Twente pull clear in Holland; Sporting-Benfica stalemate; Kasimpasa stun Fener; 10-man Partizan win the Belgrade derby; Goals from around Europe

AZ Alkmaar 2 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, November 28, 2009) Goals from Jeremain Lens and Brett Holman earned AZ Alkmaar all three points at home to VVV Venlo to leave them fifth in the table.

Willem II 1 – FC Twente 3 (Eredivisie, November 28, 2009) Wout Brama gave Steve McClaren’s side the lead inside eight minutes but Christophe Gregoire levelled from the penalty spot on the quarter-hour. Miroslav Stoch, on loan from Chelsea, restored the Enschede side’s lead and Bryan Ruiz clinched the points in the second half as Twente moved two points clear of PSV Eindhoven.

Heerenveen 3 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, November 28, 2009) Viktor Elm scored twice before the hour mark to put the home side in control, but substitute Fred Benson gave RKC hope with 12 minutes remaining. Roy Beerens, though, ended any ideas that the visitors might have held about rescuing a point when he scored his side’s third on the stroke of full-time.

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Sporting Lisbon 0 – Benfica 0 (Superliga, November 28, 2009) Sporting and Benfica shared the spoils in a scrappy Lisbon derby where chances and quality play were at a premium. Javier Saviola rattled the crossbar for the Eagles while Miguel Veloso went closest for the hosts with a long range effort which was well saved by Quim who made an acrobatic stop.

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Fenerbahce 1 – Kasimpasa 3 (Turkish Super Lig, November 28, 2009) Arguably the worst piece of goalkeeping of the year saw Fener fall behind to Kasimpasa inside 46 seconds as home goalie Volkan Demirel dropped a bouncing ball under no pressure whatsoever to hand Gokhan Gulec the easiest goal of his career. Two minutes later Dani Guiza equalised with a low shot only for Kasimpasa to retake the lead early in the second half through Cenk Isler. Sahin Aygunes completed the win with nine minutes remaining.

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AEK Athens 1 – PAOK Saloniki 0 (Greek Super League, November 28, 2009) Gustavo Manduca’s goal came in the 48th minute when he turned in a cross from Nacho Scocco, and he almost scored a second 16 minutes later when his blistering shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias.

Iraklis 0 – Ergotelis 2 (Greek Super League, November 28, 2009)

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Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – Tavriya Symferopol 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, November 28, 2009) Having been thumped 3-nil by arch-rivals Dynamo Kiev last time out, Shakhtar wasted little time moving ahead against Tavriya as Adriano was freed through the middle and the Brazilian found the net with a calm finish. A simple tap-in from Ilsinho midway through the second half double Donetsk’s advantage. A third from Adriano five minutes from time sealed the comfortable win for Shakhtar.

Zakarpattia 3 – Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, November 28, 2009)

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Red Star Belgrade 1 – Partizan Belgrade 2 (Serbian Super League, November 28, 2009) Partizan outplayed league leaders Red Star despite being reduced to 10 men for most of the second half. They cut the deficit in the league table to one point after Brazilian striker Cleo, who became the first player in 20 years to move between the two Belgrade sides during the close season, scored a spectacular winner. Cleo curled in a superb shot from 20-yards after a Srdjan Knezevic own goal had cancelled out Lamine Diarra’s early opener for Partizan.

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Cracovia Krakow 3 – Piast Gliwice 2 (Ekstraklasa, November 28, 2009) It may have only been a consolation by fulltime, but Przemyslaw Ludzinski scored a stunning first time shot in the 13 minute which had momentarily seen parity between the sides.

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Esbjerg 1 – Aalborg BK 1 (SAS Ligaen, November 28, 2009)


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