Newcastle 1 – Tottenham 2 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) In an eerily sparse St. James’ Park, both sides had chances in the first half (highlights here) without either side being able to break the deadlock. But after the break Spurs took control of the game, Lennon’s cross picked out Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russian broke his duck with a header. And Newcastle woes were made that much worse when Jamie O’Hara robbed Steven Taylor of the ball and fired home the second. In the dying minutes Michael Owen continued his trend of scoring meaningless goals by taking advantage of Gomes’ weak hand from Geremi’s cross.
Portsmouth 0 – Chelsea 4 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Frank Lampard converted a 36th minute penalty after Michael Ballack had been brought down and Florent Malouda made it 2-0 just before half-time. David James gifted Lampard his second goal of the night on 49 minutes before poor play by Sylvain Distin allowed Salomon Kalou to complete the route on 64 minutes.
Brighton 2* – Manchester City 2 (Pens: 5-3) (League Cup, September 24, 2008) City appeared to be on course for a third-round date with Derby County after Gelson Fernandes’ 64th minute goal, only for Glenn Murray to equalise a minute from time. Brighton took the lead five minutes into extra-time through Joe Anyinsah before Stephen Ireland briefly spared City’s blushes with a goal on 108 minutes. In the shootout Brighton’s keeper Michael Kuipers became the hero, saving Michael Ball’s penalty before Matthew Richards held his nerve to send League One Brighton through.
Aston Villa 0 – QPR 1 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) QPR recorded a fine victory at high-flying Villa, Damion Stewart scored the only goal of the game on 58 minutes to dump the Premier League side out of the cup.
Ipswich 1 – Wigan 4 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) Wigan breezed past Ipswich after Lee Cattermole’s 52nd-minute goal was cancelled out by Jonathan Walters’ volley in the 61st. Olivier Kapo took just three minutes to restore Wigan’s advantage, with Paul Scharner (70) and substitute Henri Camara (90) completing the victory.
Blackburn 1 – Everton 0 (League Cup, September 24, 2008) Left-back Martin Olsson netted his first goal for Rovers, exchanging a clever one-two with Robbie Fowler before firing a low shot beyond Tim Howard after 10 minutes.
A round up of most of the goals from Tuesday night’s action in the League Cup, including Burnley’s 1-0 over Fulham, plus Sunderland and Stoke’s penalty wins over Northampton and Reading respectively, can be seen here.
Oxford 3 – Cambridge 1 (Conference, September 23, 2008)
Partick Thistle 1 – Rangers 2 (AET) (Co-operative Insurance Cup, September 24, 2008) Kris Boyd’s volley put the Rangers ahead in the 25th minute, but Thistle hit back eight minutes later when Stephen McKeown capped off a fine attack with a shot into the far corner. After a scoreless second half, Pedro Mendes struck in the 116th minute to secure passage to the next round.
Real Madrid 7 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, September 24, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Van der Vaart struck twice, in the 18th (excellent team goal) and 33rd minutes (a cheeky backheel), before Gonzalo Higuainâ€™s low shot eight minutes from time sent Real in at half time leading 3-0. (First half highlights here.) It got worse for Gijon in the second half with van der Vaart completing his hat-trick within two minutes of the restart. The Dutchman then teed up compatriot Arjen Robben for Real’s fifth. Kike Mateo pulled a goal back for Gijon but Raul completed the rout with two goals (second a fabulous chipped finish) in five minutes midway through the second half.
Barcelona 3 – Real Betis 2 (La Liga, September 24, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Barcelona, buoyed by the 6-1 win at Gijon, quickly took the lead over Betis as Messi played in Samuel Eto’o who controlled the ball before rocketing home a high, unstoppable shot. And it wasn’t long until Barca doubled their lead, Messi and Eto’o again combined expertly, with Eto’o tapping in his second. Danny Alves almost added a third with a wonderful run down the inside right channel but his chipped finish was off target. (First half highlights here.) Betis gave themselves hope early in the second half when Monzon slammed home a free-kick. And the comeback was completed in the 66th minute as Jose Mari broke through the middle and produced a brilliant chipped finish into the far post. Just as Guardiola thought his side had thrown away the game, Alves’ deep cross was superbly turned home by Gudjohnsen, on the slide and at full stretch.
Villarreal 2 – Santander 0 (La Liga, September 24, 2008) After soaking up some early pressure the Yellow Submarine moved ahead when Capdevila got on the end of a cross, and Llorente doubled the lead with a second header from a delicious right wing cross.
Getafe 1 – Atletico Madrid 2 (La Liga, September 24, 2008) Florent Sinama Pongolle netted his third goal in two games for Atletico Madrid at Getafe, showing excellent control to bring down a cross and fire in the opener. Getafe pulled level thanks to Albin’s flick header from a corner, but Pongolle then continued his hot streak to net the winner after a fine free-flowing attacking from Atletico.
Osasuna 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, September 24, 2008)
All the goals from Wednesday night’s action in Serie A can be seen here.
Reggina 1 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) AC Milan took the lead at lowly Reggina when Borriello continued his fine form planting home a free header from a free-kick. Reggina hit back after the break, Bruno Corradi got on the end of the free-kick to equalise. But the Rosseneri refused to lie down, and Alexander Pato rifled home Kaka’s cut-back to regain the lead for Milan.
Juventus 1 – Catania 1 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) Juve’s Amauri once again got on the scoresheet against Catania when he leapt between two defenders to head home a cross. But Ranieri’s side conceded a poor goal in the second half, Plasmati got on the end of a cross which should have been cut out by the defense.
Inter Milan 1 – Lecce 0 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) Inter had to wait until the final ten minutes of the match to make the breakthrough, Julio Cruz slotting home Zlatan’s knock down for the winner, as Inter remain on top in Italy.
Napoli 2 – Palermo 1 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) Maggio set Hamsik up beautifully for a simple finish for the opener, Hamsik later set up Zalayeta with a well-placed cross to make it 2-0. Miccoli pulled one back from the spot after Aronica’s handball with seven minutes to go.
Bologna 0 – Udinese 3 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) A Gaetano D’Agostino penalty, after Britos had been dismissed, opened the scoring and then Antonio Floro Flores (22) and Simone Pepe (72) moved Udinese into sixth.
Genoa 3 – Roma 1 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) Giuseppe Sculli put the home side in front on four minutes, but Daniele De Rossi (28) then drew Roma level. Diego Milito, though, was to put Genoa back in front on 60 minutes, before De Rossi went from Roma hero to villain as he received his second booking. Milito made sure of the win with two minutes remaining as he added a third.
Chievo 1 – Torino 1 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) Michele Marcolini (50) equalised for Chievo after former Rolando Bianchi (40) had opened the scoring.
Lazio 3 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) Lazio are up into second as they scored three goals in eight second half minutes to down Fiorentina. Stefano Mauri opened the scoring in the 50th minute, before Goran Pandev (54) and Sebastiano Siviglia (58) wrapped up the 3-0 win.
Atalanta 1 – Cagliari 0 (Serie A, September 24, 2008) Sergio Floccari scored the only goal of the game in the 79th minute as Cagliari could not respond and remain without a win this season.
Siena 0 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, September 24, 2008)
Bayern Munich 2 – Nurnberg 0 (DFB Pokal, September 24, 2008) After taking the lead through Miroslav Klose (fine strike into the far post) in the seventh minute, Klinsmann’s side replied to their hammering at the hands of Bremen by adding a second through Tim Borowski after the break.
Oberneuland 0 – Wolfsburg 7 (DFB Pokal, September 24, 2008) Third division OberneulandÂ were put to the sword against Wolfsbury, Edin Dzenko hit four goals, with Marcel Schafer, Ashkan Dejagah and Caiuby also adding to the rout.
Kickers Offenbach 0 – Karlsruhe 2 (DFB Pokal, September 24, 2008) Alexander Iashvili and Massimilian Porcello both netted in the visitorsâ€™ 2-0 win.
Borussia Dortmund 2 – Hertha Berlin 1 (AET) (DFB Pokal, September 24, 2008) Alexander Frei, returning from a long term injury, put Dortmund ahead from the penalty spot, however Marko Pantelic ensured extra-time when he netted an equaliser for Hertha. Klimowitz proved the matchwinner when he popped up to score in the 103rd minute and sent the Berlin side crashing out.
Carl Zeiss Jena 1 – FSV Frankfurt 0 (DFB Pokal, September 24, 2008)
Freiburg 3 – Hoffenheim 1 (DFB Pokal, September 24, 2008) High-fliers Hoffenheim came undone at the home of second-tier Freiburg in th biggest shock of the night in Germany, despite Sejad Salihovic putting the Bundesliga outfit in front from the penalty spot early in the game. But Freiburg hit back after the break, Daniel Schwaab finished well from 12 yards, Suat Turker then put the hosts ahead before Mohamadou Idrissou made it 3-1 with a penalty.
Lorient 0 – Lens 3 (Coupe De La Ligue, September 24, 2008)
Montpellier 2* – Lille 2 (Pens: 4-2) (Coupe De La Ligue, September 24, 2008) Lille took the lead over Montpellier when Fauvergue took advantage of static defending to head home a free-kick. But the hosts levelled on the stroke of halftime, Carotti scored from a free-kick after a boardline offside decision when in favour of the attacker.
Guingamp 4 – Saint-Etienne 1 (Coupe De La Ligue, September 24, 2008)
Le Havre 3 – Caen 1 (Coupe De La Ligue, September 24, 2008)
Rennes* 2 – Le Mans 2 (Pens: 4-3) (Coupe De La Ligue, September 24, 2008)
Creteil 1 – Nantes 0 (Coupe De La Ligue, September 23, 2008) Ligue 1 strugglers Nantes crashed out of the French Cup to third division minnows Creteil, a second-half lob by substitute Madjid Bouabdallah was enough to condemn Nantes to a humiliating defeat.
Leixoes 1 – Rio Ave 2 (Carlsberg Cup, September 24, 2008) Ronaldo had the simple task of tapping in the opener after a fast breakaway from Rio. Morais levelled after the break with a far post header, but the visitors came back to win thanks to Tarantini’s header from a corner.
Estoril 2 – Olhanense 1 (Carlsberg Cup, September 24, 2008)
Amadora 4 – Vizela 1 (Carlsberg Cup, September 24, 2008)
Trofense 1 – Uniao Leiria 0 (Carlsberg Cup, September 24, 2008)
All the goals from the 22nd round of the Russian Premier Liga can be seen here.
Kazan 0 – Amkar 0 (Pens: 4-1) (Rusia Kubok, September 24, 2008)
CSKA Moscow 1 – Baltika 0 (Rusia Kubok, September 24, 2008)
Shinnik Yaroslavl 1 – Spartak Moscow 2 (Rusia Kubok, September 24, 2008)
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona 1 – Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 (Toto Cup, September 24, 2008)
Bnei Sakhnin 1 – Hapoel Petach Tikva 2 (Toto Cup, September 23, 2008)
Bunyodkor 5 – Saipa 1 (Agg. 7-3) (Asian Champions League, September 24, 2008) A hat-trick from Jose Luis Villanueva, a penalty from Rivaldo and a fifth from Luizao completed Bunyodkor’s rout into the semis. Mirghorbani scored for the Iranians, who had Kaebi sent off in the final stages.
Urawa Red Diamonds 2 – Al-Quadsia 0 (Agg. 4-3) (Asian Champions League, September 24, 2008) Urawa went ahead on the night in the 31st minute when a corner was cleared as far as Hirakawa, who fired an unstoppable volley past the keeper. Tanaka scored the crucial second nine minutes into the second half, firing home a fierce shot on the angle following a free-kick. The defending champions will face Gamba Osaka in the semi-final.
Adelaide United 1 – Kashima Antlers 0 (Agg. 2-1) (Asian Champions League, September 24, 2008) Robert Cornthwaite headed in the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute to send Adelaide into the semis.
Gamba Osaka 2 – Al-Karamah 0 (Agg. 4-1) (Asian Champions League, September 24, 2008) Gamba made sure of the result in the 83rd minute when Yamazaki fired home from a narrowÂ angle. Yamazaki set up Roni two minutes later to put a seal on the victory.
Joe Public 1 – Olimpia 3 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 24, 2008)
Cruz Azul 4 – Deportivo Saprissa 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 23, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Cruz Azul went ahead in the 24th minute through Miguel Sabah. Captain Gerardo Torrado doubled the lead with a lovely chipped shot that looped into the net, while Pablo Zeballos and Christian Riveros scored in the 61st and 67th for the BlueÂ Machine.
Puerto Rico Islanders 3 – Santos Laguna 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 23, 2008) In tropical conditions, Osei Telesford scored with a deflected shot in the 15th minute, Noah Delgado doubled the lead in the 38th and Edwin Miranda added the third in the 50th. Herrera netted a consolation for Santos, who had Peralta sent off in the latter stages.
San Luis 2 – Argentinos Juniors 1 (Copa Sudamericana, September 24, 2008)
America de Cali 1 – Botafogo 0 (Copa Sudamericana, September 24, 2008) Ramos’ late header secured the win for the hosts.
Sport Ancash 0 – Palmeiras 0 (Copa Sudamericana, September 24, 2008)
Mexico 0 – Chile 1 (International Friendly, September 24, 2008) Sven Goran Eriksson suffered his first loss in charge of Mexico, going down to an own goal from Emilio Hernandez, who deflected Valenzuela’s shot into his own net.