Manchester United 4 – Manchester City 3 (Premier League, September 20, 2009) (MOTD highlights here and MOTD highlights with interviews and analysisÂ here.)Â Pre-match the talk was all about Tevez’s inclusion for City, one minute forty plus seconds later Wayne Rooney was the only striker on people’s minds as the United number ten steered a shot into the near post following a quick thrown-in. A horrendous error by Ben Foster on the quarter hour brought Tevez back into the game, the Argentine robbing the keeper of the ball before teeing up Gareth Barry to stroke in the equaliser. Carlos Tevez closed out the first half (highlights here) by hitting the outside of the post, but minutes after the break Old Trafford erupted as Darren Fletcher headed the hosts back into the lead. Amazingly City hit back, Craig Bellamy picked up the ball just outside the top left of the box, and with little options the Welsh firebrand cracked a stunner into Foster’s far top corner. United pressed for a winner, and after a series of superb Given saves Darren Fletcher finally nodded to Red Devils ahead for the third time after a precision free-kick from Giggs. Incredibly at the death Craig Bellamy levelled for the third time, Rio gave the ball away too cheaply with a sloppy pass to Bellamy, the Welshman raced into the box and beat Foster (too easily?) at the keeper’s near post. Sir Alex threw on Little Mickey at the death and heart-stoppingly the former Liverpool forward grabbed a 95th minute winner after a through-ball from the superb Giggs. (Second half highlights here.) (Michael Owen & Darren Fletcher’s post match interview here.)
Chelsea 3 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, September 20, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Jose Bosingwa rattled a shot against the Spurs bar early doors. Chelsea’s dominance paid off when AshleyÂ Cole connected with Drogba’s cross from the right to score with a diving header. Just before the hour the Pensioners’ doubled their lead as Michael Ballack turned home a Lampard cross. And Spurs then began to fall to pieces, Ashely Cole launched a 60-yard ball to Didier Drogba over the top and the striker did brilliantly to collect, round Cudicini and score.
Everton 3 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, September 20, 2009) Everton lead after a Baines free-kick from the left found Louis Saha in plenty of space to place a side-foot volley past Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson. After the break the Toffees went 2-up, Fellaini gained a yard on the right wing and swung over a cross which Saha headed into the bottom corner of the goal. Joseph Yobo sealed a crucial three points for Everton scrapping home a third from a corner.
Wolves 2 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, September 20, 2009) Kevin Doyle headed the home side ahead just before the twenty minute mark, David Edwards doubled the lead early in the second half. Danny Murphy’s penalty gave the Cottagers some hope.
Newcastle 3 – Plymouth 1 (Championship, September 19, 2009) Steven Taylor headed Newcastle into a sixth-minute lead but Karl Duguid fired home from close-range five minutes after the break to equalise.Â Kevin Nolan headed them back in front on the hour mark and Andrew Carroll added a third late on to preserve Newcastle’s 100% home league record.
Middlesbrough 0 – West Brom 5 (Championship, September 19, 2009)
Sheffield United 3 – Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Championship, September 18, 2009)
Exeter 2 – Tranmere 1 (League One, September 19, 2009) An Adam Stansfield double left John Barnes facing yet another sacking point blank in the face as second-bottom Tranmere slumped to their seventh straight loss.
Celtic 2 – Hearts 1 (SPL, September 20, 2009) An opportunist early strike from Hearts’ Suso put the visitors in the lead at Celtic Park. A crashing Chris Killen header in the 56th minute brought the Super Hoops level and in injury time Glenn Loovens popped up to hand Celtic the three points.
Real Madrid 5 – Xerez 0 (La Liga, September 20, 2009) Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the first minute with a trademark run and low finish with his right foot. It took until the last 15 minutes for Real to put real gloss on the scoreline, Ronaldo got his second with a powerful header, Guti continued his fine recent scoring run and in the dying minutes Karim Benzema and Ruud van Nistelrooy reminded Pellegrini of their finishing prowess.
Valencia 2 – Sporting Gijon 2 (La Liga, September 20, 2009) David Barral stunned the hosts with a goal after seven minutes but former Sporting striker David Villa levelled midway through the first half. Villa scored a lovely second to seemingly set Valencia on their way the three points, but Gregory levelled four minutes from time after Miguel Moya’s error.
Athletic Bilbao 3 – Villareal 2 (La Liga, September 20, 2009) Fernando Llorente nodded in Bilbao’s opener and fired in a second off the post before the break at San Mames. Cani pulled one back for Villarreal early in the second period and after Javi Martinez had restored the home side’s advantage with a header from a corner, Santi Cazorla netted a fine free kick near the end.
Real Zaragoza 1 – Valladolid 2 (La Liga, September 20, 2009) Garcia Marquitos put Valladolid ahead after only four minutes after Da Silva Diego Costa battled to the byline and cut the ball back into his path, but Montana Jorge Lopez leveled on 26. Gonzalez Sisi put Valladolid ahead again 11 minutes after halftime, while Lopez missed two good chances to equalise.
Almeria 1 – Getafe 0 (La Liga, September 20, 2009) Michel scored the only goal of the game three minutes after the break to move Almeria into seventh spot.
Roma 3 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, September 20, 2009) Captain Francesco Totti scored the opener from the penalty spot in the 27th minute and doubled the lead six minute later, then Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi made it 3-0 four minutes before halftime. Fiorentina, who had been seeking to overtake Genoa and claim fourth place, scored an 84th-minute consolation through striker Alberto Gilardino.
AC Milan 1 – Bologna 0 (Serie A, September 20, 2009) Clarence Seedorf won the match with 15 minutes remaining, the Dutch midfielder picked up the ball wide on the left before heading off into the box and, with no tackle forthcoming Seedorf was able to run through and score all too simply.
Cagliari 1 – Inter Milan 2 (Serie A, September 20, 2009) After Maicon gave away a penalty in the Inter box, Jeda stepped up to put Cagliari into the lead. Ten minutes into the second half Diego Milito capitalised on a mistake by the home defence and the striker coolly beat the keeper to bring Inter back level. Minutes later Inter were ahead, Diego Milito was put through and the striker claimed his second of the match with ease.
Sampdoria 4 – Siena 1 (Serie A, September 20, 2009) A low Angelo Palombo shot squirmed its way into the Siena net as Samp went 1-up. The hosts doubled their lead as Daniele Mannini broke the Siena offside trap to coolly chip the keeper, and minutes into the second half Marco Padalino killed the match tucking home a rebound from six yards. Michele Fini netted a consolation in the 68th minute while Padalino grabbed Samp’s fourth at the death.
Bari 4 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, September 20, 2009) Bari stunned Atalanta with two goals in the 5th and 7th minutes, Emanuel Rivas rifled a cracker into the top corner before Barreto cutely lifted the ball over the onrushing away keeper for number two. Edgar Alvarez wrapped up a one-sided first half for Bari with a third while Massimo Donati added a fourth early in the second period.
Chievo 3 – Genoa 1 (Serie A, September 20, 2009) A Marcolini penalty followed by a simple tap-in for Erjon Bogdani had Chievo 2-up on league leaders Genoa after just six dramatic minutes. Floccari brought the visitors back into the match with a 65th minute penalty only for the Flying Donkey’s serial striker Sergio Pellissier to restore the 2-goal cushion with a 75th minute header.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga, September 20, 2009) Hamburg struck early, Ze Roberto heading home a free-kick in ninth minute. Eintracht rallied in the 32nd as Marco Russ’ volley went through the legs of Hamburg’s goalkeeper Frank Rost into the net.
Bayer Leverkusen 0 – Werder Bremen 0 (Bundesliga, September 20, 2009)
PSG 1 – Lyon 1 (Ligue 1, September 20, 2009) Ludovic Giuly fired PSG in front on 29 minutes to put them on course for victory. Bafetimbi Gomis came off the bench to snatch an equaliser six minutes from time and maintain Lyon’s unbeaten start to the season.
Lens 1 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, September 20, 2009) Razak Boukari looked to have set the hosts on their way to three points with a 57th-minute opener but Rudi Garcia’s men – a man down for the final 18 minutes following the dismissal of substitute Yohan Cabaye – never gave up and got their reward in stoppage time through Adil Rami’s header.
Toulouse 2 – Le Mans 0 (Ligue 1, September 20, 2009) Etienne Didot set Toulouse on their way with the opener on 25 minutes and Moussa Sissoko added a second after 69 minutes.
VVV Venlo 0 – Ajax 4 (Eredivisie, September 20, 2009) The irrepressible Luis Suarez scored all four goals for Martin Jol’s side.
Feyenoord 1 – PSV 3 (Eredivisie, September 20, 2009) PSV struck after ten minutes at Feyenoord through a low Danny Koevermans drive after the hosts failed to cleared their lines. Koevermans swept PSV into a 2-goal lead only for a terrible error in the visitors defence to quickly undo the good work, allowing Andwele Slory to burst through and pull a goal back for the hosts. In the 37th minute restored thier 2-goal cushion as Otman Bakkal weaved his way into the box and curler home a beauty.
Heerenveen 0 – FC Twente 2 (Eredivisie, September 20, 2009) Chelsea loanee Miroslav Stoch showed some good form as he grabbed a goal midway through each half at the Abe Lenstra Stadium.
Den Haag 0 – FC Utrecht 1 (Eredivisie, September 20, 2009) The only goal of the game arrived 20 minutes from time when Dries Merterns pounced.
Fenerbahce 1 – Buyuksehir 0 (Super Lig, September 20, 2009) Fener maintained their 100% start to the season, Wederson got the only goal of the game after 34 minutes.
Uniao Leiria 1 – Benfica 2 (Superliga, September 20, 2009) Benfica led through Javier Saviola’s fourth minute strike, but gifted the hosts an equaliser when David Luiz scored an 18th minute own goal. Benfica needed a late penalty from Oscar Cardoza to claim all three points.
Anderlecht 1 – Gent 1 (Jupiler League, September 20, 2009) Anderlecht took the lead through Ondrej Mazuch in the 31st minute, but just moments later M’Baye Leye equalised for the visitors. Anderlecht were reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of Mbark Boussafa in the 52nd minute, but Gent could not take advantage.
Westerlo 1 – Club Brugge 4 (Jupiler League, September 20, 2009) The hosts took a fourth-minute lead through Aleksandr Iakovenko. But Brugge responded with goals from Ivan Perisic, Joseph Akpala, Ronald Vargas and Rostand Kouemaha.
CSKA Moscow 3 – Dynamo Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, September 20, 2009) Early in the second half in the CSKA-Dynamo Moscow derby, a brilliant chipped through-ball released Pavel Mamaev in the box and the forward whacked home the opener for the hosts. Serbian international Milos Krasic sealed the points for CSKA with a second five minutes from time before Guilherme added some gloss to the scoreline with a late third.
Tomsk 0 – Rubin Kazan 0 (Russian Premier League, September 20, 2009)
Rosenborg 4 – Sandefjord 0 (Tippeligaen, September 20, 2009) Rosenborg’s incredible season continued with anothe thumping win for the unbeaten league leaders.
Baden 1 – Young Boys 3 (Swiss Cup, September 19, 2009)
Witikon 0 – FC Zurich 10 (Swiss Cup, September 19, 2009)
Munsingen 1 – FC Aarau 3 (Swiss Cup, September 19, 2009)
Kalmar 1 – Orebro 3 (Allsvenskan, September 20, 2009)
Panathinaikos 2 – Aris 1 (Greek Super League, September 20, 2009) Aris had taken the lead late in the first half through Brazilian defender Ronaldo Guiaro only to let Panathinaikos back into the game soon after through an own goal by Sebastian Abreu. In the 83rd, forward Dimitris Salpingidis made a run from the right wing and crossed to Costas Katsouranis who scored the winner from close range.
Dinamo Zagreb 6 – Rijeka 0 (1. HNL, September 20, 2009)
Wellington Phoenix 1 – North Queensland Fury 1 (A-League, September 20, 2009) The Phoenix led for most of the game thanks to a sixth minute effort from Leo Bertos, but a 94th minute Chris Grossman goal earned the Fury a share of the spoils.
Sydney FC 2 – Newcastle Jets 1 (A-League, September 20, 2009) Steve Corica sealed the win in the 56th minute, netted the decisive goal after Jets captain Matt Thompson canceled out Mark Bridge’s strike in the 26th minute.
Brisbane Roar 2 – Perth Glory 4 (A-League, September 20, 2009) Perth took a shock lead after only one minute when Roar defender McCloughan scored a disastrous own goal. Wayne Srhoj made it two just before the interval, capitalising on a defensive mix-up in the Roar defence. Henrique pulled one back for the home side after the break, but 10 minutes later Perth striker Jelic made it 3-1. Brisbane made it 3-2 thanks to van Dijk three minutes later, before another own goal, this time from Roar keeper Liam Reddy completed the scoring.
Boca Juniors 2 – Godoy Cruz 3 (Apertura, September 20, 2009) Boca fell behind to an early Matias Jara strike, but Sebastian Battaglia and Gary Medel turned the match in favor of Boca ten minutes into the second half. Basile’s side were reduced to ten men with Medel’s sending off for attacking an opponent moments later, and Federico Higuain drew Godoy Cruz level from the penalty spot. In second half injury-time Godoy Cruz broke on a clever counterattack, and Cristian Chavez handed the visitors the three points.
Arsenal 1 – River Plate 0 (Apertura, September 20, 2009) The only goal of the match was a penalty kick converted by Cristian Alvarez in the first half.
Lanus 0 – Newells Old Boys 2 (Apertura, September 20, 2009) Jorge Achucarro and Antonio Boghossian scored for the visitors as Newell’s jumped into fifth place with the win.
Avai 4 – Barueri 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 20, 2009)
Flamengo 3 – Coritiba 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 20, 2009)
Santo Andre 1 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 20, 2009)
Santos 0 – Botafogo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 20, 2009)