Manchester City 3 – Twente 2 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) It was a blistering start at Eastlands with Shaun Wright-Phillips striking after just two minutes, bursting through the middle and finding the net from inside the box. Twente equalised when Eljero Elia collected a poor header from Richard Dunne before racing through and beating Joe Hart. In the 56th minute Robinho hit a pearler into the top corner to regain the lead. And Benjani, returning to the team from injury, took just three minutes to settle in, seeing his shot deflect into the bottom corner. Wielaert immediately replied with a header, leading to a frantic finish in which Robinho hit the post twice.
Tottenham 4 – Dinamo Zagreb 0 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) The ‘Arry Redknapp revolution continues. Darren Bent scored two in three minutes just after the half hour. Tom Huddlestone added a terrific third, volleying home a Bentley corner (Beckham to Scholes anyone?) and Darren Bent completed his hat-trick with twenty minutes to go.
AC Milan 1 – Braga 0 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) Braga manage to frustrate the Serie A leaders all the way to injury-time, but then Ronaldinho became the match-winner with a blistering strike which ripped into the top corner.
Standard Liege 1 – Sevilla 0 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) After getting his head stuck in a fairground ride, Dieumerci Mbokani got back to business to give Standard Liege the lead over Sevilla with a clinical first-time strike.
Lech PoznanÂ 2 -Â Nancy 2 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) Slawimir Peszko gave Lech the lead with a superb goal,Â controlling expertly before firing home the opener after 4 minutes. The Frenchmen were not behind for long, Malonga equalised in the 10th minute with a shot from inside the box, only for Lech to retake the leadÂ in bizarre circumstances. Stilic’s 35-yard free-kick was sent straight through toÂ keeper Bracigliano, but the goalie inexplicably failed to stop the ball crossing the line for a freak goal.Â In the closing stages Nancy drew level, a slickÂ set ofÂ passesÂ eventually fedÂ inÂ Monsef Zerka who finished with aplomb.
Spartak Moscow 1 -Â Udinese 2 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) Fabio Quagliarella struck after 12 minutes againstÂ Moscow, collecting a ball on his chest, spinning and producing a fine finish. Spartak levelled soon after as Rodriguez powered home a shot in the near post. (Both goals here.) The Italians retook the lead on the hour mark when Quagliarella converted a penalty. And despite having Pasquale sent off late on, Udinese hung on for the win.
Stuttgart 2 – Partizan Belgrade 0 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) Stuttgart had to wait until the 76th minute to break the deadlock, a long ball fell into the path of Mario Gomez and the striker hit a beauty past the keeper. Gomez doubled the lead four minutes later, managing to play a one-two off a defender and striking a low drive into the bottom corner.
Metalist KharkivÂ 0 – Hertha Berlin 0 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) Metalist dominated the match but failed to make their possession count.
Feyenoord 1 – CSKA Moscow 3 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008)Â CSKA Moscow took the lead with a goal from Berezutski, but the hosts drew level on the half hour as Giovanni van Bronckhorst was released in the box and the veteran produced a calm finish. But van Bronckhorst quickly turned into the villain withÂ a horrible attempt at a headed backpass that allowed Vanger Love to steal in and score. The Dutch were then put to bed nine minutes from time, Vagner Love was allowed (too easily) to wriggle free and fire a weak shot to kill the game.
Ajax 1 – Zilina 0 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) It was pinball in the Zilina penalty area with Luis Suarez the beneficiary giving Ajax the lead.
Benfica 0 – Galatasaray 2 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) After a goalless first half, Emre Asik volleyed Galatasaray in front after finding space in the box. The Turks completed a fine victory after a period of pressure resulted in Karan adding the second.
Racing Santander 1 – Schalke 1 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) Racing Santander’s Mohammed Tchite continued his recent hot streak against Schalke. The Germans were brought back on level terms thanks to a rare goal from Orlando Engelaar.
St Etienne 3 – Rosenborg 0 (UEFA Cup, November 6,Â 2008) Ilan collected the ball on the top left of the Rosenborg area, and the striker curled a beauty to give St. Etienne the lead. Machado doubled the lead five minutes later with a cute finish after (apparently) beating the offside trap. Mirallas made sure of the points by beating the keeper to a through ball and finding the target from an acute angle.