Saturday’s Friendlies: Arsenal draw at Barnet; Sturridge scores on Chelsea debut; Michael Owen opens his Manchester United account with a winner; City sunk by Pirates

Barnet 2 – Arsenal 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Andrey Arshavin tapped home the opener for the Gunners who quickly conceded to a Ismail Yakubu header. Nacer Barazite curled in a beauty to put Arsenal in front again only for more slack defending to allow Elliot Charles to level the game late on.

Seattle Sounders 0 – Chelsea 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Chelsea’s American tour began in style after just 11 minutes in Seattle, new signing Daniel Sturridge confidently collected a high ball over the top, steadied himself and buried a shot into the far corner. The Blues strolled into a 2-nil lead just after the half hour, a patient attack eventually saw Anelka’s cut-back converted by Frank Lampard.

Malaysian XI 2 – Manchester United 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) (Longer MUTV highlights here.) It took Manchester United just nine minutes to break the deadlock in Kuala Lumpur as Wayne Rooney tucked home a simple opener after Dimitar Berbatov had seen a tame shot saved. Before the half hour United doubled their lead, again Rooney was the key as the forward carried the ball into the box before threading a ball past three defenders for Luis Nani to apply to simple tap-in. An entertaining first half ended with Amri Yahyah scoring a cracker for the hosts, the forward lobbing Van der Sar from 25-yards after Evra had missed a header in defence. (First half highlights here.) The Malaysians then equalised at the the start of the second half after Ben Foster horribly missed his kick allowing Amri Yahyah to nip in and score his second. But just as it looked like the match would end all-square Michael Owen popped up to score on his debut and hand the Premier League champions the win. (Second half goals here.)

Orlando Pirates 2 – Manchester City 0 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Lucas Thwala put the home side ahead from the penalty spot on 36 and Phenyo Mongala scored a cracker for the second (was it a cross?) on 56.

Southampton 1 – Ajax 4 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Luis Suarez bagged a brace for the Dutch powerhouse.

Swansea 3 -  FC Twente 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Spanish striker Gorka Pintado scored twice to get Paulo Sousa’s reign as the Swans manager got off to a winning start. Pintado pounced on a loose pass 12 minutes after the break before Nikita Rukavytsya pulled Steve McClaren’s side level. Casey Thomas put the Swans 2-1 up before being upended in the box at the end which Pintado converted.

Bayern Munich 0 – Hamburg 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Piotr Trochowski fired home the only goal of the game after an Eljero Elia cross had only been partially cleared.

Schalke 0 – Stuttgart 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) A well directed diving header from 19-year-old Sebastian Rudy earned Stuttgart the win.

Rotena 0 – Sevilla 7 (Friendly, July 18, 2009)

Sporting Lisbon 1 – Feyenoord 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Helder Postiga cracked home a beauty to send Sporting into the break 1-up, but goals from Jonathan De Guzman and Roy Makaay turned the match for Feyernoord in the second half.

Bochum 3 – Olympiakos 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Kostas Mitroglou put the Greek side in front in the third minute, Stanislav Sestak equalised from the spot in the 20th minute. Olympiakos then took control of the game with an og from Marcel Maltritz and then a second for Mitroglou. Bochum hit back late on with goals from Sestak again and an og from Avraam Papadopoulos.

Universitatea Craiova 1 – Lazio 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) On the hour mark Lionel Scaloni put Lazio in front after receiving the ball in the area, slotting the ball home at the second attempt. Craiova equalised through New Zealand striker Michael Baird, who headed in a cross from the left wing late on.

Porto 3 – Monaco 0 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) A terrible/brilliant own-goal volley from Lukman Haruna, a goal from Mark Gonzalez and a third from Freddy Guarin saw Porto stroll to victory.

Lyon 2 – Lille 2 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Lille looked like having the match sown up after Boukari and Eduardo had given them a 2-nil lead but a late brace from Kim Kallstrom earned Lyon a share of the spoils.

Sivasspor 0 – PSV 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Sivas lost their heads and had two players sent off in the opening half hour. PSV took advantage with goals from Dzsudzsak, Amrabat and Koevermans.

Fenerbahce 3 – Nurnberg 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009)

Standard Liege 0 – Trabzonspor 1 (Friendly, July 18, 2009)

Bordeaux 0 – Toulouse 1 (Friendly, July 17, 2009) Machado’s 21st minute free-kick evaded everyone to nestle in the net for the only goal of the game.

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Rubin Kazan 1 – CSKA Moscow 2 (Russian Super League, July 18, 2009) After a goalless first half Alejandro Dominguez fired the reigning champions into a 54th minute lead from the spot. Fifteen minutes from time Sergey Ignashevich rose high to head home a free-kick, and CSKA’s snatched victory minutes later when Vagner Love met a back-post corner to head in the winner.

Dynamo Moscow 2 – Spartak Nalchik 1 (Russian Super League, July 18, 2009) Leandro fired visiting Nalchik into the lead with a penalty on the stroke of the interval but Dynamo refused to lie down and were rewarded as Dmitri Khokhlov (80) and Alexander Kerzhakov (89) struck to snatch all the points.

Saturn 4 – Rostov 0 (Russian Super League, July 18, 2009) Rostov took a beating conceding goals to Dmitri Loskov (16), Petr Nemov (43) and a Dmitri Kirichenko brace (65 and 72).

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Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, July 18, 2009) A fine Jadson free-kick and a tap in from Julius Aghahowa put the UEFA Cup holders 2-up at the break, Jadson completing the win with a cheeky dink over the keeper in the second half.

Dynamo Kiev 5 – Chernomorets Odessa 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, July 18, 2009)

Vorskla Poltava 1 – Karpaty Lviv 2 (Ukrainian Premier League, July 18, 2009)

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Wiener Neustadt 3 – Austria Karnten 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, July 17, 2009) Thomas Hinum fired the visitors into a 16th minute lead which Karnten held until the break. (First half highlights here.) After the interval newly promoted Wiener Neustadt – a club who only came into existence several years ago – managed to record their first win in Austria’s top flight as Sanel Kuljic levelled before two injury time goals from Petr Johana and Patrick Wolf turned the match in the hosts’ favour. (Second half highlights here.)

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Kalmar 3 – Brommapojkarna 1 (Allsvenskan, July 18, 2009) Kalmar moved up to second in Sweden after coming back from a goal down as Imad Chhadeh put the visitors ahead after five minutes. Rasmus Elm restored parity from the penalty spot 15 minutes from time and then substitutes Daniel Mendes (84) and Ricardo Santos (87) made sure of the points for the hosts late on.

Hacken 2 – Hammarby 0 (Allsvenskan, July 16, 2009) The match looked set to be heading for a goaless draw before Erik Friberg broke the deadlock in the final minute and Jose Paulinho secured the points for the hosts seconds later.

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Toronto FC 1 – Houston Dynamo 1 (MLS, July 18, 2009) Toronto took the lead in the 38th as fullback Marvell Wynne teed-up Dwayne DeRosario who thrashed in the opener. Bobby Boswell tied the match for Houston with a 75th minute equaliser.

Chicago Fire 2 – San Jose Earthquakes 0 (MLS, July 18, 2009) Cuauhtemoc Blanco came into his own late on, setting up Patrick Nyarko for the first goal in the 82nd minute and then chipping the keeper for the second in the 90th minute.

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Shimizu S-Pulse 2 – Kashima Antlers 2 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Kashima went ahead in the 27th minute through Takuya Nozawa and Brazilian forward Marquinhos added the second shortly before halftime. But Japan striker Shinji Okazaki pulled one goal back immediately, and Norwegian forward Frode Johnsen struck the equaliser in the 54th minute to make sure S-Pulse remain unbeaten at home this season.

Kawasaki Frontale 2 – Vissel Kobe 2 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Yoshito Okubo canceled out a 26th minute long-range opener from Frontale captain Kengo Nakamura, only for Kosuke Kikuchi to restore the home side’s lead minutes before halftime. Former national team captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto then struck with a spectacular overhead-kick to rescue a point for Kobe at fourth-placed Kawasaki.

Yokohama F. Marinos 1 – Albirex Niigata 1 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Kisho Yano put Niigata ahead midway through the first half with a calm finish after collecting the ball over-the-top. The hosts drew level at the start of the second period as Daisuke Sakata tucked home an equaliser from close range.

Oita Trinita 1 – Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Urawa fell to a shock defeat at bottom club Oita, Yuki Fukaya handing the hosts only their second win of the season with a determined 83rd minute header from a corner.

Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Australian striker Josh Kennedy scored on his debut for slumping Nagoya , but it was not enough to prevent Kyoto Sanga from claiming a draw at Toyota Stadium.

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Fluminense 1 – Goias 4 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 18, 2009)

Palmeiras 1 – Santo Andre 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 18, 2009)

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Zestafoni 1 – Helsingborg 2 (Europa League, July 16, 2009) Henrik Larsson continued his brilliant goalscoring exploits by claiming an 89th minute winner.

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United States 2 – Panama 1 (Gold Cup, July 18, 2009) Blas Perez gave Panama a halftime lead, smashing home from close range. Kyle Beckerman’s fine strike drew the US level and an extra-time penalty from Kenny Cooper sees Team America progress to the semis.

Canada 0 – Honduras 1 (Gold Cup, July 18, 2009) A contentious penalty kick, given for a supposed handball by Paul Stalteri and scored by Walter Martinez, was the difference between the two sides.


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