Liverpool 2 – Manchester United 0 (Premier League, October 25, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Edwin van der Sar pulled off a tremendous double-save to first deny Fabio Aurelio’s free-kick and then stop Dirk Kuyt’s effort on the rebound. Aurelio then forced another top save from Var der Sar with a bullet header that the Dutchman saved. (First half highlights here.) In the 64th minute the Kop erupted, Benayoun fed Fernando Torres the ball into the United box, the Spaniard held off Ferdinand’s challenge before rifling the opener high into the net. With seven minutes remaining Antonio Valencia crashed a shot against the Liverpool bar. Nemanja Vidic and Javier Mascherano were both sent off at the death for two bookable offences before David Ngog killed off the game with Liverpool’s second in the 95th minute.
West Ham 2 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, October 25, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) A typically incisive passing move handed Arsenal the advantage at West Ham, Sagna eventually seeing his cross converted by Robin van Persie as Robert Green failed to cut out the ball. Arsenal doubled their lead in the 37th minute as Van Persie swung in a cracking corner that William Gallas powered home for 2-nil. (First half highlights here.) With 15 minutes remaining the Hammers scored, Mannone clawed out Diamanti’s free-kick only for Carlton Cole to follow-up with a diving header. Four minutes later Carlton Cole won a soft penalty, and Alessandro Diamanti confidently dispatched his effort to level. West Ham had to see out the final few minutes with 10-men after Scott Parker picked up two booking.
Bolton 3 – Everton 2 (Premier League, October 25, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Bolton took a 16th minute lead against an under-strength Everton side, Sam Ricketts broke down the right and his cross found Chung-Yong Lee, who steered his shot into the bottom corner with his left foot from 12 yards. Matty Taylor swung over a free-kick for Gary Cahill to head home from eight yards as Bolton doubled their lead. But wonder-strike from Louis Saha, the Frenchman whacking a glorious 25-yarder into the top corner, brought the Evertonians back into the game at the break. Everton staged a brilliant comeback at the start of the second half as Marouane Fellaini made himself a yard of space in the box before rifling the equaliser into the roof of the net. Bolton stole the points at the death as a trademark punt into the box from deep ended with Ivan Klasnic drilling in the 86th minute winner.
Manchester City 2 – Fulham 2 (Premier League, October 25, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half, Bobby Zamora fluffed the chance to give Fulham the lead by ballooning his shot over the bar from four yards out. Hughes’ men were then cruising when Martin Petrov fired home their second on the hour, seven minutes after Joleon Lescott had knocked home the opener. But eight minutes later the visitors were back on level terms when first Damien Duff and then Dempsey fired past Shay Given to lend another twist to an action-packed game.
Crystal Palace 1 – Nottingham Forest 1 (Championship, October 24, 2009) Palace took a first-half lead through a superb free-kick from Darren Ambrose, the midfielder’s seventh goal of the season. Palace’s Clint Hill was lucky to only be booked on the stroke of halftime after appearing to elbow Paul Anderson in the head. Forest equalised on the hour mark. Lewis McGugan drove the ball across the face of goal and David McGoldrick swept home from close range.
Brighton 0 – Oldham 2 (League One, October 24, 2009) Pawel Abbott and Reuben Hazell netted to seal a comfortable away win for Oldham at Brighton, who have now lost five of their seven home games.