Fulham 2 – Everton 1 (Premier League, September 13, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Leighton Baines whipped in an excellent free-kick from the left and Tim Cahill, rising above Dickson Etuhu 10-yards out, thumped the ball past Stockdale and into the far corner. The Cottagers levelled ten minutes into the second half as Paul Konchesky crashed home a loose corner with the aid of a deflection en route to goal. Fulham took the lead with 10 minutes to play, Johnson flicked the ball on to debutant Damien Duff who skipped past Baines and fizzed a lovely away-swinging shot into the far corner from 20 yards.
Birmingham 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, September 13, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The game appeared set to end goalless as Keith Fahey and Lee Carsley went close with curling efforts, while Steve Sidwell headed tamely at Joe Hart and James Milner wasted chances for Villa. But substitute John Carew headed a free-kick into Gabby Agbonlahor’s path and he obliged by nodding past Hart.
Cardiff 0 – Newcastle 1 (Championship, September 13, 2009) After Cardiff failed to clear their lines from a corner, Fabricio Coloccini powered home a header to give the Magpies the advantage at the break.
West Brom 3 – Plymouth 1 (Championship, September 12, 2009) Jamie Mackie fired across Scott Carson to hand the troubled visitors an early lead before Baggies centre-back Shelton Martis grabbed his second of the season from close range and Marek Cech found the top corner with a stunning strike to complete a first-half turnaround. A late Cech header settled the match.
Sheffield Wednesday 1 – Nottingham Forest 1 (Championship, September 12, 2009) Forest caught Wednesday cold inside the opening two minutes, first Joe Garner forcing a fine save from Owls goalkeeper Lee Grant and 60 seconds later Dexter Blackstock heading the visitors into the lead. The Owls punished the visitors’ sloppy finishing just before half-time when Marcus Tudgay volleyed home his fourth goal of the season.
Villarreal 1 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, September 13, 2009) On a horrific bog on a pitch, Villarreal managed to unlock the Mallorca backline from a set-play and Guissepe Rossi tucked home the opener. The Islanders drew level through Borja Valero’s fine free-kick.
Tenerife 2 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, September 13, 2009) A clever Tenerife free-kick paid dividends as Nino broke through the Osasuna defence, but the visitors soon levelled as Walter Pandiani crashed hoem a corner at the near post. In the 62nd minute a terrific strike from Ricardo restored the hosts’ advantage.
Valladolid 2 – Valencia 4 (La Liga, September 13, 2009) David Silva opened the scoring in Valladolid in the 11th minute by heading in a Mata centre. Nauzet Aleman made it 1-1 for the hosts in the 32nd minute after Valencia keeper Miguel Angel Moya had failed to hold a shot from Fabian Canobbio. But Villa restored Valencia’s lead just three minutes later by turning in a centre from Pablo Hernandez. Mata made it just before halftime (first half highlights here), Villa made it four in the 55th minute after another swift break. Manucho pulled back another goal for Valladolid, but it came too late to save the naive hosts.
Xerez 0 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, September 13, 2009)
Inter Milan 2 – Parma 0 (Serie A, September 13, 2009) Inter once again struggled to assert their authority over supposed lessor opposition as Parma looked comfortable for 70 minutes, but a moment of individual class from Samuel Eto’o broke the deadlock as the forward hit the top corner with a cute curler. Balotelli teed up his Argentine strike-partner Diego Milito for a tidy second two minutes from time.
Siena 1 – Roma 2 (Serie A, September 13, 2009) Ex-Boro forward Massimo Maccarone turned Roma defender inside-and-out before firing Siena into a 26th minute lead. Philippe Mexes brought the Giallorossi level in the second half, tucking home Totti’s neat pass following a set-play. Roma’s turnaround was completed a minute from time a John Arne Riise thrashed home a free-kick from just outside the box.
Udinese 4 – Catania 2 (Serie A, September 13, 2009) Catania’s Japanese forward Takayuki Morimoto saw an effort from the edge of the box take a deflection as the visitors took an 11th minute lead at Udinese. A brilliant goal from Floro Flores, the striker controlling a cross and hitting a volley in one motion, brought the Zebrette level, only for the Sicilians to move back in front through a Giuseppe Mascara penalty. Ten minutes into the second half Antonio Di Natale equalised with a well directed header from a corner. Di Natale put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot midway through the half, before Di Natale completed a 25 minute hat-trick to put the match to bed.
Bologna 0 – Chievo 2 (Serie A, September 13, 2009) A Giampiero Pinzi toe-poke in the 18th minute gave Chievo the advantage at Bologna. The Flying Donkeys doubled their lead when Sergio Pellisier turned in a left wing cross on the half hour.
Fiorentina 1- Cagliari 0 (Serie A, September 13, 2009) Fiorentina broke the deadlock with Cagliari early in the second half as Antonio Gilardino had the easy job of guiding a header into the far post after the Viola did brilliant to break down the left and swing in a cross.
Palermo 1 – Bari 1 (Serie A, September 13, 2009) After Bari hit the bar after just two minutes Riccardo Allegretti had the simple job of scoring into an open net at Palermo. Just as it looked like Bari would walk away with the win Palermo new boy Igor Budan popped up with his first goal in Italy deep into injury time.
Genoa 4 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, September 13, 2009) It was a game which had four goals, three red cards, two penalties and enough controversy at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and, for the home side at least, a happy ending. Marek Hamsik then put Napoli ahead in the 41st minute before Hugo Campagnaro followed Criscito for an early bath in first-half stoppage time with Sergio Floccari subsequently netting from the penalty spot. Giandomenico Mesto (55th minute) and Hernan Crespo (75) struck before Salvatore Aronica was sent off for a foul on Rodrigo Palacio inside the area with Houssine Kharja this time converting from the spot in the 88th minute.
Auxerre 2 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, September 13, 2009) Auxerre picked up their first win of the season as goals from Cedric Hengbart and Daniel Niculae took them to a 2-0 win over Nice.
Ajax 6 – NAC Breda 0 (Eredivise, September 13, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Ajax tore strips off of NAC in the first half in Amsterdam, Dario Cvitanich stroking home the opener after 10 minutes and Jan Vertonghen blasted in an unstoppable 17th minute free-kick to double the hosts lead. Unforgivable errors from NAC handed Luis Suarez a third in the 42nd minute and all too easily Cvitanich cash in his second in injury time at the end of the forty-five. Second half strikes from Kennedy Bakircioglu (more joke defending) and Cvitanich’s hat-trick goal sealed the one-sided contest.
VVV Venlo 1 – Heracles 0 (Eredivise, September 13, 2009) VVV Venlo’s Japanese superstar Keisuke Honda was again at the heart of the hosts’ opener against Heracles, the forward firing a free-kick on target which Sandro Calabro turned home. Honda then showed his feisty streak getting involved in two fouls inside 60 seconds.
Willem II 2 – Feyenoord 3 (Eredivise, September 13, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Said Boutahar had put Willem II ahead in the second minute but Jon Dahl Tomasson struck twice to turn the match in Feyenoord’s favour before Bart Biemans levelled from close range before the interval. Jonathan de Guzman curled a free-kick around the wall midway through the second half to earn Feyenoord the points.
Vitesse 2 – NEC 2 (Eredivise, September 13, 2009) Santi Kolk put Vitesse in the lead just before halftime, an advantage they kept until Claudemir Domingues da Souza added a second 11 minutes from time. That appeared to be enough to seal the points until Nijmegen hit back through Ramon Zomer (87) and Arek Radomski’s 93rd-minute deflected equaliser.
Sparta 1 – RKC Waalwijk 0 (Eredivise, September 13, 2009) Sparta picked up their second home win of the season thanks to Rydell Poepon’s early goal as RKC Waalwijk’s miserable start to the campaign continued.
Sporting Lisbon 1 – Pacos Ferreira 0 (Superliga, September 13, 2009) Liedson da Silva scoredd teh winner for Sporting.
Maritimo 1 – Braga 2 (Superliga, September 13, 2009) Miguel Angelo put Maritimo into a fourth minute lead, Joao Pereira levelled before the break and a second half Meyong penalty turned around the match in Braga’s favour.
Bursaspor 0 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, September 13, 2009) Alex da Souza bagged the winner for Fener midway through the second half.
Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 – Trabzonspor 6 (Super Lig, September 13, 2009)
Genclerbirligi 2 – Eskisehirspor 2 (Super Lig, September 13, 2009)
Antalyaspor 1 – Ankaragucu 0 (Super Lig, September 13, 2009)
Dynamo Moscow 1 – Spartak Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, September 13, 2009) Adrian Ropotan headed Dynamo into an early lead in the Moscow derby, Nikita Bazhenov drawing Spartak level in the second half after Welliton had directed a ball into the far corner.
Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – Rostov 0 (Russian Premier League, September 13, 2009) Konstatin Zyryanov opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time before Vladimir Bystrov made the points safe with 78 minutes on the clock.
Terek Grozny 4 – Tomsk 0 (Russian Premier League, September 13, 2009) Shamil Lakhiyalov scored a hat-trick as Terek Grozny defeated Tomsk.
Panthrakikos 0 – Panathinaikos 1 (Greek Super League, September 13, 2009) Sebastian Leto’s late goal led Pana to victory at 10-man Panthrakikos.
Asteras Tripolis 1 – PAOK 1 (Greek Super League, September 13, 2009)
Gefle 0 – IFK Gothenburg 3 (Allsvenskan, September 13, 2009) Hannes Stiller opened the scoring after 29 minutes and hit a second in the 51st minutes, with Gustav Svensson splitting those strikes with a 47th-minute effort.
OB Odense 1 – FC Copenhagen 1 (SAS Ligaen, September 12, 2009) Peter Utaka secured Odense the point with an equaliser on the stroke of half-time after Martin Vingaard had put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute.
Esbjerg 3 – HB Koge 2 (SAS Ligaen, September 13, 2009)
Varteks 0 – Hajduk Split 3 (1. HNL, September 13, 2009)
Melbourne Victory 1 – Wellington Phoenix 1 (A-League, September 13, 2009) Wellington’s Tim Brown scored in the 30th minute to give the Phoenix a draw with Melbourne. Carlos Hernandez had given the Victory an early lead with a fourth-minute goal.
Perth Glory 2 – Gold Coast United 2 (A-League, September 13, 2009) Branko Jelic pounced to fire Glory ahead on 14 minutes and barely 75 seconds later Victor Sikora made it two. United stormed back into the contest when defender Bas van den Brink pulled one back in the 52nd minute and in the last minute Shane Smeltz pounced from close range to fire past Tando Velaphi for 2-2.
Urawa Red Diamonds 4 – Yamagata 1 (J-League, September 13, 2009) Yamagata recorded their eight straight away defeat at Urawa.
Oita Trinita 2 – Jubilo Iwata 1 (J-League, September 13, 2009) Oita Trinita defeated Jubilo with Daisuke Takahashi scoring the game-deciding goal in the 57th minute.
DC United 1 – Seattle Sounders 2 (MLS, September 12, 2009)
Barueri 3 – Goias 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 13, 2009)
Santos 1 – Santo Andre 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 13, 2009) Germano scored a first-half goal to give ninth-place Santos a 1-0 win over Santo Andre.
Atletico Mineiro 2 – Atletico Paranaense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 13, 2009) Colombia striker Wason Renteria and forward Diego Tardelli scored for Atletico Mineiro.
Vitoria 3 – Palmeiras 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 13, 2009) Midfielder Uelliton put Vitoria ahead after a 20th-minute blunder by Palmeiras’ keeper Marcos. Robert equalised for Palmeiras in the 41st, but Vitoria went ahead again in the 72nd with a goal by forward Neto Berola and added to the lead with a goal from former Porto striker Derlei in the 85th. Robert got on the board for Palmeiras again in the 88th after a cross by Orgitoza.
Internacional 2 – Cruzeiro 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 13, 2009) Internacional was leading 1-0 in the first half but allowed Cruzeiro to rally behind a pair of goals by former Hertha Berlin left back Gilberto.
Nautico 0 – Gremio 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 13, 2009)
Botafogo 0 – Fluminense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 13, 2009)
Godoy Cruz 1 – Huracan 1 (Apertura, September 13, 2009) Ariel Rojas opened the scoring for Godoy Cruz in the 36th, but Leandro Diaz earned Huracan’s first point of the season with an 85th minute strike.
Estudiantes 2 – Independiente 1 (Apertura, September 13, 2009) Boselli opened the scoring for Estudiantes in the 3rd minute after turning smartly on a cutback from the right and firing left-footed strike into the roof of the net. Dario Grandin equalised for Independiente with a back post header from a corner in the 10th. Estudiantes grabbed an 88th minute winner when Jeronimo Morales cut in from the left and forced Adrian Gabbarini to parry. The ball fell to Diaz who tucked away the rebound.
River Plate 0 – Colon 0 (Apertura, September 13, 2009) Facundo Bertoglio and German Rivarola had chances for Colon in the first half, while River defender Gustavo Cabral had the ball in the back of the net but the effort was ruled offside.