Hosts France stun favourites Spain in European Under 19 Championship final; Wycombe hit five past Chelsea XI

France 2 – Spain 1 (European Under 19 Championship final, July 30, 2010) The Spanish Under-19 side took the lead in the 18th minute, Rodrigo opening the scoring after a delicious outside of the foot ball from Dani Pacheco - the Liverpool starlet living up to his nickname as the “new Xavi.” France found an equaliser at the start of the second half, Arsenal striker Gilles Sunu lobbing the keeper after he was played in by Tafer. With five minutes to go of the 90, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette capitalised on France’s second half dominance to score their second with a header at the back post after great work by Gael Kakuta.

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Wycombe 5 – Chelsea Reserves 1 (Pre-season friendly, July 29, 2010) A sensational four-minute hat-trick from Jon-Paul Pittman helped Wycombe come from a goal down to win 5-1 against a Chelsea XI on Thursday night.

Benfica 4 – Feyenoord 1 (Pre-season friendly, July 30, 2010) The Dutch took the lead through Fyodor Smolov after just three minutes and they held their advantage until early in the second half. Benfica’s serial-goalscorer Oscar Cardoza levelled for the Eagles, and Cardoza put Benfica in front in the 72nd minute. Felipe Menezes and Ruben Amorim put the game out of sight for the Portuguese powerhouse with two late strikes.

Bologna 6 – Africa Sports 0 (Pre-season friendly, July 30, 2010) The Italian side ran riot with Henry Gimenez and Marco Di Vaio scoring within 12 minutes. Federico Casarini and Marco Di Vaio added further goals just before the break. In the second half Federico Casarini grabbed his second and Marco Bernacci completed the rout.

St. Pauli 3 – Racing Santander 0 (Pre-season friendly, July 30, 2010) The new Bundesliga outfit chalked up a morale boosting win with goals from Max Kruse, Rouwen Hennings and Florian Bruns.

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Standard Liege 1 – Zulte-Waregem 1 (Jupiler League, July 30, 2010) Standard’s season got of to a disappointing start as Khaleem Hyland curled the visitors ahead in the first half. Liege salvaged a point when Manchester United and Liverpool target Steven Defour equalised in the final minutes of the match.

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Arsenal Kyiv 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 3 (Ukrainian Premier League, July 30, 2010) A stunning 35-yard ripper from Sergey Simonenko blasted Arsenal ahead on the half hour. Shakhtar pulled level minutes before the break when a quick free-kick was finished by 19-year-old starlet Douglas Costa, and in first half injury time Douglas Costa bagged his second of the game with a powerful arching set-play that nestled in the far top corner. Shakhtar completed the turnaround within two minutes of the restart as Adriano Luiz scored in the six yard box from a low right wing cross.

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Spartak Nalchik 2 – Amkar 1 (Russian Premier League, July 30, 2010) Roman Kontsedalov and Leandro had the hosts 2-up inside 12 minutes of the contest. Amkar failed to recover, but 15 minutes from time they did score one of the most mental goals of the season as Zahari Sirakov managed to steer the ball into the net with a bizarre shot from the touchline that found its way into the far top corner.

Saturn 1 – Anji Makhachkala 0 (Russian Premier League, July 30, 2010) A close range finish from Aleksandr Sapeta midway through the second half sealed the points for Saturn.

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Ferencvaros 2 – Paks 1 (Borsodi Liga, July 30, 2010) Laszlo Bartha’s early header put Paks in front after seven minutes, but Ferencvaros turned the match around before the interval courtesy of Marek Heinz’s strike and a Janos Szabo own goal.

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Otelul Galati 2 – Pandurii 0 (Liga I, July 30, 2010) A well-executed scissors-kick from Marius Pena and a Cristian Sarghi header late on earned Otelul the points.

Vaslui 1 – Targu Mures 1 (Liga I, July 30, 2010) Roman Dan turned home a 20th minute free-kick to put Targu ahead, Gladstone netting a 90th minute leveller for Vaslui.

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Vila Nova 0 – Coritiba 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 30, 2010) A fantastic 30-yard free-kick from Marcos Aurelio nine minutes from time settled the match.

Portuguesa 3 – Sao Caetano 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 30, 2010) Goals from Athirson, Dodo and Kempes earned Portuguesa the points.

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Necaxa 0 – Tigres 2 (Primera Division Apertura) Goals from Lucas Lobos and Francisco Acuna chalked up Tigres first win of the new season.