86 and out! Liverpool beat Chelsea to go three points clear at the top; Harry houdini leads Spurs to their first win of the season; A Robinho hat-trick downs Stoke

Chelsea 0 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, October 26, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) A bright opening on a gloomy day in London was capped with an early Liverpool goal after 10 minutes, a Terry clearance fell to Xabi Alonso on the edge of the box and the Spaniard’s shot deflected off Bosingwa into the centre of Cech’s goal. Gerrard let rip with a brilliant left-footed half-volley that forced a smart save from Cech. (First half highlights here.) In the second half Alonso was desperately unlucky not to score Liverpool’s second, but his free-kick struck the foot of the post to stay out. Liverpool repelled everything an under-strengthened Chelsea could muster but at the end Chelsea finally lost their unbeaten home record stretching back to February 2004.

Tottenham 2 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, October 26, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) After the regime change implemented at Tottenham overnight, the basement side reacted in the right manner by taking a 16th minute lead over Bolton, Roman Pavlyuchenko guided home a header from Bentley’s pinpoint cross to give Spurs their first Premier League lead of the season. After the break, Bolton lost Gavin McCann for two bookable offences, and Darren Bent wrapped up the victory from the penalty spot after he was fouled by keeper Jaaskelainen.

Manchester City 3 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, October 26, 2008) Robinho was the star of the show scoring a superb hat-trick to light up Eastlands. The Brazilian had his fair share of help, with Ched Evans and Daniel Sturridge setting up the number ten with clinical assists. (Robinho’s goals can be seen here, here and here.)

Wigan 0 – Aston Villa 4 (Premier League, October 26, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Agbonlahor’s pace was too much for Wigan as he won a controversial first half penalty which Gareth Barry converted. In the 57th minute, Agbonlahor bundled home a close-range shot and then went on a delightful run and inch-perfect cross for John Carew to head home five minutes later. Steve Sidwell curled home a superb fourth goal in the last minute.

West Ham 0 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, October 26, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Robert Green made a host of fine saves to repel Walcott and Bendtner in the first half (highlights here) to keep West Ham in the game. Arsenal eventually got the breakthrough when Emmanuel Adebayor worked open some space in the box and his shot was diverted home by Julien Faubert. Emmanuel Adebayor wrapped up the points by latching on to a through ball to beat the onrushing Green and fire into the open net.

Portsmouth 1 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, October 26, 2008) Just after the hour, Defoe layed the ball off to Peter Crouch to his right, and the beanpole striker sidefooted into the corner to break the deadlock. Clint Dempsey got the leveller with three minutes remaining when he steered home Nevland’s cross after being picked out unmarked in the penalty box.

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Coventry 1 – Derby 1 (Championship, October 25, 2008) Derby led with a first half header from Rob Hulse, but the Rams were denied the three points as an injury-time Clinton Morrison goal gave Coventry a share of the spoils.

Plymouth 1 – Ipswich 3 (Championship, October 25, 2008) Owen Garvan scored with two right-foot efforts in the first half to give his side a healthy advantage. Kevin Lisbie then added the third just after the restart, before Craig Cathcart headed a late consolation for the Pilgrims.

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Real Madrid 3 – Athletic Bilbao 2 (La Liga, October 26, 2008) Real raced out the traps and went two up inside the opening half hour, Sneijder rifling home a left foot drive and Higuain coolly slotting home the second. But Bilbao refused to lie down and Etxebarria gave the visitors a lifeline. Bilbao then levelled with a Iraola penalty on the stroke of halftime. But Real took the points in the second half, Higuain racing through the middle and finishing expertly.

Villarreal 4 – Atletico Madrid 4 (La Liga, October 26, 2008) Atletico were ahead within sixty seconds, Simao let rip with a beauty into the top corner. Simao was then responsible for teeing up Forlan for 2-nil at the break. Marcos Senna pulled a goal back for the Yellow Submarine with a speculative shot that the keeper fumbled, and the score was level when Llorente slipped home the equaliser after good work from Rossi. Pires then set up Rodriguez for the third as Atletico’s defensive feel to pieces, and the game looked over when Rossi completed an amazing 19 minute spell. But back came Atletico, firstly through a fine solo goal from Simao and then through an 85th minute equaliser from Garcia.

Recreativo Huelva 1 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, October 26, 2008) Recre scored with their first attack of the second half, Guerrero cut in from the left and teed up Camunas who scored off the near post. David Villa levelled for Valencia after a back post cross from Joaquin.

Numancia 2 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, October 26, 2008) Numancia led through Javier Barkero in the 26th before Mohammed Tchite’s penalty made it 1-1. The hosts then moved out of last place after Domingo Cisma’s goal in the fifth-minute of injury time gave the team its first victory since an opening day win over Barcelona.

Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Sporting Gijon 3 (La Liga, October 26, 2008) David Barral opened the scoring with a 23rd minute penalty after he was felled by Alberto Lopo before turning provider for Carmelo four minutes later. Depor had Diego Colotto sent off before half-time and Diego Castro completed the scoring six minutes from time.

Sevilla 0 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, October 26, 2008) Adrian Lopez ended Andres Palop’s club record scoreless streak at 511 minutes in the 16th when the Malaga striker coolly slotted a right-footed strike underneath the Sevilla goalkeeper to boost the newly promoted club into sixth.

Mallorca 3 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, October 26, 2008)

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Palermo 1 – Fiorentina 3 (Serie A, October 26, 2008) Gilardino clearly handled the ball while sliding in the score the opener, before Mutu bagged the second with a fine finish. Simplicio pulled a goal back from close range but Mutu confirmed the points for the Viola with his second of the game.

Atalanta 0 – AC Milan 1 (Serie A, October 26, 2008) AC Milan waited until the 80th minute to score at Atalanta, before Kaka swept home Borriello’s pass.

Udinese 3 – Roma 1 (Serie A, October 26, 2008) Udinese tore Roma to pieces in the first half, Di Natale scoring the opener from the penalty spot while Flores bagged the second after exploiting horrendous defending from a rout-one ball. Roma were dead and buried in the 50th minute, Di Natale raced clear to slot the third past Doni. Totti scored an inconsequential late penalty for Roma.

Inter Milan 0 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, October 26, 2008) Inter dropped two home points to 10-man Genoa, Adriano came close but he saw his effort come back off the bar.

Lazio 0 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, October 26, 2008) Napoli are level on points with Inter after a 61st minute own goal from Sebastiano Siviglia secured an impressive away win at Lazio.

Sampdoria 2 – Bologna 0 (Serie A, October 26, 2008) Gennaro Delvecchio opened the scoring on 63 minutes and Antonio Cassano teed up Claudio Bellucci to finish off the second goal on 74 minutes.

Cagliari 2 – Chievo 0 (Serie A, October 26, 2008) Robert Acquafresca fired home from outside the box for the opener on the half-hour mark and Michele Fini finished from Davide Biondini’s through ball for the second goal nine minutes after half-time.

Reggina 2 – Lecce 0 (Serie A, October 26, 2008)

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Hoffenheim 3 – Hamburg 0 (Bundesliga, October 26, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) In the battle of the top two in Germany, Hoffenheim just need seven minutes to move ahead of Hamburg as Edu rolled his marker to fire in the post. And Hoffenheim’s star marksman quickly made it two, Ibisevic notched his tenth of the season after the visitors lost possession in midfield. And a super first half was completed by Edu netting his second after being put through from a quick free-kick. (First half highlights here.)

Borussia Dortmund 1 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Bundesliga, October 26, 2008) Hertha took the lead on the half hour mark when Cicero converted from the penalty spot. The hosts claimed a point on 71 minutes when Sebastian Kehl rose well to head home Alexander Frei’s corner.

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Marseille 2 – PSG 4 (Ligue 1, October 26, 2008) Hoarau gave PSG to an early lead at Stade Velodrome, but Marseille have taken the lead by halftime with goals from Mamadou Niang and Mathieu Valbuena. Pegguy Luyindula scored in the 53rd minute to pull PSG back level, then Jerome Rothen put his side in front in the 77th. Hoarau added his second goal in the 82nd to cap the memorable second half, and give PSG its first win at Marseille in five years. (Rothen & Hoarau goals here.)

St Etienne 0 – Grenoble 2 (Ligue 1, October 26, 2008) Benalouane’s third minute own goal and Dja Djedje 82nd minute header sealed a fine away win for Grenoble.

Nancy 1 – Sochaux 1 (Ligue 1, October 26, 2008) Stephane Dalmat gave Sochaux a half-time lead, but they were unable to hold on as Marc-Antoine Fortune’s effort 15 minutes from time earned Nancy a share of the spoils.

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Ajax 2 – NEC 0 (Eredivisie, October 26, 2008) Slack concentration from NEC gifted possession to the host and Huntelaar scored after Suarez’s shot was saved. Suarez secured the victory with the second.

Feyenoord 2 – Heerenveen 2 (Eredivisie, October 26, 2008) The visitors took the lead in the 34th minute through Paulo Henrique and then doubled their advantage through midfielder Danijel Pranjic’s ninth goal of the season. Roy Makaay pulled one back for the hosts on 70 with only his first goal of the campaign. Michael Mols then made sure that the points were shared with his stoppage time goal.

FC Groningen 3 – Sparta Rotterdam 0 (Eredivisie, October 25, 2008) Petter Andersson scored twice in the 4th and 20th minutes before starting a move that helped Marcus Berg get the third goal in the 34th, as Groningen returned to the top of the Dutch league.

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Anderlecht 7 – KV Mechelen 1 (Jupiler League, October 25, 2008) Mechelen had a good start as Ivens opened the score on 15 minutes, but Vlcek equalised only a minute later. Frutos then netted two, and Boussoufa to make it 4-1 before the break. Anderlecht continued their scoring spree in the second half with Frutos completing his hat-trick, and one apiece from Gillet and Bulykin.

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Tomsk 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 1 (Russian Premier League, October 26, 2008) Faizulin put Zenit ahed on 20 minutes but the hosts pulled level almost immediately, Maznov finishing with a diving header after good build up play.

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Benfica 2 – Naval 1 (SuperLiga, October 26, 2008) Benfica, the only unbeaten side this season, went ahead when Luisao headed home a Reyes free-kick after 71 minutes. Naval levelled when Marcelinho tapped home a cross from the right after 82 minutes, but Oscar Cardozo snatched three points for Benfica with a header four minutes from time.

Maritimo 1 – Rio Ave 1 (SuperLiga, October 26, 2008)

Nacional 1 – Vitoria Setubal 0 (SuperLiga, October 26, 2008) Nacional joined Leixoes at the top of the Portuguese thanks to Nene’s penalty after 78 minutes.

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Aris 1 – Olympiakos 0 (Greek Super League, October 26, 2008) Xabito’s back-post header settled the match.

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Bellinzona 2 – Basel 3 (Swiss Super League, October 26, 2008)

Vaduz 0 – Young Boys 0 (Swiss Super League, October 26, 2008)

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Galway 0 – Derry City 1 (FAI Cup, October 26, 2008) Double-chasing Derry, who have already won the League Cup, will meet Bohemians in FAI Cup final, after having dispatched of Galway thanks to Mark Farren’s second-half strike.

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Zadar 1 – Hajduk Split 0 (1.HNL, October 26, 2008) Ljubicic’s well-taken early strike on the hour mark condemned Hajduk to defeat.

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Ried 3 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, October 25, 2008) Ried took a three goal lead through Rodriguez-Ortiz, Burgstaller and Salihi before Mario Bazina pulled a goal back with a free-kick late on.

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Legia Warsaw 2 – Wisla Krakow 1 (Ekstraklasa, October 26, 2008)

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Wellington Pheonix 0 – Queensland Roar 1 (A-League, October 26, 2008) Josh McCloughan scored from Matthew McKay’s cross, after the Roar caught the Phoenix off-guard with a quickly-taken corner.

Adelaide United 2 – Perth Glory 1 (A-League, October 26, 2008) Perth led after a 55th-minute goal to Nikita Rukavytsya but goals to Alemao in the 80th and Travis Dodd, from the penalty spot, in the 82nd gave Adelaide a valuable home win.

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Colorado Rapids 1 – Real Salt Lake 1 (MLS, October 25, 2008)

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Boca Juniors 2 – Rosario Central 1 (Argentinean Arpetura, October 26, 2008)

Gimnasia J 1 – River Plate 0 (Argentinean Arpetura, October 26, 2008)

Velez Sarsfield 0 – Colon 3 (Argentinean Arpetura, October 25, 2008)


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