Debrecen 0 – Liverpool 1 (Champions League, November 24, 2009) It took Liverpool just over three minutes to take the lead in Hungary, a short corner was whipped in by Aurelio towards Carragher at the back stick, the centre half headed the ball back across goal and David Ngog flicked out a leg to turn the ball home. In the 37th minute Ngog came close to a second, seeing his 25-yard effort turned aside by the Debrecen keeper Poleksic.
Barcelona 2 – Inter Milan 0 (Champions League, November 24, 2009) Barca struck after 10 minutes against Inter as a corner to the near post was headed on by Henry, and Gerald Pique was lurking at the back post to fire in the opener. Midway through the first half Barca struck again with a tremendous goal, Iniesta slipped a delicious ball through to Dani Alves down the right who picked out Pedro Rodriguez steaming in at the back post with the striker volleying home the Catalans’ second.
Arsenal 2 – Standard Liege 0 (Champions League, November 24, 2009) Ten minutes before the break Arsenal struck, a long Vermaelen ball from the back bounced just outside the Liege box, Landry Mulemo slipped and Samir Nasri was quick on the scene to pounce. The Gunners doubled their lead just before the halftime whistle as Denilson let rip with a beauty from 30-yards that whizzed into the Belgians’ net. Standard’s Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez saw red late on for a headbutt on Cesc Fabregas.
Fiorentina 1 – Lyon 0 (Champions League, November 24, 2009) Fiorentina twice hit the post in the opening stages against Lyon, but the Italians eventually broke the deadlock as Marchionni fell in the French box before Juan Vargas swept home that resultant spot-kick.
Rangers 0 – Stuttgart 2 (Champions League, November 24, 2009) Facing a European k.o., Rangers got off to the worst possible start at home to Stuttgart as Alex Hleb whipped in a cross in from the left that eventually fell for Sebastian Rudy at the far post to slide in. Zdravko Kuzmanovic saw a wonderful free-kick harshly ruled out in the first half, but the Serb got his name on the scoresheet on the hour heading home a Rudy cross from 10-yards.
Unirea Urziceni 1 – Sevilla 0 (Champions League, November 24, 2009) Romanian minnows Unirea Urziceni continued to punch above their weight in this season’s Champions League by taking the lead on the stroke of halftime against Sevilla as Ivica Dragutinovic, under no pressure, headed an attempted clearance into his own net.
Rubin Kazan 0 – Dynamo Kiev 0 (Champions League, November 24, 2009) In blizzard conditions in Kazan, Rubin and Dynamo fought out a competitive first half without too many chances until Alejandro Dominguez’s superb overhead-volley was brilliantly turned aside by Kiev keeper Aleksandr Shovkovskiy.
AZ Alkmaar 0 – Olympiakos 0 (Champions League, November 24, 2009) Olympiakos will have to wait until their last match to determine whether they qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League as a 0-0 draw in the Netherlands sent AZ Alkmaar out of the competition.
Leeds 1 – Leyton Orient 0 (League One, November 24, 2009) Max Fradel struck just a minute from time to take Leeds nine points clear at the top of the table, the midfielder turned his marker before hitting a rising left-foot drive into the top corner to take the points for boss Simon Grayson’s side.