Liverpool 1 – Lyon 2 (Champions League, October 20, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a tense opening 40 minutes in which Steven Gerrard was forced off injured and lone striker David Ngog missed a couple of chances, Yossi Benayoun scored in front of the Kop to put Liverpool ahead of Lyon. (First half highlights here.) Having failed to put the game to bed Liverpool were hit with a sucker punch in the 72nd minute as after Toulalan and Govou were denied by Riena, Maxime Gonalons eventually headed in from the third attempt. As the game moved into injury time, after Benitez was booed for withdrawing Benayoun, Lyon netted their winner as Chelito Delgado met a cross at the backpost.
AZ Alkmaar 1 – Arsenal 1 (Champions League, October 20, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Ten minutes before the break Arsenal scored against AZ, a pacey attack started with Arshavin and continued by Van Persie was slotted home by captain Cesc Fabregas. Just as it looked like Arsenal would return with the three points, Graziano Pelle flicked the ball into the Arsenal box where David Mendes Da Silva thumped a sizzling volley into the roof of the Gunners net deep into injury time.
Rangers 1 – Unirea Urziceni 4 (Champions League, October 20, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Rangers came flying out the traps at Ibrox against Romanians’ Unirea as a clever corner was converted by Pedro Mendes with the helpful aid of a deflection. The Scots were opened up on the half hour as an attack down the left was finished off by Marius Bilasco in the six yard box. Unirea took the lead after a short was flicked on by Bruno Fernandes and poor Kyle Lafferty deflected the ball into his own net. And Just before the hour Rangers had scored their second own goal of the night as Lee McCulloch headed a free-kick into his own net. The home fans were sent flooding out the ground in the 65th minute as Rangers conceded a fourth, Pablo Brandan seeing his free-kick take yet another deflection as the Scots fell to pieces.
Barcelona 1 – Rubin Kazan 2 (Champions League, October 20, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)Â Russian league leaders Rubin Kazan silenced the Nou Camp after just two minutes as Aleksandr Ryazantsev rattled off a 25-yard stunner that beat Valdes for both power and accuracy. Barca levelled sixty seconds into the second half as a delightful Xavi pass was chested down by Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the Swede fired an arrow into the far bottom corner. Against the odds Kazan retook the lead with 17 minutes on the clock as Gokdeniz Karadeniz finished expertly after running through one-on-one with the keeper.
Debrecen 3 – Fiorentina 4 (Champions League, October 20, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Fiorentina conceded after just two minutes in Hungary as Debrecen’s Peter Czvitkovics scored from close range. The Italians were soon level, Adrian Mutu connecting with a volley to level for the Viola. And by the 10th minute Fiorentina were ahead as Antonio Gilardino tucked home from Mutu’s neat pass in the box. By the 20th minute Debrecen were 2-down, the Gilardino-Mutu partnership working brilliantly once more as the Romanian bagged his second of the match. An unbelievable match then took another twist in the 28th minute as Gergely Rudolf pulled a goal back for the hosts with a stunning curler into the far top corner. But Fiorentina scored a fourth soon after as Santana found the net after yet another free-flowing Viola attack. Adamo Coulibaly’s late header proved mere consolation for the Hungarians.
Inter Milan 2 – Dynamo Kiev 2 (Champions League, October 20, 2009) Dynamo Kiev stunned Inter Milan by taking the lead from a set-play, Mourinho’s men failed to cut out the initial cross and Tamas Mikhalik was able to steer the ball into the near post. Inter levelled when man-of-the-moment Dejan Stankovic finished off a counter-attack, only for Kiev to retake the lead through a powerful Lucio header as the defender tried to cut out a corner. Inter equalised at the start of the second half as Walter Samuel directed home a fine header from a corner.
Stuttgart 1 – Sevilla 3 (Champions League, October 20, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Frenchman Sebastien Squillaci met a cross into the Stuttgart box following a short corner routine to fire Sevilla into a 24th minute lead, and ten minutes into the second half Jesus Navas bagged the second after awful defending from the Germans. With 20 minutes remaining Squillaci headed in his second of the game to kill the match as a contest, only for Stuttgart’s Elson to net the goal of the game with a wonderful curling free-kick.
Olympiakos 2 – Standard Liege 1 (Champions League, October 20, 2009) Standard striker Igor De Camargo slipped the Belgians into the lead at Olympiakos just after the half hour, but the Greeks levelled before the break as Konstantinos Mitroglou looped in a header from a set-play. The Greeks won the match in injury time as Ieroklis Stoltidis slipped in the winner.
Leicester 2 – Crystal Palace 0 (Championship, October 20, 2009) Paul Gallagher opened the scoring with a rebound from a Matty Fryatt penalty before clipping in a delightful second from 30 yards.
Ajax reserves 1 – PSV reserves 3 (Dutch reserve league, October 19, 2009) PSV came back late on from one-down in front of 23,000 fans in the Amsterdam Arena. Jeffrey Sarpong had slid Ajax into the lead but goals from Lars Hutten, Jagos Vukovic and Stef Nijland won the man for the side from Eindhoven. The other big story surrounding this match was that Timothee Atouba came an hour late to further sour his reputation with the Amsterdammers.
Velez Sarsfield 1 – LDU de Quito 1 (Copa Sudamericana, October 20, 2009) Hernan Lopez’s early header for Velez was matched by Claudio Bieler’s strike just after the break.
Puerto Rico Islanders 1 – Columbus Crew 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 20, 2009) Venezuelan forward Emilio Renteria scored the equaliser 15 minutes from time for Columbus after Noah Delgado opened the scoring for the Islanders in the 33rd minute.
Toluca 1 – DC United 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 20, 2009) Israel Lopezâ€™s 62nd minute penalty lifted Toluca to a draw with DC United after Chris Pontius scored for MLS outfit in the fifth minute.
Saprissa 1 – Cruz Azul 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 20, 2009) Ramon Nunez and Pablo Zeballos scored late goals to give Cruz Azul a 2-1 win in Group C. Kendall Watson opened the scoring in the 40th minute for Saprissa.