Arsenal 3 – Celtic 2 (Emirates Cup, August 1, 2010) Just two minutes were played before Carlos Vela put Arsenal in the ascendancy against Celtic, the young Mexican sliding home a Theo Walcott cross from 4-yards out. Arsenal doubled their lead before the interval when Bacary Sagna from lashed a beauty into the near post from a corner. The Gunners went 3-up early in the second half when a free-flowing attack was finished by in-form midfielder Samir Nasri. The writing looked on the wall for the Bhoys when Georgios Samaras missed a 68th minute penalty, but shortly afterwards new Celtic signing Daryl Murphy grabbed his first goal for Celtic to give them a glimmer of hope. Ki Sung-Yong grabbed a second for Celtic in the 82nd but the Wenger Boys held on for the win.
Post match interview: Jack Wilshere.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Chelsea 1 (Pre-season friendly, August 1, 2010) Frankfurt broke the deadlock midway through the first half against the reigning premier League champs when a nightmare screw-up from keeper Hilario as he tried to beat a forward on the edge of his box allowed Patrick Ochs to fire into the empty net. Frank Lampard pulled the Blues level but, after Carvalho gave away a penalty, Halil Altintop fired home a spot-kick to seal Frankfurt’s victory.
Moenchengladbach 1 – Liverpool 0 (Pre-season friendly, August 1, 2010) Liverpool got off to a poor start against Gladbach as after just eight minutes Karim Matmour took advantage of a horrific mix-up between Cavalieri and Ayala to score for the Germans.
Benfica 4 – Aston Villa 1 (Guadiana Cup, August 1, 2010) Centre-back David Luiz saw his shot take a huge deflection past a helpless Friedel, and Javier Saviola doubled Benfica’s lead 15 minutes later after Friedel could only parry Franco Jara’s long-range shot. Six minutes later and the game was effectively over after Oscar Cardozo smashed home a fine free kick into the top right hand corner. Benfica put the game beyond doubt five minutes into the second half with another goal from Saviola. John Carew notched a consolation for the Premier League side with a well-taken individual effort.
AC Milan 1 – Lyon 1 (Emirates Cup, August 1, 2010) (Longer highlights) Ten minutes into the second half AC Milan took the lead against Lyon, a Seedorf ball over the top to Marco Borriello eventually came the way of teenager Simone Verdi who squared the ball back to Borriello to score. The Rossoneri were unable to shut up shop as eleven minutes from time Jimmy Briand netted a diving header to even up the contest.
Schalke 3 – Bayern Munich 1 (T-Home Cup, August 1, 2010) Namen Mujic slid Bayern Munich into a fifth minute lead against Schalke. Felix Magath had plenty to smile about as the half wore on as first new signing Raul showed his predatory skills to prod home his first goal for the club to level and the day of firsts continued as Brazilian forward Edu then scored his first goal to put Schalke in front at the break. Schalke’s day got even better in the 34th minute as Raul took the roof off with a stunning chip from outside the box that made onlookers wonder if Real Madrid had got rid of their talisman too soon.
Hamburg 3 – Cologne 0 (T-Home Cup, August 1, 2010) Ruud van Nistelrooy bagged his second Hamburg goal in two days to open the scoring against Cologne with the hitman controlling, spinning and firing in the box although the keeper should have done better to block his final effort. Gojko Kacar stepped out of defence to start and finish an attack that put Hamburg 2-up at the break. After the interval Hamburg added a third through South Korea’s star of tomorrow Son Heung-Min.
PSG 1 – Roma 1 (Pre-season friendly, August 1, 2010) A close range finished from Roma’s Leandro Greco at the start of the second half was cancelled out by Guillaume Hoarau last-gasp equaliser for the Parisians.
Bordeaux 2 – Porto 1 (Pre-season friendly, August 1, 2010) 22-year-old Porto forward Ukra fired the Portuguese in front against Bordeaux on the half hour. Les Girondins levelled after the break when Floyd Ayite scored from a free-kick, and the Frenchmen completed their turnaround when Michael Ciani bagged an 83rd minute winner from another set-play.
Palermo 4 – Dinamo Tirana 0 (Pre-season friendly, August 1, 2010) Midfielder Giulio Migliaccio bagged a double in the Sicilians’ win.
Al Hilal 2 – Santos 0 (Pre-season friendly, August 1, 2010) Christian Wilhelmsson set up the first and scored the second as Santos crumbled in the Kingdom.
Spartak Moscow 1 – CSKA Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, August 1, 2010) Spartak looked set for the three points when CSKA defender Vasili Berezutski turned a 73rd minute cross into his own net but CSKA hit back seven minutes from time when Sergey Ignashevich scored a picture-perfect free-kick into the near post. Then, in injury time, striker Vagner Love popped up to claim the three points for the visitors.
Lokomotiv Moscow 0 – Rostov 1 (Russian Premier League, August 1, 2010) Artur Valikaev put Rostov in front in the first half, and Lokomotiv’s night worsened when striker Oleksandr Aliyev saw red for a miserable dive in the box 20 minutes from time.
IFK Gothenburg 3 – Kalmar 1 (Allsvenskan, August 1, 2010) IFK moved within a point of Kalmar in sixth with a 3-1 home victory. Hannes Stiller put them in front after 10 minutes before a quickfire Tobias Hysen double put the hosts well clear.
Malmo 1 – GAIS 0 (Allsvenskan, August 1, 2010) After missing a couple of guilt-edged opportunities, Malmo finally broke the deadlock when Ivo Pekalski headed home a 22nd minute header.
Elfsborg 1 – Gefle 0 (Allsvenskan, August 1, 2010) A solitary Stefan Ishizaki strike midway through the first half proved enough for the Elves.
Rosenborg 4 – Haugesund 3 (Tippeligaen, August 1, 2010) Runaway leaders Rosenborg were given a big shock as their unbeaten record withstood a major test. Steffen Iversen’s 11th minute opener was wiped out by quick-fire goals from Nikola Djurdjic (super move) and Are Tronseth by the 20th. Two minutes later it was 2-2 as Vladim Demidov headed home a corner, but Haugesund went into the break in front when Joakim Vage Nilsen rifled home a low free-kick from distance. Five minutes after the restart Steffen Iversen levelled with a mishit volley and Steffen Iversen stole the headlines with a hat-trick 15 minutes from time after a horror clearance from the Haugesund keeper.
Honefoss 2 – Odd Grenland 1 (Tippeligaen, August 1, 2010) Umaru Bangura’s curling 25-yarder put Honefess in front after 20 minutes, but Odd looked like grabbing a point when Peter Kovacs turned in an 80th minute cross. The relegation-threatened hosts stayed strong though and a minute from time Madiou Konate notched the winner from close range.
Brann 1 – Molde 1 (Tippeligaen, August 1, 2010) Erik Huseklepp (fine free-kick) and Makhtar Thioune traded strikes in the second as neither side notched the three points they both needed.
Tromso 3 – Stabaek 0 (Tippeligaen, August 1, 2010) George Mourad’s double and a third from Remi Johansen kept Tromso in second place.
Stromsgodset 3 – Aalesund 1 (Tippeligaen, August 1, 2010) Oyvind Storflor got the ball rolling for Godset with a quickly taken free-kick in the 39th. Vilsvik’s penalty midway through the second half extended the lead, but Peter Orry Larsen halved the deficit with 12 minutes remaining. A third from Lars Saetra killed the match just two minutes later.
Brondby 1 – Midtjylland 0 (SAS Ligaen, August 1, 2010) A solitary strike from Jens Larsen in the first half downed Midtjylland.
Thun 2 – Grasshoppers 2 (Axpo Super League, August 1, 2010) The match had a pulsating finish as Roland Battig saw red for Thun in the 90th minute before Stefan Glarner appeared to score the winner for the hosts in injury time. But Boris Smiljanic had other ideas equalising with the last kick of the game to draw 2-2.
Basel 3 – St. Gallen 0 (Axpo Super League, August 1, 2010) Alexander Frei was again on the scoresheet for Basel along with Gilles Yapi Yapo and Federico Almerares in the comfortable home win.
Luzern 4 – Xamax 2 (Axpo Super League, August 1, 2010) Marcos Gelabert and Gerard Gohou had Xamax 2-up in the first half only for Luzern to come roaring back with goals from Nelson Ferreira, Ianu (2) and Claudio Lustenberger.
KV Mechelen 2 – Lokeren 0 (Jupiler League, 31 July, 2010) Julien Gorius set them on their way two minutes after halftime and Aloy Nong made the game safe in the 77th minute.
Westerlo 0 – Gent 1 (Jupiler League, 31 July, 2010) Elimane Coulibaly’s late effort gave Gent the points at Westerlo.
Sint-Truiden 1 – Lierse 0 (Jupiler League, 31 July, 2010)
Kapfenberg 3 – Mattersburg 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, 31 July, 2010) Patrick Burger’s 25th minute header put Mattersburg ahead but the hosts went into the break level when Deni Alar equalised minutes before the interval. David Sencar put the hosts ahead minutes before the interval and left-winger Markus Felfernig completed the turnaround in the 77th.
Ried 1 – LASK Linz 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, 31 July, 2010) Seasoned-pro, 35-year-old defender Ewald Brenner, proved the unlikely match-winner with just his eighth Ried goal since 2004 converting an 88th minute free-kick.
Dinamo Bucharest 5 – Sportul Studentesc 3 (Liga I, August 1, 2010) Sportul rallied from 3-nil down to push Dinamo all the way, but strikes from Liviu Ganea (69) and Adrian Cristea (89) handed the hosts the points.
Gaz Metan 2 – FC Timisoara 2 (Liga I, August 1, 2010) Eric Pereira had the hosts cruising with a brace either side of the break, but Timisoara rallied with goals from Lukas Magera (a thumper) and Mircea Axente to level.
FC Brasov 3 – Universitatea Cluj 1 (Liga I, August 1, 2010) Goals from Robert Ilyes, Cristian Ionescu and Alexandru Chipciu lead Brasov to victory.
CSKA Sofia 0 – Levski Sofia 1 (Vyscha Liga, August 1, 2010) Dembele’s first half strike won the Sofia derby for Levski.
Shonan Bellmare 3 – Shimizu S-Pulse 6 (J-League, August 1, 2010) Frode Johnsen opened the scoring when he beat goalkeeper Ryota Tsuzuki and Akihiro Hyodo doubled the lead with a 25-yard drive before Shinji Okazaki scrambled home the third. Johnsen netted the fourth in the 26th minute before Yuya Nakamura and Emerson reduced the deficit for Shonan shortly before the break. The Norwegian striker completed his treble six minutes into the second period and Jungo Fujimoto’s chip three minutes later made it 6-2. Emerson grabbed his second and Shonan’s third four minutes from the end.
Kawasaki Frontale 3 – Vegalta Sendai 2 (J-League, August 1, 2010) Kawasaki Frontale climbed to fourth as they came from two goals down to edge Vegalta Sendai 3-2. Kunimutsu Sekiguchi and Fernandinho gave the visitors a two-goal lead but Juninho reduced the arrears in the 40th minute. Masaru Kurotsu then drew Kawasaki level on the hour mark before Hiroyuki Taniguchi struck the winner six minutes from time.
Gamba Osaka 1 – Yamagata 0 (J-League, August 1, 2010) Hideo Hashimoto’s first half curler proved decisive for Gamba.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 – Kyoto Sanga 0 (J-League, August 1, 2010) Kyoto remain bottom of the table following a 3-0 defeat at Sanfrecce Hiroshima with Hisato Sato netting a double for the home side.
LA Galaxy 2 – Chicago Fire 3 (MLS, August 1, 2010) The Fire were three up within 20 minutes, as Marco Pappa, Collins John and Mike Banner all beating Donovan Ricketts. Landon Donovan pulled goals back from the spot after 37 and 81 minutes, but the Galaxy could not find a leveller.
Club America 3 – Chiapas 0 (Primera Division Apertura, August 1, 2010) Vicente Jose Vuoso broke the deadlock after eight minutes and second half goals from Vicente Sanchez and Enrique Esqueda put the match to bed for America.
Toluca 2 – Pachuca 2 (Primera Division Apertura, August 1, 2010) Gerardo Rodriguez’s opener for Pachuca was cancelled out by Diego Novaretti three minutes from time.
Puebla 2 – San Luis 1 (Primera Division Apertura, August 1, 2010) Goals from Olivera and Fabiano Pereira rendered Castillo’s 65th minute goal obsolete as Puebla took the points.
Palmeiras 1 – Corinthians 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2010) Corinthians scored in the 21st minute through Jorge Henrique (offside?) while Palmeiras equalised in the 33rd when Edinho found the net off a rebound from goalkeeper Julio Cesar. The draw knocked Corinthians off the top of the table.
Gremio Prudente 1 – Santos 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2010) Santos won its second in a row as Danilo and Rodriguinho (a fantastic volley from the edge of the box) both hit the target for the visitors. Santos barely held on though as, after Robson pulled a goal back in the 83rd, the hosts piled on the pressure in the final stages.
Atletico Mineiro 0 – Cruzeiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2010) A long-range bullet from Wellington Paulista in the first half proved enough for Cruzeiro.
Vitoria 1 – Botafogo 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2010) Botafogo defeated Vitoria 3-1 in Salvador with a a pair of goals from striker Jobson.
Avai FC 4 – Goias 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2010) Davi scored twice as Avai romped to victory.
Internacional 0 – Gremio 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2010)
Flamengo 0 – Vasco 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 1, 2010)
Barcelona SC 2 – Olmedo 0 (Campeonato Ecuatoriano, 31 July, 2010)
Saba Battery 2 – Perspolis 1 (Iran Pro League, August 1, 2010)