Manchester United 2 – Sunderland 2 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Steve Bruce’s Sunderland struck first at Old Trafford, Lee Cattermole fed a bread-and-butter ball into Darren Bent’s feet and, with O’Shea for company, the red-hot striker turned his man and struck a low shot into the near post. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half United levelled, the Black Cats failed to adequately clears their lines and O’Shea was able to swing a cross into the mixer where Dimitar Berbatov scored with a sublime scissor-kick. With most expecting United to go on to win the game, Sunderland took the lead again through Kenwyne Jones who headed home a Reid cross, beating Foster in the air. In injury-time, with Sunderland down to ten men after Richardson had received two yellow cards, Anton Ferdinand deflected in an Evra shot to deny the Mackems a famous victory.
Bolton 2 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Spurs conceded early doors at the Reebok, from a corner visiting keeper Carlo Cudicini could only parry away a volley from Bolton’s South Korean Lee, and Ricardo Gardner was on hand to put away the rebound. Just after the half hour Spurs levelled, Palacios lifted a high ball into the box where Crouch’s cushioned header was lashed home by new-boy Nico Kranjcar. (First half highlights here.) 20 minutes from time Bolton got their noses back in front as a delightful chipped cross from Tamir Cohen was converted by Kevin Davies at the back post. But within three minutes, and after Crouch had hit the bar, Spurs had levelled as Vedran Corluka directed a header back into the near post from a corner.
Wolves 0 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Pompey, looking for their first points of the season away at Wolves, got off to a perfect start as Hassan Yebda crashed home a fine header after 18 minutes from a terrific Kevin Prince Boateng cross.
Burnley 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half at Turf Moor, Birmingham keeper Joe Hart should have had no trouble handling a weak left-foot effort from Steven Fletcher but the keeper allowed it to bounce off him and into the net. The Clarets soon chalked up number two, Andre Bikey pretending he was Franz Beckenbauer by strolling up from defence to play a one-two with Fletcher into the box and producing a fabulous finish to score. Sebastian Larsson netted a 90th minute free-kick consolation for the Midlanders.
Hull 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) New signing Jan Venegoor of Hesselink got the opener on the hour, Geovanni taking advantage of an error by Titus Bramble to score what proved to be the winning goal eight minutes later. Wigan pulled one back through Scott Sinclair, but Hull hung on.
Leeds 0 – Charlton 0 (League One, October 3, 2009) Jermaine Beckford shot wide from 15 yards when through on goal for United, who then saw Bradley Johnson’s shot tipped round the post by Robert Elliot. Luciano Becchio limped off and his replacement Enoch Showunmi was denied by Elliot. Casper Ankergren saved from Jonjo Shelvey for Charlton, while Showunmi’s late lob went just wide.
Atletico Madrid 2 – Real Zaragoza 1 (La Liga, October 3, 2009) The home side claimed their first win of the season. Jose Manuel Jurado and Antonio Lopez scored for Atletico who were indebted to teenage keeper David De Gea for saving a penalty in the first half from Marko Babic. Ewerthon did score a penalty for Zaragoza late on.
Inter Milan 2 – Udinese 1 (Serie A, October 3, 2009) Inter broke the deadlock against Udinese after 22 minutes, Eto’o lead and attack through the middle before freeing Dejan Stankovic down the right with the midfielder cracking a beauty in the far post. The Zebrette were behind for just five minutes until the evergreen and red-hot Antonio Di Natale got behind the Inter defence and finished with aplomb. In the 92nd minute, after another abject Inter performance, Mourinho’s men found a winner they barely deserved as Wesley Sneijdner pick up an Eto’o cross on the left of the area before firing into the far corner.
Bari 0 – Catania 0 (Serie A, October 3, 2009) Despite several good chances being created at both ends, the game was ultimately decided by poor finishing rather than goals.
Mantova 2 – Grosseto 0 (Serie B, October 3, 2009)
Bayern Munich 0 – FC Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, October 3, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) For the third match running, Van Gaal made the Bundesliga’s most expensive signing Mario Gomez start on the bench, although he brought him on at halftime. A frustrating afternoon for Bayern against unambitious opponents saw Bastian Schweinsteiger twice head against the crossbar in the first half.
Bayer Leverkusen 4 – Nurnberg 0 (Bundesliga, October 3, 2009) Toni Kroos got the party started with a sublime 20-yard free-kick after just two minutes, and further goals from Simon Rolfes, Eren Derdiyok and a second half Stefan Kiessling header sealed Bayer’s easy win.
Mainz 2 – Hoffenheim 1 (Bundesliga, October 3, 2009) A stunning first time shot from Andreas Ivanschitz got Mainz off and running six minutes in, Aristide Bance’s clever free-kick extended the hosts’ lead while Andreas Ibertsberger’s late goal was a mere consolation for the Village Team.
Hannover 5 – Freiburg 2 (Bundesliga, October 3, 2009) Goals from Sofien Chahed, Arnold Jan Bruggink and Karim Haggui put Hannover firmly in control at the break, although Ivica Banovic had got Freiburg on the board. In a frantic finish Julian Schuster pulled the visitors back to 3-2 with eight minutes remaining before Didier Ya Konan and Sergio Pinto sealed Hannover’s victory.
Monchengladbach 0 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, October 3, 2009) The only goal came in the 38th minute when Tiago set up Lucas Barrios to fire home.
Osnabruck 3 – Sandhausen 1 (Bundesliga III, October 3, 2009)
Lens 0 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Sidney Govou and Kim Kallstrom fired Lyon to the top of the French league.
St. Etienne 3 – Bordeaux 1 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Missing their influential midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, defending champions Bordeaux slumped to a shock first loss of the season. St.Etienne were ahead after just eight minutes with a Augusto Fernandez header. Araujo Ilan made it 2-0 on the half hour mark with Bordeaux’s Brazilian import Jussie pulling a goal back from the penalty spot in the second half. St. Etienne wrapped up the three points in stoppage time when Dimitri Payet brilliantly lobbed the keeper from 25-yards out and on the angle.
Rennes 0 – Auxerre 1 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Former Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra was sent off for Rennes after just 16 minutes and from the resulting free kick Benoit Pedretti scored the only goal of the game
PSG 1 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Youssouf Hadji gave the visitors a shock lead after 13 minutes, but Stephane Sessegnon levelled matters five minutes later.
Nice 3 – Valenciennes 2 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Valenciennes raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Mamadou Samassa’s 40th minute penalty and Carlos Sanchez’s goal five minutes after the break. Chaouki Ben Saada gave Nice hope with a goal back on 67 minutes and Valenciennes were reduced to ten men five minutes later when Renaud Cohade saw red. A minute later Olivier Echouafni drew Nice level and an unfortunate own goal from David Ducourtioux 14 minutes from time gifted Nice the points.
Grenoble 2 – Montpellier 3 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Montpellier got off to a flying start with Victor Hugo Montano firing them in front after just three minutes and Nenad Dzodic added a second ten minutes later. Danijel Ljuboja pulled a goal back for rock-bottom Grenoble two minutes after the break only for Dzodic to restore Montpellier’s two-goal lead three minutes later. Nicolas Dieuze netted a late consolation for Grenoble, but it was too little too late for the home side.
Sochaux 1 – Le Mans 0 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Le Mans were reduced to ten man on 63 minutes when Guillaume Loriot was sent off for handball inside the box, but Vaclav Sverkos saw his resulting penalty saved by Didier Ovono. Sochaux finally made the breakthrough 12 minutes from time when Marvin Martin found a way past Ovono.
AZ Alkmaar 1 – NAC Breda 0 (Eredivisie, October 3, 2009) A tidy finish from Jeremain Lens, firing low into the far corner, handed AZ the advantage of NAC Breda.
Feyenoord 3 – RKC Waalwijk 0 (Eredivisie, October 3, 2009) Andwele Slory netted the opener in the 29th minute before a Toni Varela own goal on 72 minutes doubled the advantage. Georgino Wijnaldum then added a last-gasp third to make sure of the win.
Willem II 1 – NEC Nijmegen 1 (Eredivisie, October 3, 2009) Erton Fejzullahu put the visitors ahead five minutes before the interval before Said Boutahar netted the equaliser on 60 minutes.
ADO Den Haag 1 – FC Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, October 3, 2009) Nicklas Pedersen put the visitors ahead after 33 minutes before substitute Gibril Sankoh fluffed a clearance and kicked the ball into his own net on 65 minutes to earn Den Haag a point.
Braga 2 – Vitoria Setubal 0 (Superliga, October 3, 2009) Paulo Cesar ensured Braga’s seventh straight win after scoring the winner on the hour after Setubal’s Luis Carlos was red carded in the 36th. Hugo Viana added the second goal in injury time.
Besiktas 1 – Denizlispor 0 (Super Lig, October 3, 2009) A scrappy Rodrigo Tabata header at the start of the second half was enough for the Black Eagles.
Diyarbakirspor 1 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 3 (Super Lig, October 3, 2009) All the goals arrived in the final 24 minutes, Serhat Gulpinar and Mendoza traded goals before Metin Depe and Gulpinar wrapped up the away win.
Levadiakos 0 – Olympiakos 3 (Greek Super League, October 3, 2009) Oscar Gonzalez scored one goal and set up another as Olympiakos took the overnight lead in the Greek league. Brazilian duo Diogo and Dudu added goals in the first half to give Olympiakos 16 points from six games.
Pas Giannina 2 – Kavala 1 (Greek Super League, October 3, 2009) Giorgos Saitiotis’ double steered minnow Pas to a much needed three points.
Tomsk 3 – Saturn 1 (Russian Premier League, October 3, 2009) After the visitors took an early lead, an Artem Dzyuba double helped Tomsk turn in the match in their favour.
Rostov 2 – FC Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, October 3, 2009) Scrappy goals from Dmitri Akimov and Igor Lebedenko put Rostov 2-up but Aleksey Rebko deflected shot and a cute chip from Martin Jakubko earned FC Moscow a point.
Krylya Sovetov 0 – Spartak Nalchik 0 (Russian Premier League, October 3, 2009)
Orgryte 4 – Kalmar 2 (Allsvenskan, October 3, 2009) An Alvaro Santos double lead Orgryte to victory.
Djurgarden 0 – Trelleborg 0 (Allsvenskan, October 3, 2009)
Maccabi Haifa 2 – Maccabi Petah Tikva 0 (Ligat ha’Al, October 3, 2009) In the 64th minute Shlomi Arbeitman headed home a Boccoli cross, Georgian forward Vladimir Dvalishvili sealing the victory with a second just seven minutes later.
Metalurg Donetsk 4 – Illitchivets Mariupol 1 (Ukrainian Premier Liga, October 3, 2009)
Istra 196 0 – Hajduk Split 1 (1. HNL, October 3, 2009) A wonderful flicked finish from Ante Vukusic looped int the far top corner to earn Split the points.
LA Galaxy 1 – Chicago Fire 0 (MLS, October 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Galaxy took an important step to the playoffs as Landon Donovan latched on a long Klein pass to beat the keeper with a fine lob.
Kashiwa Reysol 1 – Jubilo Iwata 2 (J-League, October 3, 2009) Goals in either half from Ryoichi Maeda and Sho Naruoka earned Jubilo the points.
Urawa Red Diamonds 3 – JEF United Chiba 1 (J-League, October 3, 2009) After both sides scored in the early exchanges, late goals from Edmilson and Shunki Takahashi saw Urawa secure victory.
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 (J-League, October 3, 2009) Hisato Sato fired home his 12th of the season for Hiroshima from close range after 30 minutes following a through ball from Croatian midfielder Mihael Mikic. Shimizu, though, responded in the last minute of the first half as striker Shinji Okazaki headed home.
Vissel Kobe 1 – Kyoto Sanga FC 1 (J-League, October 3, 2009)
Melbourne Victory 2 – Brisbane Roar 1 (A-League, October 3, 2009) Ney Fabiano handed Melbourne an ideal start after just four minutes as he met Archie Thompson’s cross with a diving header from the penalty spot. The visitors were back on level terms just seven minutes later though as Reinaldo fired through the legs of Glen Moss from just inside the area. But Melbourne stole the points as Adrian Leijer bundled Carlos Hernandez’s free-kick past Reddy at the far post.
Perth Glory 1 – North Queensland Fury 1 (A-League, October 3, 2009) North Queensland’s Ufuk Talay was given a second yellow card just before the break for simulation and Glory took advantage just three minutes into the second half as Mile Sterjovski converted from the penalty spot. With 18 minutes remaining Glory keeper Velaphi appeared to be bundled over the line by Chris Grossman after collecting John Tambouras’ header under the crossbar only for referee Ben Williams to controversially allow the goal.
Gold Coast United 0 – Wellington Phoenix 0 (A-League, October 3, 2009)
Corinthians 1 – Atletico Paranaense 3 (Cameponato Brasileiro, October 3, 2009)
Santo Andre 1 – Vitoria 0 (Cameponato Brasileiro, October 3, 2009)
Atletico Mineiro 2 – Bareuri 1 (Cameponato Brasileiro, October 3, 2009)
Guarani 1 – Vila Nova 1 (Serie B, October 3, 2009)
Ceara 1 – Fortaleza 0 (Serie B, October 3, 2009)
Huracan 3 – Racing Club 1 (Apertura, October 3, 2009)
Argentinos Juniors 1 – Estudiantes 0 (Apertura, October 3, 2009)
Arsenal 1 – Rosario Central 0 (Apertura, October 3, 2009)
Newells Old Boys 3 – Atletico Tucuman 0 (Apertura, October 3, 2009)
United Arab Emirates 0 – Hungary 2 (Under-20 World Cup, October 3, 2009) Liverpool striker Krisztian Nemeth put Hungary ahead after just 19 minutes, and Vladimir Koman made it 2-0 four minutes later with a curling shot into the top corner.
South Africa 2 – Honduras 0 (Under-20 World Cup, October 3, 2009) Goals from Andile Jali and Sibusiso Khumalo sent SA into the last 16.
Costa Rica 2 – Czech Republic 3 (Under-20 World Cup, October 3, 2009) Both teams qualify, the Czechs finished second only on goal difference from Brazil whilst Costa Rica made it through also on goal difference as a best third placed team. Jan Chramosta scored twice and Jan Voshalik added another for the Czechs in this encounter.
Australia 1 – Brazil 3 (Under-20 World Cup, October 3, 2009) A Brazilian reserve side went behind thanks to some pretty shocking goalkeeping which allowed Aaron Mooy’s free-kick to give Australia the lead. Goals from Ciro, Douglas Costa (the Manchester United target) and Paulo Henrique (great strike) sealed the victory.