Chelsea chew up the Black Cats; Wolves claim fine away win at Wigan; Arsenal win at Celtic in the Champions League

Sunderland 1 – Chelsea 3 (Premier League, August 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Darren Bent claimed his second goal in as many games to put Sunderland one-up at home to Chelsea. (First-half highlights here.) Carlo Ancelotti’s side proved their title credentials in the second half, first Michael Ballack swept the ball home from a corner, Frank Lampard put the Blues in front from the penalty spot and Deco completed the win with a fine strike.

Carlo Ancelotti’s post match interview can be seen here.

Wigan 0 – Wolves 1 (Premier League, August 18, 2009) Wolves took the lead at the DW Stadium in the sixth minute, Andy Keogh glancing home a free-kick.

Mick McCarthy’s post match interview can be seen here.


Walsall 1 – Leeds 2 (League One, August 18, 2009) The Saddlers went ahead in the 79th minute when Sam Parkin scored from the spot, but late goals from Bradley Johnson and serial goalscorer Jermaine Beckford turned the match in Leeds’ favour.

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Celtic 0 – Arsenal 2 (Champions League qualifier, August 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Arsenal thought they had taken the lead at Parkhead but Arshavin’s effort was ruled offside, before the break the Gunners did take the lead, William Gallas deflecting in a long-range effort from Fabregas. A Gary Caldwell og, from a Clichy cross, completed a good night’s work for the Arsenal.

After the match Tony Mowbray and Gary Caldwell reflected on the Bhoys’ defeat, while Arsene Wenger and Robin van Persie talked about the win from a Gunners’ perspective.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Fiorentina 2 (Champions League qualifier, August 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Juan Manuel Vargas produced a trademark left-footed strike to put Fiorentina one-up at Sporting Lisbon. Simon Vukcevic equalised and then promptly got sent off for a second bookable offence. Being reduced to ten men didn’t stop the home side, Miguel Veloso hammered home a howitzer into the top left-hand corner. The Viola equalised 12 minutes from time through a brilliant goal from Alberto Gillardino, the striker controlling a cross on his shoulder before volleying home on his right peg.

FC Timisoara 0 – Stuttgart 2 (Champions League qualifier, August 18, 2009) Stuttgart won the first leg thanks to two quick-fire goals in the first half, Timo Gebhart opened from the penalty spot before Alexander Helb scored the goal of the round with a brilliant jinking run the saw the former Arsenal midfielder beat four men before slotting past the keeper.

FC Shefiff 0 – Olympiakos 2 (Champions League qualifier, August 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A fizzing effort from Dudu just after the break gave Olympiakos the lead away at FC Sheriff. A solo goal from Konstantinos Mitroglou sealed the match in the final ten minutes.

FC Copenhagen 1 – APOEL 0 (Champions League qualifier, August 18, 2009) A storming header from Zdenek Pospech proved the difference for Copenhagen.


Deportivo Cali 0 – Universidad de Chile 1 (Agg. 1-3) (Copa Sudamericana, August 18, 2009) Walter Montillo struck in the 69th minute to confirm Universidad’s passage to the next round at the expense of Deportivo Cali.

Tigre 2 – San Lorenzo 1 (Copa Sudamericana, August 18, 2009) Martin Morel scored for Tigre after a mix-up by the San Lorenzo defense in the 5th minute and Lucas Oviedo finished a fluid passing move for the second in the 9th. Diego Rivero cut the deficit for San Lorenzo in the 33rd minute with a diagonal shot from the corner of the box.


UNAM 1 – Comunicaciones 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, August 18, 2009) A Luis Fuentes header settled the match for Pumas against Guatemalan side Comunicaciones.

Marathon 3 – DC United 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, August 18, 2009) Walter Martinez gave the Honduran league champions a 1-nil led in the 23rd minute. Luciano Emilio levelled for United in the 48th minute, but late goals by Jerry Palacios in the 82nd minute and Mario Berrios in the 87th minute gave Marathon the victory.

Columbus Crew 2 – Puerto Rico Islanders 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, August 18, 2009) Steven Lenhart scored in the 58th minute from just outside the box, before Robbie Rogers sealed the win in the 79th when he gathered a loose ball and scored with a left-footed strike.

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