Friday night football: Schalke stay undefeated in the Bundesliga; Rosenborg pull a whopping 10 points clear in Norway

Newcastle 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 0 (Championship, August 19, 2009) Shola Ameobi fired a fourth goal in two games to cap an excellent start to the season for both the striker and the Magpies.

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Hoffenheim 0 – Schalke 0 (Bundesliga, August 21, 2009) Schalke played a goalless draw at Hoffenheim in the to remain undefeated under new coach Felix Magath despite a poor performance. Hoffenheim, one of the surprise teams in its top division debut last season, still hasn’t won this season.

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Sevilla 2 – Xerez 1 (Friendly, August 21, 2009) An inch-perfect free-kick from Carlos, followed by a terrible fumble from the Xerez goalie to allow Perotti’s weak shot to trickle over the line set Sevilla on their way. Xerez’s Michel scored the rebound from his own penalty with three minutes remaining.

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Standard Liege 1 – Charleroi 1 (Jupiler League, August 21, 2009) Milan Jovanovic put the home side ahead midway through the first half but the lead lasted only eight minutes before Habib Habibou levelled matters.

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Fredrikstad 1 – Rosenborg 4 (Tippeligaen, August 21, 2009) Vadim Demidov put the visitors in front two minutes before halftime and the advantage was extended soon after the interval, first through Rade Prica in the 46th minute and then via Steffen Iversen’s 51st minute penalty. Raio Piiroja pulled one back for Fredrikstad six minutes later but Prica’s second of the match 20 minutes from time re-established Rosenborg’s three-goal cushion.

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Zaglebie Lubin 0 – Ruch Chorzow 1 (Ekstraklasa, August 21, 2009)

Arka Gdynia 0 – Wisla Krakow 1 (Ekstraklasa, August 21, 2009)

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Adelaide United 0 – Gold Coast United 2 (A-League, August 21, 2009) Prolific striker Shane Smeltz was heavily involved in both goals, netting the opener from close range on 12 minutes before Steve Fitzsimmons made the game safe when he turned home Smeltz’s free header in the 49th.

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Gimnasia La Plata 0 – Godoy Cruz 2 (Apertura, August 21, 2009) Matias Jara scored in the 3rd minute, and Federico Higuain – brother of Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain – added the second early in the second period with a picture-perfect free-kick.

Independiente 0 – Newells Old Boys 1 (Apertura, August 21, 2009) Newell’s defender Juan Manuel Insaurralde scored with a header in the 76th minute for the only goal in the victory over Independiente.