Birmingham & Liverpool play out dull draw; Malaga hit five at Zaragoza; Juve-Samp locked in 6-goal tie; Genoa stunned by Chievo; Brescia beat Palermo 3-2 & NAC knock over Feyenoord

Birmingham 0 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, September 12, 2010) (Longer highlights & MOTD highlights.) There wasn’t much for either side to shout about in a dull first half at St Andrews that saw Birmingham and Liverpool go in at 0-0. First half highlights. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres might have done better when well placed from a Johnson cross but fellow Spaniard Pepe Reina was the star of the show. First with an excellent save from a Jerome header and then with another point-blank shut-out from a Gardner header. The second half was even worse than the opening 45, Scott Dann bounced a header over and Fernando Torres failed to find the net with a near post shot.

Post match interviews: Pepe Reina, Roy Hodgson & Alex McLeish.

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Sevilla 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, September 12, 2010) Deportivo keeper Manu starred and kept out Sevilla with some excellent saves.

Villarreal 4 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, September 12, 2010) Villarreal were two goals to the good against Espanyol at the interval, Giuseppe Rossi spun on a sixpence to crack in the opener and Borja Valero arrowed home a second in the 33rd minute. Giuseppe Rossi notched a second early in the second half when he converted from the spot. Villarreal sowed up the match 15 minutes from time when Rossi got to the touchline before pulling the ball back for Nilmar to bury.

Sporting Gijon 2 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, September 12, 2010) Gijon breezed past toothless Mallorca 2-0 thanks to goals from Alberto Botia and Diego Castro.

Zaragoza 3 – Malaga 5 (La Liga, September 12, 2010) Malaga turned in the performance of the weekend to win 5-3 away to feeble Zaragoza, with two first half goals from Miguel, two from Juanmi and one from Quimcy Owusu-Abeyie. Malaga eased up in the second half, allowing Zaragoza to hit back with goals from Jose Edmilson, Marco Perez and Ander Herrera. But the visitors managed to hold on for the win without too many problems.

Getafe 4 – Levante 1 (La Liga, September 12, 2010) Jaime Gavilan headed home a Manu cross after just five minutes, and Getafe when 2-up when Adrian Colunga neatly slotted home following a through pass from Pedro Mosquera after just eleven minutes. Rafael Jorda pulled one back with a beautiful chip to inspire hope of a comeback. Jaime Gavilan and Javier Arizmendi scored in injury time for the hosts to give the scoreline a level of gloss.

Valladolid 4 – Recreativo Huelva 0 (Segunda Division, September 12, 2010) A fine shot on the angle from Javi Guerra put Valladolid ahead against Recre. Antonio De La Calle doubled the lead with a close range tap in and Javi Guerra chested the hosts 3-up after the break to put the game to bed. Antonio De La Calle turned home a fourth eleven minutes from time.

Xerez 1 – Numancia 0 (Segunda Division, September 12, 2010)

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Napoli 2 – Bari 2 (Serie A, September 12, 2010) Barreto headed Bari in front from an early corner but Napoli went into the break level after Edison Cavani slapped in an equaliser. Napoli thought they had stolen the points when Paolo Cannavaro struck in the 86th minute but Bari refused to lose and Jose Ignacio Castillo struck late on for a share of the spoils.

Juventus 3 – Sampdoria 3 (Serie A, September 12, 2010) Juventus were punished for allowing the Samp forwards too much space around their box as Cassano teed up Nicola Pozzi who drilled the visitors ahead in the 36th minute. The Bianconeri reacted well to falling behind and Claudio Marchisio levelled minutes before the interval following good work from Krasic down the left. The Old Lady took the lead early in the second half as Krasic set up his second of the day delivering a cross that Simone Pepe stabbed in at the back stick. Samp showed their character hitting back, an excellent move from a corner saw a ball dinked to Antonio Cassano towards the apex of the six yard box and the Italian marksman stroked a beauty into the far post. Three minutes later Juve were back in front, Pepe cut in from the left and struck the foot of the post and Fabio Quagliarella knocked in the rebound. Amazingly Samp hit back again, Nicola Pozzi notched his brace with a bullet header from a delicious right wing cross.

Genoa 1 – Chievo 3 (Serie A, September 12, 2010) Mattia Destro gave Genoa an early lead over Chievo, but the Flying Donkeys levelled on the stroke of halftime when Davide Moscardelli’s shot deflected into the net. Chievo took the lead early in the second half when a searing run down the right was rewarded with Michele Marcolini heading home the cross. Sergio Pellissier then got in on the act for the visitors, adding a third in the 76th.

Catania 2 – Parma 1 (Serie A, September 12, 2010) Giuseppe Mascara got Catania off to a great start against Parma converting a 12th minute penalty. A second penalty in the second half from Mirco Antenucci killed the contest. There was some late drama however as Parma had Alessandro Lucarelli sent off at the death while Sebastian Giovinco managed to half the deficit with a magnificent free-kick.

Lecce 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, September 12, 2010) Poor Fiorentina defending gifted Lecce a 9th minute opener as a free-kick was allowed to run to David Di Michele who lashed the ball home from close-range.

Brescia 3 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, September 12, 2010) Brescia needed less than three minute to get off the mark as Simone Dallamano diverted a shot into the far corner of the Palermo net. The Sicilians levelled in the 24th when Argentine starlet Javier Pastore smashed home an equaliser from close range. Brescia soon went back into front when a ball over the top found Eder who made no mistake from close range and minutes before the interval Andrea Caracciolo slotted home a penalty to put the hosts 3-1 up at the break. Palermo got a lifeline in the 83rd minute when Federico Balzaretti capitalised on a poor header from defender Baiocco to score.

Lazio 3 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, September 12, 2010) The game was goalless until the 68th minute when Stefano Mauri tapped home. Seven minutes later Tommaso Rocchi lobbed in the second. Bologna hit back on 78 through Gaby Mudingayi but a late Hernanes penalty sealed the win for the Rome giants.

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Cologne 1 – St. Pauli 0 (Bundesliga, September 12, 2010) Taner Yalcin was quickest to a long range shot that came off the post to put Cologne one-up at home to St Pauli.

Mainz 2 – Kaiserslautern 1 (Bundesliga, September 12, 2010) A route one ball caught Mainz out in the 20th minute and Srdjan Lakic raced clean through to put Kaiserslautern ahead. The home side turned the game round with two goals in three minutes on 71 and 74 from Niko Bungert and Andre Schurrle (fine strike into the corner).

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Marseille 2 – Monaco 2 (Ligue 1, September 12, 2010) Marseille fell behind to Monaco when Daniel Niculae steered a shot home on the angle after 15 minutes, but OM were level at the break after Mathieu Valbuena rifled home a beauty into the near post. Chu-Young Park put Monaco back in front ten minutes from time but minutes later Adriano turned the ball into his own net for a leveller.

Nice 2 – Bordeaux 1 (Ligue 1, September 12, 2010) Goals from Eric Mouloungui and Habib Bamogo gave Nice victory over Bordeaux as the French Riviera club maintained its unbeaten start to the season. Anthony Modeste pulled a goal back for Bordeaux from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

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NAC 2 – Feyenoord 0 (Eredivisie, September 12, 2010) Robbert Schilder managed to find the breakthrough seven minutes from time with a low left-footed drive into the near post. Bruno Martins Indi saw red for the visitors in the final minute before Schilder bagged an injury time second from a free-kick to seal the win.

Groningen 1 – Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, September 12, 2010) Andreas Granqvist’s late penalty earned Groningen the three points.

Den Haag 2 – De Graafschap 2 (Eredivisie, September 12, 2010) Dmitri Bulykin volleyed Den Haag in front after a poor punch from the keeper and Kevin Visser doubled the lead. Hugo Bargas bagged a fine brace to tie the encounter – the second an overhead kick.

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Club Brugge 2 – Racing Genk 2 (Belgium Jupiler League, September 12, 2010) Jelle Vossen gave Genk a 10th minute lead. Ronald Vargas and Peter van der Heyden turned the game on its head but Daniel Tozser levelled.

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Uniao Leiria 2 – Nacional 1 (Liga Sagres, September 12, 2010) Marcos Paulo fired Uniao ahead with a fine free-kick early in the second half. A napping home defender allowed Juninho to level for Nacional in the 55th but more comically bad defending gifted Serge Charles N’Gal the winner just two minute later.

Maritimo 1 – Pacos de Ferreira 1 (Liga Sagres, September 12, 2010) Nelson Oliveira put the away side in front with a deflected effort, Kleber equalised from close range.

Portimonense 3 – Rio Ave 1 (Liga Sagres, September 12, 2010) Calvin Kadi and Pedro Moreira gave the home side a 2-0 lead, Yazalde pulled one back before Candeias completed the victory.

Academica 3 – Naval 0 (Liga Sagres, September 12, 2010) Sougou (penalty), Fidalgo and Berger were on the scoresheet for Academica.

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Dinamo Moscow 3 – Terek Grozny 1 (Russian Premier League, September 12, 2010) Shamil Lakhyalov fired Terek ahead at Dinamo in the 35th but the hosts went in the break level pegging after Kevin Kuranyi continued his serial scoring in Russia equalising in the 42nd. Midway through the second half, Dinamo took the lead thanks to a cross-cum-shot by Aleksandr Samedov. Igor Semshov danced through for the third goal to seal the win.

Lokomotiv Moscow 1 – CSKA Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, September 12, 2010) Maicon’s 25th minute header from a corner gave Lokomotiv the lead against city rivals CSKA. The match turned ugly midway through the second half kicking off after Malkhaz Asatiani acted as if he’d been shot by a sniper for a non-existent Mark Gonzalez challenge, the pair then went for each other with headbutts leaving the ref little option but to send the warring twosome off.

Rostov 1 – Anzhi 0 (Russian Premier League, September 12, 2010) The only goal arrived in the second half as Timofey Kalachev scored at the back post with a shot on the slide.

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Illichivets 2 – Karpaty 3 (Ukranian Premier League, September 12, 2010) 

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Rapid Vienna 0 – Austria Vienna 1 (Austrian Bundesliga, September 12, 2010) Roland Linz claimed the match winner just after the hour mark.

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Luzern 6 – Bellinzona 2 (Swiss Super League, September 12, 2010)  Joao Paiva opened for Luzern after 20 minutes before Ferreira added a second from the spot. Hakan Yakin curled home a sweet free-kick on the hour for number three and the match was over two minutes later when Joao Paiva nodded in a fourth. Mauro Lustrinelli gave Bellinzona false hope with a quick-fire double before Tomislav Puljic and Janko Pacar added late goals for Luzern.

Young Boys 2 – Basel 2 (Swiss Super League, September 12, 2010) Ammar Jemal fired Young Boys ahead after just two minutes  and the bumblebees doubled their advantage when they carved through the Basel backline and David Degen scored. Alexander Frei brought Basel back in the match with a picture-perfect free-kick while Scott Chipperfield hit the equaliser when he saw his second half shot deflect into the net.

Xamax 0 – St. Gallen 1 (Swiss Super League, September 12, 2010) Michael Lang’s strike at the second half proved decisive.

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AEK Athens 2 – Panserraikos 0 (Greek Super League, September 12, 2010) Goals from Rafik Djebbour and Pantelis Kafes eased AEK to the three points.

Xanthi Skoda 1 – Panionios 1 (Greek Super League, September 12, 2010) Sito Riera chipped Panionios into a first half lead, Marcelinho levelled from the spot in the second period.

Larissa 0 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, September 12, 2010)

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Rosenborg 1 – Viking 1 (Tippeligaen, September 12, 2010) Michael Jamtfall blasted Rosenborg in front early on the hour but Birkir Bjarnason steered a header into the far post to bring Viking level.

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Djurgarden 2 – Orebro 1 (Allsvenskan, September 12, 2010) Magnus Wikstrom gave Orebro the lead at the interval but a free-kick from Sharbel Touma and a header from Joona Toivio turned the match around after the break.

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Levski Sofia 4 – Minior Pernik 0 (A PFG, September 12, 2010) After Joaozinho struck inside forty seconds, Levski raced to the three points courtesy of a first half Garra Dembele hat-trick.

Lokomtoiv Plovdiv 4 – Montana 0 (A PFG, September 12, 2010) Zdravko Lazarov was the hero for the hosts notching a hat-trick in the one-sided match. Gabor Eros capped off the win with a fourth.

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Astra Ploiesti 1 – Timisoara 1 (Romania Liga I, September 12, 2010) Dede cancelled out Kehinde Fatai’s opener. 

FC Brasov 2 – Dinamo Bucharest 2 (Romania Liga I, September 12, 2010)

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Videoton 3 – Szolnoki 1 (Hungary Borsodi Liga, September 12, 2010)

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BSK Borca 1 – Red Star Belgrade 3 (Serbian Super Liga, September 12, 2010)

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Anorthosis 3 – APOP Kinuras 0 (Cyprus 1. Division, September 12, 2010) Jeffrey Leiwakabessy claimed the opener and Cafu bagged a brace.

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Melbourne Victory 3 – Brisbane Roar 0 (A-League, September 12, 2010) After a quiet first half, the game burst into life on 51 minutes when Tom Pondeljak threaded a superb shot to put the first goal past Michael Theoklitos all season. Five minutes later an audacious piece of play from Brazilian Ricardinho embarrassed Brisbane defender Luke DeVere to make it 2-0 for the home side. Melbourne’s first-ever win at their new home stadium was wrapped up on 71 minutes when Grant Brebner struck a beautiful long shot past Theoklitos.

Perth Glory 0 – Gold Coast United 1 (A-League, September 12, 2010) The Glory’s bid to keep pace with league leader Adelaide suffered a setback as maximum points went with United after skipper Jason Culina produced the winner on 23 minutes.

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FC Tokyo 0 – Urawa Red Diamonds 1 (J-League, September 12, 2010) A penalty from by Brazilian midfielder Ponte in the 66th minute proved decisive.

Yamagata 0 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 (J-League, September 12, 2010) Keiji Tamada kept Nagoya looking strong at the top of the table after he smashed home the only goal of the game in the 27th minute.

Jubilo Iwata 3 – Shonan Bellmare 2 (J-League, September 11, 2010) Jubilo Iwata beat Shonan with two goals from Ryoichi Maeda.

Cerezo Osaka 1 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 (J-League, September 11, 2010)

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Olimpo 1 – Boca Juniors 3 (Argentinean Apertura, September 12, 2010) Lucas Viatri fired a rocket into the corner to put Boca in front on 14. The home side hit back three minutes later with a goal by Juan Cobo. Two goals in seven minutes after the hour sealed the win – Boca’s second was scored by all-time top goal scorer Martin Palermo and the third was claimed by Juan Insaurralde.

River Plate 1 – Arsenal Sarandi 0 (Argentinean Apertura, September 12, 2010) A second half header from Rogelio Funes Mori lead river to the points.

Argentinos Jrs 1 – Newells Old Boys 2 (Argentinean Apertura, September 12, 2010) Gonzalo Vargas headed Argentinos Jrs ahead just after the hour, but Gabriel Cichero and Luis Rodriguez turmed the match for Newells.

Independiente 0 – Quilmes 0 (Argentinean Apertura, September 12, 2010)

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Atletico Mineiro 1 – Gremio Prudente 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2010) Obina fired home the only goal of the match with three minutes remaining.

Botafogo 2 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2010) Sebastian “El Loco” Abreu knocked in the first after the goalkeeper had parried. Edno added a second with 10 minutes remaining.

Avai 1 – Cruzeiro 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2010) Roger opened the scoring from a hotly disputed penalty. Thiago Ribeiro doubled the lead with a shot that bounced back off the keeper’s head before Laercio Carrerinha halved the defeicit.

Ceara 2 – Santos 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2010) Magno Alves headed Ceara in front, Keirrison equalised a minute later but Magno Alves bagged the winner on the hour with another header. The game was marred by accusations of police brutality after the final whistle.

Guarani 1 – Atletico PR 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2010) Rhodolfo scored an amusing og for Guarani’s winner.

Palmeiras 0 – Vasco 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2010)

Internacional 0 – Goias 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2010)

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Pumas 0 – San Luis 1 (Mexican Primera Division Apertura, September 12, 2010) Tressor Moreno’s first half penalty sunk Pumas.

Morelia 0 – Club America 2 (Mexican Primera Division Apertura, September 12, 2010) Goals at the start of each half from Matias Vuoso and Miguel Layun lead Club America.

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Daniel Niculae

Macara 1 – Espoli 1 (Ecuador Clausura, September 12, 2010) A super long range free-kick was knocked in with a low shot by Cristian Ojeda for Espoli. German Castillo equalised with a free-kick that evaded everyone.

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Sporting Cristal 0 – U. San Martin 1 (Peru Primera Division, September 12, 2010)

Jose Galvez 1 – Alianza Lima 1 (Peru Primera Division, September 12, 2010)

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Atl. Nacional 1 – Independiente Medellin 0 (Colombia Clausura, September 12, 2010)

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Al Ahly 2 – Heartland FC 1 (CAF Champions League, September 12, 2010) Ahmed Fathi headed home the opener at the near post, Mohamed Fadl claimed the second with a calm finish, Joshua Obaje halved the deficit with a good finish from a ball over the top.