Arsenal see off the Baggies; Torres on target as Liverpool win at Sunderland; Barca defeat Boca with a dramatic comeback; Dortmund edge out Leverkusen in a thriller

Sunderland 0 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) (LFC TV highlights here.) Fernando Torres struck with a quality finish from 25-yards out in the 85th minute to get Liverpool’s season off to a great start.

Arsenal 1 – West Brom 0 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) Samir Nasri marked his debut with a goal four minutes into the new season, a classic Arsenal move saw the Frenchman tap home from a Denilson cross.

Everton 2 – Blackburn 3 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) Blackburn moved ahead at Goodison Park, Pederson played in David Dunn who took a touched inside, steadied himself, and curled a sweet left-footer into the bottom right corner. But Paul Robinson was at fault for allowing Everton to equalise on the stroke of half-time, allowing Mikel Arteta to fire home a free-kick in the keeper’s near post from a tight angle. The Toffees moved ahead in the second half, Arteta burst down the left wing, fired in a cross, and Yakubu powered home a header. But back came Paul Ince’s side, Lescott defended poorly from a long ball, allowing Roque Santa Cruz free space in the box and Rovers’ leading striker levelled. Late on it was Andre Ooijer who scored the winner, tapping home from close range.

Hull City 2 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) New boys Hull pulled off a great win after Seol Ki-Hyeon had headed the Cottagers into the lead. Giovanni equalised with a fine curling effort and Caleb Folan slid home the winner after Fagan had robbed Konchesky.

Bolton 3 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) Gretar Steinsson scored a stunner to give Bolton the lead over Stoke, smashing a bending shot from the right hand side of pitch which sailed into the far post off the underside of the bar. Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander added goals before the break, Ricardo Fuller scored the consolation for Stoke in injury-time.

West Ham 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) Dean Ashton scored two to give the Hammers an opening day victory, Amr Zaki scored a great left-footed volley for the Latics just after half-time.

Middlesbrough 2 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) David Wheater and Mido condemned Spurs to an opening day defeat to deflate much of their optimism after yet another impressive pre-season. Huth scored an og in injury-time.

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Southport 1 – Harrogate 0 (Blue Square North, August 16, 2008) Southport’s winner was scored by Kilheeny in the 22nd minute.

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Rangers 2 – Hearts 0 (SPL, August 16, 2008) Kyle Lafferty fired his first goal for Rangers in the 38th minute. Hearts’ hopes of salvaging a point evaporated when they had Saulius Mikoliunas sent off for his second bookable offence. In stoppage time Kris Boyd blasted in a penalty to wrap up the game.

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Barcelona 2 – Boca Juniors 1 (Joan Gamper Trophy, August 16, 2008) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Boca drew first blood through Lucas Viatri in the 72nd minute, the 21-year-old midfielder took advantage of a mix-up in the Barca defence to slot the ball past a paralyzed Pinto. Barca brought on Xavi, Iniesta and Eto’o, but heading into injury-time the Catalans were still trailing. But the hosts levelled in the 92st minute, Xavi’s corner was header home by Carles Puyol. And in the 95th minute Xavi played in an inviting cross, with Samuel Eto’o in the right place at the right time to nod home a dramatic winner. (Both Barca goals can be seen here.)

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Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Valdez opened the scoring for Dortmund after four minutes. Helmes bagged a goal on his league debut to briefly bring the hosts level at 1-1, but Kringe restored Dortmund’s lead. Subotic headed the visitors’ crucial third after 49 minutes, and while Kiessling gave Leverkusen hope of a point with a late goal, the visitors held out. Dortmund’s win was marred by the injury to Dede, who was forced off injured with suspected cruciate knee ligament damage.

Arminia Bielefeld 2 – Werder Bremen 2 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) An Artur Wichniarek double cancelled out a brace from Markus Rosenberg as Bremen’s Bundesliga challenge got off to a stuttering start.

Wolfsburg 2 – Cologne 1 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) Milivoje Novakovic put Cologne ahead after 20 minutes, but Christian Gentner and Zvjezdan Misimovic struck second-half goals to spare the hosts’ blushes and secure the three points.

Energie Cottbus 0 – Hoffenheim 3 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) Hoffenheim celebrated their first ever match in the Bundesliga with a stunning win at Cottbus. Two goals from Vedad Ibisevic sandwiched Demba Ba’s strike to give the visitors the perfect start to their season.

Karlsruhe 1 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) Having been last season’s surprise package, Karlsruhe set about proving that was no fluke as Christian Eichner got the only goal of the game in the 29th minute.

Mainz 3 – Kaiserslautern 3 (Bundesliga II, August 15, 2008)

St. Pauli 2 – Osnabruck 2 (Bundesliga II, August 15, 2008)

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PSG 1 – Bordeaux 0 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2008) Guillame Hoara’s first goal for PSG delivered the Parisians first win of the season.

Caen 3 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2008) Caen raced to a three goal lead through Florentin, Savidan and Eluchans. Filip Sebo broke home resistance with a header on the stroke of half-time.

Lille 1 – Le Mans 3 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2008)

Toulouse 2 – Le Havre 1 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2008)

Saint-Etienne 2 – Sochaux 1 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2008) Blaise Matuidi put the hosts ahead before Pascal Feindouno doubled the lead from the spot. Damien Perquis, who left Saint-Etienne in the summer, pulled a goal back for the visitors with a superb long-ranged shot.

Nice 2 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2008)

Nantes 1 – Monaco 1 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2008) Monaco lead the table with four points after Meriem’s 4th minute opener for Monaco was cancelled out by Keseru.

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Bari 2 – Bassano Virtus 0 (Coppa Italia, August 16, 2008) Bari secured the win in the final 20 minutes of the match, Barreto put the hosts ahead from the spot before Barreto bagged his second three minutes later with a tidy finish in the box.

Parma 3 – Portogruaro 2 (Coppa Italia, August 16, 2008) Parma almost got a shock when the Serie C outfit took a commanding 2-0 lead through Cunico on 35 minutes and substitute Maniero on the hour mark. Massimo Paci got Parma back into the game, but it took a last-gasp equaliser from Stefano Morrone to force extra time, where Daniele Paponi popped up with the winner.

Albinoleffe* 2 – Pescara 2 (Pens. 6-5) (Coppa Italia, August 16, 2008) Albinoleffe struggled to get past third division Pescara, needing penalties to get into the third round.

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Porto 0 – Sporting Lisbon 2 (Super Cup, August 16, 2008) Tanick Djalo put Sporting in front, collecting a ball which deflected in the box and scoring from around the penalty spot. In the second half Djalo again found himself in the right place to turn home the second.

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FC Lviv 0 – Vorskla Poltava 0 (Vyscha Liga, August 16, 2008)

Tavriya Symferopol 3 – Arsenal Kyiv 1 (Vyscha Liga, August 16, 2008)

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Polonia Warsaw 0 – Wisla Krakow 2 (Ekstraklasa, August 16, 2008) Wisla bagged all three points thanks to goals in each half from Brozek.

Ruch Chorzow 2 – Lechia Gdansk 1 (Ekstraklasa, August 16, 2008)

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DVTK Borsodi 2 – MTK Budapest 3 (Soproni Liga, August 16, 2008)

Ujpest 1 – Haladas 0 (Soproni Liga, August 15, 2008)

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Argentina 2 – Holland 1 AET (Olympics quarter-final, August 16, 2008) Diego Maradona was on hand to watch Lionel Messi give Argentina the lead over Holland, the diminutive forward bursting through the middle before coolly slotting home the opener. But the Dutch drew level in the 36th minute, a deflected free-kick fell into the path of Otman Bakkal, who scored from inside the six yard box. Angel Di Maria scored the winner at the end of the first period of extra time, Messi played him in with a great ball.

Brazil 2 – Cameroon 0 AET (Olympics quarter-final, August 16, 2008) Cameroon had Baning sent-off for two bookable offences but it wasn’t until the 101st minute that Brazil made the breakthrough with a goal from Sobis and four minutes later Marcelo (a fine flowing move) made the game safe.

Italy 2 – Belgium 3 (Olympics quarter-final, August 16, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Thomas Vermaelen was red-carded for dragging Acquafresca down in the box, Rossi scored from the spot. Belgium levelled in the 24th minute when Moussa Dembele’s header was adjudged to have crossed the line. Mirallas then gave the Belgians an unlikely lead seconds before half-time. Italy were awarded another penalty on 74 minutes for a foul on Paulo de Ceglie and Rossi slotted home his second spot kick. Mirallas forced Italian keeper Viviano off the pitch after a collision between the players. Belgium won the thriller with Dembele’s second of the game, firing through the keeper’s leg for an unlikely win.

Nigeria 2 – Ivory Coast 0 (Olympics quarter-final, August 16, 2008) Peter Odemwingie hit a right-footed strike past Ivorian goalkeeper Vincent Angina in the 44th, and Obinna added the second goal in the 80th after defender Souleymane Bamba took down Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi in the box.

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Houston Dynamo 4 – Real Salt Lake 3 (MLS, August 16, 2008) Yura Movsisyan gave RSL the lead after just 3 minutes, Mullan leveled the score in the 13th minute. Javier Morales restored the visitors lead with a low drive only for Brian Ching to draw Houston level again, drilling a left-footed shot past Rimando. The Dynamo then moved ahead with a 30-yard sizzler from Ricardo Clark, and Jaqua netted his first MLS goal to make it 4-1 at half-time. Kenny Deuchar bagged a late consolation for RSL.

Columbus Crew 2 – FC Dallas 1 (MLS, August 16, 2008) Jeff Cunningham opened the scoring, tucking home a pass from Adrian Serioux to notch Cunningham’s 100th MLS career goal. But the Crew hit back with two goals in three second half minutes. Brian Carroll sent a bouncing shot past keeper Sala to tie it in the 62nd minute, and Brad Evan’s header sealed the win for the Crew.

San Jose Earthquakes 4 – New England Revolution 0 (MLS, August 16, 2008) Bottom club San Jose upset the form book with a thrashing of leaders New England. Irish midfielder Ronnie O’Brien scored twice for San Jose, which also got goals from Scott Sealy and Ryan Johnson.

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Sydney FC 0 – Melbourne Victory 0 (A-League, August 16, 2008) The game was marred by some fighting in the stands which had to be dealt with by New South Wales police.

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Cruzeiro 2 – Vitoria 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 16, 2008)

Criciuma 0 – Ponte Preta 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 16, 2008)

Barueri 4 – Juventude 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 16, 2008)

ABC 1 – CRB 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 16, 2008)

Corinthians 2 – America-RN 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 16, 2008)

Ceara 3 – Marilia 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 15, 2008)

Sao Caetano 3 – Avai 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, August 15, 2008)

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Tigre 2 – Arsenal Sarandi 1 (Apertura, August 16, 2008)

Godoy Cruz 1 – San Lorenzo 2 (Apertura, August 16, 2008)

Gimnasia J 1 – Colon 4 (Apertura, August 16, 2008)

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Monterrey 2 – Tecos 4 (Mexican Apertura, August 16, 2008) (Longer highlights here.)

Pachuca 1 – CF America 1 (Mexican Apertura, August 16, 2008)

Atlas 0 – San Luis 1 (Mexican Apertura, August 16, 2008)

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Espoli 0 – Macara 1 (Campeonato Ecuatoriano, August 16, 2008)


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