Everton 1 – Middlesbrough 1 (Premier League, November 16, 2008) The Merseysiders fell behind early on to Boro, the ball was worked from Tuncay to Downing and onto Gary O’Neill who buried a shot in the near post. Everton then picked up their game, dominating the majority of the proceedings but it wasn’t until the 65th minute that Yakubu headed in the equaliser from an Arteta set play. In the end Boro were hanging on for the draw, but they made their point to frustrate the Toffees.
Hull 2 – Manchester City 2 (Premier League, November 16, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Tal Ben Haim gifted Daniel Cousin the simplest of openers, the Israeli offering a desperately weak back-pass to Joe Hart which the forward punished with ease. But at the end of the half the Tigers were guilty of their own defensive horror show, Kamil Zayatte played the ball straight into the path of Stephen Ireland who equalised. And on the stroke of half-time City took the lead, Garrido burst down the left, fed a pass into Ireland, who curled a delicious shot past Myhill. In the second half Hull drew level, Geovanni’s free-kick was deflected off Kompany to record his sixth goal of the season.
Hamilton 1 – Celtic 2 (SPL, November 16, 2008) Hamilton took the lead with a header from Richard Offiong on 16 minutes. Shunsuke Nakamura levelled from a penalty, Martin Canning sent off as a result, and Celtic’s advantage told as Paul Hartley smashed in a brilliant winner after a super one-two late on.
Recreativo Huelva 0 – Barcelona 2 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Barcelona put together a clever free-kick to take the lead at Recre, Xavi slipped in Lionel Messi on the blindside of the wall and the Argentine smashed in a beauty in the 51st minute. Seydou Keita added a second five minutes from time.
Atletico Madrid 4 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) John Heitinga bundled home the opener for Atletico against Depor. Early in the second half Diego Forlan doubled the lead, picking up a loose ball before producing a clinical finish. Maxi found the third with Forlan wrapping up the game in the final stages. Filipe notched a consolation for Depor.
Espanyol 3 – Numancia 4 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Nagore put Numancia in front after a quarter of an hour, but Espanyol equalised through Hurtado 10 minutes before the break. Goiria then restored the visitors’ advantage seven minutes after the interval, but Jarque headed home from a corner to level the scores once again. Tamudo put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot after 71 minutes but Numancia failed equalised through Jose Javier Barkero in the closing stages before Carlos Bellvis grabbed the winner in the fourth minute of injury time.
Malaga 2 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) For the second week running Rossi was on the scoresheet early doors to give Villarreal the lead at Malaga. Duda levelled with a stunning 35-yard free-kick that nestled in the top corner. But the Yellow Submarine retook the lead minutes into the second half with a goal from Llorente. Rosario earned Malaga a point with a last-gasp equaliser.
Almeria 2 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Almeria took the lead shortly before halftime when Alvaro Negredo picked up a loose ballÂ on the edge of the area and curled a fine shot over German Lux. Negredo stroked in a penalty for number two just after the hour and Alhassane Keita pulled one back in added time.
Real Betis 3 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Sergio Garcia put Betis ahead in the 27th minute with a clever volley from the edge of the box, before assisting Achile Emana to stroke home from close range. Garcia got the third when he intercepted a careless back pass, rounded the keeper and slotted into the empty net. Pedro Munitis scored from long range with around five minutes left.
Getafe 0 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Luis Fabiano gave Sevilla the lead as he raced on to Romaric’s pass and slotted the ball through the legs of Abbondanzieri. Abbondanzieri also let Sevilla’s second in between his legs, rushing out from goal after Tom de Mul burst clear on the left.
Athletic Bilbao 2 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Osasuna’s horrific run continued, Joseba Garmendia putting Bilbao ahead in the first half with Llorente killing the game off two minutes from time.
Gimnastic 0 – Real Zaragoza 0 (Segunda Division, November 15, 2008)
The goals from Sunday’s action in Serie A can be seen here.
Roma 1 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, November 16, 2008) Julio Baptista sent the Roma half of the Olympic Stadium wild when he headed home Totti’s cross in the 50th minute of the Rome derby. The game ended with each side a man down, Ledesma saw red for Lazio and Perrotta was dismissed three minutes from time.
Atalanta 3 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, November 16, 2008) Adriano Ferreira Pinto scored a superb goal after a twisting slalom run to give Atalanta the advantage. The visitors’ job became that much harder after Zalayeta was sent off, but Marik Hamsik found a leveller for Napoli from the spot. But the hosts stole the points at the death, first Thomas Manfredini struck a 25-yard beauty in the 89th minute before Sergio Floccari added a third in injury time.
Sampdoria 3 – Lecce 2 (Serie A, November 16, 2008) Gennaro Delvecchio opened the scoring for the home side at Stadio Luigi Ferraris before Antonio Cassano doubled the advantage on 14 minutes with a peach of a strike. Simone Tiribocchi struck back for Lecce in the second period but Marius Stankevicius put the game beyond doubt before Tiribocchi scored a late consolation.
Catania 3 – Torino 2 (Serie A, November 16, 2008) Riccardo Colombo broke the deadlock after just six minutes but Giuseppe Mascara restored parity a minute later before handing his team the lead prior to the break with a brilliant free-kick. Nicola Amoruso made it 2-2 from the penalty spot, however Mascara was on hand to secure the points for Catania with 11 minutes remaining.
Werder Bremen 3 – Cologne 1 (Bundesliga, November 16, 2008) Werder Bremen struck first against Cologne, Frank Baumann won a penalty with a powerfdul run which Diego tucked away in the top corner. A thundering header from Ronaldo Rodrigues extended Bremen’s lead. Novakovic brought Cologne back in the match, only for Almeida to restore the two goal buffer with a powerful strike that ripped high into the net.
Lyon 2 – Bordeaux 1 (Ligue 1, November 16, 2008) Karim Benzema put Lyon in front after a receiving a majestic pass from Fred. Three minutes later Kim Kallstrom doubled the lead with a spectacular left-footer from outside the box. Cavenaghi netted a consolation for Lurent Blanc’s side.
Nice 2 – Nantes 1 (Ligue 1, November 16, 2008) The visitors took the lead through Guirane N’Daw after eight minutes but Bamogo hit back 12 minutes later and Mouloungui put the home side ahead with 10 minutes remaining to leave their opponents in relegation danger.
Rennes 2 – Monaco 1 (Ligue 1, November 16, 2008) Moussa Sow put the hosts ahead in the 43rd minute with a cute lob and Jimmy Briand doubled their advantage just after the interval, before Leandro Cufre’s penalty 18 minutes from time ensured a tense finish.
Lille 3 – St. Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, November 15, 2008) Eden Hazard fired the hosts in front in the 25th minute and Ludovic Obraniak doubled their lead 10 minutes later. Things went from bad to worse for the visitors after the break when Blaise Matuidi was dismissed, before Robert Vittek added a third for Lille in the 70th minute.
Ajax 4 – PSV 1 (Eredivisie, November 16, 2008) Ajax put together a slick attack midway through the first half and Luis Suarez slotted home the opener in the big game in Holland. PSV equalised after the break, Lazovic broke on the right hand side, dummied the keeper leaving Ibrahim Afellay with the simple tap in. But the Amsterdammers wiped out any PSV hopes with two goals in four minutes, Sulejmani restored the lead after great work from Emanuelson, before Suarez saw his hard shot deflected in for 3-one. Leonardo wrapped up the win with the fourth in injury time.
FC Twente 1 – Feyenoord 1 (Eredivisie, November 16, 2008) Blaise N’Kufo gave Twente the lead with a 13th-minute penalty before Roy Makaay also converted from the spot in the 53rd minute.
FC Groningen 3 – De Graafschap 0 (Eredivisie, November 16, 2008) Danny Holla opened the scoring in the first half and further goals in the final 13 minutes from Andreas Granqvist and Marcus Berg kept up the hosts’ perfect home record.
Roda 3 – NEC Nijmegen 0 (Eredivisie, November 15, 2008) Sekou Cisse opened the scoring with just five minutes on the clock before a brace from Willem Janssen (38 and 46) sealed the victory.
Galatasaray 2 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 0 (Super Lig, November 16, 2008) Harry Kewell headed home the opener, Lincoln tying up the game six minutes from time.
Benfica 1 – Amadora 0 (Superliga, November 16, 2008) Sidnei clinched the points for second-placed Benfica with a sweet srike from the edge of the box after good work by captain Nuno Gomes five minutes after the restart.
Club Brugge 1 – Anderlecht 1 (Jupiler League, November 16, 2008) Only four minutes had been played when Wesley Sonck opened the scoring for the home side, but Boussoufa equalised for the Brussels outfit shortly after the break.
Olympiakos 2 – PAOK 0 (Greek Super League, November 16, 2008) Patsatzoglou put Olympiakos in the lead just before the break, and Diogo added another with five minutes to go.
Panthrakikos 0 – Xanthi 0 (Greek Super League, November 16, 2008)
Panionios 0 – Iraklis 2 (Greek Super League, November 16, 2008)
FC Basel 1 – FC Zurich 1 (Swiss Super League, November 16, 2008)
Young Boys 6 – Luzern 1 (Swiss Super League, November 16, 2008)
The goals from weekend’s action in Austria’s Tipp3 Bundesliga can be seen here.
Salzburg 4 – Austria Karnten 1 (Tipp3 Bundesliga, November 16, 2008) Marc Janko was again the hero for Salzburg, hitting a hat-trick to lift him to an amazing 27 goals already this season.
Sturm Graz 3 – Ried 0 (Tipp3 Bundesliga, November 15, 2008)
Mattersburg 0 – Austria Vienna 0 (Tipp3 Bundesliga, November 15, 2008)
Rapid Vienna 5 – LASK Linz 0 (Tipp3 Bundesliga, November 15, 2008)
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – Dynamo Kiev 0 (Vyscha Liga, November 16, 2008) The clash of the giants in the Ukraine was settled by a Willian goal in the 35th minute.
Flamengo 5 – Palmeiras 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 16, 2008) Marcelinho Paraiba gave Flamengo an early lead, midfielder Ibson notched a hat-trick and former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson added the finishing touch. Palmeiras replied with an Alex Mineiro penalty and a goal from striker Kleber.
Goias 3 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 16, 2008)
Fluminense 3 – Portuguesa 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2008)
Nautico 5 – Cruzeiro 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2008)
Ipatinga 3 – Sport Recife 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 15, 2008)
Independiente 0 – River Plate 1 (Apertura, November 16, 2008) River won for the first time in 13 attempts to move off the foot of the table, Radamel Falcao Garcia headed the winner from a corner in the second half to lift River above Godoy Cruz on goal difference.
Boca Juniors 2 – Velez Sarsfield 3 (Apertura, November 16, 2008) Mariano Uglessich headed Velez in front after only 17 minutes, and Nicolas Cabrera made it two in the 51st minute. Juan Forlin pulled one back after a Riquelme free-kick struck the underside of the bar. But a superbly taken goal five minutes later by teenager Jonathan Cristaldo restored Velez’s two-goal lead. Rodrigo Palacio pulled another back with six minutes left but it was not enough for Boca.
Argentinos Jrs 5 – Estudiantes 0 (Apertura, November 16, 2008)
Cotonsport 2 – Al Ahly 2 (Agg. 2-4) (African Champions League final second-leg, November 16, 2008) Leading 2-nil from the first-leg, Al Ahly took the lead away at Cotonsport in the African Champions League final with a superb, deft volley from Ahmed Hassan after 38 minutes. The hosts did manage to score after the break through Karim Abdoul, and they then had reason to believe when Baba Ousmaila pulled another goal back for the Cameroonians. But Al Ahly struck a second at the end of the game, Mohamed converting a last-gasp penalty to take the African Champions League back to Egypt.