Benfica scrape Braga draw; Rio Ave lose to Maritimo

Benfica 2 – Braga 2 (Liga Sagres, August 18, 2012) New signing from Atletico Madrid, Eduardo Salvio, put Benfica ahead four minutes into the second half before defender Lorenzo Melgarejo sent the ball into his own net five minutes later to level the scores. Braga’s Marcio Mossoro then put the visitors in front on the hour mark after […]

Sounders top Whitecaps; Kansas & FC Dallas claim wins on the road

Seattle Sounders 2 – Vancouver Whitecaps 0 (MLS, August 18, 2012) Fredy Montero score in the 64th minute, Eddie Johnson added a clinching goal in the 87th minute and Seattle beat Vancouver. Toronto FC 0 – Sporting Kansas City 1 (MLS, August 18, 2012) Kei Kamara scored on a free kick in the 83rd minute to lift Sporting Kansas […]

Fluminense, Nautico net 1-0 wins; Sao Paulo score three against Ponte Preta

Fluminense 1 – Sport Recife 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 18, 2012) The visitors had Tobi sent off 11 minutes from time and Fluminense made them pay four minutes later when Samuel Goncalves netted the only goal of the game and promptly rolled out the Mario Balotelli celebration. Nautico 1 – Bahia 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 18, 2012) Luis […]

Basel beat Lausanne; St Gallen sink Thun

Basel 2 – Lausanne 0 (Swiss Super League, August 18, 2012) Mohamed Salah was on target for Basel. Thun 0 – St. Gallen 1 (Swiss Super League, August 18, 2012)

PSV smash 5 past Roda JC; Twente go top; Utrecht & Vitesse pick up away wins

PSV 5 – Roda JC 0 (Eredevisie, August 18, 2012) PSV responded to their opening day defeat by smashing five goals in their first home game of the campaign. Kevin Strootman, Ola Toivonen, Abel Tamata (og), Jeremain Lens and Georginio Wijnaldum grabbed their names on the scoresheet. Breda 0 – FC Twente 1 (Eredevisie, August 18, 2012) FC […]

Kuyt makes Fener’s point at Elazigspor; Sivas win; Trab draw at Karabukspor

Elazigspor 1 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, August 18, 2012) Fenerbahce were held to a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the new season away to newly-promoted Elazigspor, who played the final 25 minutes with ten men. The hosts had taken a 50th-minute lead through Herve Tum before Fener levelled through ex-Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt in […]

Queretaro crushed 4-0 to America; Pumas & Chivas net away wins

Queretaro FC 0 – America 4 (Primera Division Apertura, August 18, 2012) First half goals from Christian Benitez, Daniel Montenegro and Rubens Sambueza had the visitors in control, before substitute Christian Bermudez concluded the scoring four minutes from time. Monterrey 1 – Atlante 1 (Primera Division Apertura, August 18, 2012) Jorge Guagua’s own goal had Monterrey ahead in the […]

The best back pass ever? Steven Taylor for Newcastle v Tottenham

Whilst the likes of Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa will receive the plaudits for their goals in Newcastle’s win over Tottenham on Saturday, there was a pretty special defensive moment in the second half. Newcastle keeper Tim Krul saved a Jermain Defoe effort as Spurs looked to force an equaliser and Steven Taylor kept […]

Boca Juniors get past All Boys; Belgrano draw at Colon; Estudiantes sink San Lorenzo

Boca Juniors 3 – All Boys 1 (Argentina Primera Division, August 18, 2012) Guillermo Burdisso gave Boca a dream start with a goal inside two minutes but Ivan Borghello levelled for opponents All Boys 13 minutes later. However, Santiago Silva restored the home side’s advantage just before the break and made it 3-1 two minutes after the […]

Sevilla bag opening day win over Getafe

Sevilla 2 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, August 18, 2012) Federico Fazio and Alvaro Negredo (penalty) scored in the first half. Alexis pulled a goal back for Getafe on 50.

Video: Olivier Giroud’s crucial miss on Arsenal debut v Sunderland

“That’s the burden you face when you take over from Robin van Persie because people are used to seeing him score. But he missed some chances as well and I feel Giroud will score goals but he rushed his chance a bit he had more time than he thought he had and I believe in time […]

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