Hull 1- West Ham 0 (Premier League, October 19, 2008) Hull were outplayed by West Ham in the first half (highlights here), but the Hammers missed a hatful of chances to head into the break ahead. And the Tigers pounced early in the second half, Michael Turner powered home a header on 50 minutes.
Stoke 2 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, October 19, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) After a cagey opening, Gareth Bale took out Tom Soares in the box when the midfielder was through on goal, Bale saw red, and Higginbotham slotted home the penalty. Spurs hit back, Alan Hutton’s ball into the box fell to Darren Bent, who scored from eight yards to level. (First half highlights here.) After the break Stoke upped their game and a beautiful cross from Sidibe found Rory Delap at the back post who turned the ball home. Thereafter there were a host of injuries, in particular Corluka was down for several minutes. The result was that the game was extended for 11 minutes of added time, in which Spurs truly fell to pieces. Firstly Ricardo Fuller missed a penalty after Woodgate brought down Soares. Then Dawson saw red for a two footed tackle on Sidibe. There was still time for Fuller to rattle the post one more time, as Spurs lost again to fall three points adrift from 19th placed Newcastle.
Derby 2 – Plymouth 1 (Championship, October 18, 2008) Plymouth opening with a stunner, Paul Gallagher fired home a 20-yard volley that arched into the net over Stephen Bywater. But the Rams have found form in recent weeks, and levelled through Rob Hulse on the stroke of halftime. The Rams then recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in 18 months when Green’s shot cannoned off the post and in off Duguid.
Ipswich 2 – Swansea 2 (Championship, October 18, 2008) Pablo Counago gave Ipswich the lead on 43 minutes, but Swansea turned the game on its head with goals from Ferrie Bode (49) and Jordi Gomez (69) only for Counago to level matters eight minutes from time.
Millwall 3 – Leeds 1 (League One, October 18, 2008) Leeds scored first when Luciano Becchio drilled home a from 25-yards but David Martin countered that with a deft lob over keeper Lucas to make it all-square. Neil Harris then chose an opportune time to get his first goals of the season, sealing the win with a header and a cute finish from an acute angle after some shocking Leeds defending.
Athletic Bilbao 0 – Barcelona 1 (La Liga, October 19, 2008) Samuel Eto’o started brightly, turning sharply and seeing his shot parried away by Iralzoz after seven minutes. But Bilbao had their own chances, Yeste forced a fine save from Valez to stop his free-kick. It wasn’t until the 70th minute till the deadlock was broken, Henry played in Eto’o who lifted the ball as he collected it, before smashing a half volley past Iralzoz.
Valencia 4 – Numancia 0 (La Liga, October 19, 2008) Two goals from David Villa sandwiched strikes from Juan Mata and Vicente RodrÃguez as Numancia slipped to the bottom of the division, while Valencia went top.
Almeria 0 – Sevilla 1 (La Liga, October 19, 2008) Injury-ravaged Sevilla, missing nine first team regulars, squeezed past Almeria thanks to Adriano’s strike just after the break.
Valladolid 1 – Recreativo Huelva 1 (La Liga, October 19, 2008) Marco Ruben broke the deadlock but Manuel Victor restored parity in the 90th minute to ensure the sides went away with a point apiece.
Sporting Gijon 2 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, October 19, 2008) Gonzalez Carmelo got Sportingup and running and, while Osasuna hit back through Santiago Ezquerro, Mate Billic’s conversion from the penalty spot proved decisive.
Malaga 2 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, October 19, 2008) Roberto Soldado handed Getafe the advantage but Malaga turned the game on its headed via goals from Nabil Baha and Duda.
Real Betis 3 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, October 19, 2008)
Racing Santander 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, October 19, 2008)
Tenerife 2 – Salamanca 3 (Segunda Division, October 18, 2008)
Roma 0 – Inter Milan 4 (Serie A, October 19, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Zlatan Ibrahimovic got Inter off to the perfect start at Roma, racing clear after five minute and lobbing the advancing Doni, although the Swede did look offside when put through. It was deju vu at the start of the second half, Ibrahimovic scoring within two minutes of the restart to double Inter’s advantage after being teed up by Muntari. Cicinho should have scored 60 seconds after, but Cesar made a great save to keep hold of his clean sheet. Inter were quick to punish Roma for their miss, Dejan Stankovic cracking in a beauty after a corner was only partially cleared. And three was four two minutes later, Victor Obinna crashing home a super solo goal to embarrass Roma in front of their own fans. Roma were saved from a fifth after Micon slammed a header against the post.
AC Milan 3 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, October 19, 2008) After a goalless opening 45 at the San Siro (first half highlights here), Kaka came close to breaking the deadlock with Sampdoria but his header when narrowly wide. In the 56th minute Milan did move ahead, but only controversially. Jankulovski’s shot was unintentionally handled by Lucchini and, after Lucchini was sent off for a second yellow, Ronaldinho made no mistake from the spot. The second goal was quick in coming, a lovely move between Kaka and Ronaldinho ended with the number 80 bagging his second of the game. At the death Pipo Inzaghi scored a trademark boarder-line offside goal for the third.
Bologna 3 – Lazio 1 (Serie A, October 19, 2008) Bologna, which had lost five straight games, stunned leaders Lazio with two goals from Marco Di Vaio.
Chievo 1 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, October 19, 2008)
Lecce 2 – Udinese 2 (Serie A, October 19, 2008) Lecce’s Tiribocchi opened the score in the 32nd minute after Udinese’s Coda lost the ball on the edge of the box. The home side doubled the lead at the start of the second half with a Domizzi own goal. Udinese came back with an effort from Sanchez, only to level and go top of Serie A as D’Agostino’s free-kick was allowed to drift into the net.
Catania 2 – Palermo 0 (Serie A, October 19, 2008) A Jorge Martinez header and Giuseppe Mascara’s late penalty gave the home side victory after Palermo had defender Moris Carrozzieri sent off for a second yellow card just before the break.
Genoa 1 – Siena 0 (Serie A, October 19, 2008) Giuseppe Biava headed in a corner to give the home side the points after 20 minutes.
Hamburg 1 – Schalke 1 (Bundesliga, October 19, 2008) Slack Schalke passing gifted Hamburg the ball, and Per Trochowski drilled home the opener just before the half hour mark. At the start of the second half Schalke drew level, Howedes scoring from a free-kick.
Valenciennes 1 – Marseille 3 (Ligue 1, October 19, 2008) Bakari Kone headed in a rebound in the 13th minute, while Hatem Ben Arfa collected a through ball from Niang to round keeper and slot the ball into the empty net on 73. Charles Kabore sealed the win in injury-time with a volley, while Gregory Pujol scored a consolation for Valenciennes.
Le Mans 2 – Nancy 0 (Ligue 1, October 19, 2008) Nancy’s Berenguer put Le Mans ahead when he deflected a corner into his own net on 33 minutes, before Lamah wrapped up the win from close range on 65 minutes. Le Mans move into an unlikely second spot in France.
Auxerre 0 – Rennes 0 (Ligue 1, October 19, 2008)
Vitoria Guimaraes 4 – Uniao Lamas 2 (Taca de Portugal, October 19, 2008)
Amares 0 – Belenenses 3 (Taca de Portugal, October 19, 2008)
Torreense 0 – Academica 2 (Taca de Portugal, October 19, 2008)
Arouca 0 – Maritimo 0 (Pens. 3-1) (Taca de Portugal, October 19, 2008)
Mattersburg 5 – Sturm Graz 6 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, October 18, 2008) Was this the craziest match of all time? Graz moved into a seemingly unassailable 5-0 halftime lead. Mario Haas netted a hat-trick, with Beichler (second goal) and Sonnleitner (third goal) also scoring. But Mattersburg scored three goals in seven minutes at the start of the second half through Csizmadia and a Carsten Jancker brace. Holzl then bagged the crucial sixth for Graz in the 71st minute. Jancker completed his hat-trick in the 78th, and Naumoski’s 86th minute penalty put the dream comeback in touching distance, but it wasn’t to be.
Kapfenberg 2 – Ried 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, October 18, 2008)
De Graafschap 0 – AZ Alkmaar 2 (Eredivisie, October 19, 2008) Mounir El Hamdaoui scored in each half.
Roda 2 – Heerenveen 2 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2008) Heerenveen took a first-half lead through Christian Grindheim, but Sekou Cisse and Boldiszar Bodor put Roda in front before Arnor Smarason’s late leveller.
Ajax 1 – FC Groningen 0 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2008) Eredivisie leaders Groningen lost their unbeaten status in Amsterdam, Oleguer headed Jan Vertonghen’s cross in the far corner.
Den Haag 2 – FC Volendam 0 (Eredivisie, October 17, 2008)
Standard Liege 2 – Mons-Bergen 1 (Jupiler League, October 18, 2008) Standard opened the scoring through Jovanovic in the 10th minute but Jarju levelled for Mons with seven minutes to go. But Standard stole the points in injury time, Witsel converting a penalty to the delight of the home crowd.
Galatasaray 3 – Trabzonspor 0 (Super Lig, October 19, 2008) Gala rode to victory thanks to goals from Arda Turan on 26 minutes (fabulous strike), Servet Cetin on 32 and then Cassio Lincoln on the hour.
Genclerbirligi 1 – Besiktas 3 (Super Lig, October 19, 2008)
Napredak 1 – Red Star Belgrade 2 (Serbian Superliga, October 19, 2008)
AEK 1 – Larisa 1 (Greek Super League, October 19, 2008)
Perth Glory 2 – Sydney FC 1 (A-League, October 19, 2008) The visitors fell behind after Santalab gave up possession in midfield, Rukavytsya left Tony Popovic for dead, before Jamie Harnwell tapped in the opener. Santalab redeemed himself by scoring the equaliser, but Perth eeked out the win after Harnwell header in the winner a minute into the second half.
Chivas USA 1 – Colorado Rapids 2 (MLS, October 19, 2008)
Real Salt Lake 3 – FC Dallas 1 (MLS, October 18, 2008)
Al Ahly 1 – Enyimba Aba 0 (Agg. 1-0) (African Champions League, October 18, 2008) Egyptian side Al Ahly will meet Cotonsport of Cameroon in the final of the 2008 African Champions League, dispatching of Nigerian outfit Enyimba Aba after Flavio headed home Gilberto’s corner after 26 minutes.
River Plate 0 – Boca Juniors 1 (Argentinean Apertura, October 19, 2008) Although reduced to 10-men when Ibarra was dismissed after 52 minutes, Boca won the SuperClasico thanks to Lucas Viatri’s looping header on the hour mark.
Vitoria 2 – Fluminense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 19, 2008)
Palmeiras 2 – Sao Paulo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 19, 2008)
Vasco da Gama 0 – Flamengo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 19, 2008)
Atletico Mineiro 0 – Cruzeiro 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 19, 2008)
Portuguesa 2 – Gremio 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 19, 2008)
Sport Recife 2 – Nautico 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 19, 2008)
Coritiba 1 – Goias 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 19, 2008)