Bayern’s Bundesliga resurgance continues with victory over Gladbach; Champions AZ slip further behind in Holland; Porto thump Vitoria for four

Bayern Munich 2 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, December 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Mario Gomez opened for Bayern after 18 minutes against their old rivals Gladbach, the forward striking a low left footed shot from 18-yards before indulging in a strange airplane landing goal celebration with his teammates. Gladbach equalised ten minutes later, Canadian forward Robert Friend threaded a ball through to centre-back Roel Brouwers who slotted home his fourth goal of the season. Bayern had to wait until the final 15 minutes to retake the lead, highly-promising 20-year-old full-back Holger Badstuber was the hero for Munich grabbing his first goal for the club to claim all three points with what appeared to be an overhit free-kick into the top corner.


AZ Alkmaar 1 – Vitesse 2 (Eredivisie, December 4, 2009) Moussa Dembele gave the hosts a ninth-minute advantage but they failed to kill off Vitesse, who won with second-half goals from Lasse Nilsson and Dalibor Stevanovic. Both sides ended the game with ten men after Dembele and Stevanovic were sent off following a scuffle 11 minutes from time.

NAC Breda 2 – Sparta 2 (Eredivisie, December 4, 2009) The visitors took an undeserved lead through Erik Falkenburg before NAC turned the game around through Leonardo and Patrick Zwaanswijk. However, striker Rydell Poepon stole a point for his side with a sublime free-kick 16 minutes from time.

Roda 1 – ADO Den Haag 1 (Eredivisie, December 4, 2009) Mads Junker fired the hosts ahead after 35 minutes but Karim Soltani found the leveller for ADO after 57 minutes to ensure the points were shared. Roda had Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum sent off for a second booking 11 minutes from time.

VVV Venlo 2 – Willem II 1 (Eredivisie, December 4, 2009) VVV Venlo pulled clear of the drop zone after coming from behind to defeat Willem II. Arjan Swinkels fired Willem II ahead after 66 minutes but Adil Auassar (80) equalised before Keisuke Honda smashed home a last-minute penalty to cap the fightback.


Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – FC Porto 4 (Superliga, December 4, 2009) Porto sent out a powerful message tonight to title rivals Braga and Benfica with a thumping 4-1 victory away against in-form Vitoria de Guimaraes. Varela, Falcao, Bruno Alves and Cristian Rodriguez scored the goals, with Andrezinho getting what turned out to be merely a consolation effort for the hosts.


KV Mechelen 2 – Gent 5 (Jupiler League, December 4, 2009)


Besiktas 0 – Diyarbakirspor 0 (Super Lig, December 4, 2009) The crowd enjoyed a piece of classic comedy when Besiktas teammates Rodrigo Tabata and Ismail Koybasi collided in the opposition box with both players ending up flat on their backs.


Wellington Phoenix 1 – Melbourne Victory 1 (A-League, December 4, 2009) The visitors had Nick Ward sent off before halftime and the hosts took advantage with header by vice-captain Tim Brown early in the second half. However, the Phoenix allowed the Victory back into the game and the equaliser came to Roddie Vargas from an 86th minute corner.

Adelaide United 0 – Newcastle Jets 2 (A-League, December 4, 2009) Jets captain Matt Thompson striking on the stroke of half time before a second half penalty from Jin-Hyung Song gave Newcastle all three points and kept United rooted at the bottom of the table.


Huracan 0 – Banfield 1 (Apertura, December 4, 2009) Santiago Silva’s second-half header gave Banfield victory to move the club back into first place.

Godoy Cruz 1 – Rosario Central 1 (Apertura, December 4, 2009) Godoy Cruz snatched a point when Federico Higuain converted a penalty in the final minute of stoppage time. That came after Diego Bragheiri scored what appeared the winner for Rosario Central in the 90th minute.

Racing Club 1 – Tigre 0 (Apertura, December 4, 2009) Racing’s Sebastian Grazzini scored in the 69th minute to secure victory over Tigre.