Nine-man Liverpool lose again at Fulham; Arsenal crush sloppy Spurs in the North London derby

Manchester United 2 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here) Dimitar Berbatov put Manchester United into the lead at home to Blackburn with another acrobatic effort, turning from an Evra pass and finishing smartly past Robinson. Wayne Rooney swept home the second from a cross by Anderson.

Fulham 3 - Liverpool 1 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Bobby Zamora tapped home a Duff cross to put Fulham ahead at home to Liverpool just after the twenty minute mark. Minutes before the break Fernando Torres showed his predatory skills once again with a fine volleyed finish from the edge of the box to bring Liverpool level. With just 18 minutes remaining Fulham re-took the lead when Erik Nevland finished from close range after good work by Konchesky and Gera. Liverpool’s comeback hopes were rocked when Philipp Degen and then Jamie Carragher were sent off and Clint Dempsey had the freedom of the Cottage to score Fulham’s third.

Bolton 0 – Chelsea 4 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Frank Lampard stroked home a penalty on the stroke of half time after Drogba had been fouled by Jlloyd Samuel who was subsequently sent off. Chelsea dominated the second half and on the hour Deco finished with aplomb for the second. Branislav Ivanovic and Didier Drogba ensured the Blues beat Bolton 4-0 for the second time in four days.

Arsenal 3 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal had their first effort on target on the quarter hour as William Gallas narrowly missed with a header from a dangerous Van Persie free-kick. Heurelho Gomes then earned his Tottenham paycheck as the giant keeper needed every inch of his frame to shuffle across his line and one-handedly save Fabregas’ shot. After the Gunners had the lions’ share of the first half they made their possession count with two goals in two minutes. Bacary Sagna’s low cross from the right was converted by Robin van Persie into Gomes’ near post. And for the kick-off Spurs’ Palacios immediately lost the ball, inviting an incredible solo run from Cesc Fabregas that saw the Arsenal captain rip through their arch enemy for Arsenal’s second. (Both goals can be seen here.) (First half highlights here.) Just before the hour, after Bentley had forced a smart save from Almunia, Arsenal scored a killer and controversial third as ref Clattenberg allowed play to continue after Diaby was taken out by Bale, and from Sagna’s cross Gomes and King failed to stop Van Persie adding his second of the game.

Everton 1 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Diniyar Bilyaletdinov put Everton in front at the end of the first half, substitute John Carew equalised early in the second half before Bilyaletdinov was sent off late on.

Sunderland 2 – West Ham 2 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) Guillermo Franco and Carlton Cole put the Hammers into a two-goal lead in the first half, both goals set up by Jack Collison. Sunderland hit back with a cracking Andy Reid free-kick and despite the sending off of Kenwyne Jones they still found the equaliser through Kieran Richardson.

Portsmouth 4 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Pompey’s strikers finally got on the scoresheet in a league match. Aruna Dindane claimed a hat-trick and Frederic Piquionne scored the second.

Stoke 2 – Wolves 2 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) Wolves left back George Elokobi under pressure from James Beattie swept home the opener from an Etherington cross, Matthew Etherington volleyed home the second to put the Potters in charge. But a second half brace from substitute Jody Craddock gained a valuable oint for Wolves.

Burnley 2 – Hull 0 (Premier League, October 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Phil Brown’s position continues to look precarious as Burnley picked up another win at Turf Moor. The first came from Graham Alexander from the spot after a pretty poor decision and the veteran scored the second from long range. In between Geovanni saw red for dissent after he had scored a free-kick which was disallowed.

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Millwall 2 – Colchester 1 (League One, October 31, 2009)  Anthony Wordsworth had opened the scoring for the visitors, but goals from Alan Dunne and an injury time strike from James Henry earned three points for the Lions.

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Celtic 3 – Kilmarnock 0 (SPL, October 31, 2009) Aiden McGeady beat his man down the right and fired a great shot into the far corner to put Celtic in front at home to Kilmarnock. Giorgios Samaras headed home the second and Niall McGinn fired home the third late on.

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Real Madrid 2 – Getafe 0 (La Liga, October 31, 2009) Raul Albiol’s sending off after just twenty minutes left the home side with an uphill struggle but two goals at the start of the second half from Gonzalo Higuain sealed the points. The first was lashed home with his left and Higuain slid the second in with his right.

Osasuna 1 – Barcelona 1 (La Liga, October 31, 2009) It took Barce till just after 70 minutes to take the lead when Seydou Keita scored his fourth in two La Liga matches, after a fine passing move. The home side were not to be denied, an og from Gerard Pique in the 90th minute gave them a point.

Xerez 0 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, October 31, 2009) Alvaro Negredo and Luis Fabiano got the goals to settle another local derby.

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Atletico Madrid 0 (La Liga, October 31, 2009) Javi Martinez’s 19th-minute header gave the hosts a win over an Atletico side who hit the woodwork three times and were, overall, unfortunate to lose.

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Juventus 2 – Napoli 3 (Serie A, October 31, 2009) Goals either side of half-time from David Trezeguet and Sebastian Giovinco looked to have put Juve on the way to another victory. Napoli had other ideas, Marek Hamsik pulled one back, Jesus Datolo equalised from a corner and then Hamsik claimed the winner following a lightning break in the 81st minute.

AC Milan 2 – Parma 0 (Serie A, October 31, 2009) Marco Borriello put the Rossoneri into the lead following a through ball by Ronaldinho. The same two players combined for a late second, Borriello acrobatically finished in the 90th minute.

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Schalke 2 – Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Bundesliga, October 31, 2009) Goals from Toni Kroos and Stefan Kiessling gave Leverkusen a two-goal lead at half-time but Schalke, who came from behind to snatch a point at home to Hamburg last weekend, repeated that feat with goals from Kevin Kuranyi and Vicente Sanchez.

Stuttgart 0 – Bayern Munich 0 (Bundesliga, October 31, 2009) Bayern recalled recalled Mario Gomez to face his former club at Stuttgart in place of Luca Toni, but the striker fired his best chance into the sidenetting just before halftime.

Nurnberg 2 – Werder Bremen 2 (Bundesliga, October 31, 2009) The hosts were two up after goals from Christian Eigler and Albert Bunkjaku, but a second-half brace by Aaron Hunt saw Werder go top, albeit for just a few hours.

Wolfsburg 3 – Mainz 3 (Bundesliga, October 31, 2009) Former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins gave Wolfsburg a two goal lead with a quick-fire brace before Chadli Amri and Andreas Ivanschitz levelled things up before half-time. Zvjezdan Misimovic added a third for the hosts, but Mainz struck back as Tim Hoogland’s finish saw the points shared.

Hamburg 2 – Borussia Monchengladbach 3 (Bundesliga, October 31, 2009) Bruno Labbadia’s side’s proud unbeaten record came tumbling to an end after goals from Marco Reus, Bonfim da Costa Dante and a winner by substitute Rob Friend saw the Red Shorts miss on out on climbing to the summit. Piotr Trochowski and Ze Roberto twice put the hosts ahead, but Monchengladbach sealed the dramatic win which sees them climb further away from the relegation zone.

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St. Etienne 0 – Lyon 1 (Ligue 1, October 31, 2009) Bafetimbi Gomis scored the only goal against his former side as Lyon defeated rivals Saint-Etienne.

Marseille 1 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, October 31, 2009) Brazilian striker Brandao salvaged a 1-1 draw for Olympique Marseille at home to Toulouse, who had opened the scoring through France midfielder Moussa Sissoko despite being down to 10 men. Toulouse keeper Yohann Pele was sent off after eight minutes following a rough tackle on striker Mamadou Niang but the visitors went ahead when Sissoko drove in a 30-metre free kick 19 minutes later. Marseille snatched a point 15 minutes from time when Brandao connected with a cross from Ivory Coast striker Bakary Kone.

Auxerre 2 – Montpellier 1 (Ligue 1, October 31, 2009)

Bordeaux 1 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, October 31, 2009) Defender Marc Planus poked the ball home in the 62nd minute after keeper Stephane Ruffier had parried a Marouane Chamakh header. Monaco hardly created a chance as Bordeaux controlled the game in midfield with France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff producing a fine display.

Boulogne 1 – Nancy 2 (Ligue 1, October 31, 2009) The ten men of Nancy snatched a late winner to beat Boulogne and edge closer to the European places. Nancy took the lead through Issiar Dia but were quickly pegged back as Alexandre Cuvillier poked home from close range after 15 minutes. The game looked to be heading for a draw as Nancy, who had dominated without scoring, were reduced to 10 men with the loss of Jordan Loties with 13 minutes to go, but Youssouf Hadji nodded in the winner with seven minutes left.

Grenoble 0 – Lille 2 (Ligue 1, October 31, 2009)

Lens 1 – Lorient 1 (Ligue 1, October 31, 2009) Lens were indebted to a second-half goal from Eduardo Dos Santos as they earned draw against Lorient after dominating most of the game.

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FC Groningen 0 – AZ Alkmaar 1 (Eredivisie, October 31, 2009) AZ Alkmaar’s struggles continued as they needed a late goal from Jeremain Lens to see off lowly FC Groningen.

Roda 1 – FC Twente 2 (Eredivisie, October 31, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Two goals in the space of seven first-half minutes from Bryan Ruiz and on-loan Chelsea striker Miroslav Stoch put the visitors in control, but they had to endure a nervy finish after Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo put the hosts back in it 11 minutes after the break.

PSV 1 – Vitesse 0 (Eredivisie, October 31, 2009) Balazs Dzsudzsak’s fifth league goal of the season settled th ematch in PSV’s favour.

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FC Moscow 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 0 (Russian Premier League, October 31, 2009) Zenit’s title challenge came to an end five minutes from time as Aleksandr Sheshukov snatched a winner for the hosts.

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Anderlecht 2 – Lokeren 0 (Jupiler League, October 31, 2009) Anderlecht coasted to victory against struggling Lokeren thanks to a goal apiece from Romelu Lukaku and Matias Suarez.

Club Brugge 1 – Sint-Truiden 0 (Jupiler League, October 31, 2009) The leaders did not have an easy time of it against St Truidense, Ronald Vargas eventually scoring the only goal in the 73rd minute.

Zulte-Waregem 2 – Charleroi 2 (Jupiler League, October 31, 2009) Goals from Kevin Roelandts and Ludwin Vannieuwenhuyse looked to have set Zulte on the way to victory but substitute Habib Habibou levelled in injury time.

Westerlo 2 – Roeselare 2 (Jupiler League, October 31, 2009) Goals in the last six minutes from Damir Mirvic and Stefan Nikolic saw bottom side Roeselare fight back to draw 2-2 with Westerlo.

Kortrijk 2 – Mechelen 0 (Jupiler League, October 31, 2009) Fourth-placed KV Mechelen went down to a 2-0 defeat at KV Kortrijk, Ebrahim Savaneh and Mohamed Messoudi netting.

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Braga 2 – Benfica 0 (Superliga, October 31, 2009) Hugo Viana scored in the seventh minute and Paulo Cesar in the 78th to snap Benfica’s winning streak at seven games. Braga’s Andre Leone and Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo were both sent off at the end of the first half following a fracas in the players tunnel.

Naval 1 – Leixoes 0 (Superliga, October 31, 2009) Mehdi Kerrouche scored the only goal of the game as Naval defeated 10-man Leixoes 1-nil. Ricardo Joel was sent off for Leixoes in the 90th minute.

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Besiktas 1 – Ankaragucu 0 (Super Lig, October 31, 2009) Besiktas stayed in the hunt in fourth place after beating Ankaraagucu 1-0 thanks to Ismail Koybasi’s 16th minute strike.

Antalyaspor 1 – Bursaspor 1 (Super Lig, October 31, 2009) Bursaspor fell behind to Serge Djiehoua’s 24th minute strike before eventually levelling 20 minutes from time through Ivan Ergic (handball?).

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Atromitos 0 – Olympiakos 1 (Greek Super League, October 31, 2009) In a match marred by violence, Luciano Galletti found Oscar unmarked in the area in the 80th minute and the Brazilian midfielder easily slotted in the winner.

PAOK 1 – Xanthi 0 (Greek Super League, October 31, 2009) Vladimir Ivic’s last minute winner gave PAOK the points.

Larissa 2 – Aris 2 (Greek Super League, October 31, 2009)

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Lech Poznan 1 – Slask Wroclaw 0 (Ekstraklasa, October 31, 2009)

Arka Gdynia 2 – Odra 0 (Ekstraklasa, October 31, 2009)

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Hajduk Split 2 – Dinamo Zagreb 1 (1. HNL, October 31, 2009)

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Javor 0 – Red Star Belgrade 2 (Serbian Super League, October 31, 2009)

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Gold Coast United 0 – North Queensland Fury 2 (A-League, October 31, 2009) Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler opened the scoring in the 63rd minute when he drove home a low shot after being set up by David Williams. The hosts were then awarded a penalty in the 76th minute when Steve Panteldis was judged to have handled the ball in the area and Fowler stepped up to score from the spot. The win means Fury climb to seventh in the standings while Gold Coast drop to third.

Central Coast Mariners 0 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, October 31, 2009) Ten-man Central Coast Mariners held Adelaide United to a goalless draw at Canberra Stadium. The Mariners had Matthew Crowell sent off late on but Adelaide failed to take advantage.

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Kaizer Chiefs 0 – Orlando Pirates 0 (South African Premier League, October 31, 2009) A mediocre Soweto derby ended in a disappointing draw.

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Velez Sarsfield 2 – Godoy Cruz 0 (Apertura, October 31, 2009) Fabian Cubero and Leandro Somoza scored either side of halftime to give defending champion Velez Sarsfield the Argentine league lead with a 2-0 home win over Godoy Cruz.

Racing Club 4 – Atletico Tucuman 0 (Apertura, October 31, 2009) Pablo Luguercio started the rout in the 6th minute, Pablo Caballero doubled the lead in the 13th and Hector Desvaux scored an own goal in the 35th as Racing surged into a 3-0 lead at halftime. Lucas Aveldano made it 4-0 in the 72nd and Tucuman’s misery was complete when Desvaux was sent off five minutes before the final whistle.

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Avai 2 – Atletico Paranaense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 31, 2009)

Flamengo 1 – Santos 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 31, 2009)

Sao Paulo 1 – Barueri 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 31, 2009)