Arsenal 0 – Chelsea 3 (Premier League, November 29, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Samir Nasri fired a low shot down the throat of Petr Cech after 20 minutes of the London derby, but it was Chelsea who struck first minutes before the break as Ashley Cole delivered a perfect cross for Didier Drogba who steered the ball into the far top corner. In the 44th minute Arsenal shot themselves in the foot as a dangerous left-wing cross from Ashley Cole was turned into his own net by Thomas Vermaelen. Manuel Almunia had to react quickly to turn aside a Drogba shot which deflected off Frank Lampard’s chest early in the second half, and five minutes from time Didier Drogba wrapped up yet another comfortable Chelsea win with a sublime free-kick.
Everton 0 – Liverpool 2 (Premier League, November 29, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a scrappy opening to the Merseyside derby, Argentine holding-man Javier Mascherano found himself able to have a pop from 20-yards and his shot took a wicked deflection off Yobo to wrongfoot Howard in the Everton goal. Everton the had two goals chalked off, saw Riena make numerous wonder saves, only for Yobo to screw up ten minutes from time that allowed Riera to fire on target and Dirk Kuyt tucked in the rebound.
Wolves 0 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, November 29, 2009) Lee Bowyer was again the match winner for Birmingham, the midfielder curling a fabulous shot past a helpless Marcus Hahnemann after only three minutes.
Kettering 1 – Leeds 1 (FA Cup second round, November 29, 2009) Skipper Ian Roper’s 63rd-minute header had put the Poppies on course for a famous FA Cup giant killing but Jermaine Beckford pounced from close range in the 77th minute to earn the runaway League One leaders a replay.
Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Cristiano Ronaldo had a fabulous chance to fired Real into a 19th minute lead at Barca but Valdez got down low to turn the shot aside. Iker Casillas had to be on his toes to save Theirry Henry’s effort into the near post, while Henry was later found pleading fair play after tangling with Madrid centre-half Pepe. In the second half Guardiola replaced an ineffective Henry with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and within a couple of minutes of his introduction the Swede cracked in a volley from a delicious Dani Alves cross. Barca then found themselves down to ten men as Sergio Busquets picked up a needless second yellow card. Eric Abidal wasted a chance to extended Barca’s lead when he found himself in space in the inside left channel.
Almeria 1 – Athletic Bilbao 4 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Bilbao led Almeria after first-half goals from Javier Martinez and Ustaritz Aldekoaotalora. Fernando Llorente and Oscar de Marcos scored after the break before Kalu Uche cut the deficit with a late goal for the hosts.
Valladolid 3 – Tenerife 3 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) The Pucela had appeared to be on their way to a convincing victoryÂ when two goals from Diego Costa and a penalty by Fabian Canobbio saw them ease into a 3-0 lead with 27 minutes to go. However, two goals in eight minutes from Francisco Nino and Rodriguez Angel set up a nervy finish for Valladolid and Garcia Ayoze pounced four minutes from time to stun the hosts.
Racing Santander 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Depor moved level on points with Valencia in fourth thanks to a 1-0 win at Racing Santander. Marco Lopo scored the decisive goal on 76 minutes to down Racing who have still not won at home this season and lie third from bottom of the table.
Atletico Madrid 4 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Much-coveted striker Sergio Aguero was the star of the show, scoring two and making two – for strike partner Diego Forlan and Maxi Rodriguez – as the hosts claimed just their second win of an underwhelming season so far.
Getafe 5 – Xerez 1 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Aythami surprisingly fired Xerez in front after 33 minutes, only for Roberto Soldado to equalise in the 44th minute. The turning point then came just before half-time when David Prieto was sent off for a foul and Soldado slotted home the resulting penalty. Soldado completed his hat-trick after the interval as Getafe made the most of their extra man, with Daniel Parejo and Javier Casquero also finding the target.
Zaragoza 0 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, November 29, 2009)
Catania 0 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, November 29, 2009) Just as it seemed like both sides had settled for a point, Milan substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar volleyed in his first goal for the club from edge of the area, although Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar will have to explain how he let the ball squirm under his body. The goal lifted a huge burden from the Dutchman’s shoulders and he added his and Milan’s second moments later, lobbing Andujar from just inside the area with a goal that Ronaldinho would have been proud of.
Inter Milan 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, November 29, 2009) Inter increased their stronghold on Serie A with a last-gasp win over the Viola as Diego Milito won a questionable penalty and the Argentine dispatched the spot-kick with aplomb.
Cagliari 2 – Juventus 0 (Serie A, November 29, 2009) A first half wonder goal by Nene, and a late breakaway second by substitute Alessandro Matri did the damage as the Bianconeri produced their second dismal performance in the space of a week.
Atalanta 1 – Roma 2 (Serie A, November 29, 2009) Roma kept up their encouraging form with a 2-1 success at struggling Atalanta, who took the lead through Fabio Ceravolo after 13 minutes. Mirko Vucinic found the target for Roma to make it 1-1 just before half-time and Simone Perrotta struck the crucial goal on 64 minutes.
Chievo 1 – Palermo 0 (Serie A, November 29, 2009) Elvis Abbruscato’s 54th-minute effort secured a 1-0 win for Chievo over Palermo, who had Fabio Liverani sent off late on.
Bari 2 – Siena 1 (Serie A, November 29, 2009) Bari have built their success this season on a solid defensive foundation but they had to come from behind to beat bottom club Siena 2-1 after Simone Vergassola scored in only the third minute. Andrea Masiello drew Bari level in the 78th minute before Giuseppe Greco fired home the winner in stoppage time.
Parma 1 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, November 29, 2009) In-form Napoli stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches but were denied all three points in a 1-1 draw with Parma. German Denis broke the deadlock for Napoli in the 32nd minute, only for Nicola Amoruso to equalise five minutes from time.
Lazio 0 – Bologna 0 (Serie A, November 29, 2009)
Hannover 0 – Bayern Munich 3 (Bundesliga, November 29, 2009) Â Bayern’s young sensation Thomas Muller slid home Munich’s opener after 20 minutes against Hannover. A weel executed header from Ivica Olic put Bayern 2-up two minutes into the second half. Mario Gomez wrapped up the win at the death.
Bayer Leverkusen 4 – Stuttgart 0 (Bundesliga, November 29, 2009) Table-topper Leverkusen moved ahead against Stuttgart in the 22nd minute when top scorer Stefan Kiessling knocked home a volley from 3-yards out. Bayer then doubled their lead through Eren Derdiyok’s precision header. A tidy Stefan Kiessling finish on the hour mark put the game out of sight, and Kiessling completed his hat-trick with a late penalty to send Leverkusen back to the top of the Bundesliga.
Lyon 1 – Rennes 1 (Ligue 1, November 29, 2009) Lyon missed out on the chance to go level on points with Bordeaux at the top when they were held 1-1 at home to Rennes. The visitors took an early lead in the 14th minute when Asamoah Gyan fired home. However Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez saved the hosts blushes with a 42nd minute equaliser.
Nancy 0 – Bordeaux 3 (Ligue 1, November 29, 2009) Bordeaux took the lead in the 25th minute in Nancy, Yoan Gouffran pulling the ball back for Fernando Menegazzo to score with a low shot. Brazilian midfielder Geraldo Wendel skipped past two Nancy defenders before chipping goalkeeper Gennaro Bracigliano for Bordeaux’s second in the 61st minute and Gouffran sealed the win with an angled shot which flew in off the post in the 75th.
Le Mans 1 – St. Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, November 29, 2009) Anthony Le Tallec drew even with a 73rd minute header for Le Mans after Brazilian striker Araujo Ilan tucked home a cross from Bakary Sako in the 18th to open the scoring for Saint-Etienne.
ADO Den Haag 0 – Feyenoord 2 (Eredivisie, November 29, 2009) A thundering header from Feyenoord’s Ron Vlaar fired the visitors into a 23rd minute lead at ADO Den Haag. Andwele Slory sealed the win for the Rotterdam giants in the second half.
Vitesse 1 – Ajax 5 (Eredivisie, November 29, 2009) Ajax’s defence were caught napping after four minutes at Vitesse as Dalibor Stevanovic slotted the hosts into an early lead. But the Amsterdammers soon turned the match in their favour, Marko Pantelic scoring his second hat-trick in the space of 10 days as the Serb striker scored in the 15th, 18th and then again five minutes into the second half. Martin Jol’s Ajax then went about putting a marker on the match, Kennedy Bakircioglu claimed number four before Ismail Aissati curled in a beauty for number five.
Groningen 2 – NEC 2 (Eredivisie, November 29, 2009) Groningen had gone ahead through Tim Matavz, but NEC looked to have won it thanks to goals from Bjoern Vleminckx and Youssef El-Akchaoui. But the home side struck in the final minute through Nicklas Pedersen to seal a share of the spoils.
FC Utrecht 3 – NAC 1 (Eredivisie, November 29, 2009) After a goalless first half at Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht went ahead through Kevin Vandenbergh on 55 minutes and just moments later Gianluca Nijholt pounced to double their lead. Matthew Amoah pulled one back for NAC, but Jacob Mulenga sealed the win late on.
Porto 2 – Rio Ave 1 (Superliga, November 29, 2009) Porto maintained the pressure on the Liga Sagres’ top two tonight with a 2-1 defeat of Rio Ave. Hulk put the hosts ahead and, although Joao Tomas equalised almost immediately, Diego Valeri added a second for Porto with nine minutes remaining.
Belenenses 2 – Maritimo 2 (Superliga, November 29, 2009) Sixth-placed Maritimo earned a battling draw at Belenenses despite playing for 35 minutes with 10 men. Visiting keeper Pecanha was sent off in the incident which led to Lima putting Belenenses ahead after 55 minutes from the penalty spot. And when the same player made it 2-0, the game looked over. But Manu pulled one back with 13 minutes to go and the same player grabbed the equaliser with four minutes remaining
Trabzonspor 2 – Eskisehirspor 1 (Super Lig, November 29, 2009)
Sivasspor 0 – Besiktas 1 (Super Lig, November 29, 2009)
Khimki 1 – Lokomotiv Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, November 29, 2009) Lokomotiv raced to a 2-goal lead away at Khimki, Peter Odemwingie expertly scored the opener after nine minutes and Dmitri Sychev’s picture-perfect header doubled the lead on the quarter hour. Aleksandr Antipenko’s diving header midway through the second half pulled a goal back for the hosts. Dmitri Sychev wrapped up the win with a third six minutes from time.
Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – Spartak Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, November 29, 2009) An action packed first half between Zenit and Spartak ended dramatically as the hosts had Huszti sent off for two bookable offences before Konstantin Zyryanov smacked home a 30-yard free-kick in injury time. Horrific goalline defending from Spartak’s Denis Boyarintsev allowed Nicolas Lombaerts’ 49th minute free header to sneak inside the post and double Zenit’s lead. Spartak’s German defender Malik Fathi bravely headed home at the back post eight minutes from time.
Sint-Truiden 2 – Standard Liege 0 (Jupiler League, November 29, 2009) The home side scored the opening goal through Ibrahim Sidibe in the 63rd minute and Jonathan Wilmet made it 2-0 with ten minutes to go at Stayen stadium.
Olympiakos 2 – Panathinaikos 0 (Greek Super League, November 29, 2009) Coastas Mitroglou put Olympiakos ahead in first-half injury time with a shot from close range, and then added the second in the 54th by converting a cross from Jaouad Zairi.
Larissa 1 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, November 29, 2009)
Aris 1 – Panionios 1 (Greek Super League, November 29, 2009)
Panthrakikos 0 – Levadiakos 2 (Greek Super League, November 29, 2009)
Odra Wodzislaw 1 – Wisla Krakow 3 (Ekstraklasa, November 29, 2009) Wisla Krakow were outstanding in the first half against Odra taking a 3-nil lead into the break. Andraz Kirm opened the scoring after 25 minutes, before a wonder solo effort from Patryk Malecki starting with a sublime pirouette doubled the visitors lead. Andraz Kirm closed out the half with a piercing strike in the top corner from 20-yards. Radzinevicius scored a late consolation for Odra.
FC Copenhagen 2 – Midtjylland 0 (SAS Ligaen, November 29, 2009) Atiba Hutchinson gave the defending champions a fifth-minute lead after receiving a pass from William Kvist. Dame N’Doye secured the win with an 88th-minute goal from a pass by Oscar Wendt.
Nordsjaelland 0 – Silkeborg 1 (SAS Ligaen, November 29, 2009) Substitute Christian Holst was Silkeborg’s hero in a 1-0 victory at Nordsjaelland, netting the late winner 14 minutes after his introduction.
Aarhus 1 – Brondby 0 (SAS Ligaen, November 29, 2009) Brondby remain fourth, but lost ground on the pace-setters thanks to a 1-0 defeat at Aarhus. Peter Graulund grabbed the game’s only goal just after the quarter-hour mark.
JEF United Chiba 0 – Oita Trinita 2 (J-League, November 29, 2009) In the match between bottom club JEF and second-bottom Oita ended in the visitors’ favour with a goal in each half from Hiroshi Kiyotake and Damasio.
North Queensland Fury 2 – Adelaide United 1 (J-League, November 28, 2009)Daniel McBreen had a barrel of shots before finally turning a defender and shooting into the right corner of the goal in the 39th minute. And Robbie Fowler showed why he should never be unmarked with a casual but deadly shot from outside the 18-yard box into the left corner of the goal in the 66th minute. Cristiano produced a last-ditch attempt in the 91st minute to ensure a nail-biting ending but it was too little too late.
Brisbane Roar 4 – Wellington Phoenix 1 (A-League, November 29, 2009) In front of the club’s lowest crowd in history, a Reinaldo double and strikes from Sergio van Dijk and David Dodd helped the Roar up the table.
Sydney FC 1 – Newcastle Jets 3 (A-League, November 29, 2009)
Goias 4 – Sao Paulo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 29, 2009) Striker Washington scored for Sao Paulo in the 15th and 70th, while Goias – which hadn’t beaten Sao Paulo in four years – got on the board with Vitor in the 21st, Rithelly in the 37th, Fernandao in the 66th and Leo Lima in the 71st.
Sport Recife 1 – Internacional 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 29, 2009) Internacional moved from fourth to second in the 20-team standings by coming from behind to beat already relegated Sport 2-1 in Recife. Midfielder Andrezinho scored the winner in the 83rd.
Palmeiras 3 – Atletico Mineiro 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 29, 2009) Palmeiras’ victory against sixth-place Atletico Mineiro at Palestra Italia stadium was marked by a stunning goal by playmaker Diego Souza, who scored from just in front of the midfield line. After Atletico Mineiro Uruguayan goalkeeper Fabian Carini left his box to clear a breakaway, the ball went directly into Souza’s direction and the midfielder struck a firm one-timer straight into the net.
Avai 2 – Santos 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 29, 2009)
Gremio 4 – Barueri 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 29, 2009)
Santo Andre 5 – Nautico 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 29, 2009)
Fluminense 4 – Vitoria 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 29, 2009)
Atletico Paranaense 2 – Botafogo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 29, 2009)
San Lorenzo 3 – Boca Juniors 0 (Apertura, November 29, 2009)
Banfield 1 – Racing Club 2 (Apertura, November 29, 2009) Defender Matias Martinez put Racing ahead with an early goal but Banfield’s Uruguayan striker Santiago Silva headed an equaliser after just 16 minutes to remain as the championship’s top scorer this season, with 13 goals. Left back Gabriel Mercado then struck the winner for Racing just after the hour, ending Banfield’s 15-match unbeaten streak this campaign.
Tigre 0 – Velez Sarfield 3 (Apertura, November 29, 2009) Title holders Velez Sarsfield climbed into fifth spot with a won 3-0 away win over bottom-placed Tigre, with Chile’s Waldo Ponce scoring twice and Argentina’s Emiliano Papa once.