Liverpool 1 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, December 13, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) All eyes were on referee Howard Webb at Anfield after Steven Gerrard appeared to be hacked down in the box by William Gallas, but not penalty was awarded. Liverpool proceeded to dominate the match, and they were rewarded four minutes from the break when Almunia flapped at a free-kick that allowed Dirk Kuyt to plant home the opener. (First half highlights here.) The Gunners responded early in the second half as a sweeping attack crisscrossing the Liverpool backline was finished by Glen Johnson’s unfortunate own-goal. Johnson’s personal trauma continued in the 58th minute as the full-back was caught napping at the back-post and Andrei Arshavin capitalised with a thundering shot into Reina’s near post.
Middlesbrough 0 – Cardiff 1 (Championship, December 13, 2009) Winger Chris Burke scored for the third successive game as Cardiff moved up to third place in the Championship, condemning Gordon Strachan to still having to wait for his first home win as Boro’s boss.
Atletico Madrid 1 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, December 13, 2009) Simao shot Atletico into a first half lead but David Fuster equalised early in the second period. Both sides had chances before Joseba Llorente bundled in a 90th minute header to stun the home fans at the Vicente Calderon.
Osasuna 0 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, December 13, 2009) The only goal in chilly Pamplona came in the 61st minute, when the in-form Gonzalo Castro scored with a left-foot drive after being set up on the break by Pierre Webo.
Getafe 2 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, December 13, 2009) First blood was drawn by Juan Angel Albin eight minutes before the break as he met a Pedro Leon corner to net with a header. Getafe added a second 25 minutes from time as Albin again netted with a low shot past Aragoneses. The hosts were compelled to endure a nervy finish as stand-in goalkeeper Jordi Codina spilled a routine ball for Jordi to score a late strike for Tenerife, but it ended 2-1.
Racing Santander 3 – Xerez 2 (La Liga, December 13, 2009) Everything was going right for the Andalucians as they took the lead after two minutes, Momo meeting a cross for Mario Bermejo to tap home unopposed. Mehdi Lacen equalised in the 25th minute with a superb drive from the edge of the area, and Manuel Arana made it 2-1 just after the break with a similar effort. Antonito equalised with twenty minutes left with a rasping shot of his own, but Alex Geijo settled matters just before the closing stages with a neat header following Pedro Munitis’ pinpoint cross.
Valladolid 1 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, December 13, 2009) Duda opened the scoring for the Boquerones firmly against the run of play as the Pucela’s defence lay sleeping. Jesus Gamez put through his own net in the 68th minute to draw Valladolid level.
Sporting Gijon 0 – Sevilla 1 (La Liga, December 13, 2009) Freddie Kanoute poked Jesus Navas’ cross into the roof of the net after nine minutes in a match where hail affected play, while at least a dozen people were reportedly injured in fights between the clubs’ Ultra fans before the match.
Sampdoria 0 – Roma 0 (Serie A, December 13, 2009) Sampdoria and Roma both benefited from a goalless draw at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris as they moved into a share of fifth position in Serie A.
Atalanta 1 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, December 13, 2009) After 13 minutes in Atalanta, Jose Mourinho’s Inter struck as Diego Milito evaded three half-hearted challenges before burying the ball home from eight yards. On the hour mark Inter had Wesley Sneijder sent off for a second bookable offence, and Atalanta took advantage of their number as Simone Tiribocchi capitalised on Lucio’s error to equalise nine minutes from time.
AC Milan 0 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, December 13, 2009) Even before kick-off at AC Milan’s match against Palermo, the San Siro crowd were entertained by Ronaldinho’s head-balancing skills in the warm-up. After a goalless first half though, the smiles were wiped off the hosts faces as Fabrizio Miccoli cut in from the left and arrowed a right-footer into the far corner. The Rossoneri then fell further behind just after the hour as Marco Bresciano doubled the Sicilians’ lead after more brilliance from the wonderful Miccoli in the build-up.
Chievo 2 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, December 13, 2009) Fresh from the victory at Anfield, Fiorentina took a 5th minute lead at Chievo through Riccardo Montolivo’s low 20-yard bullet in to the far corner. The Flying Donkeys were soon level as Giampiero Pinzi tucked home Pasquelle’s left wing cross, and by the 23rd minute Chievo were in front as Gennaro Sardo headed home a right-sided free-kick.
Parma 2 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, December 13, 2009) After Gaby Mudingayi had put Bologna in the lead on the stroke of halftime, Parma’s Christian Panucci headed in the equaiser ten minutes into the second half. Nicola Amoruso completed Parma’s comeback four minutes from time.
Catania 0 – Livorno 1 (Serie A, December 13, 2009) A late late opportunist strike from Lithuanian forward Tomas Danilevicius, after playing an inadvertent one-two with the face of a Catania defender, settled the match.
Siena 2 – Udinese 1 (Serie A, December 13, 2009) Massimo Maccarone opened the scoring from long range on 66 minutes before Abdel Kader Ghezzal scored in the final minute as Siena hauled themselves off the foot of the table. Udinese replied with a consolation in the third minute of stoppage-time when Gaetano D’Agostino scored from close range.
Wolfsburg 1 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2009) Dortmund had the perfect start at Wolfsburg as Lucas Barrios put the visitors in an 11th minute lead and the Barrios struck again just two minutes later. The reigning champs were then forced to put their collective tail between their legs as Patrick Owomoyela netted Borussia’s third before the interval. Grafite pulled a goal back for Wolfsburg early in the second half.
Mainz 1 – Stuttgart 1 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2009) A tidy near-post finish from Pavel Pogrebnyak handed Stuttgart an 11th minute lead over Mainz. However in the final minutes “Mad” Jens Lehmann found himself at the centre of the action as the goalie barged into Aristide Bance (who fell over like a wimp), giving away a penalty and getting himself sent off with Eugen Polanski netting from the spot.
LyonÂ 0 – BordeauxÂ 1 (Ligue 1, December 13, 2009) Marouane Chamakh’s back post header earned league leaders Bordeaux all three points.
PSG 3 – St. Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, December 13, 2009) Struggling St. Etienne found themselves two down in Paris early doors, Peguy Luyindula and Stephane Sessegnon fired PSG ahead. Mevlut Erding headed in the Parisians’ third to leave Les Verts searching for a miracle. (First half highlights here.)
Monaco 0 – Lille 4 (Ligue 1, December 13, 2009) Tulio De Melo’s low 39th minute drive put Lille ahead at Monaco (first half highlights here) and the De Melo struck again at the start of the second period with a header from a corner while Yohan Cabaye slotted in a third from the penalty spot to wrap up the points.
Toulouse 0 – Montpellier 1 (Ligue 1, December 13, 2009) Senegal striker Souleymane Camara fired home with a superb strike from the edge of the box in the 10th minute to convert his side’s only clear chance in the first half and send Montpellier second.
Willem II 1 – Roda 3 (Eredivisie, December 13, 2009) Mads Junker opened the scoring on 18 minutes before Christophe Gregoire levelled proceedings three minutes later via the penalty pot. Ruud Vormer restored Roda’s advantage on 68 minutes and Junker sealed the vital three points with his second 19 minutes from time.
Sparta 2 – FC Groningen 4 (Eredivisie, December 13, 2009) Tomas Enevoldsen netted in the 12th, 28th and 40th minutes, while team-mate Matavz scored in the 23rd minute as the visitors dominated the first period. The home side replied via Erik Falkenburg (19) and substitute Sander Van Gessel (64) but Groningen held on for the much-needed win to pull three points clear of the drop zone.
Vitesse 2 – FC Utrecht 2 (Eredivisie, December 13, 2009) Lasse Nilsson put the home side ahead from the spot in the 27th minute before Utrecht took the lead after goals from Ricky van Wolfswinkel (31) and Jacob Mulenga (41). Claudemis Domingues de Souza netted in the 89th minute to earn a share of the spoils for Vitesse.
ADO Den Haag 1 – Heracles 4 (Eredivisie, December 13, 2009) Bas Dost scored a quick-fire brace (7, 22) to put the visitors firmly in control before Danny Buys pulled one back on 71 minutes to set up a nervy finale. Marko Matic restored the two-goal advantage on 83 minutes and Willie Overtoom added a fourth in stoppage-time to ensure Heracles ran out comfortable winners.
FC Porto 2 – Vitoria Setubal 0 (Superliga, December 13, 2009) Porto are just a point behind after recording a 2-0 win over Vitoria Setubal, Ernesto Farias and Varela grabbing the goals.
Braga 0 – Naval 0 (Superliga, December 13, 2009) The home side were unable to find a way through but move back above Benfica with both teams on 30 points from 13 games. Braga are top courtesy of a better head-to-head record.
Sivasspor 2 – Eskisehirspor 1 (Super Lig, December 13, 2009)
Manisaspor 1 – Besiktas 1 (Super Lig, December 13, 2009)
Buyuksehir 1 – Kayserispor 2 (Super Lig, December 13, 2009) Brazilian defender Marcos Barbosa fired the hosts in front, but Kayserispor’s leading goalscorer Ariza Makukula bagged his 13th of the season to level before Franco Dario Cangele scored the winner in the 68th minute to extend league leaders unbeaten run.
Genclerbirligi 1 – Gaziantepspor 1 (Super Lig, December 13, 2009)
Diyarbakirspor 2 – Kasimpasa 2 (Super Lig, December 13, 2009)
Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 – Kayserispor 2 (Super Lig, December 13, 2009)
Olympiakos 3 – Panthrakikos 0 (Greek Super League, December 13, 2009) Luciano Galletti set Zico’s team on their way with a 37th-minute opener. Brazilian midfielder Dudu scored either side of half-time to complete a resounding victory which moved the Reds on to 36 points after 14 matches. Panthrakikos have just two points following 12 defeats and two draws.
Larissa 2 – Panionios 2 (Greek Super League, December 13, 2009) Goundoulakis’ double for Panionios was cancelled out by Metin’s late double for Larissa.
AEK 3 – Levadiakos 2 (Greek Super League, December 13, 2009) Panagiotis Taxtsidis and Gustavo Manduca put AEK 2-0 up but the visitors levelled through Giorgos Barkoglou and Victor Agali. Manduca’s second on 57 minutes sealed the win for AEK.
Lausanne Sports 4 – Young Boys 1 (Swiss Cup, December 13, 2009) Lausanne produced a fine home win to knock out YB, Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Tosi grabbing the headlines with a brace.
Tavriya Symferopol 2 – Dynamo Kiev 3 (Ukrainian Premier League, December 13, 2009) On an ice-rink of a pitch in Tavriya, Artem Milevsky headed Dynamo Kiev into a 20th minute lead meeting a left-wing cross at the near post. A picture perfect free-kick from Andriy Shevchenko, arching the ball into the near top corner, doubled Kiev’s advantage, but just before the break Vasil Gigiadze turned in the box to pull a goal back for the hosts.
Newcastle Jets 3 – Gold Coast United 2 (A-League, December 13, 2009) The Jets opened their account when Jobe Wheelhouse volleyed in a thunderbolt from outside the box, in what is sure to go down as one of the goals of the A-League season. The visitors hit back through a Shane Smeltz penalty in the 44th minute but the home side recaptured the lead in the 70th minute through Sean Rooney. A well-placed strike from Sasho Petrovski all but sealed the result for the resurgent Jets before Gold Coast striker Smeltz secured his double with consolation goal six minutes from time.
Boca Juniors 2 – Banfield 0 (Apertura, December 13, 2009) Argentine international Martin Palermo scored for Boca with a penalty in the eighth minute, and again in the 61st, but it mattered little to Banfield who claimed the championship for the first Argentine league title in its 113-year history.
Velez Sarfield 1 – Rosario Central 2 (Apertura, December 13, 2009)
Newells Old Boys 0 – San Lorenzo 2 (Apertura, December 13, 2009) Fabian Bordagaray scored in the 10th and 68th for San Lorenzo, sucker-punching Newells for who a victory combined with Banfield’s loss at La Bombonera would have given Newell’s its sixth championship.
Tigre 0 – River Plate 2 (Apertura, December 13, 2009) Gabriel Funes Mori scored at the 46th minute of the first half, and Diego Buonanotte scored at the 14th minute of the second half.