VIDEO: Spurs win leaves Liverpool playing catch-up; Wayne Rooney header sinks sprightly Birmingham; PSV edge Ajax in a 7-goal thriller

Tottenham 2 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2009) (MOTD highlights ), Robbie Keane twice missing against his former employers, and minutes before the break the pressure paid off as Benoit Assou-Ekotto cracked home a terrific left-footed effort from a wayward Huddlestone free-kick. Glen Johnson showed his talent ten minutes into the second half winning a penalty after a weaving run into the box and, with the crowd bellowing “you’re supposed to be in jail!,” Steven Gerrard smacked home the equaliser from the spot. Just three minutes later Spurs went back in front as debutant Sebastien Bassong headed home a Modric dead-ball.

Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong’s post match interview can be seen , while Rafa Benitez’s interview can be seen .

Manchester United 1 – Birmingham 0 (Premier League, August 16, 2009) (Longer highlights and MOTD highlights .)? Wayne Rooney followed up his own header onto the post to fire United ahead of Birmingham in the 34th minute. (First half highlights , second half highlights .)

Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview can be seen , and Alex McLeish’s thoughts can be seen .

Nottingham Forest 0 – West Brom 1 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Roberto Di Matteo got his first league win as West Brom manager courtesy of an own goal from Chris Cohen and a missed penalty by home substitute Robert Earnshaw at the City Ground.

Plymouth 1 – QPR 1 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Heidar Helguson’s first-half header looked like being enough to give Rangers boss Jim Magilton the first three-point haul of his reign, but Jamie Mackie capped a late period of pressure from the hosts with a dramatic leveller.

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Tranmere 4 – Gillingham 2 (League One, August 15, 2009)


Rangers 4 – Falkirk 1 (SPL, August 15, 2009) A terrific opener from Lee McCulloch was cancelled out by Carl Finnigan. Rangers then took control with a double from Kenny Miller and a late strike from Steven Naismith to ensure there would be no shocks on the opening day.


Athletic Bilbao 1 – Barcelona 2 (Supercup first leg, August 16, 2009) Oscar de Marcos put Bilbao into the lead with a shot that deflected off Puyol and past Valdes. The? Champions League? holders hit back? first through? Xavi and then grabbed the winner with a fine effort from Pedro Rodriguez.


Sampdoria 6 – Lecce 2 (Coppa Italia, August 16, 2009) Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano both netted a brace in the win.

Napoli 3 – Salernitana 0 (Coppa Italia, August 16, 2009) Christian Maggio scored a 29th-minute opener before Ezequiel Lavezzi put the hosts firmly in charge two minutes before the break. Austrian striker Erwin Hoffer then killed off any hope of a Salernitana comeback with his first goal for Napoli seven minutes from time.


Monchengladbach 2 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2009) Roel Brouwers put Gladbach ahead against the run of play with a 23rd minute header before Karim Matmour added a second in the 52nd. Gojko Kacar reduced the arrears immediately but Gladbach held on for their first win of the season.

Schalke 3 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2009) Teenage midfielder Christoph Moritz began a miserable evening for Bochum with the first goal six minutes before the break and Felix Magath’s side doubled their advantage within a minute of the restart, Heiko Westermann burying a right-footed shot. Peruvian international Jefferson Farfan then added to the tally on the counterattack 14 minutes from time.


Marseille 1 – Lille 0 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2009) A storming first header from Brandao prove enough for OM.

Nice 1 – Rennes 1 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2009) Chaouki Ben Saada had put Nice in front in the 43rd minute with a stunning individual goal but Asamoah Gyan equalised from the spot to maintain Rennes’ unbeaten start to the season.

Boulogne 2 – Grenoble 1 (Ligue 1, August 16, 2009) Gregory Thil opened the scoring on 33 minutes and the striker doubled the advantage five minutes later. Grenoble pulled one back through former Serbia striker Danijel Ljuboja two minutes into the second half.


PSV 4 – Ajax 3 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009) A horrendous mistake from the PSV keeper allowed Luis Suarez to steal in and net Ajax the opener, but the Eindhovers levelled through Balazs Dzsudzsak’s unstoppable bullet of a free-kick in the 38th minute. Within sixty second though Ajax’s retook the lead through Luis Suarez. In the second half Otman Bakkal pulled PSV level and the hosts the moved ahead when Dzsudzsak fooled everyone by angling a free-kick into the far top corner. A pulsating match then took another twist as Urby Emanuelson wellied in a 58th minute equaliser from the Amsterdammers, but midway through the second period Bakkal crashed home the seventh and final goal of the game to give PSV victory.

FC Utrecht 2 – VVV Venlo 2 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009) VVV Venlo struck after three minutes at Utrecht, Keisuke Honda lead the counter-attack before slipping in Sandro Calabro for the opener. Utrecht turned the match around with a goal in each half from highly-rated youngster Dries Mertens but VVV once again showed their superb battling spirit to level through an explosive 30-yard rocket from, who else, but Japanese superstar Keisuke “the new Naka” Honda.

Heracles 0 – Feyenoord 1 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009) Danish international Jon Dahl Tomasson, who had missed a huge chance just minutes before, was set up by quick winger Andwele Slory and Tomasson slotted home from close range.

Roda 1 – NEC Nijmegen 0 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009) NEC goalie Gabor Babos was unable to hold on to Willem Janssen?€™s shot and Mads Junker tapped the rebound in the empty net with ease.

FC Groningen 1 – NAC Breda 2 (Eredivisie, August 16, 2009)?  Edwin de Graaf opened the scoring in the 37th minute before Kees Kwakman added a second just after the interval, and NAC held on after Koen van de Laak had pulled one back for Groningen.


Pacos Ferreira 1 – FC Porto 1 (Superliga, August 16, 2009) Pacos led for much of the match through Ricardo?€™s 11th minute goal but a goal on his league debut for substitute Radamel Falcao earned the champions a point.

Benfica 1 – Maritimo 1 (Superliga, August 16, 2009)


Fenerbahce 3 – Sivasspor 0 (Super Lig, August 16, 2009) Colin Kazim-Richards opened for Fener, a howler from the Sivas keeper let Emre’s tame shot squirm into the net, and a super solo goal from Santos wrapped up a comfortable home win.


Amkar Perm 2 – Zenit St. Petersburg 4 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009) A quick-fire Martin Kushev brace (first and second) put Amkar in the ascendancy, but Igor Semshov and Igor Denisov managed to pull Zenit level at the break. After the interval Szabolcs Huszti, who had missed a first half penalty, put Zenit in front and Semshov claimed a second to add gloss on the result.

Tomsk 1 – Kuban Krasnodar 0 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009) A last minute goal from George Jokic handed Tomsk victory.

Lokomotiv Moscow 2 – CSKA Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009) Lokomotiv are currently living up to their steam-train stereotype, Dmitri Sychev proving the match-winner in the Moscow derby with a 90th minute winner.

Rubin Kazan 4 – Terek Grozny 0 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009) Alexander Bukharov hit a hat-trick for the hosts to add to an Alejandro Dominguez effort.

Khimki 1 – Krylya Sovietov Samara 3 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009)

Saturn 1 – Spartak Nalchik 0 (Russian Premier League, August 16, 2009)


IFK Gothenburg 2 – Helsingborg 2 (Allsvenskan, August 16, 2009) IFK were cruising after Sebastian Eriksso and Erik Lund scored two goals in two minutes midway through the first half. Congolese striker Rene Muzola Makondele netted for HIF at the start of the second half and Makondele then levelled the match 13 minutes from time.


Silkeborg 2 – Esbjerg 3 (SAS Ligaen, August 16, 2009) The visitors were in control from the start and took the lead in the first minute through Tim Janssen before Soren Rieks doubled their advantage in the 14th minute. Rajko Lekic pulled one back in the 58th minute, but Jesper Lange restored Esbjerg’s two-goal cushion seconds later. Substitute Kaimar Saag nabbed a late consolation for Silkeborg.

Randers FC 1 – Brondby IF 3 (SAS Ligaen, August 16, 2009) Michael Krohn-Delhi put the visitors ahead four minutes from the break before Soren Berg levelled matters in the 74th minute. But half-time substitute Peter Madsen restored Brondby’s lead a minute later and the result was sealed by Allan Jepsen’s own goal two minutes from time


Seattle Sounders 2 – LA Galaxy 0 (MLS, August 15, 2009) David Beckham was booed off the pitch after the former England captain was given a straight red card for a reckless tackle on the Sounders midfielder Peter Vagenas in the 17th minute. Steve Zakuani opened the scoring for Seattle in the 22nd minute while hotshot forward Fredy Montero added the second after the break to wrap up the points for the Sounders. Late on, both Tyrone Marshall and Eddie Lewis went for early baths for separate red card incidents.

Toronto FC 2 – DC United 0 (MLS, August 15, 2009)

New York Red Bulls 0 – Chivas USA 2 (MLS, August 15, 2009)

Columbus Crew 2 – FC Dallas 0 (MLS, August 15, 2009)


Sydney FC 1 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, August 16, 2009) (Longer highlights .) A controlled half-volley from substitute Mark Bridge maintained Sydney’s 100% start to the new season.

Wellington Phoenix 2 – Perth Glory 1 (A-League, August 16, 2009) A thunderous 30-yard free-kick from Leo Bertos proved decive as Wellington stole the points.


Omiya Ardija 1 – Jubilo Iwata 1 (J-League, August 16, 2009) An own goal earned Omiya Ardija a share of the spoils against Jubilo Iwata after Norihiro Nishi had opened the scoring for the visitors in the 26th minute.

Shimizu S-Pulse 1 – Albirex Niigata 1 (J-League, August 16, 2009) Shinji Okazaki put the hosts ahead in the 34th minute by heading home a Daisuke Ichikawa cross at the near post. Niigata levelled thanks to a fine strike from Marcio Richardes in the 77th minute.


Corinthians 2 – Atletico Mineiro 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 16, 2009)

Gremio 4 – Flamengo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 16, 2009) Jonas scored a pair of goals and defender Rever also got on the board for Gremio as the hosts moved up to seventh.

Fluminense 1 – Coritiba 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 16, 2009) Marcelinho Paraiba scored twice for Coritiba in the win at Flu.

Sport Recife 1 – Sao Paulo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 16, 2009) Washington put Sao Paulo ahead with a header in the 24th minute, and Sport midfielder Fabiano equalised with another header in the 84th. Hugogave Sao Paulo the win with a diving header in the match’s final play after a right-flank cross from Junior Cesar.

Goias 3 – Vitoria 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 16, 2009) Julio Cesar scored a 90th-minute winner at Serra Dourada stadium after Goias had erased a two-goal lead.

Atletico Paranaense 3 – Barueri 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 16, 2009)

Cruzeiro 0 – Santos 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 16, 2009)

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