Ivory Coast beat Guinea in World Cup qualifying; Ecuador win in Peru to stay in World Cup hunt; Algeria cause a major upset beating Egypt

Guinea 1 – Ivory Coast 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 7, 2009) The Ivorians broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime after Bakary Kone finished off a period of pressure from the visitors. Ismael Bangoura brought Guinea level on the hour rising high to head home in the box. But the Elephants ran out winners when a lightning counter-attack was finished off by Koffi Romaric.

Nigeria 3 – Kenya 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 7, 2009) The Super Eagles started the game with a goal inside the opening two minutes as Ike Uche took advantage of a defensive slip to run through the defence and expertly finish. Inter Milan forward Obinna Nsofor then wrapped up the points in the latter stages, converting a 72nd minute penalty before hitting home a thundering shot five minutes later.

Peru 1 – Ecuador 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Teenager Jefferson Montero put the visitors ahead finishing a pacey counter-attack in the first half. Fiorentina’s Juan Vargas briefly brought Peru back into the match by scoring a classy free-kick. But Carlos Tenorio won the match for Ecuador by heading the second half winner on the hour mark.

Algeria 3 – Egypt 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Algeria pulled off a massive result beating the Pharaohs. Karim Matmour opened the scoring for the hosts in the 60th minute, before a Abdelkader Ghezzal header and super solo goal from Rafik Djebbour earned the Desert Foxes a 3-nil lead over the six-times African champions. Mohammed Aboutraika clawed one back for the visitors with three minutes to go, but it was nowhere near enough.


Grosseto 2 – Livorno 0 (Serie A/B Play-Off, June 7, 2009) The deadlock was eventually broken on 68 minutes when Freddi nodded in a corner at the back post to give Grosseto the lead. Abruzzese scored Grosseto’s second by meeting a Cordova corner kick.

Empoli 1 – Brescia 1 (Serie A/B Play-Off, June 7, 2009) Within six minutes Empoli had broken the deadlock, Vinci found space down the right and Flachi knocked down his cross with Lodi eventually turning home the opener. Brescia equalised after 24 minutes when Caracciolo nodded a cross down for Baronio to crash in right-footed shot on the bounce.


Huesca 3 – Sevilla Atletico 0 (Segunda Division, June 7, 2009)


Roeselare 4 – Antwerp 2 (Jupiler League promotion/relegation playoffs, June 7, 2009)

Lierse 2 – Dender 1 (Jupiler League promotion/relegation playoffs, June 7, 2009)


FC Dallas 2 – San Jose Earthquakes 2 (MLS, June 7, 2009) Dallas took an early lead with a 29th minute goal by David Ferreira. After the halftime San Jose rallied thanks to a Pablo Ricchetti own goal and an 82nd minute strike by Arturo Alvarez. But the home side was able to salvage a point thanks to Kenny Cooper’s strike five minutes later.

New England Revolution 4 – New York Red Bulls 0 (MLS, June 7, 2009) Steve Nicol’s side battered the Red Bulls, the first came in injury-time of the first half with a goal from Jay Heaps. Early in the second-half Steve Ralston doubled the lead after poor defending, Taylor Twellman added the third (his 100th MLS goal) and soon after he claimed the fourth and all-important 101st MLS goal.


Sport Recife 4 – Flamengo 2 (Campoenato Brasileiro, June 7, 2009) Two goals from Emerson inside the opening nine minutes put Flamengo in front but the home side responded with four goals inside nine minutes to claim an emphatic win. Durval scored the first on 25 and Weldon scored a seven minute hat-trick to see off the Rio giants.

Cruzeiro 1 – Internacional 1 (Campoenato Brasileiro, June 7, 2009) Early pace setters Inter were pegged back after Magrao had given them a fifth minute lead. After both sides had been reduced to ten men, Wellington Paulista equalised in the 47th minute.

Fluminense 1 – Botafogo 0 (Campoenato Brasileiro, June 7, 2009) Fred won the local derby with a goal in the 87th minute.

Palmeiras 2 – Vitoria 1 (Campoenato Brasileiro, June 7, 2009) Vitoria took the lead in the first minute of the second half through Apodi after a swift counter-attack. But Paraguayan forward Jose Ortigoza equalised five minutes after the hour mark before Mauricio Ramos scored in stoppage time as Palmeiras completed the comeback.

Atletico Paranaense 0 – Atletico Mineiro 4 (Campoenato Brasileiro, June 7, 2009) Junior opened the scoring for Geninho’s Mineiro in the 28th minute before Atletico Paranaense midfielder Marcinho was dismissed after fouling Thiago Feltri. Diego Tardelli widened the gap four minutes after the hour mark before a late brace from Eder Luis sealed the win for unbeaten Mineiro.

Goias 2 – Barueri 2 (Campoenato Brasileiro, June 7, 2009)

Avai 0 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campoenato Brasileiro, June 7, 2009)

All the goals from Brazil can be seen here.


UAE 1 – Argentina 1 (Toulon Tournament, June 7, 2009) Both these teams qualified for the semi-finals at the expense of Egypt and Holland, Sultan Al Menhali opened the scoring after great work from Al Musari. Lucas Trecarichi equalised with an excellent run and finish.

Egypt 1 – Holland 1 (Toulon Tournament, June 7, 2009)

All the goals scored in the Toulon Tournament yesterday can be seen here.