Wolves 1 – Arsenal 4 (Premier League, November 7, 2009) Ronald Zubar was unfortunate to turn an Arsenal corner into his own net as the Gunners moved ahead at Wolves. Ten minutes before the break Arsenal struck again, a Wolves attack broke down in the Arsenal half and immediately the visitors went on the counter-attack through Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo with the Cro-zilian eventually seeing his chip deflect off Jody Craddock’s head and over Wayne Hennessey into the net. The match was as good as over by halftime as Arsenal’s captain fantastic, Cesc Fabregas, netted his third goal in as many games by finishing off yet another crisp Arsenal attack. In the 66th minute Arsenal chalked up their 4th as Andriy Arshavin scored from the edge of the box following a Cesc corner. Jody Craddock gave the Molineux crowd something small to smile about with an 89th minute consolation header from a corner.
Tottenham 2 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, November 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Sunderland lost the ball in their own half after 11 minutes and, after Spurs quickly shifted the ball around, Robbie Keane was on hand to tap in Crouch’s header. Early in the second half Darren Bent had the chance to equalise with a penalty against his former employers but Spurs keeper Gomes made a fine save low down to his left hand side. That proved critical for the Black Cats as Tom Huddlestone rifled in the second soon after.
Manchester City 3 – Burnley 3 (Premier League, November 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Burnley took a 2-goal lead at Eastlands, captain Graham Alexander opening from the penalty spot after Lescott handballed in the box, and Steven Fletcher had the simple job of tapping in number two after the City defence were torn open by the Clarets. The Citizens got a lifeline just before the break as Shaun Wright-Phillips netted a fine solo effort for Sparky’s charges. City then came flying out the traps at the beginning of the second period as Kolo Toure and Craig Bellamy fired the hosts into a 3-2 lead. But the Clarets proved resilient, Kevin McDonald grabbing a third for the visitors.
Blackburn 3 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, November 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) A low 25-yard daisycutter from Jamie O’Hara fired Pompey into the lead at Ewood Park. Jason Roberts’ introduction at the break made an almost immediate impact as he swiveled and shot instinctively to turn home a Dunn corner and level the scores. With 18 minutes to go Blackburn skipper Ryan Nelsen met another Dunn corner with a thumping header that flew into the top corner and put the home side in front. The comeback was capped with four minutes to go as Benni McCarthy crossed to find Jason Roberts who made no mistake from 12-yards.
Aston Villa 5 – Bolton 1 (Premier League, November 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Ashley Young needed just five minutes to fire Villa in front against Bolton. A poor mistake from Gary Cahill, attempting to let the ball run out, back-fired as John Carew kept the ball in play before teeing up Gabby Agbonlahor to slot home number two. but Bolton did hit back before the break after a long punt upfield fell to Cahill and his shot deflected off Dunne and against the post with Johan Elmander tapping in from close range.(First half highlights here.) James Milner grabbed Villa’s fourth when after his penalty had been saved by Jaaskelainen and Steve Sidwell had somehow struck the post when presented with an open goal. Bolton’s misery was capped by Carlos Cuellar’s fine flick header from Milner’s pinpoint delivery.
Newcastle 3 – Peterborough 1 (Championship, November 7, 2009)
Swansea 3 – Cardiff 2 (Championship, November 7, 2009) The Welsh derby initially went the way of the Swans as Nathan Dyer and Darren Pratley put the hosts 2-up inside 16 minutes. But Cardiff hit back just after the half hour mark as first Jay Bothroyd and then Mark Hudson brought the visitors level at the break. The decisive moment arrived on the hour mark as Darren Pratley netted his second of the game for Swansea.
Oldham 0 – Leeds 2 (FA Cup first round, November 7, 2009) Jonathan Howson opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a terrific strike before Mike Grella wrapped up Leeds’ victory four minutes into added time.
Paulton Rovers 0 – Norwich 7 (FA Cup first round, November 7, 2009) Minnows Paulton, the lowest ranked team left in this season’s FA Cup, had their romantic dreams upset in the first half (highlights here) as a Grant Holt double, with Chris Martin’s goal sandwiched in between, put the Canaries 3-up at the interval. In the final 15 minutes Norwich started banging in the goals once more as Wesley Hoolahan and three more from Chris Martin rounded off the rout for the Championship side.
Oxford 1 – Yeovil 0 (FA Cup first round, November 7, 2009) Oxford United, runaway leaders in the Conference Premier, continued their fine recent form with a 1-nil win over Yeovil of League One courtesy of Jack Midson’s 55th minute goal.
Atletico Madrid 2 – Real Madrid 3 (La Liga, November 7, 2009) Kaka gave Real the lead after just five minutes in the Calderon before Marcelo doubled their advantage. Sergio Aguero came off the bench and was brought down by Real’s Sergio Ramos who was duly dismissed. However, Real went further ahead through Gonzalo Higuain after 73 minutes before Atletico scored late through Diego Forlan and Aguero.
Barcelona 4 – Mallorca 2 (La Liga, November 7, 2009) Awful defending from Mallorca at the Nou Camp gifted promising upstart Pedro Rodriguez an all-too-simple opener for Barca after 11 minutes. Jose Nunes headed the visitors level nine minutes later from a corner. Barca restored their advantage before the break as first Pedro, and then a diving header from Thierry Henry, put the Catalans 3-1 up at the break.
Getafe 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 2 (La Liga, November 7, 2009) Mista fired Depor into a 13th minute lead, only to later be reduced to ten men as Riki picked up two bookings by the 26th minute. Despite being a man down, after the break Filipe double Depor’s advantage. In the 73rd minute Sergio got himself dismissed for two bookings, but despite playing against just nine men, Getafe could not get back into the game.
Tenerife 2 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, November 7, 2009) Ramon Martinez put the Canary Islanders ahead after 18 minutes and Alejandro Alfaro doubled their lead shortly before the half hour-mark. But Malaga responded almost straight away when Edinho netted after 29 minutes. And the visitors snatched a vital point to move off the bottom of the table thanks to a Javi Lopez strike with 13 minutes remaining.
Atalanta 2 – Juventus 5 (Serie A, November 7, 2009) Mauro Camoranesi scored twice in as many minutes to give the Bianconeri a 2-0 lead at halftime. Valdes reduced the deficit early in the second half, but a Felipe Melo scorcher restored the two-goal advantage four minutes later. Fabio Ceravolo set up a grandstand finish on 71 minutes, but late goals from Diego and David Trezeguet, with his record-equalling 167th for the club, left the scoreline looking slightly harsh on Atalanta.
Catania 0 – Napoli 0 (Serie A, November 7, 2009) The Sicilian side belied their second-from-bottom league standing as they created numerous half-chances, but never managed to unlock the Napoli defence.
Bayern Munich 1 – Schalke 1 (Bundesliga, November 7, 2009) Continuing his amazing goalscoring season, Bayern centre half Daniel van Buyten gave the hosts a 31st minute lead, but Schalke’s Joel Matip equalised for the visitors converting from a set play.
Hoffenheim 1 – Wolfsburg 2 (Bundesliga, November 7, 2009) Vaded Ibisevic’s first half header steered Hoffenhiem into the lead over reigning champions Wolfsburg. The Wolves hit back after the interval, midfield schemer Zvjezdan Misimovic levelled in the 52nd minute before last season’s top scorer Grafite fired the visitors into the lead.
Bochum 1 – Freiburg 2 (Bundesliga, November 7, 2009) From a training ground corner routine, Heiko Butscher fired Freiburg into the lead at Bochum. After the break Diego Klimowicz scored his second goal in as many games only for Stefan Reisinger to pop up in injury time to earn Freiberg all three points.
Monchengladbach 0 – Stuttgart 0 (Bundesliga, November 7, 2009)
Le Mans 0 – Auxerre 1 (Ligue 1, November 7, 2009) Auxerre bagged their sixth successive victory to jump to third on 23 points with a 1-0 win at Le Mans courtesy of a Joao Paulo Andrade own goal early in the second half.
Nancy 0 – Saint-Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, November 7, 2009) St Etienne also prevailed 1-0 away to Nancy courtesy of a Dimitri Payet strike on 70 minutes.
PSG 0 – Nice 1 (Ligue 1, November 7, 2009) Paris St Germain dropped to 12th after Loic Remy netted a last-gasp goal in Nice’s 1-0 win at the Parc des Princes. Striker Remy headed home from an Anthony Mounier cross with two minutes remaining.
Valenciennes 1 – Montpellier 1 (Ligue 1, November 7, 2009) High-flying Valenciennes and Montpellier played out a 1-1 draw as Victor Montano’s early opener was cancelled out by a Carlos Sanchez effort after 51 minutes.
Vitesse 2 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, November 7, 2009) Dalibor Stevanovic broke the deadlock after 38 minutes and Claudemir Domingues de Souza wrapped things up in injury time.
Sparta 1 – Roda 2 (Eredivisie, November 7, 2009) Mads Junker put the visitors ahead after 33 minutes, but Rydell Poepon levelled from the penalty spot six minutes later. Roda, who entered the game without a win in five, stole the spoils though when Boldiszar Bodor snatched a 70th-minute winner.
NEC 0 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, November 7, 2009) RKC, who had lost 11 of their 12 fixtures this term, took the spoils courtesy of a Derk Boerrigter strike after 32 minutes. Hans Mulder did see red 10 minutes from time, after picking up two yellow cards, but that failed to alter the final outcome.
Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Braga 0 (Superliga, November 7, 2009) Guimaraes snapped Braga’s near perfect Portuguese start, Yves Desmarets’ stunning volley in the 30th minute at Alfonso Henriquez Stadium handed Braga their first defeat in 10 games.
Samara 2 – Spartak Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, November 7, 2009) Two own goals condemned Spartak Moscow to a 2-1 defeat at Krylya Sovetov. Martin Stranzl and goalkeeper Soslan Dzanaev put through their own net in the 11th and 14th minutes to gift the hosts a 2-0 lead. Alex Meschini grabbed a consolation in the 90th minute for Spartak, who remained a point behind leaders Rubin Kazan.
Rostov 1 – Saturn 2 (Russian Premier League, November 7, 2009)
Olympiakos 1 – Iraklis 1 (Greek Super League, November 7, 2009) Enzo Maresca put the home side in front on 40 minutes but substitute Apostolos Vellios snatched a point with an injury-time equaliser.
Panthrakikos 1 – PAOK 2 (Greek Super League, November 7, 2009) Adelino Vieirinha (26) and Pablo Garcia (56) put the visitors in command and they held on for the win after Bedi Buval pulled a goal back on 69 minutes.
Aris 0 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, November 7, 2009) Kavala drew 0-0 at Aris Salonika despite ending the game with just eight men. Pierre Ducrocq was the first to see red on 68 minutes and Vangelis Economou (89) and Benjamin Onwuachi (90) joined him in the dressing room in a fiery end to the game.
Trabzonspor 0 – Besiktas 2 (Super Lig, November 7, 2009) Fabian Ernst opened the scoring three minutes into the second half and substitute Deivson Bobo sealed the win in the 90th minute.
AIK Stockholm 2 – IFK Gothenburg 0 (Svenska Cupen, November 7, 2009) AIK won their first ever double to cap a historic season. Argentinian forward Ivan Obolo gave AIK the lead on their home ground when he pounced on a rebound from goalkeeper Kim Christensen in the 72nd minute, and the second goal also came from a South American, with Brazilian Antonio FlÃ¡vio combining with Obolo before curling the ball in to secure the result in added time.
Al Ittihad 1 – Pohang Steelers 2 (Asian Champions League final, November 7, 2009) After a goalless first half, Pohang took the lead against the run of play through Noh Byung-joon just before the hour and just minutes later, Kim Hyung-il headed home a second.Â Mohammed Noor reduced the arrears with 16 minutes remaining to set up a nervous end but Pohang held on comfortably to win the competition for the South Koreans.
Melbourne Victory 0 – Central Coast Mariners 4 (A-League, November 7, 2009) Adam Kwasnik opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he pounced on a rebound after goalkeeper Glen Moss was unable to hold Nicky Travis’ rasping drive. Matt Simon then made it 2-0 in the 75th minute when his header deflected off Rody Vargas and landed in the back of the net. The points were made secure when Dean Heffernan slotted home five minutes later before Nik Mrdja rounded off the scoring with his first goal of the season in the 84th minute.
Gold Coast United 1 – Sydney FC 0 (A-League, November 7, 2009) Top scorer Shane Smeltz struck in the 36th minute, heading home from Jason Culina’s cross.
Newell’s Old Boys 2 – River Plate 1 (Apertura, November 7, 2009) Joaquin Boghossian put Newell’s ahead after 4 minutes, but had his goal cancelled out by Diego Buonanotte in the 63rd. However, Boghossian had the final say as he netted again in the 79th minute.
Godoy Cruz 3 – Racing Club 1 (Apertura, November 7, 2009)
Atletico Tucuman 4 – Tigre 2 (Apertura, November 7, 2009)
Lanus 0 – Chacarita Juniors 3 (Apertura, November 7, 2009)
Santos 3 – Nautico 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 7, 2009)
Sport Recife 2 – Cruzeiro 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 7, 2009)
Vitoria 0 – Avai FC 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 7, 2009)