Fulham 0 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) After a goalless first half in which Fulham had dominated (highlights here) Arsenal took the lead seven minutes after the break, Robin van Persie bringing down a Fabregas expertly and finishing with aplomb.
Liverpool 6 – Hull 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Hull looked devoid of confidence conceding early at Anfield, Riera slipping a ball into Fernando Torres who turned two Hull defenders before finding the far corner. But the Tigers fought back to level quickly, Srktel and Carragher once again failed to deal with a ball in the box and Geovanni volleyed in the equaliser. Just before the half hour a brilliant solo goal from El Nino, Torres collecting a Benayoun ball in the box and waltzing past a couple of weak challenges before applying the clinical finish. Two minutes in the second half Torres raced towards the Kop to calmly slot in his hat-trick goal. Steven Gerrard put the nail in Hull coffin seeing his over-hit cross sail in off the underside of the bar. A late brace from sub Ryan Babel (first and second) sealed the comfortable Liverpool rout.
Wigan 3 – Chelsea 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â The Latics punished slack Chelsea defending on the quarter hour, a quick corner between Rodallega and N’Zogbia ended with Titus Bramble heading in Wigan’s opener. (First half highlights here.) Chelsea needed just one second half minute to equalise as Malouda held up the ball up before crossing for Didier Drogba to score (terrible keeping from Kirkland). But then the drama happened, Hugo Rodallega was taken out by Cech in the box, the Chelsea keeper saw red, and Rodallega dusted himself to score from the spot. In injury time Paul Scharner slid in to finish after Maynor Figueroa squared across the six-yard box to sent the home fans ecstatic.
Stoke 0 – Manchester United 2 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half at the Britannia, and incisive second half move involving Fletcher, Giggs and finally Dimitar Berbatov saw Manchester United move ahead at Stoke. The evergreen Giggs continued his superb form of late by going on to set up the second, delivering a dead-ball which John O’Shea glanced into the net.
Portsmouth 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) An excellent match at Fratton Park saw both teams have good chances to break the deadlock, but minutes before the break pointless Pompey conceded to an excellent solo effort from Louis Saha. (First half highlights here.) Pompey worked their socks off after the break, hitting the woodwork, having efforts cleared off the line and persistently attacking the Everton goal but the Toffees held firm to consign the South Coasters to their seventh straight defeat.
Birmingham 1 – Bolton 2 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Bolton’s Israeli midfielder Tamir Cohen continued his fine recent goalscoring form by heading the Trotters into the lead at Birmingham. With under five minutes to go Kevin Phillips rolled back the years to strike home the Brum equaliser from the edge of the box.
Blackburn 2 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Gabby Agbonlahor’s goalscoring purple patch continued at Blackburn early doors, Christopher Samba pulling Rovers level after 24 minutes. (First half highlights here.) Late on James Collins was penalised for handballing in the Villa box and David Dunn stepped up to win the match for Rovers.
Tottenham 5 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) A Robbie Keane penalty and a deflected Jermaine Jenas strike gave Spurs a 2-nil lead over Burnley at the break. (First half highlights here.) A second half hat-trick from Robbie Keane wrapped up a brilliant home performance from the North Londoners.
Ipswich 0 – Newcastle 4 (Championship, September 26, 2009) Three goals in four first-half minutes from the Toon ensured that it would be another miserable afternoon on the pitch for Roy Keane’s team. Kevin Nolan opened the scoring with a header and quickly added to that with a composed finish. Ryan Taylor’s free-kick ended the quick-fire scoring spree and ensured the game was over as a contest by the break. Nolan’s second header of the match shortly after the restart completed his hat-trick and left Keane looking furious as he watched from the home dug-out.
MK Dons 0 – Leeds 1 (League One, September 26, 2009) Robert Snodgrass ensured Leeds remain on top of League One with a late winner to sink MK Dons. Snodgrass’ third goal of the season in the 92nd minute keeps Leeds out in front at the top of the table by two points from Charlton.
Bristol Rovers 1 – Brighton 1 (League One, September 26, 2009)
St. Mirren 0 – Celtic 2 (SPL, September 26, 2009) Paddy McCourt’s incredible week with Celtic continued against St. Mirren with a second wonder-strike in 7 days, McCourt weaving his way past five opposition defenders before firing a screamer into the far post. Shaun Maloney wrapped up the points for the Super Hoops with a right foot curler 12 minutes from time.
Malaga 0 – Barcelona 2 (La Liga, September 26, 2009) A terrific lobbed through ball from Messi was chested down and fired home by Zlatan Ibrahimovic to put Barca one-up at Malaga just before the break. On 59 minutes Gerard Pique turned home a Xavi free-kick.
Real Madrid 3 – Tenerife 0 (La Liga, September 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)After a surprising goalless first half in the Bernabau, Karim Benzema head home an Alonso cross minutes after the restart and the Frenchman soon claimed his second as the Tenerife defence began to fall to pieces. Kaka scored the third in the 78th minute with a cracking strike into the corner.
Athletic Bilbao 0 – Sevilla 4 (La Liga, September 26, 2009) Bilbao were torn to shreds by Sevilla in the first half (highlights here) as a Renato free-kick, a second from Alvaro Negredo and Freddie Kanoute’s all-too-easy third put the visitors in a commanding lead. Jesus Navas claimed the fourth with fifteen minutes to go.
Valencia 2 – Atletico Madrid 2 (La Liga, September 26, 2009) An explosive opening half saw Sergio Aguero first put Atleti ahead on seven minutes after excellent interlinking between Jose Manuel Jurado and Diego Forlan. Two goals in three minutes gave Valencia the lead, Pablo Hernandez controlling an Ever Banega chipped pass before darting inside and scoring inside the near post then David Villa making no mistake when put through by David Silva. Madrid levelled at the death as substitute Maxi Rodriguez finished at the back post in the 92nd minute.
Livorno 0 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, September 26, 2009) The game was decided in the 76th minute when Fiorentina were awarded a penalty for Marcus Diniz’s foul on Alberto Gilardino. Stevan Jovetic successfully converted from the penalty spot, although the visitors had to play out the final moments a man light after Dario Dainelli picked up his second yellow card.
Lecce 2 – Mantova 1 (Serie B, September 26, 2009)
Hamburg 1 – Bayern Munich 0 (Bundesliga, September 26, 2009) Mladen Petric scored the winner with just under twenty minutes remaining to leave Hamburg still top of the Bundesliga and Bayern struggling to challenge.
Wolfsburg 4 – Hannover 2 (Bundesliga, September 26, 2009) Wolfsburg’s midfielder magician Zvjezdan Misimovic conjured up a stunning free-kick to fire he hosts ahead early doors against Hannover. A Hanno Balitsch header pulled the visitors level midway through the half before Christian Gentner restored the Wolves’ lead on the halftime whistle. (Both Balitsch & Gentner goals here.) The reigning champs pulled 3-1 ahead as Makoto Hasebe scored just after the break but a Madlung own goal gave Hannover renewed hope soon after. But the Wolves scored again, a super solo goal from Edin Dzeko bursting down the inside left channel and slipping home the killer fourth.
Werder Bremen 3 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, September 26, 2009) Aaron Hunt sidefooted Werder in front before Chelsea flop Claudio Pizarro continued his return to form crashing home a header. Pizarro completed an easy home win with Bremen’s third.
Borussia Dortmund 0 – Schalke 1 (Bundesliga, September 26, 2009) Jefferson Farfan struck after half an hour as Halil Altintop cut in from the left and set up the Peruvian striker to slot home his third goal of the season.
Cologne 0 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Bundesliga, September 26, 2009) Rolfes settled a tight clash with local rivals Cologne when he picked up a pass from Tranquillo Barnetta, raced into the box and beat two defenders before firing in the winner off the post with eight minutes to play.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – Stuttgart 3 (Bundesliga, September 26, 2009)
Lyon 2 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, September 26, 2009) The visitors took the lead through Moussa Sissoko’s low shot on nine minutes, but Yannis Tafer levelled early in the second half. Bafetimbi Gomis secured the points for Lyon on 71 minutes when he rose to head home Miralem Pjanic’s corner.
Valenciennes 3 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, September 26, 2009) Fernando Morientes struck from close range on 13 minutes to put the visitors ahead but Serbia defender Milan Bisevac levelled for Valenciennes. Seconds after the equaliser, Senegal striker Mamadou Niang was on target for Marseille before defender David Ducourtioux equalised with a diving header on the half-hour. But in the 84th minute, Rafael was on hand to net the winner for VA.
Lorient 1 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, September 26, 2009) Former Portsmouth midfielder Arnold Mvuemba put Lorient ahead in the 40th minute before Guillaume Hoarau equalised for PSG in first-half stoppage-time.
Monaco 1 – St Etienne 2 (Ligue 1, September 26, 2009) The visitors took the lead in only the third minute through Boubacar Sanogo. Sebastien Puygrenier equalised for Monaco ten minutes after the break but instead of building on the goal the hosts ended the match with nothing after Gonzalo Bergessio’s late intervention.
Auxerre 2 – Grenoble 0 (Ligue 1, September 26, 2009)
Utrecht 1 – AZ Alkmaar 0 (Eredivisie, September 26, 2009) Keller scored the winner with a header in the 14th minute from Nana Asare’s cross to consign AZ to their third straight league defeat.
FC Twente 2 – VVV Venlo 1 (Eredivisie, September 26, 2009) After Achmed Ahahaoui put Venlo in front with a third-minute goal, Bryan Ruiz leveled for Twente with a bicycle kick in the 15th. Eleven minutes later, Brazil defender Douglas made amends for a mistake that gifted Venlo its goal by scoring the winner from five yards.
PSV 3 – Willem II 1 (Eredivisie, September 26, 2009) Excellent strikes from Otman Bakkal and Ibrahim Afellay sandwiched an Arjan Swinkels’ own goal as the hosts raced into a 3-0 lead. PSV could not add to their tally in the second half and Willem II pulled one back through Frank Demouge four minutes from time.
RKC Waalwijk 4 – Roda 1 (Eredivisie, September 26, 2009)
Benfica 5 – Leixies 0 (Superliga, September 26, 2009) David Luiz scored the opener on the stroke of half-time and second-half efforts from Oscar Cardozo (penalty), Nascimento Ramires, Victorio Maxi Pereira and Cardozo again wrapped up a comprehensive victory. Leixoes also finished the match with nine men, Christian Pouga seeing red in the 28th minute and Miguel Nuno Silva following 10 minutes after half-time in the penalty incident.
Vitoria Setubal 0 – Pacos Ferreira 1 (Superliga, September 26, 2009) Pacos were winners over Vitoria Setubal thanks to Araujo Maykon’s early goal.
Maritimo 1 – Naval 2 (Superliga, September 26, 2009) Naval claimed their first victory of the campaign, a double from substitute Mehdi Kerrouche earning a 2-1 victory over Maritimo.
Rio Ave 0 – Academica 0 (Superliga, September 26, 2009)
Kortrijk 0 – Standard Liege 2 (Jupiler League, September 26, 2009) Wilfried Dalmat opened the scoring after 34 minutes and the man who replaced him on 89 minutes, Arnor Angeli, scored seconds later to seal the win.
Zulte-Waregem 3 – Gent 1 (Jupiler League, September 26, 2009) Chris Makiese opened the scoring on six minutes before Milos Maric equalised. Jeremy Taravel and Teddy Chevalier made it 3-1 after 35 minutes and Maric’s dismissal just before the interval ended the game as a contest.
Westerlo 2 – Sint-Truiden 0 (Jupiler League, September 26, 2009) Westerlo beat St Truidense 2-0 courtesy of a double from Aleksandr Iakovenko.
Lokeren 4 – Charleroi 1 (Jupiler League, September 26, 2009) Lokeren thrashed Charleroi with Dawid Janczyk scoring twice and Mario Carevic and a penalty from Hassan El Mouataz completing the rout. Maxime Brillault scored for the visitors.
Genk 1 – Roeselare 1 (Jupiler League, September 26, 2009) Torben Joneleit put the home side in front on eight minutes but Daniel Tozser was sent off two minutes from the end and Roeselare took full advantage, Damir Mirvic snatching an equaliser in the last minute.
Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – CSKA Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, September 26, 2009) PSG loanee Mateja Kezman fired Zenit into a lead on the stroke of halftime, converting a penalty against CSKA. A quality solo effort Vladimir Bystrov three minutes from time sealed the win for Zenit.
Dynamo Moscow 1 – Saturn 0 (Russian Premier League, September 26, 2009)
FK Moscow 3 – Khimki 0 (Russian Premier League, September 26, 2009)
Antalyaspor 1 – Fenerbahce 2 (Super Lig, September 26, 2009) Colin Kazim Richards put Fener in front after 11 minutes, but Tunisian Ali Zitouni balanced things ten minutes late. The match appeared to head for a draw until international forward Semih Senturk netted a winning goal for the visitors in the 90th minute.
Olympiakos 1 – Panionios 0 (Greek Super League, September 26, 2009) Zairi’s solitary strike gave Olympiakos the points.
Partizan Belgrade 2 – BSK Borca 1 (Superliga, September 26, 2009)
Gamba Osaka 2 – Kawasaki Frontale 1 (J-League, September 26, 2009) Yasuhito Endo proved the hero for Gamba scoring a brace in the victory. Endo steered Gamba into the lead before a terrific strike from Hiroyuki Taniguchi drew Kawasaki level just before the break. Endo won the match with a picture-perfect free-kick midway through the second half despite the fact that the dead-ball appeared to have been won by way of a blatant dive from the hosts.
Kashima Antlers 1 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 4 (J-League, September 26, 2009) After Josh Kennedy handed Nagoya a fifth minute lead, an awful error from home keeper Sogahata gifted Igor Burzanovic a simple tap-in for the visitors’ second. Keita Sugimoto put the game out of sight with Nagoya’s third before late goals from Marquinhos and Burzanovic’s second closed out the match.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 – Albirex Niigata 2 (J-League, September 26, 2009)
Kyoto Sanga FC 1- Omiya Ardija 3 (J-League, September 26, 2009)
Estudiantes 2 – Boca Juniors 1 (Apertura, September 26, 2009)
Chacarita Juniors 1 – Arsenal 0 (Apertura, September 26, 2009)
Rosario Central 0 – Colon 1 (Apertura, September 26, 2009)
Tigre 2 – San Lorenzo 3 (Apertura, September 26, 2009)
Palmeiras 2 – Atletico Paranaense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 26, 2009)
Barueri 0 – Cruzeiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 26, 2009)
USA 0 – Germany 3 (Under-20 World Cup, September 26, 2009) Semih Aydilek opened the scoring from a penalty, Florian Jungwirth doubled the lead for Ze Germans and Manuel Schaeffler scored the third.
Cameroon 2 – South Korea 0 (Under-20 World Cup, September 26, 2009) Akono Effa found the net with a free-kick in the 19th minute, and substitute Tiko doubled the lead in the 64th by heading in a free-kick from Olivier Boumale.