West Brom 1 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, December 7, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) The Baggies went into the break in the lead after Chris Brunt’s powerful free-kick struck David James’ left-hand post and Jonathan Greening was on hand to score the rebound. After the break Pompey equalised with a fabulous 25-yards strike from Peter Crouch.
Everton 2 – Aston Villa 3 (Premier League, December 7, 2008) It took Steve Sidwell just 33.4 seconds to find the net for Aston Villa with a fine 20-yard shot that rocketed into the net. But on the half hour mark Everton levelled as Joleon Lescott turned home Arteta’s free-kick. In the second half Everton threw away a goal as Phil Jagielka has a moment of complete madness, passing the ball straight into Ashley Young’s path and the number 7 easily beat Tim Howard to regain the lead for the visitors. The home crowd were sent wild in the 91st minute as Joleon Lescott turned in his second of the game to seemingly earn Everton a point, only for Villa to head immediately up the other end to find their own late late winner through Ashley Young.
Tranmere 2 – Leeds 1 (League One, December 6, 2008) Despite taking the lead through Enoch Showunmi, Leeds let theÂ lead to slip through their fingers as strikes from Antony Kay and Ian Moore secured victory for Tranmere.
York 0 -Â Grays Athletic 1 (Conference, December 6, 2008)
Hibernian 2 – Celtic 0 (SPL, December 7, 2008) After the break the hosts took the lead incredible circumstances, Scott Brown lost possession in the centre of the pitch, John Rankin picked up the ball 40-yards from goal and let rip with a shot that slightly swerved to beat Boruc, leaving the keeper with egg on his face.
Real Madrid 3 – Sevilla 4 (La Liga, December 7, 2008) After just three minutes Iker Casillas flapped at a cross that fell to Sevilla’s Correira who converted at the back post. Raul headed home the equaliser from Guti’s free-kick, only for Sevilla to retake control minutes later through Romaric’s header. And Real fell further behind as Freddie Kanoute hit the third to cap a fine first half for the visitors. It the 67th minute Real began their fightback after a patient build-up ended with Gonzalo Higuain striking a fine 20-yard drive into the bottom corner. And two minutes later it was all-square as Fernando Gago headed home Guti’s set play. Both sides then pressed for a winner, before Real lost Robben for two bookable offenses. And Sevilla capitalised five minutes from time as Renato bagged the winning header from Kanoute’s cross.
Mallorca 2 – Recreativo Huelva 3 (La Liga, December 7, 2008) In a ding-dong first half, Navarro put Mallorca ahead only for Ruben to level, and the sequence was repeated when Jurado’s goal was cancelled out by Adrian. Recre then stole all three points as Fuego bagged the winner early in the second half.
Osasuna 3 – Valladolid 3 (La Liga, December 7, 2008) A Dady brace (18 & 57) and a first half effort from Javad Nekounam (43) looked to have Jose Antonio Camacho’s side on course to claim only their second win of the season. Henok Goitom started the comeback on the hour mark and an own goal from Miguel Flano five minutes later gave Valladolid hope. With four minutes remaining Bartholomew Ogbeche then stepped off the bench to break Osasuna hearts and round off a six-goal thriller.
Racing Santander 1 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, December 7, 2008)Â Francisco Yeste’s 49th minute strike looked for a long time as if it would prove decisive, but Bilbao were unable to hang on after Pablo Orbaiz saw red on 77 minutes. Gonzalo Colsa found the equaliser in the 83rd minute.
Numancia 2 – Almeria 1 (La Liga, December 7, 2008) Javier Del Pino (20) and Asier Goiria cancelled out Esteban Solari’s 12th minute penalty, condemning Almeria to back-to-back defeats.
Deportivo La Coruna 2 – Malaga 0 (La Liga, December 7, 2008) Angel Lafita opened the scoring at the Riazor on 65 minutes and Omar Bravo wrapped up the points from the penalty spot four minutes later.
Real Betis 1 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, December 7, 2008)
Torino 1 – Fiorentina 4 (Serie A, December 7, 2008) Adrian Mutu netted after just two minutes in Torino, crashing home a free-kick to put the Viola 1-up. Fiorentina doubled their lead in the 41st minute, Gilardino heading home the second from a corner. Zdravko Kuzmanovic netted a third after the break for Fiorentina. Rosina pulled a goal back from the spot for the hosts, but Gilardino sealed the win with a fourth six minutes from time.
AC Milan 1- Catania 0 (Serie A, December 7, 2008) Andriy Shevchenko, returning to his form of old in recent weeks, steered a header just over the Catania bar from Kaka’s cross. At the other end Giuseppe Mascara was unlucky to see his shot come back off the inside of the Milan post. (First half highlights here.) After the break Shevchenko broke the deadlock by turning home Kaka’s header from a corner.
Lecce 1- Juventus 2 (Serie A, December 7, 2008) After showing some quick feet in the first half, Juve’s Sebastian Giovinco gave the Old Lady the lead at Lecce with a stunning 25-yard free-kick that arrowed in the top corner. Daniele Cacia looked to have secured a point with an 83rd minute volley on the angle, but Amauri’s injury time winner earned the visitors all three points. Juve sit second in Italy.
Cagliari 1 – Palermo 0 (Serie A, December 7, 2008) Michele Fini scored the only goal of the game.
Napoli 2 – Siena 0 (Serie A, December 7, 2008) Cristian Maggio (62) and German Denis (73) got the goals for Edoardo Reja’s side.
Reggina 2 – Bologna 2 (Serie A, December 7, 2008) Bernado Corradi (39) and Edgar Barreto (56) twice had the hosts in front, only to see Francesco Valiani (52) and Marco Di Vaio peg them back on each occasion.
Atalanta 3 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, December 7, 2008)
Wolfsburg 2 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, December 7, 2008) Zaccardo gave Wolfburg a halftime lead which was wiped out by Stajner’s equaliser on the hour mark. But just three minutes later Stajner turned from hero to villian as he scored an own goal which sunk Hannover.
Cologne 1 – Hamburg 2 (Bundesliga, December 7, 2008) Mladen Petric bagged a first half brace for Hamburg (first and second) which the visitors held onto despite Novakovic’s late consolation for Cologne.
PSG 3 – Le Mans 1 (Ligue 1, December 7, 2008) Guillaume Hoarau opened the scoring for the home side in the 23rd minute only for Gregory Cerdan to equalise eight minutes later. PSG,retook the lead as Hoarau claimed his second of the night six minutes before half-time. Peguy Luyindula wrapped up all three points with his 88th minute strike to send PSG into fifth just five points behind leaders Lyon.
Monaco 1 – Sochaux 1 (Ligue 1, December 7, 2008) Francileudo Santos opened the scoring for the visitors after just eight minutes only for Alejandro Alonso to equalise for the hosts 12 minutes later.
Grenoble 0 – Auxerre 0 (Ligue 1, December 7, 2008)
Marseille 2 – Nice 1 (Ligue 1, December 6, 2008) Marseille went ahead after 14 minutes when Nice midfielder Olivier Echouafni deflected a corner into his own net, before the hosts made it 2-nil just before halftime with a penalty from Mamadou Niang. Habib Bamogo scored for Nice early in the second half, but the hosts held on for the win.
Lille 1 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, December 6, 2008) Mauro Cetto had put Toulouse in front after 64 minutes, Michel Bastos struck the equaliser in the 90th minute.
Caen 1 – Rennes 1 (Ligue 1, December 6, 2008) Benjamin Nivet’s opener for the home side on the stroke of half-time was cancelled out by Moussa Sow with 14 minutes remaining.
St. Etienne 2 – Le Havre 0 (Ligue 1, December 6, 2008) Dimitri Payet (75) and Bafetimbi Gomis (80) found the target for St Etienne as they begin to pick up points.
Volendam 1 – Ajax 2 (Eredivisie, December 7, 2008) Volendam lead after when Gerson Sheotahul turned in Aaron Meijers’ cross in theÂ 41st minute. Miralem Sulejmani set up Luis Suarez for Ajax’sÂ equaliser, and the Amsterdammers took all three points to stay second as Jan Vertonghen headed in the winner.
Feyenoord 1 – De Graafschap 3 (Eredivisie, December 7, 2008) De Graafschap secured their first away win of the season. Jason Oost gave the visitors the perfect start with only 11 minutes on the clock before Geert Den Ouden’s second-half brace (49 and 69) silenced the De Kuip Stadion. Kevin Hofland pulled one back for Feyenoord 11 minutes from the end but it was nothing more than a consolation.
AZ Alkmaar 2 – Heracles 0 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2008) AZ continued their charge at the top of the league as Ari and Mounir El Hamdaoui chalked up a goal apiece.
RodaÂ 3 – Vitesse Arnhem 0 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2008)
Ankaragucu 0 – Galatasaray 3 (Super Lig, December 7, 2008) Milan Baros scored a brace and Harry Kewell got the other as Gala cruised to an easy win.
Trabzonspor 2 – Kocaelispor 1 (Super Lig, December 7, 2008)
Maritimo 0 – Benfica 6 (Super Liga, December 7, 2008) David Suazo and Nuno Gomes scored twice each and Spaniard winger Jose Antonio Reyes and Brazilian defender Luisao completed the rout as Benfica stormed to top spot in Portugal.
Rio Ave 2 – Naval 0 (Super Liga, December 7, 2008)
Olympiakos 1 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, December 7, 2008)
PAOK 1 – Asteras Tripolis 1 (Greek Super League, December 7, 2008)
AEK 1 – Panthrakikos 0 (Greek Super League, December 7, 2008)
Copenhagen 5 – Horsens 2 (SAS Lagen, December 7, 2008)
Dinamo Zagreb 3 – NK Zagerb 1 (1. HNL, December 7, 2008) Champions Dinamo Zagreb stayed in the driving seat ahead of the winter break, goals from Bosko Balaban, Sammir and Mario Mandzukic gave Dinamo a 3-nil lead before Davor Vugrinec pulled one back for the visitors.
Newcastle Jets 1 – Sydney FC 2 (A-League, December 7, 2008) Jobe Wheelhouse raced onto a through-ball and drove a powerful volley into the corner of the net to give the Jets an 11th minute lead. Sydney struck back almost immediately through Iain Fyfe’s back-post header, and Brendan Gan came off the bench to claim the winner for the visitors.
Rosario Central 2 – Tigre 3 (Apertura, December 7, 2008) Tigre were 2-down after only 11 minutes following goals by Milton Caraglio and Ezequiel Gonzalez. But Carlos Luna struck twice to pull Tigre level by halftime, side-footing past Jorge Broun in the 29th minute and volleying in a rebound after Diego Castano headed against the post just before the break. Leandro Lazarro grabbed the winner in the 81st minute, scoring from near the penalty spot after Leonel Altobelli pulled the ball back, as Tigre moved joint top.
San Lorenzo 4 – Independiente 1 (Apertura, December 7, 2008) San Lorenzo also moved to joint top spot, Pablo Barrientos headed them in front after 19 minutes before Santiago Solari scored from close range two minutes later. Independiente were in more trouble when Leonel Rios was sent off and Gaston Aguirre added the third two minutes before halftime. Barrientes claimed his second in the 57th minute before Lionel Nunez notched Independiente’s consolation.
River Plate 1 – Godoy Cruz 2 (Apertura, December 6, 2008) River’s Matias Abelairas cancelled out Hernan Encina’s opener but Caruso struck after 85 minutes as River, the Clausura champions, lost for the eighth time this season to sink to the bottom of the league.
Atletico Paranaense 5 – Flamengo 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 7, 2008)
Goias 0 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 7, 2008) Striker Borges scored a controversial winner in the first half for Sao Paulo, who had needed only a draw to wrap up the title. Sao Paulo retain the title for the third year running.
Cruzeiro 4 – Portuguesa 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 7, 2008)
Palmeiras 0 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 7, 2008)
Oceania All-Stars 0 – LA Galaxy 3 (Club Friendly, December 7, 2008) The Galaxy wrapped up the game before halftime, with David Beckham starring for the US outfit. Jovan Kirovski fired the Galaxy into a third minute lead, Alan Gordon headed the second, and Brandon McDonald completed the scoring in the 30th minute when he was left unmarked at the far post to nod in.