Vermaelen double lifts Arsenal over Wigan; Torres double leads Liverpool over West Ham; Pompey stay pointless losing at resurgent Villa; A double dose of Nuge sinks Sunderland; Brunt hits a brace as Baggies smack Boro for five

Arsenal 4 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Having been questioned on his arrival at Arsenal for being too small to be a centre-back, Thomas Vermaelen headed home powerfully after connecting with a Van Persie dead-ball. (First half highlights here.) The Gunners pressed their advantage early in the second half, Thomas Vermaelen sweetly curled his fifth goal of the season into the top corner before Eduardo grabbed a third after the Latics defence fell to pieces. At the death Cesc Fabregas added a fourth with a simple goal at the near post.

West Ham 2 – Liverpool 3 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Fernando Torres opened the scoring on 20 minutes with a wonderful solo effort, but an Alessandro Diamanti penalty (did he double kick it?) brought the teams level again nine minuets later. Dirk Kuyt prodded home Steven Gerrard’s header to make it 2-1 four minutes before halftime, but Carlton Cole was on hand to equalise in first half injury time. Liverpool eventually nicked the win 15 minutes from time as Ryan Babel raced down the right before crossing perfectly for Torres to head home and seal the points.

Aston Villa 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) James Milner broke into the Pompey box as was foolishly tripped by Belhadj, and the Villa midfielder dusted himself down to score from the spot. Villa’s lead doubled in the 43rd minutes as Gabby Agbonlahor left the South Coasters starring another defeat in the face.

Burnley 3 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After Sunderland had started brightly at Turk Moor, Burnley’s first meaningful attack saw Wade Elliot felled in the box by Anton Ferdinand and Graham Alexander wellied the spot-kick straight down the middle of the goal. The Black Cats levelled six minutes before the break after Reid slipped a ball into Darren Bent who was free in the box (Carlisle recklessly keeping the forward onside) and the striker coolly stroked the ball home. Midway through the second half the Clarets retook the lead as substitutes Eagles and Mears combined down the right before third sub David Nugent (who knew he still had it in him!) headed a beauty into the near post. In the 86th minute a loose ball from Jones gifted possession to Burnley, Elliot advanced upfield with David Nugent eventually turning and curling a stunner into the far corner.

Hull 0 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Birmingham took the lead 15 minutes from time, Keith Fahey put in a fine delivery from a corner on the right and Garry O’Connor headed in at the far post to beat Boaz Myhill.

Bolton 1 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) Matt Taylor scored his second successive penalty for Bolton as the Wanderers came from behind to secure a late point against Stoke at the Reebok Stadium. After a goalless first half the visitors took the lead early in the second half through Dave Kitson.

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Middlesbrough 0 – West Brom 5 (Championship, September 19, 2009) West Brom got their noses in front in the top of the table clash at Boro after Chris Brunt saw his free-kick deflect into the net. A superb first time lob by Brunt, from fully 40-yards out, doubled the Baggies lead and Youssuf Mulumbu added a third before the break as the visitors dominated the opening forty-five. Roman Bednar and Jerome Thomas added to the score in the final 10 minutes to pile the misery on Boro.

Leeds 4 – Gillingham 1 (League One, September 19, 2009) Bradley Johnson’s two first half goals put Leeds on the way to a 15th successive home league win and Jonny Howson grabbed the third immediately after halftime. Andy Barcham pulled one back for Gillingham but Jermaine Beckford hit the fourth 11 minutes from time to lift the hosts to the top of the table.

Brighton 2 – Southend 3 (League One, September 19, 2009) Substitute Francis Laurent hit a dramatic winner in the second minute of stoppage time for Southend to end Brighton’s run of two straight wins. Nicky Forster had earlier scored twice to cancel out goals from Lee Barnard and Southend debutant Roy O’Donovan.

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Barcelona 5 – Atletico Madrid 2 (La Liga, September 19, 2009) Quick fire goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Leo Messi put Barca 2-up over Atletico inside the opening 16 minutes. Barca the added two more goals before the break, Dani Alves converted a free-kick before Keita tapped home after great work from Zlatan and Messi in the build up. Kun Aguero managed to get Atleti on the scoresheet just before the break. (First half highlights here.) A late Diego Forlan goal proved mere consolation for the visitors with Leo Messi adding a fifth at the death for Barca.

Mallorca 4 – Tenerife 0 (La Liga, September 19, 2009) Mallorca made their early dominance count as they went ahead through Luis Suarez after 16 minutes, and went out of sight in a one-sided second half, when Aritz Aduriz, Julio Alvarez and Pierre Webo completed the rout.

Deportivo La Coruna 2 – Espanyol 3 (La Liga, September 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Jose Maria Callejon put Espanyol ahead in the 21st minute and Juan Forlin added a second just before the break after Depor had drawn level through Adrian Lopez. Espanyol increased their advantage at the start of the second half when Joan Verdu netted against the club he left this summer, and although the hosts pulled a late goal back through Nouioui Lassad, the visitors held on for the spoils.

Osasuna 0 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, September 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Sevilla’s first win in Pamplona since the 1992-93 season was achieved thanks to goals from Alvaro Negredo and Frederic Kanoute.

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Juventus 2 – Livorno 0 (Serie A, September 19, 2009) Vincenzo Iaquinta and Claudio Marchisio scored first-half goals as Juventus defeated Livorno to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Napoli 0 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, September 19, 2009) Di Natale thought he had fired his side ahead moments before the interval but his volley from a corner was controversially chalked off for offside.

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Bayern Munich 2 -  Nurnberg 1 (Bundesliga, September 19, 2009) Mario Gomez thought he’d given Bayern the lead over Nurnberg when his shot hit the underside of the bar and fell on the line. Ten minutes into the second half Bayern struck, Ivica Olic slotting home after the hosts worked the ball through the visitors backline. Poor defending allowed Choupo-Moting to exploit a gap in defence to level, but a late winner from Daniel van Buyten handed Bayern the points.

Monchengladbach 2 – Hoffenheim 4 (Bundesliga, September 19, 2009) Gladback raced into a 2-lead lead against Hoffenhiem with goals from summer signing Juan Arango and Israeli striker Roberto Colautti. But the Village Team pulled themselves back into the match when Sajid Salihovic, aided by some joke goalkeeping, scored directly from a free-kick just yards away from the corner flag. Brazilian Maicosuel levelled matters on 86 minutes with further efforts from Edu and Demba Ba sealing a 4-2 win.

Hannover 1 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, September 19, 2009) Nuri Sahin’s goal put Dortmund ahead just before the interval, but it proved a short-lived advantage as Didier Konan Ya equalised after half-time.

Stuttgart 0 – Cologne 2 (Bundesliga, September 19, 2009) Sebastian Freis’ first-half goal put the visitors in front and that had to wait until late on before Wilfried Sanou sealed the fine success.

Bochum 2 – Mainz 3 (Bundesliga, September 19, 2009) Andreas Ivanschitz cancelled out Mimoun Azaouagh’s opener, but Diego Klimowicz restored the home side’s lead before half-time. However, Schurrle’s second-half double ensured Mainz emerged from their trip to the Ruhrstadion with all three points.

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Boulogne 0 – Bordeaux 2 (Ligue 1, September 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Yoan Gouffran headed home from a corner to put the visitors in the lead on 34 minutes. Bordeaux doubled the advantage when Boulogne defender Yoann Lachor headed a Gourcuff free-kick into his own net with 20 minutes left.

Marseille 4 – Montpellier 2 (Ligue 1, September 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) OM raced into a 4-0 lead by the 51st minute through goals from Lucho Gonzalez, Mamadou Niang, Edouard Cisse and Souleymane Diawara. Late goals from Younes Belhanda and Souleymane Camara (penalty) gave the scoreline some respectability.

Lorient 3 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, September 19, 2009) Sinamary Diarra opened the scoring two minutes before the break and Kevin Gameiro made it 2-0 on the hour mark. Paul Alo’o pulled one back in stoppage time for Nancy but there was still time for Lorient to add a third through Olivier Monterrubio’s penalty.

St. Etienne 1 – Auxerre 1 (Ligue 1, September 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Alain Perrin’s side forged ahead through Gonzalo Bergessio’s 14th-minute goal but Auxerre snatched a point after 75 minutes thanks to Kevin Lejeune’s volley.

Sochaux 2 – Valenciennes 5 (Ligue 1, September 19, 2009) The visitors twice came from behind to win 5-2 thanks to a Gregory Pujol brace and goals from Carlos Sanchez, Johan Audel and Fahid Ben Khalfallah, while Jeremie Brechet and Ryad Boudebouz were on target for the hosts. The home side’s miserable evening was completed with the dismissal of Vaclav Sverkos eight minutes from time.

Nice 1 – Monaco 3 (Ligue 1, September 19, 2009) A penalty from Nene and Alejandro Alonso’s strike meant the visitors were 2-0 up with less than 12 minutes on the clock. Loic Remy pulled one back for Nice three minutes from the break but Alonso restored his side’s two-goal cushion in the 72nd minute.

Grenoble 0 – Rennes 4 (Ligue 1, September 19, 2009) Missiles were launched onto the pitch and flares set off as the game was twice interrupted, with both sets of players leaving the field in the second half. Asamoah Gyan scored twice, the first after only 27 seconds, with Kader Mangane and Sylvain Marveaux also on target.

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AZ Alkmaar 0 – NEC 1 (Eredivisie, September 19, 2009) Lorenzo Davids struck three minutes from time to clinch NEC’s second Eredivisie victory of the season.

Vitesse Arnhem 3 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, September 19, 2009) Lasse Nilsson put the hosts in the ascendancy in the third minute, but that goal was cancelled out in the 24th minute by Fouad Idabdelhay – moments after RKC defender Gijs Luirink had seen his penalty saved. Vitesse got their noses back in front through a Santi Kolk penalty seven minutes before the interval, however, and Paul Verhaegh sealed matters with the third four minutes into the second half.

Roda 2 – NAC 0 (Eredivisie, September 19, 2009) Mads Junker headed his side in front nine minutes into the second half and doubled their advantage three minutes later.

Heracles 1 – Sparta 1 (Eredivisie, September 19, 2009) Dele Adeleye had put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time but parity was restored in the 63rd minute through Darl Douglas. Sparta were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute when Emmanuel Boakye was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

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Braga 1 – FC Porto 0 (Superliga, September 19, 2009) Brazilian winger Alan received the ball from Marcio Mossoro and delivered a cross which evaded goalkeeper Helton and inflicted on Porto its first league defeat of the season.

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Besiktas 0 – Kayserispor 1 (Super Lig, September 19, 2009) The only goal arrived nine minutes after halftime as Ariza Makukula found the winner for the visitors.

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Lokeren 1 – Standard Liege 3 (Jupiler League, September 19, 2009) All the goals came inside 15 first-half minutes, with Mehdi Gonzalez opening the scoring for the visitors after 11 minutes and Sulejman Smajic equalising five minutes later. Dieudonne Mbokani made it 2-1 just a minute later, before Felipe rounded off the scoring after 25 minutes.

Kortrijk 0 – Sint-Truiden 1 (Jupiler League, September 19, 2009) St Truidense extended their lead at the top of the league to four points, Ibrahima Sidibe scored the only goal two minutes before the break for the leaders, who had Dennis Odoi sent off eight minutes from time.

Zulte-Waregem 3 – Mouscron 1 (Jupiler League, September 19, 2009)

KV Mechelen 3 – Roeselare 2 (Jupiler League, September 19, 2009) Mechelen beat Roeselare 3-2 despite playing the entire second half with nine men after having Jonas Ivens and Aloys Nong sent off.

Racing Genk 1 – Charleroi 2 (Jupiler League, September 18, 2009)

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Saturn 2 – Spartak Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, September 19, 2009) A super free-kick from Dmitry Loskov put Saturn ahead against Spartak on the half hour. A crazy set of events led up to Spartak’s equaliser after the break; with the ball placed for a penalty a fat pitch invader manged to run onto the pitch and score from the spot kick with being caught. Then Alex scored the penalty for Spartak only for the referee chalked off the goal calling for a controversial retake, and from the retake Alex eventually managed to pull the visitors level. Just three minutes later though Saturn were back in front through a wonder-goal from Marko Topic, the striker collecting a long ball into the box with a cushioned header that teed himself up for a brilliant volley into the far post.

Rostov 3 – Kuban Krasnodar 3 (Russian Premier League, September 19, 2009) Artur Tlisov was on target twice for the visitors.

Lokomotiv Moscow 1 – FC Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, September 19, 2009) Lokomotiv won courtesy of a 45th minute penalty from Dmitry Sychev.

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Iraklis 2 – Larisa 1 (Greek Super League, September 19, 2009) All the goals came in the space of seven minutes in the second half, with Constantin Iacob netting the winner shortly after Shimon Abuhazira has cancelled out Denis Epstein’s opener.

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Halmstad 2 – Helsingborg 1 (Allsvenskan, September 19, 2009)

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Aalesunds 3 – Brann 0 (Tippeligaen, September 19, 2009) Pablo Herrera, Thor Hogne Aaroy and Alexander Mathisen were the men on target in the second half.

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Hajduk Split 2 – NK Zagreb 0 (1. HNL, September 19, 2009)

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Omiya Ardija 0 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (J-League, September 19, 2009) Magnum’s bundled goal from a free-kick put Nagoya in front after 28 minutes, Yoshizumi Ogawa sealing the win with a second 11 minutes from time.

Kawasaki Frontale 0 – Urawa Red Diamonds 2 (J-League, September 19, 2009) Urawa’s win came courtesy of goals by Robson Ponte and Keita Suzuki.

Yamagata 0 – Shimizu S-Pulse 1 (J-League, September 19, 2009) Shimizu S-Pulse moved up to second place after winning 1-0 at Montedio Yamagata. Norwegian forward Frode Johnson headed home an Akihiro Hyodo cross in the 38th minute for the game’s sole goal.

Jubilo Iwata 3 – Kyoto Sanga FC 0 (J-League, September 19, 2009) South Korea forward Lee Keun-ho and Japan forward Ryoichi Maeda both scored as Jubilo Iwata secured a 3-0 win over Kyoto Sanga.

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Kansas City Wizards 3 – FC Dallas 2 (MLS, September 19, 2009)

LA Galaxy 2 – Toronto FC 0 (MLS, September 19, 2009) Goals from David Beckham and Edison Buddle at the beginning and end of the match sowed up the points for the Galaxy.

San Jose Earthquakes 1 – Colorado Rapids 1 (MLS, September 19, 2009) San Jose went up in the eighth minute when Ryan Johnson looped a header from eight yards over the head of keeper Preston Burpo. Conor Casey, the MLS’ leading scorer, converted a penalty kick in second-half injury time to earn the Rapids a point.

New York Red Bulls 1 – New England Revolution 1 (MLS, September 19, 2009)

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Central Coast Mariners 3 – Gold Coast United 0 (A-League, September 19, 2009) A first half strike to Englishman Nicky Travis and great goals by striker Matt Simon and midfielder John Hutchinson in the second saw the Mariners inflict Gold Coast’s second defeat of the season. The Gold Coast’s star striker Shane Smeltz controversially sent off in the 68th minute after picking up a second yellow card for dissent.

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Vitoria 2 – Internacional 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 19, 2009)

Atletico Paranaense 1 – Sport Recife 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 19, 2009)

Nautico 0 – Atletico Mineiro 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 19, 2009)

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Colon 3 – Chacarita Juniors 1 (Apertura, September 19, 2009)