Atletico Madrid, Lyon, Zurich, Debrecen & Haifa qualify for the Champions League group stages; Aston Villa reserves hit four past Chelsea; Crowd trouble mars Hammers win over Millwall

Atletico Madrid 2 – Panathinaikos 0 (Agg. 5-2) (Champions League, August 25, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Panathinaikos defender Loukas Vintra turned the ball into his own net from a Diego Forlan cut back in the fifth minute. Sergio Aguero completed the win with a goal late on.

Anderlecht 1 – Lyon 3 (Agg. 2-8) (Champions League, August 25, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Lisandro Lopez capitalised on some awful defending to lob the keeper for Lyon’s opener on 26 minutes. Lopez scored the second six minutes later and then completed his first-half hat-trick before the break with probably the best goal of the three. Matias Suarez pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after the interval.

Zurich 2 – Ventspils 1 (Agg. 5-1) (Champions League, August 25, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Johan Vonlanthen’s second goal of the tie put Zurich 4-up on aggregate after just six minutes, Igor Tigirlas equalised two minutes later. Almen Abdi’s late header secured Zurich’s win on the night.

Debrecen 2 – Levski Sofia 0 (Agg. 4-1) (Champions League, August 25, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After winning the away leg 2-1, Debrecen went further ahead in the tie at home to Levski Sofia when Jozsef Varga produced a fine curling finish. Gergely Rudolf doubled the lead with a stunning strike that arrowed into the top corner. (First-half highlights here.)

Maccabi Haifa 3 – RB Salzburg 0 (Agg. 5-1) (Champions League, August 25, 2009) Vladimir Dvalishvili put Haifa 3-1 ahead on aggregate at home to RB Salzburg just after the half hour. Eyal Golasa doubled Haifa’s lead in the second half. Muhammad Gadir grabbed the third late on.


Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – Sivasspor 0 (Agg. 5-0) (Europa League, August 25, 2009) Dario Srna won a debatable penalty on the edge of the Sivasspor box after 20 minutes and Jadsen stepped up to put Shakhtar ahead from the spot. Another penalty from Adriano, after Srna had been fouled in the box again, just before the hour mark completed the win and left Shakhtar to concentrate on Friday’s clash with Barcelona.


West Ham 3 – Millwall 1 (AET) (Carling Cup, August 25, 2009) A disgraceful evening at Upton Park saw both sets of fans repeatedly shame themselves in violent and unsavoury scenes reminiscent of the bad days of English football. Neil Harris had given the Lions the lead but Junior Stanislas’ equaliser that sent the tie into extra-time sparked ugly scenes as supporters poured over the advertising hoardings. Stanislas added another from the penalty spot, leading to Millwall players heading for the dressing room, before play got under way again and Zavon Hines added a third to seal victory at the end of a poisonous evening of hostility.

Leeds 2 – Watford 1 (AET) (Carling Cup, August 25, 2009) Robert Snodgrass scored a double including an extra-time winner as League One Leeds pulled off a minor upset with a 2-1 win over Watford at Elland Road.

QPR 2 – Accrington 1 (Carling Cup, August 25, 2009) Goals from Hogan Ephraim and Wayne Routledge eased the pressure on QPR manager Jim Magilton as Accrington, who scored late on through Michael Symes, bowed out of the Carling Cup.


Chelsea reserves 0 – Aston Villa reserves 4 (Barclays Premier Reserve League south, August 25, 2009) Summer signings Ross Turnbull and Daniel Sturridge were included in the Chelsea side to face Aston Villa and Turnbull was culpable for both of Villa’s first-half goals. Andreas Weimann slid home the first after closing down the former Boro keeper and Ciaran Clark capitalised after the Chelsea keeper dropped a catch. Ciaran Clark grabbed his second early in the second period and Marc Albrighton completed the rout with a left-footed strike from distance.


Libertad 1 – LDU de Quito 1 (Agg. 1-2) (Copa Sudamericana, August 25, 2009) Mendez leveled the score for Liga against Libertad in the 64th minute with a left-footed shot into the net from the edge of the box. Javier Gonzalez had opened the scoring in the 33rd.

Coritiba 2 – Vitoria 0* (Pens. 3-5) (Agg. 2-2) (Copa Sudamericana, August 25, 2009) Goals from Marcelinho in the 47th minute and Renatinho in the 57th forced the Vitoria-Coritiba match into penalties, which the visitors eventually won.

Union Espanola 1 – La Equidad 0 (Agg. 3-2) (Copa Sudamericana, August 25, 2009) Mario Aravena’s 18th minute strike gave Union a 1-0 win and a 3-2 goal aggregate victory over La Equidad.


Saprissa 3 – Puerto Rico Islanders 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, August 25, 2009) The Islanders took a surprising 1-0 lead in the 25th minute with a goal by defender Domenic Mediate. Jairo Arrieta equalised in the 34th with a driving, long-range shot that beat Islanders keeper Mike Behonick. Midfielder Walter Centeno made it 2-1 six minutes later and Armando Alonso wrapped up the scoring in the 48th.

Pachuca 5 – Isidro Metapan 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, August 25, 2009) Damian Alvarez opened the scoring for Pachuca in the 12th minute and Mendivil found the net in the 19th and 55th to stretch the lead to 3-0. Gregorio Torres added another in the 85th and Luis Montes sealed the win in the final minute.