Everton 1 – Arsenal 6 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The Gunners took the advantage after 25 minutes at Goodison, Bendtner controlled out wide on the right and played the ball to Fabregas who quickly rolled it on to Denilson, and the youngster fired a 25-yard curler into the top corner. Ten minutes later the Wenger Boys went 2-up as newcomer Thomas Vermaelen headed home a RVP free-kick at the back post. Arsenal then claimed an all too simple third as William Gallas met a Fabregas free-kick after coming round the back of the Everton backline. It was game, set and match Arsenal after another free-flowing attack was finished by Cesc Fabregas at the start of the second half. Fabregas continued the Toffee humiliation running challenged through the Everton midfield and coolly finding the bottom corner for number five. At the death Arshavin poked a shot onto the post and Eduardo da Silva tapped in the rebound, and Louis Saha managed to bag a consolation in injury time.
Blackburn 0 – Manchester City 2 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â The Middle East revolution started in earnest at Ewood Park as Emmanuel Adebayor opened his City account after just three minutes as the forward started and finished an attack to tear through Rovers. (A different angle of the goal can be seen here.) The Citizens closed out their curtain-raiser with a second at the death from stalwart midfielder Stephen Ireland.
Chelsea 2 – Hull 1 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.)Â Â After Drogba and Terry missed presentable chances early doors, Hull stunned Stamford Bridge with Stephen Hunt tapping home from close range having been booed throughout. Didier Drogba made up for his earlier miss by equalising with a fine free-kick that gave Myhill no chance. Chelsea continued to create chances after the break, Anelka missing almost straight after the restart and Essien going close with a long-range effort with fifteen minutes remaining. Two minutes into injury-time, Didier Drogba claimed the winner with a terrific (and lucky) lob over Myhill.
Aston Villa 0 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Wigan’s Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega scored a pearler to put the visitors ahead at Villa striking a stunning 25-yard dipping shot on the angle that left Brad Friedel helpless. (First half highlights here.) A tidy finish from Jason Koumas ten minutes into the second half put Martinez 2-up in his first managerial match in the Premier League.
Wolves 0 – West Ham 2 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â West Ham made the breakthrough after 22 minutes, Carlton Cole played the ball across the face of the area and Mark Noble was given time and space to clip a fine shot over Wayne Hennessey. The Hammers again made the home side pay on 69 minutes when the unmarked Matthew Upson headed home Noble’s corner.
Bolton 0 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) Steve Bruce celebrated a win in his first Premier League game thanks to an early goal from Sunderland’s most expensive ever signing Darren Bent.
Stoke 2 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) Burnley tasted defeat in their first ever Premier League game, Ryan Shwacross and an og from Stephen Jordan were on the scoresheet as both goals came from set pieces.
PortsmouthÂ 0 – FulhamÂ 1 (Premier League, August 15, 2009)Â The Cottagers won at Fratton Park thanks to an early goal from Bobby Zamora.
Newcastle 3 – Reading 0 (Championship, August 15, 2009) A brilliant diving header from Shola Ameobi put the Magpies ahead at the break. On the hour it was two for the Toon as Ameobi again popped up to head home a Ryan Taylor cross. Shola Ameobi completed a hat-trick with a penalty to end a rare happy day for Newcastle.
Bristol City 1 – Crystal Palace 0 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Freddie Sears’s 30th minute effort crossed the line before bouncing out but officials chose not to award the goal in a hugely controversial screw-up. Nicky Maynard’s 90th minute goal won the match for City after the visitors failed to clear their lines.
Peterborough 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Craig Mackail-Smith’s goal on the hour earned the Posh a draw after Wednesday had taken the lead through James O’Connor.
Doncaster 1 – Preston 1 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Chris Brown fired the Lilywhites ahead on 28 minutes, but Adam Lockwood’s goal 10 minutes from time secured a point for Doncaster.
Wycombe 0 – Leeds 1 (League One, August 15, 2009)
Brentford 0 – Brighton & Hove Albion 0 (League One, August 15, 2009)
Aberdeen 1 – Celtic 3 (SPL, August 15, 2009) The Bhoys moved ahead on the half hour through Aiden McGeady, and McGeady soon chalked up his second with a left-foot curler from the edge of the box. Celtic’s blitz at the end of the first half was completed by Scott McDonald tucking home the third as the Dons’ defence fell to pieces.
Real Sociedad 0 – Real Madrid 2 (Friendly, August 15, 2009) Karim Benzema was left unmarked in front of goal in the 49th minute to redirect the rebound from Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick under Claudio Bravo after the Sociedad keeper had failed to hold on to the shot. Late substitute Wesley Sneijder sealed it after curling a free-kick around the wall and past the outstretched Bravo in the first minute of injury time.
Cologne 1 – Wolfsburg 3 (Bundesliga, August 15, 2009) Cologne’s Fabrice Ehret had given his side a first-half lead after pouncing on a rare mistake in the champions’ defence, but a 73rd minute strike from Edin Dzeko and an own goal from Cologne’s Pierre Wome just a minute later put Wolfsburg ahead before Obafemi Martins struck the killer third.
Bayern Munich 1 – Werder Bremen 1 (Bundesliga, August 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Diego who? Werder’s new superstar playmaker Mesut Ozil toe-poked the visitors into a halftime lead at Bayern. Midway through the second half Mario Gomez drew Bayern level from close-range.
Hamburg 4 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, August 15, 2009) Hamburg came out the traps at home to Dortmund, taking a fourth minute lead with an og from Patrick Owomoyela. A looping header from Nelson Valdez brought Borussia level inside sixty seconds but Hamburg soon regained the lead through quick-fire goals from Ze Roberto and Jose Paolo Guerrero. Marcus Berg opened his HSV account since his arrival from Holland adding the fourth after the break. (Eljero Elia’s individual highlights can be seen here.)
Hannover 1 – Mainz 1 (Bundesliga, August 15, 2009) Mainz’s forward Aristide Bance put the Bundesliga newbies ahead early in the second half, Jiri Stajner drawing Hannover level from the spot three minutes later.
Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, August 15, 2009) Stefan Kiessling grabbed the only goal of the game after 67 minutes to hand Leverkusen all three points.
Stuttgart 4 – Freiburg 2 (Bundesliga, August 15, 2009) Pavel Pogrebnyak put Markus Babbel’s side on their way after 53 minutes, before Elson added a second from the penalty spot on 65 minutes. Mohammadou Idrissou pulled one back for Freiburg on 70 minutes, but Elson was on target again six minutes later. Idrissou bagged his second of the game five minutes from time, but it was not enough as Julian Schieber wrapped things up in the final minute.
Sochaux 2 – Bordeaux 3 (Ligue 1, August 15, 2009) Sought-after striker Marouane Chamakh will have kept up English interest in his services after heading Bordeaux ahead at Sochaux. Wendel grabbed his second goal in as many games to double the visitors’ lead at the break. In the second half a brace from American striker Charlie Davies proved inconsequential as Marouane Chamakh netted a third for Laurent Blanc’s reigning champions.
Lens 2 – Auxerre 0 (Ligue 1, August 15, 2009) Kevin Monnet-Paquet benefitted from a knock-down in the box to fire Lens in front against Auxerre. Razak Boukari sealed the win with a low arrowed shot in the second half.
PSG 3 – Le Mans 1 (Ligue 1, August 15, 2009) Thorstein Helstad stunned the home side with a 21st minute goal but Mevlut Erdinc levelled before halftime and a Frederic Thomas own goal gave PSG the edge, before Ludovic Giuly made the points safe eight minutes from time.
Lorient 2 – Montpellier 2 (Ligue 1, August 15, 2009) Alberto Costa broke the deadlock with a goal on his debut just before the hour mark and Emir Spahic doubled Montpellier’s lead in the 66th minute. Kevin Gameiro pulled one back just two minutes later and Laurent Kolscielny stole a share of the points for his side deep into stoppage time.
Nancy 4 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, August 15, 2009) Two goals from Paul Alo’o Efoulou as well as contributions from Issiar Dia and Andre Luiz sealed the victory for the Tomblaine-based side.
Toulouse 3 – St. Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, August 15, 2009)
RKC Waalwijk 0 – AZ Alkmaar 6 (Eredivisie, August 15, 2009) After Moussa Dembele controlled the play down the AZ left hand side, he threaded a pass through to Mounir El Hamdaoui who scored past the Waalwijk keeper. After the break Moussa Dembele cracked in a high shot for number two. Midway through the second half, El Hamdaoui scored his second of the night before Martens netted twice (first and second) and substitute Jeremain Lens scored in the final 15 minutes.
ADO Den Haag 0 – FC Twente 1 (Eredivisie, August 15, 2009) Blaise Nkufo scored a 64th minute goal to earn Steve McClaren’s Twente an away win which put them top of the Dutch league.
Heerenveen 1 – Vitesse Arnhem 0 (Eredivisie, August 15, 2009) Hernan Losada’s 13th minute goal was enough for Heerenveen to pick up a first win of the Eredivisie season.
Sparta 2 – Willem II 1 (Eredivisie, August 15, 2009)Â Bart Biemans put Willem II ahead on 16 minutes, but Kevin Strootman levelled on the hour mark and Rydell Poepon grabbed the winner five minutes later.
Nacional 1 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Superliga, August 15, 2009) Francisco Jairo scored at both ends, his opener putting Nacional ahead after 26 minutes but his own goal with 15 minutes to go denying his side a memorable win.
Braga 1 – Academica Coimbra 0 (Superliga, August 15, 2009) Albert Ze Meyong scored the winner with just three minutes to go, and Academica’s frustration boiled over late on with Paulo Sergio seeing red in the 89th minute.
Roeselare 1 – Standard Liege 5 (Jupiler League, August 15, 2009) Milan Jovanovic put Standard ahead with a 17th minute penalty after Brian Vandenbussche had been sent off for their opponents. Samir El Gaaouiri levelled midway through the first half, but a Mehdi Gonzalez brace before the break and two more from Jovanovic after it gave the defending champions victory.
Anderlecht 3 – Westerlo 0 (Jupiler League, August 15, 2009) Jelle Van Damme opened the scoring in the 28th minute and Matias Suarez doubled the hosts’ advantage a minute before the break. Mbark Boussoufa added a third in the 73rd minute.
KV Mechelen 2 – Club Brugge 1 (Jupiler League, August 15, 2009)
Galatasaray 4 – Denizlispor 1 (Super Lig, August 15, 2009) Emil Angelov gave the visitors the lead in the 39th minute, but Harry Kewell equalised from the spot on the stroke of halftime and Arda Turan put Gala in front on the hour mark. Kewell’s second penalty of the night and an own goal from Ahmet Solakel sealed the result for Frank Rijkaard’s men.
Trabzonspor 1 – Diyarbakirspor 2 (Super Lig, August 15, 2009) Remzi Giray Kacar put the hosts in front in the 35th minute, but Thierry Tazemeta levelled matters in the 69th minute before the visitors snatched all three points with only moments remaining.
Hammarby 2 – Elfsborg 3 (Allsvenskan, August 15, 2009) Stefan Ishizaki gave the visitors the lead in the 18th minute, but it lasted just three minutes before Andreas Dahl levelled from the spot. Anders Svensson restored Elfsborg’s advantage three minutes from the interval and Ishizaki appeared to seal the win with his second six minutes from time. But Rafael Magalhaes pulled one back two minutes later to set up a nervy finale. Elfsborg are now a point above Gothenburg, who have a game in hand, while Hammarby remain in relegation trouble.
Kalmar 1 – Gefle 1 (Allsvenskan, August 15, 2009) Daniel Mendes put the hosts ahead shortly before the hour mark, but Yannick Bapupa levelled matters in the 76th minute.
Rosenborg 2 – Bodo Glimt 0 (Tippeligaen, August 15, 2009) Rosenborg stayed top of Norway thanks to second half goals from Lustig and Steffen Iverson.
Sion 3 – Zurich 3 (Swiss Super League, August 15, 2009) Sion moved ahead through Nicolas Marin after eight minutes, Xavier Margairaz equalised for Zurich five minutes from the break, but the hosts regained the lead with goals from Goran Obradovic (42) and Alvaro Dominguez’s 55th minute penalty. Hannu Tihinen pulled a goal back for Zurich after 72 minutes to give them hope beforeJohan Vonlanthen scored an equalising penalty two minutes from time.
St. Gallen 1 – Bellinzona 1 (Swiss Super League, August 15, 2009) Bellinzona striker Mauro Lustrinelli put the visitors ahead after 56 minutes before Moreno Costanzo levelled matters eight minutes later.
Wurmla 0 – Austria Vienna 4 (OFB Cup, August 15, 2009) Acimovic scored a brace in the win.
Jagiellonia Bialystok 2 – Korona Kielce 0 (Ekstraklasa, August 15, 2009)
CFR Cluj 1 – Otelul 0 (Liga I, August 15, 2009) A wonderful solo effort from Lacina Traore was enough for Cluj to claim victory.
Jagodina 0 – Red Star Belgrade 3 (Serbian Super League, August 15, 2009) A Lekic double and a super strike from Blazic gave Red Star the win.
NK Zagreb 2 – NK Lokomotiva 4 (1. HNL, August 14, 2009)
Gold Coast 5 – North Queensland Fury 0 (A-League, August 15, 2009) In the battle of the new Aussie franchises Gold Coast ran rampant with Shane Smeltz grabbing four goals in the process.
Melbourne Victory 3 – Brisbane Roar 3 (A-League, August 15, 2009) The Roar led by two goals before the 25-minute mark but the reigning champions fought their way back thanks to two brilliant goals from Carlos Hernandez.
Gamba Osaka 1 – Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (J-League, August 15, 2009) Gamba stole the points courtesy of Ryuji Bando’s 90th minute winner.
Kashima Antlers 1 – Oita Trinita 0 (J-League, August 15, 2009) Masahiko Inoha’s first half goal maintained Kashima’s strangehold on the top flight, the Antlers eight points clear at the top.
Kyoto Sanga FC 1 – Yamagata 0 (J-League, August 15, 2009) Kyoto consolidated their midtable position with Lee Jung-Soo’s 73rd minute winner.
Avai 2 – Nautico 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 15, 2009) Eltinho put Avai ahead, only for Nautico to level in the 53rd minute when Avai fullback Emerson accidentally headed the ball into the back of his own net. The hosts won the match late on thanks to Marquinhos’ 87th minute winner.
Palmeiras 1 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 15, 2009) Andre Lima’s opener for Botafogo was cancelled out by Danilo’s header.