Manchester United 2 – Boca Juniors 1 (Audi Cup, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) United broke the deadlock against Boca courtesy of a sublime free-kick from Anderson that arched perfectly into the far top corner. The goal was the Brazilian’s first for United since his arrival at the club. In the 41st minute United doubled their advantage, Park bravely played in Rooney who in turn found debutant Antonio Valencia out wide, the winger breezed past two Boca players and saw his effort squirm into the net. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half Boca struck back, Federico Insua expertly finishing a free-flowing attack at the back post.
Hannover 0 – Arsenal 1 (Friendly, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Arsenal ripped through the Hannover backline inside nine minutes with a trademark patient attack, Bendtner played in Van Persie, the Dutchman picked out Cesc Fabregas’ run into the box and the captain coolly beat the keeper to score. (First half highlights here.)
MLS All-Stars 1 – Everton 1* (Pens. 3-4) (MLS All-Star Game, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Everton became the first Premier League side to win this annual match thanks to an MVP performance from Tim Howard. Louis Saha capitalised on poor defending to put the Toffees in front, Brad Davis equalised for the MLS. Howard saved three penalties in an exciting shoot-out, including the final dinked effort from Freddie Ljungberg. (The full shoot-out can be seen here.)
West Ham 0 – Tottenham 1 (Barclays Asia Trophy, July 29, 2009) The 1-nil scoreline flattered West Ham who were totally outplayed by Spurs. Roman Pavlyuchenko struck the inside of the post in the first half, and when the goal finally arrived the Hammers only had themselves to blame as Jermain Defoe’s poked shot trickled through Green’s hands and legs on its way in the net.
Beijing Guoan 1 – Hull 1 (Pens. 5-4) (Barclays Asia Trophy, July 29, 2009) The Tigers took an early lead against Beijing Guoan through Geovanni’s spectacular after just nine minutes, but immediately after the restart the host’s Cameroonian defender William Paul Modibo found himself in the box and able to bundle a cross over the line.
Aston Villa 3 – Atlante 1 (Peace Cup, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Atlante opened the scoring with a sliding Curtis Davies deflecting a cross past stopper Brad Guzan after 20 minutes. Youngster Marc Albrighton marked a rare appearance with an equaliser five minutes before the break. Carew put Villa in front after the break, causing havoc in the box and touching a great free-kick by Lichaj past Vilar in the Atlante goal. Villa then claimed the all important third when a great Albrighton cross was met superbly by Ashley Young who headed powerfully past Vilar.
Besiktas 0 – FC Porto 0 (Peace Cup, July 29, 2009) This dour draw ensures Porto will face Aston Villa in the semi-finals.
Bayern Munich 4 – AC Milan 1 (Audi Cup, July 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) It took Bayern just 11 minutes to score, Thomas Muller finished off a clinical attack which rip the Milan defence wide open. The game then mellowed until the final 15 minutes, Bastien Schweinsteiger dancing his way through the Italian backline to score. Andrea Pirlo crashed home a terrific free-kick to bring Milan back in the match, but late strikes from Saer Sene and Muller again sealed a victory for the Germans.
Fiorentina 0 – PSG 3 (Friendly, July 29, 2009) Erding, Guily and Luyindula led the Parisians to a comfortable win.
Parma 1 – Iraklis 2 (Friendly, July 29, 2009) Iraklis forward Ivan Bosnjak took advantage of stuttering Parma defending to hand the Greeks the lead. Parma centre-half Hernan Dellafiore levelled for the Italians from a set-piece,but soon after Denis Epstein claimed the winner.
Celtic 0 – Dynamo Moscow 1 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) A terrible night for Celtic arrived as early as the seventh minute of the match, Alexander Kokorin reacted quickly to turn in a low cross from close range for the only goal of the match.
Sporting Lisbon 0 – FC Twente 0 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) The flash-point of the match arrived 24 minutes in as Twente keeper Boschker was controversially sent off for hauling down Postiga in the box, only for Joao Moutinho see the resulting spot-kick save by the sub custodian.
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – FC Timisoara 2 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) Gheorghe Bucur opened the scoring for the Romanians on just 20 minutes to give the visitors the lead before Olexandr Gladkiy responded on the hour mark. Bucur then added to his tally, securing a brace on 80 minutes, which looked to be the winner before Fernandinho made it 2-2 with minutes from time.
RB Salzburg 1 – Dinamo Zagreb 1 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) Alexander Zickler opened the scoring for the home side, who started with all guns blazing but were pegged back on the hour mark by striker Mario Mandzukic.
Zurich 2 – NK Maribor 3 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) After Johan Vonlanthen had given the hosts a fourth-minute lead, two goals from Marcos put the visitors on top before Eric Hassli levelled matters once again. Maribor secured a famous win through Zoran Pavlovic’s 50th minute direct corner which flew into the net. With eight minutes remaining Pavlovic missed a penalty to gve Zurich hope for the second leg.
Slovan Bratislava 0 – Olympiakos 2 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) Olympiakos settled their nerves when Avraam Papadopoulos put them ahead after two minutes and Brazilian Leonardo got the important second after 21 minutes.
FC Copenhagen 3 – Stabaek 1 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) Jesper Gronkjaer headed the hosts in front, Cesar Santin bagging a second just before the break. Palmi Rafn Palmason fired a crucial away goal into the near post on the hour mark, but Cesar Santin slotted home a penalty to put the Danes in pole position.
APOEL Nicosia 2 – Partizan Belgrade 0 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) Headed goals from Nenad Mirosavljevic and Marcin Zewlakow put the home side in a good position ahead of the second leg.
Tallinna FC Levadia 0 – Debrecen 1 (Champions League qualifier, July 29, 2009) Leandro scored a massive away goal with twenty minutes remaining.
Kawasaki Frontale 3 – Kashima Antlers 0 (Agg. 3-1) (Nabisco Cup, July 29, 2009) Kashima suffered heartbreak as a 90th minute Juninho header sent the game into extra-time, and with their sails up Kawasaki progressed with goals from Renatinho and Chong.
San Luis 1 – CF America 1 (Mexican Apertura, July 29, 2009)
Palmeiras 1 – Fluminense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 29, 2009) The home side won their first match under coach Muricy Ramalho, Deigo Souza claimed the winner on 58 minutes.
Internacional 3 – Barueri 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 29, 2009) Alecsandro put Inter ahead in the sixth minute and Andrezinho doubled the lead 20 minutes later. Barueri hit back through Thiago Humberto and Andre Luiz. Five minutes from time Sorondo scored the match winner.
Coritiba 2 – Botafogo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 29, 2009) Victor Simoes headed in a corner in the 34th minute to give Botafogo the lead at the break. It didn’t last long, Coritiba scored in the 58th minute when a cutting Bruno Batata dribbled through the Botafogo defense and slid the ball under a diving Castillo. On 84 minutes, Botafogo scored what seemed to be the game-winning goal as Renato broke through the Nautico defense to head in a crossed ball. But with one minute left Marcos Aurelio found an equaliser.
Santo Andre 1 – Corinthians 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 29, 2009) 38-year-old midfielder Marcelinho Carioca scored with a trademark free-kick to give Santo Andre the lead. Chicao equalised with a 75th minute penalty for Corinthians, who were missing striker Ronaldo after he broke his hand.
Cruzeiro 1 – Sport Recife 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 29, 2009)
Goias 3 – Atletico Paranaense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 29, 2009)
Nautico 1 – Santos 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 29, 2009)
Toronto FC 0 – Puerto Rico Islanders 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, July 29, 2009) Kendall Jagdeosingh scored the lone goal to down the Canadians.
Liberia Mia 3 – Real Espana 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, July 29, 2009)