Manchester United ease past West Brom; Arsenal come back against Everton; Liverpool win a thriller against Wigan; Boro are taken to the cleaners by five-star Blues

Manchester United 4 – West Brom 0 (Premier League, October 18, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) The Baggies were the beneficiaries of a lenient decision chalking off a Wayne Rooney goal for a nudge on Olsson. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half Wayne Rooney gave United the lead, racing down the inside left channel, cutting inside past Donk, and wrongfooting Carson with a hard, low effort into the bottom-left corner. The floodgates were then opened, Rooney slid a ball to Ronaldo, who shot past Carson for the second. And it was soon third, Nani’s cross evaded everyone and Dimitar Berbatov had the simple job of prodding home his first league goal for his new employers. And as the clock ticked down United found a fourth on the counter-attack, Rooney squared for Nani to tuck home at the back post.

Arsenal 3 – Everton 1 (Premier League, October 18, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Everton took a shock lead at the Emirates on nine minutes, when Leon Osman finished from a Pienaar cross. On the 15 minute mark, van Persie saw a good chance saved by Howard. Five minutes before the break, Fabregas went close with a long-range effort. Early in the second half, Samir Nasri levelled matters with a shot from just outside the area. With 20 minutes to go, Robin van Persie headed Arsenal into the lead, after good work from Adebayor and Fabregas. Theo Walcott wrapped up the win in the 90th minute.

Liverpool 3 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, October 18, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Wigan were the better team early doors at Anfield, Kapo saw a good effort saved by Pepe Reina. And the Latics got their reward when Amr Zaki robbed Agger to place the ball past Reina and put Wigan ahead. Agger made up for his error by setting up Dirk Kuyt for the equaliser. Kuyt then went close to a second, but his long-range shot hit the crossbar – a great save by Kirkland. In injury-time of the first-half, Amr Zaki scored a terrific volley to put Wigan in front again. (Is Zaki the new Alan Shearer?) (First half highlights here.) In the 71st minute, Gerrard stroked a free-kick just past the Wigan post. After Wigan went down to ten men, when Valencia was sent off for two bookable offences, Liverpool did equalise through Albert Riera who capitalised on a dummy by Gerrard. And Dirk Kuyt sent Anfield into delirium when he completed the comeback with minutes remaining, the Dutchman produced a terrific acrobatic volley from a Pennant cross. (Second half highlights here.)

Middlesbrough 0 – Chelsea 5 (Premier League, October 18, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Injury-ravaged Chelsea moved ahead at the Riverside when Belletti’s shot was blocked straight into the path of Salomon Kalou, who placed the ball past Turnbull for an easy opener. The Blues then began to control the game, and Frank Lampard fluffed bagging a second after great work from Malouda. (First half highlights here.) At the start of the second half Malouda should have scored after he exploited a horrible mistake by Grounds. But the second goal was soon in coming, the ball came to Belletti 30-yards from goal and the makeshift midfielder hit a rocket that swerved into the top corner. Poor Boro were then put to the sword conceding a third, Malouda’s knock-back hit Wheater and Kalou stabbed home his second of the game. Boro’s embarrassment grew by the minute, the fourth coming after Kalou (with all the time in the world) stood a cross up for Lampard to freely head home. The fifth was the result of a howler from Turnbull, as the keeper failed to handle Anelka’s tame shot and, after the ball hit the post, Malouda tapped in number five. The final stages were painful for Boro as they were reduced to seeing out time while trying to not concede any more goals. (Second half highlights here.)

Bolton 0 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, October 18, 2008) Carlos Villanueva came close for Rovers in the first half with a rising drive.

Aston Villa 0 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, October 18, 2008) Ten-man Portsmouth held out for a point at Villa, but the home side could scarcely claim to have deserved any more from the match having relied on Brad Friedel to keep them on level terms before Sean Davis was sent off with nine minutes left.

Fulham 0 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, October 18, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Roy Keane was left fuming after Kieran Richardson found the net with a free-kick only to see his effort chalked off for an infringement in the wall.

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York 2 – Rushden & Diamonds 0 (Conference, October 16, 2008) Goals from Mark Robinson and Craig Farrell secured a second straight win for York as they saw off Rushden.

Forest Green 2 – Cambridge 2 (Conference, October 16, 2008)

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Inverness CT 1 – Celtic 2 (SPL, October 18, 2008) After a goalless first half, Scott Brown put Celtic ahead with a side-footed shot in the 48th minute. Celtic then opened up a two goal cushion when Glenn Loovens rose high at the back post to head home. Garry Wood pulled a goal back for the hosts.

Celtic reserves 1 – Aberdeen reserves 1 (Scottish Premier Reserve League, October 14, 2008) Paddy McCourt, the starlet described as having more talent than Aiden McGeady, netted his first ever Celtic goal with a stunning solo effort to open the scoring. Jeffrey De Visscher equalised minutes later for the Dons to earn a point.

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Atletico Madrid 1 – Real Madrid 2 (La Liga, October 18, 2008) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Ruud van Nistelrooy shot Real Madrid into an early lead in the local derby against Atletico. Minutes later Sneijder nearly doubled the lead but his shot hit the bar. The home sides task was then made even harder when Luis Perea was sent off for smacking Sneijder in the face. But, five minutes before the break, goalscorer Ruud van Nistelrooy was also shown the red card for a bad tackle to even things up at 10 men for both teams. In the 90th minute, Atletico equalised when Simao scored with a well struck free-kick. But Atletico’s joy was short-lived as deep in injury-time Drenthe was fouled in the box by Heitinga and Higuain scored the penalty to give Real a barely deserved win.

Espanyol 0 – Villarreal 0 (La Liga, October 18, 2008) After a goalless first-half the game burst into life on 70 minutes when Espanyol were awarded a controversial penalty. Tamudo stepped up to take the spot-kick only to see his effort superbly saved by Diego Lopez.

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Napoli 2 – Juventus 1 (Serie A, October 18, 2008) Claudio Ranieri’s position as Juve boss is looking tenuous as his side gave away a 1-0 lead provided by Amauri in the 61st minute. Marek Hamsik equalised three minutes later and Ezequiel Lavezzi scored the winner with ten minutes remaining.

Fiorentina 3 – Reggina 0 (Serie A, October 18, 2008) In the first half Reggina had Campagnolo sent off and Pazzini rolled home the resulting penalty to give the hosts the lead. Gilardino, revitalised since his move from AC Milan in the summer, added two late on.

Sassuolo 1 – Mantova 2 (Serie B, October 18, 2008)

Albinoleffe 0 – Vicenza 4 (Serie B, October 18, 2008)

Frosinone 3 – Rimini 1 (Serie B, October 18, 2008)

Avellino 2 – Bari 1 (Serie B, October 18, 2008)

Grosseto 6 – Salernitana 2 (Serie B, October 18, 2008)

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Karlsruhe 0 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2008) Miroslav Klose struck four minutes from time to give Bayern their first victory in four league games.

Werder Bremen 3 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2008) Dortmund made the breakthrough just before the hour mark when Alexander Frei converted from the spot. Bremen equalised on 67 minutes when Baumann headed home from Boenisch’s cross. But parity was short-lived as Dortmund grabbed the lead again through Hummels. Claudio Pizarro pounced for an equaliser two minutes from time. An in injury time, Pizarro then put Bremen ahead, only for Dortmund to snatch a point through Mohamed Zidan just a minute later. (Both of Pizarro’s goal can be seen here.)

Hannover 2 – Hoffenheim 5 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2008) Ibisevic sent Hoffenheim into the break a goal to the good, but Hannover replied three minutes after the interval when Schulz converted a Huszti corner. Hannover then took the lead on 63 minutes through Stajner, only for Hoffenheim to level through Obasi. Salihovic finished off a quick break to put Hoffenheim back in front two minutes later and the visitors scored again through Demba Ba (80) and Ibisevic (83), with Hannover also having Arnold Bruggink sent off. Hoffenheim remain joint top on Germany.

Wolfsburg 4 – Arminia Bielefeld 1 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2008) Zvjezdan Misimovic scored twice in the first half for Wolfsburg, turning home Dzeko’s cross and then finishing from Grafite’s pass. Madlung headed home the third, and though Arminia replied on 60 minutes through Alexander Laas, Grafite grabbed a fourth goal for Wolfsburg four minutes later.

Hertha Berlin 2 – Stuttgart 1 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2008) Nicu’s opener after 29 minutes had been cancelled out by Cacau, but Kacar’s late strike sealed a third win in four games.

FC Cologne 1 – Energie Cottbus 0 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2008)

Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2008)

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Lyon 2 – Lille 2 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2008) Rami stunned the home fans with the opener for Lille on 14 minutes, but Chedjou’s unfortunate own goal gifted Lyon the equaliser eight minutes later. Bastos restored Lille’s lead just past the hour mark with a stunning free-kick from 35-yards, only for Grosso to salvage a share of the spoils for Lyon 14 minutes from time.

PSG 3 – Lorient 2 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2008) Rafik Saifi stunned the home fans when he gave Lorient the lead on 22 minutes, but Fabrice Pancrate drew PSG level six minutes later. Fabrice Abriel restored Lorient’s lead on 38 minutes only for Guillaume Hoarau to equalise three minutes into the second half. PSG grabbed the winner three minutes from time when Loris Arnaud found the net.

Caen 2 – Grenoble 2 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2008) Nassim Akrour gave Grenoble the lead on 18 minutes, but Caen turned the game on its head with goals from Steve Savidan (24, penalty) and Nicolas Florentin (58). Moreira secured Grenoble a share of the spoils with an equaliser 17 minutes from time.

Bordeaux 2 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2008) A stunning moment of individual skill allowed Yoan Gourcoff to give Bordeaux the lead on 29 minutes and David Bellion doubled the lead five minutes before the break. Capoue pulled a goal back deep into injury-time, but it proved too little too late for Toulouse.

Sochaux 1 – Le Havre 1 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2008) Amadou Alassane gave basement boys Le Havre the lead a minute before the break, but Valter Birsa 71st minute equaliser ensured Sochaux stay off the bottom.

Nantes 1 – St. Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2008) Christian Bekamenga scored the only goal of the game on 27 minutes to give Nantes the points.

Monaco 1 – Nice 2 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2008) Habib Bamogo fired the visitors in front after just eight minutes only for Leandro Cufre to draw Monaco level from the penalty spot on 38 minutes. Emerse Fae netted the winner for Nice just before the hour mark and Monaco’s miserable night was compounded in the final minute when Jerko Leko was sent off.

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NAC 2 – PSV 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2008) NAC Breda are the new leaders in Holland. PSV’s Timmy Simons opened the scoring with an own goal in the 13th minute, and Amoah doubled the advantage in the 87th minute. There was still time for Ibrahim Affelay to get one back for PSV in the 93rd minute but it was too little, too late.

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Sertanense 0 – FC Porto 4 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2008)

Uniao Leiria 0 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2008)

Aliados Lordelo 0 – Trofense 1 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2008)

Nacional 4 – Angrense 0 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2008)

Estrela Amadora 2 – Operario 0 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2008)

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Spartak Nalchik 2 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Premier Liga, October 18, 2008)

Shinnik Yaroslavl 0 – Rubin Kazan 2 (Premier Liga, October 18, 2008)

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Polonia Bytom 1 – Belchatow 2 (Ekstraklasa, October 18, 2008) after falling behind to Zablocki’s strike, the visitors turn the game on its head with goals from Jarzebowski and a last-minute winner from Cetnarski.

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Kocaelispor 2 – Fenerbahce 3 (Super Lig, October 18, 2008)

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Panionios 2 – Aris 1 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2008)

Panserraikos 0 – Asteras Tripolis 0 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2008)

Iraklis Saloniki 0 – Ergotelis 0 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2008)

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Bnei Sachnin 0 – Maccabi Haifa 1 (Ligat ha’Al, October 18, 2008) Thembinkosi Fanteni bagged the only goal of the game, picking up the ball on the left of the penalty area and chipping it delightfully across to Lior Rafaelov.

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Newcastle Jets 1 – Melbourne Victory 0 (A-League, October 18, 2008) Teenage striker Marko Jesic produced an 86th minute volley to give Newcastle a win over a ten-man Melbourne. Archie Thompson is left facing a suspension after he was sent off for appearing to swear at referee Matthew Breeze in the 58th minute.

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Houston Dynamo 3 – LA Galaxy 0 (MLS, October 18, 2008) For the third year in a row, the Galaxy failed to reach the playoffs. Three goals in a nine-minute span in the first half did the damage, with a Bryan Jordan og and strikes from Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching ending another year of disappointment for Beckham et al.

KC Wizards 3 – San Jose Earthquakes 2 (MLS, October 18, 2008)

New York Red Bulls 3 – Columbus Crew 1 (MLS, October 18, 2008) New York took a 2-1 lead thanks to a Juan Pablo Angle brace, with Steven Lenhart heading Columbus onto the scoreboard. But the game belonged to Red Bulls keeper Danny Cepero, who became the first MLS shotstopper to score a goal as his place kick travelled the length of the pitch and bounced over Gruenebaum.

Toronto FC 3 – Chicago Fire 2 (MLS, October 18, 2008)

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Figueirense 1 – Ipatinga FC 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2008)

Botafogo 0 – Santos 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2008)

Internacional 2 – Atletico Paranaense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2008)

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Tigre 3 – Lanus 0 (Argentinean Apertura, October 18, 2008)

San Lorenzo 1 – San Martin 0 (Argentinean Apertura, October 18, 2008)

Arsenal Sarandi 3 – Velez Sarsfield 3 (Argentinean Apertura, October 18, 2008)

Colon 1 – Independiente 2 (Argentinean Apertura, October 18, 2008)