Tottenham 4 – Liverpool 2 (League Cup, November 12, 2008) After a quiet opening, Tottenham dominated themselves on proceedings when Frazier Campbell broke down the left and his cross was clinically dispatched by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Horrible defending then allowed Spurs to double their lead, Cavalieri’s indecision was exploited by Fazier Campbell who rolled in the second. And just three minutes later, on the stroke of halftime, Campbell made it 3-nil with a header from Lennon’s cross. Liverpool pulled a goal back straight after the restart as Gomes lost his bearings from Babel’s cross and Damien Plessis headed home. But Spurs restored their three goal buffer when Zokora’s run and cross was turned home by Pavlyuchenko. Gomes was then at fault again from another Babel corner, the keeper left grabbing at thin air while Sami Hyypia pulled another goal back. Gomes was then stretchered off the pitch needing oxygen after a nasty collision with Philipp Degen. The Reds pressed but failed to add any more goals, leaving the defending champions to progress and record their second victory over Liverpool in recent weeks. (Post-match analysis here.)
Chelsea 1 – Burnley 1* (Pens. 4-5) (League Cup, November 12, 2008) Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a first half lead with a brilliant solo effort – his first goal of the season – but Ade Akinbiyi levelled after the break. The Clarets had Steven Caldwell sent off near the end of extra time but held their nerve to win on penalties when John Obi Mikel’s penalty was saved.
Sunderland 1 – Blackburn 2 (League Cup, November 12, 2008) Roque Santa Cruz headed Rovers in front with 65 minutes gone before Phil Bardsley put through his own goal five minutes later. Kenwyne Jones gave the home side hope with his first goal of the season seconds later, but the Mackems failed to find an equaliser to fall to their fourth straight defeat.
Leicester 1 – Yeovil 0 (League One, November 11, 2008) Midway through the first half Lloyd Dyer finished a good Leicester move to score the only goal of the match.
Motherwell 0 – Rangers 0 (SPL, November 12, 2008) Rangers slip to four points behind Celtic.
Highlights from Villarreal-Poli Ejido, Barcelona-Benidorm and Valencia-Portugalete can be seen here.
Barcelona 1 – Benidorm 0 (Agg. 2-0) (Copa del Rey, November 12, 2008) Barca stumbled through to the quarter-finals after an uninspiring victory was secured by an 86th minute penalty from Lionel Messi.
Atletico Madrid 0 – Orihuela 0 (Agg. 1-0) (Copa del Rey, November 12, 2008)
Espanyol 3 – Celta Vigo 0 (Agg. 5-2) (Copa del Rey, November 12, 2008) Daniel Jarque scored after 17 minutes and Valdo notched a late third on 81 minutes after Celta’s Noguerol had put through his own goal.
Deportivo La Coruna 2 – Elche 0 (Agg. 4-0) (Copa del Rey, November 12, 2008) After Alvarez had put Depor ahead from the penalty spot, Omar Bravo wrapped up the match with strike from inside the box.
Villarreal 1 – Poli Ejido 1 (Agg. 1-6) (Copa del Rey, November 12, 2008) Poli took the lead with a classy backheel from Jorge Molina just after the break. Guillermo Franco levelled for the hosts soon after but the visitors could afford to miss a late penalty as both sides finished with 10 men.
All the goals from Wednesday’s action in the Coppa Italia can be seen here.
Udinese 0 – Reggina 0 (Pens. 8-7) (Coppa Italia, November 12, 2008) In a hard fought battle, Udinese had Belardi (86) and Quagliarella (118) both sent off, while Reggina’s Hallfredsson missed an 88th minute penalty before the hosts won on spot-kicks.
Sampdoria 2 – Empoli 1 (Coppa Italia, November 12, 2008) Samp moved ahead thanks to a Bonazzoli tap-in, and the lead was doubled with a Fornaroli penalty. Lodi struck a left-footer into the bottom corner to give the visitors hope of a come back, which sadly never materialised.
Napoli 3 – Salernitana 1 (Coppa Italia, November 12, 2008)Â Napoli were gifted the lead on 16 minutes when Maurizio Peccarisi put through his own net and Inacio Pia added a second nine minutes later. Arturo Di Napoli gave Salernitana hope with a goal five minutes after the break, but Marek Hamsik’s penalty three minutes later ended any chances of a comeback from the visitors.
PSG 2 – Nancy 0 (Coupe de la Ligue, November 12, 2008) Peguy Luyindula fired PSG in front against Nancy with a cool finish on the half hour. Luyindula quickly extended the Parisians’ lead when he connected with a long through-ball, before deftly knocking in the second.
Le Havre 2 – Rennes 1 (Coupe de la Ligue, November 12, 2008) Rennes moved ahead after El Fardou Nabouhane converted a superb near-post volley. But Rennes soon replied as Sow produced his own bit of magic at the near-post to control the ball and fire the ball into the far corner. The hosts stole the victory in the final minute with a penalty from Lesage.
Vannes 2 – Auxerre 0 (Coupe de la Ligue, November 11, 2008) Auxerre’s poor form followed them into the cup, as goals from Laurent Herve (74) and Kemal Bourhani (90) were enough to give the Ligue 2 outfit a famous victory.
Montpellier 1 – Chateauroux 2 (Coupe de la Ligue, November 11, 2008)
AZ Alkmaar 1 – PSV 0 (KNVB Beker, November 12, 2008) After 98 goalless minutes, AZ put together a slick one-touch attack which was brilliant tucked home by Da Silva’s first time shot from outside the box.
FC Volendam 1 – Ajax 0 (KNVB Beker, November 12, 2008) After a goalless 90 minutes, Volendam knocked out the Dutch giants with an injury time winner from Tuyp.
RKC Waalwijk 1 – Achilles 2 (KNVB Beker, November 11, 2008)
Kavala 0 – Panathinaikos 3 (Greek Cup, November 12, 2008)
Atromitos 1 – Aris 2 (Greek Cup, November 12, 2008)
Maccabi Haifa 1 – Bnei Yehuda 1 (Toto Cup, November 12, 2008)
Partizan Belgrade 4 – Jagodina 2 (Serbian Cup, November 12, 2008)
Adelaide United 0 – Gamba Osaka 2 (Agg. 0-5) (Asian Champions League, November 12, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Gamba went about building on their first-leg lead by moving 2-up on the night in the opening 16 minutes. Lucas killed the contest with an away goal in the first four minutes and then crushed Adelaide’s spirit by sending another ball into the back of the net 11 minutes later.
Mexico 2 – Ecuador 1 (International friendly, November 12, 2008) Ecuador went ahead in the 8th minute as Ayovi’s cross was headed in from close range by IsaacÂ Mina. Mexico equalised five minutes into the second half, Leobardo Lopez converting from a corner, and Vicente Matias Vuoso scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to complete the turnaround.
Guadalajara (Chivas) 0 – Internacional 2 (Copa Sudamericana, November 12, 2008) Two goals in the space of six second half minutes settled the match, Nilmar steering Internacional into the lead before a wonderful curling free-kick from Alex killed the game for Chivas.