VIDEO: Corluka (Spurs) & Klasnic (Bolton) on target as Croatia down Qatar in a 5-goal thriller

Croatia 3 – Qatar 2 (International Friendly, October 8, 2009) Premier League based-duo Vedran Corluka and Ivan Klasnic got the Croats off to a flyer with two goals inside the first eleven minutes. Robert Kovac was then unfortunate to see a block sail over the keeper as Qatar pulled a goal back on the stroke of halftime. And midway through the second half it was 2-2 as Sebastian Soria equalised following a pacey counter-attack. Croatia won the match in injury time thanks to Nikica Jelavic’s late strike.

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Japan 6 – Hong Kong 0 (Asian Cup qualifier, October 8, 2009) Shinji Okazaki scored a hat-trick as Japan coasted to a big win over Hong Kong, Yuto Nagatomo, Yuji Nakazawa and Marcus Tulio Tanaka were also on target for the hosts.

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San Jose Earthquakes 1 – FC Dallas 2 (MLS, October 7, 2009) After a scoreless first half, Dallas broke the deadlock through David Ferreira cool finish in the 49th minute. San Jose, facing a must win situation to keep their playoff hopes alive, levelled through Quincy Amarikwa’s neat chip in the 73rd minute but Jeff Cunningham’s 81st minute winner earned the visitors the points.

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Real Salt Lake 1 – Chivas de Guadalajara 1 (Friendly, October 8, 2009) RSL took the lead in the 16th minute through Yura Movsisyan’s low left-footed drive, Esparza levelled in the 52nd minute with a rasping drive into the top corner.

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Racing Club 1 – Boca Juniors 2 (Argentinean Apertura, October 8, 2009) Pablo Caballero had put Racing in front in the first half but a brace from Lucas Viatri in the second period won the match for Boca. Riquelme provided the second goal with a terrific backheel assist. Racing coach Caruso Lombardi quit after the match.

Velez Sarsfield 1 – Argentinos Juniors 0 (Argentinean Apertura, October 8, 2009) Velez are now top with 17 points.

Colon 4 – Arsenal Sarandi 1 (Argentinean Apertura, October 8, 2009)

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Palmeiras 2 – Avai 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 8, 2009) William and Emerson had given Avai a shock 2-0 lead at the break. The Brazilian league leaders hit back in the second half through Vagner Love and Robert.

Cruzeiro 3 – Goias 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 8, 2009)

Botafogo 3 – Atletico Mineiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 8, 2009)


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