Benfica hit four; Twente edge NEC in 7-goal thriller; Ajax lose; Gala held as Kayserispor go top in Turkey; Pana win; Goals from Europe

Benfica 4 – Academica Coimbra 0 (Superliga, December 6, 2009) Oscar Cardozo opened the scoring at the Estadio da Luz after six minutes and netted again after 55 and 69 minutes to complete his treble. Javier Saviola also scored for Benfica, in the 32nd minute.

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NEC 3 – FC Twente 4 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The hosts took a 15th minute lead through John Goosens only for Kenneth Perez to reply for Twente just three minutes later.  Goals from Blaise Nkufo and Miroslav Stoch put Twente in command before Bjorn Vleminckx fired a quick-fire brace to make it 3-3 before half-time. With the clock ticking, Ruiz popped up with two minutes to go to extend Twente’s winning sequence and maintain their two-point lead at the top of the table.

Utrecht 2 – Ajax 0 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) Jacob Mulenga put Utrecht ahead three minutes after the break with a low, left-footed shot from close range. Jan Wuytens then headed in Gianluca Nijholt’s 66th minute corner for the second.

RKC Waalwijk 0 – PSV 2 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) PSV’s winning run reached double figures as headers from Jonathan Reis and Danko Lazovic defeated Waalwijk.

Feyenoord 3 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) Koen van de Laak gave Groningen a fourth-minute lead and Feyenoord took until the 63rd minute to equalise through Stefan Babovic. Veteran striker Roy Makaay marked his appearance as a substitute by putting Feyenoord in front four minutes later and Jon Dahl Tomasson scored the third seven minutes from time.

Heracles 3 – SC Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) A Mark Looms header and a Willy Overtoom penalty put the home side in total control. Heerenveen pulled one back through a Oussama Assaidi strike but Heracles sealed it when Bas Dost netted late on.

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Galatasaray 1 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 (Super Lig, December 6, 2009) A goal from Harry Kewell in the 56th minute seemed to be enough for Galatasaray to secure the points, but Hasan Durtuluk silenced the home crowd with a 90th-minute equaliser.

Kayserispor 3 – Bursaspor 0 (Super Lig, December 6, 2009) High-flying Bursaspor were on the wrong side of a hefty defeat at Kayserispor, Omer Sismanoglu needed just nine minutes to fire the hosts in front before the league’s top goalscorer Ariza Makukula chipped in with a brace in the the 32nd and 55th minutes to seal the win. Kayserispor moved into top spot in Turkey.

Trabzonspor 3 – Ankaragucu 0 (Super Lig, December 6, 2009)

Gaziantepspor 1 – Antalyaspor 1 (Super Lig, December 6, 2009)

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Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 0 – Shakhtar Donetsk 2 (Ukrainian Premier League, December 6, 2009) Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian schemer Fernandinho opened the scoring at Kryvbas with a penalty on the half hour. Oleksandr Gladkiy wrapped up the victory with a second goal at the death.

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Panathinaikos 3 – Atromitos 1 (Greek Super League, December 6, 2009) Two goals from Greece midfielder Kostas Katsouranis put Henk ten Cate’s team in command before rioting protesters caused a 25 minute delay. After the restart Djibril Cisse sealed the victory by drilling in the third goal.

Pas Giannina 2 – Iraklis 3 (Greek Super League, December 6, 2009)

Ergotelis 1 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, December 6, 2009) Ergotelis moved up to fourth thanks to a 1-0 defeat of Kavala, Maris Verpakovskis scoring the only goal after 24 minutes.

Panionios 3 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, December 6, 2009)

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OB Odense 0 – FC Copenhagen 2 (SAS Ligaen, December 6, 2009) Leaders Odense were defeated 2-0 by second-placed FC Copenhagen. Dame Ndoye scored after 42 and 72 minutes as visitors FCK inflicted Odense’s second loss of the campaign to cut the gap at the top of the table to one point.

Randers FC 2 – HB Koge 1 (SAS Ligaen, December 6, 2009) Randers won the battle of the league’s bottom two clubs, beating Koge 2-1, with Mikkel Beckmann and Soren Berg on target for the victors.

Nordsjaelland 3 – FC Midtjylland 0 (SAS Ligaen, December 6, 2009) Nordsjaelland claimed a 3-0 win over FC Midtjylland with goals from Nicolai Stokholm, Nickie Nielsen and Rawez Lawan.

Silkeborg 3 – Brondby 0 (SAS Ligaen, December 6, 2009) Fourth-placed Silkeborg defeated fifth-placed Brondby 3-0, with Rajko Lekic, Martin Svensson and Jesper Bech on target.