United bury Wigan as Rooney reaches 101 great goals; Arsenal waltz past pointless Pompey; Man City edge Wolves; Rovers fall in Sunderland comeback

Wigan 0 – Manchester United 5 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half at the DW Stadium, Wayne Rooney headed his 100th Manchester United goal on 56 minutes from a Valencia cross. Dimitar Berbatov then juggled his way through the Latics defence to add number two before Rooney saw a shot deflect into the near post to end a devastating nine minute spell. Michael Owen came off the bench to open his United account with a sweet left-footed finish, while Luis Nani curled home an injury time free-kick to wrap up the comfortable second half performance.

Wayne Rooney’s post match interview can be seen here.

Arsenal 4 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) As expected Arsenal did break down the Pompey defence in the first-half, the goalscorer may not have been so easily predicted though. Abou Diaby smashed home the first after great work from Eduardo and then Diaby added the second following a fine flowing move. Pompey did manage to pull one back before the break, Younes Kaboul scoring their first goal of the season. Five minutes after the break Arsenal’s two-goal cushion was restored through William Gallas who claimed his third in three games of the new season. On 68 minutes Aaron Ramsey claimed the fourth following a great through ball from RVP.

Arsene Wenger’s thoughts on beating Portsmouth can be seen here.

Manchester City 1 – Wolves 0 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) Emmanuel Adebayor continued his excellent start to the season with his first at Eastlands after being touched in by Tevez.

Sunderland 2 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) Gael Givet fired Blackburn into the lead at the Stadium of Light just after the twenty minute mark. After a poor defensive effort at the back for Rovers to cut out a long ball failed, Kenwyne Jones ran through to bring Sunderland level at the break. Kenwyne Jones then proved the match winner in the second half heading home an inch-perfect cross from Lee Cattermole.

Hull 1 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) The Tigers brand new forward line combined to chalk up Hull’s first win of the season, Jozy Altidore hooked a pass through to Algerian forward Kamel Ghilas to slot home the winner.

Birmingham 0 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, August 22, 2009) Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen produced a superb second-half save from Garry O’Connor’s effort to deny Birmingham their second home win of the season.


West Brom 2 – Ipswich 0 (Championship, August 22, 2009) Congolese midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu fired West Brom into the lead over Roy Keane’s Ipswich after the Tractor Boys had cleared a corner off the line. Robert Koren doubled the Baggies lead finishing a clinical attack in the 28th minute.

QPR 1 – Nottingham Forest 1 (Championship, August 22, 2009) Mikele Leigertwood scored on 26 minutes with a left-footed shot from 30 yards that flew past former QPR goalkeeper Lee Camp and into the corner of the net. Forest equalised 12 minutes into the second half as David McGoldrick sneaked between defenders Borrowdale and Kaspars Gorkss to fire home.

Leeds 3 – Tranmere 0 (League One, August 22, 2009) Simon Grayson’s men took charge in the first half as Bradley Johnson and Jermaine Beckford found the net. The win for Leeds, which sealed a club record equalling thirteen-in-a-row, was sealed late on through Luciano Becchio.


Celtic 5 – St. Johnstone 2 (SPL, August 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Marc-Antoine Fortune and Shaun Maloney put Celtic into a 2-0 lead at home to St Johnstone, Collin Samuel pulled one back before Celtic went goal crazy in the second half (highlights here).

Falkirk 1 – Hibernian 3 (SPL, August 22, 2009) Hibs continued their 100% start to the campaign. Ryan Flynn had put the hosts in front but a header from Soulemymane Bamba and a brace from Derek Riordan (the second was a fine free-kick) sealed the victory.


Siena 1 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, August 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Alexandre Pato fired AC Milan into the lead after being set up by a perfect through-ball from Ronaldinho, only for Siena to level before the break when Abdelkader Ghezzal brought the hosts level. The Rossoneri claimed an opening day win courtesy of Alexandre Pato’s second in the second half.

Watch individual match highlights for Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato, Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta.

Bologna 1 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, August 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Bologna striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo saw his corner kick sail into the Fiorentina far post as the hosts took a first half lead. The Viola drew level midway through the second half as Adrian Mutu struck the leveller with a rocket into the roof of the net.


Mainz 2 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, August 22, 2009) Mainz took a two-goal lead into the break at home to Bayern Munich thanks to Andreas Ivanschitz and Aristide Bance. An og from Nikolce Noveski at the start of the second half brought Louis van Gaal’s side back into the match.

Borussia Dortmund 1 – Stuttgart 1 (Bundesliga, August 22, 2009) Nelson Valdez put Dortmund into the lead at home to Stuttgart. Georg Niedermeier equalised for the away side.

Freiburg 0 – Bayer Leverkusen 5 (Bundesliga, August 22, 2009) Stefan Kiessling got Leverkusen’s first at Freiburg. Tranquillo Barnetta added a second shortly after the break. Further goals from Eren Derdiyok (2) and another from Barnetta completed the rout.

Nurnberg 0 – Hannover 2 (Bundesliga, August 22, 2009) Jiri Stajner was on target in the 15th minute of the match for Hannover at Nurnberg. Stajner completed the win with six minutes remaining.

FC Cologne 0 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, August 22, 2009)


Rennes 1 – Marseille 1 (Ligue 1, August 22, 2009) Jerome Leroy gave the hosts a 37th minute advantage from the penalty spot but Mamadou Niang secured a share of the spoils for the visitors with an equaliser seven minutes after the interval.

Valenciennes 2 – PSG 3 (Ligue 1, August 22, 2009) Peguy Luyindula was at the centre of a beautiful one-two on the edge of the Valenciennes box to fire PSG into a first half lead. Mevlut Erdinc put the Parisians 2-up after the VA defence failed to deal with a ball through the middle. A sweet free-kick from Ivorian striker Siaka Tiene brought the hosts back into the match but a late third from Christophe Jallet earned PSG the points.

Auxerre 0 – Lyon 3 (Ligue 1, August 22, 2009) A brilliant near post flick from Jean Alain Boumsong and a second from Jean Makoun put Lyon in control at Auxerre. A back post volley from Miralem Pjanic sealed the win for OL.

Monaco 2 – Lorient 0 (Ligue 1, August 22, 2009) Goals from Frederic Nimani and Nene put Monaco 2-up against Lorient at the break.

St. Etienne 0 – Boulogne 1 (Ligue 1, August 22, 2009) Newbies Boulogne took the lead a St. Etienne thanks to a Alexandre Cuvillier strike in first half.

Montpellier 2 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, August 22, 2009) An Alberto Costa penalty on the hour was enough for newly promoted Montpellier to claim the three points.

Le Mans 2 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, August 22, 2009) Thorstein Helstad and Anthony Le Tallec put Le Mans in control, Damian Macaluso netting a 90th minute consolation for Nancy.


VVV Venlo 2 – FC Groningen 2 (Eredivisie, August 22, 2009) Keisuke Honda put Venlo ahead inside five minutes with a terrific free-kick, only for Nicklas Pedersen (14) and Andreas Granqvist (15) to turn the tie on its head. The visitors were only in front for five minutes though, as Sandro Calabro restored parity on 20 minutes.

Vitesse 1 – Den Haag 3 (Eredivisie, August 22, 2009) Bogdan Milic fired Den Haag in front after 18 minutes and Csaba Horvath doubled their advantage three minutes before the interval. Karim Soltani then notched a third on 63 minutes before Civard Sprockel grabbed a consolation for Vitesse in the dying seconds.

Willem II 0 – Heracles 1 (Eredivisie, August 22, 2009) Bas Dost notched the only goal of the game on 66 minutes, condemning the hosts to a third consecutive defeat.


Zulte-Waregem 0 – Anderlecht 2 (Jupiler League, August 22, 2009) Mbark Boussoufa’s 43rd minute goal and Romelu Lukaku’s strike two minutes from the end ensured that Anderlecht stay clear on top of the Belgium league.


Sporting Lisbon 1 – Braga 2 (Superliga, August 22, 2009)


Krylya Sovietov 2 – Rostov 2 (Russian Premier League, August 22, 2009) Jan Koller put Krylya ahead three minutes into the second half, only for Dmitri Akimov to equalised four minutes later. Oleg Ivanov restored the home side’s lead in the 55th minute but Mersudin Ahmetovic earned a point for Rostov 10 minutes from the end.

FC Moscow 3 – Saturn 1 (Russian Premier League, August 22, 2009) Martin Jakubko opened the scoring after just two minutes and Igor Strelkov added a second in the 75th minute before Benoit Angbwa pulled a goal back for the visitors two minutes from the end. Alexander Samedov netted in stoppage-time to make sure of the win for the home side.

CSKA Moscow 2 – Khimki 1 (Russian Premier League, August 22, 2009) Tomas Necid put the Muscovites ahead in the 14th minute and Milos Krasic doubled their lead eight minutes later. The visitors, with just two wins all season, pulled a goal back through Alexsandr Antipenko.


Bursaspor 1 – Ankaragucu 0 (Super Lig, August 22, 2009) Bursaspor moved up to third, Omer Erdogan scored the only goal in the 25th minute.

Genclerbirligi 0 – Besiktas 0 (Super Lig, August 22, 2009)


Molde 3 – Aalesund 1 (Tippeligaen, August 22, 2009) Pape Diouf’s first half brace sent Molde on their way and Mattias Mostrom sealed matters ten minutes from time, immediately restoring the two-goal cushion after substitute Khari Stephenson had pulled one back.


Ergotelis 0 – Panathinaikos 3 (Greek Super League, August 22, 2009) Pana’s ex-Premier League contingent did the damage. Djibril Cisse got the visitors’ noses in front before ex-Red Sebastien Leto fired home number two. Leto sealed the win with his second of the match.

Aris Saloniki 1 – Atromitos 0 (Greek Super League, August 22, 2009) Cristian Nasuti’s header proved enough for Aris.


Shimizu S-Pulse 5 – Jubilo Iwata 1 (J-League, August 22, 2009) Keisuke Iwashita sent the home side on their way after just two minutes before Edamura doubled the advantage eight minutes later. Akihiro Hyodo added a third midway through the first half, while Ryoichi Maeda gave the visitors hope a minute before halftime. But the home side continued to control the contest after the break and Edamura restored the three goal cushion just before the hour mark before Shinji Okazaki sealed the win with 15 minutes remaining.

Sanfrece Hiroshima 2 – Urawa Red Diamonds 1 (J-League, August 22, 2009) Tomoaki Makino and Yosuke Kashiwagi scored in the first half to set up the win for Hiroshima. Urawa Reds pulled a goal back with 21 minutes remaining, but the visitors couldn’t find an equaliser.

Omiya Ardija 1 – JEF United Chiba 1 (J-League, August 22, 2009)


Central Coast Mariners 0 – Sydney FC 0 (A-League, August 22, 2009) The home side, largely outplayed for much of the match, were awarded a penalty after John Hutchinson was brought down in the area in the last minute of regulation time. But Clint Bolton was spot on, diving to his right to deny Adam Kwasnik’s spot kick.

North Queensland Fury 0 – Melbourne Victory 1 (A-League, August 22, 2009) More misery for the Fury as Robbie Fowler’s new franchise slipped to their third consecutive defeat, Archie Thompson given far too much space to fire the Victory ahead on the stroke of halftime.


Santo Andre 1 – Coritiba 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 22, 2009)

Palmeiras 2 – Internacional 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 22, 2009)

Sport Recife 2 – Vitoria 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 22, 2009)


San Lorenzo 3 – Atletico Tucuman 1 (Clausura, August 22, 2009)

Arsenal Sarandi 0 – Estudiantes 2 (Clausura, August 22, 2009)

Rosario Central 1 – Racing Club 0 (Clausura, August 22, 2009)

Chacarita Juniors 1 – Tigre 2 (Clausura, August 22, 2009)