Arsenal 4 – Tottenham 4 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) In the London derby, Tottenham stunned the Emirates into silence with a wonder strike from David Bentley after 13 minutes. Modric won the ball in midfield, Jenas chested the ball down to David Bentley, who flicked the ball up and volleyed it from fully 35-yards. But Spurs couldn’t hold onto their lead, and Arsenal drew level when Mikael Silvestre got ahead of Jenas from a corner to head home the leveller. Spurs were then undone by another set piece immediately after the restart, William Gallas heading home Fabregas’ free-kick. Arsenal then scored a quality third, Nasri was played through the middle and he chipped the onrushing Gomes, with Adebayor applying the finishing touch over the line. Back came Spurs, Huddlestone’s drive was spilled by Almunia and Darren Bent scored from the rebound. But the Gunners quickly reasserted their authority on the game, Hutton sloppily gave the ball to Adebayor, he picked out van Persie and the Dutchman drove home number four. But the scoring still wasn’t over, Clichy’s slip presented the ball to Jenas and the Spurs captain drove forward before curling a left-foot beauty past Almunia. And just when the game couldn’t get more crazy, in the 93rd minute Modric smacked a shot against the post and Aaron Lennon was in the right place to score the equaliser. This was one of the truly great Premier League matches.
Hull 0 – Chelsea 3 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) It took Chelsea just three minutes to take the lead at Hull, Frank Lampard scoring with a breathtaking chip which drifted into the top corner of Myhill’s goal. Anelka then dragged a shot wide, while Geovanni made life awkward for Petr Cech with a free-kick (both chances here). (First half highlights here.) The Blues doubled their lead early in the second half as Anelka chased down a long hopeful ball forward, and after indecision in the Hull backline, Anelka slotted home. Chelsea’s third was pure class as the Blues worked the ball on the left hand side before Malouda turned home a beautiful cross to kill the game.
Manchester United 2 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Manchester United made light work of taking the lead over the Hammers, Nani had plenty of time to pick out Ronaldo who slotted the ball home with ease. United quickly made it two, Dimitar Berbatov produced some wonderful skill to keep the ball in on the touchline, before teeing up Ronaldo for an easy second.
Liverpool 1 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Steven Gerrard’s penalty into the bottom corner 14 minutes from time proved decisive after Pompey had seemed to be on course to frustrate the Reds.
Stoke 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Stoke climbed out of the relegation zone with a win over the Black Cats as Ricardo Fuller got on the end of a trademark long throw from Rory Delap 17 minutes from time.
Aston Villa 3 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Rovers took a first half lead through Stephen Warnock, however Luke Young’s first goal for the club levelled matters on the stroke of the interval before Barry scored the decisive second in the 65th minute. Gabriel Agbonlahor put the icing on the cake for Villa with three minutes remaining before Brett Emerton snatched an injury-time consolation.
Middlesbrough 2 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) City’s unpredictable form continued at the Riverside after an Alfonso Alves penalty in 53rd minute and a late Gary O’Neiil strike sunk Mark Hughes’ men.
Fulham 2 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Andy Johnson opened his Fulham account at Craven Cottage, with two goals to continue Wigan’s freefall down the table.
Bolton 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Marouane Fellaini’s last minute goal gave Everton their first win in nine games as they beat struggling Bolton at the Reebok.
Kilmarnock 1 – Celtic 3 (CIS Insurance Cup, October 29, 2008) Scott McDonald got Celtic off to a perfect start at Kilmarnock with a header from a corner, before Shunsuke Nakamura doubled their lead at with a fantastic free-kick. Danny Invincible gave the home side some hope as he pegged one back from close range with 30 minutes remaining. But Aiden McGeady replied almost immediately from 12 yards after being put through by Scott Brown.
All the goals from Wednesday’s night action in Serie A can be seen here.
Bologna 1 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, October 29, 2008) Pavel Nedved, who has been in sparkling form of late, gave Juventus an early lead at Bologna with a brilliant solo goal, cutting in from the left and firing home with his right foot. After the break Nedved doubled both his and Juve’s advantage as his near-post cross crept into the net. Marco Di Viao scored a consolation for Bologna in the final stages.
AC Milan 2 – Siena 1 (Serie A, October 29, 2008) Inzaghi took a pass from Gennaro Gattuso to put Milan ahead in the 31st, then earned a penalty that Kaka converted in the 65th after Siena captain Simone Vergassola had equalised in the 54th.
Napoli 3 – Reggina 0 (Serie A, October 29, 2008) Napoli moved up to second after a German Denis hat-trick sealed the points against bottom team Reggina. He scored in the 7th, 16th and 62nd minutes to keep his team level on points at the top.
Catania 0 – Udinese 2 (Serie A, October 29, 2008) The home side were unbeaten in six league games but could not hold the leaders who took all three points courtesy of goals from Giampiero Pinzi in the 14th minute and Fabio Quagliarella in the 82nd minute.
Chievo 1 – Lazio 2 (Serie A, October 29, 2008) Sergio Pellissier opened the scoring for the hosts on 11 minutes but Goran Pandev replied four minutes later before an Andrea Mantovani own goal sealed the win eight minutes from time.
Fiorentina 0 – Inter Milan 0 (Serie A, October 29, 2008) Inter Milan dropped to third after being held to a goalless draw at fifth placed Fiorentina.
Genoa 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, October 29, 2008) Sokratis Papastathopoulos turned in after the visiting defence had failed to react to a cross and Thiago Motta doubled the lead with a sliding finish in the second half. Paolo Bianco grabbed one back for the Sardinians before team mate Michele Fini was dismissed after a foul on Diego Milito.
Lecce 1 – Palermo 1 (Serie A, October 29, 2008)
Torino 2 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, October 29, 2008)
All the goals from the week’s action in Serie B can be seen here.
Portugalete 1 – Valencia 4 (Copa del Rey, October 29, 2008) Fernando Morientes scored the visitor’s first goal in the 11th minute before the Spanish league leaders doubled its tally 10 minutes later through Vicente. Portugalete, the only fourth-tier team remaining in the last 32 of the competition, reduced the deficit in the 47th through Urko Vera’s header. Five minutes later, Morientes shot Valencia’s third goal from Vicente’s pass, Nikola Zigic sealed the win when he fired home in the 84th.
Athletic Bilbao 2 – Recreativo Huelva 0 (Copa del Rey, October 29, 2008)
Celta Vigo 2 – Espanyol 2 (Copa del Rey, October 29, 2008)
Real Murcia 2 – Racing Santander 1 (Copa del Rey, October 29, 2008)
Numancia 0 – Gijon 1 (Copa del Rey, October 29, 2008)
Rayo Vallecano 1 – Almeria 2 (Copa del Rey, October 29, 2008)
Hamburg 2 – Stuttgart 0 (Bundesliga, October 29, 2008) Hamburg took the lead against Stuttgart through Trochowski’s 17th minute penalty. Mathijsen made sure of the points with a 73rd minute deflected volley from a corner.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, October 29, 2008) Eintracht Frankfurt took the lead against Bayern thanks to a Demichelis own goal, but Ribery lead the Bayern fightback, bursting down the right and crossing for Klose to level. And the favour was returned minutes later, Klose picked out Ribery on the edge of the box and the Frenchman volleyed Bayern into the lead.
Bochum 1 – Hoffenheim 3 (Bundesliga, October 29, 2008) Bochum took the lead in the third minute, and Hoffenheim struggled to get back in the game before Demba Ba levelled just past the hour. Vedad Ibisevic converted a penalty to take his goal tally for the season to 11 and Carlos Eduardo made certain of the win with a deft finish a minute later.
Wolfsburg 3 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, October 28, 2008)
Sochaux 0 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, October 29, 2008) The reigning champions made hard work of seeing off rock-bottom Sochaux, with Karim Benzema settling their nerves with a cracker in the 64th minute and Cesar Delgado wrapping up the victory in stoppage-time.
Nantes 1 – Marseille 1 (Ligue 1, October 29, 2008) Remi Mareval struck an absolute stunner to give Nantes the lead, burying an unstoppable shot tight in the top corner of the net. But Marseille levelled with a superb goal of their own, Bakary Kone smashing home an equaliser just under the bar.
Caen 1 – Nice 1 (Ligue 1, October 29, 2008)
PSG 0 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, October 29, 2008) Claude Makelele suffered the indignity of putting through his own net on 65 minutes to hand the visitors all three points.
Le Mans 0 – Auxerre 2 (Ligue 1, October 29, 2008)
Monaco 3 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, October 29, 2008)
Rio Ave 1 – Braga 0 (Carslberg Cup, October 29, 2008)
Gil Vicente 0 – Belenenses 1 (Carslberg Cup, October 29, 2008)
Leiria 1 – Nacional 0 (Carslberg Cup, October 29, 2008)
Gondomar 0 – Academica 2 (Carslberg Cup, October 29, 2008)
Heracles 1 – Ajax 3 (Eredivisie, October 29, 2008) Luis Suarez put Ajax in the lead within sixty seconds, but Heracles equalised through Wuytens. (First half highlights here.) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sowed up the points for Ajax in the second half, netting a brace.
Volendam 2 – Willem II 2 (Eredivisie, October 28, 2008) Volendam, without a win this season, appeared to be in danger of another loss when goals from Sergio Ziljer and Paul Quasten gave Willem II the lead after Melvin Platje had fired the home side ahead. But Paul De Lange found the target in the 76th minute with a brilliant strike to secure a much needed draw for Volendam, although the result was not enough to lift them off the foot of the table.
Ankaragucu 0 – Fenerbahce 1 (Turkish Cup, October 29, 2008) Semih Senturk settled the match with a super strike.
Diagoras Rodou 2 – Olympiakos 3 (Greek Cup, October 29, 2008)
Maccabi Netanya 1 – Maccabi Haifa 4 (Toto Cup, October 29, 2008) Gdir and Katan gave Haifa a two goal lead, and Netanya’s task became that much harder when they went down to 10-men for an awful foul. Arbeitman’s storming header made it 3-0, and after the hosts pulled a goal back Arbeitman slid home Haifa’s fourth.
DC United 2 – Marathon 4 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 29, 2008)
UMAN Pumas 6 – San Francisco 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 29, 2008)
Deportivo Saprissa 1 – Cruz Azul 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 29, 2008)
Tauro 2 – Puerto Rico Islanders 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 29, 2008)
Atlante 2 – Montreal 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 28, 2008) Joey Gjertsen opened the scoring for the Impact in the 4th minute with a fine solo run and shot from distance, but the lead was short lived as Clemente Ovalle tied the game in the 13th minute after some horrendous defending. Atlante got the winner seven minutes from time, Gabriel Pereyra bundling the ball home from a corner.
CD Olimpia 4 – Joe Public 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 28, 2008) Dos Santos picked up a brace in the first half while Oscar Boniek Garcia and Nestor Fabian Silva completed the rout after the break.
River Plate 1 – Newell’s Old Boys 1 (Argetinean Apertura, October 29, 2008)
Banfield 0 – Boca Juniors 1 (Argetinean Apertura, October 29, 2008)
Godoy Cruz 2 – Huracan 3 (Argetinean Apertura, October 29, 2008)
Rosario Central 3 – Gimnasia J 0 (Argetinean Apertura, October 29, 2008)
Cruzeiro 3 – Gremio 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 29, 2008)
Palmeiras 1 – Goias 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 29, 2008)
Internacional 1 – Nautico 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 29, 2008)
Portuguesa 2 – Ipatinga 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 29, 2008)
Coritiba 2 – Atletico Mineiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 29, 2008)