All the goals scored on Tuesday night in the Champions League can be seen on this video.
Fiorentina 2 – Liverpool 0 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) Teenager Steven Jovetic is rapidly becoming one of the hottest properties in European football. The Viola forward broke free of the square Liverpool back four and coolly fired home past Pepe Riena. In the 37th minute Jovetic struck again, the Reds failed to clear their lines under pressure and the young Montenegrin met Vargas’s fiercely hit cross to fire Fiorentina into a 2-goal lead. (First half highlights here.)
Arsenal 2 – Olympiakos 0 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) (Alternative highlights here.) Arsenal continually pressured the Olympiakos goal in the first half, Robin van Persie striking the bar, but the North Londoners failed to break the deadlock at the interval. (First half highlights here.) Arsenal’s superiority finally meritted itself with a goal 12 minutes as Fabregas fed Eduardo who in turn picked out Van Persie, in the box and the Dutchman couldn’t miss from three yards. Five minutes from time Andrei Arshavin (offside?) grabbed the second to wrap up the points for the Gunners.
Barcelona 2 – Dynamo Kiev 0 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The brilliant Leo Messi put Barca in the lead over Kiev midway through the first half, the forward cutting in from the right on his trusted left foot and finding the bottom corner with ease. Pedro Rodriguez sealed Barca’s win 15 minutes from time, the young striker controlling in the box and neatly passing the ball into the bottom corner.
Rangers 1 – Sevilla 4 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After hold Sevilla throughout the first half, Rangers conceded in the 50th minute as the Spaniards worked a clever free-kick that allowed Abdoulay Konko to ghost into the box and head home. Sevilla then grabbed a fine second in the 65th minute, Kanoute freed Luis Fabiano down the left, the Brazilian picked out Adriano Correia on the edge of the box and the midfielder picked his spot for 2-nil. The Scots then imploded, Luis Fabiano headed in number three in the 72nd minute and Freddie Kanoute bagged a fourth just two minutes later. A stunning solo goal from Nacho Novo proved mere consolation for Rangers.
Rubin Kazan 1 – Inter Milan 1 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) The Russian champions had a wonderful opening against Inter, Alekhandro Dominges raced through the heart of the Inter backline and produced a wonderful finish to boot after 11 minutes. Mourinho’s men drew level just before the half hour as Maicon delivered a fine cross to the back post where Dejan Stankovic was stationed to head in the equaliser. Mario Balotelli crippled Inter’s hopes by getting himself needlessly sent off on the hour, but the Russians disappointingly failed to capitalise on their advantage.
Unirea Urziceni 1 – Stuttgart 1 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) Stuttgart needed just five minutes to move ahead against Romanian minnows Unirea Urziceni, The Germans pressuring with an up-and-under that Serdar Tasci latched onto the score. A comedy of errors in the German defence allowed Unirea to levell after the break, Serban Vargas curling a beauty into the far corner.
Debrecen 0 – Lyon 4 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) Hungarian outsiders Debrecen had a poor start to their match with Lyon conceded twice from two set-pieces in the opening 13 minutes. Kim Kallstom half-volleyed the visitors into a third minute lead before Miralem Pjanic curled a free-kick into the near post to double Lyon’s advantage. In the 24th minute the match was effectively all over as Peter Czvitkovics headed home a corner into his own net to leave the hosts 3-down. Lyon killed the game with a fantastic solo goal from Bafetimbi Gomis in the 51st minute, the striker beating the keeper to a ball over the top before lobbing a stranded defender on the goalline.
AZ Alkmaar 1 – Standard Liege 1 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) In the battle of the Benelux brothers, AZ struck first against Standard to the start of the second half as serial goalscorer Mounir El Hamdaoui hooked the ball into the far corner are receiving a beautiful through-ball in the danger area. Standard scrapped a point with an ugly injury time winner from Moussa Traore.
Leeds 1 – Carlisle 1 (League One, September 29, 2009) Scott Dobie’s second half header cancelled out Jermaine Beckford’s opener from the penalty spot to end the home side’s 100% home record in the league.
Hacken 2 – Orgryte 0 (Allsvenskan, September 29, 2009) A superb solo goal from John Chibuike, including a brilliant flick to race free, and Jonas Bjurstrom’s second gave Hacken the points.
Brommapojkarna 1 – Gefle 0 (Allsvenskan, September 29, 2009)
Columbus Crew 1 – Saprissa 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 29, 2009) Robbie Rogers’s first half penalty looked to have earned the Crew the win until Alexander Robinson scored a goal deep in stoppage time to help el Monstruo live to see another day.
Arabe Unido 6 – Metapan 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 29, 2009) Orlando Rodriguez scored a second-half hat-trick, Camilo Aguirre also scored twice and Eduardo McTaggert added the other goal, to lead Arabe Unido to victory.
Cruz Azul 2 – Puerto Rico Islanders 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 29, 2009) Mario Ortiz scored in the sixth minute and Emanuel Villa scored in the 51st for the Mexicans.
Ghana 4 – England 0 (Under-20 World Cup, September 29, 2009) England were thrashed by Ghana and must win their final game against Uzbekistan to have a chance of going through. Dominic Adiyaih claimed a brace, Andre Ayew scored the goal of the game with a stunning strike and Ransford Osei completed the scoring.
Uruguay 3 – Uzbekistan 0 (Under-20 World Cup, September 29, 2009) Nicolas Lodeiro, Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Santiago Garcia sent Uruguay into the next round of the competition.
Germany 1 – South Korea 1 (Under-20 World Cup, September 29, 2009) Bayer Leverkusen’s teenage striker Richard Sukuta-Pasu fired Germany into the lead against South Korea by forcing his way into a goal-scoring opportunity and striking the far corner. Twenty minutes from time the Koreans levelled as fortune shined on Min-Woo Kim, the striker bundling his way through the German defence and seeing his tame shot trickle into the net.
USA 4 – Cameroon 1 (Under-20 World Cup, September 29, 2009) Bryan Arguez, Tony Taylor, Dilly Duka and Brian Ownby scored for Team America, Banana Yaya (great name!) had made the score 3-1 from the penalty spot.