Anelka’s double sends Chelsea top; Bent fires Harry Houdini’s Spurs out of the bottom three

Blackburn 0 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, November 9, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) With the rain pouring down, Chelsea were denied a great shout for a penalty early doors, Anelka intercepted a desperately short back pass from Andrews, beat Paul Robinson and seemingly got a nick, only for the Frenchman to tumble to no avail. Lampard tested Paul Robinson with a shot from distance. Chelsea’s dominance finally paid off, although only in odd fashion, as Bosingwa’s optimistic 35-yard shot deflected goalwards off Nicolas Anelka, catching out Robinson as the ball trickled over the line. (First half highlights here.) After the break Rovers saw more of the ball without making it count, and the Blues took advantage when Lampard did brilliantly to avoid losing the ball in the box, finding Anelka with the number 9 lifting a shot over Robinson for the second. Frank Lampard hit the bar from a free-kick as Chelsea returned to the top of the league.

Manchester City 1 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, November 9, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) City took an undeserved lead when Gomes parried Vassell’s shot into the path of Robinho, who slotted into the net from eight yards. Gelson Fernandes picked up two yellow cards to receive his marching orders after 26 minutes, and Spurs hit back when Modric’s ball was horrifically dealt with by Richard Dunne and Darren Bent took full advantage to equalise. After the break Spurs took the lead, Jenas played the ball into Darren Bent, and the striker continued his rich vein of form by firing across Joe Hart for his fifth goal in four days. Mike Dean sent off Richard Dunne for a professional foul on Darren Bent, while Spurs lost Benoit Assou-Ekotto for his second yellow card.

Fulham 2 – Newcastle 1 (Premier League, November 9, 2008) Newcastle shot themselves in the foot to fall behind at Craven Cottage, Claudio Capaca’s awful attempted headed clearance dropped to Andy Johnson in the box and the striker scored with ease. Shola Ameobi brought Newcastle level from Duff’s right wing cross, although the striker was offside. But back came Fulham, Coloccini bundled Johnson in the box and Danny Murphy stood up and converted the penalty.

Aston Villa 1 – Middlesbrough 2 (Premier League, November 9, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) After 34 minutes a mistake by Nicky Shorey gifted the opening goal to Tuncay. The lead lasted just three minutes before Sidwell equalised, but a dreadful mistake by Sidwell with two minutes remaining allowed Tuncay to earn Boro their second away success of the season.

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Kilmarnock 0 – Rangers 4 (SPL, November 9, 2008) Killie keeper Allan Combe saved a Kris Boyd penalty in the first half. After the break David Weir met a deep corner with a firm header to put Rangers ahead. Boyd smashed in a low strike from a great Kenny Miller pass for number two. Late on, Miller nodded in a Steven Davis cross at the back post and Steven Whittaker added the fourth with a volley.

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Villarreal 2 – Almeria 1 (La Liga, November 9, 2008) After Giuseppe Rossi scored a rip-snorter from 25-yards inside the first minute, Pires swung over a right wing cross which Llorente volleyed home to put Villarreal 2-up over Almeria. Piatti scored for the second week running to bring Almeria back in the game, although looking suspiciously offside. Piatti gave Almeria a foothold in the game when he scored just after the hour mark.

Sevilla 1 – Recreativo Huelva 0 (La Liga, November 9, 2008) Freddie Kanoute planted a free header just after the hour mark to earn Sevilla the three points.

Getafe 0 – Valencia 3 (La Liga, November 9, 2008) Fernandes struck the opener on the half hour, with second half goals from Joaquin (screaming volley) and Vicente wrapping up the win.

Racing Santander 1 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, November 9, 2008)

Mallorca 3 – Athletic Bilbao 3 (La Liga, November 9, 2008) Androni Iraola’s penalty on 43 minutes cancelled out Cleber Santana’s opener (11), but Mallorca then surged into a 3-1 lead thanks to a brace from Juan Arango (57 and 74). Franciso Yeste brought the score back to 3-2 with 11 minutes remaining and Fernando Llorente grabbed Bilbao’s leveller in the final minute.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, November 9, 2008) Andres Guardado netted the decisive goal on 37 minutes.

Numancia 2 – Betis 4 (La Liga, November 9, 2008) Javier Del Pino broke the deadlock for Numancia after 27 minutes but Achille Emana equalised from the penalty spot six minutes later. Mehmet Aurelio and Juanito then struck before halftime to give Betis a commanding lead, before Jose Barkero responded for Numancia on 56 minutes. Aurelio scored Betis’ fourth just five minutes from time to secure all three points.

Zaragoza 1 – Castellon 1 (Segunda Division, November 9, 2008)

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Lecce 1 – AC Milan 1 (Serie A, November 9, 2008) For the third game running Ronaldinho was set to be the saviour for Milan, the Brazilian converting Pato’s cutback in the 79th minute. But Lecce shocked the Rossoneri with a last minute equaliser from Guglielmo Stendardo.

Inter Milan 1 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, November 9, 2008) Inter had to wait until injury time to steal the three points to keep Mourinho top of the table, Julio Cruz bundled him a corner as the Nerazzurri won ugly.

Napoli 2 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, November 9, 2008) Napoli moved ahead when Mannini turned home Lavezzi’s cross-cum-shot at the back post. Marcelo Zalayeta sealed the points with the second 15 minutes from time.

Fiorentina 2 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, November 9, 2008) Felipe Melo gave Fiorentina the lead with a 25-yard daisy-cutter that nestled in to bottom corner. The Viola’s lead was doubled three minutes later by Alberto Gilardino after great work by Jovetic. Floccari pulled a goal back from the spot.

Chievo 0 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, November 9, 2008) Alessandro Del Piero, who is arguably the best striker in Europe at present, continued his purple patch in front of goal with yet another free-kick for the scrapbook that gave the Chievo keeper no chance. In the 51st minute Iaquinta doubled Juve’s lead, scoring on the second attempt after his spot-kick was saved.

Lazio 3 – Siena 0 (Serie A, November 9, 2008) Mauro Zarate hit a stunning 58th minute free-kick to give Lazio the lead. With four minutes to go Rocchi turned in the second at the near post, and in injury time Rocchi hit a third after the Siena defense were all at sea.

Catania 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, November 9, 2008) Jedaias Jeda took advantage of poor defending to head Cagliari in front in the sixth minute but Giuseppe Mascara equalised in the 37th minute. Rocco Sabato’s late free-kick saw Catania take the points.

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Schalke 1 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, November 9, 2008) It was a blistering start at the Veltins-Arena, Luca Toni scoring after just three minutes with a shot in the near post, only for Schalke to level two minutes later when Jefferson Farfan hit a shot into the far corner. Bayern retook the lead on the half hour mark, Ribery played a slick one-two with Ze Roberto and the Frenchman stroked in number two.

Hertha Berlin 1 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, November 9, 2008) Hertha beat table-toppers Hoffenheim with a solitary goal from Andriy Voronin after he received a cute through-ball from Nicu.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, November 9, 2008) Nikos Liberopoulos put the hosts two goals up with goals in the 18th and 66th minute, but Martin Lanig pulled one goal back after 71 minutes. Mario Gomez then scored with three minutes left as Stuttgart claimed a draw.

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Valenciennes 0 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, November 9, 2008) Benjamin Gavanon scored the only goal of the game on 15 minutes to help move Nancy clear of trouble at the wrong end of the table.

St. Etienne 0 – Rennes 3 (Ligue 1, November 9, 2008) The visitors got off to a flying start with Mickael Pagis latching onto Jimmy Briand’s pass to open the scoring after just 13 minutes. Rennes put the game beyond Sreach with two quick-fire goals in two second half minutes from Rod Fanni (51) and Pagis (53). St. Etienne have now lost five league games on the bounce.

PSG 0 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, November 9, 2008) Ludovic Giuly netted after 40 minutes after Adil Rami made a calamitous attempt at trying to cut out a flick on.

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Ajax 5 – Sparta Rotterdam 2 (Eredivisie, November 9, 2008) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in the 16th off a Bakircioglu pass. Emanuelson set up Luis Suarez, who curler home aright foot beauty, five minutes later for the second. Evander Sno then made it 3-0 in the 42nd, four minutes after he replaced the injured Huntelaar. Bakircioglu scored Ajax’s fourth in the 74th before substitute Leonardo wrapped up the win in the 84th. Joshua John and Yuri Rose scored for Sparta in the 57th and 88th minutes.

AZ Alkmaar 3 – Twente 0 (Eredivisie, November 9, 2008) Alkmaar cruised to a win over Steve McClaren’s Twente, Brazilian Ari scoring twice (first goal, second goal) while Mounir El Hamdaoui kept up his wonderful goal-scoring spree this season with the other.

Den Haag 0 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, November 9, 2008) Bonaventura Kalou broke the deadlock in the 86th minute to give Heerenveen their first win in five games.

Feyenoord 5 – Utrecht 2 (Eredivisie, November 8, 2008) Goals from Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Diego Biseswar (the first was an arrow in the top corner, the second came after a one-one-one) put the home side in command within the first 30 minutes, but Alje Schut and Mihai Nesu dragged Utrecht back into the game. Karim El Ahmadi and Roy Makaay erased all hopes of a comeback though with a strike each in stoppage time.

Willem II 2 – Roda 1 (Eredivisie, November 8, 2008) A Said Boutahar brace helped Willem II heap more pressure on Roda who remain second-bottom in the Eredivisie. Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo grabbed a consolation for Roda.

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Anderlecht 2 – Lokeren 3 (Jupiler League, November 8, 2008) Two goals from Maazou earned Lokeren a surprising and comfortable 0-2 lead at half time, and Dupre added a third to the away side’s account in the 53rd minute. Legear got one back in the 65th minute and Frutos made it 2-3 eight minutes later, but Lokeren avoided further damage and took the win.

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Sporting Lisbon 1- Porto 1 (Pens. 4-5) (Taca de Portugal, November 9, 2008) Liedson opened the scoring for Sporting after he headed home a poor clearance by Porto defender Fernando after 29 minutes. Porto levelled when Hulk raced between two defenders to beat keeper Rui Patricio with a powerful shot after 59 minutes. Extra time ended in deadlock before Porto goalkeeper Helton became the hero when he saved Abel’s penalty to knock the hosts out.

Naval 3 – Belenenses 2 (Taca de Portugal, November 9, 2008)

Academica 0 – Estrela Amadora 1 (Taca de Portugal, November 9, 2008)

Gondomar 0 – Trofense 2 (Taca de Portugal, November 9, 2008)

Leixoes 3 – Santana 0 (Taca de Portugal, November 9, 2008)

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Fenerbahce 4 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Log, November 9, 2008) Galatasaray scored through Lincoln after less than two minutes, but Sahin equalised four minutes later, and an own goal from Asik put the home side ahead in the 28th minute. Lugano then made it 3-1 shortly after the break and Deivid provided the fourth and final goal in added time.

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Panathinaikos 0 – Olympiakos 0 (Greek Super League, November 9, 2008)

Ergotelis 2 – Larisa 1 (Greek Super League, November 9, 2008)

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Vaduz 0 – Basel 2 (Swiss Super League, November 9, 2008)

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FK Banat 0 – Partizan Belgrade 2 (Serbian Superliga, November 9, 2008) Banat showed Partizan far too much respect as Bogunovic had time to turn and score the opener before Diarra wrapped up the win with a fine shot the cannoned in off the far post.

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Hajduk Split 4 – NK Zagreb 0 (1. HNL, November 9, 2008)

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Spartak Varna 0 – Levski Sofia 1 (A Grupa, November 9, 2008)

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Perth Glory 2 – Newcastle Jets 2 (A-League, November 9, 2008) Joel Griffiths opened the scoring for the Jets in the 17th minute, slamming home a quality strike before Nikita Rukavytsya replied 11 minutes later. A goal from Newcastle’s Tarek Elrich on the stroke of halftime gave the visitors the lead, and it look bleak for the Glory when Jamie Coyne was dismissed for a challenge on Jin-Hyung Sung. But it was 10 versus 10 after Daniel Piorkowski was dismissed as well eight minutes later for a clash with Scott Bulloch. A frantic finish was capped with a Eugene Dadi retaken penalty for Perth.

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Houston Dynamo 0 – New York Red Bulls 3 (Agg. 1-4) (MLS playoffs, November 9, 2008) Richards gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute, before Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty kick in the 36th minute after Ricardo Clark handled in the area. The Red Bulls put the to bed in the 80th minute, when Richards teed up John Wolyniec for the third of the night.

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River Plate 3 – Huracan 3 (Argentinean Apertura, November 9, 2008) Two goals from Hernan Barcos and one from Hugo Barrientes put Huracan 3-0 ahead after only 35 minutes at a stunned Monumental stadium. Matias Abelairas began the fight back with a free kick six minutes after the re-start, Radamel Falcao Garcia scored from a controversial penalty and Eduardo Tuzzio headed the equaliser in the 77th minute. It was River’s seventh draw in 14 games as they stayed bottom with 10 points, one behind Rosario Central.

Arsenal Sarandi 0 – Boca Juniors 1 (Argentinean Apertura, November 9, 2008) A brilliantly executed free-kick from Juan Roman Riquelme in second half injury-time was the difference as Boca claimed three precious points to go joint top.

San Martin 0 – Racing Club 2 (Argentinean Apertura, November 9, 2008)