Chelsea 5 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, October 24, 2009)Â (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.)Â The Blues needed 20 minute before moving ahead of Rovers as a low cross from the left by Anelka was turned into his own net by Gael Givet as the defender had Drogba waiting to pounce behind him. Frank Lampard narrowly missed with a header on the half hour. (First half highlights here.) At the start of the second half Frank Lampard crashed home number two minutes later the match was over as a spectacle as Michael Essien scored a curling 35-yard strike past Robinson, who should have done better. Rovers were then on the verge of embarrassment as Frank Lampard notched number four from the penalty spot. From a Ballack corner Didier Drogba then headed home number five.
Tottenham 0 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Jonathan Woodgate (before he was forced off injured) cleared an early Stoke attack amazingly off his own line, while after Spurs wereÂ dominant in the first half (highlights here) Beattie produced an equally brilliant goal-line clearance to deny a Peter Crouch header. Spurs continued to pressure the Potters in the second half without success, and five minutes from time Stoke completed the smash-and-grab as Fuller worked magic down the right before teeing up Glenn Whelan for a terrific finish into the far post.
Birmingham 2 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After Alex McLeish had put out the rally call earlier in the week, St. Andrews erupted ten minutes before the break as Liam Ridgewell headed in Birmingham’s opener against the Black Cats. Three minutes into the second half and the Blues were 2-up, James McFadden collecting a cute flick from Jerome just inside the box before the Scot steadied himself and produced the killer finish. A Scott Dann own goal set up a nervy finish with eight minutes remaining as he haplessly volleyed in a Michael Turner header at the wrong end, but Birmingham held on for the points.
Wolves 1 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Wolves forward Kevin Doyle had an early penalty shout which came and went, and the hosts had several other chance in the first half (highlights here) but Aston Villa’s stingy defence held firm at the break. With 11 minutes remaining Villa scored, the ball was worked down the right until Heskey fed Gabby Agbonlahor in the box with the striker able to turn his marker and beat Hennessey. The lead was held for just two minutes though, Kightly won a penalty under a challenge from Sidwell and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake made no mistake from the spot.
Burnley 1 – Wigan 3 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Steven Fletcher had given the Clarets a fourth-minute lead when sliding to meet Blake’s cross, but the Latics were level seven minutes later as Jensen suffered a nightmare experience as he stumbled, lost his footing and allowed Hugo Rodallega a simple finish into an unguarded net. Rodallega grabbed his second of the match in the 51st minute andÂ Emmerson Boyce added a third in the 76th minute after Paul Scharner had flicked on at the near post.
Hull 0 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Following a grim first half, Pompey turned the screw slightly after the interval, with Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill denying Aruna Dindane and Hassan Yebda.
Preston 2 – Middlesbrough 2 (Championship, October 24, 2009) Life after Gareth Southgate started brightly for Boro as Gary O’Neil converted a 43rd minute free-kick to give them the lead at Preston. Paul Parry equalised on the hour mark from close range. The visitors regained the advantage in the 67th minute, Adam Johnson drilling home a fine shot, only for Billy Jones’ stoppage-time header rescued a draw for Preston.
Derby 2 – QPR 4 (Championship, October 24, 2009) A well-taken Paul Dickov goal and a superb Robbie Savage free-kick put Derby in charge but Rangers were the superior side and were level two minutes after halftime through Adel Tarrabt’s cheeky near-post free-kick and skipper Gavin Mahon. Jay Simpson put the visitors ahead before a late penalty by Akos Buzsaky sealed a third straight win for Jim Magilton’s classy team.
Millwall 2 – Leeds 1 (League One, October 24, 2009) Neil Harris headed home his tenth goal of the season in the third minute from Chris Hackett’s free-kick to put the Lions ahead only for Patrick Kisnorbo to lash home the equaliser nine minutes later. Gary Alexander grabbed Millwall’s winner with seven minutes left as Simon Grayson’s side lost for the first time this season.
Clyde 0 – Manchester United 4 (Friendly, October 19, 2009) United’s reserves went in front in the 22nd minute courtesy of an own-goal from Clyde’s Paul Stewart and further goals from Febian Brandy, Rafael and Magnus Eikrem made it a comfortable victory for the Reds.
Rangers 1 – Hibernian 1 (SPL, October 24, 2009) Rangers responded to their midweek Champions League debacle on a positive footing against Hibs as Kris Boyd stabbed in a close-range opener after just eight minutes. Hibs levelled midway through the second half as Anthony Stokes collecting the ball on the edge of the box, juggled his way past two Gers defenders before finishing with a cute volley.
Sporting Gijon 0 – Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, October 24, 2009) Real Madrid dropped two points in the title race with a draw at Sporting Gijon as they failed to score for the first time this season.
Atletico Madrid 1 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, October 24, 2009) A horrific penalty miss by Atletico forward Diego Forlan reflected the shocking form of the Rojiblancos as they took on Mallorca at home. The visitors, who had Josemi red-carding in the first half, then lost Ramis five minutes after the break for a handball in the box and on this occasion Diego Forlan converted from the spot. Incredibly Atletico were unable to wrap up the victory and in injury time Borja Valero claimed an equaliser by slipping an ugly shot between the keeper’s legs.
Sevilla 0 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, October 24, 2009)
Inter Milan 2 – Catania 1 (Serie A, October 24, 2009) Sulley Muntari fired Inter into the lead before the man of the moment, Wesley Sneijder, cracked home a beautiful free-kick on the half hour. Mascara’s late penalty proved mere consolation.
Sampdoria 4 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, October 24, 2009) Samp destroyed Bologna in the opening 45 minutes beginning when Giampaolo Pazzini fired the hosts into a 7th minute lead. Daniele Mannini’s volley double Samp’s lead, Reto Ziegler crashed in number three while Mannini headed in number four in the 33rd minute. Pablo Daniel Osvaldo exploited slack home defending on the hour mark to net a consolation for the visitors.
Bayern Munich 2 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Bundesliga, October 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) It was panic stations in Munich on the hour as Frankfurt forward Alexander Meier slipped the visitors into a surprise lead. The lead didn’t last long as from an up-and-under in the box Arjen Robben bundled in the leveller. Daniel van Buyten’s incredible goalscoring season continued as the Belgian centre-half netted the winner two minutes from time.
Hoffenheim 3 – Nurnberg 0 (Bundesliga, October 24, 2009) A 30-yard howitzer from Hoffenheim defender Christian Eichner blasted the Village Team into the lead against Nurnberg. Goal-machine Vedad Ibisevic doubled the lead four minutes later with a superb finish from the edge of the box.
Hannover 1 – Stuttgart 0 (Bundesliga, October 24, 2009) Following a break down the right, Hannover forward Didier Ya Konan was able to burst into the Stuttgart and fire the hosts into a 31st minute lead.
Mainz 3 – Freiburg 0 (Bundesliga, October 24, 2009) Midway through the first half Mainz took the lead over Frieberg, the hosts broke in midfield before a delightful ball was chipped over the top to Andreas Ivanschitz who scored a stunning goal on the volley. A second half double from Tim Hoogland completed a comfortable home win.
Monchengladbach 0 – FC Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, October 24, 2009) Gladbach ended a five-game losing streak with a goalless draw at home to Cologne.
Bordeaux 3 – Le Mans 0 (Ligue 1, October 24, 2009) Laurent Blanc’s side went ahead early on through a Didier Ovono own goal before second half goals from Marouane Chamakh and David Bellion completed the victory.
Boulogne 1 – Monaco 3 (Ligue 1, October 24, 2009) Monaco went ahead ten minutes before half-time through Chu Young Park and their task was simplified as Kevin Das Neves was sent off for Boulogne after a two-footed tackle on Alejandro Alonso. Nene put Monaco ahead with a free-kick after 85 minutes and the same player wrapped up victory with an almost replica strike in injury time.
Rennes 3 – Montpellier 0 (Ligue 1, October 24, 2009) Sylvain Marveaux finished neatly from a Jerome Leroy pass in the first half, while Moussa Sow add dred number two at the start of the second period. In stoppage time Asamoah Gyan added number three with a terrific strike.
Grenoble 1 – Nancy 2 (Ligue 1, October 24, 2009) An own goal and a last-gasp penalty sentenced luckless Grenoble to their 10th consecutive league defeat as Nancy came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory. Danijel Ljuboja put the home side ahead but David Jemmali put through his own net 16 minutes from time before Youssouf Hadji won it for Nancy in the 88th minute.
Nice 4 – Lyon 1 (Ligue 1, October 24, 2009) Claude Puel’s side were thoroughly outplayed as they went four down before a late Ederson consolation. By then, goals from Mamadou Bagayoko, David Hellebuyck and Loic Remy as well as an Aly Cissokho own-goal had decided the result.
Sochaux 1 – Lorient 0 (Ligue 1, October 24, 2009) An early goal from Damien Perquis allowed Sochaux to move within two points of opponents Lorient in the standings.
St. Etienne 0 – Valenciennes 2 (Ligue 1, October 24, 2009) Johan Audel and David Ducourtioux scored the goals as Valenciennes continued their fine league form with victory over St Etienne.
Feyenoord 1 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, October 24, 2009) Feyenoord, without suspended strikers Sekou Cisse and Jon Dahl Tomasson, opened the scoring through midfielder Denny Landzaat on 27 minutes following a pass by striker Roy Makaay.
Vitesse 0 – Heracles 2 (Eredivisie, October 24, 2009) Willy Overtoom and Sebastian Steur scored in each half as Heracles earned three vital points.
ADO Den Haag 2 – Sparta 3 (Eredivisie, October 24, 2009) Sparta completed their second win in a row with Erik Falkenburg scoring a hat-trick, the decisive goal coming three minutes into stoppage time.
NAC 1 – RKC Waalwijk 0 (Eredivisie, October 24, 2009) A solitary strike from Anthony Lurling was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for NAC Breda over the Eredivisie’s bottom club RKC Waalwijk.
Rio Ave 1 – Braga 1 (Superliga, October 24, 2009) Braga lost their 100 per cent record, Joao Tomas opened the scoring for the home side before defender Evaldo netted the equaliser before half-time for Braga, who are three points ahead of Benfica.
Uniao Leiria 2 – Associacao Naval 0 (Superliga, October 24, 2009)
Standard Liege 1 – Zulte-Waregem 1 (Jupiler League, October 24, 2009) Zoro Gohi-Bi put Standard ahead after just seven minutes, but Kevin Roelandts levelled two minutes before the break to keep the visitors two points behind their opponents.
Sint Truiden 1 – AA Gent 2 (Jupiler League, October 24, 2009)
Bursaspor 6 – Istanbul BB 0 (Super Lig, October 24, 2009) Bursaspor had six different goalscorers as they trounced 9-man Istanbul in one of the most one-sided matches of the weekend.
Khimki 0 – Spartak Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, October 24, 2009) Welliton put the visitors ahead in the ninth minute before Sergei Parshivlyuk made it two a minute before half-time. And the Brazilian striker was on hand to net a second in the 88th minute to put the icing on the cake.
Lokomotiv Moscow 2 – Saturn 2 (Russian Premier League, October 24, 2009) Andrei Karyaka opened the scoring with a 32nd-minute penalty before Tomislav Dujmovic levelled. Vladimir Kuzmichev (51) and Dmitri Sychev (88) then traded goals, while Luiz Zelao saw red for Lokomotiv.
Djurgarden 2 – Orgryte 1 (Allsvenskan, October 24, 2009) A brilliant 25-yarder from Patrik Haginge set Djurgardenon their way to victory.
Dnipro D’petrovsk 0 – Dynamo Kiev 2 (Ukrainian Premier League, October 24, 2009) Romanian Tiberiu Ghioane and Ukraine international Artem Milevskiy netted the goals in the 72nd and 87th minutes to put the pressure on second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk as Kiev opened up a seven point lea at the top of the table.
Olympiakos 2 – Ergotelis 1 (Greek Super League, October 24, 2009) Costas Mitroglou also scored for Olympiakos, while Georgian defender Giorgi Shashiashvili netted Ergotelis’ goal. Dudu grabbed the winner for the hosts.
Asteras Tripolis 1 – Atromitos 2 (Greek Super League, October 24, 2009) Atromitos were 2-1 winners at Asteras Tripoli, Elias Anastasakos (31) and Emanuel Perrone (43) putting the visitors two up before Vangelis Kaounos pulled one back in the 82nd minute.
Panionios 3 – Pas Giannina 1 (Greek Super League, October 24, 2009) Panionios came from behind to beat Giannina 3-1, Fanouris Goundoulakis (17), Bosko Balaban (23) and Carlos Castiglione (72) scoring after Patrick Dimbala had given Giannina a 15th-minute lead.
Legia Warsaw 5 – Korona Kielce 2 (Ekstraklasa, October 24, 2009)
Red Star Belgrade 1 – Borac 0 (Serbian Super League, October 24, 2009)
Kashima Antlers 3 – JEF United Chiba 0 (J-League, October 24, 2009) Champions Kashima Antlers snapped a six-match winless streak with a comfortable home victory.
Vissel Kobe 1 – Albirex Niigata 0 (J-League, October 24, 2009) Ryosuke Matsuoka earned Kobe the points with the only goal of the game in the 76th minute, the midfielder swivelling in the box before finding the bottom corner.
Gamba Osaka 0 – Yokohama F. Marinos 0 (J-League, October 24, 2009) A poor result for third-placed Gamba as they dropped two points in their bid for the title.
Kyoto Sanga 1 – Oita Trinita 1 (J-League, October 24, 2009) Oita Trinita’s survival bid ended after a 1-1 draw at 10-man Kyoto Sanga condemned the Kyushu club to relegation to the second division.
North Queensland Fury 2 – Perth Glory 1 (A-League, October 24, 2009) Dutch striker Victor Sikora had given the visitors the lead in the first half but a controversial Robbie Fowler free-kick and stunning strike from second half substitute Dyron Daal after the break gave Fury the points.
Melbourne Victory 3 – Adelaide United 1 (A-League, October 24, 2009) Mate Duganzdic, on his Melbourne debut, opened his account in the 17th minute after Suksomkit fed a neat pass for the 20-year-old to finished. The Victory increased their lead in the 56th minute when Carlos Hernandez teed up Duganzdic to put the ball into the empty net. Adelaide reduced the deficit eight minutes later through Adam Hughes before Adrian Leijer rose to head home Hernandez’s corner in the 89th minute to kill the match.
LA Galaxy 2 – San Jose Earthquakes 0 (MLS, October 24, 2009) Earthquakes defender Bobby Burling deflected Landon Donovan’s cross into his net for an own goal in the 24th minute, and Donovan finished a quick length-of-the-field sequence in the 77th as the Galaxy sowed up their first divisional title in seven long years.
KC Wizards 2 – DC United 2 (MLS, October 24, 2009)
New York Red Bulls 5 – Toronto FC 0 (MLS, October 24, 2009)
Real Salt Lake 3 – Colorado Rapids 0 (MLS, October 24, 2009)
Banfield 3 – Godoy Cruz 0 (Apertura, October 24, 2009) Banfield thrashed Godoy Cruz with Santiago Silva netting a brace and James Rodriguez scoring the third.
Chacarita 1 – Huracan 0 (Apertura, October 24, 2009) Echeverria bagged the winner for the hosts.
Racing Club 1 – Lanus 1 (Apertura, October 24, 2009)
Velez Sarsfield 1 – Newells Old Boys 2 (Apertura, October 24, 2009)
Atletico Mineiro 1 – Vitoria 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 24, 2009) Atletico Mineiro kept championship hopes alive as goal-machine Diego Tardelli grabbed the only goal of the game in the 28th minute.
Nautico 2 – Barueri 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 24, 2009)