Liverpool 2 – Manchester United 0 (Premier League, October 25, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Edwin van der Sar pulled off a tremendous double-save to first deny Fabio Aurelio’s free-kick and then stop Dirk Kuyt’s effort on the rebound. Aurelio then forced another top save from Var der Sar with a bullet header that the Dutchman saved. (First half highlights here.) In the 64th minute the Kop erupted, Benayoun fed Fernando Torres the ball into the United box, the Spaniard held off Ferdinand’s challenge before rifling the opener high into the net. With seven minutes remaining Antonio Valencia crashed a shot against the Liverpool bar. Nemanja Vidic and Javier Mascherano were both sent off at the death for two bookable offences before David Ngog killed off the game with Liverpool’s second in the 95th minute.
West Ham 2 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, October 25, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) A typically incisive passing move handed Arsenal the advantage at West Ham, Sagna eventually seeing his cross converted by Robin van Persie as Robert Green failed to cut out the ball. Arsenal doubled their lead in the 37th minute as Van Persie swung in a cracking corner that William Gallas powered home for 2-nil. (First half highlights here.) With 15 minutes remaining the Hammers scored, Mannone clawed out Diamanti’s free-kick only for Carlton Cole to follow-up with a diving header. Four minutes later Carlton Cole won a soft penalty, and Alessandro Diamanti confidently dispatched his effort to level. West Ham had to see out the final few minutes with 10-men after Scott Parker picked up two booking.
Bolton 3 – Everton 2 (Premier League, October 25, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Bolton took a 16th minute lead against an under-strength Everton side, Sam Ricketts broke down the right and his cross found Chung-Yong Lee, who steered his shot into the bottom corner with his left foot from 12 yards. Matty Taylor swung over a free-kick for Gary Cahill to head home from eight yards as Bolton doubled their lead. But wonder-strike from Louis Saha, the Frenchman whacking a glorious 25-yarder into the top corner, brought the Evertonians back into the game at the break. Everton staged a brilliant comeback at the start of the second half as Marouane Fellaini made himself a yard of space in the box before rifling the equaliser into the roof of the net. Bolton stole the points at the death as a trademark punt into the box from deep ended with Ivan Klasnic drilling in the 86th minute winner.
Manchester City 2 – Fulham 2 (Premier League, October 25, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half, Bobby Zamora fluffed the chance to give Fulham the lead by ballooning his shot over the bar from four yards out. Hughes’ men were then cruising when Martin Petrov fired home their second on the hour, seven minutes after Joleon Lescott had knocked home the opener. But eight minutes later the visitors were back on level terms when first Damien Duff and then Dempsey fired past Shay Given to lend another twist to an action-packed game.
Crystal Palace 1 – Nottingham Forest 1 (Championship, October 24, 2009) Palace took a first-half lead through a superb free-kick from Darren Ambrose, the midfielder’s seventh goal of the season. Palace’s Clint Hill was lucky to only be booked on the stroke of halftime after appearing to elbow Paul Anderson in the head. Forest equalised on the hour mark. Lewis McGugan drove the ball across the face of goal and David McGoldrick swept home from close range.
Brighton 0 – Oldham 2 (League One, October 24, 2009) Pawel Abbott and Reuben Hazell netted to seal a comfortable away win for Oldham at Brighton, who have now lost five of their seven home games.
Hamilton 1 – Celtic 2 (SPL, October 24, 2009) Celtic were 2-up at the break against Hamilton, strikers Shaun Maloney and Scott McDonald bagging the goals for the Super Hoops. Mickael Antoine-Curier’s 83rd minute goal from a free-kick proved mere consolation for Hamilton.
Barcelona 6 – Zaragoza 1 (La Liga, October 25, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Barcelona promptly responded to their critics following their two-game winless run as they crushed Real Zaragoza 6-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Seydou Keita, a double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a cherry-on-top strike from Lionel Messi.
Valencia 3 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, October 25, 2009) A hat-trick of great goals saw Valencia move into the top four as David Villa, Pablo Hernandez and Juan Mata all netted impressive efforts in the second half.
Villarreal 2 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, October 25, 2009) Ernesto Valverde’s side took the lead at the Madrigal in the 27th minute when striker Nilmar slid in at the far post and clipped Damian Escudero’s low cross high into the net. Albert Luque equalised in first-half added time with a powerful downward header before Joan Capdevila curled a left-foot strike around the wall into the bottom corner of the net just before the hour.
Valladolid 4 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, October 25, 2009) A double from Nauzet Aleman and late goals from Diego Costa and Haris Medunjanin destroyed high-flying Depor.
Tenerife 1 – Xerez 0 (La Liga, October 25, 2009) Tenerife came out on top in a battle between two other struggling sides as Alejandro Alfaro’s 75th minute goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Xerez.
Racing Santander 1 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, October 25, 2009) Racing Santander salvaged a 1-1 draw against Osasuna thanks to a last-gasp equaliser from Manuel Arana, after Walter Pandiani had opened the scoring early in the second half.
Getafe 2 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (La Liga, October 25, 2009)
Chievo 1 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, October 25, 2009) AC Milan clinched a last-gasp 2-1 win at underdogs Chievo, coming from behind through a brace from defender Alessandro Nesta.
Siena 0 – Juventus 1 (Serie A, October 25, 2009) Amuari rose between two markers to head home a Diego free-kick in the 72nd minute to break the deadlock after the Turin side had struggled to pose a threat for much of the match.
Fiorentina 0 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, October 25, 2009) A late goal by Christian Maggio gave the full three points to Napoli, who had missed a penalty just minutes before as Fabio Quagliarella saw his pot kick save by Frey.
Cagliari 3 – Genoa 2 (Serie A, October 25, 2009) Genoa’s Giandomenico Mesto saw his 20th minute free-kick deflect off the Cagliari wall as the visitors’ took the lead. Davide Biondini levelled the scores early in the second half, only for Sergio Floccari to restore Genoa’s lead four minutes later. Cagliari secured all three points with goals from Anderson Miguel Nene, from the penalty spot on 79, and substitute Andrea Lazzari three minutes from time.
Atalanta 3 – Parma 1 (Serie A, October 25, 2009) A late first half penalty from Valdes put Atalanta in the lead against Parma, and an early second half header from Simone Tiribocchi doubled the hosts lead. Alberto Paloschi brought Parma back in the match with 13 minutes to go only for Federico Peluso to killed off the visitors with Atalanta’s third.
Palermo 1 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, October 25, 2009) Palermo left it late to beat Udinese at Renzo Barbera when defender Cesare Bovo’s snatched the only goal of the game in the 87th minute to move the hosts up to fifth.
Schalke 3 – Hamburg 3 (Bundesliga, October 25, 2009) Hamburg took the lead midway through the first half at Schalke as a spellbinding run from Eljero Elia down the left set up Marcus Berg for the opener. A fabulous (overhit?) Per Trochowski free-kick on the stroke of halftime doubled Hamburg’s lead. Schalke rallied after the break, Kevin Kuranyi headed in the first in the 50th minute before Lukas Schmitz netted the leveller. Marcus Berg thought he’d won the points claiming his second of the game with 10 minutes to go, but in injury time Kevin Kuranyi claimed his brace to make it honours-even.
Bochum 1 – Werder Bremen 4 (Bundesliga, October 25, 2009) It was Stanislav Sestak who struck for Bochum but they did not stay ahead for long as Aaron Hunt equalised in the ninth minute. Marko Marin then gave Bremen a 2-1 advantage before half-time and further goals from Tim Borowski and Mesut Ozil sealed an emphatic victory.
Hertha Berlin 0 – Wolfsburg 0 (Bundesliga, October 25, 2009) Bottom club Hertha Berlin held defending champions Wolfsburg to a goalless draw in the day’s early kick-off. The stalemate did at least give Hertha their first point since the opening weekend of the season and halt a remarkable run of eight straight defeats.
Auxerre 3 – Lille 2 (Ligue 1, October 25, 2009) Auxerre came from behind to prevail 3-2 after Gervinho had opened the scoring on 26 minutes. Ireneusz Jelen equalised in the 37th minute before Pierre-Alain Frau restored Lille’s advantage four minutes later. Auxerre rallied in the second half but did not draw level until Jelen stroked home his second of the afternoon on 78 minutes. Daniel Niculae then popped up with the winning goal after 82 minutes to catapult Auxerre up to seventh.
Lens 0 – Toulouse 2 (Ligue 1, October 25, 2009) The visitors’ French internationals Moussa Sissoko and Andre-Pierre Gignac secured the points, with midfielder Sissoko tapping home in the 35th minute after Franck Tabanou’s shot had hit the crossbar and Gignac claiming a well-taken second 11 minutes into the second half.
AZ Alkmaar 2 – Ajax 4 (Eredivisie, October 25, 2009) Ronald Koeman’s side had the better of the opening half with Mounir El Hamdaoui giving the home side a 28th minute lead. A blistering spell of three goals in nine second half minutes for Ajax saw the game turn on its head. Urby Emanuelson, Luis Suarez and Gregory van der Wiel all netted before Suarez added his second in injury time. Graziano Pelle pulled one back for AZ late on, but it proved nothing more than a consolation for the champions.
Willem IIÂ 4 – SC Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, October 25, 2009) Sergio Zijler broke the deadlock within minutes of the restart before Said Boutahar added a second, although the visitors threatened a comeback when Michal Papadopulos pulled one back on 65 minutes. Frank Demouge’s brace gave Willem II just their third win of the season, while Heerenveen are now second from bottom in the table.
NEC 0 – PSV 4 (Eredivisie, October 25, 2009) The onslaught started early with Balazs Dzsudzsak opening the scoring in the first minute with Jonathan Reis doubling the visitors’ advantage on the quarter-hour mark. Otman Bakkal made it 3-0 four minutes into the second half and Danko Lazovic’s penalty four minutes later completed the rout.
FC Twente 4 – FC Groningen 0 (Eredivisie, October 25, 2009) Miroslav Stoch opened the scoring early in the opening period and Dwight Tiendalli added a second after 22 minutes before Blaise Nkufo, from the penalty spot, and Bryan Ruiz sealed the win.
KV Mechelen 0 – Anderlecht 2 (Jupiler League, October 25, 2009) Romelu Lukaku and Mbark Boussoufa were on target for Anderlecht, who are a point behind Brugge and five points clear of third-placed Mechelen.
Roeselare 2 – Club Brugge 3 (Jupiler League, October 25, 2009) Two goals in three first-half minutes from Ivan Perisic and Ronald Vargas saw the visitors in the ascendancy, but Bjarni Geir Vidarsson’s penalty seven minutes into the second half pulled a goal back. Brugge scored a third through Rostand Kouemaha after 66 minutes before Mahamadou Dissa’s 84th-minute strike made for a tense finish before the visitors secured their eighth win of the campaign.
Porto 3 – Academica Coimbra 2 (Superliga, October 25, 2009) Two goals from substitute Farias and another from Mariano edged out Academica , who scored through Miguel Pedro and Sougou.
Maritimo 3 – Pacos Ferreira 1 (Superliga, October 25, 2009) An own goal from Maciel Ozeia put Maritimo on their way and Djalma added a second before Manuel Jose was sent off at the end of the first half to make the visitors’ task more difficult. Djalma scored his second two minutes into the second half and Olimpio Leonel scored a consolation for the visitors after 80 minutes.
Rostov 1 – Rubin Kazan 2 (Russian Premier League, October 25, 2009) Rubin, who stunned Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Cristian Ansaldi. Mersudin Ahmetovic pulled one back at the start of the second period, but the visitors held on to re-establish their one-point advantage over Spartak Moscow.
Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – Spartak Nalchik 2 (Russian Premier League, October 25, 2009) In a ding-dong match, Vladimir Bystrov put Zenit ahead after 9 minutes only for David Siradze to level three minutes later. Fatih Tekke restore’s Zenit’s lead on the half hour but midway through the second half Leandro levelled for the visitors once more.
CSKA Moscow 1 – FC Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, October 25, 2009) Juande Ramos’ side were dismantled in the Moscow derby as goals from Dmitriy Tarasov, Aleksey Rebko (penalty) and Alexandru Epureanu had the visitors’ 3-up after 39 minutes.Tomas Necid score at the death for CSKA.
Amkar Perm 0 – Tomsk 0 (Russian Premier League, October 25, 2009)
Fenerbahce 3 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Lig, October 25, 2009) A double from midfielder Alex had put the Yellow Canaries clear, before Hakan Balta pulled one back. Kader Keita was red carded for the visitors, and Daniel Guiza clinched a deserved victory the in the dying moments.
RB Salzburg 1 – Ried 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, October 25, 2009) Anel Hadzic put Ried in front on the stroke half-time but Christoph Leitgeb saved Salzburg’s blushes 12 minutes from the end.
Austria Vienna 3 – LASK Linz 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, October 25, 2009) Manuel Ortlechner, Mamadou Diabang – on target one minute after coming off the bench – and Michael Liendl scored as Austria Vienna secured an eighth win of the season.
Rapid Vienna 4 – Mattersburg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, October 25, 2009) Markus Katzer and Rene Gartler netted first-half goals before a gloss was put on the scoreline with goals in the final four minutes from Hamdi Salihi and Stefan Hoffmann.
Panathinaikos 2 – PAOK 1 (Greek Super League, October 25, 2009) Costas Katsouranis scored one goal in each half on Sunday to lead Panathinaikos to a 2-1 win over PAOK Thessaloniki that took them back to the top of the Greek league, level on points with Olympiakos.
Panthrakikos 1 – Larisa 3 (Greek Super League, October 25, 2009)
Hammarby 1 – AIK Stockholm 2 (Allsvenskan, October 25, 2009) Antonio Flavio had his 35th-minute opener for AIK cancelled out by Simon Helg after 60 minutes, but substitute Kenny Pavey struck 11 minutes later to secure the visitors’ seventh away win of the season.
Elfsborg 1 – Hacken 1 (Allsvenskan, October 25, 2009) A Mattias Ostberg own goal looked to have earned the 2006 champions the points, but Marcus Jarlegren came off the bench to net an equaliser for Hacken in the dying seconds.
Gefle 2 – Trelleborg 1 (Allsvenskan, October 25, 2009) Goals from Alexander Gerndt and Andreas Dahlen enabled Gefle to claim a 2-1 success over Trelleborg, who replied through Joakim Sjohage.
Rosenborg 2 – Aalesund 1 (Tippeligaen, October 25, 2009) Champions Rosenborg continued their successful campaign with a 2-1 victory over Aalesund courtesy of goals from Abdoulrazak Traore and a incredible Rade Prica free-kick.
St. Gallen 1 – Zurich 3 (Swiss Super League, October 25, 2009)
Lucerne 4 – Basel 5 (Swiss Super League, October 25, 2009)
Zakarpattia 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, October 25, 2009)
Qatar SC 3 – Al Gharafa 3 (Qatari Stars League, October 24, 2009) Qatar SC took the lead after ten minutes through Sebastian Soria before Iraqi midfielder Qusai Munir made it 2-nil with a powerful shot from distance four minutes later. Al Gharafa pulled a goal back through Younis Mahmoud after 33 minutes before they levelled in the fifth minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half through a wonder-strike from Brazilian legend Juninho. Al Gharafa took the lead for the first time on the night in the 55th minute with a powerful header from Belal Mohamad, but Qatar SC equalised after 73 minutes through Yousef Ahmed.
Wellington Phoenix 6 – Gold Coast United 0 (A-League, October 25, 2009) Phoenix finally found its goal-scoring boots with Daniel grabbing a brace and Tim Brown, Chris Greenacre, Paul Ifill and Troy Hearfield also on target.
Sydney FC 2 – Brisbane Roar 1 (A-League, October 25, 2009 Alex Brosque struck in the 55th minute and Slovakian international Karol Kisel doubled the advantage after 69 minutes, before never-say-die Roar revived the contest with a Isaka Cernak goal in the 72nd minute.
Kawasaki Frontale 7 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 (J-League, October 25, 2009) Yusuke Mori set up Juninho to put Frontale on their way before the home side, boosted by the 26th-minute dismissal of Hiroshima defender Ryota Moriwaki, ran riot with six goals after the break at Todoroki Stadium. Chong Tese, Yusuke Tasaka, Renatinho, Kengo Nakamura and substitute Kyohei Noborizato all put their names on the scoresheet before Juninho completed the rout in the last minute with his 16th goal of the season.
Nagoya Grampus Eight 3 – Jubilo Iwata 3 (J-League, October 25, 2009) Ryoichi Maeda helped himself to a hat trick to take his tally for the season to a league-leading 18 goals, but Jubilo Iwata squandered a 3-0 lead in a 3-3 draw away to Nagoya Grampus.
Urawa Red Diamonds 0 – Omiya Ardija 3 (J-League, October 25, 2009) Brazilian striker Rafael hit a brace as Omiya Ardija claimed local bragging rights and took a giant step toward first-division survival with a 3-0 win over Urawa Reds, who had Robson Ponte sent off four minutes before halftime at Saitama Stadium.
River Plate 1 – Boca Juniors 1 (Apertura, October 25, 2009) A beautiful early free-kick from Marcelo Gallardo was cancelled out by a fine Martin Palermo drive early in the second half, the latter period also bringing a red card for each side.
Santos 3 – Sao Paulo 4 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 25, 2009) Santos opened the scoring with striker Andre in the sixth before midfielder Hernanes equalised for Sao Paulo with a powerful right-footed free kick in the 12th. Midfielder Rodrigo Souto put Santos back on top in the 26th, but striker Washington leveled the score again in the 38th. Jorge Wagner gave Sao Paulo the lead from close range in the 59th, and substitute striker Robson equalized with a header in the 66th before goalie Rogerio Ceni sealed Sao Paulo’s win. The prolific goalkeeper was sent off in the 77th after a foul on Santos substitute striker Jean.
Corinthians 0 – Cruzeiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 25, 2009)
Avai 2 – Sport Recife 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 25, 2009)
Coritiba 3 – Atletico Paranaense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 25, 2009)
Goias 2 – Fluminense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 25, 2009)
Internacional 1 – Gremio 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 25, 2009) Argentine midfielder Andres D’Alessandro netted the only goal of the game.
Botafogo 0 – Flamengo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 25, 2009) Adriano netted his 16th goal of the season as Flamengo claimed third win in a row and 10th match unbeaten.