Awesome Arsenal hit Braga for six; Chelsea ease past Zilina; Higuain at the double for Real Madrid & Zlatan claims first goals for AC Milan

Arsenal 6 – Braga 0 (Champions League, September 15, 2010) (Alternative highlights & ITV extended highlights) It took Arsenal just nine minutes to take the lead at home to Braga, Chamakh was brought down in the box by Felipe and Cesc Fabregas stepped up to convert his first goal of the season. Andrey Arshavin fired home the second at the near post after great build-up play by Fabregas. Rampant Arsenal claimed a third through Marouane Chamakh following a delightful flick by Wilshere. After the break Cesc Fabregas headed home number 4. Carlos Vela notched number five following another excellent flowing move by the Gunners. And the sixth came on 84 with Fabregas squaring for Carlos Vela.

Post-match interviews: Arsene Wenger & Cesc Fabregas.

Zilina 1 – Chelsea 4 (Champions League, September 15, 2010) (Longer highlights) Chelsea and Michael Essien continued their blistering early season form at Zilina, the Ghanaian midfielder notching his third goal in two games after 13 minutes. Nine minutes later Nicolas Anelka fired under Dubravka. The third quickly followed with Nicolas Anelka tapping home from on the line after Terry had headed against the bar. After the break Daniel Sturridge bagged Chelsea’s fourth after rounding the keeper. Tomas Oravec pulled a goal back for the home fans to cheer.

Post-match interview: Carlo Ancelotti.

Real Madrid 2 – Ajax 0 (Champions League, September 15, 2010) (Longer highlights) Gonzalo Higuain headed home an Alonso corner just after the half hour to the delight of the Bernabeu. On 71 minutes Gonzalo Higuain sidefooted in the second after sustained pressure from Los Blancos.

Post-match interview: Jose Mourinho.

Individual highlights: Cristiano Ronaldo.

AC Milan 2 – Auxerre 0 (Champions League, September 15, 2010) (Longer highlights) AC Milan finally took the lead after 66 minutes at home to Auxerre, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring his first Rossoneri goal from a Boateng header. Three minutes later Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a second after a driving run from Ronaldinho.

Bayern Munich 2 – Roma 0 (Champions League, September 15, 2010) (Longer highlights) The beaten finalists from 2010 left it late to see off the Italians. Thomas Muller scored a real beauty on 79 with the outside of his right foot and poacher supreme Miroslav Klose sealed the win.

CFR Cluj 2 – Basel 1 (Champions League, September 15, 2010) (Longer highlights) Cluj raced into an early 2-goal lead at home to Basel thanks to headed goals by Ionut Alin Rada and then highly-rated young Ivorian striker Lacina Traore within quarter of an hour of kick off. Valentin Stocker pulled a goal back for the Swiss side on the stroke of half-time.

Marseille 0 – Spartak Moscow 1 (Champions League, September 15, 2010) The Russians pulled off an impressive away win thanks to an own goal by Spanish right back Cesar Azpilicueta.

Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – Partizan Belgrade 0 (Champions League, September 15, 2010) Darjo Srna scored a trademark free-kick on 71 minutes to secure the three points for the Ukranian side.


Malmo 2 – Helsingborg 0 (Allsvenskan, September 15, 2010) Dardan Rexhepi fired home the first on 17, Wilton Figueiredo completed the win on 90 minutes.

Atvidabergs 2 – Djurgarden 1 (Allsvenskan, September 15, 2010) Glenn Roberts and Oscar Moller scored for the home side, Mattias Jonson pulled one back late on.

Mjallby 2 – Hacken 2 (Allsvenskan, September 15, 2010) The big story from this match was the 90th minute goal by Mjallby goalkeeper Mattias Asper to rescue a point for the home side. David Lofqvist had put Mjallby one-up before a Mathias Ranegie brace for Hacken set up the late drama.


Fluminense 1 – Corinthians 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 15, 2010) Corinthians blew the Brazilian championship race wide open with a win over Flu to move level on points at the top of the table. Jucilei gave Corinthians the lead on 44 and Larley added a second on 65. Washington halved the deficit with 20 minutes to go.

Ateltico PR 2 – Atletico MG 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 15, 2010) Bruno Mineiro headed the home side ahead on 3 minutes. Obina levelled things up on the half hour and the game was level until three minutes from time when Ivan Gonzalez claimed the winner, firing home from a tight angle.

Cruzeiro 4 – Guarani 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 15, 2010) Romulo headed Cruzeiro into the lead and Wallyson doubled the lead before the break with an easy tap in. Guarani levelled thanks to goals by Geovane and Paulo Roberto but back came Cruzeiro with goals from Fabinho and Ernesto Farias.

Goias 4 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 15, 2010) Wellington Monteiro and Rafael Moura put Goias 2-up by the half hour. Sebastian Abreu continued his fine recent goal scoring form with a goal before the break. But a penalty from Rafael Moura and another late goal by Bernardo sealed the win.

Gremio 1 – Palmeiras 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 15, 2010) Marcos Assuncao scored yet another brilliant free-kick to put Palmeiras ahead. Ewerthon scored the second three minutes after the break with Jonas pulling one back on 91.

Santos 4 – Atletico GO 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 15, 2010) Josiel and Willian put the away side 2-up by the 47th minute. But Santos hit back with goals from Edu Dracena, Madson, Alan Patrick and Marcel (penalty).

Gremio Prudente 1 – Flamengo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 15, 2010) Adriano Pimenta looked to have won the match for the home side but Flamengo equalised on 85 through Diego Mauricio and then won the match in the 94th minute, Toro stabbing home.

Vitoria 0 – Ceara 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 15, 2010)


Banfield 1 – Velez Sarsfield 1 (Agg. 2-1) (Copa Sudamericana, September 15, 2010) An excellent solo goal by Marcelo Carrusca left Banfield in charge of the tie. Velez pulled one back late on with a volley from Jonathan Cristaldo.

San Martin 2 – Emelec 1 (Copa Sudamericana, September 15, 2010)


Almirante Brown 1 – Rosario Central 0 (Argentina Primera B Nacional, September 15, 2010)


Seongnam Ilhwa 4 – Suwon Bluewings 1 (Asian Champions League quarter-finals first-leg, September 15, 2010) Dzenan Radoncic struck early in an entertaining match and while Suwon soon levelled through Yeom Ki-hun, a Mauricio Molina goal sent the hosts in at the break ahead 2-1. A second-half header from Dzenan Radoncic and a late Yang Sang-Min own goal gave Suwon a mountain to climb if they are to reach the semi-finals.

Jeonbuk Motors 0 – Al Shabab 2 (Asian Champions League quarter-finals first-leg, September 15, 2010) Al Shabab opened the scoring after 68 minutes when Ahmed Ateef’s shot was spilled by keeper Kim Min-sik into the path of Fahad Hamad who made no mistake from close range.  The visitors were reduced to 10 men with two minutes remaining when Abdalmalek Al Khaibri was sent off for a reckless challenge but despite that setback Al Shabab added a second in stoppage time when Ateef’s crossfield ball sent Juan Manuel Olivera clear and the forward found the bottom corner.

Zob Ahan 2 – Pohang Steelers 1 (Asian Champions League quarter-finals first-leg, September 15, 2010) Igor Castro converted from close range for the opener for Zob Ahan. Joao Mota equalised 11 minutes after the break with a fine strike from the edge of the box but a penalty by Rajabzadeh gave the home side a first leg lead.

Al Hilal 3 – Al Gharafa 0 (Asian Champions League quarter-finals first-leg, September 15, 2010) Mohammed Al-Shalhoub, Ahmed Al Fraidi and Waleed Al Gizani were all on the scoresheet for the home side.


Toluca 3 – PR Islanders 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 15, 2010) Osvaldo Gonzalez volleyed home the opener, Juan Cuevas stroked home a penalty and Emmanuel Cerda tapped in the third.

Arabe Unido 0 – Cruz Azul 6 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 15, 2010) Javier Orozco scored a hat-trick with 27 minutes, Emmanuel Villa added a brace and Maximiliano Biancucchi added the sixth.

Real Salt Lake 4 – Toronto 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 15, 2010) The home side romped to victory in the battle of two MLS teams. Maicon had given Toronto an early lead but RSL scored four unanswered goals through Kyle Beckerman, Jamison Olave, Alvaro Saborio and Paulo.


San Jose Earthquakes 1 – Philadelphia Union 0 (MLS, September 15, 2010) Chris Wondolowski won the match with the only goal with 21 minutes remaining, a header from an Alvarez cross.