Manchester United 1 – Wolves 0 (Carling Cup, September 23, 2009) Fabio da Silva groped Michael Kightly to the turf with the Wolves winger running clean through on goal leaving the ref little option but to produce the red card. Midway through the second half United broke the deadlock, Danny Welbeck played a neat one-two with Michael Owen and when the youngster collected the ball he found the far corner.
Preston 1 – Tottenham 5 (Carling Cup, September 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)Â For the second successive match in the Carling Cup Spurs hit five at a Chamionship side. Peter Crouch (first, second & third) claimed a hat-trick including a fifth which was an impudent backheel volley. Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe scored the otherÂ goals forÂ Harry Redknapp’s side.Â Chris BrownÂ had briefly made the score 3-1.
Chelsea 1 – QPR 0 (Carling Cup, September 23, 2009) Salomon Kalou was the match winner in the local derby for a weakened Chelsea side. Tom Heaton was inspired form for Rangers to keep out Borini and the returning Joe Cole late on.
Manchester City 2 – Fulham 1 (AET) (Carling Cup, September 23, 2009) Zoltan Gera scored with a tremendous long range effort to put the Cottagers in front eleven minutes before the break. The home side responded through Gareth Barry six minutes after half-time and eventually won the tie in the 111th minute withÂ Kolo Toure scoring his first goal for the club.
Aston Villa 1 – Cardiff 0 (Carling Cup, September 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Gabriel Agbonlahor continued his fine recent scoring run with the winner early on – a classy backheel finish. James Milner smashed a penalty against the woodwork in the second half.
Hull City 0 – Everton 4 (Carling Cup, September 23, 2009) The Toffees hammered the Tigers and were three up within 25 minutes. Yakubu, Jo and Dan Gosling were the first half goalscorers, captain for the night Leon Osman completed the rout.
Bolton 3 – West Ham 1 (AET) (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) Herita Ilunga put the Hammers into the lead from close range just before the hour mark. Kevin Davies equalised four minutes from time and in extra-time Gary Cahill scored a cracker and Johan Elmander claimed a rare goal.
Peterborough 2 – Newcastle 0 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) The Posh took the lead in the 20th minute when Craig Mackail-Smith continued his fine run of fine heading home an assist from the lively George Boyd. The second, in the 32nd minute, was a rarity a goal from Tom Williams who wheeled away in celebration after netting his first goal in five years, once again with Boyd providing the assist.
Falkirk 0 – Celtic 4 (Co-operative Insurance Cup, September 23, 2009) Scott McDonald’s double, a stunning solo from Pat McCourt netting his first goal for the club and Chris Killen completed the Celtic rout.
Villarreal 0 – Real Madrid 2 (La Liga, September 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) It took Cristiano Ronaldo just 120 seconds to break a Real Madrid record of being the first Los Blancos player to score in the first four straight La Liga games. CR9 made history by cutting in from the left and firing a low shot into the Villarreal near post. The Yellow Submarine were sunk in the 33rd minute as Gonzalo Rodriguez picked up his second yellow card for a rash challenge on Kaka. (First half highlights here.) Real battered down the Villareal goal at the start of the second half without success. Eventually Real did double their lead after the hosts had given away a penalty, Kaka dispatching the spot kick.
Atletico Madrid 2 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, September 23, 2009) Atletico’s porous defence conceded after 26 minutes at home to Almeria as Pablo Piatti had the simple job of slotting the ball into the net. But within sixty seconds the Rojiblancos had levelled as Cleber Santana sidefooted home from 10-yards. A screw-up in the Almeria defence allowed Diego Forlan to score ten minutes into the second half. But just as Atleti thought they’d picked up the win, Pablo Piatti scored a 90th minute leveller to earn Almeria a point.
Espanyol 2 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, September 23, 2009) After Fernando’s deflected shot gave Malaga the lead, second half goals from Ben Sahar and Ivan Alonso turned the match in the Catalan’ favour.
Valladolid 1 – Osasuna 2 (La Liga, September 23, 2009) Walter Pandiani put the visitors ahead in the first half with an incredible lob from 35-yards out. The hosts went down to 10-men, but after the break Diego Costa scored a solo stunner after breaking down the left and scoring from an acute angle. A scrappy winner from Jorge Galan earned Osasuna a valuable away win.
Tenerife 1 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (La Liga, September 23, 2009) A Mikel Alonso header in the 87th minute won the match for Tenerife.
Xerez 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 3 (La Liga, September 23, 2009) Rock-bottom Xerez went behind after 26 minutes when Juca scored a cracking free-kick for Depor. The game was effectively over when Leandro Gioda headed into his own net after 68 minutes. Substitute Riki added a third to give Deportivo a comfortable win.
Getafe 3 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, September 23, 2009) After David Villa had opened for Valencia, a brace from Manu del Moral and a brilliant free-kick from Pedro Leon saw Getafe earn their second win of the season.
Udinese 1 -Â AC Milan 0 (Serie A, September 23, 2009) With Milan’s defence all at sea, Udinese broke down the right before Antonio Di Natale converted a rebound after a shot came back off the post. The Rossoneri were fortunate not to fall further behind as Di Natale hit the post.
Inter Milan 3 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, September 23, 2009) Samuel Eto’o continued his excellent form since arriving at Inter by stabbing the ball over Napoli’s line after just two minutes. Inter then raced into a two goal lead as Diego Milito timed his run to perfection to coolly add a second. Lucio headed home a corner to put Inter 3-up, before Ezequiel Lavezzi pulled a goal for Napoli to keep their faint hopes alive.
Palermo 3 – Roma 3 (Serie A, September 23, 2009) Roma constructed a brilliant move on the edge of Palermo box, Totti flicking a stunning pass to Matteo Brighi who scored from close range. With the rain chucking it down Palermo had a shot saved off the line but Igor Budan was on hand to equalise. The first half ended in dramatic fashion with both Fabrizio Miccoli and then Nicolas Burdisso both scoring in injury time. Ten minutes into the second half the Sicilians took the lead as Antonio Nocerino followed up a rebound to score. Francesco Totti saved Roma from defeat with an 88th minute penalty.
Fiorentina 2 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, September 23, 2009) Fiorentina’s teenage sensation Steven Jovetic was on target once more against top of the table Samp with the midfielder ghosting into the box to meet a cross with a clinical header. A textbook header from Antonio Gilardino after excellent work from Montolivo down the Viola left saw the hosts double their lead, and end Samp’s 100% start to the season.
Lazio 1 – Parma 2 (Serie A, September 23, 2009) Ex-City striker Valeri Bojinov cracked home a wonderful back post volley as Parma moved ahead at Lazio. Mauro Zarate brought the Romans level with a 42nd minute penalty only for Aleksandar Kolarov to commit a penalty in the Lazio box, earning the defender a red card, and Nicola Amoruso had no trouble from the spot.
Siena 0 – Chievo 0 (Serie A, September 23, 2009)
Werder Bremen 2 – St. Pauli 1 (DFB Pokal, September 23, 2009) After St Pauli failed to clear their lines on the half hour, Aaron Hunt popped up to fire Werder into the lead. Charles Takyi looked to have secured extra time for the second divisioners by scoring 15 minutes from time but Naldo restored Bremen’s advantage with nine minutes remaining to see the hosts through.
Monchengladbach 0 – Duisburg 1 (DFB Pokal, September 22, 2009) Kristoffer Andersen won the match in injury time striking the sweet shot with the outside of his foot and hitting the upper right corner of the net.
Eintracht Trier 4 – Arminia Bielefeld 2 (AET) (DFB Pokal, September 22, 2009) Bielefeld’s Zlatko Janjic put his side ahead just seconds into the second period and then completed his brace in the 49th minute. Trier pulled one back on the hour when Sierra Leone striker Sahr Senesie struck, and Senesie drew his side level with 15 minutes to go converting from the spot. Trier completed their comeback in the 110th minute as Wilko Risser tapped in from close range. Senesie then added the gloss at the death as the striker sprinted into free space before firing home to complete his hat-trick.
Nurnberg 0 – Hoffenheim 1 (DFB Pokal, September 22, 2009) Swedish defender Per Nilsson put the visitors ahead in the 35th minute, and Hoffehheim never looked back.
Koblenz 4 – Energie Cottbus 2 (DFB Pokal, September 22, 2009)
Ahlen 2 – Greuther Furth 3 (DFB Pokal, September 22, 2009)
Boulogne 0 – PSG 1 (Coupe De La Ligue, September 23, 2009) A brilliant goal from upstart Jean-Eudes Maurice gave the Parisians the win.
Saint-Etienne 4 – Nice 1 (Coupe De La Ligue, September 23, 2009) The result was beyond doubt before half-time, with Gonzalo Bergessio (23), Boubacar Sanogo (28) and Christophe Landrin (37) on target. Bergessio then bagged his second of the game after 81 minutes, before Loic Remy snatched a consolation for Nice five minutes from time.
VVV Venlo 3 – ADO Den Haag 0 (KNVB Beker September 23, 2009) Keisuke Honda continued his brilliant start to the season by netting a double. Honda struck in the 24th minute before doubling his sides advantage with 12 minutes to go, adding to his five goals from seven league appearances so far this term.
Vitoria Guimaraes 2 – Covilha 0 (Carlsberg Cup, September 23, 2009) A late Moreno penalty and an even later goal from Tiago Targino earned Vitoria victory.
Rio Ave 1 – Belenenses 0 (Carlsberg Cup, September 23, 2009)
Standard Liege 1 – Cercle Bruges 1 (Jupiler League, September 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Milan Jovanovic put Standard ahead early doors from the penalty spot but a late leveller from Bernt Evens earned Bruges a point.
Club Brugge 3 – Zulte-Waregem 1 (Jupiler League, September 23, 2009) Top of the table Brugge fell behind and it took a Karel Geraerts goal two minutes before half-time to pull them level. Vadis Odjija Ofoe gave them the leadÂ ten minutes into the second half and they created a two-goal cushion with substitute Rostand Kouemaha’s effort with 15 minutes left.
Hammarby 1 – GAIS 2 (Allsvenskan, September 23, 2009)
AEK Athens 1 – Olympiakos 2 (Greek Super League, September 23, 2009) Vassilis Torossidis scored twice, the second an incredible lob from distance, as Olympiakos beat AEK. Krisztian Nemeth netted AEK’s consolation goal.
Panionios 0 – PAOK 0 (Greek Super League, September 23, 2009)
Metalist Kharkiv 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (Ukrainian Super League, September 23, 2009)
Kawasaki Frontale 2 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 (AFC Champions League, September 23, 2009) Josh Kennedy gave the visitors the lead after 28 minutes with a back post header, but Frontale hit back in the second half with goals from Kengo Nakamura and Juninho.
Bunyodkor 3 – Pohang Steelers 1 (AFC Champions League, September 23, 2009) Pohang striker Noh Byung-jun scored an eighth-minute opener, before Victor Karpenko equalised with a spectacular 25-yard volley on the half hour. Pohang had defender Kim Hyung-il sent off midway through teh second half. Bunyodkor’s speedy left winger Jasur Hasanov made the most of the extra space to set up two late goals for AFC Player of the Year Server Djeparov.
Umm Salal 3 – FC Seoul 2 (AFC Champions League, September 23, 2009) Seoul held a two-goal lead at the interval thanks to Jung Jo-gook’s brace but Magno Alves’ double either side of Fabio Cesar’s sublime finish means the Doha club head to Korea for the return leg next week with a slender advantage.
Toluca 3 – San Juan Jabloteh 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 23, 2009) Isaac Brizuela in the first half, and goals from Manuel Zarate and Nestor Calderon after the break sealed Toluca’s easy win.
Columbus Crew 0 – Cruz Azul 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 23, 2009) Pablo Zeballos and Alejandro Vela scored in the first half to lead the Mexicans to victory.
Velez Sarsfield 3 – Union Espanola 2 (Copa Sudamericana, September 23, 2009) Hernan Rodrigo Lopez gave Velez the lead in the 23rd minute, but Union Espanola went ahead with a 33rd-minute goal by David Ramirez and a 60th-minute strike by Raul Estevez. But an own goal by Diego Resende levelled it up in the 90th minute before Rolando Zarate’s header secured the victory.
Alianza Atletico 2 – Fluminense 2 (Copa Sudamericana, September 23, 2009) Flu took an early lead with Luiz Alberto Da Silva scoring at the sixth minute. Second half goals by Saulo Aponte and Marcio Valverde put Alianza Atletico ahead before Argentinian playmaker Dario Conca equalised in the 74th minute.
Internacional 1 – Universidad de Chile 1 (Copa Sudamericana, September 23, 2009) The visitors went ahead thanks to a long-distance shot by Argentinian midfielder Walter Montillo in the 23rd minute. Inter levelled the game 32 minutes into the second half, when Kleber beat Miguel Pinto after good work by Andres D’Alessandro.
Botafogo 2 – Emelec 0 (Copa Sudamericana, September 23, 2009) Botafogo defeated Ecuador’s Emelec 2-0, with Renato scoring the first goal in first-half injury time. Eighteen minutes after the interval Andre Lima headed a Juninho cross for number two.
Cruzeiro 1 – Palmeiras 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 23, 2009) Thiago Ribeiro slid the home side into the lead on seven minutes only for Diego Souza to equalise with a pretty straight forward free kick two minutes later. Vagner Love won the game early in the second half with a composed finish.