Impressive Sparta beat Pana in the Champions League; Diego scores his on Juve debut; Ronaldo scores for Real

Sparta Prague 3 – Panathinaikos 1 (Champions League qualifier, July 28, 2009) Pana’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread, compounded by Djibril Cisse missing a first half penalty after Jan Holenda and Kamil Vacek had put the Czechs 2-up. Dimitris Salpigidis gave the Greeks a lifeline with a 66th minute goal, but Lubos Kalouda added a super third for Sparta at the death to leave Pana in big trouble of qualification.

Anderlecht 5 – Sivasspor 0 (Champions League qualifier, July 28, 2009) Tom De Sutter headed the hosts in front from a corner, Mbark Boussoufa firing home a left-footed second after 22 minutes. With the Turks all over the place Thomas Chatelle claimed number three before the break. More hopeless defending allowed De Sutter to notch number four in the second half, while Nicolas Frutos lobbed the keeper to virtually confirm Anderlecht progress in the Champions League.

FK Baku 0 – Levski Sofia 0 (Champions League qualifier, July 28, 2009) Bulgarian side Levski failed to get an away goal in the goalless draw with Azerbaijan champions Baku.


Bnei Yehuda 1 – Pacos Ferreira 0 (Europa League qualifier, July 28, 2009) Eliran Atar came in as a substitute in the 53rd minute and within a minute the striker had put the ball in the net.


Real Madrid 4 – LDU de Quito 2 (Peace Cup, July 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal for Real Madrid two minutes into the second half after he had won a penalty. Fellow new signing Esteban Granero claimed the second after a Ronaldo effort had been parried. Enrique Daniel Vera pulled a goal back for the Ecuadorian side only for Cristoph Metzelder to put Real two goals in front again. Late on Vera scored again but the two goal advantage was restored by in-demand striker Alvaro Negredo.

Juventus 3 – Seongnam 0 (Peace Cup, July 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Juventus breezed past their Korean opponents with goals from Vincenzo Iaquinta, Diego on debut (a wonderful skill finish) and a Nicola Legrottaglie header.

Werder Bremen 2 – Valencia 2 (Friendly, July 28, 2009) Wedrer looked to be cruising after Hugo Almeida headed in a 29th minute opener and Mesut Ozil slotted home a peanlty three minutes later. Valencia’s second half fightback was lead by beanpole striker Nikola Zigic, the forward firing home a low drive on the hour before levelling with a header from a corner.

Koblenz 1 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Friendly, July 28, 2009) Having signed from Colo Colo last weekend, Lucas Barrios marked his Borussia debut with a cute lob to hand his new side the lead. Hudec equalised for the hosts five minutes from time.


DC United 1 – LA Firpo 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, first-leg, July 28, 2009) Mario Alejandro Benitez capitalised on some poor defending to put the away side in front. Jaime Moreno equalised from the penalty spot. Second leg is on August 4.

Pachuca 3 – Deportivo Jalapa 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, first-leg, July 28, 2009) Juan Carlos Cacho opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, before goals from Gabriel Caballero in the 55th and Christian Gimenez in the 74th sealed the win.


Ceara 2 – Ipatinga FC 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 28, 2009)

Figueirense 3 – Brasiliense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 28, 2009)

Ponte Preta 3 – Vila Nova 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 28, 2009)

Sao Caetano 4 – Campinense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 28, 2009)

Portuguesa 4 – Guarani 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 28, 2009)