Wigan 1 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, October 18, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Wigan broke the deadlock with virtually the last kick of the first half, Scotland flicked the ball onto Hugo Rodallega down the left side of the box, his cross was only parried by Given and Charles N’Zogbia beat Bridge to the ball to score. City levelled seconds into the second half as Martin Petrov arrowed a drive into the bottom corner. On the hour mark City had Zabaleta dismissed for two bookings an that somewhat killed the game as the Citizens opted to shut up shop and hold on for the point.
Blackburn 3 – Burnley 2 (Premier League, October 18, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The cotton mill derby got off to an explosive start as, in the fifth minute, Burnley launched an end-to-end counter-attack with Robbie Blake finished with a clinical 20-yard shot past Paul Robinson. But Rovers were quick to level as David Dunn (three in three) fired a low, hard shot to the right of Jensen’s outstretched hand. After 21 minutes Blackburn turned the match on its head, Jensen failed to cut out a cross into the Claret’s box and on-loan Chelsea forward Franco Di Santo had the easy job of nodding in Rovers’ second. On the stroke of halftime Blackburn went 3-1 up as full-back Pascal Chimbonda cut in from the left before passing a shot past Jensen into the far corner. At the death Chris Eagles sent shivers up Blackburn’s spines by pulling a goal back for Burnley but it proved too little, too late.
QPR 4 – Preston 0 (Championship, October 17, 2009) Adel Taarabt kicked off proceedings with aÂ stunning solo goal after 11 minutes and Akos Buzsaky’s 63rd minute penalty put QPR in firm control. Jay Simpson added a third on 74 minutes and Wayne Routledge netted a fourth five minutes from time.
Tranmere 2 – Stockport 1 (League One, October 17, 2009) Tranmere notched up their third win as goals from Gareth Edds and John Welsh gave them a 2-1 victory over Brighton.
Hibernian 1 – Kilmarnock 0 (SPL, October 17, 2009) A penalty six minutes from time by Abdessalam Benjelloun gave Hibernian the win that cements their third place in the league.
Xerez 2 – Villarreal 1 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) In the basement-battle between the two last winless teams in LA Liga,Â Xerez fell behind to a Robert Pires strike after 17 minutes.Villarreal were pegged back to when Mario Bermejo headed in at a corner before the break, and Xerez scored a controversial winner 10 minutes from time when a clearance appeared to strike an attacker’s arm, and Antonito lobbed the ball back into the empty net.
Malaga 1 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) Cisma struck first for Almeria when he curled in a delightful free-kick from 25-yards out before Fernando Soriano got to the end of Pablo Piattiâ€™s through ball to double the advantage. Malaga finally pulled one back through Edinho, but the hosts failed to find an equaliser.
Zaragoza 2 – Racing Santander 2 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) The hosts took a 2-goal lead, opening after Pennantâ€™s cross was cracked home by Francisco Pavon from close range. Lafita teed up Javier Arizmendi for number two, but with ten minutes to go Racing began their comeback. Mohamed Tchite reduced the arrears with a near-post finish from a corner and four minutes from the end Serrano himself got on the scoresheet with a long-range thunderbolt.
Espanyol 2 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) Ivan Alonso’s brace sandwiched an effort from Alejandro Alfaro to give Mauricio Pochettino’s men victory.
Athletic Bilbao 1 – Sporting Gijon 2 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) Sporting’s hero was Miguel as he grabbed a brace for the visitors. Gaizka Toquero pulled one back with ten minutes remaining for Bilbao, but the Basque side could not find an equaliser.
Mallorca 3 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) Julio Alvarez opened the scoring (31) for The Islanders, and they swept to victory thanks to a second-half brace from Aduriz. Getafe claimed a late consolation from Juan Albin.
Osasuna 3 – Atletico Madrid 0 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) A brace of headers from veteran goalscorer Walter Pandiani (4 and 28) rocked the capital club on their heels and Carlos Aranda added another for good measure in the 30th minute.
AC Milan 2 – Roma 1 (Serie A, October 18, 2009) Roma took the lead ahead at the San Siro when Jeremy Menez scored after three minutes. Milan levelled ten minutes into the second half when Ronaldinho equalised from the spot. The Rossoneri then completed the comeback in the 66th minute as Alexandre Pato took a ball on his chest and finished with aplomb.
Lazio 1 – Sampdoria 1 (Serie A, October 18, 2009) Samp striker Giampaolo Pazzini headed the table-toppers ahead at Lazio 10 minutes from the break, but the lead didn’t last long as Matuzalem collecting a ball in the box and fired an equaliser into the far corner.
Napoli 2 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, October 18, 2009) A wonderfully cute left-footed free-kick from Adailton fired Bologna into the lead early doors at Napoli, but the hosts levelled the match in the 72nd minute as Fabio Quagliarella stabbed home a corner from two yards out. And in injury time Napoli stole all three points as Christian Maggio grabbed the winner from a Lavezzi cross.
Udinese 1 – Atalanta 3 (Serie A, October 18, 2009) Atalanta striker Simone Tiribocchi took on the Udinese defence and won as the visitors took a fourth minute lead. But the Zebrette were soon back level as Francesco Lodi tucked a curling left-footed shot into the far post. With 20 minutes to go Jaime Zapata Valdes scored a screamer for Atalanta, beating his man before thrashing a beauty into the top corner. Two minutes later Diego De Ascentis put the game out of sight with the visitors’ third.
Chievo 1 – Bari 2 (Serie A, October 18, 2009) Against Chievo, Bari’s Sergio Almiron stooped low at the near post to meet a free-kick and the Argentine saw his effort sail into the near post. A smart header from Andrea Ranocchia doubled Bari’s lead midway through the second half. A late Erjon Bogdani headed wasn’t enough for the Flying Donkeys.
Catania 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, October 18, 2009) Catania’s Argentine midfielder Adrian Ricchiuti steered the Sicilians ahead of Cagliari volleying home from a free-kick, but the visitors’ levelled with one of the goals of the weekend as Daniele Dessena cracking home a stunning overhead-volley from the edge of the box. Jorge Martinez won the match two minutes from time heading in a Moritimo cross from the right.
Livorno 1 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, October 18, 2009) Tomas Danilevicius opener for Livorno was quickly cancelled out by Palermo’s Fabrizio Miccoli just two minutes later. Federico Balzaretti then put Palermo in the lead smashing home a cross from just three yards out.
Wolfsburg 2 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2009) Wolfsburg went ahead just before the interval when Alexander Madlung scored. Christian Genter doubled their advantage in injury-time and that proved crucial as Borussia went down the other end and scored through Michael Bradley but Wolfsburg took the victory.
Borussia Dortmund 2 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, October 18, 2009) Goals either side of the break from Lucas Barrios and Neven Subotic sealed the win for Borussia.
Toulouse 1 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2009) Albin Ebondo scored the game’s only goal in the 74th minute as Toulouse moved three points clear of the drop zone.
Lorient 4 – Nice 1 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2009) Arnold Mvuemba put Lorient ahead at the break, before Marama Vahirua doubled their lead just after the interval. Loic Remy pulled one back for Nice on the hour but goals from Sigamary Diarra (77) and Kevin Gameiro (89) sealed the win. Nice’s miserable day was compounded in the final minute when Emerse Fae was sent-off.
Monaco 2 – Lens 0 (Ligue 1, October 18, 2009) The hosts went ahead after only nine minutes when Nene poked the ball home after a Park Chu-young header bounced off Vedran Runje’s right post. Nene sealed victory by converting a penalty kick in the 67th minute for his seventh goal this seaso
VVV Venlo 1 – Roda 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Morten Skoubo put Roda in front after 35 minutes. But Ken Leemans replied just after the hour mark when the visitors failed to adequately defend a corner.
FC Groningen 0 – FC Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009) Visiting goalkeeper Michel Vorm made a fantastic save to prevent Nicklas Pedersen sealing victory for Utrecht, who remain in fifth place.
NEC 1 – ADO Den Haag 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009) The visitors appeared on course for their third away win of the season when Bogdan Milic put them ahead shortly after the half-hour mark. But John Goossens fired in an incredible 30-yard volley with 20 minutes to go to restore parity in a match between two sides lodged in mid-table.
RKC Waalwijk 0 – Heracles 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009) RKC Waalwijk remain rooted to the foot of the table after Bas Dost’s first-half strike condemned them to another defeat at home.
Sparta 2 – Feyenoord 1 (Eredivisie, October 18, 2009)
Galatasaray 4 – Trabzonspor 3 (Super Lig, October 18, 2009) Harry Kewell and Milan Baros were amongst the goals as Gala won the 7-goal thriller.
Gaziantepspor 2 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, October 18, 2009) Semih Senturk’s first half header looked to be enough for Fener until Gaziantepspor snatched victory from the jaws of defeat courtesy of Julio Cesar’s double, including a brilliant injury time free-kick, in the final six minutes.
Kavala 2 – Panathinaikos 2 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009) Djibril Cisse struck an injury-time leveller to steal a 2-2 draw for Panathinaikos at Kavala. A first-half brace by Benjamin Onwuachi had given Kavala a comfortable lead until Kostas Katsouranis cut the gap.
AEK 3 – Panthrakikos 2 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009) AEK went behind to Bedi Buval’s first-half strike, but quickly levelled through Daniel Majstorovic and went ahead through Zeljko Djokic’s own goal in the 39th minute. Ignacio Scocco extended the lead and, though Robert Bertrand pulled one back, the visitors were unable to force an equaliser.
Iraklis 0 – Panionios 2 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009)
Larisa 2 – Xanthi Skoda 0 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009)
Atromitos 3 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, October 18, 2009)
Kuban Krasnodar 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Russian Premier League, October 18, 2009) Zenit St Petersburg made sure they stayed in touch at the top with a 2-0 win at second-from-bottom Kuban Krasnodar. Alessandro Rosina and Vladimir Bystrov got the goals to move Zenit four points behind Rubin.
Spartak Moscow 3 – Lokomotiv Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, October 18, 2009) After Zhano Ananidze and Welliton put Spartak 2-up, former Arsenal winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie completed the comfortable home win with a fabulous third in the final five minutes.
Terek Grozny 1 – Rostov 3 (Russian Premier League, October 18, 2009) Rostov moved clear of the drop zone with a 3-1 win at Terek Grozny. The visitors were 3-0 up by half-tie thanks to goals from Alexandru Gatcan Aleksandr Pavlenko and Mersudin Ahmetovic. Half-time substitute Zaur Sadaev pulled a goal back six minutes after the interval.
Rio Ave 2 – Esmoriz 1 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2009) Rio Ave may have won the tie, but the game will be remembered for the goal Esmoriz’s keeper Rui Sacramento scored midway through the second half.
Sporting Lisbon 3 – Penafiel 0 (Taca de Portugal, October 18, 2009)
Orgryte 3 – Helsingborg 0 (Allsvenskan, October 18, 2009) Joel Ekstrand’s dismissal in the 24th minute proved to have a significant bearing on the outcome, not least because it allowed Alvaro Dos Santos to open the scoring from the penalty spot. Worse was to follow for the visitors after the interval, as Marcus Nilsson put through his own goal before Dos Santos struck again to ensure a comfortable victory for relegation threatened Orgryte.
Lech Poznan 1 – Wisla Krakow 0 (Ekstraklasa, October 18, 2009)
Shakhtar Donetsk 5 – Karpaty Lviv 1 (Ukrainian Super League, October 18, 2009) The UEFA Cup holders won at a canter with Fernandinho and Adriano both netting braces while Jadsen (penalty) completed the rout.
Gold Coast United 2 – Perth Glory 1 (A-League, October 18, 2009) The hosts took the lead when Jason Culina’s free-kick deflected off defender Scott Neville and into the net in the 13th minute. Todd Howarth equalised 10 minutes into the second half when he latched onto a pass from Victor Sikora before sending an effort beyond the goalkeeper. But A-League top-scorer Shane Smeltz restored the advantage for Gold Coast just a minute later.
Newcastle Jets 1 – Melbourne Victory 3 (A-League, October 18, 2009)
JEF United Chiba 1 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, October 18, 2009) Chiba, who are just one place above the bottom of the table, went ahead in the 35th minute thanks to a fine volley from Tatsunori Arai and, after failing to kill the game, Diego levelled for Kyoto with three minutes remaining.
Boca Juniors 2 – Tigre 1 (Apertura, October 18, 2009)
Huracan 0 – River Plate 0 (Apertura, October 18, 2009)
Independiente 1 – Chacarita 1 (Apertura, October 18, 2009)
Palmeiras 0 – Flamengo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2009) Dejan Petkovic struck in the 25th minute when he dribbled in from the left and unleashed a shot into the top corner of Marcos’s goal. The much-travelled 37-year-old added his second on the hour when he took a corner and curled the ball directly into the net. Wagner Love missed a late penalty for Palmeiras.
Gremio 2 – Coritiba 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2009)
Sport Recife 2 – Corinthians 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2009)
Fluminense 2 – Internacional 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2009) Fluminense’s Gum stuck a brace past Internacional for a 2-2 draw but they remain rooted in bottom place.
Vitoria 3 – Nautico 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2009)
Atletico Paranaense 3 – Santo Andre 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2009)
Cruzeiro 1 – Botafogo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 18, 2009)