 2010)

Atletico-GO 1 – Goias 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 30, 2010)

Botafogo 1 – Vasco 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 30, 2010)


DC United 3 – Chivas USA 2 (MLS, May 29, 2010)

Columbus Crew 0 – LA Galaxy 2 (MLS, May 29, 2010)

San Jose Earthquakes 1 – Toronto FC 3 (MLS, May 29, 2010)