UEFA Cup: Wins for Spurs, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Portsmouth; Everton can only draw with Liege

Tottenham 2 – Wisla Krakow 1 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) David Bentley had given Spurs the lead in the 33rd only to see it cancelled out within a minute when Wisla ripped through the defensive line for Tomas Jirsak’s equaliser. But in  the 73rd-minute header Darren Bent scored his third goal in as many games, to record Tottenham’s first win of the season.

Litex Lovech 1 – Aston Villa 3 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) After going behind to a goal from Ivelin Popov, Nigel Reo-Coker got his second goal in four days to take Villa in level at the break. Cambon and Venkov were sent-off for the home side and goals from Barry (pen) and Petrov sealed the victory.

Portsmouth 2 – Guimaraes 0 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Goals from Lassana Diarra (great one-two with Defoe and a fine finish) and Jermain Defoe (lovely volley) gave Pompey the win after both teams had missed a pen each.

Omonia Nicosia 1 – Manchester City 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Klodian Duro scored a howitzer of a free-kick to send the home fans wild, but a Jo double secured a comeback win for Mark Hughes’ side.

Everton 2 – Standard Liege 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Liege were ahead early on when Dieumerci Mbokani netted close in after Everton were exposed on the right. Ayegbeni Yakubu equalised before Joseph Yobo’s own goal put the Belgians ahead again, only for Segundo Castillo to equalise with a fine 25-yarder.

Borussia Dortmund 0 – Udinese 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Flores and Inler with the goals.

Kayserispor 1 – PSG 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Mateja Kezman put PSG in front on five minutes, Toledo equalised with three minutes to go but Luyindula secured the win in the 90th minute.

AS Nancy 1 – Motherwell 0 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Pascal Berenguer scored the only goal minutes before the break.

Banik Ostrava 0 – Spartak Moscow 1 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) A Rene Bolf og was the difference between the two sides.

FC Moscow 1 – FC Copenhagen 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008)

Cherno More 1 – Stuttgart 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008)

Borac C. 1 – Ajax 4 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Miralem Sulejmani got things going with a goal after 11 minutes and Luis Suarez doubled the advantage 10 minutes before the break. Dragan Milovanovic pulled a goal back for the hosts, but Klaas Jan Huntelaar chipped in with a late double to put the Amsterdammers out of sight.

AC Milan 3 – Zurich 1 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Marek Jankulovsi put Milan ahead by volleying in a rebound in first-half added time, Brazil forward Alexandre Pato found the target with a free kick in the 56th and second-half substitute Marco Borriello connected from beyond the area in the 74th. Dusan Djuric pulled one back for Zurich with a long, rising shot that ricocheted in off the crossbar in the 78th.

Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 – Saint-Etienne 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) In Israel, goals from Dmitri Payet and Pascal Feindouno gave Saint Etienne a 2-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Napoli 3 – Benfica 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) The visitors went ahead through David Suazo, but found themselve behind just three minutes later with Luigi Vitale and German Denis on target. Napoli opened up a two-goal buffer through Christian Maggio, but Benfica got an important second away goal when Luisao netted on the hour.

Young Boys Bern 2 – Club Brugge 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008)

Feyenoord 0 – Kalmar 1 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Viktor Elm scored the only goal of the game 19 minutes from time to give Kalmar, who currently lead the Swedish league, a surprise win.

Besiktas 1 – Metalist Kharkiv 0 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008)

Bellinzona 3 – Galatasaray 4 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) The Swiss club went ahead through Mauro Lustrinelli after 32 minutes, but Harry Kewell (39) ensured Gala went into the break level. Bellinzona went ahead again two minutes after the restart through Gurkan Sermeter, but the lead lasted just five minutes as Milan Baros scored. On the hour mark Bellinzona had  Shkelzen Gashi red carded, only for Baros to complete his double nine minutes from time. In injury time Iacopo La Rocca seemingly bagged the equaliser for the hosts, only for Lincoln to score a late winner.

Slaven Belupo 1 – CSKA Moscow 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008)

Austria Vienna 2 – Lech Poznan 1 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Austria Vienna defender Franz Schiemer bagged a brace either side of Hernan Rengifo’s equaliser to give his side a 2-1 win over Lech Poznan.

Rennes 2 – Twente 1 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Steve McClaren saw his team move ahead in France through Denneboom, but goals from M’Bia and Carlos Bocanegra turned the game on its head.

Poli Timisoara 1 – Partizan Belgrade 2 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008)

Zilina 1 – Levski Sofia 1 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008)

Wolfsburg 1 – Rapid Bucharest 0 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) The Gremans will take a slender lead into the second leg thanks to Grafite’s penalty on the stroke of halftime.

Brann Bergen 2 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) Olafur Orn Bjarnason (25) and a Jan Gunnar Solli penalty (39) sealed the win for the Norwegians.

NEC Nijmegen 1 – Dinamo Bucharest 0 (UEFA Cup, September 18, 2008) The game was marred by violence in the stands.

The goals from AC Milan-Zurich (3-1), Borussia Dortmund-Udinese (0-2), Sampdoria-Kaunas (5-0) can be seen here.

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Santos Laguna 3 – Municipal 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights here.)

Marathon 2 – Cruz Azul 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 17, 2008)

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Columbus Crew 3 – New York Red Bulls 1 (MLS, September 18, 2008) Juan Pablo Angel put New York ahead in the 21st minute with a 32-yard free kick (8th goal in 10 games). The Crew equalised four minutes before the break, Frankie Hejduk scored his first goal in three years with a cross that sailed into the net. Columbus went ahead just 19 seconds into the second half as winger Robbie Rogers beat two defenders and unleashed a fine 30-yard strike. The hosts sealed the victory in the 85th minute as Hejduk ran into the penalty area and laid off for midfielder Eddie Gaven to score.

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Bolivar 2 – LDU de Quito 1 (Copa Sudamericana, September 18, 2008)


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