Chelsea 2 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, October 4, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea and Liverpool played out a very tight encounter during the first half (highlights here), the Reds have a couple of decent penalty shouts while the Blues had the lion’s share of possession. Just before the hour Chelsea struck, Mascherano was tackled by Lampard in the centre of the park, Essien fed Deco and in turn the ball advanced to Drogba who crossed for Nicolas Anelka to convert a quick counter-attack. In Injury time the Pensioners killed the game, Drogba rolled Aurellio by the corner flag before teeing up Florent Malouda for the killer second.
Arsenal 6 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, October 4, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Against the script Arsenal conceded early doors to Rovers, Paul Robinson lumped a ball into the Gunners’ area where Vermaelen was beaten to the header by Steven N’Zonzi, who looped the ball over a stranded Mannone for 1-nil. The North Londoners rallied through there top scorer in the 16th minute, Thomas Vermaelen carried the ball upfield before a series pass saw Cesc lay the ball off to the Belgian who smacked home a sweet left-footer 18-yards out. On the half hour Blackburn retook the lead, Robbo was forced into a one-handed save from Fabregas and immediately Blackburn attacked with David Dunn benefitting from a wicked deflection to score. Far too easily Arsenal levelled inside 120 seconds, Fabregas was given time and space to pick out Van Persie in the box and the Dutchman thrashed home for 2-2. The goal-rush continued although this time Arsenal struck, Cesc played in Andrei Arshavin in an almost identical position to RVP minutes earlier and the Russian made no mistake. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes into the second half Arsenal opened up a 2-goal cushion as the superb Cesc Fabregas eases a left-footed shot into past Robinson. There was still time for two of Arsenal’s subs to get on the scoresheet, a free-flowing attack was finished by the returning Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner scored a stunning sixth at the death. (Second half highlights here.)
Everton 1 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, October 4, 2009) Robert Huth’s header five minutes after the break gave Stoke the lead from a corner. Everton rallied, and extended their unbeaten run to six games when stand-in skipper Leon Osman lashed home the equaliser from the edge of the box.
West Ham 2 – Fulham 2 (Premier League, October 4, 2009)Â (MOTD highlights here.) Carlton Cole nodded the Hammers ahead only for the goal to be cancelled out by a Danny Murphy penalty and a Zoltan Gera strike after the Cottagers had debutant Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off. Junior Stanislas’ late intervention rescued a point for the hosts after an afternoon of drama at Upton Park.
Rangers 2 – Celtic 1 (SPL, October 4, 2009) Rangers had a perfect start to the Old Firm derby, Kenny Miller raced away from the Celtic backline to score after 7 minutes before Miller notched number two just after the quarter hour after again turning the Bhoys defence too easily to score. The Gers did hit back soon after through an Aiden McGeady penalty after 25 minutes. A fine save from Artur Boruc from Nacho Novo late on saved Celtic’s blushes further.
Newcastle 0 – Bristol City 0 (Championship, October 3, 2009)
Reading 0 – Middlesbrough 2 (Championship, October 3, 2009) Sean St Ledger had put Boro ahead with a deflected header from Adam Johnson’s corner, before Leroy Lita’s superb effort secured a first win in four games.
Peterborough 1 – Nottingham Forest 2 (Championship, October 3, 2009) Posh took the lead in the 50th minute when Aaron McLean headed home, but before the celebrations had ended Forest were level when Radoslaw Majewski scored direct from a free-kick from an acute angle. Just five minutes later Paul Anderson netted from close range as Forest scalped the points.
Millwall 5 – Tranmere 0 (League One, October 3, 2009) Tranmere boss John Barnes saw the pressure increase after a thumping defeat at Millwall as James Henry hit a hat-trick for the hosts, while headers from Andy Frampton and Steve Morison completed the rout to leave beleaguered Barnes clinging on to his job.
Sevilla 2 – Real Madrid 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) The home side confirmed their title credentials with a victory in a tachnically excellent game. Jesus Navas slammed a headed opener for Sevila. After Casillas had made a quite incredible save, Pepe equalised for Galacticos 2.0, but Renato popped up with the winner minutes later.
Racing Santander 0 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Serbian striker Nikola Zigic came back to haunt old club Racing Santander on Sunday, coming off the bench to score a 60th minute winner for Los Che.
Xerez 1 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) After a 62-year wait promoted Xerez registered their first ever goal in the Spanish top-flight. Argentine Emilio Armenteros had the honour of netting the historic goal a minute after the break, and Xerez looked to be heading for their first ever victory in the top division but conceded an 84th minute equaliser and stay bottom of the table on two points.
Sporting Gijon 4 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Jose Marti put Mallorca ahead from the penalty spot on 12 minutes but Gijon scored three times in 10 minutes to turn the game on its head as the Islanders collapsed.
Valladolid 2 – Athletic Bilbao 2 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Athletic Bilbao took an early lead at Real Valladolid but had defender Ustaritz sent off in the 22nd minute and Diego Costa equalised for the home side on the hour. Athletic striker Fernando Llorente was taken to hospital for tests after he received a blow to the head in the first half. In four frantic minutes late in the second period, Nivaldo put the home side in front, Valladolid defender Alberto Marcos was dismissed for a second yellow card, before Athletic’s 16-year-old striker Iker Munian made history to be the youngest ever top flight goalscorer to level 2-2. Nivaldo was shown a straight red at the death.
Getafe 2 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Getafe held on for a 2-1 win over Osasuna at Coliseum Alfonso Perez thanks to goals from Daniel Diaz and Pedro Leon. Carlos Aranda had levelled for the visitors on 62 minutes but they could not hold on for a valuable point.
Villarreal 0 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Espanyol defender Juan Forlin was shown a straight red card when he hauled Giuseppe Rossi down in the 14th minute with the Italian striker clean through on goal. The home side had a slew of chances but Espanyol’s Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni was inspired and Villarreal remain mired in 19th place with three points from six matches.
PalermoÂ 2 – JuventusÂ 0 (Serie A, October 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Late in the first-half the home side scored two goals in five minutes to down the Old Lady. Edinson Cavani andÂ Fabio Simplicio were the goal scorers.
Atalanta 1 – AC Milan 1 (Serie A, October 4, 2009) There was another head-in-hand moment for AC Milan after 21 minutes at Atalanta after a right wing-cross bounced initially around the penalty spot, where not one of three defenders were able to clear, allowing Simone Tiribocchi to score unmarked at the back stick. With another awful defeat looming eight minutes from time Milan levelled, Nesta dinked a fantastic ball into Ronaldinho just inside the box box and the Brazilian controlled on his chest and volleyed home the equaliser.
Roma 2 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, October 4, 2009) A neat turn and shot from Ezequiel Lavezzi put Napoli in the lead at Roma after 25 minutes, but the Giallorosso levelled before the break as Francesco Totti stuck out an opportunist leg to score from a Vucinic cross. A brilliant low 20-yard drive from Totti put Roma in the ascendancy just after the hour.
Bologna 1 – Genoa 3 (Serie A, October 4, 2009) Genoa struck early at Bologna through a 10th minute Houssine Kharja penalty, and ten minutes before the break Giuseppe Sculli doubled the visitors’ lead. A late Marco Di Vaio penalty offered Bologna hope, but they couldn’t find a late leveller as Alberto Zapater netted a third for Genoa.
Sampdoria 1 – Parma 1 (Serie A, October 4, 2009) A superbly directed header from Giampaolo Pazzini gave Samp the lead over Parma midway through the first half. Daniele Galloppa struck a low 18-yarder to pull the visitors back level.
Cagliari 1 – Chievo 2 (Serie A, October 4, 2009) The match came to life at the end of the first half, Alessandro Matri’s cute lob giving the hosts the lead which was soon chalked out by Michele Marcolini’s ripping left footed effort that tore into the near post. With 20 minutes remaining the Flying Donkeys took the lead as Marcolini, with the bit between his teeth, bundled the ball over the line.
Siena 0 – Livorno 0 (Serie A, October 4, 2009)
Fiorentina 0 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, October 4, 2009)
Stuttgart 0 – Werder Bremen 2 (Bundesliga, October 4, 2009) Claudio Pizarro gave Bremen the lead after just three minutes and Aaron Hunt made it 2-0 six minutes after half-time as Werder stretched their undefeated run to seven games.
Hertha Berlin 1 – Hamburg 3 (Bundesliga, October 4, 2009) Hertha actually led when Arne Friedrich headed them in front in the ninth minute, but that proved to be a false dawn as a Kaka own goal and two carbon-copy strikes, both the fault of errors from 19-year-oldÂ keeper Sascha Burchert, from David Jarolim and Ze Roberto sent Hamburg back to the top of the table and left Hertha rooted to the bottom.
Marseille 1 – Monaco 2 (Ligue 1, October 4, 2009) The visitors took control in the first half with goals from Nene and Park Chu-Young. Mamadou Niang pulled one back for Marseille with five minutes to go but they were unable to salvage a point.
Toulouse 0 – Lorient 1 (Ligue 1, October 4, 2009) Olivier Monterrubio kept his nerve to score a last-minute penalty and hand injury-ridden Lorient victory at Toulouse.
Boulogne 2 – Lille 3 (Ligue 1, October 4, 2009) Pierre-Alain Frau scored twice as Lille moved out of the relegation zone with a 3-2 win at Boulogne. Bira Dembele put Boulogne ahead only for Gervinho to equalise after 42 minutes. Jeremy Blayac restored the hosts’ advantage on the stroke of half-time but Frau’s second-half double secured Lille’s second win of the season.
Roda 2 – Ajax 2 (Eredivisie, October 4, 2009) Luis Suarez fired the Amsterdammers into the lead with a 23rd minute penalty, but Sutchuin Djoum levelled inside sixty seconds for Roda with a deflected shot into the far post. Ajax fell behind ten minutes into the second half as Boldizsar Bodor swept home a left-wing cross, but Martin Jol’s team came back to equalise as Luis Suarez curled home a fine free-kick. Urby Emanuelson was sent off in the final stages for Ajax.
Heracles 1 – FC Twente 3 (Eredivisie, October 4, 2009) The home side went ahead after eight minutes through Everton but Bryan Ruiz equalised before second half strikes from Blaise Nkufo and Theo Janssen settled it. Twente move top.
Heerenveen 1 – VVV Venlo 1 (Eredivisie, October 4, 2009) Michal Papadopoulos climbed off the bench to grab an injury-time equaliser as Heerenveen drew at home with VVV. The away side appeared set to take the points when Sandro Calabro scored with two minutes to go, only for substitute Papadopoulos to level in stoppage-time.
FC Utrecht 0 – PSV 0 (Eredivisie, October 4, 2009) PSV finished with 10 men following the 87th-minute sending-off of Balazs Dzsudzsak.
Olhanense 0 – Porto 3 (Superliga, October 4, 2009) Radamel Falcao put the visitors ahead after a quarter of an hour with Bruno Alves doubling the lead on the stroke of half-time. Falcao got a second five minutes from time to complete a comprehensive victory.
Sporting Lisbon 0 – Belenenses 0 (Superliga, October 4, 2009) Sporting lost ground on Porto after a goalless home draw with Belenenses left them five points adrift of second place and ten points behind leaders Braga.
Leixoes 3 – Uniao Leiria 2 (Superliga, October 4, 2009) Carlao put the visitors ahead in the 15th minute with Aro Leo levelling on the half-hour mark. A Nelson Benitez own goal restored Uniao Leiria’s lead but the sides were on level terms thanks to Ze Manel three minutes later. The game appeared to be heading for a draw before Hugo Morais’ dramatic winner.
Fenerbahce 3 – Genclerbirligi 0 (Super Lig, October 4, 2009)
Ankaragucu 3 – Galatasaray 0 (Super Lig, October 4, 2009) Darius Vassell’s Ankaragucu pulled off a fine late scalp of Gala with three strikes in the last seven minutes, Hurriyet Gucer’s third following a Glaa centre was the most memorable of the goals.
Standard Liege 1 – Racing Genk 0 (Jupiler League, October 4, 2009) A Milan Jovanovic penalty in the 57th minute proved the difference.
Club Brugge 4 – Anderlecht 2 (Jupiler League, October 4, 2009) Antolin Alcaraz put the hosts ahead after 16 minutes, Tom De Sutter leveled six minutes later but an own goal from Jelle Van Damme restored Brugge’s lead in minute 38th minute before Wesley Sonck to make it 3-1 a minute later. Ronald Vargas netted a fourth with seven minutes left in extra time, and De Sutter’s goal for 4-2 in the 92nd minute was nothing but a consolation goal.
Amkar Perm 1 – Spartak Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, October 4, 2009) Spartak closed the gap at the top with Rubin to just one point on Sunday. Martin Kushev fired Amkar into a 23rd minute lead with a simple lob over a stranded Spartak keeper. Second half goals from Weliton and Malik Deniz Fathi turned the match in the visitors’ favour.
Lokomotiv Moscow 2 – Rubin Kazan 1 (Russian Premier League, October 4, 2009) Peter Odemwingie opened up the reigning champions after just two minutes, and the Nigerian forward claimed his double in fortuitous circumstances after the Rubin keeper mistakenly smacked a clearance that rebounded of the striker. Lasha Salukvadze’s second half goal proved too little for league leaders Kazan.
Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – Dynamo Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, October 4, 2009)
Helsingborg 1 – Hacken 0 (Allsvenskan, October 4, 2009) An 87th minute winner from Henrik Larsson, his second in as many games, earned HIF the points.
Hammarby 1 – Brommapojkarna 0 (Allsvenskan, October 4, 2009)
Brondby 6 – Nordsjaelland 3 (SAS Ligaen, October 4, 2009) Morten Duncan Rasmussen netted four times for the home side to add to a Nenad Novakovic own goal and a late Peter Madsen strike. Stephan Petersen, Rawez Lawan and Nickie Nielsen scored for Nordsjaelland.
Aalesund 1 – Sandefjord 1 (Tippeligaen, October 4, 2009) Malick Mane made a 43rd-minute breakthrough for Sandefjord, however Pablo Barrantes grabbed an equalised two minutes later.
Arsenal Kiev 0 – Dynamo Kiev 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, October 4, 2009) An outstanding free-kick from forgotten-man Andriy Shevchenko put Dynamo ahead at Arsenal in the Kiev derby.
Dnipro Dpetrovsk 2 – Shakhtar Donetsk 2 (Ukrainian Premier League, October 4, 2009)
Gamba Osaka 4 – Omiya Ardija 1 (J-League, October 4, 2009) After falling a goal behind, Gamba came back strongly with a double from Hideo Hashimoto as they claimed the three points.
Kashima Antlers 0 – Albirex Niigata 1 (J-League, October 4, 2009) Niigata claimed a surprise win at Kashima courtesy of Richardes’ sliding finish just before the half hour.
Kawasaki Frontale 2 – Yokohama Marinos 0 (J-League, October 4, 2009)
Columbus Crew 0 – Seattle Sounders 1 (MLS, October 3, 2009)
DC United 0 – Chivas USA 2 (MLS, October 3, 2009)
Colorado Rapids 1 – New England Revolution 1 (MLS, October 3, 2009)
Boca Juniors 3 – Velez Sarsfield 2 (Apertura, October 4, 2009) Leandro Caruso had put Velez in front with goals in the 6th and 46th minutes, but Sebastian Battaglia drew Boca level for the first time in the 35th minute and Juan Roman Riquelme got a second equaliser in the 64th with a terrific strike. Martin Palermo scored a 73rd minute winner for Boca with an incredible 40-metre header that sent the home fans wild and was alsoÂ his 200th goal for the club.
San Lorenzo 2 – River Plate 1 (Apertura, October 4, 2009) River took the lead on the 30-minute mark when Diego Buonanotte buried a penalty after San Lorenzo goalkeeper Pablo Migliore appeared to trip Daniel Villalba, but Leandro Romagnoli and Bernardo Romeo scored in the last ten minutes to give San Lorenzo a home win.
Gimnasia La Plata 2 – Chacarita Juniors 0 (Apertura, October 4, 2009) Juan Cuevas and Lucas Landa helped Gimnasia La Plata to the win over Chacarita Juniors.
Lanus 1 – Godoy Cruz 0 (Apertura, October 4, 2009) Santiago Hoyos sealed a win for Lanus over Godoy Cruz with a goal just before halftime.
Santos 1 – Palmeiras 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 4, 2009) Luizinho put Santos ahead in the second half, but goals from Diego Souza, Robert and Vagner Love gave Palmeiras the win.
Avai 2 – Cruzeiro 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 4, 2009)
Flamengo 2 – Fluminense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 4, 2009) Adriano scored twice in 12 minutes early in the second half to lift Flamengo, unbeaten in six matches, into sixth place and push their “Fla-Flu” derby rivals deeper into relegation danger.
Coritiba 2 – Internacional 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 4, 2009) Marcos Aurelio and Thiago Gentil scored both of Coritiba’s goals in the second half.
Gremio 3 – Sport Recife 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 4, 2009)
Goias 1 – Botafogo 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 4, 2009)