Scholes heads Manchester United winner at Besiktas; Anelka sees Chelsea past Porto; Real Madrid hit five in Zurich

Besiktas 0 – Manchester United 1 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a sustained period of pressure Paul Scholes headed Manchester United’s winner after a Nani shot had been pushed out by Hakan Arikan 14 minutes from time.

Chelsea 1 – FC Porto 0 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) No goals were scored at the Bridge in the first half, both Lampard and Guarin went close with headers for either side. Early in the second half Nicolas Anelka broke the deadlock at the second bite of the cherry.

FC Zurich 2 – Real Madrid 5 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) After he was fouled just outside the box, Cristiano Ronaldo slammed an unstoppable free-kick into the Zurich net and paid back a small slice of his world record transfer fee. Raul grabbed the second from close range seven minutes later and on the stroke of half time Gonzalo Higuain all but finished off the game as a contest with the third for Real. A debatable penalty, fired home by Xavier Margairaz brought the home side back into the match on 64 and a minute later the comeback was truly on when Sylvan Aegerter headed home. But late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (horrible keeping) and Guti (a cute chip) restored the three goal advantage.

Marseille 1 – AC Milan 2 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In the right place at the right time, looking just onside, Pippo Inzaghi put AC Milan in front away at Marseille. The much maligned Gabriel Heinze headed OM level at the start of the second period but despite dominating the second half, Marseille went behind again with Pippo Inzaghi again demonstrating his prowess at finishing in the box. (Individual highlights of Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva’s performances can be seen here and here.)

Wolfsburg 3 – CSKA Moscow 1 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Wolfsburg took a two-goal lead into the break at home to CSKA Moscow, Grafite slid home the first and the Brazilian striker also claimed the second from the penalty spot. Alan Dzagoev (“the new Arshavin”) brought CSKA back into the match only for Grafite to score his third, becoming only the sixth player to claim a hat-trick on debut in the Champions League.

Juventus 1 – Bordeaux 1 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) Just after the hour mark Vincenzo Iaquinta put Juventus one-up at home to Bordeaux. Jaroslav Plasil claimed a crucial late equaliser at the back post for Laurent Blanc’s side. (Individual highlights of Gigi Buffon’s performance can be seen here.)

Maccabi Haifa 0 – Bayern Munich 3 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) Some poor defending allowed Daniel Van Buyten to fire Bayern Munich into the lead midway through the second half in Israel. Thomas Muller did exactly as he did at Dortmund on Saturday, scoring twice (first here, second here) late on.

Atletico Madrid 0 – APOEL Nicosia 0 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) Atletico struggled to create openings in the first half and APOEL striker Constantinos Charalambides squandered two glorious chances to give the visitors the lead. Abel Resino’s home side were booed off at the break and although they came out with more purpose for the second period they could not find a winner.


Reggina 0 – Vicenza 2 (Serie B, September 15, 2009)


Orgryte 2 – Halmstad 1 (Allsvenskan, September 15, 2009) Marcus Olsson put the visitors ahead four minutes before the break but Orgryte levelled in the 54th minute through Alvaro dos Santos. The points looked set to be shared until Alexander Mellqvist came up with the winner that leaves Orgryte five points adrift of Halmstads.


San Lorenzo 1 – Tigre 0 (Agg. 2-2) (Copa Sudamericana, September 15, 2009) An 87th-minute volley by Fabian Bordagaray after a Pablo Pintos cross from the right put San Lorenzo through on away goals.

Anzoategui 1 – Alianza Atletico 2 (Agg. 1-2) (Copa Sudamericana, September 15, 2009) Winger Marco Valverde put the visitors ahead in the 15th minute. Jesus Garcia equalised 20 minutes after the interval, but a Jonathan Rodriguez header gave Alianza the win a minute later. Giacomo Di Giorgi was sent off with five minutes to go. Alianza face Brazil’s Fluminense in the next round.


Puerto Rico Islanders 3 – Cruz Azul 3 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 15, 2009) Nicholas Addlery gave Puerto Rico Islanders a 3-1 lead in first-half injury time, but Cruz Azul rallied on a goal in the 67th by Pablo Cevallos and another by Alejandro Vela in the 86th. Cevallos also scored in the 34th for the Mexican side.

San Juan Jabloteh 0 – DC United 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 15, 2009) Christian Gomez’s penalty earned DC the win.

Metapan 0 – Arabe Unido 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 15, 2009)


Sao Caetano 0 – Vasco 1 (Brazilian Serie B, September 15, 2009) Elton fired home the only goal just before the break.

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