Birthday present for Poyet as Brighton sweep aside Southampton; Black Stars are held by Mali; Iraq beat Azerbaijan in a friendly

Southampton 1 – Brighton 3 (League One, November 15, 2009) Glenn Murray struck after 15 minutes and added a second five minutes later before Rickie Lambert pulled a goal back from the penalty spot just before halftime to give Alan Pardew’s side hope. But skipper Andrew Crofts added a third late on to consign Saints to their first defeat in nine games and gave Gus Poyet a dream start to his managerial career with the Seagulls.

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Ghana 2 – Mali 2 (2010 World Cup, November 15, 2009) Lansana Fane put Mali ahead in the 24th minute with a free-kick, before the Black Stars finally drew level after 65 minutes when Mathew Amoah helped himself to a rebound after Mali goalkeeper and captain Mahamadou Sidibe spilled an Asmoah Gyan shot. Mali regained their lead three minutes later when Tenema Ndiaye’s header beat Richard Kingson in Ghana’s goal. Ghana drew level with seven minutes to go through Anthony Annan, whose free header off a free kick rests inside the Malian goal.

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Iraq 1 – Azerbaijan 0 (International friendly, November 15, 2009) Bassim Abbas fired home from the edge of the box with two minutes left on the clock to give Iraq the win in the UAE based International Cup.

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Serbia 3 – Norway 2 (European U21 Championship Qualifiers, November 15, 2009) Vegard Forren and Tarik Elyounoussi had put Norway in control in Novi Sad but Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani scored on 42, 52 and 72 minutes to ensure Serbia victory.

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Triestina 2 – Ascoli 0 (Serie B, November 15, 2009) Ascoli started strongly and hit the woodwork early on, but Godeas converted a penalty for Gazzola’s push on Testini. Gazzola gave away another spot-kick for his red card, though this time Godeas could only hit the upright. Nonetheless, the Triestina striker completed his brace with a looping cross-shot.

Cittadella 1 – Gallioli 2 (Serie B, November 15, 2009) The visitors pushed forward from the start and were awarded a penalty when Carteri hauled back Pallante, allowing Ginestra to convert. The referee pointed to the spot again for a sandwich on Oliveira, so Curiale equalised, but at the dawn of the second half Ginestra tapped in a corner kick.

Modena 0 – Crotone 2 (Serie B, November 15, 2009) Modena tumble down the standings and ended this match with nine men. Diagouraga received his second booking just before the break and Crotone took full advantage, as Mazzarani flicked in a cross with his heel and soon after Mendicino nodded in to complete a counter. Pinardi also saw red late on.

Piacenza 0 – Torino 0 (Serie B, November 15, 2009) New Piacenza boss Massimo Ficcadenti made a memorable debut, stalling the progress of promotion favourites Torino.

Ancona 2 – Vicenza 0 (Serie B, November 15, 2009) Ancona continue their impressive form with this comfortable victory, though all the action was condensed in 120 seconds. Mastronunzio was left relatively unmarked to turn in a corner, then Catinali’s counter attack was finalised by a Miramontes volley.

Mantova 0 – Cesena 1 (Serie B, November 15, 2009) Cesena stay in the promotion places thanks to a magnificent display from veteran goalkeeper Antonioli. Lauro brought down Nassi for an early penalty, but he parried the Carrus attempt, so Bucchi’s goal put the visitors in front. Mantova thought they’d earned a point in stoppages when they were awarded another spot-kick, but once again Antonioli saved from Caridi.

Lecce 2 – Padova 1 (Serie B, November 15, 2009)

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Nautico 0 – Flamengo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2009) Dejan Petkovic and Adriano both scored from close range in the first half to move Flamengo two points behind leaders Sao Paulo.

Avai FC 3 – Corinthians 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2009) Ronaldo and co were thoroughly outplayed by a slick Avai side. William was the star of the show with a first half brace.

Fluminense 2 – Atletico Paranaense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2009) Flu’s battle against relegation continues and they are now just two points from safety. Former Lyon striker Fred scored the first and Under-20 hitman Maicon grabbed the second.

Internacional 3 – Santos 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2009) Inter are now six points off the top after a convincing win over Santos. The home sides goal scorers were Danilo, Marquinhos and D’Alessandro, Neymar replied for Santos.

Goias 3 – Santo Andre 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2009)

Bareuri 3 – Botafogo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2009)

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San Lorenzo 0 – Independiente 3 (Apertura, November 15, 2009)

River Plate 3 – Atletico Tucuman 1 (Apertura, November 15, 2009) Having fallen behind to a headed Emanuel Gigliotti goal after three minutes and played poorly for the first half, River turned the match round starting when veteran midfielder Marcelo Gallardo equalised in the 69th. Forward Diego Buonanotte put River ahead with a fine shot into the top corner with 15 minutes to go, 17-year-old striker Daniel Villalva coolly slotting in number three to make sure of the points.

Arsenal 1 – Boca Juniors 1 (Apertura, November 15, 2009)


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