Reds come back from 2-down to beat City; Villa fall at Chelsea; Geovanni’s screamer downs “Championship” Spurs; Bolton punish slack West Ham; Toon salvage a draw at Everton

Manchester City 2 – Liverpool 3 (Premier League, October 5, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Dirk Kuyt missed a great chance to give Liverpool the lead after fine work by Riera on the left hand side, and Manchester City soon punished the Reds as Steven Ireland volleyed home a loose ball after slack defending by Arbeloa. Alonso tried his luck from distance, but it was City who scored next, a fabulous curling free-kick from Garrido nestled in the top corner to make it 2-0. After the break Liverpool quickly halved the deficit, Arbeloa crossed in to Torres who scored his third goal in two games. With City looking to reassert themselves Robinho belied his reputation by missing a glorious chance from 3 yards out (offside?). Matters then worsened for City when Pablo Zabaleta was shown a straight red for a horror challenge (studs up) on Xabi Alonso. And Liverpool made their numerical advantage count when Gerrard’s corner was powered home by Torres, who seemed to have the freedom of the box. Torres then managed to miss a sitter from under the bar, but as the game entered six minutes of injury time Liverpool pulled off the comeback of the season, Benayoun cut-back for Torres, his shot was blocked and Dirk Kuyt popped up to net the winner. (All three Liverpool goals can be seen here.)

Chelsea 2 – Aston Villa 0 (Premier League, October 5, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) A depleted Chelsea side, so short on numbers that Ivanovic got a debut, moved ahead of Aston Villa when Joe Cole smashed home at the near post after a smart pass from Frank Lampard. The Blues doubled their lead minutes before the break, a fine move down the left hand side eventually saw Ballack’s shot brilliantly saved by Friedel, but Nicolas Anelka was there to score the rebound. (First half highlights here.)

Tottenham 0 – Hull 1 (Premier League, October 5, 2008) A stunning first half free-kick from Geovanni piled further pressure on Juande Ramos as Tottenham have now endured their worst opening to a league season since 1912.

West Ham 1 – Bolton 3 (Premier League, October 5, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) After dominating the early stages, West Ham shot themselves in the foot when Robert Green horrifically dropped the ball on the edge of the box and Kevin Davies knocked the ball home. Three minutes later Green was again at fault, spilling Steinsson’s shot and Gary Cahill was on hand to stab home the second. (Both goals here.) Carlton Cole repaid Zola’s faith in him after his recent run in with the law by scoring a brave header to give the Hammers hope. But Matty Taylor soon silenced the home fans again, smashing a 30-yard howitzer of a free-kick past Green for the third.

Portsmouth 2 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, October 5, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) A stunning Crouch overhead-kick and a fine Defoe individual goal, with Ricardo Fuller’s header sandwiched in between, gave Pompey the three points.

Everton 2 – Newcastle 2 (Premier League, October 5, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Everton cruised into a two goal lead at Goodison Park thanks to Mikel Arteta’s penalty and Marouane Fellaini’s first for the club. But Steven Taylor pulled one back a minute from the break with a far-post header and then made the equaliser for Damien Duff a minute into the second period.

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Charlton 2 – Ipswich 1 (Championship, October 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Nicky Bailey fired the home side in front with a superb free-kick, before Martin Cranie’s own-goal restored parity. The result was settled with Moritz Volz’s second half own goal, helping to ease the pressure on Alan Pardew.

York 0 – Cambridge 0 (Conference, October 4, 2008)

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St. Mirren 1 – Rangers 0 (SPL, October 5, 2008) Stephen McGinn curled home a fantastic 35-yarder to give St. Mirren their first victory over Rangers for 17 years.

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Valladolid  0 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, October 5, 2008) A second-half goal from Manuel Fernandes gave Valencia a  victory and saw them regain top spot in Spain.

Real Madrid 2 – Espanyol 2 (La Liga, October 5, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Raul twice pulled Real back level in the first half (first and second) after Raul Tamudo, from the penalty spot and Luis Garcia had put the visitors in front.

Sevilla 4 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (La Liga, October 5, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Sevilla strolled to victory with Kanoute and Renato scoring in the first half and Correira and Chevanton scoring after the break.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Numancia 0 (La Liga, October 5, 2008) Angel Lafita Castillo’s 13th minute strike proved unlucky for Numancia as they hover nervously one place above the relegation places.

Osasuna 0 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, October 5, 2008) Jaroslav Plasil saw red for Osasuna for a hand ball in the box on 39 minutes, but Ezequiel Garay failed to convert the following penalty. But Racing eventually won when Juan Valera scored in added time to seal all three points.

Getafe 2 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, October 5, 2008) Uche had given Getafe a 69th-minute lead, before Casquero added a second for the hosts. Almeria’s Negredo headed home his fifth goal of the season in the 87th to cut Getafe’s lead before defenderFlores equalised with an injury-time header.

Recreativo Huelva 0 – Malaga 4 (La Liga, October 5, 2008) Goals from Nabil Baha, Duda and an Eliseu brace  gave Malaga a fine away win.

Mallorca 0 – Sporting Gijon 2 (La Liga, October 5, 2008) Goals from Carmelo and Roberto Canella proved the difference as Gijon picked up their first points of the season.

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Cagliari 0 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, October 5, 2008) Cagliari picked up their first point of the season after holding Milan in a dour match.

Juventus 1 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, October 5, 2008) Fabrizio Miccoli continued his fine form for Palermo by giving them the lead, tapping home the opener after Buffon had made a fine reflex save. But Del Piero brought the Bianconeri level with a free-kick which rocketed past the flapping keeper. Juve’s mood was soured minutes later with Sissoko’s dismissal. Palermo then shocked Juve in the second half, Mchedlidze was sent clear to bag the second and consign the Old Lady to a surprise defeat.

Genoa 3 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, October 5, 2008) Napoli took an early lead through Lavezzi, but Genoa levelled on the stroke of halftime when Papastathopoulos fired a low drive by the far post. Palladino put the hosts ahead, and after Rossi was dismissed, Milito added a third. Denis pulled a goal back late on before Papastathopoulos was sent off with one minute left.

Chievo 0 – Fiorentina 2 (Serie A, October 5, 2008) Goals in each half from Zdravko Kuzmanovic (32) and Alberto Gilardino (74) were enough for Cesare Prandelli’s men. Chievo had been reduced to ten-men in the first-half when Francesco Scardina was dismissed.

Siena 1 – Roma 0 (Serie A, October 5, 2008) Mario Frick scored the winner in first half stoppage time as he reached Maccarone’s cross just ahead Philippe Mexes. The defeat leaves Spalletti’s team in the bottom half of the table, with just seven points from six games.

Reggina 1 – Catania 1 (Serie A, October 5, 2008) Michele Paolucci put Catania ahead on 69 minutes but his day was ruined moments later when he was dismissed.Reggina took advantage of the extra man and levelled with ten minutes left through Andrea Costa.

Udinese 2 – Torino 0 (Serie A, October 5, 2008)

Atalanta 4 – Sampdoria 2 (Serie A, October 5, 2008) Cassano fired Samp ahead just seven minutes in but Atalanta had the lead at the interval thanks to Floccari (35) and Garics (39). Cassano then levelled matters up with a penalty (54) before Floccari second restored on 77 minutes restored Atalanta’s lead. Samp then had Accardi and Dessena dismissed before Atalanta wrapped up the win with Cristian Doni firing home.

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Schalke 2 – Wolfsburg 2 (Bundesliga, October 5, 2008) Kevin Kuranyi connected with a knock-down to volley Schalke ahead. The visitors struck back after the break, a throw-in from the right was volleyed into the box where Dzeko headed home the equaliser. And Wolfsburg looked to have completed the turnaround when slick one-touch passing freed Silva who buried his shot in the near post. But a last-gasp leveller from Kuranyi earned Schalke a point.

Borussia Dortmund 1 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, October 5, 2008) Nelson Valdez opened the scoring for Dortmund in the 10th minute before Mikael Forssell grabbed in equaliser midway through the first half.

Energie Cottbus 1 – Hamburg 2 (Bundesliga, October 5, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Ivica Olic’s 53rd minute opener was cancelled out by Branko Jelic in the 73rd minute, before Petric continued his purple patch in front of goal with a last minute winner, his fifth goal in the past three games. Hamburg return to the top of the Bundesliga.

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Rennes 3 – Lyon 0 (Ligue 1, October 5, 2008) 35-year-old Mickael Pagis bagged a hat-trick to hand Lyon their first defeat of the season. He opened the scoring in the 17th with a low shot from close range, and then tapped in his second in the 56th on a pass from Olivier Thomert. The third though was spectacular, Pagis chested down a long pass and then struck a powerful half-volley past Lloris.

St. Etienne 2 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, October 5, 2008)

Nancy 1 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, October 5, 2008) The Parisians got off to the best possible start as Guillaume Hoarau headed them into an early lead. But the hosts dominated for the rest of the first half deservedly equalised shortly after the half hour mark through Damian Macaluso.

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Heerenveen 5 – Ajax 2 (Eredivisie, October 5, 2008) Heerenveen took the game to Ajax from the off, and Silva put them ahead after four minutes. And the Amsterdamers fell further behind after 8 minutes, Beerens ran unchallenged through on goal, hitting the bottom corner with a low left foot shot. Sibon netted the third with a sweet back post volley, before Pranjic added a fourth from the spot. Ajax then rallied through Huntelaar (perfect free-kick) and Suarez, but Pranjic added a fifth in the dying minutes to seal the emphatic Heerenveen win.

Feyenoord 0 – NEC 2 (Eredivisie, October 5, 2008) After a goalless first half (highlights here) NEC shocked Feyenoord by taking a 48th minute lead when Janssen took advantage of an unfortunate slip by his marking defender to slot home. And the shock levels were increased 8 minutes later when Ntibazonkiza scored a fine solo goal to double the advantage.

FC Groningen 3 – Ado Den Haag 0 (Eredivisie, October 5, 2008) Andersson’s back post header and Levchenko’s header from a free-kick gave Groningen a two goal lead at the break, before marksman Marcus Berg added the third with a cute near post volley from a right-wing cross. Berg has now scored five goals in fives games as Groningen have set the early pace at the top of the Dutch division.

Heracles 2 – Roda 0 (Eredivisie, October 4, 2008) Heracles grabbed the lead on the hour mark, Willy Overtoom had all the space to go one on one with Roda keeper and score. Vojtech Schulmeister decided the match in the 90th minute.

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Sporting Lisbon 1 – FC Porto 2 (Superliga, October 5, 2008) Lopez fired the visitors to an 18th-minute lead with a close-range effort before Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho equalised in the 28th from the penalty spot. Alves silenced the Jose Alvalade Stadium crowd three minutes later with the winner.

Academica Coimbra  1 – Nacional 1 (Superliga, October 5, 2008)

Rio Ave 3 – Pacos Ferreira 2 (Superliga, October 5, 2008) Gaspar gave the hosts a 33rd-minute lead but Pacos Ferreira would go ahead through Cristiano Moraes and a William Arthur penalty before substitute Mateus Fonseca equalised in the 73rd. Philip Chidi secured Rio Ave’s first victory of the season after his 77th-minute goal proved the winner.

Amadora 1 – Trofense 0 (Superliga, October 5, 2008) Amadora beat last-place Trofense thanks to Deme N’Diaye’s 62nd-minute goal.

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Grasshoppers 1 – Basel 1 (Swiss Super League, October 5, 2008)

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Panathinaikos 2 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, October 5, 2008) Pana won with first half strikes from Rukavina and Salpingidis.

Olympiakos 2 – AEK Athens 2 (Greek Super League, October 5, 2008) Darko Kovacevic and Diogo scored as Olympiakos reclaimed the top spot in the Greece.

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Bursaspor 2 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Lig, October 5, 2008) Sarp collected a brilliant reverse pass to break through the middle and put the hosts ahead with a fine finish. Minutes after the restart slack passing out of the Gala defence left the backline three on three, and Yildirim eventually turned home the second. Milan Baros teed up Arda Turan for a Gala consolation goal.

Fenerbahce 1 – Kayserispor 4 (Super Lig, October 5, 2008) Aghahowa grabbed his first in the 21st minute and doubled his and his side’s tally four minutes from half-time. Roberto Carlos grabbed one back for the hosts just before the hour mark, but Turgay Bahadir restored Kayserispor’s two-goal advantage in the 63rd minute before Aghahowa completed his hat-trick 11 minutes later.

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Zenit St. Petersburg 8 – Luch Energiya 1 (Russian Premier Liga, October 5, 2008) Danny (a brace), Arshavin and Shirokov put Zenit four up at the break, Tekke hit a second half hat-trick and Dominguez chipped in with the other.

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Chornomorets 0 – Shakhtar Donetsk 3 (Vyscha Liga, October 5, 2008) Gladky put Shakhtar in control before Adriano bagged a brace in injury time at the end of the game to gloss over the scoreline.

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Newcastle Jets 2 – Wellington Phoenix 2 (A-League, October 6, 2008) Shane Smeltz put the Phoenix ahead in the 51st minute from the penalty spot. But the defending champions leveled the scores courtesy of a stunning curling effort from Tarek Elrich before substitute Kaz Patafta put the Jets ahead eight minutes later. Smeltz had the final say however, slotting home his second penalty to earn a draw.

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Kansas City Wizards 1 – Chicago Fire 1 (MLS, October 5, 2008) Blanco put the Fire ahead from the penalty spot, but Harrington scored a sweet right-foot curling effort in the 47th minute to earn a draw.

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Huracan 1 – Independiente 0 (Argentinean Apertura, October 5, 2008) Leandro Diaz’s bicycle kick downed Independiente and caused Claudio Borghi to quit the club.

Boca Juniors 1 – Estudiantes 2 (Argentinean Apertura, October 5, 2008) Boca went ahead with a looping header from Lucas Viatri in the 33rd minute. Diego Galvan equalised in the 62nd minute before Leandro Benitez took advantage of a badly-placed defensive wall to score from a free kick.

Gimnasia Jujuy 2 – Godoy Cruz 1 (Argentinean Apertura, October 5, 2008)


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