VIDEO: West Ham’s Zavon Hines spares England’s blushes in nine-goal thriller; Liverpool’s Nemeth scores the winner as Hungary dump Italy out the U20 World Cup

England 6 – Macedonia 3 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009) England were cruising after headed goals from from Kieran Gibbs and captain Micah Richards inside the opening half-hour had given them a 2-0 lead. Macedonia pulled a goal back when Muarem’s free-kick deceived Scott Loach shortly before the break. Shortly after the restart it was all-square, Agim Ibraimi beating Mancienne to a hopeful punt forward and finishing expertly. Andy Carroll made it a hat-trick of England headers with a near-post finish, although a crazy five-minute spell was completed when Gibbs sliced an Ibraimi corner into his own net to make the score 3-3. West Ham’s 20-year-old forward Zavon Hines then came off the bench to make his debut, and his introduced produced instant success as he slotted in Cleverley’s pass in the 67th minute. Carroll (87) and Hines (90) then closed out a thrilling match with England’s fifth and sixth goals.

Latvia 5 – Romania 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009) Edgars Gauracs scored his second hat-trick of Latvia’s qualifying campaign as the home side stunned Group 1 leaders Romania in Riga.

Serbia 2 – Cyprus 0 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009) A goal in each half from Milan Milanovic and Danijel Aleksic (a volley from a corner from Manchester United’s Adem Ljalac) gave Serbia victory.

Greece 2 – Portugal 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009) Greece lead after forward Vassilis Koutsianikoulis raced past Miguel Vítor then shot beyond Ventura in the third minute. Portugal levelled when the Greek defence failed to deal with Rabiola’s 83rd minute corner Miguel Vitor pounced to restore parity. But Greece hit back at the death as Kyriakos Papadopoulos rose high to head in Soiledis’s free-kick in the final minute to leave the home side undefeated after four matches.

Ukraine 1 – Belgium 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009)

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Italy 2 – Hungary 3 (AET) (U20 World Cup, October 9, 2009) Liverpool striker Krisztian Nemeth was shoved in the area in the opening minute and Vladimir Koman scored from the spot. Italy lost Gentili 20 minutes in, but despite the man disadvantage the Azzurini rallied in the 82nd through Antonio Mazzotta. Both sides had players dismissed before the game went into extra time and in the 112th minute, Koman found Nemeth with a delightful pass and the striker made no mistake. Remarkably, just a minute later Italy equalised again when Giacomo Bonaventura ran at the Hungary defence and unleashed a shot which flew home. A second yellow to Michelangelo Albertazzi reduced the Italians to eight men and left their defense completely stretched, and Hungary took advantage when Nemeth chased down a long ball before showing great composure to steer the ball home.

South Korea 2 – Ghana 3 (U20 World Cup, October 9, 2009) Ghana took the lead on eight minutes through Dominic Adiyiah, Ransford Osei doubling the lead with an incisive left-foot finish. The Koreans pulled one back when Park Hee-Seong netted a looping header after 31 minutes. Adiyiah rounded off a fine performance with his second on 78 minutes, casually passing the ball home to seal the win.  Kim Dong-Sub hit a consolation header eight minutes from time.

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Academica 0 – Beira Mar 0 (Carlsberg Cup, October 9, 2009)

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Melbourne Victory 0 – Sydney FC 3 (A-League, October 9, 2009) Sydney won the match within the space of five quite stunning first half minutes. It started in the 14th, when the in-form Alex Brosque sent Simon Colossimo’s superb curled effort into the area looping over goalkeeper Glen Moss with a clever header. Barely a minute later and the home side were stunned by Mark Bridge who slid a low effort inside the right post. Bridge then grabbed a second on 19 minutes, poking home Cole’s perfectly measured cross from the right flank.

Perth Glory 1 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, October 9, 2009) Perth’s 22 year-old keeper Tando Velaphi made a number of fine stops to keep his side in the match before Dutch midfielder Victor Sikora netted a late winner to send the Reds home empty handed.

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Chacarita Juniors 0 – San Lorenzo 2 (Apertura, October 9, 2009) Diego Rivero opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a spellbinding shot from 30-yards out that crashed in the top corner, Papu Gomez doubling the visitors’ lead early in the second half after the home keeper spilled the ball in the box.