World Football: Beckham’s Glaxy look to MLS playoffs; Shimizu sit top of the J-League; Goals from Down Under as Melbourne beat Brisbane

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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.

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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)

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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)