VIDEO: Everton claim a dramatic 2-all draw with Spurs; Fulham sink Sunderland to go 8th; Vargas screamer leads Fiorentina over Atalanta; Honours-even between Genoa & Parma

Everton 2 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, December 6, 2009) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless but competitive first half at Goodison Park, Spurs needed just over sixty seconds to score after the restart as Jermain Defoe converted Lennon’s right wing cross. Spurs doubled their lead before the hour as Michael Dawson scored a fine diving header from a Krancjar corner. Spurs appeared to be coasting to victory, but 15 minutes from time Everton netted a lifeline as the impressive Seamus Coleman flew past the average Gareth Bale on the right before turning in along the goal-line and sliding the ball back Luis Saha who finished with aplomb. Four minutes from time Goodison erupted as Tim Cahill scored yet another crucial Toffee goal stooping low to head in a Baines cross. And then the crazy late drama as Wilson Palacios was pushed over in the box by a reckless Hibbert and the penalty was called, Palacios was forced off in the process, before Jermain Defoe saw his straight spot-kick saved by Howard.

Fulham 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, December 6, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Sunderland fell behind at the Cottage after seven minutes, Damien Duff laid the ball off to right-back John Pantsil whose cross was headed in by Bobby Zamora.

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Newcastle 2 – Watford 0 (Championship, December 5, 2009) Chris Hughton’s team took the lead through Peter Lovenkrands in the 20th minute after Marlon Harewood had deflected Craig Cathcart’s backpass to the former Rangers striker. The Magpies were reduced to 10 men four minutes after half-time when Kevin Nolan received a second yellow, but any nerves inside St James’ Park were eased with seven minutes remaining when debutant Fabrice Pancrate produced a stunning strike to extend Newcastle’s winning run to six matches.

Blackpool 1 – Barnsley 2 (Championship, December 5, 2009) Charlie Adam’s seventh goal of the season,  a 72nd-minute penalty, put the Seasiders ahead. But defender Bobby Hassell equalised with five minutes remaining and Andy Gray netted from the spot three minutes later.

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Hamilton 2 – Hearts 1 (SPL, December 6, 2009) Accies claimed all three points with early goals from James McArthur and Simon Mensing, while the visitors saw captain Michael Stewart and defender Ismael Bouzid dismissed during the match. Trouble then flared in the tunnel at full-time with four more red cards dished out by referee David Somers following the fracas, which was serious enough to warrant police involvement. Accies confirmed substitute striker Leon Knight had been sent off for violent conduct, while Hearts believe midfielder Ian Black, winger Suso Santana and masseur Alan Robson were also all dismissed. The controversy all appeared to stem from a decision to deny Hearts a stonewall penalty for a foul on Callum Elliot.

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Athletic Bilbao 1 – Valencia 2 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Bilbao’s 16-year-old striker Iker Muniain came off the bench to give the home side a 58th-minute lead, but three minutes later Spain’s David Villa volleyed Valencia level, with his 11th of the campaign. Bilbao had defender Koikili sent off in the 73rd and Valencia profited when French defender Jeremy Mathieu scored with a rasping drive nine minutes later.

Villarreal 3 – Getafe 2 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Pedro Leon gave Getafe an early lead only for Capdevila to level for the Yellow Submarine. Roberto Soldado restored Getafe’s lead from the penalty spot, but Santi Cazorla and Capdevila won the game with late goals for Villarreal.

Espanyol 0 – Racing Santander 4 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Lowly Racing produced a stunning second-half display to crush Espanyol 4-0 away from home, with Sergio Canales scoring twice. The visitors made the breakthrough four minutes after half-time when Henrique headed home a free-kick from Canales, who doubled the lead three minutes later. Mohamed Tchite scored from the penalty spot on 68 minutes after Ivan Pillud had brought down Oscar Serrano, who fed Canales to score Racing’s fourth goal on 72 minutes.

Malaga 1 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Malaga salvaged a late 1-1 draw at home to Osasuna, who took a 47th minute lead through Masoud Shojaei’s close-range finish. Duda hit the post with a free-kick for Malaga on 68 minutes before Apono showed his team-mate how to do it by firing home the equaliser seven minutes from time.

Mallorca 4 – Zaragoza 1 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Aritz Aduriz opened the scoring on 38 minutes and then latched on to Victor’s through ball to make it 2-0 midway through the second half. Mario Suarez headed home Borja Valero’s free-kick on 75 minutes and Alhassane Keita added the fourth on 83 minutes before Andre Herrera headed home a late consolation for Zaragoza.

Tenerife 2 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Tenerife gained an important three points at the bottom end of the table after coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 2-1 at home. Diego Castro gave Gijon a fourth minute lead, but second-half efforts from Ricardo Leon and Nino earned Tenerife the win

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Roma 1 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, December 6, 2009) The Rome derby between Roma and Lazio was suspended for about five minutes Sunday as Ultras set off firecrackers that they managed to bring inside the Stadio Olimpico. 12 minutes from time Roma struck, Vucinic whipped in a cross from the right and Marco Cassetti steered a volley into the far post.

Fiorentina 2 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, December 6, 2009) Fiorentina’s brilliant left-footed Peruvian Juan Vargas continued to grow his burgeoning reputation against Atalanta with a tremendous shot over the keeper from over 25-yards out. Poor Atalanta defending in the final minutes gifted Alberto Gilardino the opportunity to seal the win with the Viola’s second.

Genoa 2 – Parma 2 (Serie A, December 6, 2009) Rodrigo Palacio fired Genoa into a 14th minute lead at home to Parma, the goal was the Argentine’s first since joining Serie A. Parma levelled before the break when they put together an incisive attack which eventually freed Jonathan Biabiany through on goal and the Frenchman also broke his Serie A duck to equalise. The visitors then moved in front after the break as Jonathan Biabiany claimed his double for Parma, but Raffaele Palladino’s low drive from outside the box brought Genoa back level 20 minutes from time.

Palermo 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, December 6, 2009) Striker Alessandro Matri continued his fine form of late for Cagliari by firing the visitors ahead at Palermo midway through the first half. A superb solo effort from Igor Budan brought the Sicilians level, before hugely-prized centre-half Simon Kjaer grabbed a 65th minute winner to earn the men in pink all three points.

Livorno 0 – Chievo 2 (Serie A, December 6, 2009) An all-too-simple header from Luca Rigoni from 2-yards out put Chievo in front at Livorno.

Bologna 2 – Udinese 1 (Serie A, December 6, 2009) Adailton’s picture-perfect 27th minute free-kick put Bologna in the ascendancy at home to Udinese. The Zebrette restored parity on the stroke of halftime as Antonio Di Natale collected the ball over the top to incredibly net his 11th goal in 14 matches this season, but Bologna collected all three points when Serie A legend Marco di Vaio scored from the spot midway through the second half.

Siena 3 – Catania 2 (Serie A, December 6, 2009) Catania forward Jorge Martinez headed his team into a 13th minute lead at Siena, but Emanuele Calaio levelled five minutes into the second half. Martinez restored Catania’s lead on 55 minutes when heading home Giuseppe Bellusci’s cross, only for Claudio Terzi to head Siena level a minute later. The decisive goal arrived on 62 minutes when Maccarone’s cross was turned home from close range by Paolucci.

Napoli 3 – Bari 2 (Serie A, December 6, 2009) A smart chip by Bari forward Barreto handed the visitors an early lead in the second half at Napoli. Fabio Quagliarella headed the hosts level ten minutes after the break, but Andrea Ranocchia restored Bari’s advantage minutes later. Bari moved back in the lead through Andrea Ranocchia, but again Napoli hit back quickly as Cristian Maggio headed home to make it 2-2. Three minutes from time Napoli won the match, Lavezzi played a through-ball into Fabio Quagliarella and the international striker took his shot earlier to steer home the winner.

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Schalke 2 – Hertha Berlin 0 (Bundesliga, December 6, 2009) Kevin Kuranyi (offside?) broke the deadlock with a backpost header in the 57th minute, and Brazilian wing-back Rafinha sealed the points with an injury time penalty.

FC Cologne 0 – Werder Bremen 0 (Bundesliga, December 6, 2009) Bremen, who now have a 23-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, lacked the creativity of midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was out with influenza. They carved out only a few chances but hosts Cologne themselves missed clear scoring opportunities.

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Lille 4 – Lyon 3 (Ligue 1, December 6, 2009) Lyon came off worst in a seven goal feast in Sunday’s late game, the multiple former champions losing 4-3 at Lille. Lyon looked set for a victory which woeuld have jumped them up into second place after a first half hat-trick by Argentina striker Lisandro Lopez, but Lille dug deep and Gervinho’s injury time contribution clinched the three points.

Grenoble 1 – Toulouse 0 (Ligue 1, December 6, 2009) Bottom club Grenoble earned their first victory of the Ligue 1 season when a late Nicolas Dieuze goal gave them a 1-0 home win against Toulouse.

Auxerre 1 – Nancy 3 (Ligue 1, December 6, 2009) Andre Luiz headed Chris Malonga’s corner home to give Nancy the lead on 26 minutes, but Valter Birsa’s free-kick eight minutes later brought Auxerre back on level terms. Another Malonga corner provided Nancy’s second goal for Abdeslam Ouaddou five minutes into the second half and Youssouf Hadji made sure of the win four minutes from time. Nancy then had Bocundji Ca sent off in stoppage time following a bad foul on Delvin Ndinga.

Boulogne 2 – Lens 1 (Ligue 1, December 6, 2009) Boulogne moved up to third bottom in the table after the 10 men produced a solid display to beat Lens 2-1 at home. Mame N’Diaye was sent off for a second bookable offence for Boulogne after just 17 minutes and Bira Dembele’s own goal four minutes later gifted Lens the lead. Ovidy Karuru levelled on 38 minutes and five minutes later Boulogne had the winner through Damien Perrinelle.

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Benfica 4 – Academica Coimbra 0 (Superliga, December 6, 2009) Oscar Cardozo opened the scoring at the Estadio da Luz after six minutes and netted again after 55 and 69 minutes to complete his treble. Javier Saviola also scored for Benfica, in the 32nd minute.

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NEC 3 – FC Twente 4 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The hosts took a 15th minute lead through John Goosens only for Kenneth Perez to reply for Twente just three minutes later.  Goals from Blaise Nkufo and Miroslav Stoch put Twente in command before Bjorn Vleminckx fired a quick-fire brace to make it 3-3 before half-time. With the clock ticking, Ruiz popped up with two minutes to go to extend Twente’s winning sequence and maintain their two-point lead at the top of the table.

Utrecht 2 – Ajax 0 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) Jacob Mulenga put Utrecht ahead three minutes after the break with a low, left-footed shot from close range. Jan Wuytens then headed in Gianluca Nijholt’s 66th minute corner for the second.

RKC Waalwijk 0 – PSV 2 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) PSV’s winning run reached double figures as headers from Jonathan Reis and Danko Lazovic defeated Waalwijk.

Feyenoord 3 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) Koen van de Laak gave Groningen a fourth-minute lead and Feyenoord took until the 63rd minute to equalise through Stefan Babovic. Veteran striker Roy Makaay marked his appearance as a substitute by putting Feyenoord in front four minutes later and Jon Dahl Tomasson scored the third seven minutes from time.

Heracles 3 – SC Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, December 6, 2009) A Mark Looms header and a Willy Overtoom penalty put the home side in total control. Heerenveen pulled one back through a Oussama Assaidi strike but Heracles sealed it when Bas Dost netted late on.

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Cercle Brugge 1 – Anderlecht 3 (Jupiler League, December 6, 2009) Jonathan Legear, Mbark Boussoufa and Nicolas Frutos were on target in Anderlecht’s victory at Cercle Brugge, who scored through Oleg Iachtchouk.

Lokeren 0 – Club Brugge 1 (Jupiler League, December 6, 2009) Ryan Donk scored the only goal as Club Brugge won at Lokeren, who had Ibrahima Gueye sent off after 34 minutes, to stay five points behind Anderlecht.

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Galatasaray 1 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 (Super Lig, December 6, 2009) A goal from Harry Kewell in the 56th minute seemed to be enough for Galatasaray to secure the points, but Hasan Durtuluk silenced the home crowd with a 90th-minute equaliser.

Kayserispor 3 – Bursaspor 0 (Super Lig, December 6, 2009) High-flying Bursaspor were on the wrong side of a hefty defeat at Kayserispor, Omer Sismanoglu needed just nine minutes to fire the hosts in front before the league’s top goalscorer Ariza Makukula chipped in with a brace in the the 32nd and 55th minutes to seal the win. Kayserispor moved into top spot in Turkey.

Trabzonspor 3 – Ankaragucu 0 (Super Lig, December 6, 2009)

Gaziantepspor 1 – Antalyaspor 1 (Super Lig, December 6, 2009)

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Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 0 – Shakhtar Donetsk 2 (Ukrainian Premier League, December 6, 2009) Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian schemer Fernandinho opened the scoring at Kryvbas with a penalty on the half hour. Oleksandr Gladkiy wrapped up the victory with a second goal at the death.

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Panathinaikos 3 – Atromitos 1 (Greek Super League, December 6, 2009) Two goals from Greece midfielder Kostas Katsouranis put Henk ten Cate’s team in command before rioting protesters caused a 25 minute delay. After the restart Djibril Cisse sealed the victory by drilling in the third goal.

Pas Giannina 2 – Iraklis 3 (Greek Super League, December 6, 2009)

Ergotelis 1 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, December 6, 2009) Ergotelis moved up to fourth thanks to a 1-0 defeat of Kavala, Maris Verpakovskis scoring the only goal after 24 minutes.

Panionios 3 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, December 6, 2009)

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OB Odense 0 – FC Copenhagen 2 (SAS Ligaen, December 6, 2009) Leaders Odense were defeated 2-0 by second-placed FC Copenhagen. Dame Ndoye scored after 42 and 72 minutes as visitors FCK inflicted Odense’s second loss of the campaign to cut the gap at the top of the table to one point.

Randers FC 2 – HB Koge 1 (SAS Ligaen, December 6, 2009) Randers won the battle of the league’s bottom two clubs, beating Koge 2-1, with Mikkel Beckmann and Soren Berg on target for the victors.

Nordsjaelland 3 – FC Midtjylland 0 (SAS Ligaen, December 6, 2009) Nordsjaelland claimed a 3-0 win over FC Midtjylland with goals from Nicolai Stokholm, Nickie Nielsen and Rawez Lawan.

Silkeborg 3 – Brondby 0 (SAS Ligaen, December 6, 2009) Fourth-placed Silkeborg defeated fifth-placed Brondby 3-0, with Rajko Lekic, Martin Svensson and Jesper Bech on target.

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Perth Glory 1 – Brisbane Roar 1 (A-League, December 6, 2009) Brisbane had taken the lead against the run of play in the 52nd minute when Henrique’s corner was nodded down by Josh McCloughan for Luke DeVere to prod home. The visitors had chances to grab a second and seal the win after that but were punished 12 minutes from time when Jamie Harnwell pounced on Adriano Pellegrino’s knock down to fire home.

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Flamengo 2 – Gremio 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 6, 2009) Flamengo won the Brazilian championship after having to come from behind after Roberson had handed Gremio a 21st minute lead. David equalised for Fla on the half hour and Angelim grabbed the all important second midway through the second half as the Maracana erupted in a sea of red.

Botafogo 2 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 6, 2009) Botafogo’s home win against Palmeiras was enough to keep them in the division for another season as they went ahead of Coritiba on the final day. Palmeiras did manage to pull one late goal back through Robert but this consolation strike will do little to appease their fans who have been subjected to yet another season of abject failure.

Internacional 4 – Santo Andre 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 6, 2009)

Coritiba 1 – Fluminense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 6, 2009) Fluminense opened scoring in the 27th minute when Fred passed to Marquinho who fired the ball into to home team’s net. Coritiba responded quickly as their leading scorer Marcelinho Paraiba found a leaping Pereira who headed the ball in the goal in the 35th minute. Fans of Coritiba, who were relegated, invaded the pitch and attacked the referee and his linesmen, sparking a fracas with police who rushed to aid the match officials.

Sao Paulo 4 – Sport Recife 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 6, 2009)

Vitoria 2 – Goias 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 6, 2009)

Santos 1 – Cruzeiro 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 6, 2009)

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Velez Sarsfield 3 – River Plate 1 (Apertura, December 6, 2009) Maximiliano Moralez opened the scoring for Velez with a curled finish from a corner taken short in the 33rd minute, but a precise pass from Ariel Ortega freed Mauro Diaz to equalise in the 77th. Hernan Lopez bundled home in the 84th to put Velez back in front and Rolando Zarate scored with a header in stoppage time. The loss dropped River Plate to 15th as the club’s miserable season continues.

Lanus 2 – Gimnasia La Plata 0 (Apertura, December 6, 2009) Sebastian Blanco opened the scoring for mid-table Lanus against struggling Gimnasia La Plata with a solo effort in the 28th minute. Santiago Salcedo scored the second for Lanus in stoppage time.

Newells Old Boys 1 – Arsenal Sarandi 2 (Apertura, December 6, 2009) Franco Jara opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 14th minute when he cut into the box and curled the ball into the far corner of the net. Matias Perez doubled the lead in the 36th, racing on to a pass from Jara and rounding the goalkeeper to score. Antonio Boghossian pulled a goal back for Newell’s in the 53rd, but Arsenal held on to dent the home side’s title hopes.