Chelsea 1 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, September 21, 2008) (Longer highlights , extended highlights , MOTD highlights .) Manchester United started brightly, Rooney improvising to sent a looped shot just wide, but Chelsea also had an early chance when Joe Cole sent a shot just past van der Sar’s post. After 15 minutes Rooney teed up Rio Ferdinand, but the defender’s shot was saved by Cech. However the champions soon made their early pressure count, Evra burst down the left before slipping a pass through to Berbatov, whose shot from the was parried by Cech and Park Ji-Sung slotted in the rebound. Alex, who came on to replace Carvalho, saw his swerving saved by Kuszczak, who had replaced an injured van der Sar. (First half highlights .) After the break the Blues should have equalised, Ballack freed Joe Cole through on goal, but Cole could only find Kuszczak between the sticks. Chelsea, who were defending a four-and-a-half year unbeaten home record, drew level with 12 minutes to go – Mikel’s free-kick drifted into the heart of the goal and sub-Solomon Kalou escaped a static Berbatov to head in the equaliser (where was Kuszczak?). At the death, sub-Cristiano Ronaldo attempted a bicycle-kick which was more for show than a real effort on target.
West Brom 1 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, September 21, 2008) (MOTD highlights .) In the Midlands derby, John Carew headed home Ashley Young’s free-kick after 27 minutes, and Gabi Agbonlahor doubled the advantage a minute later after Leon Barnett made a hash of a clearance. James Morrison pulled a goal back for West Brom, capitalising on Friedel’s mistake from Koren’s 25-yard shot.
Manchester City 6 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, September 21, 2008) (MOTD highlights .) City’s new Brazilian connection combined for the opener against Portsmouth, Robhino cut in from the left to feed Jo’s superbly timed-run, and the striker beat David James to the ball to roll his shot into the empty net. Pompey’s defense then conceded a soft second, David James (without a player marking the near post) struggled to deal with a near-post corner and Dunne was on hand to knock in the second. After the break Eastlands witnessed a beautiful goal, Steven Ireland’s raking pass picked out Jo through the middle, Jo played in Robinho and the number 10 struck his second goal in as many games to make it three-nil. From then on City went into overdrive, Shaun Wright-Phillips smashed home the fourth before a brilliant move start by Robinho and continued by SWP was finished by sub-Ched Evans. In the final moments Gelson Fernandez added a sixth to humiliate Redknapp’s Pompey.
Hull 2 – Everton 2 (Premier League, September 21, 2008) (MOTD highlights .) Hull took a first-half lead through defender Michael Turner’s fine back post header from a corner, and the Tigers extended their advantage, again from a corner, with Phil Neville putting through his own net. But Everton fought back, Tim Cahill latched onto a loose free-kick to score a controversial goal which was questionably over the line. And the equaliser was pure class, a fabulous team move resulted with Leon Osman hitting the leveller.
Tottenham 0 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, September 21, 2008) Suddenly the idea of selling three top-class forwards in 2008 doesn’t seem like such a great idea, perhaps the only surprise at WHL yesterday was that neither Heskey or Zaki could get on the scoresheet.
Hartlepool 3 – Oldham 3 (League One, September 20, 2008) Leaders Oldham extended their unbeaten league run to seven matches. Lee Hughes scored a close-range header to give the Latics the advantage after 21 minutes, Chris Taylor doubled the lead just before the break. Hartlepool pulled level within three minutes of the restart through Andy Monkhouse and Antony Sweeney. Joel Porter then made it three in five minutes for Hartlepool to give the hosts a 3-2 lead but Chris Taylor’s 18-yard shot ensured the match finished all square.
Kilmarnock 1 – Celtic 3 (SPL, September 21, 2008) Shaun Maloney curled home the opener in 25 minutes following a penalty which he struck wide after he had been tripped inside the box by Killie defender Garry Hay. Samaras scored a wonderful solo goal 10 minutes after the break and an 80th minute penalty before Killie midfielder Mehdi Taouil scored a consolation from the spot after Celtic defender Gary Caldwell was sent off for handling a Simon Ford header on the line.
Sporting Gijon 1 – Barcelona 6 (La Liga, September 21, 2008) (Longer highlights .) Xavi put the visitors in front on 27 minutes and six minutes later Samuel Eto’o increased the lead. Jorge put through his own net five minutes into the second half before Gijon pulled one back 60 seconds later through Francisco Maldonado. Gijon then saw Gerard sent off before Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi twice (second goal ) in the last five minutes, completed the rout for Barca and secure their first win of the season.
Racing Santander 0 – Real Madrid 2 (La Liga, September 21, 2008) After a cagey first-half, Ruben de la Red put Real in front on 54 minutes after a blistering run down the right from Higuain. Ruud van Nistelrooy doubled the lead by beating the keeper at the near post.
Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, September 21, 2008)
Athletic Bilbao 2 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, September 21, 2008) Fernando Llorente and Andoni Iraola (penalty) netted in the second half for Bilbao.
Almeria 1 – Malaga 0 (La Liga, September 21, 2008) Alvaro Negredo struck the decisive goal on 75 minutes before Malaga’s Miguel Angel was dismissed five minutes later, with Almeria’s Jose Ortiz seeing red two minutes later.
Real Betis 0 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, September 21, 2008)
Valencia 1 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, September 21, 2008) Cesar Azpilicueta was sent off for the visitors on 63 minutes before Juan Mata grabbed the only goal seven minutes from time.
Tenerife 1 – Huesca 1 (Segunda Division, September 21, 2008)
All the goals from the afternoon games in Serie A can be seen .
AC Milan 4 – Lazio 1 (Serie A, September 21, 2008) AC Milan took the lead in the eighth minute, Clarence Seedorf played a one-two off the chest of Lazio’s Ledesma and blasted a shot into the roof of the net. Mauro Zarate brought Lazio level on 26 minutes, beating the offside trap and finishing past Abbiati. Gianluca Zambrotta restored Milan’s lead with a brilliant effort from 31 metres that gave Carrizo no chance as it whistled into the net. (First-half highlights .) After the break the Rossoneri took control, Alexandre Pato made it 3-1 heading in a Jankulovski cross and then Kaka scored the fourth with a terrific curling strike from outside the box.
Cagliari 0 – Juventus 1 (Serie A, September 21, 2008) Juventus moved ahead away at Cagliari when Amauri collected the ball in the box and fired a low shot into the bottom corner.
Torino 1 – Inter Milan 3 (Serie A, September 21, 2008) Inter Milan raced into a three goal lead at Torino, Pisano’s own-goal, Maicon’s near post stunner and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s break-away goal put Mourinho’s charges in the ascendancy. Abbruscato netted a consolation for the hosts, as Inter moved to top spot in Italy.
Udinese 0 – Napoli 0 (Serie A, September 21, 2008)
Fiorentina 1 – Bologna 0 (Serie A, September 21, 2008) Antonio Gilardino continued his resurgence at the Viola by netting the winner, peeling off to the back post to thump home a header from Mario Santana’s right-wing cross eight minutes before the break.
Palermo 2 – Genoa 1 (Serie A, September 21, 2008) Goals from Edison Cavani (39) and Cesare Bovo (58) rendered Diego Milito’s effort a minute from time nothing more than a consolation.
Lecce 1 – Siena 1 (Serie A, September 21, 2008) Lecce and Siena could not be separated as substitute Fabio Caserta (55) came off the bench for the former to rescue his side a point after earlier Daniele Ficagna (38) had opened the scoring.
Sampdoria 1 – Chievo 1 (Serie A, September 21, 2008) The Flying Donkeys came from behind to grab a point. Daniele Franceschini opened the scoring on 48 minutes, only for Antonio Langella to level for Chievo just two minutes later.
Energie Cottbus 1 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, September 20, 2008) Dennis Sorensen had given Cottbus a 13th minute lead, but Anthar Yahia headed home the equaliser for Bochum two minutes after half-time.
Schalke 1 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, September 20, 2008) Frankfurt had Chris sent off on 34 minutes for a foul on Heiko Westermann and seven minutes later Jefferson Farfan’s shot found the net via Patrick Ochs’ deflection.
Wolfsburg 3 – Hamburg 0 (Bundesliga, September 21, 2008) The home side set about their opponents from the off and after Ashkan Dejagah, Alexander Madlung and Grafite had made it three before half an hour was on the clock, there was no way back for Hamburg.
Hoffenheim 4 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, September 21, 2008) Vedad Ibisevic got the home side off the mark in the fifth minute and by half-time they had doubled their advantage thanks to Fejae Salihovic’s effort. It got no better for Dortmund after the break as Ibisevic with his second and Carlos Eduardo made light of Neven Subotic’s late consolation.
Stuttgart 3 – Karlsruhe 1 (Bundesliga, September 21, 2008)
Saint-Etienne 1 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, September 21, 2008) Mouhamadou Dabo struck in the 14th minute when he cut inside down the left and hit a powerful swerving shot beyond goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.
Feyenoord 2 – Ajax 2 (Eredivisie, September 21, 2008) Sarpong put Ajax in the lead after 39 minutes but Jon Dahl Tomasson levelled five minutes after the break. Klaas Jan Huntelaar restored the Ajax’s advantage, but? Feyenoord earned a 86th minute penalty which Tomasson struck into the upper left corner for 2-2.
Roda 0 – NAC 3 (Eredivisie, September 21, 2008) Kees Kwakman (55), a penalty from Donny Gorter (67) and Matthew Amoah (90) completed the rout.
Heerenveen 2 – NEC 1 (Eredivisie, September 21, 2008) Danijel Pranjic gave the home side the lead two minutes after half-time before Elyounossi struck to render Jhon van Beukering?€™s 90th-minute goal a mere consolation.
Naval 3 – Trofense 1 (Superliga, September 21, 2008)
Rio Ave 0 – FC Porto 0 (Superliga, September 21, 2008)
Academica Coimbra 1 – Vitoria Setubal 0 (Superliga, September 21, 2008)
Leixoes 2 – Braga 0 (Superliga, September 21, 2008)
Amadora 0 – Maritimo 0 (Superliga, September 21, 2008)
Fenerbahce 3 – Genclerbirligi 0 (Super Lig, September 20, 2008) Alex put Fener in the lead in the 41st minute and Daniel Guiza netted the home side’s second in the 64th minute. Colin Kazim-Richards bagged the third in the 89th minute.
Besiktas 3 – Gaziantepspor 0 (Super Lig, September 21, 2008)
Olympiakos 4 – Panserraikos 1 (Greek Super League, September 21, 2008) Darko Kovacevic, Luciano Galletti, Diogo and Oscar scored for Olympiakos, while Bozidar Tadic converted a penalty for Panserraikos’ consolation goal.
Thrasyvoulos 0 – Asteras Tripolis 2 (Greek Super League, September 21, 2008)
Schotz 0 – Basel 1 (Swiss Cup, September 20, 2008)
Sturm Graz 2 – Salzburg 2 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, September 21, 2008)
SV Pasching 6 – Kapfenberg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, September 21, 2008)
Altach 0 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, September 21, 2008)
Maccabi Haifa 1 – Bnei Yehuda 0 (Ligat ha’Al, September 21, 2008)
Hakoach Amidar Ramat Gan 2 – Beitar Jerusalem 4 (Ligat ha’Al, September 20, 2008)
Dinamo Zagreb 0 – Hajduk Split 2 (1. HNL, September 21, 2008) The massive game in the Balkans saw Hajduk win at rivals Dinamo, Gabric and Ibricic with the second half goals.
Racing Genk 0 – Club Brugge 1 (Jupiler League, September 20, 2008)
Cercle Bruges 1 – Germinal Beerschot 0 (Jupiler League, September 20, 2008)
Roeselare 0 – Lokeren 1 (Jupiler League, September 20, 2008)
Kortrijk 1 – Mons-Bergen 0 (Jupiler League, September 20, 2008)
Anderlecht 2 – Charleroi 0 (Jupiler League, September 19, 2008)
Dender 2 – Zulte-Waregem 0 (Jupiler League, September 20, 2008)
Rad 0 – Partizan Belgrade 3 (Serbian Super League, September 21, 2008)
Lech 1 – Piast Gliwice 0 (Ekstraklasa, September 21, 2008)
Perth Glory 1 – Wellington Phoenix 0 (A-League, September 21, 2008)
Chicago Fire 1 – FC Dallas 4 (MLS, September 21, 2008) Jeff Cunningham netted a brace, while Aaron Pitchkolan and Bruno Guarda scored the other goals for FC? Dallas. Brian McBride gave Chicago some consolation off a header in the last? minute.
Flamengo 1 – Ipatinga 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 21, 2008)
Palmeiras 2 – Vasco 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 21, 2008)
Internacional 1- Vitoria 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 21, 2008)
Portuguesa 3 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 21, 2008)
Sport Recife 0 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 21, 2008)
Boca Juniors 2 – Tigre 3 (Argentinean Apertura, September 21, 2008)