VIDEO: Inter ease past 10-man Manchester City; Albrighton & Sidwell score crackers as Aston Villa beat Feyenoord; Pato pegs back Arsenal; Cahill scores a hat-trick for Everton at Norwich; Celtic rally to 2-all draw with Lyon; AEK enjoy Burns night against Gers; Boro in Berlin draw; Zenit beat Rubin to go 10 points clear

Inter Milan 3 – Manchester City 0 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) A physical match saw Manchester City down to 10 men on twenty minutes when Patrick Vieira was sent off for an elbow on Marco Materazzi. Inter took control when Victor Obinna scored the opener on 38 from a very wide left position with a cracking low curling effort. Victor Obinna doubled the lead after the break thanks to a deflection off Lescott and Rafa Benitez’s side completed the win with a brilliant 30-yard strike from Cristiano Biraghi.

Aston Villa 3 – Feyenoord 1 (Guadiana Cup, July 31, 2010) Marc Albrighton’s long-range thunderbolt put Villa in front. Highly rated young Dutch striker Luc Castaignos equalised before substitutes Emile Heskey and Steve Sidwell won the match, the latter goal another brilliant strike.

Individual match highlights of new Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh v SC Neusiedl.

Arsenal 1 – AC Milan 1 (Emirates Cup, July 31, 2010) (Longer highlights) Arsenal took the lead against AC Milan ten minutes before the break, Andrey Arshavin burst through the midfield and slipped in Marouane Chamakh to score his first goal at the Emirates. Just before the break, Rosicky came close to scoring the second for Arsene Wenger’s side but Abbiati saved with his legs. In the second half Chamakh wowed the Arsenal crowd with a cracking backheel in the box to free Arshavin. With fifteen minutes to go AC Milan took advantage of Arsenal’s weakness at set-pieces, Brazilian starlet Alexandre Pato heading home the equaliser.

Arsenal starting line-up v AC Milan: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Rosicky, Nasri, Wilshere, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Frimpong. Subs: Sagna, Vela, Walcott, Djourou, Clichy, Emmanuel-Thomas, Randall, Nordtveit, Szczesny

Lyon 2 – Celtic 2 (Emirates Cup, July 31, 2010) A thunderous free-kick from Brazilian dead-ball specialist Michel Bastos gave Lyon a 28th minute lead over Celtic. 10 minutes after the break Lyon went 2-up, teenager Harry Novillo rifling in a second after connecting sweetly with a right wing cutback. Just as it looked like the Bhoys would lose on a whimper they rallied at the death beginning with debutant Gary Hooper converting a Forrest cross with a back-post volley. Celtic levelled a minute from time when Georgios Samaras converted a free header to complete the comeback.

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Norwich 2 – Everton 4 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Tim Cahill was the star of the show with a hat-trick. His first came thanks to a horrible error from John Ruddy and the second came before the break after Ruddy had done considerably better. The Canaries hit back with goals from Andrew Crofts and Andrew Surman but almost immediately after the equaliser Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored the goal of the game, an arrow into the top corner after a dummy, and Cahill completed the scoring in the 71st minute.

Newcastle 2 – PSV 2 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Ola Toivonen scored a fine curling free-kick for PSV’s opener and Balazs Dzsudzsak scored a typical left-footed second. The Toon hit back in the second half, Ryan Taylor sweeping home before Leon Best headed in a free-kick.

Ipswich 0 – West Ham 1 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Rob Green kept a clean sheet, Scott Parker lined up in the centre of midfield and Carlton Cole scored the winner from close range.

Leeds 3 – Wolves 1 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Max Gradel scored an absolute cracker to give Leeds the lead. Sylvan Ebanks Blake hit back for the Premier League side but further goals by Lloyd Sam and Bradley Johnson gave the home side a morale boosting win.

Leicester 1 – Sunderland 2 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Frazier Campbell continued his fine pre-season with Sunderland’s first, Andy King equalised and Jordan Henderson scored Sunderland’s second thanks to a horror show from Chris Weale.

Derby 1 – Birmingham 2 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Martin Blake headed home a Larsson corner for the opener and a horrible kick from Bywater saw the ball rebound off the onrushing Larsson for Brum’s second. Gareth Roberts pulled one back, lashing the ball into the top corner.

Bristol City 2 – Blackpool 0 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Ian Holloway missed this defeat as he was scouting for players and Keith Southern picked up a serious injury. Ivan Sproule and David Clarkson scored the goals for the Championship side.

Portsmouth 1 – Fulham 0 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Mark Wilson gave Pompey fans something to cheer after a horrible pre-season. Mark Hughes watched from the stands before his first training session on Monday.

PSG 1 – Porto 0 (Tournoi De Paris, July 31, 2010) A scrappy late goal from Sammy Traore settled the encounter.

Bordeaux 1 – Roma 1 (Tournoi De Paris, July 31, 2010) Wendel fired Bordeaux in front from the penalty spot, Matteo Brighi headed home the equaliser from close range.

Bayern Munich 0* – Cologne 0 (Pens. 3-1) (Total Cup, July 31, 2010) At the end of two-goalless half-an-hour halves, a three-man spot kick shoot-out saw Bayern trio Andreas Ottl, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Ivica Olic score, but only Yalcin scored for Cologne.

Schalke 2 – Hamburg 1 (Total Cup, July 31, 2010) A horror backpass was intercepted by lethal-striker Ruud van Nistelrooy who rounded the keeper to fire Hamburg in front of Schalke in the sixth minute. Just before the break, Schalke equalised with Edu sliding in at the back post. Jermaine Jones won the match with a long range daisy cutter that saw Hamburg keeper Frank Rost produce a Rob Green-esque moment and completely miss an easy shot.

AEK Athens 1 – Rangers 0 (Sydney Festival of Football, July 31, 2010) AEK Athens’ Australian attacker Nathan Burns headed in Nikolaos Karabelas’ cross to score the decisive goal on 72 minutes.

Espanyol 0 – Sampdoria 0 (Pens. 6-5) (Barcelona Trophy, July 31, 2010) Ernesto Galan fired home the winning penalty for Espanyol.

Lorient 0 – Legia 1 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Marcin Komorowski grabbed the winner in the 90th minute.

Lechia 1 – Villarreal 1 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010)

Osasuna 1 – Real Zaragoza 1 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010) Soriano’s opener was cancelled out by Gabi.

Middlesbrough 2 – Union Berlin 2 (Pre-season friendly, July 30, 2010) Chinedu Ede’s looping header put the Germans ahead, but Scott McDonald put Boro in the lead at the break with a double. Bjorn Brunnemann’s low drive ended the match honours-even.

Hannover 1 – Valencia 2 (Pre-season friendly, July 30, 2010) An early header from Roberto Soldado put Valencia in front against Hannover. Los Che doubled their lead with a brilliant goal from Joaquin who started and finished a purposeful attack in the 37th minute. A last minute header from Emanuel Pogatetz proved mere consolation for Hannover.

Heerenveen 4 – Mallorca 0 (Pre-season friendly, July 29, 2010) Filip Djuricic bagged a brace as the Eredivisie outfit ran riot over their Spanish counterparts.

Nottingham Forest 1 – Lyon 3 (Pre-season friendly, July 29, 2010) Bafetimbi Gomis opened the scoring after just eight minutes with a rasping 25-yard shot. Dele Adebola equalised after 34 minutes when he turned home Robert Earnsha’s mishit shot but parity lasted just six minutes before Gomis struck again, this time from close range. Jimmy Briand beat Paul Smith with a tame shot just after the hour to complete the scoring.

Atalanta 1 – Sevilla 2 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010)

Sporting Braga 3 – Al Sharjah 0 (Pre-season friendly, July 31, 2010)


Ajax 0 – FC Twente 1 (Dutch Super Cup, July 31, 2010) Luuk De Jong scored the only goal of the match thanks to a shocking goal kick from Maarten Stekelenburg in the 8th minute. Ajax’s task became even more difficult when Luis Suarez was sent off just before the break.


Anderlecht 4 – Eupen 1 (Jupiler League, July 31, 2010) The champions actually trailed to Alex’s goal on the stroke of half-time, but Matias Suarez scored twice and the prolific duo of Jonathan Legear and Mbark Boussoufa also found the net in a one-sided second half.

Kortrijk 1 – Club Brugge 0 (Jupiler League, July 31, 2010) Club Brugge slipped to a 1-0 defeat at KV Kortrijk, Davy De Beule scoring the only goal 10 minutes into the second half.


Djurgarden 0 – Hacken 3 (Allsvenskan, July 31, 2010) Jonas Henriksson scored the first from a well worked free-kick, Mathias Ranegie capitalised on some woeful keeping for the second and Paulinho added a beautiful third o 90 minutes.

Mjallby 0 – AIK 0 (Allsvenskan, July 31, 2010)


Lillestrom 2 – Kongsvinger 2 (Tippeligaen, July 31, 2010) Adam Güuven and Olav Tuelo Johannesen had Kongsvinger cruising on the hour after scoring two quick-fire goals early in the second half. Bjorn Sigurdarson  got the hosts back into the match lashing home from the edge of the box in the 66th minute, and Anthony Ujah levelled in the final stages. The was late drama for the hosts though as keeper Stefan Logi Magnussen raced out his box to haul down striker Kai Risholt in one of the most blatant red card offences of the season.


FC Copenhagen 1 – Aalborg 1 (SAS Ligaen, July 31, 2010) Kasper Bogelund’s fired Aalborg ahead with a low 30-yarder after just seven minutes, Cesar Santin pulled Copenhagen level from the spot early in the second half.

Sonderjyske 3 – Esbjerg 0 (SAS Ligaen, July 31, 2010) Henrik Bodker, Olafur Skulason and Kenneth Fabricius all scored in the first half as Esbjerg were brushed aside.


Bellinzona 2 – Young Boys 1 (Axpo Super League, July 31, 2010) Mauro Lustrinelli put the home side ahead on seven minutes from close range. Frank Feltscher doubled the lead four minutes before the break. Emmanuel Mayuka pulled one back seven minutes from time.

Zurich 1 – Sion 1 (Axpo Super League, July 31, 2010) Gheorghe Ogararu scored for Sion eight minutes into the second half, Jorge Teixeira equalised in the 88th minute thanks to some butter fingers keeping.


Slavia Sofia 0 – Kaliakra 1 (A PFG, July 31, 2010) Georgi Filipov notched the only goal on five minutes.


Debrecen 2 – Lombard Papa 0 (Soproni Liga, July 31, 2010) Peter Szilagyi and Tamas Kulcsar scored first half goals.

Vasas 3 – Honved 2 (Soproni Liga, July 31, 2010) Jozsef Gaspar was the hero for the home side with a brace.


Gloria Bistrita 1 – Astra Ploiesti 1 (Liga I, July 31, 2010) Cornel Predescu sidefooted the home side in front on 77, a penalty ten minutes later by Rohat levelled things up.

Steaua Bucharest 2 – U. Craiova 1 (Liga I, July 31, 2010)


Dinamo Zagreb 1 – Rijeka 2 (1. HNL, July 31, 2010) Sammir put Zagreb in front but goals from Rodic and an og by Badelj turned the game on its head.


Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – Rubin Kazan 0 (Russian Premier League, July 31, 2010) In the top of the table clash between Zenit and Rubin Kazan, it was the hosts who struck first in injury time at the end of the first half when Alexandr Kerzhakov prodded the ball home from close-range. Runaway leaders Zenit went 2-up midway through the half when Alexandr Kerzhakov headed in the second goal of the match.

Terek 2 – Alania 0 (Russian Premier League, July 31, 2010) Second half goals from Mauricio (nice flick) and Rizvan Utsiev secured the victory.


Sevastopol 0 – Dynamo Kiev 3 (Ukranian Premier League, July 31, 2010) Second half goals from Andrei Yarmolenko, Taras Mikhalik (cracking long range strike) and Andriy Shevchenko sealed a fine away win for Dynamo.


Kashima Antlers 3 – Vissel Kobe 0 (J-League, July 31, 2010) Takuya Nozawa headed home on a cross from Brazilian Fellype Gabriel to put Kashima one up in the eighth minute. In the 32nd minute his shot hit the bar and went into the goal on a left corner by skipper Mitsuo Ogasawara. Nozawa set up a third goal for Brazilian striker Marquinhos in the 74th minute to complete the scoring.

Yokohama F. Marinos 0 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (J-League, July 31, 2010) Nagoya continued their surge towards the J-League summit, Josh Kennedy curled the visitors ahead in the 37th minute and Danilson’s 68th minute drive put the result beyond doubt.

Albirex Niigata 2 – FC Tokyo 1 (J-League, July 31, 2010) Kisho Yano and Isao Homma scored to lead 5th-place Niigata to a 2-1 win against FC Tokyo, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 matches.

Jubilo Iwata 0 – Cerezo Osaka 3 (J-League, July 31, 2010) Cerezo Osaka moved fourth following a 3-0 win at Jubilo Iwata as Daisuke Takahashi, Taka Inui and Adriano’s goals did the damage.


Houston Dynamo 2 – New York Red Bulls 2 (MLS, July 31, 2010) Thierry Henry made his MLS debut and set up Juan Pablo Angel for both his goals. Brad Davis (penalty) and Brian Mullan (90th minute) were the goal scorers for the home side.

Philadelphia Union 1 – New England Revolution 1 (MLS, July 31, 2010) The new expansion team took the lead with a brilliant goal, after a great build-up Sebastien Le Toux curled a snorter into the top corner. New England equalised with 19 minutes to go, a speculative Marko Perovic free-kick leaving Chris Selz looking very silly.

Colorado Rapids 1 – FC Dallas 1 (MLS, July 31, 2010) Julien Baudet scored an og on 22 to put Dallas in front, Mehdi Ballouchy equalised from the penalty spot.

San Jose Earthquakes 0 – Seattle Sounders 1 (MLS, July 31, 2010) Freddy Montero continued his good recent form, heading home from the six-yard box.

Kansas City Wizards 1 – Toronto FC 0 (MLS, July 31, 2010) Teal Bunbury was the match winner on 61.

Real Salt Lake 3 – DC United 0 (MLS, July 31, 2010) Alvaro Saborio, Robbie Findley, and Nelson Gonzalez scored for the MLS champions.

Chivas USA 3 – Columbus Crew 1 (MLS, July 31, 2010) Justin Braun and Blair Gavin scored in the first half as Chivas won a league home game for the first time since April 10.


Sao Paulo 2 – Ceara 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 31, 2010) Fernandao headed SP ahead on 66, two minutes later Ricardo Oliveira claimed the second. Erick Flores pulled one back with six minutes remaining.

Fluminense 3 – Atletico PR 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 31, 2010) Washington put Flu ahead on 22 with a close range volley. Emerson and Washington added second half goals and Bruno Mineiro scored a consolation from Atletico.

Atletico GO 1 – Guarani 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, July 31, 2010) Rodrigo Tiui headed Atletico in front on four minutes. Mazola equalised on 17.

ASA 2 – Atletico Mineiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 31, 2010) Audalio bagged a brace to win the game for ASA after Thiago Silvy had given Atletico the lead.

Bahia 2 – Figueirense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 31, 2010) Willian tapped Figueirense into the lead but two penalties from Rodrigo Gral gave Bahia the advantage until Reinaldo equalised with ten minutes to go.

Bragantino 0 – Ponte Preta 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 31, 2010) Reis and Moacir scored for Ponte Preta.

Parana 4 – Nautico 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, July 31, 2010) Marcelo Tuscano, Luis Henrique and Vinicius all scored before the break. Parana goalkeeper Juninho scored the fourth from the penalty spot.


Cruz Azul 2 – Atlante 0 (Mexican Apertura, July 31, 2010) Alejandro Vela and Emanuel Villa scored for Cruz Azul.

Queretaro 2 – Atlas 1 (Mexican Apertura, July 31, 2010) Sergio Blanco and Julio Nava scored two minutes apart as Gallos Blancos beat Atlas. Nestor Vidrio netted a 90th minute consolation for the visitors.

Monterrey 3 – Tecos 2 (Mexican Apertura, July 31, 2010) Humberto Suazo, Walter Ayovi and Sergio Santana each scored, helping turn a 1-0 Estudiantes lead into a 3-1 Monterrey advantange. Tecos got a late goal by Jorge Zamogilny but could get no closer.

Santos 4 – Pumas 0 (Mexican Apertura, July 31, 2010) Santos went ahead thanks to an own-goal by Pumas’ keeper Sergio Bernal. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Christian Benitez and Oribe Peralta added further strikes to seal the comfortable win.


Leon De Huanuco 3 – Melgar 1 (Peru Apertura, July 31, 2010)

Sporting Cristal 1 – Jose Galvez 2 (Peru Apertura, July 31, 2010)

Cesar Vallejo 2 – Sport Boys 1 (Peru Apertura, July 31, 2010)

Alianza Atl. 1 – Universitario Lima 0 (Peru Apertura, July 31, 2010)


Kabylie 1 – Heartland 0 (African Champions League, July 31, 2010)

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