Fulham 0 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, August 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea had the better of the half chances at the start of the West London derby, Michael Ballack wasted a free-kick opportunity while John Terry tried his luck from 25-yards out. The Blues endeavour paid off when Anelka slipped a pass through to Didier Drogba who neatly finished past Schwarzer. 15 minutes from time Chelsea’s front-two combined once more, this time it was Drogba who teed up Nicolas Anelka for number two.
West Ham 1 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, August 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless opening forty-five (first half highlights here) at Upton Park, Carlton Cole sent the home crowd wild with a stunning 25-yard opener that beat Cudicini into his near post. But just minutes later Cole sunk from hero to zero, playing a bizarre through-ball to Jermaine Defoe who made no mistake from inside the box. 12 minutes from time Spurs took the lead, Spector failed to cut out Corluka’s ball to Aaron Lennon down the right, and the flying winger struck a left-footed arrow into the Hammers far post.
Burnley 1 – Everton 0 (Premier League, August 23, 2009) Burnley broke the deadlock in the first half (highlights here) thanks to a wonderful little curler from Wade Elliott into Howard’s far post. The Toffees, who were well below par, should have levelled after the break but Louis Saha dragged a penalty wide of Brian “the Beast” Jensen’s post. Six points for the Clarets, none for Everton.
Crystal Palace 0 – Newcastle 2 (Championship, August 22, 2009) The Toon moved in front inside 90 seconds through Kevin Nolan, and Ryan Taylor added a superb second with a 25-yard curler into the corner of the net.
Sheffield Wednesday 4 – Scunthorpe 0 (Championship, August 22, 2009) Richard Wood opened the scoring after six minutes and Jermaine Johnson doubled the hosts’ lead six minutes later. The game was all but over after just 34 minutes when Marcus Tudgay headed home and Darren Potter rounded off the scoring 13 minutes after the break.
Derby 2 – Plymouth 1 (Championship, August 22, 2009) Plymouth stunned Derby by taking the lead in the 17th minute after Jake Buxton was adjudged to have fouled Alan Judge. Judge then composed himself to put the visitors in front from the penalty spot. But Derby fought back to level before the break when Buxton redeemed himself by scoring the equaliser and Addison pounced in the final minute.
Brighton 2 – Stockport 4 (League One, August 22, 2009) Carl Baker hit a hat-trick as Stockport won their first match this season in a game which saw Brighton defenders Tommy Elphick and Colin Hawkins sent off.
Hearts 1 – Rangers 2 (SPL, August 23, 2009) The match started badly for Rangers when Kevin Thomson was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Ian Black. David Witteveen puts Hearts in from with a weak shot the McGregor should have saved. Just after the hour mark Lee McCulloch brought the visitors’ level with a glancing header before Kris Boyd won the match for Rangers with a dramatic 90th minute penalty.
Barcelona 3 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (Agg. 5-1) (Spanish Super Cup, August 23, 2009) After a goalless first half, Barcelona turned on the style, Lionel Messi scored a dazzling first, skinning his man and then chipping the on-rushing keeper. Messi doubled the scoreÂ from the penalty spot after Dani Alves had been fouled and Bojan Krkic took advantage of some poor defending to scoreÂ with all the time in the world.
Inter Milan 1 – Bari 1 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Samuel Eto’o, on his Inter debut in Serie A, almost broke his deadlock inside the opening minutes as the forward danced his way through the Bari defence and saw his shot parried away. Maicon saw a powerful shot saved after the half hour. Inter then won a penalty early in the second half and Samuel Eto’o made sure he opened his account from the spot. Eto’o should have made it two soon after but the Cameroonian dragged his shot narrowly wide. And the miss proved costly as Bari, who had barely threatened previous, all too easily found space in Inter’s defence and Vitali Kutuzov equalised.
Lazio 1 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) Tommaso Rocchi put Lazio in front against Atalanta with a calm finish after Foggia had found the forward with a brilliant through-ball.
Catania 1 – Sampdoria 2 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) Giampaolo Pazzini put Samp into a 7th minute lead at Catania, Takayuki Morimoto bringing the Sicilians level in the 38th minute. A last minute goal from Daniele Gastaldello ensured Sampdoria snatched the late win.
Genoa 3 – Roma 2 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) After a goalless first half in Genoa, Domenico Criscito fired the hosts ahead in the 49th minute. Roma soon levelled through Rodrigo Taddei before Francesco Totti turned the match in the visitors’ favour. Alberto Zapater brought Genoa back level with 20 minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish in which Giuseppe Biava grabbed late winner for the Rossoblu.
Udinese 2 – Parma 2 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) Alberto Paloschi put away team Parma in front but Antonio Di Natale restored parity from the penalty spot. Alessandro Lucarelli then scored four minutes into the second half and looked to have handed Parma the spoils only for Di Natale to level in the 90th minute.
Palermo 2 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) Fabrizio Miccoli was the hero for Palermo as the home side recorded a 2-1 victory over Napoli. Marek Hamsik was on hand to cancel out Edinson Cavani’s opener before Miccoli bagged the winning goal.
Livorno 0 – Cagliari 0 (Serie A, August 23, 2009)
Wolfsburg 2 – Hamburg 4 (Bundesliga, August 23, 2009) Hamburg stormed into a third minute lead at Wolfsburg as Guerrero’s shot rebounded off the post, onto the head on Wolves’ keeper Benaglio, and into the net. After seven minutes it was 2-nil to the visitors as Eljero Elia managed to barge his way through the backline to net number two. Wolfsburg rallied after the break, Zvjezdan Misimovic and Obafemi Martins brought the hosts back level, but a 75th minute goal from Mladen Petric and a last-gasp fourth from Romeo Castelen sent the points back with Hamburg.
Bochum 1 – Hertha Berlin 0 (Bundesliga, August 23, 2009) Bochum took the lead against Hertha early in the second half when Antar Yahia scored from a set-play.
Bordeaux 4 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, August 23, 2009) Brazilian striker Jussie headed Bordeaux into the lead at Nice. Talisman Yoann Gourcuff doubled the lead in clumsy circumstances after having broken through the Nice defence, and Gourcuff put the game to bed 20 minutes from time with Bordeaux’s third. Alou Diarra put the icing on the cake with a fourth.
Grenoble 1 – Lens 2 (Ligue 1, August 23, 2009) Lens took the lead at Grenoble with one of the strikes of the weekend from Eduardo, the striker collected a counter-attack on the halfway-line, spun past his markers and took the ball all the way into the box where he produced a deft finish. The lead was only briefly held, Danijel Ljuboja sweeping Grenoble level following a corner. Newly-promoted Lens claim a superb three points on the road thanks to Razak Boukari’s second half header.
Feyenoord 4 – Roda 0 (Eredivisie, August 22, 2009) Feyenoord tore through Roda in the first half. Sekou Cisse opened after just four minutes and Jon Dahl Tomasson rose high to head in number two just after the half hour. Jonathan De Guzman closed out the half with a beautiful lob over the keeper. Late in the second half De Guzman netted his second beauty of the day to wrap up the win for Feyenoord.
Heerenveen 0 – AZ Alkmaar 2 (Eredivisie, August 22, 2009) AZ Alkmaar took the lead at Heerenveen when El Hamdaoui’s shot came off the post and the ball rebounded in off home keeper Martin Lejsal. Mounir El Hamdaoui wrapped up yet another win for the champions with a second midway through the second half.
PSV 3 – NAC Breda 1 (Eredivisie, August 22, 2009) Visiting captain Edwin de Graaf scored after eight minutes converting Tim Gilissen’s pass to put NAC in front but Danny Koevermans netted two second half goals and Ibrahim Afellay added another to give PSV the win.
Ajax 0 – Sparta 0 (Eredivisie, August 22, 2009) Despite dominating the match, Ajax lost further ground in the early stages of the Eredivisie title race when they were held to a draw by Sparta.
FC Twente 2 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, August 22, 2009) Bryan Ruiz and Blaise Nkufo were on target in a one-sided first half to help Twente to their third win of the season. RKC, who have now failed to secure a single point in four league games, replied through Charlison Benschop in an otherwise dour second half.
Porto 3 – Nacional 0 (Superliga, August 23, 2009)
Zenit St. Petersburg 1 – Lokomotiv Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, August 23, 2009) After a poor early fumble from the Zenit keeper, Wagner was on hand to fire Lokomotiv into a 9th minute lead. A diving header from Fitah Tekke brought Zenit level after the Lokomotiv right-back lost possession in a dangerous area.
Dynamo Moscow 0 – Rubin Kazan 3 (Russian Premier League, August 23, 2009)
Kuban Krasnodar 1 – Amkar Perm 0 (Russian Premier League, August 23, 2009)
AA Gent 4 – Lokeren 1 (Jupiler League, August 22, 2009) Adnan Custovic gave Gent a 5th minute lead before Stef Wils doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half. And, while the visitors pulled a goal back through Mario Carevic in the 59th minute, Custovic struck again with a penalty in the 73rd minute and Christophe Lepoint netted a fourth a minute from the end.
Sint-Truiden 2 – Roeselare 1 (Jupiler League, August 22, 2009) Struggling Roeselare took the lead when Samir El Gaaouiri netted in the 64th minute but the home side equalised five minutes later through Jonathan Wilmet and Ibrahima Sidibe struck the winner in the 77th minute.
Sturm Graz 0 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, August 23, 2009) Former Spurs midfielder Milenko Acimovic proved the match-winner for the visitors with a fine glancing header 15 minutes from time.
Levadiakos 0 – Kavala 1 (Greek Super League, August 23, 2009) A picture-perfect free-kick from Sinisa Dobrasinovic earned newbies Kavala an away win.
Cracovia Krakow 1- Lech Poznan 0 (Ekstraklasa, August 23, 2009) Pawel Sasin’s simple tap-in gave Cracovia the points.
Javor Ivanjica 1 – Partizan Belgrade 1 (Serbian Super League, August 23, 2009) Aside from the result, have you ever seen a more picturesque stadium that Javor’s before? It looks like something from Legoland.
Helsingborg 0 – GAIS 1 (Allsvenskan, August 23, 2009) Eyjdolfur Hedinsson won the match after just five minutes whacking a beauty into the top corner from 20-yards. HIF had both Skulason and Sundin sent off in the loss.
Esbjerg 2 – Aalborg 0 (SAS Ligaen, August 23, 2009) A Jesper Jorgensen penalty and a cute chip from Jeppe Mehl after the Aalborg keeper spilled the ball in the box handed Esbjerg’s the points.
Lyn 4 – Start Kristiansand 1 (Tippeligaen, August 23, 2009) Jo Inge Berget chipped in with a brace for Lyn.
San Jose Earthquakes 1 – KC Wizards 0 (MLS, August 22, 2009) Chris Wondolowski steered a glancing header off Ramiro Corrales’ long cross from the left side to hand San Jose the win in the third minute of injury time at the end of the match.
Brisbane Roar 1 – Wellington Phoenix 1 (A-League, August 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Sergio van Dijk’s clinical finish in the 10th minute saw him draw level with Reinaldo as the Roar’s all-time leading goal scorer – a fair effort considering the Dutchman only joined the club last year. But it counted for little in the end as Wellington hit an 85th minute equaliser when Chris Greenacre nodded home a curling cross from Daniel.
Perth Glory 2 – Newcastle Jets 0 (A-League, August 23, 2009) Well-taken goals from Wayne Shroj and Adriano Pellegrino gave Perth the three points.
Gamba Osaka 2 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 3 (J-League, August 23, 2009) Everything was going to plan for Gamba at the break after Yasuhito Endo cracked a sweet left-footer in the top corner and Lucas Severino tucked in number two from a counter-attack at the end of the half. 20 minutes from time Yuki Maki pulled Nagoya back in the game, Keiji Tamada then equalised from the spot and in injury time Magnum won the match from a free-kick after the Gamba keeper made a horrible attempt and coming, and missing, a cross.
Kashima Antlers 3 – FC Tokyo 1 (J-League, August 23, 2009) Danilo, Marquinhos and Yuya Osako put Kashima 3-up, Cabore netting a late consolation for the visitors.
Kawasaki Frontale 2 – Montedio Yamagata 0 (J-League, August 23, 2009) First half goals from Hiroyuki Taniguchi and Yusuke Tasaka earned Kawasaki the three points.
Banfield 2 – River Plate 0 (Clausura, August 23, 2009) Uruguay forwards Santiago Silva and Sebastian Fernandez each scored in Banfield’s victory over River Plate.
Boca Juniors 2 – Argentinos Juniors 2 (Clausura, August 23, 2009) Marino scored in the 47th and 51st, canceling out early goals by Gabriel Hauche in the 31st and Nicolas Gianni a minute into the second half.
Huracan 1 – Lanus 2 (Clausura, August 23, 2009) Santiago Salcedo scored twice in Lanus’ win over Huracan.
Atletico Paranaense 1 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 23, 2009) The only goal of the match was scored by veteran Paulo Baier, who connected to a Gabriel cross with a fine header.
Gremio 4 – Atletico Mineiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 23, 2009) The two-time champions won courtesy of goals from Rever, Perea, Souza and Jonas. Evandro scored for the visitors.
Corinthians 3 – Botafogo 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 23, 2009)
Goias 2 – Santos 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 23, 2009)
Cruzeiro 4 – Nautico 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 23, 2009) The match was held up twice due to power failures.
Avai FC 3 – Flamengo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 23, 2009) This season’s revelation Avai, moved into fourth place after thrashing Flamengo with first half goals from Luis Ricardo and Leo Gago, and a second half effort from Fabinho Capixaba.
Fluminense 0 – Barueri 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 23, 2009)