Spain beat Bafana Bafana to maintain their 100% record at the Confederations Cup; South Africa advance after Iraq & the All Whites draw a blank

Spain 2 – South Africa 0 (Confederations Cup, June 20, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Spain had the chance to take the lead when David Villa had a 50th minute penalty but surprisingly the Valencia striker saw his spot kick saved. But Villa forgot about his disappointment minutes later, the forward collecting a ball on his chest before finding the far bottom corner. The European Champions double their advantage in the 72nd minute when Fernando Llorente turned home a scrappy free-kick to put the game to bed.

Iraq 0 – New Zealand 0 (Confederations Cup, June 20, 2009) The Iraqis started brightly with Emad Mohammed sending a header narrowly over the bar after six minutes. Younis Mahmoud then saw a shot saved four minutes later.

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Burkina Faso 2 – Ivory Coast 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 20, 2009) Barcelona’s Yaya Toure opened the scoring in the 11th minute but Jonathan Pitroipa levelled in the 27th-minute. A Mamadou Tall own goal and a third from Chelsea striker Didier Drogba gave the visitors some breathing space before Aristide Bance pulled one back with 12 minutes remaining.

Sudan 0 – Ghana 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 20, 2009) Ghana look set for their second successive World Cup finals after two goals from NAC Breda striker Matthew Amoah saw them win in Sudan to maintain their 100% record in qualifying.

Zambia 0 – Algeria 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 20, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra opened the scoring and Rafik Saifi doubled the lead just after the hour mark.

Tunisia 0 – Nigeria 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 20, 2009) The point for the visitors ended the hosts’ perfect record, but the Carthage Eagles remain two points clear of the Super Eagles at the top of the table.

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Livorno 3 – Brescia 0 (Agg. 5-2) (Serie B playoff final second leg, June 20, 2009) Livorno took the initiative straight after the interval as Tavano opened the scoring. Alessandro Diamanti doubled the Amaranto’s lead on the hour mark before Martin Bergvold sealed Livorno’s promotion to Serie A with 15 minutes go.

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Rayo Vallecano 2 – Real Sociedad 2 (Segunda Division, June 20, 2009)

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Aalesund 0 – Rosenborg 3 (Tippeligaen, June 20, 2009) Undefeated Rosenborg maintained their 10-point lead at the top of Tippeligaen, Didier Konan opened the scoring in the ninth minute and further goals from Trond Olsen (20) and Rade Prica (76) sealed an easy win.

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Gamba Osaka 0 – Albirex Niigata 2 (J-League, June 20, 2009) Kisho Yano and Marcio Richardes scored to lift Albirex Niigata to victory over the Asian champions.

Kashiwa Reysol 0 – FC Tokyo 3 (J-League, June 20, 2009) Kashiwa Reysol defeated FC Tokyo 3-0 after goals from Naohiro Ishikawa, Cabore and Sota Hirayama.

Shimizu S-Pulse 4 – Yamagata 1 (J-League, June 20, 2009) Japan striker Shinji Okazaki and Norwegian forward Frode Johnsen scored as Shimizu S-Pulse thrashed Yamagata.

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New York Red Bulls 1 – Seattle Sounders 1 (MLS, June 20, 2009) Juan Pablo Angel put the home side in front but Fredy Montero levelled things up on the stroke of half-time.

FC Dallas 2 – Columbus Crew 1 (MLS, June 20, 2009) A brilliant goal from Eric Avila and a penalty from Kenny Cooper quickly erased Columbus’ early lead taken after Eric Brunner headed home a corner.

San Jose Earthquakes 2 – LA Galaxy 1 (MLS, June 20, 2009) Pablo Campos converted a penalty and Ryan Johnson tucked home his sixth goal of the season to lead the San Jose Earthquakes past the Galaxy. Jovan Kirovski’s first goal of the season for LA proved a mere consolation.

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Independiente 0 – San Lorenzo 1 (Clausura, June 20, 2009) Nestor Silvera’s tap-in just before the hour mark was the difference between the sides.

Gimnasia J 0 – Racing Club 2 (Clausura, June 20, 2009)

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Santo Andre 2 – Sport Recife 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 20, 2009) After Hugo handed Sport the advantage after 23 minutes, goals in either half from Elvis and Marcel turned the match in the hosts favour.

Atletico Paranaense 2 – Plameiras 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 20, 2009)

Vitoria 4 – Botafogo 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 20, 2009)

Nautico 0 – Coritiba 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 20, 2009) Aurelio scored the only goal of the game with a neat turn and finish.

Gremio 2 – Goias 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 20, 2009)

Avai 3 – Fluminense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 20, 2009)

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Chengdu Blades 1 – Changsha Ginde 2 (Chinese Super League, June 20, 2009)

Shenzhen Xiangxue 0 – Jiangsu Shuntian 0 (Chinese Super League, June 20, 2009)

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Chivas USA 1 – Tigres 2 (SuperLiga, June 20, 2009) Armando Pulido opened the scoring for Tigres in the 11th minute and Jesus Duenas closed out the match with a second 8 minutes from time. Chivas’ Michael Lahoud had scored his first professional goal in the 55th minute, while the hosts then lost Eduardo Lillingston  leaving the Red-and-Whites with 10-men for the final 23 minutes of the match.

Chicago Fire 1 – San Luis 0 (SuperLiga, June 20, 2009) Brian McBride scored after being teed up by Cuauhtemoc Blanco in the 69th minute to give the Chicago Fire a 1-nil win over San Luis.


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