Tottenham 2 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool needed just two and half minutes to beat Gomes at White Hart Lane, Robbie Keane played in Dirk Kuyt and the Dutchman continued his recent form by firing an arrow across the keeper on the angle. Spurs’ best chance of scoring in the first half fell to Luka Modric, but his shot was well saved by Riena. After the break Gerrard struck the post after good work by Kuyt, and Spurs then almost shot themselves in the foot as a terrible pass from Gomes fell behind King, and after Keane robbed the ball into the path of Gerrard, the Reds’ skipper was unfortunate to see his effort come back off the bar. Tottenham made Liverpool pay for their misses, as a Bentley corner was turned into his own net by Jamie Carragher, under pressure from King. And then for the second game running Spurs pulled the rabbit out the hat in injury time, Bentley’s swerving shot was saved by Reina but Bent turned the ball back in the box and Roman Pavlyuchenko scored the winner. Harry Redknapp has now recorded seven points in three games at Spurs to lift the cockerels off the bottom of the table.
Manchester United 4 – Hull 3 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Cristiano Ronaldo put United into the lead in the third minute at home to Hull, with a low shot that went in off the post. But United were pegged back when Daniel Cousin headed in a Dawson free-kick just after the twenty minute mark. Just over five minutes later Michael Carrick restored United’s lead and Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-1 just before the break. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes into the second half, Nemanja Vidic volleyed home a Rooney corner. Bernard Mendy and Geovanni pulled goals back but there was no fairytale fourth for Phil Brown’s men.
Chelsea 5 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Alex scored Chelsea’s 1000th Premier League goal to put the Blues ahead against Sunderland and a similar goal by Nicolas Anelka put Scolari’s side in control. On the stroke of halftime Anelka grabbed his second and Chelsea’s third finishing off a well-worked move. Early in the second half Frank Lampard scored his 100th league goal, heading home a Joe Cole cross, and Nicolas Anelka completed his hat-trick and the rout with a bundled fifth.
Stoke 2 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Stoke shocked Arsenal with a goal in the eleventh minute, Ricardo Fuller heading home a Rory Delap throw-in (the same players who combined for their winner v Sunderland). (First half highlights here.) The second also came from a Delap throw, as Seyi Olofinjana bundled home from close range. Minutes later Robin van Persie was sent off but the Gunners did pull a goal back through a rare Gael Clichy shot that took a couple of deflections on route to goal.
Everton 1 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) The Toffees won their second consecutive game with another late goal. This time Louis Saha rose highest to an Osman cross for the winner in the 87th minute, which was also his first goal for the club since his move from United.
West Brom 2 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) Benni McCarthy fired Rovers in front with a penalty, but the South African’s game was short lived as he was sent off for picking up two yellow cards in the opening 36 minutes. The Baggies made their numerical advantage count after the break as Roman Bednar and Ishmael Miller put the hosts in front. But with seconds remaining Keith Andrews’ 20-yard special powered past Carson to tie the match.
Portsmouth 1 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) Amr Zaki gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of halftime converting a penalty after yet another foul in the box from Papa Bouba Diop. Pompey looked to have secured a point when Nico Kranjcar lashed the ball home past Kirkland eight minutes from time. But Emile Heskey scored his 100th career in injury time to deny Tony Adams his first result as the new boss. (Second half goals here.)
Middlesbrough 1 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) Hayden Mullins cracked in a stunning shot to give the Hammers the lead at the break. But the Londoners were denied the win as a free-kick on the edge of the box was smacked home by Mido.
Malaga 1 – Barcelona 4 (La Liga, November 1, 2008) Xavi put Barca ahead with a terrific free-kick only for Duda to equalise. Lionel Messi then fired home and then second half goals from Xavi (another fine finish) and an og from Welligton, deflecting in an Alves free-kick, secured the win for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Valencia 2 – Racing Santander 4 (La Liga, November 1, 2008) Mohammed Tchite gave Santander the lead, which was cancelled out by David Villa’s penalty. Back came Racing, Tchite netting his second of the game, only for Joaquin to fire the hosts level from a corner. But the visitors kept on pressing, and Tchite completed his hat-trick with a header before Albelda’s own goal sealed the away win.
Atletico Madrid 2 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, November 1, 2008) Aguero broke the deadlock on 14 minutes with a delicate chip over the keeper following Diego Forlan’s pass, and the pair combined again on 28 minutes with the Uruguayan supplying Aguero with the chance to score from close range.
Athletic Bilbao 1 – Villarreal 4 (La Liga, November 1, 2008)Â Giuseppe Rossi put Villarreal ahead on 24 minutes only for Joseba Etxeberria to head home an equaliser five minutes later from David Lopez’s corner. Rossi and Robert Pires combined for the Frenchman to score on 53 minutes and Santi Cazorla notched the third on the hour mark. Jozy Altidore wrapped up the win with the fourth.
Juventus 2 – Roma 0 (Serie A, November 1, 2008) Alessandro Del Piero pulled out a trademark free-kick for the opener and Marco Marchionni bagged the second after the break to give Claudio Ranieri’s side the victory.
Reggina 2 – Inter Milan 3 (Serie A, November 1, 2008) After a recent dry spell Inter Milan raced into the lead away at lowly Reggina, Zlatan played a superb pass into Maicon who was advancing into the top right hand side of the box, and the Brazilian slammed home a shot into the top corner. Inter’s bright start continued in the 23rd minute as Patrick Vieira slotted in number two. But Reggina hit back with a training ground corner routine as the ball went back to Cozza who fired home for the hosts. In the second half Reggina found the equaliser, Cesar failed to keep out Brienza’s low shot. With the Nerazzurri pressing for a winner Crespo hit the woodwork with a header, and just as it looked like it was ending in a draw Ivan Cordoba powered home a winner in injury time.
Bari 1 – Pisa 0 (Serie B, November 1, 2008) Barreto’s penalty earned Bari all three points, as they climb up to joint second place.
Mantova 2 – Grosseto 1 (Serie B, November 1, 2008) Billy Costacurta celebrated his first victory as a coach, beating leaders Grosseto. Locatelli got his head to a Passoni free-kick for the opener and Godeas had a goal ruled offside before doubling the advantage with another header. Grosseto made a valiant attempt to pinch a point following Carparelliâ€™s strike, but could not avoid a second away loss on the trot.
Modena 3 – Cittadella 3 (Serie B, November 1, 2008)
Piacenza 1 – Parma 1 (Serie B, November 1, 2008)
Bayern Munich 3 – Arminia Bielefeld 1 (Bundesliga, November 1, 2008) Miroslav Klose fired Klinsmann’s side 1-up on 25 minutes but Artur Wichniarek stunned the home side with the equaliser from the penalty spot. Late goals from Franck Ribery and Lukas Podolski won the match for Bayern.
Hannover 3 – Hamburg 0 (Bundesliga, November 1, 2008) Early goals from Bastian Schulz and Jan Schlaudraff put Hannover in charge in their home game with Hamburg. Jiri Stanner added the third in the second-half.
Werder Bremen 5 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Bundesliga, November 1, 2008) An own goal from Gojko Kacar and then further strikes from Diego (brilliant volleyed chip) and Marcus Rosenberg gave Bremen a 3-0 half-time lead. On the hour, Claudio Pizarro got Bremen’s fourth. Santos pulled one back before Pizarro grabbed his second of the game.
Hoffenheim 4 – Karlsruher 1 (Bundesliga, November 1, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Hoffenheim took the lead at home to Karlsruher through the free-scoring Vedad Ibisevic on 15 minutes. But the lead only last five minutes as Sebastian Freis equalised. Midway through the second-half, Edu put the “village team” in front and Ibisevic and Edu added two more on 75 and 78.
Cottbus 0 – Schalke 2 (Bundesliga, November 1, 2008) After Orlando Engelaar had been sent off seven minutes into the second half, Schalke won the match late on with goals from Heiko Westermann and Gerald Asamoah.
Marseille 3 – St. Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, November 1, 2008) The hosts took the lead on 21 minutes when Ben Arfa’s corner was headed home by Benoit Cheyrou, only for St Etienne to respond immediately through Bafetimbi Gomis. Ben Arfa restored the lead on 38 minutes from the penalty spot and he then created the third on 71 minutes when his corner was headed in by Taye Taiwo.
Lorient 1 – Grenoble 1 (Ligue 1, November 1, 2008) Laurent Courtois had an eventful game by putting Grenoble ahead before being sent off. Lorient levelled through Fabrice Abriel’s penalty after Kevin Gameiro had been brought down.
Lille 2 – Nantes 0 (Ligue 1, November 1, 2008) Ludovic Obraniak and Nicolas Fauvergue scored either side of halftime.
Toulouse 0 – Caen 1 (Ligue 1, November 1, 2008) Nivet was brought on after 76 minutes and, three minutes later, fired home from Steve Savidan’s pass to secure the points.
Nice 1 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, November 1, 2008) Eric Mouloungui headed home David Hellebuyck’s corner on 39 minutes to earn Nice the points.
Nancy 1 – Bordeaux 0 (Ligue 1, November 1, 2008) Youssouf Hadji’s 70th minute cracker saw off second-placed Bordeaux.
Auxerre 0 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, November 1, 2008)
Heerenveen 3 – AZ Alkmaar 3 (Eredivisie, November 1, 2008) Pawel Wojciechowski had given the home side an early lead before Mounir El Hamdaoui levelled soon after the interval. Brett Holman (58) fired Alkmaar in front before Henrique scored his first of the night with 15 minutes to go. Sebastien Pocognoli (77) looked to have sealed it for the visitors as he struck immediately after being sent on, only for Henrique to have the final say.
Rio Ave 0 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Superliga, November 1, 2008)
Standard Liege 1 – Charleroi 2 (Jupiler League, October 31, 2008) Yajour put Charleroi in the lead on 33 minutes but Nicaise equalised shortly before the interval. Charleroi stole the victory with a last-gasp winner from Habibou.
CSKA Moscow 0 – Spartak Moscow 1 (Russian Premier Liga, November 1, 2008) Bazhenov settled the game tucking home a cross from inside the six yard box.
Zenit St. Petersburg 1 – Khimki 0 (Russian Premier Liga, November 1, 2008) Zenit moved into the top four, Danny scoring the only goal of the game after sixteen minutes.
Levski Sofia 1 – CSKA Sofia 1 (A Grupa, November 1, 2008) The Sofia derby ended all-square as Gonzo levelled for Levski after Lazarov opened with a penalty.
Panionios 1 – Panathinaikos 2 (Greek Super League, November 1, 2008)
Aris 0 – Larissa 0 (Greek Super League, November 1, 2008)
Hakoach Amidar Ramat Gan 0 – Maccabi Haifa 3 (Ligat ha’Al, November 1, 2008)
Sydney FC 3 – Central Coast Mariners 3 (A-League, November 1, 2008) Two wonder-strikes from Sydney’s Mark Bridge and Adam Casey lit up the first-half before Terry McFlynn’s stunning long-range effort in the 56th minute seemingly had the hosts in an unassailable 3-goal lead. But the Mariners rallied, Matt Simon pulled one back just after the hour mark before Nik Mrdja nipped in to make it 3-2. Simon then completed the fightback with his second goal four minutes later. Controversially, Sydney’s Mitchell Prentice should arguably have been sent off for a stomp on Matt Simon which went unnoticed.
New York Red Bulls 1 – Houston Dynamo 1 (MLS playoffs, November 1, 2008) New York led three minutes into the second half when Juan Pablo Angel headed in a cross from John Wolyniec, but Kamara leveled off a pass from Stuart Holden in the 85th, preserving Houston’s 10-game unbeatenÂ run.
Real Salt Lake 1 – Chivas USA 0 (MLS playoffs, November 1, 2008) Yura Movsisyan scored a stunner in the 90th minute for the second straight game.
Argentinos Jrs 2 – Tigre 0 (Argentinean Apertura, November 1, 2008)
Huracan 1 – Estudiantes 0 (Argentinean Apertura, November 1, 2008)
Lanus 2 – River Plate 0 (Argentinean Apertura, November 1, 2008)
Ipatinga FC 2 – Coritiba 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 1, 2008)
Flamengo 2 – Portuguesa 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 1, 2008)
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