VIDEO: Valencia lose at Old Trafford; Liverpool cruise to victory in Olso; Rangers edge City at the death; Super Celtic down Dynamo Moscow; Messi at the double as Barca score 4 in Seattle

Manchester United 2 – Valencia 0 (Friendly, August 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Luis Antonio Valencia marked his home debut with a brilliant assist for United’s opener against Lose Che, the Ecuadorian working the space down the right hand side before whipping in a cross that Wayne Rooney planted home. Teenager Tom Cleverley then had a moment the 19-year-old will never forget, scoring his first goal for United at Old Trafford in the 72nd minute. (Second half highlights here.)

Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview can be seen here.

Lyn Olso 0 – Liverpool 2 (Friendly, August 5, 2009) After a generally underwhelming first half in Olso, Liverpool broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime when Andriy Voronin headed home a Babel cross from under the bar. The Reds doubled their lead on the hour mark when David Ngog turned home a Dossena cross.

Rangers 3 – Manchester City 2 (Friendly, August 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Rangers dominated the match with Manchester City early doors with Nacho Novo scoring the opener after 20 minutes. But despite being outplayed the Citizens soon equalised through Stephen Ireland from an Adebayor assist. After the break City moved ahead when Martin Petrov was sent free over the top and the winger headed for goal and scored. But the lead lasted just five minutes before Kenny Miller found an equaliser with a tidy lob. With the game heading for a draw, David Weir popped up with a 90th minute winner for the Gers.

Seattle Sounders 0 – Barcelona 4 (Friendly, August 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Barca put on yet another masterclass against Seattle, dominating the game with two different teams in either half. Lionel Messi curled home the first and then squeezed in the second from a super pass from Xavi. (Both first-half goals here.) The first-half also saw an altercation between Dani Alves and Freddie Ljungberg. Second half goals from Jeffren Suarez and Pedro Rodriguez completed the win.

Napoli 0 – Espanyol 0 (Friendly, August 5, 2009)

Bristol Rovers 4 – Liverpool XI 3 (Friendly, August 4, 2009) Rickie Lambert and Jo Kuffour put Paul Trollope’s side 2-0 up before Adam Hammill reduced the arrears with a superb curler into the far corner. Byron Anthony then made it 3-1 in the second half before goals from Brazilian Vitor Flora and Hungarian Andras Simon brought John McMahon’s side level. Anthony sealed the win for Rovers with his second of the night.

Blyth Spartans 2 – Newcastle reserves 4 (Friendly, August 4, 2009) Haris Vuckic’s wonderful opener had Blyth chasing the game in the fourth minute but Adrian Webster’s left footed shot made it 1-all six minutes before the break. Wes Ngo Baheng fired home five minutes after the interval and Blyth keeper Mark Bell fumbled Kazenga LuaLua’s shot three minutes later to make it 3-1 to the Magpies. But Blyth set up a tense finish when Chris McCabe’s looping header flew past Ole Soderberg. Starlet Nile Ranger then came off the bench to net in injury time and put the match to bed.


Dynamo Moscow 0 – Celtic 2 (Agg. 1-2) (Champions League qualifier, August 5, 2009) Celtic scored the crucial away goal to level the tie in Moscow minutes before the break, Scott McDonald the hero heading home a Hinkel cross at the back post. Celtic closed out the half by having to clear a Dynamo attack off their own goalline. With the match looking destined for extra time Georgios Samaras claimed a 90th minute second to send the Bhoys into the next round of the Champions League.

Olympiakos 2 – Slovan Bratislava 0 (Agg. 4-0) (Champions League qualifier, August 5, 2009) Enzo Maresca’s header ten minutes before the break gave Olympiakos a first half (highlights here) lead over Slovan Bratislava. Early in the second half the Greeks added a fine second, Diogo’s diving header finishing off a wonderful free-flowing attack.

Levski Sofia 2 – FK Baku 0 (Agg. 1-2) (Champions League qualifier, August 5, 2009) Second half goals from Hristo Yovov and Georgi Hristov put the Bulgarians into the next round.

FC Timisoara 0* – Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (Agg. 2-2) (Champions League qualifier, August 5, 2009) The Romanians caused a major upset by knocking out the UEFA Cup winners on away goals from the first leg.

Partizan Belgrade 1 – APOEL Nicosia 0 (Agg. 1-2) (Champions League qualifier, August 5, 2009) Moreira’s third minute goal failed to spark Partizan into life.

NK Maribor 0 – Zurich 3 (Agg. 3-5) (Champions League qualifier, August 5, 2009) Dusan Djuric, Xavier Margairaz and Adrian Nikci got the goals for the Swiss titleholders who moved within one step of a first appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Slavia Prague 1 – FC Sheriff Tiraspol 1* (Agg. 1-1) (Champions League qualifier, August 6, 2009) Things were going to plan for Slavia when Adam Hlousek scored in the 15th minute. But Jose Nadson pounced in the fourth minute of stoppage time to send Sheriff through on away goals.


Spartak Moscow 1 – FC Moscow 2 (Russian Cup, August 5, 2009) Evgeni Makeev handed Spartak a 9th minute lead but goals in each half from Edgaras Cesnauksis and Igor Strelkov turned the match in the visitors’ favour.

Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – Nizhny Novgorod 1 (AET) (Russian Cup, August 5, 2009) Alessandro Rosina opened for Zenit on the Italian’s debut since joining from Torino. Nizhny equalised through Maksim Zyuzin with seven minutes left on the clock. Zenit won the match in extra time courtesy of a Ivica Krizanac winner.


Oita Trinita 1 – Internacional 2 (Suruga Bank Championship, August 5, 2009) Alecsandro put the Brazilians ahead five minutes into the second half and Andrezinho doubled their lead six minutes later. Keigo Higashi goals for the Japanese proved too little, too late.


Nautico 1 – Corinthians 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 5, 2009) Gilmar’s 42nd minute penalty was enough to sink Corinthians.

Goias 3 – Flamengo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 5, 2009) Amaral and Leo Lima put Goias 2-up before an Adriano penalty and an equaliser from Petkovic appeared to hand Flamengo a point. But in injury time Iarley claimed a winner to give the hosts all three points.

Sao Paulo 3 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 5, 2009) After Lucio Flavio put the visitors in front, goals from Jorge Wagner, Washington and Dagoberto turned the match in Sao Paulo’s favour.

Avai 1 – Santo Andre 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 5, 2009)

Cruzeiro 0 – Atletico Paranaense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 5, 2009)

Coritiba 0 – Santos 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 5, 2009)


Zamora FC 0 – Emelec 1 (Copa Sudamericana, August 5, 2009) In Venezuela Mario Quiroz missed a 10th minute penalty for Emelec, but substitute Franco Mendoza headed home from a corner in the final minute to give the Ecuadorian club a valuable away victory.

La Equidad 2 – Union Espanola 2 (Copa Sudamericana, August 5, 2009) Canales opened the scoring for Union Espanola against La Equidad in the 4th minute, the Colombians levelling when Ariel Carreno bundled home a 54th minute corner and then storming into the lead when Sebastian Miranda diverted into his own net from Wilson Carpintero’s cross in the 80th minute. Canales jumped on a defensive lapse in the third minute of injury time to claim a draw.


Chicago Fire 1 – Tigres 1* (Pen. 3-4) (SuperLiga final, August 5, 2009) Tigres became the second Mexican team to win the tournament and owed much to Itamar Batista who scored their equalising goal with a fine jinking run and then the winning penalty. Nyarko had earlier put the home side in front.


Cruz Azul 0 – Herediano 0 (CONCACAF Champions League qualifier, August 5, 2009)