Portsmouth 0 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, August 30, 2009) For all of Man City’s riches, the Citizens broke the deadlock at Fratton Park in the most bread and butter fashion as Emmanuel Adebayor headed home a Barry corner on the half hour. City were denied a second from Micah Richards as the linesman flagged for a questionable offside. (Nadir Belhadj’s individual match highlights can be seen here.)
Everton 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, August 30, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Everton’s tough start to the new season appeared like continuing when, 10 minutes into the second half, Paul Scharner produced one of the lowest diving headers in history to meet a Charles N’Zogbia cross at the back stick. The Toffees rallied on the hour, Louis Saha heading home a corner despite being surrounding by three Wigan defenders. Then, in injury time at the death, Leighton Baines struck home a penalty to give Everton a much-needed three points.
Aston Villa 2 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, August 30, 2009) Villa took the lead early doors as John Paintsil got the final touch on a fierce inswinging corner from Ashley Young. Martin O’Neill’s charges double their advantage on the hour, Gabi Agbonlahor picked up the ball in midfielder, headed towards goal, and unleashed a thunderbolt past Schwarzer.
Sheffield United 2 – West Brom 2 (Championship, August 29, 2009) Albion striker Roman Bednar gave his side the lead twice at Bramall Lane only for the Blades to equalise through Ched Evans and David Cotterill’s late penalty.
Plymouth Argyle 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Championship, August 29, 2009) Marcus Tudgay was the main architect of the Pilgrims’ demise as his header set up Richard Wood to give Wednesday a first-half lead before scoring from the spot in the second half. Alan Gow’s excellent free-kick gave Plymouth hope late on but Tudgay wrapped up the win in stoppage time.
Tranmere 0 – Charlton 4 (League One, August 29, 2009) John Barnes’s Tranmere slumped to their third straight loss taking a battering at the hands of the Addicks.
Millwall 1 – Brighton 1 (League One, August 28, 2009)
Hibernian 0 – Celtic 1 (SPL, August 30, 2009) Celtic took the lead at Hibs five minutes before the break, Hinkel whipping a cross into the near post for Georgios Samaras to head home. The Bhoys has to see out the last half hour with 10-men after Aiden McGeady picked up two yellow cards.
All the goals from round one of the new La Liga season can be seen here.
Valencia 2 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, August 30, 2009) After Sevilla had Freddie Kanoute sent off, Juan Mata fired Valencia into the lead at the start of the second half. A clever second10 minute from time from Pablo Hernandez sowed up the victory.
Osasuna 1 – Villarreal 1 (La Liga, August 30, 2009) A brilliant lob from Santi Carzola put the Yellow Submarine ahead after thirty minutes, but Walter Pandiani brought Osasuna level soon after with a neat finish from ten yards.
Malaga 3 – Atletico Madrid 0 (La Liga, August 30, 2009) Malaga humbled Atletico Madrid thanks to goals from Nabil Baha (34), substitute Manu (63) and Xavi Torres a minute before full-time.
Mallorca 2 – Xerez 0 (La Liga, August 30, 2009) Mallorca secured a opening day victory over Xerez after Leandro Gioda received his marching orders for the visitors in the 40th minute for his second bookable offence. The home side then capitalised as Aritz Aduriz scored the opener in the 57th minute and Tuni doubled the advantage three minutes later.
Racing Santander 1 – Getafe 4 (La Liga, August 30, 2009) Lopez Rafa put Getafe ahead in the 13th minute before Soldado scored in the 28th, 34th and 55th minutes, while Mahdi Racen scored a consolation for Racing Santander two minutes before the interval.
Almeria 0 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, August 30, 2009)
Roma 1 – Juventus 3 (Serie A, August 30, 2009) Diego tore through the Roma backline in the 25th minute before producing the expert finish as Juve took the lead in the capital. The Giallorossi pulled back with a superb goal from Daniele De Rossi, the midfielder working a quick free-kick before hitting a shot over Buffon from 25-yards out. With just over 20 minutes to play the Old Lady retook the lead, Diego showing his class and talent in skillfully adding his second of the match. The Bianconeri completed a fabulous day’s work with another new signing, Felipe Melo, opening his account for the black and whites.
Atalanta 0 – Genoa 1 (Serie A, August 30, 2009) Genoa, who beat Roma 3-2 last weekend, won thanks to a header from defender Emiliano Moretti on the stroke of half-time.
Cagliari 1 – Siena 3 (Serie A, August 30, 2009) Emanuele Calaio was Siena’s standout performer as he scored a brace (52 & 70) before substitute Reginaldo made the game safe. Earlier in the game Jeda’s penalty 15 minutes from time had looked likely to set up a tense finale.
Napoli 3 – Livorno 1 (Serie A, August 30, 2009) Napoli were too strong for Livorno as they claimed a 3-1 win on home soil. Fabio Quagliarella’s second half brace was added to by a Marek Hamsik effort, while Livorno’s solitary response came from Cristiano Lucarelli.
Chievo 1 – Lazio 2 (Serie A, August 30, 2009) Sergio Pellissier’s strike after quarter of an hour jolted Lazio into action as Julio Cruz levelled before half-time from the penalty spot before Cruz scored a winner after the interval.
Sampdoria 3 – Udinese 1 (Serie A, August 30, 2009) Goals from Giampaolo Pazzini, Daniele Mannini and Antonio Cassano rendered Antonio Di Natale’s effort nothing more than a consolation.
Parma 2 – Catania 1 (Serie A, August 30, 2009) Alberto Paloschi was Parma’s second half match-winner at home to Catania. Daniele Galloppa’s 13th minute strike proved unlucky for Catania, who levelled just a minute later when Marco Biagianti netted. It was, though, Paloschi who had the final say just two minutes after half-time.
Hertha Berlin 2 – Werder Bremen 3 (Bundesliga, August 30, 2009) After a goalless first half Werder’s new sensation Mesut Ozil raced through the centre to complete a swift Bremen counter-attack. Tim Borowski doubled the visitors’ lead before Lakasz Piszczek pulled Herta back in the game with 13 minutes remaining. There was no big comeback though as Naldo killed the match adding a third for Werder. Patrick Ebert netted a late consolation for Berlin.
Hamburg 3 – Cologne 1 (Bundesliga, August 30, 2009) Clumsy defending from Cologne gifted Jose Paolo Guerrero a 17th minute opener. Guerrero hit a low shot in the 66th minute to double Hamburg’s lead, only for Cologne to a get a sniff of a comeback when Adil Chihi found the net with an outrageous 30-yarder into the top corner. Those hopes were extinguished by a late penalty from Per Trochowski.
Marseille 0 – Bordeaux 0 (Ligue 1, August 30, 2009) The best two chances went to Marseille when Brazilian striker Brandao hit the post with a powerful left-foot shot in the 35th minute and midfielder Benoit Cheyrou blasted a half-volley against the bar in the 64th.
PSG 3 – Lille 0 (Ligue 1, August 30, 2009) A fabulous left-footed thunderbolt from PSG’s Jeremy Clement handed the host a halftime lead over Lille. Peguy Luyindula and Christophe Jallet netting inside the last 13 minutes to make sure of a second success at the Parc des Princes.
Toulouse 0 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, August 30, 2009) Mamadou Samassa came of the bench to net a dramatic 87th minute winner for the visitors.
Feyenoord 1 – Twente 1 (Eredivisie, August 30, 2009) Twente’s Nicky Kuiper broke the deadlock in the 73rd, Roy Makaay bringing Feyenoord level from the spot after the ref awarded a penalty for handball in the box.
Heracles 0 – Ajax 3 (Eredivisie, August 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless opening 45, Toby Alderweireld headed the Amsterdammers into the lead early in the second half. Late goals from Dario Cvitanich and Ismail Aissati wrapped up the win for Martin jol’s men.
NAC 2 – Heerenveen 0 (Eredivisie, August 30, 2009) Second half goals from Kees Kwakman and Matthew Amoah helped NAC continue their good start to the season.
Fenerbahce 2 – Manisaspor 1 (Super Lig, August 30, 2009) Things looked ominous for the home side when Emre Belozoglu was dismissed after 75 minutes, but Daniel Guiza fired Fener in front five minutes later. Ergin Keles looked to have snatched a point for Manisaspor when he scored after 86 minutes but Semih Senturk popped up in injury time to steal a fourth successive win.
Sivasspor 0 – Diyarbakirspor 2 (Super Lig, August 30, 2009) Diyarbakirspor won away from home with goals from Cihan Yilmaz (own goal) and Andres Mendoza.
Kasimpasa 0 – Genclerbirligi 4 (Super Lig, August 30, 2009) Labinot Harbuzi, Mustafa Pektemek, Carlos Kahe and Hursut Meric were on target for the visitors.
Trabzonspor 1 – Bursaspor 1 (Super Lig, August 30, 2009)
Academica Coimbra 0 – Sporting Lisbon 2 (Superliga, August 30, 2009) Liedson headed home Pedrinha’s cross in the 64th minute. Academica defender Pedrinha was then sent-off in the 76th before Yannick Djalo sealed Sporting’s first win in three matches with a goal in the 84th.
Braga 3 – Belenenses 1 (Superliga, August 30, 2009) Hugo Viana scored two goals for Braga as it beat Belenenses 3-1, extending its perfect start and moving to the top of the table. Mourtala Diakite’s own-goal put Braga ahead in the 28th before Yontcha drew even with a header in the 51st.
Khimki 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 4 (Russian Premier League, August 30, 2009) After Fatih Tekke put Zenit ahead in the first half, goals from Bystrov, Rosina and a Zinovijev og put the game out of sight after the break.
Spartak Moscow 0 – Rubin Kazan 3 (Russian Premier League, August 30, 2009) A thunderous drive by Sergey Semak and a Dominges penalty put Rubin 2-up at the interval while Aleksandr Bukharov netted a scrappy third a ten minutes into the second half.
Samara 3 – Dynamo Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, August 30, 2009) Krylya Sovetov beat fourth-placed Dinamo Moscow 3-1 with substitute Roman Adamov scoring two goals within four minutes of coming on in the second half. Jiri Jarosik completed the scoring before Dinamo had Aleksandr Dimidko – who had earlier given them the lead – was sent off with eight minutes to go.
Atromitos 0 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, August 30, 2009) AEK’s serial-goalscorer Ismael Blanco proved the match-winner with a neat finish just before the hour.
Panathinaikos 1 – Xanthi Skoda 0 (Greek Super League, August 30, 2009) Panathinaikos needed just one goal to make a difference against Xanthi, with Kostas Katsouranis netting the winner five minutes before the break.
PAOK 3 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, August 30, 2009) Vieirinha broke the deadlock shortly after the hour, Lucio Filomeno made it 2-0 four minutes later and Pantelis Konstantinidis added a third in minute 73.
Larisa 0 – Olympiakos 2 (Greek Super League, August 30, 2009) Defending champions Olympiakos visited Larissa and took the lead through Leonardo in the 22nd minute. The second goal came ten minutes later, scored by Enzo Maresca.
Austria Vienna 1 – Rapid Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 29, 2009) The Vienna derby ended all-square, Tomas Jun putting Auistria ahead just before the break only for Stephan Maierhofer to equalise on the hour.
RB Salzburg 4 – Kapfenberg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 29, 2009)
Anderlecht 1 – Standard Liege 1 (Jupiler League, August 30, 2009) Anderlecht’s Polish international Marcin Wasilewski suffered a double facture of his right leg after a horror tackle with Liege midfielder Axel Witsel. Dieudonne Mbokani put Standard ahead in the 36th minute but Guillaume Gillet levelled three minutes before the break.
Cercle Bruges 2 – Club Brugge 3 (Jupiler League, August 30, 2009) Oleg Iachtchouk (2) and Thomas Buffel (10) put the home side ahead before Wesley Sonck (14) and Joseph Akpala (65) brought their side level and Sonck wrapped up the win in the 77th minute despite the 54th minute dismissal of Antonin Alcaraz.
Racing Genk 1 – Germinal Beerschot 1 (Jupiler League, August 30, 2009)
IFK Gothenburg 4 – Elfsborg 0 (Allsvenskan, August 30, 2009) Hannes Stiller scored twice for IFK in between efforts from Hjalmar Jonsson and Tobias Hysen as the home side moved above their opponents in the table.
Lech Poznan 2 – GKS Belchatow 2 (Ekstraklasa, August 30, 2009)
FC Copenhagen 1 – Brondby 1 (SAS Ligaen, August 30, 2009)
Basel 1 – Young Boys 2 (Swiss Super League, August 30, 2009)
Sydney FC 2 – Wellington Phoenix 0 (A-League, August 30, 2009) Sydney had to wait until the 77th minute to make the breakthrough when Brendan Gan headed home Karol Kisel’s corner. John Aloisi sealed the points four minutes later when the striker converted Alex Brosque’s cross.
Newcastle Jets 1 – Gold Coast United 0 (A-League, August 30, 2009) Sean Rooney proved teh match-winner for the Jets, the striker skinned Van den Brink brilliantly in the box before slamming the ball into the net from a fairly narrow angle.
River Plate 4 – Chacarita Juniors 3 (Argentinean Apertura, August 30, 2009) River led twice through a Diego Buonanotte free kick in the 6th and Gustavo Cabral’s header from a corner in the 32nd. Matias Alustiza leveled each time for Chacarita, first hitting a crisp finish across goal in the 23rd and then dispatching a penalty in first-half injury time. Chacarita took a 3-2 lead when Facundo Parra scored eight minutes after the restart, but River substitute Daniel Villalba equalised in the 69th and Ariel Ortega snatched victory with a measured lob in the 87th to ease the pressure on coach Nestor Gorosito.
Atletico Mineiro 1 – Sport Recife 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009)
Vitoria 3 – Cruzeiro 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009)
Santos 2 – Fluminense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009)
Botafogo 3 – Gremio 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009) Jonas scored twice for Gremio and Souza scored another, while Botafogo’s goals were converted by Reinaldo, Victor Simoes and Leandro Guerreiro, the last coming three minutes before full-time.
Sao Paulo 0 – Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009)