Spurs continue to rise up the league, Rovers are sinking fast; Zola gets a 1st away win for the Hammers at Sunderland

Tottenham 1 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, November 23, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Tottenham started nervously, but after riding some early luck Olsson lost the ball to Aaron Lennon, the nippy winger sped down the right, picked out Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russian confidently hit the back of the net. Spurs dominated the majority of the match thereafter, failing to get the second they deserved but holding on for another three points. (First half highlights here.)

Sunderland 0 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, November 23, 2008) West Ham made the breakthrough at the Stadium of Light midway through the first half, a Faubert free-kick was only partially cleared to Valon Behrami, who rifled a shot off Kenwyne Jones and past Fulop. With the Mackems resorting to speculative shots from Andy Reid, the Hammers should have been 2-up at the break, Bellamy broke, rounded the keeper and played in Behrami from four yards out with a virtually open net, only to see his shot rebound off the bar for one of the misses of the season. (First half highlights here.)


Leeds 4 – Hartlepool 1 (League One, November 22, 2008) Hot-shot Jermaine Beckford took just 15 minutes to open the scoring, glancing home Hughes’ cross. Hartlepool levelled through Joel Porter, but Leeds were back in front five minutes after the break when Fabian Delph shot low into the net from 12 yards. Luciano Becchio added the third before Beckford took his tally for the season up to 18.

Chester 0 – Aldershot 1 (League Two, November 22, 2008)


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Barcelona 1 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, November 23, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) The Nou Camp was silenced after 20 minutes as Manu Del Moral curled a beauty in the bottom corner to give Getafe the lead. Samuel Eto’o hit the bar as Barca went in search of the equaliser. Barca had to wait until the 71st minute, Seydou Keita headed home Alves’ cross at the far post.

Numancia 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, November 23, 2008) Atletico Madrid took a lead just past the half hour mark when Diego Forlan scored after Simao played in the striker with a delightful pass. But just as it seemed that Atletico would take the points, a 94th minute penalty from Barkero gave the hosts a share of the spoils.

Racing Santander 3 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, November 23, 2008) Ivan Marcano opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Oscar Serrano increased the lead after 26 minutes and Jonathan added the third just before the hour mark.

Mallorca 2 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, November 23, 2008) Ivan Barrios’ own goal and Nabil Baha had twice given Malaga the lead in the first half, with Jose Rey’s goal for Mallorca sandwiched in between. Pierre Webo earned Mallorca a point with an equaliser midway through the second half.

Sporting Gijon 1 – Real Betis 2 (La Liga, November 23, 2008) Sporting had taken a 25th minute lead through Diego Castro before Betis levelled on 53 minutes through Luciano Monzon. Achille Emana grabbed the winner on the hour mark.

Osasuna 3 – Almeria 1 (La Liga, November 23, 2008) Osasuna finally registered their first league win of the season. Almeria made a flying start to the match as Alvaro Negredo scored from the penalty spot on eight minutes, but Guilherme was then sent off two minutes later. Walter Pandiani equalised for Osasuna on 15 minutes, Hernan Dario Pellarano’s own goal on 71 minutes gave the hosts the lead before Krisztian Vadocz notched a late third.

Deportivo La Coruna 3 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, November 23, 2008) Ze Castro put Deportivo ahead on 20 minutes, and Verdu put Depor 2-up when he converted from the spot after Bodipo had been bundled in the box. Javi Martinez gave Bilbao hope with a header on 72 minutes but in the fifth minute of injury-time, Depor made the points safe when Andres Guardado finished off a sweeping move from the hosts.


Torino 2 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, November 23, 2008) Roberto Stellone got in front of his marker to head Torino ahead. But a brilliant passing move from Milan carved through the Torino defence with Alexandre Pato finishing expertly for the equaliser. Ronaldinho’s quick thinking then sent the Rossoneri into the lead, the Brazilian curling a quick free-kick into the top corner. But in the 77th minute Kaladze handled in the box with Alessandro Rosina scoring from the spot.

All the goals from Sunday afternoon’s action in Serie A can be seen here.

Lecce 0 – Roma 3 (Serie A, November 23, 2008) Roma built on their derby win last weekend by taking early control of their match at Lecce, Mirko Vucinic fired the opener against his former club (and refused to celebrate) with Juan heading home the second at the back post in the 38th minute. after the break Francesco Totti conjured up a delicate chipped finish to sink Roma’s third.

Napoli 2 – Cagliari 2 (Serie A, November 23, 2008) Marek Hamsik gave Napoli the lead over Cagliari. Diego Lopez was in the right place to score the leveller from a corner early in the second half. The hosts looked like they had won all three points when Ezequiel Lavezzi curled home a stunning free-kick with six minutes left, only for Daniele Conti to claim a 95th minute equaliser as the home defense fell to pieces.

Sampdoria 3 – Catania 0 (Serie A, November 23, 2008) A wonderful attacking move from Sampdoria ending with a finish in the six-yard box from Bellucci after they ripped through the Catania defense. Antonio Cassano doubled the lead just after the hour mark, and Cassano then fired a shot inside the near post to kill the match in injury time.

Reggina 3 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, November 23, 2008) An unstoppable free-kick from Francesco Cozza put Reggina in the lead over Atalanta. Bernardo Corradi, surrounded by Atalanta defenders, managed to head home a corner 10 minutes later. Corradi bagged a third to kill the game before Doni headed a late consolation for Atalanta.

Bologna 1 – Palermo 1 (Serie A, November 23, 2008) Marco di Viao tucked home Francesco Valiani’s right wing cross to give Bologna the lead over Palermo.

Lazio 1 – Genoa 1 (Serie A, November 23, 2008) Diego Milito fired Genoa in the lead in the 68th minute, but Ousmane Dabo earned Lazio a point with a 25-yard shot that keeper Rubinho made a complete hash of trying to save.

Chievo 0 – Siena 2 (Serie A, November 23, 2008) Bottom side Chievo conceded two late penalties, Daniele Galloppa converted the first of Siena’s spot-kicks on 83 minutes before Massimo Maccarone successfully stepped up from 12 yards on 88 minutes.


Hamburg 2 – Werder Bremen 1 (Bundesliga, November 23, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Jose Guerrero shot Hamburg in the lead over Werder after the visitors failed to clear a free-kick. Bremen’s talisman brought them level, Diego curling a free-kick past the outstretched reach of Rost. Ivica Olic stole the points with a wonder strike in the 74th minute, cutting in from the right he let rip with a left-footed arrow that pierced the top corner.

Bochum 2 – Hertha Berlin 3 (Bundesliga, November 22, 2008) Raffael, Gojko Kacar and Cicero scored in the first half for Hertha to seemingly secure a comfortable win. But Bochum rallied after the break as Stanislav Sestak and Marcin Mieciel threatened to claim an unlikely comeback.


Marseille 2 – Lille 2 (Ligue 1, November 23, 2008) Lille led 2-nil after 37 minutes, goals from Adil Rami and Michel Bastos putting them in control. Mamadou Samassa pulled one back two minutes into the second half and Boudewijn Zenden netted a dramatic leveller at the death.

Monaco 3 – Le Mans 0 (Ligue 1, November 23, 2008) Monaco romped to victory with three goals in a four minute spell at the start of the second half. Alonso opened, a headed own goal from Paulo made it 2-nil, and Licata’s fine finish made it three.

Nantes 0 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, November 23, 2008) A thundering header from Youssouf Hadji that powered in off the underside of the bar earned Nancy the win.


Academica 0 – Benfica 2 (Superliga, November 23, 2008) Amorim opened the scoring on 31 minutes and Oscar Cardozo extended the away side’s lead shortly after the interval.

Nacional 1 – Trofense 0 (Superliga, November 23, 2008)

Vitoria Guimaraes 0 – Pacos Ferreira 0 (Superliga, November 23, 2008)


AZ Alkmaar 2 – Ajax 0 (Eredivisie, November 23, 2008) AZ moved ahead when Demy de Zeeuw converted from the spot. In the second half the snow began tumbling down, but it didn’t stop AZ extending their lead with a fancy flick from in-form Ari.

Feyenoord 3 – Ado Den Haag 1 (Eredivisie, November 23, 2008) Feyenoord keeper Henk Timmer was guilty of a terrible fumble that gifted Den Haag’s Richard Knopper a simple tap in for the opener. But the hosts fought back to take the advantage at the break, Roy Makaay levelled before Leroy Fer gave Feyenoord the lead. (First half highlights here.)

FC Twente 6 – Heerenveen 0 (Eredivisie, November 23, 2008) Blaise N’Kufo opened the scoring on 23 minutes and Kenneth Perez doubled the lead 10 minutes before half-time. N’Kufo and Perez (wonderful free-kick) scored again before the interval and Marko Arnautovic added a fifth goal two minutes after the break. On 72 minutes, N’Kufo completed his hat-trick before Heerenveen’s Mika Vayrynen was sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time.

Willem II 3 – Groningen 0 (Eredivisie, November 23, 2008) Under a complete blanket of snow, Willem opened their account through Mehmet Akgun and a double from Frank Demouge (first and second) completed the scoring before half-time.


Standard Liege 3 – Mouscron 1 (Jupiler League, November 22, 2008) De Camargo scored twice for Standard, and the remaining goal came from Jovanovic. Oussalah scored Mouscron’s only goal.

Anderlecht 2 – Westerlo 0 (Jupiler League, November 22, 2008) Anderlecht keep hold of third place in Belgium, the Brussels outfit beating Westerlo with goals from Boussoufa and Biglia.


Besiktas 2 – Eskisehirspor 0 (Superlig, November 23, 2008) Goals from Sivok and Nobre gave Besiktas the points.


Sturm Graz 2 – Rapid Vienna 2 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, November 22, 2008) Graz seemed to be cruising when Muratovic and Holzl put thje hosts 2-up. But a late double by Hoffer gave Rapid a point.


Slaven Belupo 1 – Hajduk Split 2 (1. HNL, November 22, 2008) Caval put the hosts ahead, but a late brace from Oremus gave Hajduk the win.

NK Rijeka 2 – Croatia Sesvete 1 (1. HNL, November 22, 2008) A crazy game saw four players sent off as well as a grandstand finish from the hosts. After Cagalj was sent off after just 6 minutes Saban fired the visitors into a 48th minute lead. Sesvete then saw Landeka (66), Cizmek (67) and Rados (90) all take an early bath, joined by Sharbini (90) as Ceric scored two goals in injury time to turn the match on its head.


Partizan Belgrade 5 – OFK Beograd 1 (Super Liga, November 22, 2008) Diarra scored a hat-trick for Partizan, while Manchester United target 17-year-old forward Adem Ljajic scored his first goal for the Serbian champions.


Wellington Phoenix 2 – Newcastle Jets 0 (A-League, November 23, 2008) Two goals in the final 11 minutes to striker Shane Smeltz and Troy Hearfield settled the match for the Phoenix after the Jets played out a large chunk of the match with only 9-men after Joel Griffiths and Mark Milligan were sent off.

Queensland Roar 4 – Perth Glory 1 (A-League, November 23, 2008) Sergio van Dijk scored on a penalty in the first minute of added time and Tahj Minniecon had another two minutes later to give the Roar a big boost heading into the break. Charlie Miller and Mitch Nichols scored second-half goals for the Roar, while Jamie Hartwell, in the 57th minute, scored Perth’s only goal.


New York Red Bulls 1 – Columbus Crew 3 (MLS Cup Final, November 23, 2008) Alejandro Moreno gave the Crew the lead just after the half hour mark. New York equalised through forward John Wolyniec in the 51st minute. But the Crew rallied, and second half strikes by Chad Marshall and Frankie Hejduk gave them their first MLS triumph after having been the leading side in the regular season. (All 3 Columbus goals can be seen here.) (The post match celebrations can be seen here.)


San Martin 1 – Boca Juniors 2 (Apertura, November 23, 2008) Lucas Viatri put Boca ahead in the 36th minute but after the break Raul Saavedra equalised with a long-range shot in the 59th minute. Boca regained the lead three minutes later when Luciano Figueroa volleyed in from Juan Roman Riquelme’s free kick, to send the Argentinean powerhouse to top spot in the league.

San Lorenzo 1 – Lanus 3 (Apertura, November 22, 2008) San Lorenzo’s title hopes took a major setback after they lost at home to Lanus. Lagos put Lanus in the lead after twelve minutes but leaders San Lorenzo equalised through Bergessio in the 26th minute. Sand then restored the away side’s advantage on 32 minutes and Salvio made it 1-3 shortly before the break.

River Plate 1 – Argentinos Jrs 2 (Apertura, November 23, 2008)

Estudiantes 3 – Tigre 1 (Apertura, November 23, 2008) Juan Sebastian Veron gave Estudiantes an eighth-minute lead from a free kick against Tigre. Veron also set up the second for Ivan Moreno y Fabianesi on the half hour before Leandro Benitez added a third in the 90th minute. Carlos Luna headed one back in stoppage-time for Tigre.

Velez Sarsfield 2 – Gimnasia J 0 (Apertura, November 23, 2008)

Racing Club 1 – Gimnasia La Plata 1 (Apertura, November 22, 2008)

Rosario Central 1 – Independiente 2 (Apertura, November 22, 2008)


Vasco 1 – Sao Paulo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 23, 2008) Jorge Wagner gave Sao Paulo the lead in the 21st minute when he found the top corner with a free kick from the edge of the area. Madson rifled in a long-range shot to equalise nine minutes later but Sao Paulo regained the lead at the start of the second half when Hugo scored following a corner. The defeat left Vasco da Gama rooted in the relegation zone with two matches to play.

Palmeiras 2 – Ipatinga 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 23, 2008)

Coritiba 5 – Santos 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 22, 2008) Keirrison bagged four goals for Coritiba.

Botafogo 2 – Atletico Paranaense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 22, 2008)

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