Portsmouth 2 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, September 28, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Despite having shipped ten goals in their last two matches, Pompey started positively against rock-bottom Spurs, Richard Hughes was twice denied by Gomes from taking the lead. Jemaine Jenas was then guilty of an idiotic handball from a free-kick, Jermain Defoe slotting home the resulting penalty to give the hosts the halftime lead. After the break matters didn’t get better for Spurs, and Portsmouth unsurprisingly doubled their lead when Defoe fed Troare on the left hand side, his shot was blocked by Gomes but Peter Crouch was on hand to head home the second. In the final stages Diarra was dismissed for a second yellow for a rash tackle on Assou-Ekotto. Spurs stay rooted to the foot of the table on a pathetic two points from six games.
Wigan 2 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, September 28, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Wigan got off to a terrific start, Antonio Valencia hitting a rasping drive from outside the box whichÂ arrowed in the top-right hand corner of Joe Hart’s net. But Steve Bruce’s charges let themselves down conceding a poor equaliser, Elano’s free-kick was poorly dealt with by Palacios at the near post allowing Vincent Kompany to steer the ball over the line. The Latics controversially hit back, Wilson Palacios impersonated a high jumper following a challenge from Garrido, ref Bennett pointed to the spot and Amr Zaki continued his superb record since arriving in England. (First half highlights here.) The second half was a far duller spectacle, City failing to find an equaliser and ending in the second consecutive defeat for Mark Hughes’ men.
AC Milan 1 – Inter Milan 0 (Serie A, September 28, 2008) The Milan derby was lit up woth some Brazilian magic just before the break when Ronaldinho put AC Milan in front with a super header from a delicious Kaka cross.
Roma 2 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, September 28, 2008) Christian Panucci’s purple patch in front of goal continued against Atalanta, the defender chalking up his third goal in as many games after 17 minutes. Roma then moved further ahead on the half hour mark, the ball fell kindly to Vucinic in the box and the striker swept home the second.
Catania 1 – Chievo 0 (Serie A, September 28, 2008) Michele Paolucci got Catania off to a flying start at home to Chievo, showing a clean pair of heels to the defenders before rounding the keeper and scoring from an acute angle.
Torino 1 – Lazio 3 (Serie A, September 28, 2008) Lazio continued their brilliant early season form away at Torino, Zarate worked his way in from the left hand side and when the ball eventually fell to Pandev he made no mistake. After the break Zarate smashed home a swerving effort from distance. The game then erupted in the final minutes, Zarate hit a brace from the penalty spot after keeper Sereni had been sent off for the hosts, who then then reduced to nine men when Pratali was dismissed, with time left lleft over for Amoruso to score a consolation from the spot. (Highlights of Zarate’s performance can be seen here.)
Palermo 1 – Reggina 0 (Serie A, September 28, 2008) Fabrizio Miccoli’s 52nd minute strike proved to be enough to ensure the points remained in Sicily.
Lecce 2 – Cagliari 0 (Serie A, September 28, 2008) Guillermo Giacomazzi (33) and Jose Ignacio Castillo (61) did the damage for the hosts.
Udinese 2 – Siena 1 (Serie A, September 28, 2008) Fabio Quagliarella and Simone Pepe gave the hosts a comfortable lead, but saw Houssine Kharja pull one back before break. Siena, though, were unable to find an equaliser and slipped to a third straight defeat.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Arminia Bielefeld 1 (Bundesliga, September 28, 2008) Artur Wichniarek put Arminia ahead in the seventh minute with a peach of a lob on the angle, but just when the visitors looked set for three points Benjamin Kohler struck with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.
Atletico Madrid 0 – Sevilla 1 (La Liga, September 28, 2008) Luis Fabiano’s brilliant free-kick earned Sevilla maximum points from their trip to fellow high-flyers Atletico.
Valencia 4 – Deportivo La Coruna 2 (La Liga, September 28, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Depor took an early lead when Moretti turned a cross into his own net. Juan Mata levelled in the 35th minute, heading home inside the far post. Valencia went ahead just after the break as a neat pass by Mata found Villa, who turned two markers inside the area to beat Aranzubia from close range. Joaquin made it 3-1 on 69 minutes, before Villa bagged his second from a Mata cross. Lafita snatched a consolation goal for the visitors with five minutes to go.
Athletic Bilbao 0 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, September 28, 2008) Getafe won thanks to a stunning late lob from veteran striker Francisco Casquero.
Malaga 2 – Valladolid 1 (La Liga, September 28, 2008) Malaga finally bagged their first goals of the Primera Liga season to climb out of the bottom three. Manuel Lolo put them ahead, Adrian Lopez doubled his side’s lead 10 minutes into the second half, but they were forced to endure a nervous end to the game when Pedro Leon pulled one back for the visitors in the 65th minute.
Almeria 1 – Recreativo Huelva 0 (La Liga, September 28, 2008) Almeria moved up to joint third in Spain as the only goal of a tight clash came five minutes into injury time, when Alvaro Negredo finally broke the deadlock with a left-foot drive.
Racing Santander 1 – Mallorca 2 (La Liga, September 28, 2008) Ivan Marcano had given Santander an early lead, only for Fernando Varela to level for Mallorca just before half-time and an 85th minute winner from Pierre Webo stole the points for the islanders.
Celta Vigo 2 – Tenerife 1 (Segunda Division, September 28, 2008)
Valenciennes 0 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, September 28, 2008) Toulouse extended their surprise start to the season by winning at Valenciennes courtesy of a goal in added time by Andre-Pierre Gignac (shockingly bad goalkeeping) to move into second place in Ligue 1.
Monaco 0 – Lille 2 (Ligue 1, September 28, 2008) Yohan Cabayeâ€™s left-footed finish into the middle of the goal gave the visitors a 68th-minute lead and Cabaye turned provider as Ludovic Obraniak snaffled a second three minutes from time.
Bordeaux 1 – St. Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, September 28, 2008) Dimitri Payet gave the away side a 26th-minute lead with a shot from the edge of the area following a quick break from the visitors. Fernando Cavenaghi headed a 57th-minute equaliser from Yoann Gourcuff’s cross.
Galatasaray 4 – Konyaspor 1 (Super Lig, September 28, 2008) Kewell scored in the 66th minute, five minutes after Milan Baros completed a brace and 15 minutes after team-mate Cassio Lincoln had handed Galatasaray a 2-1 lead. Erhan Albayrak scored an equaliser for Konyaspor in the 11th minute after Baros had put the home side 1-0 up.
Maritimo 2 – Academica Coimbra 0 (Suplerliga, September 28, 2008)
Nacional 1 – Amadora 2 (Suplerliga, September 28, 2008)
Trofense 1 – Vitoria Guimaraes 3 (Suplerliga, September 28, 2008)
Panionios 2 – AEK Athens 2 (Greek Super League, September 28, 2008)
PAOK 1 – Aris 0 (Greek Super League, September 28, 2008)
Xanthi Skoda 1 – Thrasyvoulos 0 (Greek Super League, September 28, 2008)
Gloria Buzau 0 – Pandurii 1 (Liga I, September 28, 2008) Piturca’s 14th minute header separated the sides.
Altach 0 – Ried 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, September 27, 2008)
LASK Linz 2 – Kapfenberg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, September 27, 2008)
Beitar Jerusalem 1 – Maccabi Haifa 1 (Ligat ha’Al, September 28, 2008)
Bnei Sachnin 2 – Maccabi Tel Aviv 3 (Ligat ha’Al, September 27, 2008) A two-minute blitz in the first half from Kamanan and Buzaglo gave Maccabi a seemingly comfortable margin, but Sakhnin rallied in the second period when Poskus pulled one back in the 56th minute and Okocha leveled in the 64th minute. But Maccabi proved too strong for the home team, with Yavruyan scoring what turned out to be the winning goal with 15 minutes left on the clock.
FC Dallas 3 – DC United 0 (MLS, September 28, 2008)
San Jose Earthquakes 2 – Real Salt Lake 3 (MLS, September 27, 2008) Two goals from young striker Yura Movsisyan and a free-kick winner from Javier Morales gave RSL the away win at the Quakes, for whom Darren Huckerby bagged his fifth and sixth goals for the club since joining.
Queensland Roar 0 – Melbourne Victory 2 (A-League, September 28, 2008) Two goals in the final seven minutes to Roar substitutes Tahj Minniecon and Michael Zullo sealed the win over the 10-man Victory at Telstar Dome.
Wellington Phoenix 2 – Sydney FC 1 (A-League, September 28, 2008) Wellington chalked up their first win of season, while inflicting Sydney’s first defeat of the season thanks to Tim Brown’s 76th-minute strike.
River Plate 3 – Racing Club 3 (Argentinean Apertura, September 28, 2008)
Godoy Cruz 4 – Boca Juniors 1 (Argentinean Apertura, September 28, 2008)
Banfield 2 – Velez Sarsfield 2 (Argentinean Apertura, September 28, 2008)
Sao Paulo 2 – Cruzeiro 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 28, 2008)
Nautico 0 – Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 28, 2008)
Botafogo 1 – Fluminense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 28, 2008)
Santos 1 – Portuguesa 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 28, 2008)
Coritiba 1 – Atletico-PR 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 28, 2008)
Ipatinga 3 – Vasco 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 28, 2008)
Internacional 4 – Gremio 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 28, 2008)
Club America 2 – Cruz Azul 0 (Mexican Apertura, September 28, 2008)
Monarcas 3 – Necaxa 1 (Mexican Apertura, September 28, 2008)
Toluca 2 – Santos 1 (Mexican Apertura, September 28, 2008)