Gallas grabs a late equaliser for Arsenal in Kiev; Ronaldo’s return the highlight as Villarreal frustrate United; Juve win with Del Piero’s stunning free-kick

Dynamo Kiev 1 – Arsenal 1 (Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights .) Arsenal went behind against Kiev midway through the second period, Ismael Bangoura slotted home a penalty after Sagna had been adjudged to have fouled Vukojevic. With minutes remaining William Gallas poked home a low Theo Walcott cross to grab a very useful point for the Gunners.

Manchester United 0 – Villarreal 0 (Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights .) After a goalless opening hour, Sir Alex introduced Cristaino Ronaldo to a loud Old Trafford applause. Ronaldo made an instant attacking impact, just missing with a header, before the Portuguese star almost set up Jonny Evans for a late winner, only for the youngster to head against the post.

Celtic 0 – Aalborg 0 (Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights .) Celtic blew the best opportunity of the match when Barry Robson’s first half penalty was saved by the the legs of Moroccan goalkeeper Karim Zaza. Bruce Rioch’s charges were reduced to 10-men with 11 minutes to go, Michael Beauchamp was mistakenly shown the red card after Georgios Samaras had been tripped by Michael Jakobsen.

Real Madrid 2 – BATE Borisov 0 (Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights .) Sergio Ramos put Real Madrid into the lead, tapping home at the far post from a Guti pass just after the ten minute mark against BATE Borisov. Ruud van Nistelrooy grabbed the second goal after Raul’s shot had been saved.

Lyon 2 – Fiorentina 2 (Champions League, September 17, 2008) Alberto Gilardino headed Fiorentina’s first goal at Lyon in the eleventh minute and the former AC Milan striker added the second with another header from a perfect Mutu cross, four minutes before the break. Frederic Piquionne gave the home fans some hope with seventeen minutes to go with a very controversial goal as a prone Fiorentina defender played Benzema, who set up the goal, onside. And it was Karim Benzema who scored the equaliser with just minutes remaining after a clever free-kick.

Steaua Bucharest 0 – Bayern Munich 1 (Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights .) Daniel Van Buyten put Jurgen Klinsmann’s side ahead, heading home from a Schweinsteiger free-kick.

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Porto 3 – Fenerbahce 1 (Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights .) Porto raced into a two-goal advantage within the first fifteen minutes of their match with Fenerbahce. Lisandro Lopez side-footed home the first and Lucho Gonzalez struck a fine volley for the second. Dani Guiza restored some hope for the Turkish side, firing home from a tight angle. Dorvalino Lino confirmed the win late on.

Juventus 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 0 (Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights .) With just over ten minutes to go, Alessandro Del Piero put Juve in front against Zenit St. Petersburg, the veteran smashed home a quality long-range free-kick.


Southampton 2 – Ipswich 2 (Championship, September 17, 2008) Tomas Peckhart, on loan from Tottenham, came on as a substitute and secured a share of the spoils after goals from Owen Garvan and Alan Quinn had put Ipswich ahead, following Andrew Surman’s 12th-minute opener.


Reggina 4 – Cagliari 0 (Coppa Italia, September 17, 2008) Ceravolo and Brienza both netted second half braces.


Kashima Antlers 1 – Adelaide United 1 (Asian Champions League, September 17, 2008) (Longer highlights .) Adelaide moved ahead thanks to Travis Dodd’s 38th minute header from an inviting left wing cross, but Robert Cornthwaite scored a horrific own-goal, slicing the ball past the keeper when under no pressure whatsoever, to allow the game to end honours even.

Karama 1 – Gamba Osaka 2 (Asian Champions League, September 17, 2008) Abduldaim gave the hosts an early seventh minute lead, but second half strikes from Yamaguchi and Futagawa turned the game for Gamba.

Al-Quadsia 3 – Urawa Red Diamonds 2 (Asian Champions League, September 17, 2008) Al-Quadsia took the lead on 17 minutes, Selim Benachour’s free-kick was headed home by Al Ebrahim. Edmilson equalised for the away side a quarter of an hour later, but Benachour restored Al Quadsia’s lead ten minutes into the second half, scoring directly from a free-kick. Khalaf Al Mutairi converted a penalty kick with nine minutes to go to put the game beyond any doubt, but Urawa pressed on, Edmilson striking his second in added time to enhance their hopes of turning things around in the second leg.


Puerto Rico islanders 2 – Tauro 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 16, 2008) The Islanders got two early goals from Petter Villegas and Kendall Jagdeosingh, both great strikes, before Tauro pulled a goal back through Edwin Aguilar.


Olimpia 2 – Universidad Catolica 2 (Copa Sudamericana, September 17, 2008)

Deportivo Quito 3 – San Luis 2 (Copa Sudamericana, September 17, 2008)


River Plate 1 – Velez Sarsfield 2 (Argentinean Apertura, September 17, 2008)

Rosario Central 3 – Arsenal Sarandi 0 (Argentinean Apertura, September 17, 2008)

Godoy Cruz 1 – Racing Club 0 (Argentinean Apertura, September 17, 2008)

Estudiantes 1 – San Martin 1 (Argentinean Apertura, September 17, 2008) Boselli held off the defender and goalkeeper to put Estudiantes in the lead.

Banfield 1 – San Lorenzo 3 (Argentinean Apertura, September 16, 2008)

Huracan 1 – Newell’s Old Boys 1 (Argentinean Apertura, September 16, 2008)


Vila Nova 1 – Avai 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, September 16, 2008)

Parana 3 – Bahia 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, September 16, 2008)

Santo Andre 2 – Barueri 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, September 16, 2008)

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