Schalke (Germany), Braga (Portugal) & Bursaspor (Turkey) take top spot in their respective leagues

Schalke 1 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, December 18, 2009) Jefferson Farfan scored the winner after 12 minutes, combining brilliantly with Lewis Holtby to chip in his sixth goal of the season and send his team to the head of the standings on 34 points from 17 matches.

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Heracles 1 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, December 18, 2009) Brazilian forward Everton scored the only goal of the night after 55 minutes as Heracles posted their 10th victory in 18 outings this season to move into fifth.

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Pacos Ferreira 0 – Braga 1 (Superliga, December 18, 2009) League leaders Braga won their first match away from home in three attempts courstey of Albert Meyong’s diving header at the near post/

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Besiktas 2 – Bursaspor 3 (Super Lig, December 18, 2009) Bursaspor opened the scoring through Ozan Ipek in the 19th minute, but Besiktas hit back early in the second half as Mert Nobre levelled before Deivson Bobo’s 63rd minute penalty put them ahead.  But with the home fans already looking forward to going top, Ivan Ergic stunned Besiktas with an 86th minute equaliser before Tomas Zapotocny’s dramatic 89th minute winner sent Bursaspor top.