VIDEO: Arsenal’s Merida stars in Spain rout of Tahiti; Bochum win at Nurnberg; Braga leave it late to stay 100%

Nurnberg 0 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, September 25, 2009) Frank Heinemann secured his first win as Bochum coach thanks to Diego Klimowicz’s early strike at Nurnberg.

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Olhanense 0 – Braga 1 (Superliga, September 25, 2009) A 94th-minute goal from Alan kept up Braga’s remarkable 100% start to the new season. Braga had to play the second half with just 10-men as keeper Ventura gave away a penalty and was sent off on the stroke of halftime, but Meyong missed the resulting spot kick and Olhanense were eventually punished.

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Genclerbirligi 2 – Trabzonspor 2 (Super Lig, September 25, 2009) Drago Gabric and Gustavo Colman fired Trabzonspor into a 2-goal lead before a goal in each half from Labinot Harbuzi and Bilal Cubukcu pulled the hosts level.

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Rubin Kazan 1 – Amkar Perm 2 (Russian Premier League, September 25, 2009) After Alekhandro Dominges had put Rubin into an early lead, goals from Predrag Sikimic and the brilliantly named Georgi Peev turned the match in Amkar’s favour.

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Dynamo Kiev 2 – Zorya 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, September 25, 2009) After Milevsky scored a first half penalty, a stunning scissors-kick from Tiberiu Ghioane sealed the win for the hosts.

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NK Zagreb 0 – Sibenik 2 (1. HNL, September 25, 2009)

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Banfield 2 – Newells Old Boys 1 (Apertura, September 25, 2009) Newell’s took a 1-0 lead in the 65th when Cristian Sanchez Prette found the net, but Banfield equalised two minutes later with a penalty from Santiago Silva. Jamie Rodriguez cracked home the winner for Banfield in the 72nd minute with a powerful shot from 25-yards that rocketed into the top corner.

Godoy Cruz 2 – Argentinos Juniors 4 (Apertura, September 25, 2009) Gabriel Hauche scored a hat-trick to lead Argentine Juniors over Godoy Cruz. Ismael Sosa added the other for Juniors.

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Spain 8 – Tahiti 0 (FIFA Under-20 World Cup, September 25, 2009) Arsenal’s Fran Merida starred as Spain thrashed minnows Tahiti. Aaron Niguez, Emilio Nsue and Kike each scored twice, Fran Merida thumped in another from 25-yards in the 74th minute and Kike came off the bench to grab two late on, before Ander Herrera completed the rout in the 88th.

Nigeria 0 – Venezuela 1 (FIFA Under-20 World Cup, September 25, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Venezuela shot down the Flying Eagles thanks to a goal on the stroke of halftime from Jonathan Del Valle which the Nigerian keeper should have done better with.

Paraguay 0 – Italy 0 (FIFA Under-20 World Cup, September 25, 2009) The young Azzurri side, despite having the better start, ended up on the back foot, with the Paraguayans perhaps feeling somewhat unlucky not to have scored.