Arsenal 2 – Liverpool 1 (Carling Cup, October 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Fran Merida (“the new Cesc Fabregas”) opened the scoring with a blistering strike on 19 minutes, it was the Spaniards first ever goal for the Arsenal first team.Â It took Liverpool only seven minutes to reply with an even better long range effort, Emiliano Insua unleashing a left-footed rocket that gave Fabianski no chance. Minutes after the break Nicklas Bendtner put the Gunners into the lead again, finishing well after a long spell of passing.
Chelsea 4 – Bolton 0 (Carling Cup, October 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda scored to give Chelsea a comfortable half-time lead before Deco’s strike and a last minute header from Didier Drogba took Ancelotti’s side’s tally to 13 goals from their last three games.
Manchester City 5 – Scunthorpe 1 (Carling Cup, October 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Stephen Ireland gave City the lead before Jonathan Forte leveled for the visitors. But City were ahead by halftime through Roque Santa Cruz, and second-half goals from Joleon Lescott, Carlos Tevez and Michael Johnson sealed their passage.
Blackburn 5 – Peterborough 2 (Carling Cup, October 27, 2009)Â Morten Gamst Pedersen curled home a magnificent free-kick on four minutes, only for Chris Whelpdale to nod in an equaliser 13 minutes later following good work from Tommy Rowe. Posh were then reduced to ten men when keeper Joe Lewis was sent off for bringing down Pedersen and Steven Reid converted the resulting penalty. Blackburn were pegged back to 2-2 as George Boyd fired in a terrific effort on 50 minutes, but Michel Salgado restored their lead with his first goal for the club seven minutes later. Benni McCarthy then gave Rovers a two-goal cushion after 72 minutes and Nikola Kalinic scored from the penalty spot.
Sunderland 0 – Aston Villa 0* (Pens. 1-3) (Carling Cup, October 27, 2009) The Black Cats had the opportunity to win it in normal time when Carlos Cuellar was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area, but Kenwyne Jones’ weak penalty was kept out by Brad Guzan. Guzan then saved three more spot-kicks in the shoot-out to spark Villa celebrations and condemn Sunderland to the narrowest of defeats.
Portsmouth 4 – Stoke 0 (Carling Cup, October 27, 2009) Frederic Piquionne broke the deadlock with a header from Nadir Belhadj’s left-wing cross on 17 minutes and the French striker then turned provider for Danny Webber to score early in the second half. Piquionne grabbed his second of the evening just before the hour mark and Kanu got in on the act with nine minutes remaining.
Celtic 0 – Hearts 1 (CIS Insurance Cup, October 28, 2009) A penalty from Michael Stewart was enough to send Hearts through to the semi-finals of the cup at the expense of Celtic.
Cultural Leonesa 0 – Barcelona 2 (Copa del Rey, October 28, 2009) Pedro, probably Barcelona’s best player so far this season, claimed a brace to see the holders avoid an upset that befell Real Madrid the night before. The opener came on 41 and was a blasted finish after good work from Krkic and the second came just after the hour mark.
Getafe 2 – Espanyol 0 (Copa del Rey, October 28, 2009) Getafe secured a 2-nil win over Espanyol thanks to second-half goals from Juan Angel Albin and Jaime Gavilan.
Celta Vigo 2 – Tenerife 1 (Copa del Rey, October 28, 2009)
Rayo Vallecano 2 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (Copa del Rey, October 28, 2009) Segunda Liga side Rayo Vallecano shocked Athletic Bilbao 2-0 to put them in pole position to reach the next round.
Xerez 1 – Osasuna 2 (Copa del Rey, October 28, 2009) Sergio and Dady were on the mark for Osasuna with Giancarlo Maldonado finding the net for Xerez.
Zaragoza 1 – Malaga 1 (Copa del Rey, October 28, 2009) Malaga earned a 1-1 draw with fellow La Liga side Real Zaragoza as Apono’s penalty cancelled out Angel Lafita’s opener for Zaragoza.
Real Murcia 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (Copa del Rey, October 28, 2009)
Juventus 5 – Sampdoria 1 (Serie A, October 28, 2009)Â Amauri gave Juventus the lead against high flying Sampdoria when the ball fell invitingly from a corner, Giorgio Chiellini doubled the lead three minutes before the break. Early in the second half Juve added a third from Mauro Camoranesi after good work by Giovinco and then goal scorer turned provider for Amauri to head home his second of the match. Serial goal scorer Giamapolo Pazzini pulled one back before David Trezeguet completed the rout late on.
NapoliÂ 2 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, October 28, 2009) A resurgent AC Milan made a blistering start at Napoli and looked to have won the match in the opening six minutes. Seedorf played in Pippo Inzaghi for the opener on three minutes and then Alexandre Pato doubled the lead when given a huge amount of freedom. Napoli salvaged a remarkable draw thanks to Luca Cigarini’s 90th-minute volley and German Denis’s stoppage-time header.
Parma 2 – Bari 0 (Serie A, October 28, 2009) It took almost an hour to open the scoring, but Valeri Bojinov’s incredible strike was certainly worth waiting for. Alberto Paloschi then doubled the lead, showing good strength to hold off a challenge before beating the keeper.
Lazio 0 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, October 28, 2009) Alessandro Matri put the visitors in front in the 50th minute, and the Biancocelesti proved incapable of finding an equaliser.
Udinese 2 – Roma 1 (Serie A, October 28, 2009) Floro Flores headed Udinese in front from Gaetano D’Agostino’s free-kick on 21 minutes, but Daniele De Rossi levelled from close range three minutes before half-time. Roma were reduced to 10 men on 48 minutes when Rodrigo Taddei was sent off before Udinese’s Dusan Basta was shown a second yellow card on 78 minutes. With six minutes to go Udinese stole the points when Floro Flores headed home Alexis Sanchez’s corner.
Bologna 2 – Siena 1 (Serie A, October 28, 2009) Adailton broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with a shot from outside the area, moments after he had fired a free-kick against the crossbar. Pablo Daniel Osvaldo headed Bologna 2-0 in front just before the hour and Adailton hit the bar again for the hosts on 63 minutes. Siena did set up a nervy finale when substitute Emanuele Calaio headed in Massimo Maccarone’s cross, but the home side held on.
Genoa 2 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, October 28, 2009) Raffaele Palladino put Genoa ahead two minutes before half-time, and Fiorentina duo Riccardo Montolivo and Alessandro Gamberini were thwarted by the post before the equaliser arrived on 63 minutes. Marco Marchionni finished from Manuel Pasqual’s pass, but Mesto made a quick impact after coming off the bench to net the winner on 73 minutes.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – Bayern Munich 4 (DFB Pokal, October 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Miroslav Klose scored twice as Bayern Munich claimed a convincing victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, Luca Toni and Thomas Muller were also on target for Bayern.
Werder Bremen 3 – Kaiserslautern 0 (DFB Pokal, October 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Holders Werder Bremen beat second division Kaiserslautern 3-0 with Petri Pasanen and Tim Borowski netting in the first half and Torsten Oehrl making sure of their quarter-final spot.
AZ Alkmaar 5 – Spakenburg 2 (AET) (KNVB Beker, October 28, 2009) Thijs Houwing fired the amateurs in front after six minutes, but goals from Pontus Wernbloom and Stijn Schaars looked to have sent AZ through until Christy Bonevacia’s last-minute equaliser took the match beyond the 90 minutes. Ronald Koeman’s men then came to life with strikes from Wernbloom, Nick van der Velden and Mounir El Hamdaoui.
NEC 2 – Excelsior 1 (AET) (KNVB Beker, October 28, 2009) An extra-time goal from Youssef El Akchaoui secured a 2-1 for NEC Nijmegen over Excelsior.
FC Twente 3 – Capelle 0 (KNVB Beker, October 28, 2009) Luuk de Jong scored twice as Eredivisie leaders FC Twente ended the challenge of amateurs Capelle.
Vitesse 1 – Groningen 5 (KNVB Beker, October 28, 2009) Thomas Enevoldsen, Leandro Bacuna, Fredrik Stenman, Andreas Granqvist and Goran Lovre all found the target for Groningen with Onur Kaya grabbing a late consolation for the hosts.
Baronie 1 – Excelsior Maassluis 0 (KNVB Beker, October 28, 2009)
Gemert 2 – WHC 2* (Pens 3-4) (KNVB Beker, October 28, 2009)
Heerenveen 4 – RBC Roosendaal 2 (KNVB Beker, October 28, 2009)
Galatasaray 2 – Bucaspor 1 (Turkiye Kupasi, October 28, 2009)
Eordaikos 0 – Panathinaikos 3 (Greek Cup, October 28, 2009) A first half double, including an overhead-kick, from Ante Rukavina and a superb Sotiris Ninis free-kick sealed Pana’s victory.
AIK Stockholm 1 – Orebro 1 (Allsvenskan, October 28, 2009) Martin Kayongo put AIK in front after 57 minutes against Orebro, who equalised when goalkeeper Daniel Orlund turned into his own net after 70 minutes.
Orgryte 1 – Elfsborg 1 (Allsvenskan, October 28, 2009) Elfsborg, for their part, lie in third place after a 1-1 draw at Orgryte, the hosts’ Pavel Zavadil scoring after 83 minutes to cancel out James Keene’s first-half opener.
Trelleborg 4 – Hammarby 2 (Allsvenskan, October 28, 2009) Trelleborg beat bottom club Hammarby 4-2, with Fredrik Jensen, Kristian Haynes, Magnus Andersson and Joakim Sjohage all on target. The result sees Hammarby relegated from the top flight, with the Stockholm club now four points from safety.
Hajduk Split 5 – Moslavina 1 (Croatian Cup, October 28, 2009)
Vinogradar 1 – Dinamo Zagreb 4 (Croatian Cup, October 28, 2009)
FC Zurich 2 – FC Basel 2 (Swiss Super League, October 28, 2009) Basel fell behind eight minutes after the break through Onyekachi Okonkwo, but turned the game round courtesy of strikes from Benjamin Huggel (61) and Valentin Stocker (63). But Milan Gajic, who had been on the pitch only a minute, levelled four minutes from time, meaning Basel could narrow the gap between themselves and Young Boys to only six points.
St. Gallen 1 – Grasshoppers 0 (Swiss Super League, October 28, 2009) Mario Frick’s goal gave St Gallen a 1-0 win over Grasshoppers.
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – Dynamo Kiev 0 (Ukrainian Cup, October 28, 2009)
Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 – Al-Ittihad 2 (Agg. 3-8) (Asian Champions League second leg, October 28, 2009) Al-Ittihad defender Saleh-Fahad Alsaqri scored in the 43rd minute and midfielder Amine Chermite doubled the lead early in the second half to give the Saudi Arabian team an unassailable lead. The J-Leaguers did get on the scoresheet though as Keita Sugimoto cracked home an incredible overhead-volley from an acute angle midway through the second half.
Umm-Salal 1 – Pohang Steelers 2 (Agg. 1-4) (Asian Champions League second leg, October 28, 2009) Stevica Ristik scored in the 55th minute and No Byungjun in the 59th for South Korean’s Pohang, Ebrahima Nadiya scored from a late free-kick for Umm-Salal.
Sao Paulo 1 – Internacional 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 28, 2009) Washington scored the winner from a corner three-minutes into first-half injury time, giving Sao Paulo its second consecutive win with six matches to go.
Gremio 3 – Avai 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 28, 2009) Argentine striker Maxi Lopez scored to help seventh-place Gremio defeat Avai 3-1 at Olimpico stadium. Gremio played a man down from the 33rd after former Barca and Boro midfielder Fabio Rochemback was sent off for a sliding tackle.
Barueri 2 – Flamengo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 28, 2009) Flamengo’s 10-match unbeaten streak ended with a 2-0 away loss to Barueri, a result that dropped the five-time national champion to sixth on the table, four points off the lead.
Cruzeiro 3 – Santo Andre 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 28, 2009) Cruzeiro kept its title hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Santo Andre thanks to two late goals at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Ecuadorean striker Joffre Guerron scored Cruzeiro’s first goal, helping the team move to fifth in the standings, four points behind Sao Paulo.
Botafogo 1 – Nautico 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 28, 2009) Botafogo left the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Nautico, thanks to a 72nd-minute winner by defender Juninho from a penalty.
Vitoria 0 – Corinthians 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 28, 2009) Argentine midfielder Matias Defederico scored his first goal since joining Corinthians in a 1-0 win over Vitoria at Salvador.
Atletico Paranaense 1 – Santos 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 28, 2009)
Independiente 3 – Colon 2 (Apertura, October 28, 2009) Nestor Silvera scored the first goal at the new Libertadores de America stadium, but Federico Nieto equalised in the 35th for his seventh goal of the season. Piatti gave Independiente a halftime lead when he ran through the defence to score in the 43rd and scored again in the 72nd in another breakaway, weaving past keeper Diego Pozo and defender Ariel Garce before shooting into the open net. By the time of Independiente’s third, Colon striker and captain Esteban Fuertes had been sent off for elbowing. Midfielder Alfredo Ramirez pulled another goal back in the 89th minute.
Gimnasia La Plata 0 – Banfield 1 (Apertura, October 28, 2009) Banfield, who won with a 10th goal for Uruguayan striker Santiago Silva, the championship’s top scorer, are second.
San Lorenzo 3 – Arsenal 2 (Apertura, October 28, 2009)
Huracan 1 – Rosario Central 0 (Apertura, October 28, 2009)