Liverpool fail to break down the Hammers; Anderson’s amazing bicycle-kick earns Setubal a point at Benfica

Liverpool 0 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, December 1, 2008) (Extended highlights here.) Liverpool failed to break down an anemic West Ham side in a one-sided first-half at Anfield. Hyypia went close with a header and Gerrard hit the side netting with a driving run. The Hammers did though go closest with their only chance of the half – Craig Bellamy smacking the post with a fine effort. Before the break Kuyt had another chance for the home side. (First-half highlights here.) Ten minutes into the second-half Benayoun forced a great save from Robert Green. Following the substitution of Keane (what a waste of money?) for Ngog just after hour mark, Cole went close with a header for the Hammers. Kuyt and Babel had late chances but Boa Morte could also have won it late on, Liverpool had to settle for a disappointing point. (Second-half highlights here.)

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Histon 1 – Leeds 0 (FA Cup, November 30, 2008) Non-league Histon produced the shock of the second round by knocking out League One Leeds, Matt Langston netting a first half winner in the rain.

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Porto 2 – Academica 1 (Superliga, December 1, 2008) Porto went ahead in the 24th through Christian Rodriguez before Cris equalised in the 35th. Mereiles hit the winner early in the second half.

Benfica 2 – Vitoria Setubal 2 (Superliga, December 1, 2008) Laionel Silva Ramalho put Setubal ahead in the 35th before Benfica rallied in the second half with goals by Konstantinos Katsouranis and Oscar David Suazo. But an incredible injury time equaliser from Anderson, a bicycle kick from outside the box which floated over the keeper and in the net off the woodwork, saw Setubal deny Benfica the chance to go top of the league.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Vitoria Guimaraes 0 (Superliga, November 30, 2008) Helder Postiga put the home side in the lead after just eight minutes and Liedson added a second to double the advantage in the 21st.

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Borac Cacak 1 – Partizan Belgrade 0 (Serbian Super League, November 30, 2008) Champions Partizan lost for only the second time this season, Igor Grkajac scoring a late winner for the hosts.

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Neuchatel Xamax 2 – Basel 0 (Swiss Super League, November 30, 2008)