Tottenham 1 – Manchester United 3 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Tottenham raced out of the gates against United, Vidic could only send a header into the path of Jermain Defoe after just sixty seconds and the hot-shot Spurs forward scored a terrific bicycle-kick. It took the Red Devils some time to get into their stride but then in the 25th minute Ryan Giggs rolled back the years to curl home a stunning free-kick past Cudicini. Four minutes before the break Fergie saw his team take the lead, Anderson crashing home number two after Spurs (and Ledley King) failed to clear their lines from a corner. (First-half goals here.) Paul Scholes collected a pair of reckless yellow cards to get sent off after the break, but Spurs failed to press home their numerical advantage and it was Wayne Rooney who expertly scored a killer third for United.
Manchester City 4 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) After William Gallas had headed over for Arsenal, City took the lead in familiar fashion against the Gunners. Micah Richards headed towards the far corner from a Barry free-kick, Manuel Almunia reacted late, pushed on to the post and saw the ball rebound back off him for the opener. The Gunners looked the better team at the start of the second half and Robin van Persie claimed the equaiser with a good finish from his weaker right foot. The game was now end-to-end but it was City who took the lead again, Richards fed Craig Bellamy who fired home. The third came from (who else) but Emmanuel Adebayor, who controversially ran over to the Arsenal fans to celebrate. On the break Shaun Wright-Phillips claimed the fourth with a fine chipped finish before Thomas Rosicky marked his comeback with a consolation for Arsenal.
Liverpool 4 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here and MOTD here.) Liverpool’s opener came down the right, Johnson fed Yossi Benayoun who nutmegged Alexander and rolled the ball past Jensen. The Israeli playmaker was the provider of the second, Jensen couldn’t hold his shot and Dirk Kuyt followed up. Steven Gerrard was the creator of the third which was tapped in by Yossi Benayoun. Benayoun completed his hat-trick following a well-worked move.
Stoke 1 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) The Britannia went wild when Aboudalaye Faye headed over Cech from a Whealen cross. On the stroke of half-time Didier Drogba equalised for Ancelotti’s side with a blistering left-footed finish. (First-halfÂ goals here.) Chelsea stole the points with almost the last kick of the game, Florent Malouda crashing home a 94th minute winner for the Pensioners.
Sunderland 4 – Hull 1 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Darren Bent put Sunderland in front from the penalty spot, Kamil Zayatte equalised for Hull. (First-half goals here.) The Black Cats re-took the lead when Andy Reid drilled a low shot into the far corner and the game was put to bed after 66 minutes, Bent running on to Anton Ferdinand’s long ball and scoring. An own goal from Zayatte wrapped up the Sunderland win.
Portsmouth 2 – Bolton 3 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â The bottom two of the Premier League at kick-off played out an action packed first-half. Tamir Cohen scored his second in two games to put the Trotters ahead, Younes Kaboul scored his second of the season to equalise only for Matt Taylor to put Bolton ahead again from the penalty spot. (First-half goals here.) Kevin Prince Boateng brought Pompey back level after the break before Gary Cahill met a Samuel throw-in to hend the Trotters a valuable three away points. Pompey remain rock-bottom on zero points.
Blackburn 3 – Wolves 1 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) El-Hadji Diouf had celebrated his return to the starting line-up by giving his side a 19th-minute head-start when he raced clear and slotted the opener through Hennessey’s legs. (First-half goals here.) Jason Roberts’ slight touch on Gael Givet’s header was enough to steer Rovers’ second past Wayne Hennessey, and Roberts did all the hard work to tee up his side’s third for David Dunn. Wolves did bag a consolation two minutes from time when debutant Stefan Maierhofer controlled a corner and poked home from the edge of the six-yard box.
Motherwell 0 – Rangers 0 (SPL, September 12, 2009) After Rangers had dominated the opening period, the game came to life six minutes from time. Jim O’Brien missed a penalty for the home side after Madjid Bougherra had been sent off for the SPL leaders.
Espanyol 0 – Real Madrid 3 (La Liga, September 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Los Blancos took the lead over Espanyol six minutes before the break, Esteban Granero orchestrated a superb one-two to break into the box and the Madrid newbie finished with aplomb. Guti grabbed a second 13 minutes from time and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a third in injury time.
Getafe 0 – Barcelona 2 (La Liga, September 12, 2009) Barca waited patiently until the 65th minute before breaking the deadlock at Getafe, Zlatan Ibrahimovic turning home Abidal’s left wing cross from close range. The Catalans put the game to bed with a second, Zlatan teeing up Leo Messi to head in number two from close range.
Atletico Madrid 1 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, September 12, 2009) Both goals arrived minutes before the interval, Jurado firing Atleti into the lead before Oscar Serrano brought racing back level. Santader played most of the second half with 10-men after Crespo saw red.
Sevilla 4 – Zaragoza 1 (La Liga, September 12, 2009) Abdoulay Konko opened the scoring for the hosts in the eighth minute and Luis Fabiano re-established that lead in first-half stoppage time after Javier Arizmendi had stunned the home crowd with an equaliser. Diego Perotti gave Manolo Jimenez’s side breathing space with a third goal in the 57th minute and Luis Fabiano put the icing on the cake three minutes from time.
Lazio 0 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, September 12, 2009) Juve won the match in the final 20 minutes. Claudio Marchisio sent in a cross from the right and after a short scramble the ball fell kindly to Caceres, whose terrific volley beat Muslera. David Trezeguet added a second to seal the victory in the 94th minute, as he tapped the ball in from close range after Muslera kept out an acrobatic effort by Amauri.
Livorno 0 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, September 12, 2009) Milan’s poor start to the season continued at Livorno, who were the better team throughout the first half. At the other end, Pato spurned a great chance for the Rossoneri.
Hamburg 3 – Stuttgart 1 (Bundesliga, September 12, 2009) Mladen Petric put Bruno Labbadia’s in-form team in front after half-an-hour before Eljero Elia added a second just shy of the hour mark. Pavel Pogrebnyak gave Stuttgart a glimmer of hope within five minutes of conceding the second goal, but Hamburg moved back up a gear and their lead and the latest three points of a hitherto successful season were never in any danger. Ze Roberto added a third in stoppage time just to make sure.
Borussia Dortmund 1 – Bayern Munich 5 (Bundesliga, September 12, 2009)Â Mats Hummels headed Dortmund’s openerÂ against Bayern Munich. Mario Gomez equalised for Bayern ten minutes before the break. Bastian Schweinsteiger put Bayern in front with a strong low effort and midway through the second half Franck Ribery claimed a terrific third from a free-kick. Thomas Muller wrapped up the win with a late brace, scoring on 78 and 88 minutes.
Wolfsburg 2 – Bayer Leverkusen 3 (Bundesliga, September 12, 2009) After goalkeeper Diego Benaglio was sent off in the third minute, Bayer Leverkusen took control of the match at Wolfsburg. Simon Rolfes scored eight minutes before the break and Rolfes doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 51. Stefan Kiessling scored Leverkusen’s third, which in the end the away side needed as the champions pulled goals back through Zvjezdan Misimovic and a Grafite penalty.
Nurnberg 1 – Borussia Moenchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, September 12, 2009)Â Peer Kluge poked Nurnberg into the lead at home to Gladbach.
HoffenheimÂ 3 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, September 12, 2009)Â Demba Ba was theÂ opening goalscorerÂ for Hoffenheim, the striker made no mistake at the back postÂ to put the Village Team in front against Bochum. Chinedu Obasi doubled the scoreline with a strong run and finish. Marvin Compper netted the third on 79 minutes.
Mainz 2 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Bundesliga, September 12, 2009)Â Maximiliano Nicu put Hertha Berlin ahead at Mainz. The hosts levelled on 79 minutes through Andreas Ivanschitz and Aristide Bance scored the winner five minutes from time.
Le Mans 1 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, September 12, 2009) Brandao chested down Souleymane Diawara’s long ball for OM forward Mamadou Niang to fire the visitors into a 14th-minute lead. Malian striker Modibo Maiga drew the hosts level with an athletic volley in the 61st minute but Didier Deschamps’s men responded immediately and re-asserted their advantage via an emphatic header from Brandao.
Lyon 1 – Lorient 0 (Ligue 1, September 12, 2009) Brazilian winger Michel Bastos headed home in the 72nd minute from a Sidney Govou cross as Lyon moved top of the standings with 13 points from five matches.
Lille 1 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, September 12, 2009) Lille ended a sequence of four matches without a win as Pierre-Alain Frau struck to give them a triumph against Sochaux.
Valenciennes 1 – Boulogne 1 (Ligue 1, September 12, 2009) Gregory Pujol fired Valenciennes ahead before Daniel Moreira equalised in the 82nd minute.
PSV 3 – Roda 0 (Eredivisie, September 12, 2009) Balazs Dzsudzsak scored from close range after just six minutes and Stanislav Manolev increased the lead early in the second half. Ola Toivonen saw a shot cleared off the line for the hosts, who did grab a third in stoppage-time through Otman Bakkal.
Heerenveen 0 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, September 12, 2009) Morten Nordstrand struck a 61st minute winner as Groningen battled to a 1-0 success at Heerenveen, who had Michael Dingsdag dismissed in injury-time.
Twente 3 – Utrecht 2 (Eredivisie, September 12, 2009) The visitors took a seventh minute lead through Ricky van Wolfswinkel, only for Twente to level before half-time through Blaise NKufo. Nicky Kuiper put Twente ahead on 53 minutes, but Van Wolfswinkel’s second goal of the game on 63 minutes restored parity. Bryan Ruiz then scored an injury-time winner for Twente and there was still time for the hosts’ Cheick Tiote to be sent off for a second bookable offence.
ADO Den Haag 2 – AZ Alkmaar 1 (Eredivisie, September 12, 2009) Wesley Verhoek put Den Haag in front after just four minutes and Lex Immers increased the advantage on 54 minutes. Jeremain Lens pulled a goal back four minutes from time, but AZ were unable to conjure up an equaliser in the dying moments of the game.
Porto 4 – Leixoes 1 (Superliga, September 12, 2009) All four home goals came in the first half, with Silvestre Varela opening the scoring after 20 minutes and Hulk doubling the lead from the spot three minutes later. Goals from Rolando (33) and Falcao (42) killed the game off, though substitute Christian Pouga pulled one back 14 minutes from time.
Galatasaray 3 – Besiktas 0 (Super Lig, September 12, 2009) Mustafa Sarp opened the scoring for the hosts after four minutes and a second-half brace from Milan Baros sealed matters.
Manisaspor 3 – Sivasspor 1 (Super Lig, September 12, 2009) Josh Simpson gave the home side an eighth-minute lead and Isaac Promise doubled their advantage on the stroke of halftime. Ibrahim Sahin pulled one back for the visitors nine minutes after the interval but the equaliser was not forthcoming and late substitute Kemal Okyay made the points safe in the last minute.
Sint-Truiden 2 – Anderlecht 1 (Jupiler League, September 12, 2009) Goals from Cephas Chimedza and Ibrahima Sidibe put the hosts two goals to the good within eight minutes, with Roland Juhasz’s 83rd-minute strike proving little more than consolation for the visitors. The result sees Sint-Truiden lead the way by one point from Gent and Anderlecht.
Standard Liege 3 – KV Mechelen 0 (Jupiler League, September 12, 2009) Mehdi Gonzalez struck twice in four minutes after the break and Eliaquim Mangala grabbed a third midway through the second half.
AA Gent 5 – Roeselare 1 (Jupiler League, September 12, 2009) Gent enjoyed a comprehensive 5-1 victory over 9-man Roeselare, M’Baye Leye bagging two goals and Randall Azofeifa, Zlatan Ljubijankic and substitute Stijn De Smet notching one apiece. Roeselare, who had Damir Mirvic and Stepan Kucera sent off in the first half, responded only through Bjarni Geir Vidarsson a minute from time.
Mouscron 0 – Westerlo 1 (Jupiler League, September 12, 2009) Adnan Mravac’s solitary strike saw Westerlo prevail 1-0 at Excelsior Mouscron.
Charleroi 0 – Cercle Brugge 4 (Jupiler League, September 12, 2009) The hosts never recovered from the 12th-minute dismissal of Mahamadou Kere and went down to goals from Sergiy Serebrennikov (penalty), Oleg Iachtchouk and Jelle Vossen (two).
Zulte-Waregem 0 – Kortrijk 2 (Jupiler League, September 12, 2009) Leon Benko and substitute Christian Benteke were on target.
CSKA Moscow 3 – Samara 0 (Russian Premier League, September 12, 2009) Juande Ramos recorded a convincing home win in his first game in charge of CSKA.
Larisa 2 – Atromitos 2 (Greek Super League, September 12, 2009) From 2-down, Atromitos rallied to claim a point at Larisa.
Olympiakos 0 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, September 12, 2009) Henk Ten Cate’s team chalked up a rare blank.
FC Zurich 4 – Grasshoppers 3 (Swiss Super League, September 12, 2009)
Maccabi Haifa 3 – Hapoel Ramat Gan 1 (Ligat ha’Al, September 12, 2009) Maccabi warmed up for their Champions League match with Bayern Munich this week by coming from behind to beat Ramat Gan.
LA Galaxy 3 – FC Dallas 6 (MLS, September 12, 2009) Jeff Cunningham scored two goals and assisted on two more as FC Dallas pummeled the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.
Sydney FC 0 – North Queensland Fury 1 (A-League, September 12, 2009) Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler scored a stunning goal to guide North Queensland Fury to their first three points of the since the club came into existence. Fowler struck in the 54th minute when he chased onto Daniel McBreen’s pass before dispatching a fine dipping effort from 25-yards that gave goalkeeper Clint Bolton no chance.
Newcastle Jets 0 – Brisbane Roar 3 (A-League, September 12, 2009) Roar’s Brazilian duo of Reinaldo and Henrique handed the visitors a 2-goal cushion at the break, Scotsman Charlie Miller making sure Brisbane left with all three points with the third midway through the second period.
Kashima Antlers 1 – Kawasaki Frontale 3 (match suspended) (J-League, September 12, 2009) Kawasaki were left stunned after referee Masayoshi Okada called off their top-of-the-table-clash at leaders Kashima Antlers.
Kyoto Sanga 2 – FC Tokyo 1 (J-League, September 12, 2009) Kyoto got off to a perfect start with Diego netting inside the opening sixty seconds. The visitors levelled matters on the hour mark through Naohiro Ishikawa, but FC Tokyo were undone five minutes from time as Seng Yong Kim incredible 60-yard solo run ended, assisted by a few lucky deflections, ended with the number 28 walking the ball into the back of the net.
JEF United Chiba 0 – Albirex Niigata 1 (J-League, September 12, 2009) A 20th minute header from Kisho Yano gave Niigata the lead and the hosts’ poor finishing meant that one goal was enough for the points.
Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 – Kashiwa Reysol 3 (J-League, September 12, 2009) Kashiwa took command of the match after Yuki Otsu and Yusuke Murakami had put the visitors 2-up by the hour mark. Maya Yoshida brought Nagoya back into the game with 20 minutes to go, with Popo (Reysol) and Keiji Tamada (Nagoya) both netting late penalties in a frantic finish.
Atletico Tucuman 2 – Boca Juniors 0 (Apertura, September 12, 2009) Boca Juniors slipped back to 10th with a surprise loss to recently promoted Atletico Tucuman, who scored through Juan Pablo Pereyra and Fabio Escobar.
Chacarita 0 – Rosario Central 1 (Apertura, September 12, 2009) Rosario beat Chacarita to claim the outright lead in the Argentine Championship just a few months after they narrowly avoided relegation.
Tigre 1 – Arsenal 2 (Apertura, September 12, 2009)
Flamengo 3 – Sport Recife 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2009) Adriano was Flamengo’s hero with a brace, including a stunning left-footed curler after just three minutes.
Sao Paulo 2 – Avai 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 12, 2009)
Jordan 1 – New Zealand 3 (International Friendly, September 9, 2009) Jordan opened the scoring after only two minutes as Hattem Aqel’s free-kick surprised New Zealand goalkeeper Mark Paston. The All Whites equalised after 18 minutes as Phoenix midfielder Leo Bertos was fouled inside the area and Shane Smeltz made no mistake from the penalty spot. The visitors were reduced to 10-men two minutes before the break when Vicelich picked up a second yellow card. New Zealand took the lead a minute later through a Rory Fallon header and Smeltz sealed the win turning home a cross from Central Coast Mariners midfielder Michael McGlinchey.