Cryuff’s Catalonia ease past Maradona’s Argentina

Catalonia 4 – Argentina 2 (Friendly, December 22, 2009) Sergio Garcia headed Catalonia in front before the break and Bojan Krkic doubled the lead for Johajn Cryuff’s side early in the second half. Promising playmaker Javier Pastore pulled one back for Argentina with the goal of the game only for Garcia to claim his second from a penalty. Angel Di Maria brought Argentina back into the match again but Moises Hurtado snuffed out any hope of a comeback with the fourth.


Lens 1 – St Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, December 22, 2009) A penalty from Eduardo in the 90th minute proved the difference between the two sides.


Feyenoord 1 – AZ Alkmaar 0 (KNVB Beker, December 22, 2009) Georginio Wijnaldum proved the match winner, slamming home after the keeper had parried four minutes before the break.


Manisaspor 2 – Besiktas 1 (Turkish Cup, December 22, 2009) Canadian  Josh Simpson put the hosts in front, before Bobo levelled matters for Besiktas. The winner for Manisaspor came in a comedy fashion as a spew of errors in the visitors defence saw the Besiktas goalie accidentally whack a clearance at a defender’s head which eventually fell into Ergin Keles’ path the slot in the winner.