Ronaldo sees red as United beat City in the Abu derby; Van Persie earns Arsenal a vital win at Chelsea; Everton halt Spurs’ upturn; Rovers fall to another defeat

Manchester City 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, November 30, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) (MOTD highlights here.) After a tentative opening, Wayne Rooney had the first real chance of the derby with a shot in the box that was saved by Hart. United then began to turn up the pressure, Ronaldo sending a header over the bar before Dimitar Berbatov forced a fine one-handed save from Hart with another header moments later. And United continued to turn the screw with Patrice Evra lifting a shot just over the bar. But after dominating possession, United then suffered the biggest scare of the match as Stephen Ireland’s shot scraped the outside of the post. Just as it looked like that half would end goalless City found themselves penned in their box, Carrick’s shot was only parried by Hart and Rooney scored from close-range. (First half highlights here.) Garrido sent a free-kick just wide just after the hour mark, but the second half came to life when Cristiano Ronaldo made a huge error in judgment by handling a cross in the City box and receiving his marching orders after collecting his second yellow. At the death Wayne Rooney tried to score from 50-yards but Hart managed to scamper back and save the ball off the line.

Chelsea 1 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, November 30, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) (MOTD highlights here.) 20 minutes in at Stamford Bridge and Frank Lampard forced a save from Almunia with a header. On the half hour the Arsenal goalie was at fault for Chelsea’s opener, Almunia carelessly threw out the ball to lose the Gunners possession and Bosingwa’s teasing cross was turned into his own net from Johan Djourou. (First half highlights here.) After soaking up a lot of pressure at the start of the second half, Arsenal sucker-punched the Blues with a powerful right-footed strike from Robin van Persie (offside), which left Cech grabbing thin air. The Gunners then stunned the Bridge with a second moments later, Adebayor won a header from a free-kick, and van Persie picked up the ball and hit a low shot on the turn. (Second half highlights here.)

Tottenham 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, November 30, 2008) After a goalless first half at White Hart Lane, Tottenham having the better of the limited chances (first half highlights here), it was Everton who moved ahead after the break as Steven Pienaar broke the deadlock with a shot that deflected off Corluka.

Portsmouth 3 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, November 30, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Blackburn plunged further into the relegation mire as Paul Ince’s side lost at Fratton Park. After a goalless first half (highlights here) Rovers had drawn level through Matt Derbyshire and Tugay after goals from Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe had put the hosts 2-0 ahead at Fratton Park. But Sean Davis claimed his first goal since March 2006 with 11 minutes remaining to leave Blackburn second bottom.


Swansea 2 – Cardiff 2 (Championship, November 30, 2008) Darren Pratley gave the Swans the lead after 19 minutes before Joe Ledley blasted home Wayne Routledge’s corner. Ross McCormack put Cardiff ahead from the spot after Fede Bessone fouled Michael Chopra. Cardiff had captain Stephen McPhail dismissed for a second yellow before Pintado hit the equaliser and Leon Britton saw red in injury time.

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Preston 2 – Bristol City 0 (Championship, November 29, 2008)

Millwall 3 – Aldershot 0 (FA Cup, November 29, 2008) Gary Alexander struck a double for the Lions to put them in the third round.


Recreativo Huelva 1 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, November 30, 2008) First half goals from Santi Cazorla and Ariel Ibagaza saw Villarreal move into a comfortable lead at the break (first half highlights here), and the Yellow Submarine never looked in danger of relinquishing the three points despite a late reply from Adrian Colunga.

Valencia 3 – Real Betis 2 (La Liga, November 30, 2008) Valencia took the lead when David Villa volleyed home after a well-worked attack from the home side. Mata doubled the lead after 20 minutes with a fine solo goal. After the break Betis got a foothold in the match with a Juanma strike that went in the near post. And after Marchena was sent off, Emana drew the visitors level from the spot, only for Rubin Baraja to restore Valencia’s advantage in the 73rd minute.

Almeria 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, November 30, 2008) Negredo was sent off on 52 minutes for Depor before Verdu hit a 67th minute penalty against the bar. But Verdu quickly made amends with the winner on 75 minutes.

Espanyol 0 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, November 30, 2008) Carmelo smashed a 29th minute shot into the top corner to earn Sporting a win at Espanyol.

Malaga 4 – Osasuna 2 (La Liga, November 30, 2008) After a scoreless first half, Malaga went in front on 56 minutes through Apono’s penalty after Javier Calleja had been brought down by Juanfran. Nabil Bahar headed home Adrian’s cross for 2-0 on 62 minutes before Osasuna drew level through headers from Javad Nekounam and Miguel Flano on 79 and 81 minutes. But Albert Luque restored Malaga’s lead on 84 minutes and Apono played in Eliseu to clinch the win two minutes into injury-time.

Athletic Bilbao 2 – Numancia 0 (La Liga, November 30, 2008) Bilbao lifted themselves out of the bottom three in the table as Fernando Llorente scored both goals over Numancia, who now slip into the relegation zone.

Valladolid 3 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, November 30, 2008)

Atletico Madrid 4 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, November 30, 2008)


Palermo 3 – AC Milan 1 (Serie A, November 30, 2008) In the 25th minute Palermo’s goalie Marco Amelia clattered into Pato on the edge of the box, with the ref pointing to the spot. Ronaldinho stepped up to convert the spot-kick but Amelia went from villain to hero saving the shot from the bucked-tooth Brazilian. And after the break Palermo may the Rossoneri pay as Fabrizio Miccoli fired home a brilliant opener after cutting in from the left hand side. Nine minutes later it was 2-nil as Edison Cavani headed home a second. The men in pink killed the game when Simplicio hit a third, Ronaldinho netting a late consolation from the penalty spot,

Inter Milan 2 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, November 30, 2008) Ivan Cordoba hooked Inter Milan into the lead against Napoli at the San Siro. Inter scored a brilliant second, Julio Cruz played a beautiful backheel into the path of Maicon, the Brazilian hit a cross-cum-shot and Sulley Muntari provided the deft finish to score. But Napoli got themselves back in the game when Ezequiel Lavezzi scored with a fine chip after a superb backheel from Marcelo Zalayeta.

Roma 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, November 30, 2008) The Giallorossi continued their superb recent form by beating the Viola, captain fantastic Francesco Totti scoring yet again to claim all three points.

Cagliari 1 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, November 30, 2008) A header from Jeda at the start of the second half was enough for the hosts to take all three points.

Genoa 1 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, November 30, 2008) Giuseppe Sculli headed Genoa in front on 55 minutes, but Marco Di Vaio’s close-range header eight minutes later clinched a draw for Bologna.

Udinese 0 – Chievo 1 (Serie A, November 30, 2008) Udinese, who had top striker Antonio Di Natale sent off, lost their fourth league game in a row when a late Felipe own goal gave bottom side Chievo a crucial away win and ended a six-game losing streak.

Siena 1 – Torino 0 (Serie A, November 30, 2008) Massimo Maccarone scored the only goal of the game with a low shot on 19 minutes as Siena won at home.

Atalanta 2 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, November 30, 2008) Jaime Valdes broke the deadlock on 54 minutes and Sergio Floccari added the second on 68 minutes from Simone Padoin’s pass.


Bochum 1 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga, November 30, 2008) Bochum’s Stanislav Sestak hooked a lovely shot into the roof of the net, with his back towards the goal, after Hamburg failed to clear their lines from a free-kick. Ivica Olic equalised for Martin Jol’s men, scoring from a tight angle in the 70th minute.

Stuttgart 2 – Schalke 0 (Bundesliga, November 30, 2008) Jan Simak ran on to a hopeful long ball and lobbed it over the keeper for the Stuttgart opener in the second half. Mario Gomez finished off another swift break a few minutes from time to secure Stuttgart’s first win in six league games.

Borussia Dortmund 0 – Wolfsburg 0 (Bundesliga, November 30, 2008)


Lyon 0 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, November 29, 2008) Valenciennes shocked Lyon with a goalless draw at the Stade Gerland.

Sochaux 0 – Bordeaux 0 (Ligue 1, November 29, 2008) Bordeaux missed the opportunity to close ground on Lyon with a disappointing goalless draw.

Le Mans 2 – Caen 0 (Ligue 1, November 29, 2008) Modibo Maiga (51) and Yao Gervinho (61) got the goals to help secure only a second win in seven games and lift the club into the top half of the table.

Lille 1 – Lorient 1 (Ligue 1, November 29, 2008) Michel Bastos gave Lille the perfect start, handing them the lead after only eight minutes, but an own goal from Abil Rami on 35 minutes ensured the game finished all-square.


Ajax 1 – FC Utrecht 1 (Eredivisie, November 30, 2008) Miralem Sulejmani equalised Sander Keller’s 35-minute opener for the visitors.


Trofense 2 – Rio Ave 0 (Superliga, November 30, 2008)

Pacos de Ferreira 1 – Estrela Amadora 0 (Superliga, November 30, 2008)


Galatasaray 3 – Hacettepe 1 (Super Lig, November 30, 2008) Sandro put the visitors into a surprise lead, but it was all-square at the break as Milan Baros pulled Gala level. Baros netted from the spot in the second half before Baros completed his hat-trick with an opportunist header.


Olympiakos 4 – Panionios 1 (Greek Super League, November 30, 2008)


Hajduk Split 3 – NK Osijek 1 (1. HNL, November 30, 2008) Andric hit a brace and Ibricic netted the third as Hajduk won yet another match at a canter.


Newcastle Jets 1 – Adelaide United 1 (A-League, November 30, 2008) Matt Thompson gave the Jets the lead in the 56th minute with a powerful low drive after good lead up work from Jason Naidovski, before Sasa Ognenovski scored with the last kick of the game to earn Adelaide a point.


Flamengo 3 – Goias 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 30, 2008)

Ipatinga 1 – Gremio 4 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 30, 2008)


Boca Juniors 2 – Racing Club 1 (Apertura, November 30, 2008) Juan Roman Riquelme’s double kept Boca on course for the title.

Tigre 3 – River Plate 1 (Apertura, November 30, 2008)

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