VIDEO: Liverpool do enough to knock Leeds out the Carling Cup; Arsenal too strong for 10-man Baggies; Messi & Zlatan score (again) in Barca win; Sevilla sink Mallorca

Leeds 0 – Liverpool 1 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) Liverpool struggled early doors at Leeds but as they first half (highlights here) wore on the Merseysiders began to assert their authority. Midway through the second half the Reds struck, David Ngog controlled Mascherano’s mis-hit shot and the striker spun and fired home from 10-yards out. (The post-match interview with Rafa Benitez can be seen here.)

Arsenal 2 – West Brom 0 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) (Alternative highlights here.) The Baggies were severely hampered by having to play the final hour with 10 men after Jerome Thomas’s sending off. Arsenal initially struggled to make their numerical advantage tell, but once Sachez Watt had opened the scoring after 68 minutes West Brom were up against it and substitute Carlos Vela tapped in the winner eight minutes later.

Stoke 4 – Blackpool 3 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) The Championship side took a two-goal lead either side of halt-time through David Vaughan and Billy Clarke. Stoke hit back with three goals in five minutes from Danny Higginbotham, Matt Etherington and Ricardo Fuller only for Ben Burgess to equalise a minute later. With the game heading into extra time Andy Griffin was the unlikely hero in the 96th minute of an enthralling encounter.

Barnsley 3 – Burnley 2 (Carling Cup, September 22, 2009) Steven Fletcher fired the Clarets ahead in the 21st minute, Jon Macken levelled after Iain Hume hit the post less than a minute after going behind. Anderson de Silva then put the hosts in front scoring in first half injury time. Chris Eagles, netting his first of the season, equalised for the Clarets seven minutes into the second half, but Hugo Colace headed home the winner after a fine ball from De Silva as the Premier League boys were dumped out the cup.

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Racing Santander 1 – Barcelona 4 (La Liga, September 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Zlatan’s superb start to life at Barca continued in Santander as the Swede headed home the opener after 20 minutes. Three minutes later Leo Messi opened up the smallest gap in the home defence which was enough to guide a curler into the far corner. Gerard Pique completed a devastating seven minute spell for Barca notching number three from a corner. Just after the hour mark Leo Messi scored a spellbindingly good goal, drifting in from the left before cracking a beauty into the top corner. A solo stunner from Serrano gave the home fans something to smile about.

Sevilla 2 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, September 22, 2009) Sevilla took a 16th minute lead against Mallorca, a Renato corner was swung in from the right and after Escuade had headed the ball goalwards Sebastien Squillaci steered a header past Aouate in the Islanders’ goal. The hosts doubled their lead midway through the half as young Argentine forward Diego Perotti headed in number two from a yard out after Navas had dinked a cute ball to the back post.

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Bayern Munich 5 – Oberhausen 0 (DFB Pokal, September 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Bayern needed 32 minutes to break the deadlock with Oberhausen, Philip Lahm seeing his right wing cross deflect off of defender Daniel Embers into his own near post. From right-back, Lahm also orchestrated the second goal in the 41st minute, the defender racing into the box with Mario Gomez benefitting with a simple header on the line. Bayern pressed home their advantage in the latter stages, Daniel van Buyten continued his rich goalscoring purple patch adding number three before upstart Thomas Muller chalked up the fourth just three minutes later. Daniel van Buyten (four goals in three games) closed out the match with a fifth.

Bochum 0 – Schalke 3 (DFB Pokal, September 22, 2009) An early near post header from Heiko Westermann put Schalke in the lead against Bochum. Ten minutes into the second half the visitors broke down the right hand side and when the ball made it into the box Halil Altintop slotted home number two. A disappointing own goal from Christian Fuchs 15 minutes from time sealed Bochum’s fate.

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AZ Alkmaar 2 – Jong Ajax 0 (AET) (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009) Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar needed extra time to get past Jong Ajax, Moussa Dembele’s quickfire double at the start of the added period secured a 2-0 win.

Heracles 1 – RKC Waalwijk 0 (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009) Heracles narrowly escaped with victory against league strugglers RKC with Kwame Quansah netting the crucial winner.

Vitesse 5 – Top Oss 2 (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009) Nicky Hofs scored a hattrick before the break, while Rogier Molhoek and Claudemir scored for the Arnhem side as well. The guests pegged two back after falling 4-0 behind, but never looked like seriously threatening Vitesse and had to setle for a loss.

Telstar Ijmuiden 1 – Haarlem 3 (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009)

Haaglandia/Winston 6 – Excelsior Rotterdam 6* (Pens. 6-7) (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009)

FC Eindhoven 2 – NEC 3 (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009) NEC picked up a 2-goal lead via Bjorn Vleminckx and Moustafa El Kabir, but the hosts fought back and managed to level the score. However, once again Vleminckx decided the match with a somewhat controversial goal in the dying minutes of the game.

FC Volendam 1 – Sparta 2 (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009) Erik Falkenburg gifted the Rotterdam side the lead, but Volendam star Melvin Platje levelled the score after 85 minutes of play. Substitute Lerin Duarte shot Sparta to the next round though in the dying minutes of over-time.

LRC Leerdam 1 – RBC Roosendaal 5 (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009)

AFC 34 1 – Emmen 6 (KNVB Beker, September 22, 2009)

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Sint-Truiden 2 – Racing Genk 4 (Jupiler League, September 22, 2009) The league leaderswere blown out the water by Genk, who went ahead with a goal from Marvin Ogunjimi in the 6th minute. Elianiv Barda made it two before Thomas Buffel put the visitors 3-up by the half hour. Sint-Truiden did fight back in the second half with goals from Vincent Euvrard and Alex da Silva, but Moussa Koita ended the home side’s hopes with six minutes to go.

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Ascoli 1 Cesena 1 (Serie B, September 22, 2009)

Torino 0 – Padova 1 (Serie B, September 22, 2009)

Gallipoli 1 – Ancona 0 (Serie B, September 22, 2009)

Triestina 1 – Lecce 4 (Serie B, September 22, 2009)

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Start Kristiansand 1 – Viking 1 (Tippeligaen, September 21, 2009)

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River Plate 4 – Vitoria 1 (Copa Sudamericana, September 22, 2009) Jorge Cordoba claimed a brace for the Argentinean giants, Wallace pulled one back for the home side but further goals from Andresinho (fine run and chip) and Jorge Rodriguez secured a comfortable first leg win.

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Isidro Metapan 0 – Pachuca 4 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 22, 2009) Pachuca scored twice on either side of halftime, Ulises Mendivil netting a brace.

Houston Dynamo 5 – Arabe Unido 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 22, 2009) A late Ulises Mendivil double put the icing on the cake for Houston.

Puerto Rico Islanders 1 – Saprissa 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 22, 2009)


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