VIDEO: Giggs & Carrick lift United over Wolfsburg; Chelsea edge APOEL; Ronaldo double leads Madrid; Zurich scalp sinking Milan; Wins for Porto, CSKA & Bordeaux

Manchester United 2 – Wolfsburg 1 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) United were forced to substitute an injured Michael Owen after 20 minutes; Dimitar Berbatov came off the bench and looked to make a difference, although Wolfsburg also looked dangerous in attack. (First half highlights here.) Old Trafford fell silent ten minutes into the second half, Hasebe lofted a lovely left-footed ball to the far post where Bosnian star Edin Dzeko (offside?) beat Evra to crash home a header. But United were soon level as Ryan Giggs (what a season he’s having!) saw his free-kick deflect wickedly off the wall to end up in the net. With 13 minutes remaining United moved ahead, Rooney, Berbatov and Giggs were all involved before Michael Carrick bent the ball into the top left corner. (Fergie and Giggs’ post match interviews can be seen here and here.)

APOEL Nicosia 0 – Chelsea 1 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After 18 minutes in Nicosia Chelsea broke the deadlock in style, Belletti jinked his way down the right wing, cut inside, and pulled the ball back to Nicolas Anelka who side-footed a beauty into the far top corner.

Real Madrid 3 – Marseille 0 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid took control of the game with OM on the hour mark. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock befitting from a mistake from French keeper Mandanda with a cheeky low finish, and CR9 was then brought down in the box by former Charlton man Souleymane Diawara (fair challenge?), with Kaka scoring from the spot as Marseille were reduced to 10-men. Marseille were then opened up for the third time in five minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo tapped in the third.

AC Milan 0 – FC Zurich 1 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) AC Milan’s woeful start to the season worsen early doors at home to FC Zurich as centre-half Hannu Tihinen scored with a Zola-esque flick from a corner to hand the Swiss minnows the advantage.

Bayern Munich 0 – Juventus 0 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Juventus will be the happier of the two sides after emerging with a point despite a dominant Bayern performance in the first period, with Franck Ribery pulling the strings and carving out the hosts’ best chances from the midfield.

CSKA Moscow 2 – Besiktas 1 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) CSKA’s budding superstar Alan Dzagoev cracked home a stunning 25-yarder after just seven minutes that flew into the roof of the net. On the hour mark CSKA doubled their lead through Milos Krasic, who burst down the inside right channel before firing a low shot through keeper Rustu Recber. Ismail Koybasi netted a 90th minute goal for the Black Eagles put it prove too little too late.

Porto 2 – Atletico Madrid 0 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After 75 goalless minutes, Porto finally broke through Atletico’s brittle defence as Radamel Falcao scored with a cheeky backheel after the Spaniards failed to clear their lines. Ronaldo had the simple job of bagging the second after Bruno Alves crashed a header which cannoned off the post.

Bordeaux 1 – Maccabi Haifa 0 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Israeli’s were bitterly unlucky not to claim something from a game that they dominated in parts, Mickael Ciani heading in the only goal of the game seven minutes from time for Laurent Blanc’s men.


NEC 1 – FC Utrecht 1 (Eredivisie, September 30, 2009) Utrecht were on target to achieve just that when Jacob Lensky netted the opener after 33 minutes. NEC fought back to rescue a point through Erton Fejzullahu’s 66th-minute effort.


Cienciano 0 – San Lorenzo 2 (Agg. 0-5) (Copa Sudamericana, September 30, 2009) Cienciano, champions in 2003, were undone when unmarked Kily Gonzalez scored the winner in the 39th minute. The Peruvian team also let slip an opportunity at the Estadio Garcilaso de la Vega as Pablo Migliore saved a penalty by Juan Cavallo. Gonzalo Rovira made it 2-0 with six minutes to go.

Vitoria 1 – River Plate 1 (Agg. 2-5) (Copa Sudamericana, September 30, 2009) Fourty-one minutes into the second half, Vitoria took the lead thanks to an Elkeson goal, but Jorge Cordoba levelled the game in added-time.

Emelec 2 – Botafogo 1 (Agg. 2-3) (Copa Sudamericana, September 30, 2009) Andre Lima gave visitors Botafogo an early lead in the fifth minute with a header. However, Emelec defender Carlos Quinonez equalised seven minutes into the second half after a combined play with Franco Mendoza. Jose Luis Quinonez gave Emelec a vain victory as he headed a Juan Pablo Raponi cross at the 57th.

Univ de Chile 1 – Internacional 0 (Agg. 2-1) (Copa Sudamericana, September 30, 2009) The Chileans celebrated victory against their Brazilian opponents thanks to a 37th minute header by Juan Manuel Olivera after a Walter Montillo free-kick.


Nautico 1 – Sao Paulo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, September 30, 2009) A pulsating match with five red cards and an 88th minute winner from Hugo.


Argentina 2 – Ghana 0 (International friendly, September 30, 2009) A Martin Palermo brace saw an under-strength Argentina see off an under-strength Ghana side and give Diego Maradona a boost before the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Colombia 2 – Mexico 1 (International friendly, September 30, 2009) Giovanni Moreno headed home the opener for the home side, Darwin Quintero sealed the win before Paul Aguilar got a late consolation for El Tri.


Australia 0 – Costa Rica 3 (Under-20 World Cup, September 29, 2009) Australia conceded to Costa Rica ten minutes before the break, a quick free-kick was played into Diego Madrigal on the edge of the box and the forward fired a shot into the top corner to score. The Aussie’s had Tahj Minnecon sent off on the hour, before a late own goal from Luke Devere and an even later third from David Guzman sealed Costa Rica’s win.

Hungary 4 – South Africa 0 (Under-20 World Cup, September 29, 2009) Zsolt Korcsmar scored the opening goal just after half-time and then Vladimir Koman converted a penalty following a foul in the area by Collen Zulu. Andras Debreceni added a third before Adam Presinger curler home a free-kick in injury time.

Brazil 0 – Czech Republic 0 (Under-20 World Cup, September 29, 2009)


Pohang Steelers 4 – Bunyodkor 1 (Agg. 5-4) (AFC Champions League, September 30, 2009) Disaster for former Chelsea boss Felipe Scolari as his Bunyodkor side capitulated in the second leg of their quarter-final clash. Kim Jae-Sung fired the hosts ahead early in the second half before a Denilson double put the Koreans in the driving seat. A last-gasp Victor Karpenko goal pushed the match into extra time, where 12 minutes in Macedonian striker Stevica Ristic headed the final goal of the game to send Pohang wild with delight.

Nagoya Grampus Eight 3 – Kawasaki Frontale 1 (Agg. 4-3) (AFC Champions League, September 30, 2009) Nagoya started strongly with Yoshizumi Ogawa and Yoshida Maya putting them up 2-up after 35 minutes. North Korean international Chong Tese hit back three minutes later with a valuable away goal for Kawasaki, but just before the 90 minutes were up Aussie forward Josh Kennedy grabbed an 88th minute for Nagoya to put them in the semis.

FC Seoul 1 – Umm Salal 1 (Agg. 3-4) (AFC Champions League, September 30, 2009) The Qataris opened the scoring early in the first half through Ben Askar Aziz but Dejan Damjanovic equalised soon after to ensure a nervy encounter.


Houston Dynamo 0 – Pachuca 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 30, 2009)

DC United 5 – San Juan Jabloteh 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 30, 2009)

Pumas 2 – W. Connection 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 30, 2009)