Standard Liege 2 – Arsenal 3 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Arsenal was caught like a rabbit in the headlights in the opening minutes in Liege. From a third minute corner Eduardo foolishly backheeled a loose ball on the edge of his own box and Eliaquim Mangala scored from 18-yards out. And then came a hammer blow as Milan Jovanovic was clipped in the box by Gallas, the ref pointed to the spot and Jovanovic forced Mannone to pick the ball out of his net for the second time inside five hectic minutes. On the stroke of halftime Arsenal pulled themselves back into the match as Diaby fed Nicklas Bendtner in the box and the Dane found the far bottom corner with a low drive. In the 73rd Arsenal equalised, Cesc’s floated free-kick found Song (offside & handball) at the back-post and Thomas Vermaelen was able to stab the ball over the line. And then Arsenal took the lead as Eduardo converted a corner from the left to leave Standard broken.
Liverpool 1 – Debrecen 0 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In injury time at the end of the first half Liverpool struck against Debrecen, Benayoun played a ball forward to Torres who spun and shot on target, the keeper parried but Dirk Kuyt was on hand to tuck home the rebound.
Inter Milan 0 – Barcelona 0 (Champions League, September 16, 2009)It took Leo Messi just 80 seconds to force Cesar into a save as the pocket Argentine danced his way through on goal to fire a shot on target early doors. Messi closed out the half as he started it by forcing Cesar to tip over a shot. Barca felt they were denied a penalty when Dejan Stankovic appeared to handle a ball in the box while at death Chivu left Messi grounded after stamping on the Argentine’s foot.
Stuttgart 1 – Rangers 1 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Rangers only had themselves for conceding after 18 minutes in Stuttgart, Papac’s sloppy defending at left back let in Cacau, the forward advanced goalwards before teeing up Pavel Pogrebnyak to score. Although firmly outplayed, Rangers equalised in the 77th minute as Madjid Bougherra’s marauding run from the centre half saw the defender eventually strike a leveller into the near post. (Second half highlights here.)
Sevilla 2 – Unirea Urziceni 0 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) There is no hotter striker in world football at present than Luis Fabiano. The Brazilian forward handed Sevilla a halftime lead over Unirea by finding the bottom corner with a first time shot from 18-yards. Renato put the Spaniards 2-up with a second 20 minutes from time.
Lyon 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) The Viola were up aside it after Antonio Gilardino saw red on the stroke of halftime. Lyon made their extra numbers count in the 76th minute a Miralem Pjanic scored the winner after the Frenchman played their way through the Italian defence.
Dynamo Kiev 3 – Rubin Kazan 1 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A brilliant curling free-kick from Rubin’s Alekhandro Dominges sailed up and over the Kiev wall as the Russians took a 26th minute lead. (First half highlights here.) Kiev turned the match on its head with a terrific second half fightback, Ayila Yussuf equalised with 20 minutes remaining, Gerson Magrao then put the Ukrainians in front and Oleg Gusev completed a brilliant 15 spell to leave Kazan beaten.
Derby 2 – Barnsley 3 (Championship, September 15, 2009) Although Derby took the lead through Rob Hulse, the visitors showed spirit and character to hit back through Adam Hamill and second-half goals from Andy Gray and Anderson Silva sealed the points. Shaun Barker headed Derby’s second but, by then, a large section of the Derby fans had headed for the exits.
Helsingborg 1 – IFK Gothenburg 3 (Svenska Cupen, September 16, 2009)
Denizlispor 1 – Sivasspor 1 (Super Lig, September 16, 2009)
Bnei Yehuda 0 – Beitar Jerusalem 0 (Toto Cup, September 16, 2009)
Coritiba 1 – Corinthians 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 16, 2009) Jailton’s opener midway through the first half for Coritiba was cancelled out by Dentinho in the 50th minute.
Velez Sarsfield 1 – Boca Juniors 0 (Agg. 2-1) (Copa Sudamericana, September 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A 60th-minute strike by Jonathan Cristaldo gave Ricardo Gareca’s Velez a 2-1 aggregate victory, while Boca played the final seven minutes without red-carded striker Martin Palermo.
Botafogo 3 – Atletico Paranaense 2 (Agg. 3-2) (Copa Sudamericana, September 16, 2009) Goals by Lucio Flavio (penalty), Gabriel and Wellington gave Botafogo a 3-2 win over Paranaense. Wesley and Nei were on target for Atletico.
Goias 1 – Atletico Mineiro 1 (Agg. 1-1) (Pens. 6-5) Junior had put Atletico Mineiro ahead in the 70th minute, but Felipe equalised with a penalty six minutes later.
W. Connection 2 – Pumas 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 16, 2009) W Connection, winless after two matches, scored first in the 21st minute with a fine goal from Jonathan Fana Frias. The drama began in the 87th minute when a corner caused chaos in the Connection defence before Victor Rosales rifled home the equaliser. W Connection retook the lead two minutes later when Renato Pereira rose highest to a left corner, but in the first minute of injury time Pumas again levelled Francisco Palencia grabbed a dramatic leveller.
Pachuca 2 – Houston Dynamo 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 16, 2009) Pachuca opened in the 25th, Edgar Benitez did very well to bring down a ball over the top and hold off defender Bobby Boswell before placing in the far corner. Paul Aguilar sealed the win with a second 15 minutes from time.