Pedro scores in extra time as Barcelona down Shakhtar in the Super Cup; Gladbach keep momentum by beating Mainz

Barcelona 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (AET) (UEFA Super Cup, August 28, 2009) The first half (highlights here) of the Super Cup was a lacklustre affair, Barcelona creating more chances than Shakhtar but unable to find the net. The second half also brought no goals, Zlatan embarrassing himself with a pitiful effort way off target, but the game was spiced up when Leo Messi and Dario Srna clashed head-to-head. Unfortunately the match was forced into extra time, but five minutes from time Messi played a lovely one-two with Pedro Rodriguez who curled home the winner as Barca won their second trophy of the year. (Trophy celebrations here.)

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Monchengladbach 2 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, August 28, 2009) Gladbach took the lead just before the half hour with a quick counter-attack, the hosts won the ball on the halfway-line and hit a long ball to Raul Bobadilla who managed to convert. Victory was wrapped up six minutes from time as Marco Reus claimed a second.

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Roda 3 – Vitesse Arnhem 4 (Eredivisie, August 28, 2009) Lars Nilsson’s opener after just one minute was cancelled out by Mads Junker but Nicky Hofs restored Vitesse’s lead before halftime. Frank van der Struiijk’s own goal made it 2-2 early in the second period and Anour Hadouir then put Roda 3-2 ahead. Sinan Kaloglu grabbed an equaliser for Vitesse and Santi Kolk then popped up with the winner one minute from time.

RKC Waalwijk 0 – Den Haag 2 (Eredivisie, August 28, 2009) RKC slumped to their fifth straight defeat at home to ADO Den Haag as their nightmare start to the Eredivisie season continued, Bogdan Milic and Wesley Verhoek scored either side of halftime to earn ADO their second away victory of the campaign.

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Besiktas 0 – Gaziantepspor 0 (Super Lig, August 28, 2009) Nihat Kahveci came the closest to finding a breakthrough for Besitkas when his shot cannoned off the post.

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Legia Warsaw 1 – Polonia Bytom 0 (Ekstraklasa, August 28, 2009) After 18 minutes Sebastian Szalachowski darted into the box and finished an attack with a high shot into the roof of the net.

Piast Gliwice 2 – Odra Wodzislaw 1 (Ekstraklasa, August 28, 2009) Pawel Gamla’s winner for Piast, a bending 25-yard effort that pierced the top corner, was good enough to win any game of football.

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Caen 1 – Arles 0 (Ligue 2, August 28, 2009)

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Tigre 1 – Rosario Central 2 (Clausura, August 28, 2009) Morel put Tigre ahead from the spot, but goals from Zelaya and a last-gasp winner from Franzoia saw Rosario make in two from two in the opening weeks of the new season.

Racing Club 1 – Colon 1 (Clausura, August 28, 2009) Colon took the lead in the 65th minute when Nieto tucked in a rebound, but Racing salvaged a point as Ramirez scored from the spot one minute form time.

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Adelaide United 3 – North Queensland Fury 3 (A-League, August 28, 2009) Robbie Fowler gave the Fury a fifth minute lead volleying home a Robinson cross. Adelaide were soon level through Lucas Pantelis, and the hosts then took the lead 10 minutes later when Pantelis turned provider and Lloyd Owusu headed home the midfielder’s cross. The Fury then turned the match on its head late on, Dyron Daal pulled North Queensland level in the 83rd minute and Fred Aguis’ pass allowed Daniel McBreen to score from close range with time running out. But the drama was not over as Pantelis tucked home a late penalty.

Perth Glory 2 – Melbourne Victory 1 (A-League, August 28, 2009) Branko Jelic opened the scoring in the fifth minute by scrambling home a free-kick. Melbourne levelled four minutes later when Archie Thompson converted Allsop’s cross at the second attempt. Jelic netted what proved to be the winner nine minutes after the interval.


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