Five-star United make light work of Stoke; Villa send Arsenal back to square-one with shock win; Goals from Kuyt and Gerrard keep the Liverpool title challenge on course

All the goals from Saturday’s action in the Premier League can be seen here.

West Brom 0 – Chelsea 3 (Premier League, November 15, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Jose Bosingwa cut in from the right and unleashed a superb shot with his left foot that arrowed into the near post. The second goal was all Nicolas Anelka, the Frenchman being sent clear 45-yards on goal and the number nine bore down on Carson before beating him with a deft finish. And in injury time at the end of the opening 45 Chelsea killed the game when Anelka scored his second after good work from Kalou.

Manchester United 5 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, November 15, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Cristiano Ronaldo blasted United in front with a free-kick that deceived Sorensen in the fourth minute. With half-time approaching, Park lifted a shot just over the bar, but United doubled their lead just before the whistle as Michael Carrick fired home a fine left-footed strike. United killed the game three minutes into the second half when the ball was fed into Dimitar Berbatov at the near post, and the Bulgarian was allowed to turn and score. Young Danny Welbeck came off the bench and scored the goal of the game with a crashing 25-yard belter. Ronaldo added a fifth with his second converted free-kick of the match at the death.

Arsenal 0 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, November 15, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) After seeing Ashley Young’s first half penalty saved by Almunia, Aston Villa nevertheless took the lead at the Emirates when Young’s delicious cross into Agbonlahor was headed into his own net by Gael Clichy. And Martin O’Neill’s side sealed the shock victory when Gabi Agbonlahor outpaced William Gallas and fired home a low shot for number two.

Bolton 0 – Liverpool 2 (Premier League, November 15, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool had a lot of possession early doors at the Reebok, just after the twenty minute mark Kuyt hit the bar and then minutes later Dirk Kuyt did put the Reds in front, heading home an Aurelio cross. In injury-time of the first-half, Gary Cahill thought he had equalised but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Reina by Nolan. Bolton showed a lot more fight in the second period and substitute Ricardo Gardner was unlucky to scuff his shot after rounding Reina (notice Agger colliding with the post.) Fernando Torres, on as a substitute, provided the killer second with just under twenty minutes remaining, El Nino played in a delightful cross with the outside of his right foot for Steven Gerrard who planted his header into the bottom corner. In the final minutes, Torres hit the post when well placed.

Fulham 2 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, November 15, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Tottenham lost their first game since Harry Redknapp took over, error-prone goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes failing to deal with a soft Simon Davies shot that trickled into the net. Andy Johnson swooped to make it 2-0 midway through the second half. Frazier Campbell’s effort was a mere consolation for Spurs who now slip back into the relegation zone.

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Newcastle 2 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, November 15, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Wigan flew out of the blocks at St James’ Park with a spectacular goal from Ryan Taylor, who lobbed Shay Given from 30-yards out. Emmerson Boyce was harshly given his marching orders on 54 minutes but the Toon had to wait until the 81st minute for Michael Owen to score after Kirkland had fumbled Ameobi’s effort. Obafemi Martins fired the Magpies into the lead with 3 minutes to go, but Titus Bramble’s last minute header earned the Latics a point.

Blackburn 1 – Sunderland 2 (Premier League, November 15, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Christopher Samba headed Blackburn into the lead in injury time at the end of the first half. Kenwyne Jones drew Sunderland level five minutes into the second half with an overhead volley from two yards. And Djibril Cisse won all three points for Sunderland 20 minutes from time when he beat the offside trap to lift the ball over the advancing Robinson.

West Ham 0 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, November 15, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.)


Leeds 1 – Huddersfield 2 (League One, November 15, 2008) The Whites were given the perfect start when Robert Snodgrass scored from close range in the third minute. 30 seconds after the break Joe Skarz poked in the equaliser and the winner arrived in the third minute of injury time. Danny Cadamarteri crossed for Michael Collins to volley home with three home defenders standing like statues in their own box.

York 1 – Torquay 2 (Conference, November 15, 2008)


Valladolid 1 – Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, November 15, 2008) Real Madrid’s recent crisis worsened in the 48th minute as Fabian Canobbio cracked home an unstoppable shot to put Valladolid in front. Real slumped to back-to-back defeats, with Schuster left wondering if he is Bernd toast.

Valencia 2 – Sporting Gijon 3 (La Liga, November 15, 2008) Goals from Luis Moran, David Barral and Diego Castro guided Manolo Preciado’s men to their biggest scalp of the season so far, although they had to survive a late scare when Juan Mata set up a frantic finish with a strike in the dying moments, adding to David Villa’s earlier penalty for Los Che.

Albacete 2 – Salamanca 2 (Segunda Division, November 15, 2008)


Palermo 0 – Inter Milan 2 (Serie B, November 15, 2008) Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in inspired form in the second half, firing Inter ahead with a howitzer from 25-yards on the angle. Ibrahimovic then put the game to bed ripping home a free-kick just after the hour mark.

Salernitana 2 – Rimini 3 (Serie B, November 15, 2008)

Avellino 1 – Brescia 1 (Serie B, November 15, 2008)

Piacenza 2 – Sassuolo 2 (Serie B, November 15, 2008)

Triestina 2 – Vicenza 1 (Serie B, November 15, 2008)

Ascoli 0 – Parma 1 (Serie B, November 15, 2008)

Bari 2 – Ancona 1 (Serie B, November 15, 2008)


All the goals from Saturday’s action in the Bundesliga can be seen here.

Monchengladbach 2 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, November 15, 2008) Luca Toni put Bayern Munich in front at Monchengladbach after great work by Lahm. In the second half Franck Ribery won a penalty and the Frenchmen dusted himself down to convert the spot-kick. But the hosts came back into the game thanks to a North American double. Canadian Rob Friend headed home the first goal for Gladbach from a corner before American Michael Bradley netted the equaliser three minutes later to send the home side wild.

Hoffenheim 3 – Wolfsburg 2 (Bundesliga, November 15, 2008) The Bundesliga’s top goal scored Vedad Ibisevic put Hoffenheim one-up at home to Wolfsburg before Grafite equalised for the away team. Eduardo put the “village team” ahead for the second time in the match with a fine left-footed free-kick only for Edin Dzeko to equalise for Wolfsburg. With twenty minutes remaining Hoffenheim took the lead for the third time when Obasi broke the offside trap.

Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Schalke 1 (Bundesliga, November 15, 2008) Stefan Kiessling fired Leverkusen into the lead at home to Schalke. Patrick Helmes doubled the lead before the break with a lovely shot on the turn. Kevin Kuranyi scored for Schalke with five minutes remaining to set up a nervous last few minutes, but Leverkusen held on to stay top of the league.

Energie Cottbus 1 – Karlsruhe 0 (Bundesliga, November 15, 2008) Branko Jelic earned Cottbus the three points with a fabulous overhead volley 10 minutes from time.

Hertha Berlin 2 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga, November 15, 2008) Mladen Petric handed Hamburg the lead with a brilliant overhead-volley, but goals from Cicero and Valeri Domovchiyski turned the game on its head.

Borussia Dortmund 4 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, November 15, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Neven Subotic scored a brace while Felipe Santana and Tamas Hajnal were also among the goals.

Stuttgart 0 – Arminia Bielefeld 0 (Bundesliga, November 15, 2008)

Munich 1860 0 – Augsburg 1 (Bundesliga II, November 14, 2008)

St Pauli 2 – Ahlen 2 (Bundesliga II, November 14, 2008)

Osnabruck 1 – Wehen 1 (Bundesliga II, November 14, 2008)


Le Havre 1 – PSG 3 (Ligue 1, November 15, 2008) Guillaume Hoarau broke the deadlock on 17 minutes, before Ludovic Giuly doubled the Parisians’ advantage with 32 minutes on the clock. Alassane then pulled one back for the home side two minutes after the interval, but Hoarau sealed the points when he grabbed his second of the game from the penalty spot on 88 minutes.

Marseille 2 – Lorient 3 (Ligue 1, November 15, 2008) Erik Gerets’s side were cruising after Karim Ziani’s first-half opener was added to by Mamadou Niang’s penalty on the hour. But Loirent staged a fantastic comeback. Morgan Amalfitano volleyed home the first from 20-yards in the 76th minute. Fabrice Abriel equalised and three minutes later Abriel fed Kevin Gameiro with a defence-splitting pass and he scored to give Lorient the points.

Auxerre 1 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, November 15, 2008) Kevin Lejeune gave Auxerre their first win after a run of poor form.

Toulouse 2 – Grenoble 0 (Ligue 1, November 15, 2008) A brace from Andre-Pierre Gignac, the first in the second minute and the second a wonderful lob after 18 minutes, gave Toulouse the points.

Le Mans 1 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, November 15, 2008) Mathieu Coutadeur scored directly from a corner for the only goal of the game.

Nancy 1 – Caen 1 (Ligue 1, November 15, 2008) An own-goal from Florian Boucansaud (72) cancelled out an earlier strike by Steve Savidan (51).


Heerenveen 3 – FC Utrecht 2 (Eredivisie, November 15, 2008) Ali Boussaboun fired the visitors into an early lead, only for Danijel Pranjic to level almost immediately before Roy Beerens put Heerenveen ahead. Pranjic  and Tim Cornelisse completed the scoring before the interval, before Goran Popov was dismissed for a second bookable offence early in the second period, but Heerenveen held on.


Porto 2 – Vitoria Guimaraes 0 (Super Liga, November 15, 2008) Lucho Gonzalez headed home a cross from the right by midfielder Raul Meireles after 65 minutes and substitute Eduardo Farias made the points safe for the northern team two minutes from time.

Sporting Lisbon 0 – Leixoes 1 (Super Liga, November 15, 2008) Roberto Sousa clinched the victory with a shot from outside the penalty area to keep Leixoes top of the table.


Fenerbahce 2 – Ankaraspor 0 (Super Lig, November 15, 2008) Roberto Carlos scored a rare goal just after the half hour mark, Lugano doubling the lead for Fener.


Wisla Krakow 3 – Lechia Gdansk 0 (Ekstraklasa, November 15, 2008)


Larisa 1 – Panathinaikos 1 (Greek Super League, November 15, 2008)


Central Coast Mariners 3 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, November 15, 2008) Adelaide, nursing a hangover after their Asian Champions League final defeat, were undone by three corners as they looked well below their best.


Real Salt Lake 0 – New York Red Bulls 1 (MLS Western Conference Final, November 15, 2008) Dave van den Bergh, who has starred for the Red Bulls all season, scored in the 28th minute to advance New York to the MLS Cup final for the first time in the club’s history.


Tigre 2 – Godoy Cruz 0 (Apertura, November 15, 2008)

Racing Club 0 – Colon 2 (Apertura, November 15, 2008)

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