AZ Alkmaar move six points clear in Holland; Fenerbahce close 2008 with a win

AZ Alkmaar 2 – Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, December 19, 2008) AZ moved six points clear at the top of the table, Mounir El Hamdaoui collected the ball just outside the box, shifted the ball to the right, and scored with a bullet into the top corner. Demy de Zeeuw sealed the win with a last minute solo effort, bursting down the left and firing the ball through the keeper.

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Konyaspor 1 – Fenerbahce 2 (Super Lig, December 19, 2008) A horrendous error from the home keeper gifted Fener the lead, a tame punch from the number one rebounded off the chest of Onder Turaci for the opener. A minute later it was two as Guiza teed up Deivid de Souza for a simple second. The hosts pulled a goal back in the second half through Cihan’s strike.

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Associacao Naval 0 – Vitoria Guimaraes 0 (SuperLiga, December 19, 2008)

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Anderlecht 2 – Racing Genk 0 (Jupiler League, December 19, 2008) Guillaume Gillet scored with a 25-yard daisy-cutter into the bottom corner before Jonathan Legear sowed up the win with a second half second.

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Parma 1 – Cittadella 0 (Serie B, December 19, 2008) Alberto Paloschi’s late goal gave 10-man Parma a hard-fought victory over giant-killers Cittadella.

Brescia 1 – Grosseto 0 (Serie B, December 19, 2008) The Rondinelle broke through as Caracciolo collected the ball expertly on his chest, before skipping past keeper Caparco to score into an empty net. Jadid saw red straight after the restart for a second bookable offence, but Brescia held for the win.

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Newcastle Jets 4 – Melbourne Victory 2 (A-League, December 19, 2008) The Jets ran out comfortable winners after Matt Thompson’s hat-trick and a Jin-Hyung Song goal gave the hosts a 4-nil lead. Late goals from Danny Allsopp and Ney Fabiano were little more than a consolation for the Victory.

Wellington Phoenix 1 – Central Coast Mariners 0 (A-League, December 19, 2008) Shane Smeltz was the match-winner for the Phoenix scoring the only goal after just one minute 26 seconds.

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China 0 – Iran 2 (4 Nations Cup, December 19, 2008) A penalty late in the first half by Mohammed Seyed Salehi and a Pejman Nouri goal in the second half sealed the victory for Team Melli.

Oman 2 – Ecuador 0 (4 Nations Cup, December 19, 2008) A goal in each half from Rabia and Al Hawsani gave the hosts the win.