Liverpool 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (Champions League, November 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Liverpool started brightly against Atletico, coming close to scoring after Xabi Alonso’s 60-yard pass was perfectly collected by Robbie Keane before seeing his shot go narrowly wide. But it was the Spaniards who took the lead at Anfield, Antonio Lopez controlled a pass brilliantly down the line, and his cross was converted by Maxi Rodriguez. After the break Daniel Agger came close to restoring parity for the Reds but his header beat Atletico keeper Leo Franco but also the bar. Steven Gerrard played a fine one-two with Keane but the skipper’s effort was off target. But just as it looked like Liverpool were going to lose back-to-back games, Steven Gerrard won the Reds a (soft) penalty which he dispatched into the Kop.
Roma 3 – Chelsea 1 (Champions League, November 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) Christian Panucci continued his fine scoring record this season by giving Roma the lead in their must-win game at home to Chelsea, sending the Olimpico wild turning home Cicinho’s cross. Scolari threw on Drogba at the break, but it was Roma who flew out the traps as Mirko Vucinic smashed home a 20-yard beauty for 2-nil. Chelsea’s defense, which had only conceded four goals all season, were then ripped to pieces by Roma’s third, Vucinic skinned Obi Mikel before expertly beating Cech to send the locals crazy. John Terry (handball) pulled a goal back for Chelsea with 15 minutes to go, but the Blues were dealt a cruel blowÂ when the ref made a poor decision to send off Deco.
Anorthosis Famagusta 3 – Inter Milan 3 (Champions League, November 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Inter had an early chance away in Anorthosis, Zlatan forcing a smart save from Beqaj after only two minutes. Mourinho’s charges continued their early pressure by taking the lead, Ibrahimovic’s 35-yard free-kick was poorly dealt with by Beqaj between the sticks and Mario Balotelli was on hand to tap home the rebound. All Inter’s early running was undone on the half hour as Burdisso had a total brain loss dealing with a harmless long ball, the defender guided his header past the advancing Cesar allowing Cedric Bardon the simple task of rolling the ball home. Marco Materazzi regained the lead for Inter, the defender won a strong header from a corner to score. But a crazy opening 45 ended all square, Cambiasso’s attempted headed clearance hit the head of Georgios Panagi and the ball ended up in the net. (First half highlights here.) A game littered with mistakes then saw the hosts take the lead, Burdisso once again was at fault allowing Frousos to score. But Inter found an equaliser through Julio Cruz, who headed home Balotelli’s free-kick.
Barcelona 1 – Basel 1 (Champions League, November 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Barca had to wait a surprising hour before breaking the deadlock with pointless Basel, Lionel Messi played a fabulous one-two with Thierry Henry before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. But the Swiss minnows picked up an amazing, unlikely draw when Derdiyok volleyed home a cross to level.
Marseille 3 – PSV 0 (Champions League, November 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Marseille scored after half an hour against PSV, Bacary Kone was released through the middle and the striker rounded the keeper to score. The Dutch outfit fell apart in the second half, Mamadou Niang met Kone’s inch-perfect cross on the volley for the second. And Niang sealed the win with the third in the 72nd minute, clinically scoring after being put through from Ben Afra’s pass.
Werder Bremen 0 – Panathinaikos 3 (Champions League, November 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Having taken the lead away at Werder Bremen through Mantzios’ fine strike, Panathinaikos scored a stunning second goal to humble the Germans, Giorgos Karagounis collected a throw-in on the left hand side and smacked a wonderful shot into the far corner. (A Steve McManaman versus Arsenal take-off?) The Greeks completed a fine away win thanks to Pasanen’s own goal seven minutes from time.
CFR Cluj 1 – Bordeaux 2 (Champions League, November 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Yoann Gourcuff opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a scrappy right foot shot past EduardÂ Stancioiu. Cluj equalised three minutes later when Ricardo Dani planted a fine header, but Bordeaux scored the eventual winner in the 38th when Geraldo Wendel curled a sweet free-kick around the Cluj wall from the edge of theÂ area.
Rangers 3 – Dundee United 3 (SPL, November 4, 2008) Rangers moved in front after 11 minutes when Davis sent a low shot past Zaluska. Craig Levein’s side did not have long to wait for the equaliser as Francisco Sandaza produced a wonderful finish, and United went in front after 27 minutes when Paul Dixon’s cut-back was eventually turned in by Sandaza. Rangers were before the break when Nacho Novo set up Sasa Papac for his first goal for the Gers. United regained the lead when a long throw from Dixon saw the ball drop to Robertson who made no mistake on 59 minutes. But Kevin Thomson salvaged a point for Rangers in dramatic style when he rifled home from 22 yards deep into injury time.
Liverpool reserves 1 – Manchester City reserves 2 (FA Premier Reserve League, November 3, 2008) The visitors went ahead on nine minutes when Marshall capitalised on a poor clearance from Damien Plessis and drilled in a low 18-yard shot. Liverpool rallied and Nabil El Zhar scored three minutes before the break when he scored with a fabulous individual effort, jinking away from several defenders before firing a shot into the bottom corner. Liverpool’s joy was short-lived however, as City regained the lead through Benjani almost immediately.
Oxford 1 – York 0 (Conference, November 1, 2008) Yemi Odubade earned and scored the penalty to confirm Oxford’s fifth straight home win.
Livorno 2 – Brescia 0 (Serie B, November 3, 2008)
Austria Vienna 1 – Sturm Graz 3 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, November 2, 2008) Graz recorded a fine win after taking the lead through Stankovic and Holzl. Okotie pulled a goal back for the hosts, but Mario Haas sealed the win with a fine third.