Thailand peg back Liverpool after early goal from Ryan Babel; AC Milan lose to Club America; Aldershot triumph against a Spurs XI; Wigan fall to Timisoara

Thailand 1 – Liverpool 1 (Friendly, July 22, 2009) (Extended first half highlights here, second half highlights here.) It took just six minutes in Thailand for Liverpool to net their first goal this pre-season, Jamie Carragher picked out Ryan Babel’s burst into the box with a long diagonal through-ball which the Dutchman had no trouble sticking into the net. Sutee Suksomkit equalised with 17 minutes remaining for Peter Reid’s Thailand.

AC Milan 1 – CF America 2 (World Football Challenge, July 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Mexicans took the lead in the 55th minute after Enrique Esqueda got the better of Oguchi Onyewu on the American’s debut, Filippo Inzaghi gave Milan life in the 66th minute when he ran onto a perfectly-weighted long pass from Mathieu Flamini. Club America found the game-winner in the 86th minute when Daniel Marquez beat Gianluca Zambrotta in the air to power home a header from close range.

Aldershot 3 – Tottenham XI 1 (World Football Challenge, July 22, 2009) Spurs handed a debut to new signing Kyle Naughton, while there were run-outs for keeper Huerelho Gomes and Alan Hutton. But the hosts quickly found their stride as Danny Hylton scored three minutes in. Naughton teed up Spurs’ equaliser after the break, crossing for Danny Rose to head in.Aldershot won the match late on with goals from Reece Connolly and Adam Hinshelwood.

Wigan 0 – Timisoara 2 (Friendly, July 22, 2009) The Romanians saw off the Latics thanks to early goals from Arman Karamyan and Gheorghe Bucur.

Den Haag 1 – Valencia 4 (Friendly, July 22, 2009) The sides went into the break level and both down to 10-men after Gonzalez and Buijs had both netted in the opening 45 before Gonzalez and Van Den Bergh saw red for fighting. After the break goals from Navarro, Michel and Alba gave Los Che their first pre-season victory.

Sparta Rotterdam 0 – PAOK 1 (Friendly, July 22, 2009) A stunning first half volley from Filippos Darlas was enough for the Greeks to claim victory.

Olympiakos 2 – Groningen 0 (Friendly, July 22, 2009) A Dudu penalty and a tidy finish from Mitroglou late on gave Olympiakos the win.

Braga 0 – FC Twente 1 (Friendly, July 21, 2009) Dario Vujicevic settled the match with a 79th minute penalty.


Kalmar FF 3 – Debrecen 1 (Agg. 3-3*) (Champions League qualifier, July 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Hungarians struck first bagging a crucial away goal through Jozsef Varga after just 13 minutes. The Swedes hit back minutes later through Everton target Rasmus Elm who saw his cross miss everybody and end up in the net. The comeback was well and truly on after Daniel Mendes grabbed a second for Kalmar on the half hour. But the Swedes could only score once more, a Rasmus Elm penalty 20 minutes from time, leaving the hosts to be eliminated on away goals.

Bohemians 0 – RB Salzburg 1 (Agg. 1-2) (Champions League qualifier, July 22, 2009) Bohemians came within three minutes of a famous victory in their Champions League qualifier before being dumped out by Patrick Jezek’s header, Mark Rossiter’s poor header back to keeper Brian Murphy allowed Jezek to sneak in and nod the winner for the Austrians.

Tallinna FC Levadia 1 – Wisla Krakow 0 (Agg. 2-1) (Champions League qualifier, July 22, 2009) A terrible 90th minute blunder from the Wisla keeper allowed Vladislav Ivanov’s free-kick to squeezed into the net and dump the Poles out of the Champions League.

Glentoran 0 – Maccabi Haifa 4 (Agg. 0-10) (Champions League qualifier, July 22, 2009) The Israelis added to their six-goal advantage from the first leg when Yero Bello netted on eight minutes. Alan McDonald’s side held out for the next 45 minutes before Bello doubled Maccabi’s lead on the night. Peter Masilela added the third on 62 minutes and substitute Shlomi Arbeitman completed the rout in injury-time.


CSKA Moscow 0 – Spartak Nalchik 0 (Russian Premier League, July 22, 2009)


Internacional 2 – Sao Paulo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 22, 2009)

Flamengo 1 – Barueri 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 22, 2009) Val Baiano tucked away a 53rd minute penalty, his fifth goal in two games, to put the visitors in front. Emerson’s header equalised matter ten minutes later.

Santos 1 – Atletico Paranaense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 22, 2009) Neymar’s quick give-and-go resulted in the starlet bagging the only goal of the game.

Goias 2 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 22, 2009)

Avai 1 – Gremio 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 22, 2009) Avai’s superb form continued against Gremio as Ferdinando’s powerful free-kick proved decisive.

Santo Andre 0 – Cruzeiro 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 22, 2009) Quick-fire goals from Kleber and Diego Renan in the second half steered Cruzeiro to an away win.

Nautico 2 – Botafogo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 22, 2009)