Manchester United 3 – Everton 0 (Premier League, November 21, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Manchester United broke the deadlock ten minutes before the interval as Evra broke down the left, his cross was knocked back by Valencia and Darren Fletcher reeled off a bullet from the edge of the box which beat Howard all ends-up. (First half highlights here.) United doubled their lead 23 minutes from time as a Giggs cross was stroked home through a crowded Everton penalty area by Michael Carrick for his first league goal of the season. The game was over 15 minutes from time when Scholes led a United attack being playing in Antonio Valencia whose shot deflected past Howard. (Second half highlights here.)
Chelsea 4 – Wolves 0 (Premier League, November 21, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) League leaders Chelsea needed four minutes before scoring against Wolves, Florent Malouda cracking home 25-yard beauty into the top corner to leave Wayne Hennessey helpless. The Blues quickly increased their lead, Michael Essien leaping high at the near post to head in number two from a corner. Championship-bound Wolves found themselves 3-down inside 20 minutes as Michael Essien found too much time and space in the middle of the pitch before seeing his shot take a deflection on it’s way into the net. It was a question of how many Chelsea would score when Joe Cole smacked in the fourth ten minutes into the second half.
Sunderland 1 – Arsenal 0 (Premier League, November 21, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Darren Bent struck 19 minutes from time, making the most of his missed header that rebounded back to him off teammate Fraizer Campbell’s shins, to seal a tight contest after the Gunners had failed to make the most of the possession they enjoyed at the Stadium of Light.
Liverpool 2 – Manchester City 2 (Premier League, November 21, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) A world class one-handed save from Shay Given denied Martin Skrtel from heading Liverpool into a 5th minute lead as Liverpool began in attacking intent in front of the Kop. The Reds then lost Agger and Babel early doors, but despite their rejig they continued to dominate City with Steven Gerrard superbly denied by Toure just before the half hour. Minutes into the second half Liverpool deservedly struck, Gerrard whipped in a free-kick to the near post and Martin Skrtel beat Adebayor to the ball the score into the near post. In the 68th minute City levelled as Skrtel went awol at a corner allowing Emmanuel Adebayor the freedom of the box to pick his spot with a header. City, all of a sudden in firm control of the match, went on to take the lead as Tevez and Wright-Phillips combined before Stephen Ireland (offside?) was able to tap in number two. But Mark Hughes was left pulling his hair out seconds later as City’s backline immediately fell to pieces and Yossi Benayoun slid in Liverpool’s leveller.
Hull 3 – West Ham 3 (Premier League, November 21, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Hull recovered from a 2-0 deficit opened by goals from Guillermo Franco and Jack Collison. A Carlton Cole own-goal and a Kamil Zayatte strike took the Tigers to parity before a Jimmy Bullard penalty took them ahead. The dismissal of Bernard Mendy in the 54th minute handed West Ham the whip hand but a Manuel Da Costa equaliser was the best that Gianfranco Zola’s men could produce. They remain in the bottom three with Hull perched a point and a place ahead.
Birmingham 1 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, November 21, 2009) A fine pass by James McFadden allowed Lee Bowyer a run at goal and a great dinked finish over the onrushing Mark Schwarzer gave him his 4th goal of the season and the Blues an early lead.
Burnley 1 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, November 21, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Burnley went in front after Robbie Blake had been fouled by Steve Sidwell, as from the resulting free-kick taken by Blake himself, the Clarets skipper beat Brad Friedel to the ball for his first Premier League goal. Emile Heskey, with his first goal of the season, ensured that Martin O’Neill’s side left Turf Moor with a point when the substitute headed home from close range following a cross by James Milner.
Barnsley 1 – Cardiff 0 (Championship, November 21, 2009) Barnsley grabbed a last-gasp victory over Cardiff as on-loan defender Carl Dickinson stepped up to drive a free-kick into the net from 25-yards to win it for Mark Robins’ men.
Brighton 0 – Leeds 3 (League One, November 21, 2009) Robert Snodgrass put the Whites in front with a sublime strike from 25-yards, before Neil Kilkenny’s great through-ball was finished with aplomb by Jermaine Beckford in the first half. David Prutton crossed for Neil Kilkenny to score at the death.
Rangers 3 – Kilmarnock 0 (SPL, November 21, 2009) Rangers took Killie apart in the first half at Ibrox, Kris Boyd opened after seven minutes, Kenny Miller added a second midway through the half, while Steven Whittaker added number three ten minutes from the break.
Athletic Bilbao 1 – Barcelona 1 (La Liga, November 21, 2009) Barca were without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and swine flu victims Yaya Toure and Eric Abidal, while Rafael Marquez was also missing undergoing H1N1 tests, and Leo Messi began the match by receiving a nasty kick in the face while still standing. The deadlock was broken by Dani Alves. Xavi squeezed an angled pass through to the Brazilian, who produced a calm right-footed finish across Iraizoz and into the bottom-right corner. Gaizka Toquero leveled for Athletic less than ten minutes later.
Real Madrid 1 – Racing Santander 0 (La Liga, November 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) With Cristiano Ronaldo more interested in playing with his phone than watching the match, Gonzalo Higuain headed Real in front against Racing Santander after the visitors failed to defence a right wing cross.
Tenerife 1 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, November 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Sevilla robbed the ball off Tenerife inside their own half after the half hour, Jesus Navas led the attack down the right hand side and his cross was confidently tucked home by Diego Perotti. Renato’s long-range strike straight after the break underlined the Andalusian team’s attacking superiority, while Nino struck late for Tenerife.
Deportivo La Coruna 2 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, November 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Sergio Aguero put Atletico ahead in the fourth minute after a lapse by defender Alberto Lopo gave the Argentina striker space to shoot from an acute angle. Atletico’s defence looked vulnerable and La Coruna defender Diego Colotto drew level in the 21st, heading in at the far post from a corner. La Coruna’s Jose Guardado scored from the penalty spot deep into injury time to leave Atletico with seven points and one win from its first 11 games of the season.
Bologna 1 – Inter Milan 3 (Serie A, November 21, 2009) Bologna’s defence fell apart under pressure from a 22nd minute Inter corner and Diego Milito was on hand to sweep home the opener. The lead was held for under sixty seconds, as from the kick-off Bologna headed for goal and Marcelo Zalayeta finished off the attack with a terrific strike past Cesar. Super Mario Balotelli was anything but when the striker managed to go round the home keeper without managing to hit the back of the net, and Dejan Stankovic was far more unlucky when he saw a shot hit both posts and yet stay out of the goal. Inter eventually regained their lead before the break as Diego Milito netted his second goal from another corner. Esteban Cambiasso wrapped up the points for Mourinho’s men tapping in the third after receiving an exquisite pass from Diego Milito.
Fiorentina 2 – Parma 3 (Serie A, November 21, 2009) Alberto Gilardino broke the deadlock for Fiorentina in the 26th minute, only for Nicola Amoruso to equalise four minutes later. Valeri Bojinov, on loan from Manchester City, then fired Parma in front early in the second period. Fiorentina drew level just after the hour mark when Gilardino scored his second of the game but there was a final twist as Davide Lanzafame struck the winner for Parma on 67 minutes.
Wolfsburg 2 – Nurnberg 3 (Bundesliga, November 21, 2009) Reigning champs Wolfsburg fell behind at home to Nurnberg when Albert Bunjaku opened ten minutes into the second half. Within three minutes Ashkan Dejagah levelled for the Wolves, only for Bunjaku to bag his second of the game in the 64th minute as the visitors regained control. The Wolves pulled level for a second time 11 minutes from time as Grafite tucked home a spot kick, but Nurnberg refused to be denied their result of the season as in injury time Peer Kluge claimed the shock winner.
FC Cologne 0 -Â Hoffenheim 4 (Bundesliga, November 21, 2009) Hoffenheim established a 2-goal lead at Cologne at the break after Carlos Eduardo and Chinedu Obasi netted inside 11 minutes, and a minute into the second half Demba Ba scored a composed and accomplished third after Eduardo picked out the forward on the edge of the box. Vedad Ibisevic chalked up a fourth at the death from the spot.
Stuttgart 1 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Bundesliga, November 21, 2009) Stuttgart keeper Jens Lehmann was left dumbfounded on his backside in the 49th minute as Hertha striker Ramos tricked the goalie before rolling his shot into an empty net. A scrappy 84th minute equaliser from Zdravko Kuzmanovic, who was sent off minutes later, earned Stuttgart a point.
Schalke 2 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, November 21, 2009) Jefferson Farfan broke the deadlock 20 minutes from time header home a Schalke corner against Hannover. Jan Moravek’s 90th minute second put a gloss on the Schalke win.
Freiburg 0 – Werder Bremen 6 (Bundesliga, November 21, 2009) Hugo Almeida’s diving header put Werder in the lead at Freiberg. A cheeky near post free-kick from Marko Marin doubled Bremen lead after the break, and Almeida’s second in the 57th minute put the result to bed. Wunderkid Mesut Ozil was then sent clean through the middle to coolly bury the fourth for Werder. Freiberg were heading for embarrassment when Naldo knocked in the visitors fifth with a penalty, and Markus Rosenberg’s sixth ensure that the humiliation was certified on the home crowd.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Monchengladbach 2 (Bundesliga, November 21, 2009) Marco Russ looked like he had two left feet as the Frankfurt defender turned a Gladbach attack into his own net. A tidy header from striker Roel Brouwers doubled the visitors’ lead midway through the second period after Frankfurt failed to clear their lines from a corner. Pirmin Schwegler’s late penalty proved mere consolation for the hosts.
Grenoble 1 – Lyon 1 (Ligue 1, November 21, 2009) Lyon spurned the chance to move top after being held to a surprise draw at bottom side Grenoble. Cesar Delgado put Lyon in front after 66 minutes and Grenoble’s Laurent Courtois was sent off soon after, but Danijel Ljuboja equalised just 60 seconds later.
Bordeaux 0 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, November 21, 2009) Bordeaux were looking to bounce back from a shock defeat to Lille a fortnight ago but were stunned by Samassa’s seventh-minute strike and found Valenciennes goalkeeper Guy N’dy Assembe in inspired form.
Lens 2 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, November 21, 2009)Â Paul Alo’o Efoulou broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half but Issam Jemaa levelled nine minutes from time and Kevin Monnet-Paquet notched the winner three minutes later to complete a stunning comeback.
Rennes 2 – Le Mans 1 (Ligue 1, November 21, 2009) A goal from Asamoah Gyan 10 minutes from time condemned Le Mans to their seventh successive away defeat as Rennes won 2-1. Kader Mangane gave Rennes an early lead before Rolland Lamah levelled for the visitors, but Gyan’s late decider means Le Mans are still searching for their first away point this season.
Auxerre 2 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, November 21, 2009) Adama Coulibaly scored on the stroke of halftime and Delvin Ndinga ensured it was seven wins in succession with the second in the closing minutes.
Twente 1 – Vitesse 0 (Eredivisie, November 21, 2009) A late goal by Bryan Ruiz was enough to send FC Twente five points clear at the top of the Eredivisie, the Costa Rica forward struck from close range seven minutes from time as Steve McClaren’s side finally made the breakthrough after they had failed to convert their domination.
NAC Breda 3 – NEC Nijmegen 3 (Eredivisie, November 21, 2009) Saidi Ntibazonkiza had the final say in a six-goal thriller as struggling NEC battled for a draw against NAC Breda. Ntibazonkiza grabbed NEC’s third goal eight minutes from the end of a match which they had led at the hour mark, only for Matthew Amoah’s double to turn the game in NAC’s favour. Bjorn Vleminckx had put NEC ahead after just 10 minutes but an own goal four minutes later from Niels Wellenberg cancelled that out. Ntibazonkiza put NEC in front again after 54 minutes but Amoah’s goals (62 and 78) looked to have put NAC on course for three points.
RKC Waalwijk 3 – FC Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, November 21, 2009) Luciano received a straight red card for hauling down RKC striker Charlison Benschop outside the area after 11 minutes, and the hosts did not take long to make their man advantage pay. Benschop opened the scoring after 18 minutes while Ruud Berger made it 2-0 after half an hour. Tim Matavz pulled one back for Groningen but Benschop’s second of the night in the second period ensured RKC posted a rare and welcome win.
Besiktas 3 – Fenerbahce 0 (Super Lig, November 21, 2009) Two goals in the space of four minutes at the start of the second half from Michael Fink and Deivson Bobo set Besiktas on their way. Kazim Kazim was dismissed in the 75th minute and Fener’s evening went from bad to worse as substitute Ugur Inceman notched the third goal seven minutes from time.
Gaziantepspor 0 – Bursaspor 1 (Super Lig, November 21, 2009) Bursaspor moved into temporary third spot in the table courtesy of Giani Stelian Kirita’s late winner.
Rubin Kazan 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 0 (Russian Premier League, November 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Russia’s defending champions Rubin Kazan retained their title with a goalless home draw with Zenit after their closest rivals Spartak lost the Moscow derby. Rubin’s post match title celebrations can be seen here.
Spartak Moscow 2 – CSKA Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, November 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Second-placed Spartak took the lead over city rivals CSKA thanks to a brilliantly cheeky penalty from their star Brazilian midfielder Alex after only five minutes. But the visitors drew level on the stroke of halftime as wunderkid Alan Dzagoev netted the equaliser after Spartak had failed to deal right-wing cross. CSKA moved into the lead minutes into the second half as Tomas Necid’s snap-shot found it’s way into the far corner as Spartak’s title dreams began to unravel. Spartak striker Welliton brought the hosts level latching onto a long punt upfield in the 63rd minute, but in the 88th minute home keeper Soslan Dzhanaev dropped a terrible clanger to allow Tomas Necid’s 25-yard shot slip through his hands, putting the final nail in Spartak’s title dreams and handing the title to Rubin Kazan.
Dynamo Moscow 0 – Lokomotiv Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, November 21, 2009) Dmitri Torbinsky and Wagner netted the goals for Lokomotiv.
AA Gent 2 – Standard Liege 1 (Jupiler League, November 21, 2009) Zoro Gohi-Bi opened the scoring for Standard after three minutes but Gent hit back to claim the win thanks to Christophe Lepoint’s 42nd-minute effort and an Adnan Custovic penalty after 65 minutes.
Anderlecht 3 – Roeselare 1 (Jupiler League, November 21, 2009) Anderlecht moved ahead with a second-minute Roland Juhasz effort and a horrific Jurgen Sierens own goal putting them in the driving seat. Romelu Lukaku made it 3-0 a minute before the break while Bjarni Geir Vidarsson pulled one back for the visitors three minutes after the restart.
Club Brugge 1 – Germinal Beerschot 2 (Jupiler League, November 21, 2009) Club Brugge succumbed to a last-gasp 2-1 loss at home to Germinal, who moved up to third place. Sherjill MacDonald opened the scoring for the visitors one minute into the second period and the dismissal of Antonin Alcaraz after 57 minutes further dented Club Brugge’s hopes. The hosts defied their numerical disadvantage to pull level through Mohamed Dahmane after 76 minutes, but Germinal has the last laugh as Tosin Dosunmu popped up with the winner in stoppage time.
Pas Giannina 2 – Olympiakos 2 (Greek Super League, November 21, 2009) Michal Zewlakow and Costas Mitroglou gave Olympiakos a 2-nil lead. Christos Tzanis narrowed the gap for Giannena before Ibrahima Bakayoko made it 2-2 in the last minute of regular time.
Kavala 2 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, November 21, 2009) Apostolis Giannou’s 85th minute winner sunk AEK Athens.
Xanthi Skoda 1 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, November 21, 2009)
Dynamo Kiev 3 – Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, November 21, 2009) In the battle of the Ukrainian powerhouses, Dynamo Kiev’s Artem Milevskiy fired the hosts ahead against Shakhtar on the stroke of halftime after collecting a cushioned pass from Andriy Shevchenko. Ten minutes after the break the Shevchenko-Milevskiy tandem combined again as Kiev opened up a two goal lead. Shakhter fell to pieces on the hour as a mistake at the back allowed Andriy Yarmolenko to nip in and score number three.
Metalist Kharkiv 2 – Zorya 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, November 21, 2009)
Maccabi Haifa 4 – Maccabi Ahi Nazrat 1 (Ligat ha’Al, November 21, 2009) Haifa secured their 10th straight win to complete a perfect start to the season.
Hapoel Tel Aviv 7 – Hapoel Petah Tikva 1 (Ligat ha’Al, November 21, 2009) Second-place Hapoel schooled Petah Tikva with a hat-trick from Itay Shechter, assisted by an able supporting cast of Dedi Ben Dayan, Maaran Lala, Gil Vermouth and Eran Zehavi
Lech Poznan 3 – Ruch Chorzow 1 (Ekstraklasa, November 21, 2009)
Kyoto Sanga 0 – Kashima Antlers 1 (J-League, November 21, 2009) Takuya Nozawa fired Kashima Antlers back to the top of the J-League with a super strike in away at Kyoto.
Shimizu S-Pulse 0 – Gamba Osaka 2 (J-League, November 21, 2009) Third-placed Gamba Osaka remained well in the hunt just three points off the pace after Brazilian striker Lucas and Cho Jae-jin scored in either half to secure a 2-0 win at Shimizu S-Pulse as they extended their unbeaten run to nine games.
Urawa Red Diamonds 3 – Jubilo Iwata 2 (J-League, November 21, 2009) Brazilian striker Edmilson completed his hat-trick in stoppage time as fourth-placed Urawa Red Diamonds edged out Jubilo. Edmilson’s 22nd-minute opener had set the home side on their way, but two goals from Jubilo’s Ryoichi Maeda in four second-half minutes handed the visitors the lead with 30 minutes remaining. But after equalising with eight minutes remaining after following up after Marcus Tulio Tanaka’s shot rebounded off the post, Edmilson snatched a dramatic three points with a fine strike from the edge of the area.
Albirex Niigata 0 – Kashiwa Reysol 1 (J-League, November 21, 2009) Kashiwa Reysol earned three points as Francoaldo Franca scored to secure a 1-0 win at Niigata.
Yamagata 0 – Omiya Ardija 0 (J-League, November 21, 2009)
Vissel Kobe 2 – Yokohama F.Marinos 2 (J-League, November 21, 2009)
Brisbane Roar 0 – Melbourne Victory 1 (A-League, November 21, 2009) Archie Thompson headed home his sixth goal for the season in the 8th minute and the visitors defended gamely to hold on. The Roar’s hopes finally dried up when Henrique was shown a red card for a ridiculous handball in the 86th minute.
North Queensland Fury 1 – Central Coast Mariners 5 (A-League, November 21, 2009) The Mariners showed their class with a frenzied 15 minute period that saw Bojic (22) and Mrdja (35) score. The visitors then capped it off after the break with Mrdja netting a second just before the hour followed by Elrich (62) and Hutchinson (82). Fury suffered for a lack of cohesion and polished finishing which even extended to their marquee skipper Robbie Fowler, who struggled for meaningful possession with only Rostyn Griffiths finding the net in the 68th minute.
Huracan 0 – San Lorenzo 2 (Apertura, November 21, 2009)
Atletico Tucuman 2 – Chacarita Juniors 1 (Apertura, November 21, 2009)
Independiente 1 – Banfield 2 (Apertura, November 21, 2009)
Atletico Paranaense 1 – Cruzeiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 21, 2009)