Chelsea’s upstarts pummel seven past Ipswich; Braga copies Van Basten to down Belenenses

Chelsea U18s 7 – Ipswich U18s 2 (Friendly, September 28, 2008) For the home side, Italian striker Fabio Borini scored three, midfielder Conor Clifford bagged two and Jacopo Sala and Frank Nouble netted a goal apiece. Reggie Lambe and Paul Murphy scored for Ipswich, who were reduced to 10 men in the second half as Paul Watson was sent off.

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Belenenses 0 – Leixoes 1 (SuperLiga, September 29, 2008) Leixoes moved up to joint first place with Nacional and Sporting Lisbon after Braga hit a Van Baston-esque style shot to give the visitors a narrow win in the 75th minute.

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Brescia 0 – Parma 0 (Serie B, September 29, 2008)

Frosinone 1 – Ancona 0 (Serie B, September 29, 2008) An impotent Ancona were victims of yet another poor refereeing decision awarding the hosts a penalty when the defender clearly got the ball, with Eder rolling home the spot-kick on the stroke of halftime.

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Liberec 3 – Sparta Prague 0 (Gambrinus Liga, September 29, 2008) Sparta’s defense was all at sea as goals from Keric (brace) and Smetana gave Liberec all three points.

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NEC 1 – Heracles Almelo 1 (Eredivisie, September 28, 2008) Joel Tshibamba put NEC ahead in the 73rd minute but the striker immediately saw red for over-celebrating. Heracles made use of the extra man to get back into the game and snatch an equaliser with a minute left on the clock, Bridji’s cross found Everton who finished from close range.

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Club Brugge 2 – Westerlo 0 (Jupiler League, September 27, 2008)