VIDEO: Diaby dooms Arsenal at Old Trafford; Liverpool battle hard to win at Bolton; Chelsea ease past Burnley; Lennon late show for Spurs; Ronaldo on target in Real win; Inter crush AC in the Milan derby

Manchester United 2 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, August 29, 2009) (Alternative highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Darren Fletcher missed an early chance for United, pulling a shot left of Almunia’s goal after nine minutes. At the other end Arsenal were also creating chances, Andrei Arshavin flashing a shot narrowly over Ben Foster’s bar. Wayne Rooney fired a free-kick off target as the match flowed from end-to-end, before Andrei Arshavin silenced Old Trafford with an unstoppable howitzer into the top corner five minutes from the break. (First half highlights here.) The Gunners were denied a second at the start of the second half as Ben Foster produced a top class save to stop van Persie’s close-range effort. With Fergie’s boys dangling on the ropes Wayne Rooney proved the Reds saviour, Almunia clattered into the forward in the box an from the resulting penalty Rooney drew United level. Six minutes later, and after RVP had hit the bar, the unlikely United comeback was complete as Abou Diaby managed to head a Giggs free-kick into his own net. The match ended in a farce as, after RVP had a 94th minute goal ruled out for offside, ref Mike Dean decided to send off Arsene Wenger who reacted in pantomime fashion by retreating to the United stands.

Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger’s post match comments can be seen here.

Bolton 2 – Liverpool 3 (Premier League, August 29, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool were guilty of some poor defending for Bolton’s opening goal, failing to deal with a corner that was fired home from close range by Kevin Davies. Rafa Benitez’s side responded well to going behind, first Torres missed a decent opportunity before Glen Johnson continued his fine form since moving from Portsmouth with the equaliser. Bolton retook the lead early in the second half thanks to the second most famous Israeli at the Reebok Tamir Cohen. The sending off of Sean Davis for two bookable offences turned the game again and a minute after the red card Fernando Torres finished after a great touch off from Kuyt. Seven minutes from time the Reds took the lead as, from a corner, Steven Gerrard smashed home the winner from the edge of the area.

Chelsea 3 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, August 29, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea dominated an open first half at Stamford Bridge against Burnley, the breakthrough came seconds before the break as Didier Drogba fired in a cross finished by both Clark Carlisle and Nicolas Anelka. The home side were scintillating early in the second half, Michael Ballack headed home from a Lampard cross two minutes after the break for the second and Ashley Cole volleyed into the top corner following another assist from Lampard for the third.

Tottenham 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, August 29, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Peter Crouch came on to score his first League goal for Spurs in the second half and after Lee Bowyer took advantage of sloppy defending to claim an equaliser three minutes later, Aaron Lennon maintained Spurs’ 100 per cent start to the season. It wasn’t all good news for Spurs as Luka Modric limped off just seconds after the restart.

Stoke 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, August 29, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Dave Kitson scored his second goal in as many games, a scrappy effort from a corner, to earn the Potters another three points.

Wolves 1 – Hull 1 (Premier League, August 29, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) An early header from Geovanni put Hull into the lead, but a second-half goal from Wolves defender Richard Stearman ensured the points were shared.

Blackburn 0 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, August 29, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Blackburn were left to rue a glaring miss by teenager David Hoilett as West Ham ground out a draw at Ewood Park.


Nottingham Forest 3 – Derby 2 (Championship, August 29, 2009) It took Nottingham Forest less than sixty seconds to take the lead against Derby, a cross was only partially cleared by the Rams and Radoslaw Majewski latched onto the loose ball to whack home a cracker off the underside of the bar. Forest took control of the match through further goals from Dexter Blackstock and Nathan Tyson before half-time. Derby though hit back thanks to an overhead kick from Addison that hit Chris Cohen and then a Jake Livermore goal just after the hour.

Colchester 1 – Leeds 2 (League One, August 29, 2009) Leeds were ahead two minutes after the break when Bradley Johnson headed in Robert Snodgrass’ free-kick from close range. Colchester levelled when Kevin Lisbie was tugged by Rui Marques in the area and the striker slotted home the resultant penalty. Leeds restored their lead seven minutes later through serial-goalscorer Jermaine Beckford.


Rangers 4 – Hamilton 1 (SPL, August 29, 2009) Rangers were in control of their home match with Hamilton at half-time thanks to goals from Steven Whittaker and Kris Boyd. After the break Rangers continued to add more goals, Kris Boyd headed across goal for number three before Whittaker notched up his brace for four.


Real Madrid 3 – Deportivo La Coruna 2 (La Liga, August 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) It took Kaka under sixty seconds to reel off his first shot for Real Madrid against Deportivo. The Brazilian proved Real’s magician for the opener, threading a pass through two defenders’ legs for Raul to tuck home. Real’s porous defence was exposed when Riki equalised with a powerful back-post header, but Los Blancos quickly moved back in front as Cristiano Ronaldo opened his account from the penalty spot. (First half highlights here.) Depor levelled inside 40 seconds of the second half as Valeron struck from the edge of the box. But Real were soon back in front, Lassana Diarra popping in the third with a tidy strike from 15-yards.

Cristiano Ronaldo post match interview can be seen here.

Zaragoza 1 – Tenerife 0 (La Liga, August 29, 2009) Javier Arizmendi struck the only goal in a lively encounter 17 minutes from time to secure three precious for Zaragoza. Jermaine Pennant made his competitive debut for Zaragoza on the right of midfield.


AC Milan 0 – Inter Milan 4 (Serie A, August 29, 2009) Inter broke the deadlock in the Milan derby with a sublime attack build on a series of one-touch passes that Thiago Motta finally tucked home. Inter extended their advantage when Diego Milito converted a 36th minute penalty after Eto’o was felled in the box. AC Milan then had Rene Gattuso dismissed for collecting two yellow cards, and Inter exploited the situation adding a third through Maicon on the stroke of halftime. (First half highlights here.) Mourinho’s men continued to press after the break and Dejan Stankovic chalked up number four with an outstanding 30-yarder that ripped into the top corner.

Bari 0 – Bologna 0 (Serie A, August 29, 2009) Bari picked up their second point of the season.


Bayern Munich 3 – Wolfsburg 0 (Bundesliga, August 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Bayern struck first in their match with champions Wolfsburg, a corner fell to Altintop outside the box who let rip from 20-yards with Mario Gomez on hand to mop up from close-range. In the second half Bayern saw their new dynamic double-act of Ribery-Robben sped into overdrive. The Frenchman set debutant Arjen Robben through for the Dutchman to claim number two and the pair combined in a second lightning counter-attack as Robben netted a brace to kill off the Wolves..

Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, August 29, 2009) An og from Manuel Friedrich gave Bochum the lead at Bayer Leverkusen, nine minutes later Friedrich redeemed himself with the equaliser. With twenty minutes to go go, Stefan Kiessling turned home a cross to put the home side in front.

Hannover 0 – Hoffenheim 1 (Bundesliga, August 29, 2009) Carlos Eduardo fired Hoffeinhem into the lead at Hannover.

Schalke 0 – Freiburg 1 (Bundesliga, August 29, 2009) The intriguingly named Du-Ri Cha scored Freiburg’s surprise winner at Schalke.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, August 29, 2009) Just after the hour mark, Mohamed Zidan was played in and scored Borussia Dortmund’s opener at Eintracht Frankfurt. Ioannis Amanatidis equalised with a fine left-footed effort.

Stuttgart 0 – Nurnberg 0 (Bundesliga, August 29, 2009) Nurnberg are still searching for their first Bundesliga victory of the season following a goalless draw at Stuttgart.


Lyon 3 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, August 29, 2009) Bafetimbi Gomis put the home team in front in the 38th minute before Argentina striker Lisandro Lopez made it 2-nil in the 50th. Nancy pulled one back through Youssouf Hadji and the visitors were pushing hard for an equaliser when Michel Bastos struck in the 68th minute.

Sochaux 1 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, August 29, 2009) Vaclav Sverkos scored the crucial goal when he slotted home a penalty after 23 minutes.

Nice 0 – Montpellier 3 (Ligue 1, August 29, 2009) Geoffrey Dernis broke the deadlock after just four minutes and Victor Montano and Lilian Compan also found the target in the second half.

St. Etienne 1 – Grenoble 0 (Ligue 1, August 29, 2009) St Etienne picked up their first win of the season against fellow strugglers Grenoble, Christophe Landrin netting the only goal of the contest on 23 minutes.

Lens 2 – Rennes 2 (Ligue 1, August 29, 2009) Both sides then had a player dismissed early in the second half as Marco Ramos of Lens and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila were given their marching orders. Lens looked set to clinch all three points when Issam Jemaa struck on 72 minutes but a last-gasp leveller from Asamoah Gyan rescued Rennes.

Lorient 1 – Le Mans 0 (Ligue 1, August 29, 2009) Lorient beat Le Mans 1-0 thanks to an effort from Marama Vahirua midway through the second half.

Boulogne 0 – Auxerre 0 (Ligue 1, August 29, 2009)


AZ Alkmaar 2 – Willem II 1 (Eredivisie, August 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) AZ opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Brett Holman fired home. Midway through the first half Sergio Zijler equalised from close range but a minute later central defender Hector Moreno restored the lead with a deflected shot.

NEC 1 – VVV Venlo 1 (Eredivisie, August 29, 2009) VVV’s (Longer highlights here.) man of the moment Kiesuke Honda was at the heart of the visitors opener at NEC, the Japanese star teeing up Calabro at the back post to score.

Utrecht 2 – Sparta 0 (Eredivisie, August 29, 2009)


Associacao Naval 1 – Porto 3 (Superliga, August 29, 2009) Goals from Radamel Falcao, Varela and Ernesto Farias secured the points for the champions with a 75th minute Rolando own goal giving the home side false hope that a comeback could be mounted.

Pacos Ferreira 0 – Vitoria Guimaraes 0 (Superliga, August 29, 2009)


Kayserispor 3 – Denizlispor 0 (Super Lig, August 29, 2009) Franco Dario Cangele scored a brace for the hosts including an unbelievable volley from a narrow angle to open the scoring.

Ankaragucu 2 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 2 (Super Lig, August 29, 2009) Darius Vassell found a late equaliser to earn Ankaragucu a point.

Eskisehirspor 2 – Antalyaspor 1 (Super Lig, August 29, 2009) After Zengin let rip with a 30-yarder after just two minutes for the visitors, goals from Yilmaz and Youla turned the match for Eskisehirspor.


Tomsk 0 – FC Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, August 29, 2009) Third-placed FC Moscow stayed in touch with the leaders picking up a point on the road.

Saturn 3 – Terek Grozny 0 (Russian Premier League, August 29, 2009)

Lokomotiv Moscow 4 – Kuban Krasnodar 1 (Russian Premier League, August 29, 2009) After falling 1-nil behind, goals from Dmitri Sychev, Peter Odemwingie and a Wagner doubled saw Lokomotiv run out comfortable winners.


Roeselare 1 – Charleroi 3 (Jupiler League, August 29, 2009)

KV Mechelen 0 – Sint-Truiden 2 (Jupiler League, August 29, 2009)

Lokeren 4 – Mouscron 1 (Jupiler League, August 29, 2009)

Kortrijk 1 – AA Gent 0 (Jupiler League, August 29, 2009)

Westerlo 1 – Zulte Waregem 2 (Jupiler League, August 28, 2009) Ernest Webnje Nfor struck an 89th minute winner to earn Zulte-Waregem victory. Rachid Farssi had earlier cancelled out Franck Berrier’s 51st-minute opener for the visitors.


Wisla Krakow 2 – Jagiellonia 1 (Ekstraklasa, August 29, 2009) Sought-after Wisla striker Pavel Brozek netting the hosts’ crucial send on the half hour.


Iraklis 2 – Aris 2 (Greek Super League, August 29, 2009) The big story of the match was a suspension of play early on after a fan ran onto the pitch and barked abuse nose-to-nose with the Aris goalie.

Panionios 1 – Ergotelis 1 (Greek Super League, August 29, 2009) Bennard Yao Kumordzi fired the hosts into the 24th minute, Diego Romano equalised following a Rory Delap-esque throw-in.


AIK Stockholm 1 – Trelleborg 0 (Allsvenskan, August 29, 2009) Dulee Johnson scored with a left-foot shot in the 64th minute to give AIK victory.


Luzern 3 – St. Gallen 1 (Swiss Super League, August 29, 2009) Although the hosts found themselves trailing to Mario Frick’s 29th minute effort, Hakan Yakin levelled matters two minutes before the interval. The dismissal of Ze Vitor then swung things in Lucerne’s favour as further goals from Cristian Florin Ianu (63) and Burim Kukeli (80) sealed the win.

Aarau 1 – FC Zurich 1 (Swiss Super League, August 29, 2009) Aarau took the lead through Aco Stojkov before Florian Stahel pulled Zurich level. Giuseppe Aquaro was dismissed after 58 minutes for Aarau but they battled hard for a share of the points.


Brisbane Roar 1 – Central Coast Mariners 0 (A-League, August 29, 2009) Craig Moore buried a powerful header early in the contest to give the Roar a first win of the season.


Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 – Albirex Niigata 0 (J-League, August 29, 2009) Keiji Tamada broke into the box after 19 minutes, rounded the keeper to claim and finished neatly to claim the only goal of the game.

Vissel Kobe 3 – Urawa Red Diamonds 2 (J-League, August 29, 2009) Takayuki Yoshida scored twice as Vissel Kobe saw off Urawa Reds.

Jubilo Iwata 1 – Gamba Osaka 3 (J-League, August 29, 2009) Satoshi Yamaguchi set Akira Nishino’s men on their way in the 37th minute and South Korea international Cho Jae-jin extended the lead three minutes after the break. Masato Yamazaki netted a third in the 76th minute before Masashi Nakayama grabbed a consolation for Jubilo just before half-time.

Omiya Ardija 3 – Kashima Antlers 1 (J-League, August 29, 2009) The visitors fell behind in the fourth minute through Tomoya Uchida and that was the way it stayed until the last 10 minutes when Kohei Tokita doubled the advantage and Mato Neretljak made the points safe.


KC Wizards 0 – Real Salt Lake 1 (MLS, August 29, 2009)

Seattle Sounders 0 – Toronto FC 0 (MLS, August 29, 2009)


Velez Sarsfield 3 – Arsenal Sarandi 1 (Clausura, August 29, 2009)

Godoy Cruz 1 – San Lorenzo 1 (Clausura, August 29, 2009)

Argentinos Juniors 1 – Banfield 1 (Clausura, August 29, 2009)

Estudiantes 3 – Gimnasia La Plata 0 (Clausura, August 29, 2009)


Nautico 3 – Atletico Paranaense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 29, 2009)

Coritiba 2 – Avai FC 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 29, 2009)

Flamengo 3 – Santo Andre 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 29, 2009)