VIDEO: Aston Villa claim a famous away win at Anfield; Sunderland hit Norwich for four in the Carling Cup; Real make light of Rosenborg

Liverpool 1 – Aston Villa 3 (Premier League, August 24, 2009) Liverpool came close to breaking the deadlock when Gerrard and Torres had chances saved off the line after ten minutes. Fernando Torres had an effort superbly saved by Brad Friedel just after the half hour, and then Villa when up the other end and saw Ashley Young’s free-kick go in off the head off Lucas Lieva. On the stroke of halftime Villa then took an incredible 2-nil lead as Curtis Davies headed home a corner at the near post. (First half highlights here.) Liverpool looked for a foothold in the game after the break, Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt (hit the post) coming close. Eventually the breakthrough came when Fernando Torres was able to turn home an Insua cross. But Villa immediately went up the other end, Stevie G recklessly took out Reo-Coker in the box and Ashley Young confidently slotted home the resulting penalty. (Liverpool’s missed chances can be seen here.)

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Norwich 1 – Sunderland 4 (Carling Cup, August 24, 2009) Teemu Tainio set the ball rolling after 26 minutes, and then Andy Reid netted a well-taken double to put the tie beyond Lambert’s men before halftime. Wes Hoolahan reduced the deficit just after the hour, only for Owain Tudur Jones to quickly deflect a corner into his own net.

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Real Madrid 4 – Rosenborg 0 (Friendly, August 24, 2009) Real Madrid tore through Rosenborg in the first half of their friendly. Karim Benzema opened for Los Blancos, Lassana Diarra cracked home a super second, and Benzema closed out a devastating first half hour with number three. Raul headed home number four at the start of the second half. Late on, Ruud van Nistelrooy marked his return from long term injury by coming on as a Real sub.

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Cesena 0 – Reggina 1 (Serie B, August 24, 2009)

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Werder Bremen 3 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, August 23, 2009) Bremen are now seventh after two goals from Claudio Pizarro and one from Naldo earned them a 3-0 win, their first of the season, at home against Gladbach.

Munich 1860 1 – Karlsruhe 3 (Bundesliga II, August 24, 2009)

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Belenenses 2 – Associacaio Naval 0 (Liga Sagres, August 24, 2009) The hosts opened the scoring in the 60th minute when Yontcha re-directed a Fredy cross with his chest. Belenenses sealed their win in added when midfielder Ivan Santos slotted a Yontcha pass with his left foot past Peiser.

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Diyarbakirspor 1 – Fenerbahce 3 (Super Lig, August 24, 2009) Despite falling behind to Alhassan Weah’s 20th minute effort, the visitors turned the match around with goals from Gokhan Gonul (super team goal), Colin Kazim-Kazim and a Semih Senturk penalty. Fernerbahce top the early standings along with Galatasaray, who also boast a 100% record so far.

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Trelleborg 4 – Halmstad 0 (Allsvenskan, August 24, 2009) Fredrik Jensen chipped in with a brace in the win.

Gefle 1 – Hammarby 0 (Allsvenskan, August 24, 2009) Gefle won thanks to an own goal in the 15th minute by Igor Armas.

Orgryte 1 – Malmo FF 0 (Allsvenskan, August 24, 2009) Rock-bottom Orgryte beat midtable Malmo to claim a crucial three points, Alex Perreira netting the solitary goal 27 minutes in.

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OB Odense 1 – Randers 0 (Tippeligaen, August 24, 2009) Odense maintained their unbeaten start to the SAS Liga season in Denmark with a 1-0 victory at home to Randers on Monday. Henrik Hansen scored the only goal moments after the interval to earn Odense their fourth win in six fixtures.

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Beitar Jerusalem 0 – Hapoel Tel Aviv 0 (Ligat ha’Al, August 24, 2009) Baitar’s league campaign got underway with a solid draw at home to title favorite Hapoel Tel Aviv.