VVV Venlo 1 – Roda 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Morten Skoubo put Roda in front after 35 minutes. But Ken Leemans replied just after the hour mark when the visitors failed to adequately defend a corner.
FC Groningen 0 – FC Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009) Visiting goalkeeper Michel Vorm made a fantastic save to prevent Nicklas Pedersen sealing victory for Utrecht, who remain in fifth place.
NEC 1 – ADO Den Haag 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009) The visitors appeared on course for their third away win of the season when Bogdan Milic put them ahead shortly after the half-hour mark. But John Goossens fired in an incredible 30-yard volley with 20 minutes to go to restore parity in a match between two sides lodged in mid-table.
RKC Waalwijk 0 – Heracles 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009) RKC Waalwijk remain rooted to the foot of the table after Bas Dost’s first-half strike condemned them to another defeat at home.
Sparta 2 – Feyenoord 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009)
Galatasaray 4 – Trabzonspor 3 (Super Lig, October 18, 2009) Harry Kewell and Milan Baros were amongst the goals as Gala won the 7-goal thriller.
Gaziantepspor 2 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, October 18, 2009) Semih Senturk’s first half header looked to be enough for Fener until Gaziantepspor snatched victory from the jaws of defeat courtesy of Julio Cesar’s double, including a brilliant injury time free-kick, in the final six minutes.
Kavala 2 – Panathinaikos 2 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009) Djibril Cisse struck an injury-time leveller to steal a 2-2 draw for Panathinaikos at Kavala. A first-half brace by Benjamin Onwuachi had given Kavala a comfortable lead until Kostas Katsouranis cut the gap.
AEK 3 – Panthrakikos 2 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009) AEK went behind to Bedi Buval’s first-half strike, but quickly levelled through Daniel Majstorovic and went ahead through Zeljko Djokic’s own goal in the 39th minute. Ignacio Scocco extended the lead and, though Robert Bertrand pulled one back, the visitors were unable to force an equaliser.
Iraklis 0 – Panionios 2 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009)
Larisa 2 – Xanthi Skoda 0 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009)
Atromitos 3 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009)
Kuban Krasnodar 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Russian Premier League, October 18, 2009) Zenit St Petersburg made sure they stayed in touch at the top with a 2-0 win at second-from-bottom Kuban Krasnodar. Alessandro Rosina and Vladimir Bystrov got the goals to move Zenit four points behind Rubin.
Spartak Moscow 3 – Lokomotiv Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, October 18, 2009) After Zhano Ananidze and Welliton put Spartak 2-up, former Arsenal winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie completed the comfortable home win with a fabulous third in the final five minutes.
Terek Grozny 1 – Rostov 3 (Russian Premier League, October 18, 2009) Rostov moved clear of the drop zone with a 3-1 win at Terek Grozny. The visitors were 3-0 up by half-tie thanks to goals from Alexandru Gatcan Aleksandr Pavlenko and Mersudin Ahmetovic. Half-time substitute Zaur Sadaev pulled a goal back six minutes after the interval.
Rio Ave 2 – Esmoriz 1 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2009) Rio Ave may have won the tie, but the game will be remembered for the goal Esmoriz’s keeper Rui Sacramento scored midway through the second half.
Sporting Lisbon 3 – Penafiel 0 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2009)
Orgryte 3 – Helsingborg 0 (Allsvenskan, October 18, 2009) Joel Ekstrand’s dismissal in the 24th minute proved to have a significant bearing on the outcome, not least because it allowed Alvaro Dos Santos to open the scoring from the penalty spot. Worse was to follow for the visitors after the interval, as Marcus Nilsson put through his own goal before Dos Santos struck again to ensure a comfortable victory for relegation threatened Orgryte.
Lech Poznan 1 – Wisla Krakow 0 (Ekstraklasa, October 18, 2009)
Shakhtar Donetsk 5 – Karpaty Lviv 1 (Ukrainian Super League, October 18, 2009) The UEFA Cup holders won at a canter with Fernandinho and Adriano both netting braces while Jadsen (penalty) completed the rout.