Ajax, PSV & Venlo all pick up big wins; Benfica knocked out the cup; Kewell on target in Gala draw & more European goals


Ajax 5 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, November 22, 2009) Ajax wasted little time ripping Heerenveen to shreds as Demy de Zeeuw and netted twice in the opening 20 minutes, Marko Pantelic (check out the cute flick in the build up) grabbed number three, while red-hot Luis Suarez slotted home a penalty to continue his incredible goalscoring run this season. Goran Popov replied for Heerenveen in an attempt to steady the ship, only for Ismail Aissati closed out the half with Ajax’s fifth.

Willem II 1 – ADO Den Haag 1 (Eredivisie, November 22, 2009) An equaliser by Frank Demouge 15 minutes from time saw Willem II claim a draw against ADO Den Haag despite the visitors playing for almost an hour with 10 men. Ahmed Ammi was shown a red card after 37 minutes for a two-footed lunge on Jan-Arie Van Der Heijd but it was the struggling visitors who took the lead midway through the second half through Karim Soltani.

VVV Venlo 5 – Sparta 0 (Eredivisie, November 22, 2009) Adil Auassar, Achmed Ahahaoui and Sandro Calabro (two) ensured the match was over as a contest before halftime and Kevin Van Dessel completed the rout 20 minutes from time.

PSV 4 – Heracles 0 (Eredivisie, November 22, 2009) Ibrahim Afellay opened the scoring at the Philips Stadion on the stroke of half-time, after Heracles had had goalkeeper Martin Pieckenhagen sent off just before the half-hour. Second-half goals from Balazs Dzsudzsak, Ola Toivonen and substitute Jagos Vukovic sealed the rout.

Feyenoord 0 – FC Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, November 22, 2009)


Benfica 0 – Vitoria Guimaraes 1 (Taca de Portugal, November 22, 2009) A first half header from Brazilian centre-back Gustavo Lazaretti proved the winner for Paul Sergio’s much improved Guimaraes against the Eagles.

Pescadores Costa Caparica 1 – Sporting Lisbon 4 (Taca de Portugal, November 22, 2009) The Lions went into the interval 1-0 down and facing one of the biggest shocks in Portuguese Cup history, but new coach Carlos Carvalhal’s half-time team talk did the trick as the Lisbon club came out all guns blazing in the second 45 minutes and ran out 4-1 winners.

Braga 3 – Vitoria Setubal 0 (Taca de Portugal, November 22, 2009)


Galatasaray 1 – Manisaspor 1 (Super Lig, November 22, 2009) Harry Kewell wound back the clock with a run reminiscent of his Leeds United days after he collected the ball in midfield, took on a defender and then worked a one-two with Nonda before a cool finish in the first half. Galatasaray’s day, though, was ruined late on when Josh Simpson equalised from a corner for the visitors.

Kasimpasaspor 3 – Trabzonspor 1 (Super Lig, November 22, 2009)


Panathinaikos 1 – Asteras Tripolis 1 (Greek Super League, November 22, 2009) Asteras took the lead after Shikoze Udoji exploited a mistake by goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas to score in the 61st. One minute later, Antonis Ladakis received his second yellow card to reduce Asteras to 10 men. Djibril Cisse drew level for Panathinaikos in the 74th after being set up by Costas Katsouranis.

Iraklis Saloniki 2 – Atromitos 2 (Greek Super League, November 22, 2009)


FC Copenhagen 2 – Randers 0 (SAS Ligaen, November 22, 2009) Defending champion FC Copenhagen beat Randers 2-0 at home thanks to two goals from Ailton Almeida’s to stay second.

Silkeborg 1 – Sonderjyske 2 (SAS Ligaen, November 22, 2009) Sonderjyske edged Silkeborg thanks to a late winner from Kenneth Fabricius.

HB Koge 1 – FC Nordsjaelland 2 (SAS Ligaen, November 21, 2009)

FC Midtjylland 3 – Esbjerg 0 (SAS Ligaen, November 21, 2009)


Neuchatel Xamax 0 – Young Boys 1 (Swiss Cup, November 22, 2009)