Battling Spurs take points off United; Aliadiere denies Arsenal; Hull make their point at Anfield; Barca beat Real in El Clasico

Tottenham 0 – Manchester United 0 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) In a bright opening on a gloomy night at White Hart Lane, David Bentley warmed the hands of Van der Sar with a wonderful 35-yard effort that the keeper beat away. Aaron Lennon then showed quick feet and a low centre of gravity to skip past a couple of challenges to force Van der Sar to get down low to turn his shot away. Spurs wasted another chance when Modric sent a header over the bar. (First-half highlights here.) Van der Sar was again called upon to turn away David Bentley’s free-kick in the second half while at the other end Ferdinand headed just over the bar from Giggs’ corner. United dominated the final stages, but Spurs’ backline stood firm with Gomes making a man-of-the-match save to claw away Giggs’ last-gasp free-kick. (Second-half highlights here.)

Liverpool 2 – Hull City 2 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) Paul McShane stunned Anfield just after ten minutes when he planted a header past Reina from a King cross. The Tigers were in dreamland ten minutes later when Jamie Carragher put through his own net from a Mendy cross. Steven Gerrard pulled one back almost straight away from a low Kuyt cross. Stevie G then scored the equaliser after he was teed up by Benayoun. (First-half goals here, highlights here.) Just before the hour mark Sami Hyypia headed against the post, Liverpool failed to find a second half goal and dropping a further two points. (Second-half highlights here.)

Middlesbrough 1 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Emmanuel Adebayor had the freedom to head home a simple header just after the 15 minute mark at the Riverside. Boro equalised just after the half-hour, Jeremie Aliadiere planting a fine header from a Tuncay cross.

Aston Villa 4 – Bolton 2 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) (MOTD highlights here.)  Elmander put the Trotters in front, but Villa hit back with goals from Agbonlahor and Laursen before the break. (First-half highlights here.) Martin O’Neill’s side surged into fourth thanks to further goals from Agbonlahor and Young. Davied pulled one back for Bolton.

Manchester City 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) (First-half highlights here.) A late Tim Cahill header heaped further pressure on Mark Hughes, will Sparky make it to the January transfer window?

Wigan 3 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) Paul Ince’s reign as Blackburn boss could be all over in the coming days. Emile Heskey, Antonio Valencia (first two goals here) and Lee Cattermole did the damage.

Sunderland 4 – West Brom 0 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) Sunderland returned to winning ways thanks to an easy win over the bottom side. Kenwyne Jones scored an early brace, Andy Reid added the third with a header at the back post (first three goals here) and Djibril Cisse scored a penalty after the break.


Liverpool 1 – Manchester United 3 (Barclays Premier Reserve League, December 13, 2008) United’s kids ended the year in style beating the old enemy Liverpool with Norwood, Macheda and Morrison scoring for United while Dalla Valle scored for the Scousers.


Celtic 1 – Hearts 1 (SPL, December 13, 2008) Andrew Driver put Hearts ahead at Parkhead, the Englishman had an easy finish after Kington’s shot fell into his path. McManus popped up with the equaliser on 79.


Barcelona 2 – Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Barca began El Clasico on the attack, Lionel Messi forcing an early save from Casillas before Theirry Henry tried his luck from 25-yards a minute later. Real Madrid then found their feet with several good chances, Wesley Sneijder narrowly fired over the bar and Royston Drenthe did terribly when clean through on goal against Valdes. Barca hit back as Henry and Eto’o both tested Casillas without success. (Real Madrid’s first half chances can be seen here, first half highlights here.) Samuel Eto’o had a shot saved within 90 seconds of the restart, and Eto’o then flashed a volley narrowly wide as Barca cranked up the pressure. Iker Casillas pulled off a wondrous penalty save to deny Eto’o in the 70th minute, Casillas then saved brilliantly again to stop an Eto’o drive and Messi on the follow-up. Eventually Barca scored and the goal came from a basic corner, Puyol kept the ball in the box and Eto’o fired home to send the Nou Camp wild. And in injury time it was two, a quick breakaway freed Messi, who calmly lifted the ball over Casillas (and Cannavaro ran into the post).

Valencia 2 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Slack defending from David Albelda gifted the ball to Espanyol’s Roman Martinez and the midfielder thrashed home a 25-yard beauty. The visitors lost Rufete in the 38th minute for his second bookable offence on his return to the Mestalla and Valencia made their extra man count after the break as Raul Albiol found the equaliser from a scrappy corner. Valencia stole all the points in the final ten minutes, an attack built up on the left and Vicente ran in to touch home the winner.

Albacete 2 – Real Sociedad 1 (Segunda Division, December 13, 2008)


Bologna 5 – Torino 2 (Serie A, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Ignazio Abate put Torino ahead after seven minutes, a lead they held until Sergio Volpi pulled Bologna level early in the second half. Simone Barone gave Torino the lead again in the 53rd minute, but Marco Di Vaio responded with two goals in eight minutes to put Bologna in front. Marco Bernacci and Di Vaio then converted penalties to ultimately give Bologna a convincing win. Torino have now lost four of their last five league matches, drawing the other one.

Napoli 3 – Lecce 0 (Serie A, December 13, 2008) Marek Hamsik opened the scoring for the hosts in the 11th minute when he converted a penalty after Lavezzi had been fouled in the area. Michele Pazienza scored his first goal in Serie A to make it 2-nil on the stroke of halftime, while German Denis scored his seventh of the season in the 65th minute for the third goal.

Bari 1 – Piacenza 0 (Serie B, December 13, 2008) Kamata scored the winner on the hour mark.

Mantova 2 – Modena 2 (Serie B, December 13, 2008) Locatelli set up Tarana and Rizzi doubled the advantage five minutes later, but it all fell apart. Bruno was the star of the show, converting a penalty and finding the equaliser.

Triestina 1 – Livorno 1 (Serie B, December 13, 2008) Diamanti had put the visitors ahead with a trademark left-foot curler but Triestina rode that storm and equalised as Milani’s shot came off the post and into the path of Minelli.

Pisa 2 – Parma 1 (Serie B, December 13, 2008) Cristiano Lucarelli gave Parma the lead from the penalty spot for a dubious foul. Braiati, who should have seen red card for a shocking challenge on Morrone, then went on to nod in the equaliser for the hosts, and three minutes later Pisa took control as Joelson pounced on a loose ball for the winner.


Stuttgart 2 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) In first-half injury time Sami Khedira scored with a diving header to put Stuttgart one-up at home to Bayern Munich. Three minutes after the break Tim Borowski equalised from close range. And on 66 minutes Luca Toni tapped home to put Klinsmann’s side ahead. After Oddo had been sent off, Khedira scored his second of the match to tie the game late on with a brilliant volley that went past a number of bodies in a crowded Bayern area from a late corner that had seen Jens Lehmann join the attack.

Werder Bremen 2 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Christian Gentner’s left-foot strike gave Wolfsburg a third minute lead, but Per Mertesacker equalised in the 29th minute when he was given too much space to head home a free-kick. The match was settled by an Josue own goal just after the hour mark.

Hamburg 1 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) Martin Jol’s side moved up to fourth after serial midfield goal-scorer Mladen Petric scored a diving header after a trademark untracked run into the box.

Hertha Berlin 4 – Karlsruhe 0 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Maximilian Nicu opened the scoring after just eight minutes before all three of Hertha’s substitutes – Valeri Domovchiyski, Fabian Lustenberger and Raffael – all found the net in the second half to seal the win.

Bochum 1 – Cologne 2 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) Cologne ended a four-match losing streak as they saw off fellow strugglers Bochum. Christophe Dabrowski equalised for Bochum after Kevin McKenna had put Cologne in front just before half-time, but Mannaseh Ishiaku fired home a winner with three minutes to go.

Hannover 1 – Arminia Bielefeld 1 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) The hosts went ahead in the 32nd minute when Jiri Stajner found the back of the net with a close-range header before Artur Wichniarek’s 10th goal of the season salvaged a point for Arminia.

Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Energie Cottbus 1 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) Leverkusen finally grabbed the lead with 13 minutes left, Helmes deflected  Djakpa’s long-range shot to Simon Rolfes who was quick enough to poke past Cottbus keeper. Chinese midfielder Jiayi Chao came off the bench late on, and claimed an injury-time equaliser heading home Skela’s corner.


Auxerre 1 – PSG 2 (Ligue 1, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Stephane Sessegnon gave PSG the lead after three minutes, before the Benin midfielder bagged his second with a super goal in the near post after great team build up. Hengbart netted a late consolation from the spot.

Toulouse 3 – Saint-Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, December 13, 2008) Andre-Pierre Gignac started and completed the scoring, while Etienne Didot restored Toulouse’s lead after an equaliser from Paulo Machado.

Le Mans 1 – Bordeaux 3 (Ligue 1, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Fernando Cavenaghi gave Les Girondins the lead after 58 minutes but Thorstein Helstad equalised seven minutes later. Bordeaux were not to be denied however, Mathieu Chalme’s incredible lob restoring their lead and Jussie sealing victory in stoppage time as Bordeaux moved to within two points of leaders Lyon.

Valenciennes 3 – Monaco 1 (Ligue 1, December 13, 2008) Monaco took the lead at Valenciennes courtesy of Juan Pino’s 24th-minute strike, but Carlos Sanchez (29), Djamel Belmadi (41) and Gregory Pujol (59) secured a 3-1 turn around as Jerko Leko was sent off late on for the visitors.


Cinfaes 1 – Porto 4 (Taca de Portugal, December 13, 2008) All the goals arrived in the second half, as Farias was cancelled out by Silva in the 72nd minute. Porto superiority eventually told with three goal in the final 12 minutes, Guarin bagged a brace with Candeias scoring the other.

Leixoes 0 – Benfica 0 (Pens. 5-4) (Taca de Portugal, December 13, 2008) The top two in the league faced off in the Cup, with Leixoescoming out on top in penalties.

Naval 3 – Portimonense 0 (Taca de Portugal, December 13, 2008)

Estrela Amadora 1 – Olivais Moscavide 0 (Taca de Portugal, December 13, 2008)


Besiktas 1 – Ankaragucu 0 (Super Lig, December 13, 2008) Filip Holosko’s 25th minute volley earned Besiktas the points.

Bursaspor 2 – Trabzonspor 1 (Super Lig, December 13, 2008) Gulec gave the hosts a halftime lead which was wiped out Bulut with 11 minutes to go. But just as a draw looked imminent, Yildirim popped up to claim a 90th minute winner.


Larissa 1 – Olympiakos 1 (Greek Super League, December 13, 2008) Fernando Belluschi slotted home the opener early in the second for Olympiakos, only for Nobby Solano to equalise for hosts and get controversially sent off for over-celebrating by putting his shirt over his head.


Wellington Phoenix 1 – Perth Glory 1 (A-League, Decmber 13, 2008) A goal from Perth’s Eugene Dadi was cancelled out by a Tim Brown header with seven minutes remaining as the game ended in stalemate.

Central Coast Mariners 2 – Sydney FC 1 (A-League, Decmber 13, 2008)


Huracan 3 – Velez Sarsfield 0 (Apertura, Decmber 13, 2008) De Federico scored a screamer to break the deadlock, Gonzalez doubled the lead just before the break, and Pastore wrapped up the win with the third.

Estudiantes 1 – River Plate 1 (Apertura, Decmber 13, 2008) Tuzzio gave River the lead only for Boselli to equalise for the hosts. Juan Sebastian Veron, perhaps in his last game for Estudiantes, was sent off towards the end.

Gimnasia J. 1 – Gimnasia LP 1 (Apertura, Decmber 13, 2008) A super strike from Villar gave the visitors a 13th minute lead, which was cancelled out by Montenegro’s equaliser 15 minutes from time.