Villa proves the difference for Spain over Iraq; South Africa beat New Zealand; North Korea qualify for their first World Cup since 1966; Cahill’s brace earns the Aussies’ victory over Japan; Park Ji-sung earns South Korea a point with Iran

Spain 1 – Iraq 0 (Confederations Cup, June 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Spain stretched their unbeaten streak to 34 matches thanks to David Villa’s second half header against Iraq.

South Africa 2 – New Zealand 0 (Confederations Cup, June 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After clearing a goal bound shot off the line from a team mate in the opener against Iraq, Bernard Parker redeemed himself with a brace to see off New Zealand. The first came on 21 minutes and the second finished some patient build-up play early in the second half.


Australia 2 – Japan 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Socceroos fell behind minutes before the interval when Marcus Tulio Tanaka was left to roam unmarked in the Aussie box before planting a header past Mark Schwarzer. Tim Cahill turned the match in the hosts’ favour with a double in the second half, the Evertonian first met a Vince Grella free-kick on the hour mark to send a looping header over the Japanese keeper into the opposite corner. In the 76th minute it was two, Cahill meeting a corner at the back-post to complete the turnaround.

South Korea 1 – Iran 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 17, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here) in Soeul, it was the Iranians to took the lead when Masoud Shojaei headed in the opener after 51 minutes. The group leaders refused to be beaten though, as Manchester United’s Park Ji-sung equalised eight minutes from time to end the macth all-square.

Saudi Arabia 0 – North Korea 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 17, 2009) North Korea qualified for their first World Cup finals since 1966 after holding Saudi Arabia to a goalless draw in Riyadh.

Bahrain 1 – Uzbekistan 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 17, 2009) Bahrain only needed a draw to make the playoffs but grabbed all three points after Mahmood Abdulrahman scored from a stunning free-kick in the 74th minute.


Strindheim 1 – Rosenborg 7 (NM Cupen, June 17, 2009) Trond Olsen lead the charge for Rosenborg with a hat-trick.


Seattle Sounders 3 – DC United 3 (MLS, June 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Chris Pontius gave United a 1-nil lead in the 34th minute before Osvaldo Alonso equalised four minutes later with a wonderful 30-yard howitzer. Nate Jaqua deflected a shot off United defender Marc Burch in the 45th minute to give Seattle a 2-1 lead at the break. Seattle extended its lead in the 57th when Fredy Montero found the net with a superb solo effort. Christian Gomez narrowed the deficit for United in 63rd minute, before Tyrone Marshall’s attempted header in the 87th went past Seattle keeper Kasey Keller to concede the draw.


Gremio 0* – Caracas 0 (Agg. 1-1) (Copa Libertadores, June 17, 2009) Unbeaten Gremio moved into the Copa Libertadores semifinals after a scoreless draw with Caracas saw the hosts advance on the away goals rule.

Nacional 0* – Palmeiras 0 (Agg. 1-1) (Copa Libertadores, June 17, 2009)


Corinthians 2 – Internacional 0 (Copa do Brasil first-leg, June 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Jorge Henrique opened the scoring for Corinthians midway through the first half, finishing off a fine move on the wing by Marcelo Oliveira. Ronaldo then put the match to bed with a second eight minutes into the second half, the striker collecting a long pass from Elias, dribbled his way past Indio and shot low into the bottom corner of goalkeeper Lauro’s net.