European Round-up: PSV edge Ajax in a 7-goal thriller; Honda stars for VVV; Porto & Benfica draw; Fener sink Sivas; Zenit’s super comeback; Goals from Sweden & Norway

PSV 4 – Ajax 3 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009) A horrendous mistake from the PSV keeper allowed Luis Suarez to steal in and net Ajax the opener, but the Eindhovers levelled through Balazs Dzsudzsak’s unstoppable bullet of a free-kick in the 38th minute. Within sixty second though Ajax’s retook the lead through Luis Suarez. In the second half Otman Bakkal pulled PSV level and the hosts the moved ahead when Dzsudzsak fooled everyone by angling a free-kick into the far top corner. A pulsating match then took another twist as Urby Emanuelson wellied in a 58th minute equaliser from the Amsterdammers, but midway through the second period Bakkal crashed home the seventh and final goal of the game to give PSV victory.

FC Utrecht 2 – VVV Venlo 2 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009) VVV Venlo struck after three minutes at Utrecht, Keisuke Honda lead the counter-attack before slipping in Sandro Calabro for the opener. Utrecht turned the match around with a goal in each half from highly-rated youngster Dries Mertens but VVV once again showed their superb battling spirit to level through an explosive 30-yard rocket from, who else, but Japanese superstar Keisuke “the new Naka” Honda.

Heracles 0 – Feyenoord 1 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009) Danish international Jon Dahl Tomasson, who had missed a huge chance just minutes before, was set up by quick winger Andwele Slory and Tomasson slotted home from close range.

Roda 1 – NEC Nijmegen 0 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009) NEC goalie Gabor Babos was unable to hold on to Willem Janssen’s shot and Mads Junker tapped the rebound in the empty net with ease.

FC Groningen 1 – NAC Breda 2 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009)  Edwin de Graaf opened the scoring in the 37th minute before Kees Kwakman added a second just after the interval, and NAC held on after Koen van de Laak had pulled one back for Groningen.

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Pacos Ferreira 1 – FC Porto 1 (Superliga, August 16, 2009) Pacos led for much of the match through Ricardo’s 11th minute goal but a goal on his league debut for substitute Radamel Falcao earned the champions a point.

Benfica 1 – Maritimo 1 (Superliga, August 16, 2009)

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Fenerbahce 3 – Sivasspor 0 (Super Lig, August 16, 2009) Colin Kazim-Richards opened for Fener, a howler from the Sivas keeper let Emre’s tame shot squirm into the net, and a super solo goal from Santos wrapped up a comfortable home win.

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Amkar Perm 2 – Zenit St. Petersburg 4 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009) A quick-fire Martin Kushev brace (first and second) put Amkar in the ascendancy, but Igor Semshov and Igor Denisov managed to pull Zenit level at the break. After the interval Szabolcs Huszti, who had missed a first half penalty, put Zenit in front and Semshov claimed a second to add gloss on the result.

Tomsk 1 – Kuban Krasnodar 0 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009) A last minute goal from George Jokic handed Tomsk victory.

Lokomotiv Moscow 2 – CSKA Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009) Lokomotiv are currently living up to their steam-train stereotype, Dmitri Sychev proving the match-winner in the Moscow derby with a 90th minute winner.

Rubin Kazan 4 – Terek Grozny 0 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009) Alexander Bukharov hit a hat-trick for the hosts to add to an Alejandro Dominguez effort.

Khimki 1 – Krylya Sovietov Samara 3 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009)

Saturn 1 – Spartak Nalchik 0 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009)

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IFK Gothenburg 2 – Helsingborg 2 (Allsvenskan, August 16, 2009) IFK were cruising after Sebastian Eriksso and Erik Lund scored two goals in two minutes midway through the first half. Congolese striker Rene Muzola Makondele netted for HIF at the start of the second half and Makondele then levelled the match 13 minutes from time.

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Silkeborg 2 – Esbjerg 3 (SAS Ligaen, August 16, 2009) The visitors were in control from the start and took the lead in the first minute through Tim Janssen before Soren Rieks doubled their advantage in the 14th minute. Rajko Lekic pulled one back in the 58th minute, but Jesper Lange restored Esbjerg’s two-goal cushion seconds later. Substitute Kaimar Saag nabbed a late consolation for Silkeborg.

Randers FC 1 – Brondby IF 3 (SAS Ligaen, August 16, 2009) Michael Krohn-Delhi put the visitors ahead four minutes from the break before Soren Berg levelled matters in the 74th minute. But half-time substitute Peter Madsen restored Brondby’s lead a minute later and the result was sealed by Allan Jepsen’s own goal two minutes from time


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