Champions League: Sporting’s keeper Rui Patricio knocks out Twente on away goals; From 3-down, Haifa beat Aktobe 4-3; Salzburg edge Dinamo Zagreb; Pana’s comeback downs Sparta

Twente 1 – Sporting Lisbon 1* (Agg. 1-1*) (Champions League qualifiers, August 4, 2009) (Longer highlight’s here.) A second minute header from Douglas handed Twente the lead over Sporting. With the match deep into injury time the truly dramatic happened, Sporting’s keeper Rui Patricio marched all the way into the Twente box to face a corner and the goalie incredibly got a header on the ball to send the Portuguese through on away goals.

Maccabi Haifa 4 – Aktobe 3 (Agg. 4-3) (Champions League qualifiers, August 4, 2009) After a goalless first leg in Kazakhstan, the floodgates opened eight minutes in with Evgeni Averchenko curling shot past Nir Davidovich. Five minutes later Maccabi’s defenders left Anton Chichulin unmarked in the area to double Aktobe’s lead and the visitors were in dreamland on the quarter hour mark when Marat Khayrullin made it three. Maccabi reduced the arrears with goals before halftime from Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golasa (deflected lob) before Vladimer Dvalishvili then completed the turnaround with two strikes around the hour.

Dinamo Zagreb 1 – RB Salzburg 2 (Agg. 2-3) (Champions League qualifiers, August 4, 2009) A 35-yard free-kick from Salzburg’s Dusan Svento missed everyone to nestle in the Zagreb net after 33 minutes. The Croatians drew level early in the second half as Dimitris Papadopoulos received the ball in the Austrian’s area and coolly found the net. Just as the match seemed destined for extra time, Robin Nelisse crashed in a winner for the Austrians after a long-range shot had earlier deflected off the post.

Panathinaikos 3 – Sparta Prague 0 (Agg. 4-3) (Champions League qualifiers, August 4, 2009) Trailing 3-1 from the first leg Josu Sarriegi put Panathinaikos ahead on the stroke of halftime heading home a free-kick at the near post. Ten minutes into the second half Pana scored the crucial second to put them ahead in the tie as Kostas Katsouranis slotted home from close range. The Greeks put the icing on the cake as Dimitris Salpigidis scrapped in a third at the death.

Sivasspor 3 – Anderlecht 1 (Agg. 3-6) (Champions League qualifiers, August 4, 2009) Ersen Martin gave Sivasspor the perfect start in the 12th minute with a neat turn and shot. Seven minutes later the Turks were two goals to the good as Yannick Kamanan converted a penalty. Jelle Van Damme’s 34th minute effort settled any nerves Anderlecht might have had, and even though Aydin Musa pulled a third back after the break Sivas never managed to comeback from their 5-nil first leg hammering.

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Omonia Nicosia 1 – FC Vaslui 1 (Agg. 1-3) (Europa League, August 4, 2009) Wesley’s stunning free-kick on the hour mark cannoned into the net off the near post to hand Vaslui the lead. Maciej Zurawski levelled for Omonia with a late penalty.

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Universidad de Chile 2 – Deportivo Cali 1 (Copa Sudamericana, August 4, 2009) Cali took the lead from a Sergio Herrera header two minutes after the break. Olivera headed in a corner in the 60th minute and converted a penalty in the 67th after Universidad goalkeeper Manuel Pinto brought down substitute Manuel Villalobos in the box.

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Puerto Rico Islanders 0 – Toronto FC 0 (Agg. 1-0) (CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers, August 4, 2009) Toronto had some good scoring chances, particularly Danny Dichio’s shot off the post in the 77th minute, but was unable to beat Islanders goalkeeper William Gaudette.

Jalapa 1 – Pachuca 7 (Agg. 1-10) (CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers, August 4, 2009) Ulises Mendevil bagged a hat-trick in the rout.

Luis Angel Firpo 1 – DC United 1 (Pens. 4-5) (Agg. 2-2) (CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers, August 4, 2009)

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Portuguesa 0 – Juventude 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 4, 2009) Highly-rated young playmaker Zezinho, who has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool, scored an excellent goal to win the match.

Parana 4 – Bragantino 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 4, 2009)

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Montreal Impact 1 – River Plate 1* (Pens. 1-3) (Friendly, August 4, 2009) Christian Fabbiano had put River Plate in front, Roberto Brown equalised for Montreal. Just one player scored for Montreal in the penalty shoot-out.


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