VIDEO: Liverpool on the brink after Lyon draw; Arsenal cruise past AZ; Inter late show downs Kiev; Rangers draw with Unirea; Barca draw

Lyon 1 – Liverpool 1 (Champions League, November 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In a bright opening at the Stade Gerland, Michel Bastos tested Reina after three minutes while Fernando Torres hit the target after 11 minutes for the Reds. Dirk Kuyt was the next Liverpool player to force a smart save from Lloris, and Kuyt then missed a golden opportunity when one-on-one with the home keeper. (First half highlights here.) A brilliant save from Hugo Lloris denied Lucas, while Kuyt missed with an overhead-kick in the aftermath. But seven minutes from time the home crowd fell silent as sub Ryan Babel smacked an unstoppable 20-yarder past Lloris to send the Liverpudlians wild. A minute from time, after Torres had been withdrawn by Benitez, Liverpool’s dreams were shattered as Lisandro Lopez equalised after a mistake in the Merseysiders’ defence gifted the hosts a leveller.

Arsenal 4 – AZ Alkmaar 1 (Champions League, November 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) The Gunners took a 25th minutes lead against AZ Alkmaar as Cesc Fabregas cut inside onto his right foot and shot through the defender’s legs to beat Sergio Romero at his near post. A fantastic finish from returning Samir Nasri put the Gunners 2-up, Arshavin threaded a pass through to the Frenchman who weaved his way past two defenders to score. The game was over in the 53rd minutes AZ lost possession cheaply in their own half, Arshavin fed Cesc Fabregas and the captain slid home the third. Abou Diaby added a fourth after a lightning counter-attack from the the north Londoners. Jeremain Lens grabbed a late goal on the counter-attack to put the Dutch on the scoresheet.

Dynamo Kiev 1 – Inter Milan 2 (Champions League, November 4, 2009) In Kiev, Wesley Sneijder came within inches of giving Inter the lead with a fine shot on the angle. But it was the Ukrainians who struck first as Andriy Shevchenko saw a shot loop over Cesar for the opener. Just as it looked like Inter were in a world of trouble, Diego Milito grabbed an 86th minute equaliser and Inter’s man of the season so far, Wesley Sneijder, netted an incredible 90th minute winner.

Unirea Urziceni 1 – Rangers 1 (Champions League, November 4, 2009) Rangers looked to have secured their revenge from last week’s Romanian debacle when Lee McCulloch hit a speculative effort from 25-yards which bounced in front of the keeper and flew into the net. But Unirea proved resilient as winger Marius Onofras received a pass to the left of the box and hit a screamer past Allan McGregor.

Fiorentina 5 – Debrecen 2 (Champions League, November 4, 2009) Adrian Mutu fired Fiorentina into an early lead over Debrecen with an all-too-simple header after 15 minutes. The Hungarians pulled themselves level in the 38th minute as Gergely Rudolf latched onto a left wing cross to equalise. A brave header from Dario Dainelli put the Viola back into the lead at the start of the second half, before Riccardo Montolivo and Marco Marchionni put the Italians in firm control of the match. Adamo Coulibaly scored a second for the visitors before Alberto Gilardino added a fifth for the hosts.

Sevilla 1- Stuttgart 1 (Champions League, November 4, 2009) An incisive Sevilla attack against Stuttgart saw Jesus Navas slot the Spaniards into the lead. Zdravko Kuzmanovic earned the Germans a point with a leveller 12 minutes from time.

Rubin Kazan 0 – Barcelona 0 (Champions League, November 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Barca flew out the traps in Kazan with Zlatan latching onto to a Xavi through ball and hitting the outside of the post. Quarter of an hour later, Xavi turned to lose a defender and attempted to beat the keeper with an audacious lob from 20 yards out, which narrowly flew over the bar. Later Messi went close just dragging his shot wide. (First half highlights here.)

Standard Liege 2 – Olympiakos 0 (Champions League, November 4, 2009) Standard striker Dieumerci Mbokani put the Belgians in the lead against Olympiakos on the half hour. Milan Jovanovic added the gloss with a second at the death.


West Ham 2 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, November 4, 2009) Mark Noble had put the struggling home side in front from the penalty spot in first half injury time. Robert Green then saved Ashley Young’s 49th minute spot-kick before the Villa winger atoned for his error with a curling 25-yard equaliser two minutes later into the far top corner. Substitute Zavon Hines scored an injury-time winner to lift the struggling Hammers out of the bottom three.


Gremio 1 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 4, 2009) Gremio went in front after 25 minutes when defender Rafael Marques headed in a free kick from Douglas Costa but seven minutes later a shot by Dagoberto took a deflection off Marques and went in for the equaliser. Sao Paulo had three players sent off in the final 15 minutes but hung on for a point.


Botafogo 1 – Cerro Porteno 3 (Agg. 2-5) (Copa Sudamericana, November 4, 2009) The Paraguayans stole in front 11 minutes after the interval, when Jorge Nunez’s header beat Jefferson. Andre Lima equalised in the 73rd minute but Alessandro left Botafogo down to 10 men two minutes later when he was sent off for a heavy challenge on Luis Cardozo. Botafogo needed to score to take the tie to penalties, but Julio Irrazabal increased Cerro’s aggregate lead to 4-2 with three minutes remaining. In stoppage-time, Luis Caceres finished another counter-attack to consolidate the victory for Cerro.

San Lorenzo 0 – River Plate 1* (Agg. 1-1) (Pens. 6-7) (Copa Sudamericana, November 4, 2009) San Lorenzo fell behind 46 seconds into the second half when Richard Porta profited from Kily Gonzalez’s mistake and beat Pablo Migliore with a left-footed shot. In the shoot-out, the first four misses did not prove decisive but the fifth did, as Pablo Pintos saw his effort saved by River goalkeeper Luciano Dos Santos.


Chile 2 – Paraguay 1 (International friendly, November 4, 2009)