Robinho hits a screamer as Brazil sparkle in Venezuela; Northern Ireland sunk by two late Slovenia strikes

Venezuela 0 – Brazil 4 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Dunga’s Brazil started in top form, taking a fifth minute lead when Kaka picked up the ball in midfield, drove towards goal down the right hand side before unleashing an unstoppable drive in the near post. And it got better for the Samba Boys minutes later, Robinho charged down the left, cut inside on his right, and smashed a 30-yard lightening bolt into the net. The first half demolition was completed inside 20 minute as Adriano hit a third with the Venezuelan defenders on their knees. More poor play from the hosts gifted the ball to Adriano, he played in Kaka but his shot was palmed away. (First half highlights here.) In the second half Robinho completed his brace, beating the offside trap and finishing coolly.

Ecuador 1 – Chile 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Three players were sent-off in a dirty match that was settled by a goal from Christian Benitez in the 71st minute.

Egypt 4 – Djibouti 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Moateb gave the Pharaohs a first half lead with a header. Hassan raced clear early in the second half to bag the second. Aboutrika added a third with a neat chip over the keeper, and Riyad’s own-goal wrapped up the win in the 90th minute.

Slovenia 2 – Northern Ireland 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Milivoje Novakovic scored the first in the 84th minute and Zlatan Ljubijankic sealed the win a minute later, taking advantage of indecision in the Irish backline, to leave the visitors’ qualification hanging by a thread.

Luxembourg 1 – Israel 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Israel snatched the lead in the first minute when captain Yossi Benayoun converted a penalty. But the Grand Duchy, who secured their first World Cup qualifying win away from home against Switzerland last month, struck back through Rene Peters in the 14th minute. Israel eventually secured their victory with two second half goals from Omer Golan in the 63rd minute and Salim Toama eight minutes before the final whistle.

Haiti 0 – El Salvador 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008)

United States 6 – Cuba 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) DaMarcus Beasley scored his first international goals in 16 months bagging a brace in the opening half hour against Cuba. Jenzy Munoz pulled a goal back within 60 seconds, hitting a dipping volley that went over Tim Howard’s outstretched hand. After the break Landon Donovan restored the two goal cushion, before Brian Ching, Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu added further goals.

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Woking 0 – York 2 (Conference, October 11, 2008) After a tight first half, The Minstermen men opened the scoring in the 65th minute when neat play from Ben Purkiss set up Ben Wilkinson. Daniel McBreen made sure of the points five minutes later when he stabbed home Craig Farrell’s cross. But Woking finished without a full side as Tom Hutchinson and Bradley Quimina were both sent off after picking up two yellow cards.

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Albacete 0 – Tenerife 1 (Segunda Division, October 12, 2008)

Real Zaragoza 4 – Alaves 2 (Segunda Division, October 11, 2008) A hat-trick from Oliveira and a fourth from Caffa downed Alaves, for whom Garitano hit a brace.

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All the goals from Sunday’s action in Serie B can be seen here.

Mantova 1 – Avellino 1 (Serie B, October 12, 2008) Pepe’s tidy finish on the hour mark was equalised by Mantova’s Locatelli in the 90th minute to send the crowd wild.

Livorno 5 – Frosinone 2 (Serie B, October 12, 2008)

Ascoli 0 – Grosseto 2 (Serie B, October 12, 2008)

Treviso 2 – Parma 2 (Serie B, October 12, 2008)

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LA Galaxy 3 – Colorado Rapids 2 (MLS, October 12, 2008) Edson Buddle opened the scoring for Los Angeles in the 36th minute, but Cory Gibbs buried a shot from a corner to level matters at the break. Ugo Ihemelu, a former Galaxy defender, knocked a ball past Burpo into his own goal from a free-kick in the 70th minute, and then Brandon McDonald scored from 35-yards out to give the Galaxy a 3-1 lead. Colorado’s Tom McManus scored a penalty in the 88th minute.

Chicago Fire 2 – Columbus Crew 2 (MLS, October 12, 2008) Brian McBride scored both goals for the Fire to clinch a place in the playoffs. Gaven and Barros scored for the Crew.

San Jose Earthquakes 0 – Chivas USA 1 (MLS, October 12, 2008)

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