VIDEO: Honours-even between Villa & Spurs; Rooney hits trips & Giggs hits 100 as United win at Pompey; Man City continue their draw funk with Hull; West Ham beat Burnley 5-3

Aston Villa 1 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Villa opened after a tenth minute corner was hit to the near post where Habib Beye glanced the ball into the six-yard box and Gabby Agbonlahor picked up the crumbs to slot the ball into the net. Spurs levelled 13 minutes from time when a Tottenham attack was only partially cleared by the Villains and Michael Dawson cracked home a rocket that Brad Freidel had no chance of saving.

Portsmouth 1 – Manchester United 4 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) (Extended highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Avram Grant’s start to life as the new Pompey manager started badly as, after the hosts had peppered the United goal early doors, Wayne Rooney slotted home a 25th minute penalty to fire Fergie’s boys into the lead. The South Coasters though won their own (soft?) penalty on the half hour for a push in the box and Kevin Prince Boateng dusted off the memories of Stoke to slot in the equaliser. United regained the lead early in second half when Fletcher picked out Giggs over the top who in turn fed Wayne Rooney for his brace. Giggs, 36 on Sunday, then won United’s second penalty of the game to allow Wayne Rooney to claim his hat-trick. Ryan Giggs capped a wonderful performance by netting his 100th Premier League goal with a sweetly struck free-kick.

Manchester City 1 – Hull 1 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) City produced yet another sub-standard performance against Hull in the first half, but the Citizens stole the lead in injury time when a Shaun Wright-Phillips shot from distance took a deflection en route to goal. City had to settle for a seventh successive draw though when Kolo Toure hauled back Hesselink to gift the Tigers a penalty, Jimmy Bullard did the business from the spot – before all of his team-mates sat down to receive a Brown-style ticking off in a real comedy moment.

West Ham 5 – Burnley 3 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The Clarets were stung on 18 minutes when Parker’s quick free kick caught the backline napping, and Jack Collison was able to beat Jensen. Junior Stanislas a made it two after the half hour, tucking a shot in-off the left post and Carlton Cole closed out the first half (highlights here) with a third from the spot. Guillermo Franco and Luis Jimenez added to the tally before Steven Fletcher grabbed a double, Steven Caldwell was sent off and Chris Eagles scored. (Second half highlights here.)

Fulham 1 – Bolton 1 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) German striker Ivan Klasnic put the Trotters ahead with a shot on the turn in the 35th minute. Gary Megson’s men then soaked up an almighty Fulham assault and eventually the Cottagers’ pressure paid off as Damien Duff popped up to level 15 minutes from time.

Wigan 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) Wigan bounced back from their White Hart Lane hammering by grabbing a 1-0 win over Sunderland thanks to a Hugo Rodallega strike 15 minutes from time.

Blackburn 0 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) Stoke continue to pick up points away and will be the happier with the result following a game that saw chances for both sides.


Scunthorpe 1 – Leicester 1 (Championship, November 28, 2009) Leicester took three minutes before scoring at Scunthorpe as Martin Waghorn latched onto a long ball to outpace the home defence and strike in the opener. But deep into stoppage time, Martyn Woolford struck to grab a point for the home side with a shot from the edge of the Foxes’ box.


Northwich Victoria 1 – Lincoln 3 (FA Cup round two, November 28, 2009) The hosts fell behind to Chris Fagan’s superb volley. Matt Bailey equalised after the break with another shot on the turn but was then brushed off by Jaime Clarke who restored Lincoln’s lead. A clever through ball by Scott Kerr then set Clarke free once more and he slotted home to seal the win.

Northampton Town 2 – Southampton 3 (FA Cup round two, November 28, 2009) Ndiaye Papa Waigo and the impressive Adam Lallana got two goals in four minutes to put Saints into a comfortable interval lead, and when Dean Hammond added a third just before the hour it looked all over. But Northampton rallied, and Adebayo Akinfenwa and Ryan Gilligan put the hosts back in with a shout but in the end the Saints held on.

Gillingham 1 – Burton 0 (FA Cup round two, November 28, 2009) Gillingham beat Burton Albion 1-0 with Curtis Weston scoring the only goal in the 69th minute at the Priestfield Stadium.

Bournemouth 1 – Notts County 2 (FA Cup round two, November 28, 2009) Notts County came from behind to beat League Two leaders Bournemouth 2-1, with Lee Hughes and Craig Westcarr on the scoresheet in the second half after Brett Pitman had given the Cherries a first-half lead at Dean Court.

Wrexham 0 – Swindon 1 (FA Cup round two, November 28, 2009) Wrexham’s Christian Smith was shown a straight red for a wild lunge on Jonathan Douglas in the 52nd minute and the Robins capitalised 10 minutes from time through captain Gordon Greer’s header.


Celtic 3 – St. Mirren 1 (SPL, November 28, 2009) Scott McDonald and Georgios Samaras scored in quick succession to put the home side in command. Michael Higdon pulled one back for Saints just before the interval (first half highlights here) but McDonald restored Celtic’s two-goal advantage on 61 minutes.

Aberdeen 1 – Rangers 0 (SPL, November 28, 2009) After 19 minutes Dons’ winger Michael Paton turned Steven Whittaker inside out before whipping in a cross that Lee Miller fired the ball past the helpless Allan McGregor from close range. Mark Kerr saw red for the hosts on the hour, but even with the numerical advantage Rangers failed to find an equaliser.


Sevilla 2 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, November 28, 2009) Malaga, who moved out of the bottom three on goal difference, had Albert Luque sent off in just the 11th minute, but took the lead 11 minutes later through Fernando, and former Sevilla midfielder Duda doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime. Brazil forward Fabiano made up for heading against the post in the first half as he pulled a goal back 13 minutes after the interval and then equalized in the 72nd minute to take his tally to seven in nine games.

Valencia 1 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, November 28, 2009) Serial-goalscorer David Villa looked to have given Los Che the point when he netted midway through the second half, but a late penalty from Borja Valero earned the Islanders a point.

Sporting Gijon 1 – Villarreal 0 (La Liga, November 28, 2009) A second half rebound from Mate Bilic that followed up a penalty proved the difference as Sporting downed Villarreal by the slightest of margins. The hosts were awarded a second penalty in the 87th minute after an Eguren foul on Bilic inside the box, which the Croatian striker could not take advantage of as Lopez saved his effort.


Genoa 3 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, November 28, 2009) Two of the hosts’ goals came from the penalty spot as Omar Milanetto opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Raffaele Palladino added the third in identical fashion in the 75th minute. The penalties were either side of Marco Rossi’s second-half strike which effectively secured victory for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, despite Giuseppe Biava being shown the first red card on the stroke of half-time for a second bookable offence.

Udinese 2 – Livorno 0 (Serie A, November 28, 2009) A spectacular 30-yard free-kick from the evergreen Antonio Di Natale that ripped into the top corner saw Udinese take the lead against Livorno. The Zebrette doubled their lead through Antonio Floro Flores’ well directed header from a fine left-wing cross.


Monchengladbach 1 – Schalke 0 (Bundesliga, November 28, 2009) Gladbach took a 5th minute lead against Schalke when a long ball was superbly plucked out the air before Marco Reus had the simple job of finding the net from 7-yards.

Werder Bremen 2 – Wolfsburg 2 (Bundesliga, November 28, 2009) Wolfsburg’s fantastic Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko broke the deadlock just before the interval at Werder with an outstanding solo goal in which he danced around the home defence before firing in the far corner. Bremen, second at the start of play, equalised just after the hour through Hugo Almeida after the Wolves had failed to clear a corner. Edin Dzeko restored the lead five minutes before the end with his second of the contest, only for Werder to grab an equaliser in the closing seconds when Per Mertesacker popped up with a goal to send them above Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference.

Mainz  1 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga, November 28, 2009) Hamburg made a lightning start against Mainz as Tunay Torun scored after three minutes following a long punt upfield. Tim Hoogland earned Mainz a point with an equaliser six minutes from time.

Hoffenheim 1 – Borussia Dortmund 2 (Bundesliga, November 28, 2009) Hoffenheim lost the ball in their own half after just three minutes of the match, and after Dortmund put together a couple passes Jakub Blaszczykowski fired the visitors in the lead. The Village Team drew level minutes after the break as Demba Ba powerfully headed home a corner. Nuri Sahin grabbed the winner for Dortmund from the penalty spot 11 minutes from time.

Nurnberg 0 – Freiburg 1 (Bundesliga, November 28, 2009) A 12th minute tap-in from Stefan Reisinger following a corner put Freiburg ahead away at Nurnberg.

Hertha Berlin 1 – Eintracht Frankfurt 3 (Bundesliga, November 28, 2009) Hertha conceded after 11 minutes at home to Frankfurt, a fabulous pass over the top picked out the run of full-back Patrick Ochs into the box and the number 2 coolly slotted the ball home. Two quick-fire goals from Maik Franz (70) and Alexander Meier (75) put the game beyond Hertha. Substitute Adrian Ramos grabbed a consolation for Hertha nine minutes from time, but the side still sit marooned at the bottom of the table.

Bochum 0 – Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, November 27, 2009) Cologne bounced back from their thrashing by Hoffenheim last weekend to earn a 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Bochum on Friday night, but the result will do little to ease the pressure on coach Zvonimir Soldo.


Lorient 2 – Grenoble 2 (Ligue 1, November 28, 2009) A Bostjan Cesar own goal had given the home side a 36th minute lead, but Grenoble turned the match on its head. Daisuke Matsui (62) and Jimmy Juan (70) both scored in the space of eight second-half minutes, leaving Lorient to scramble a point thanks to a last-gasp Kevin Gameiro goal.Lorient moved to within one point of top spot.

Lens 1 – Marseille 0 (Ligue 1, November 28, 2009) An injury-time Eduardo dos Santos goal gave RC Lens all three points in a 1-0 win over Marseille.

PSG 1 – Auxerre 0 (Ligue 1, November 28, 2009) Jeremy Clement’s second half header earned the Parisians all three points.

Toulouse 1 – Boulogne 0 (Ligue 1, November 28, 2009) Boulogne remained in the bottom three after Mohamed Fofana’s 28th minute header proved enough to secure a victory for Toulouse.

Sochaux 1 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, November 28, 2009) Nice sunk to 10th after losing 1-0 at Sochaux where Yassan Mikari also struck in the 28th minute, hitting a left-footed shot past David Ospina.

Lille 4 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, November 28, 2009) Valencienes could have climbed into the top four with three points at Lille, but they instead dropped to seventh after a 4-0 defeat. Pierre-Alain Frau (41), Gervinho (52 and 60) both scored before Yohan Cabaye completed the rout with an 86th minute penalty.


AZ Alkmaar 2 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, November 28, 2009) Goals from Jeremain Lens and Brett Holman earned AZ Alkmaar all three points at home to VVV Venlo to leave them fifth in the table.

Willem II 1 – FC Twente 3 (Eredivisie, November 28, 2009) Wout Brama gave Steve McClaren’s side the lead inside eight minutes but Christophe Gregoire levelled from the penalty spot on the quarter-hour. Miroslav Stoch, on loan from Chelsea, restored the Enschede side’s lead and Bryan Ruiz clinched the points in the second half as Twente moved two points clear of PSV Eindhoven.

Heerenveen 3 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, November 28, 2009) Viktor Elm scored twice before the hour mark to put the home side in control, but substitute Fred Benson gave RKC hope with 12 minutes remaining. Roy Beerens, though, ended any ideas that the visitors might have held about rescuing a point when he scored his side’s third on the stroke of full-time.

Heracles 3 – Roda 2 (Eredivisie, November 28, 2009) Everton gave the hosts a deserved 1-0 half-time lead and they appeared in control when Bas Dost and Willy Overtoom made it 3-0 with just over a quarter of an hour remaining. Mads Junker and Pa-Modou Kah cut the deficit to a single goal but the hosts clung on.


Sporting Lisbon 0 – Benfica 0 (Superliga, November 28, 2009) Sporting and Benfica shared the spoils in a scrappy Lisbon derby where chances and quality play were at a premium. Javier Saviola rattled the crossbar for the Eagles while Miguel Veloso went closest for the hosts with a long range effort which was well saved by Quim who made an acrobatic stop.


Fenerbahce 1 – Kasimpasa 3 (Turkish Super Lig, November 28, 2009) Arguably the worst piece of goalkeeping of the year saw Fener fall behind to Kasimpasa inside 46 seconds as home goalie Volkan Demirel dropped a bouncing ball under no pressure whatsoever to hand Gokhan Gulec the easiest goal of his career. Two minutes later Dani Guiza equalised with a low shot only for Kasimpasa to retake the lead early in the second half through Cenk Isler. Sahin Aygunes completed the win with nine minutes remaining.


AEK Athens 1 – PAOK Saloniki 0 (Greek Super League, November 28, 2009) Gustavo Manduca’s goal came in the 48th minute when he turned in a cross from Nacho Scocco, and he almost scored a second 16 minutes later when his blistering shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias.

Iraklis 0 – Ergotelis 2 (Greek Super League, November 28, 2009)


Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – Tavriya Symferopol 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, November 28, 2009) Having been thumped 3-nil by arch-rivals Dynamo Kiev last time out, Shakhtar wasted little time moving ahead against Tavriya as Adriano was freed through the middle and the Brazilian found the net with a calm finish. A simple tap-in from Ilsinho midway through the second half double Donetsk’s advantage. A third from Adriano five minutes from time sealed the comfortable win for Shakhtar.

Zakarpattia 3 – Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, November 28, 2009)


Red Star Belgrade 1 – Partizan Belgrade 2 (Serbian Super League, November 28, 2009) Partizan outplayed league leaders Red Star despite being reduced to 10 men for most of the second half. They cut the deficit in the league table to one point after Brazilian striker Cleo, who became the first player in 20 years to move between the two Belgrade sides during the close season, scored a spectacular winner. Cleo curled in a superb shot from 20-yards after a Srdjan Knezevic own goal had cancelled out Lamine Diarra’s early opener for Partizan.


Cracovia Krakow 3 – Piast Gliwice 2 (Ekstraklasa, November 28, 2009) It may have only been a consolation by fulltime, but Przemyslaw Ludzinski scored a stunning first time shot in the 13 minute which had momentarily seen parity between the sides.


Esbjerg 1 – Aalborg BK 1 (SAS Ligaen, November 28, 2009)


Kashima Antlers 5 – Gamba Osaka 1 (J-League, November 28, 2009) Shinzo Koroki scored twice as leaders Kashima Antlers hammered 10-man Gamba Osaka 5-1 on Saturday to move within touching distance of an unprecedented third consecutive J-League championship crown.

Omiya Ardija 1 – Kashiwa Reysol 1 (J-League, November 28, 2009) Kashiwa were relegated after their draw with Omiya Ardija.

Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 – Yamagata 0 (J-League, November 28, 2009) A goal in each half from Yoshizumi Ogawa and Rafael Magnum earned Nagoya the three points.

Kyoto Sanga 1 – Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (J-League, November 28, 2009)


Melbourne Victory 4 – Gold Coast United 0 (A-League, November 28, 2009) Gold Coast was missing most of its first-choice defence through either injury or suspension and Melbourne took full advantage with cracking goals from both Robbie Kruse and Nick Ward in the first half, followed up by a brace from Archie Thompson early in the second half.


River Plate 1 – Estudiantes 1 (Apertura, November 28, 2009)

Chacarita Juniors 2 – Godoy Cruz 1 (Apertura, November 28, 2009)