Sunday, October 31, 2004 

Est. Amadora 6-2 Marco

In a fantastic 8 goal match, Estrela da Amadora crushed third placed Marco, with a hat-trick by Henrique. The game, played at spaces, under heavy rain, started with goals very early. Marco's first goal, resulted in a badly signaled penalty. In fact, the referee's exhibition, was very poor, hurting both team's performances. Estrela sentenced the game in the first half, and went to half-time leading 5-1. In the second half, the visitors took control of the game, but the home side easy playing was enough to control the result.

EST. AMADORA: Veiga: Quim Berto, Santamaria, Carlos, Zamorano; Jordão (Hugo Machado, 67'), Frederik (Pedro Simões, 57'), Verona (Semedo, 64'), Rui Borges; Rómulo, Henrique.

MARCO: Serrão; Bruno Ferraz, Fernandes (Pedro Pontes, 90'), Edgar, Albertino; Igor, Miguel, Vitinha (Leo, 34'), Didi (Dino, 74'); Rui Andrade, Hermes.

GOALS: 1-0, Henrique (4'); 1-1, Hermes (10'); 2-1, Rómulo (19'); 3-1, Rui Borges (32'); 4-1, Carlos (35'); 5-1, Henrique (45'); 6-1, Henrique (58'); 6-2, Didi (72')


Wisła Kraków 2-0 Legia Warszawa

WILSA: Majdan; Baszczyński, Kłos, Stolarczyk, Mijailovic; Gorawski (Kwiek, 59'), Szymkowiak, Cantoro, Zieńczuk; Frankowski (Kukiełka, 89'), Żurawski.

LÉGIA: Boruc; Szala, Jóźwiak (Dudek. 80'), Rzeźniczak, Kiełbowicz; Sokołowski II, Surma, Wróblewski (Włodarczyk, 43'); Sokołowski I (Kowalski, 66'), Smoliński; Saganowski.

GOALS: 1-0, Kłos (2'); 2-0, Żurawski (67', pen)


Vasas 4-1 Honvéd

VASAS: Posza; Molnár, Plókai, Tóth, Kollár (Kovrig, 14'); Rósa, Ködöböcz, Weitner (Szanyó, 46'), Schultz; Horváth, Ferenczi (Bardi, 86')

HONVÉD: Erdélyi; Vámosi, Budovinszky, Stamenic, Mészáros; Genito, (Csobánki, 56'), Lázár, Vadócz, Szili (Dancs 70');Vén (Dobos, 79'), Herczeg

GOALS: 0-1, Vén (43'); 1-1, Ferenczi (59'); 2-1, Horváth (63'); Schultz (77'); 3-1, Horváth (88')


Athletic 1-1 Barcelona

Barça coach Frank Rijkaard lost Juliano Belletti to injury just before the match, and was forced to hand Damiá Abella his Primera División debut. The 22 year old was straight into the thick of the action, supplying a looping centre that landed at the feet of Samuel Eto'o to slot past Dani Aranzubia with 12 minutes gone. But Athletic showed that they were not prepared to surrender and levelled three minutes later when Asier Del Horno’s throw-in was flicked on to Francisco Yeste, who scored with a stunning volley from a tight angle.

Gurpegi sent off
There was no let up from either side during the remainder of the game even if no goals were to follow. Deco and Xavi Hernández were both denied by the woodwork then Athletic lost Carlos Gurpegi to a second bookable offence with ten minutes to go.

ATHLETIC: Aranzubia; Iraola, Prieto, Murillo, Del Horno; Orbaiz, Gurpegui; Etxeberria (Felipe, 84'), Yeste, Ezquerro (Arriaga, 59'); Urzaiz (Azkorra, 73')

BARCELONA: Valdés; Damiá, Puyol, Oleguer, Van Bronckhorst; Márquez, Deco (Iniesta, 46'), Xabi; Giuly (Larsson, 61'), Eto'o Ronaldinho

GOALS: 0-1, Eto'o (11'); 1-1, Yeste (14')



Motherwell 2-3 Celtic

Sustitute Craig Beattie drove home the winner as Celtic beat a battling Motherwell side at Fir Park.


Botafogo 2-1 Cruzeiro

BOTAFOGO: Jefferson; Túlio, Scheidt, João Carlos, Renatinho; Fernando (Alex Alves), Carlos Alberto (Márcio Gomes), Almir (Elvis), Caio; Ricardinho, Schwenck.

CRUZEIRO: Artur; Régis, Marcelo Batatais (Guilherme), Edu Dracena; Marco Aurélio, Augusto Recife, Martinez (Wagner), Wendel, Sorín; Jussiê, Fred (Tápia).

GOALS: 0-1, Régis (45'); 1-1, Caio (51', pen); 2-1, Scheidt (78')


Kryvbas 1 - 2 Shakhtar

October 29, Ukrainian Premier League 11 MD match FC Shakhtar - FC Kryvbas has been played in Kryvyi Rih at the stadium Metallurg. The Miners snatched a win 2:1 with the goals scored Andriy Vorobyey and Cosmin Barcauan.



Auxerre 1 - 1 PSG

Auxerre : Cool - Grichting, Bolf, Kaboul, Sagna - Lachuer (Tainio, 73e), Kalou, Violeau, Akale (Mathis, 79e), Cheyrou - Benjani. Entr. : Roux.

PSG : Letizi - Armand, Yepes, Helder, Pichot - Pancrate, Coridon, Cissé, Cana (Badiane, 90e), M'Bami (Ateba, 67e) - Pauleta (Ibisevic, 85e). Entr. : Halilhodzic.

Goals: Kalou (58e) pour Auxerre ; Pauleta (34e) pour PSG


Czech Cup: Slavicin 0 - 6 Slavia

Slavia are through in the quarterfinals of the Czech Cup. In the fourth round the red-whites crashed the fourth league opponents Slavicin 6-0. Karel Pitak scored three goals, Radek Bejbl added two and Lumir Sedlacek one strike. Slavia dominated in the match and will wait for draw of the quarterfinals that are on the programme in April 2005.

Goals: 30.,75.,90. Karel Pitak, 65. and 90. Radek Bejbl, 85. Lumir Sedlacek


Saturday, October 30, 2004 

Sampdoria 0-1 Milan

Andriy Shevchenko came off the bench to score the only goal of the game to give Milan a valuable victory at Sampdoria. It was a double celebration for the Ukrainian who had become a father for the first time on Friday evening.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti once again shuffled his pack, bringing in Alessandro Costacurta at right-back, Rino Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini and Clarence Seedorf back into midfield while Jon Dahl Tomasson formed a new partnership in attack with Hernan Crespo.

The game got off to a bright start as both sides looked to get players into advanced positions and after just three minutes Kaka was on one of his trademark runs into the area only to be halted by a last-ditch tackle. Milan dominated possession but could not find a way through the home side content to keep ten men behind the ball. The first chance came on 17 minutes when Crespo chipped a cross to the back post which just evaded Tomasson and then at the other end Ambrosini did well to block a Cristiano Doni shot on the edge of the area.

On 34 minutes, Tomasson hit a powerful drive from 20 metres which Samp goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli dived to his right to push away for a corner. Kaka continued to cause the home defence problems and Stefano Sacchetti was booked for pulling the young Brazilian back on the edge of the area. Kaka then tried a volley from a Costacurta cross but it was mis-directed and struck a surprised Crespo before cannoning away from danger. The Argentine then set up Kaka inside the area but Antonioli got down to smother the shot as the first half ended with the Rossoneri encamped in the Samp half.

Ancelotti made no changes in the interval and Crespo had the first chance of the second period but just failed to keep his left-footed shot down from just inside the area. On 50 minutes, Crespo then attempted an acrobatic bicycle-kick on the left side of the area but the ball ricochetted off defender Christian Zenoni. Serginho replaced Seedorf on 60 minutes and that was followed by the introduction of Shevchenko in place of Tomasson. Nelson Dida had to react smartly to block a Francesco Flachi shot and Milan broke from the back only for the final pass from Serginho to run behind Crespo at the other end. Ancelotti made his final subsitution on 73 minutes as Andrea Pirlo took over in midfield from Gattuso.

Shevchenko broke the deadlock two minutes later when Serginho played a smart one-two with Crespo on the edge of the area only to see his run and shot blocked by Antonioli but 'Super Dad' slammed home the rebound. Three minutes from time, Shevchenko could have increased the lead when he stole the ball 30 metres out to run through on goal but Antonioli read the attempted chip and palmed the ball away for a corner.

SAMPDORIA: Antonioli; C.Zenoni, Pavan, Falcone, Sacchetti; Diana (Rossini, 87'), Volpi, Palombo, Doni (Kutuzov, 81'); Flachi, Bazzani.

MILAN: Dida; Costacurta, Nesta, Maldini, Pancaro; Gattuso (Pirlo, 73'), Ambrosini, Seedorf (Serginho, 65'); Kaka; Tomasson (Shevchenko, 65'), Crespo.

GOALS: 0-1, Shevchenko (79')



Wolfsburg 4-3 Mainz

The Wolves remain top of the Bundesliga table after edging a seven goal thriller which had the crowd on their seats from the first minute onwards. The home side staged a remarkable recovery after going two goals down after only 17 minutes. The hero of the day was the Bulgarian striker Martin Petrov, who scored all four of his side’s goal. His fellow goal-getter Thomas Brdaric had 8 gilt edged chances but once again failed to sink any of them. He has now gone seven games without scoring. Two injury time first half goals by Petrov had the Wolves fans dancing, and the visitors shaking their heads at half time. Mainz had Kramny sent off for handling on the line after 57 minutes and the Wolves never looked back.

Mainz go two goals up
Both teams made an attacking start to this round 11 Bundesliga calsh in front of 24, 951 in the VOLKSWAGENARENA on Saturday afternoon. The newly-promoted visitors Mainz went at the home defence from the off, and Simon Jentzsch in the Wolves goal was called upon to save from Casey after a couple of minutes. The Wolves keeper got into a tangle with Hofland and Casey on 15 minutes, leaving Abel to head into an empty net. Abel was also instrumental in the second Mainz goal just two minutes later as he passed to Casey who was on the edge of the Wolfsburg penalty area. The American-born striker didn’t hesitate and blasted a fine shot past Jentzsch, without the keeper moving a muscle.

Petrov at the double!
Coach erik Gerets’s side neede some time to recover from the double-whammy and Mainz continued to play a clever game. An injury to their influential defender Azaouagh, who was stretchered off after colliding with a team mate affected the organisation in the Mainz defence. Diego Klimovicz was taken off with a head injury and was replaced by Menseguez.After half an hour, Wolfsburg began to have more of an impact on the match. Petrov, D’Alessandro and Thiam all had chances to pull a goal back. Shortly afterwards Brdaric hit the bar. In the first minute of injury time at the end of the first half, the Wolves finally struck. Timo Wache in the Mainz goal was adjudged to have fouled Menseguez in the penalty area and the referee Jansen pointed to the spot. Up stepped Martin Petrov to fire in a well placed spot kick to drag the wolves back into the game. Seconds later Brdaric broke down the right and crossed to the inrushing Petrov at the far post. The Bulgarian gleefully scored from close range on the stroke of half time to send the sides into the break locked at 2-2.

Kramny receives his marching orders

The second half began at the same breathtaking pace as the first. Both teams created chances but neither was able to score from them. Then on 57 minutes an incident happened which changed the face of the game. A goal bound shot by Kevin Hofland was handled on the line by Kramny, the referee sent the 33 year old veteran off without hesitation and again pointed to the penalty spot. Petrov put his shot low to the left of Wache and give the Wolves the lead for the first time in the match. That was too much for Mainz, who fell apart at the seams. The Wolves mounted wave upon wave off attacks at the visiting goal. Brdaric missed at least half a dozen good chances, but Petrov didn’t. The Bulgarian scored with a spectacular volley from the left hand side of the area, latching onto a fine pass by Karhan. The Wolves then dropped down a gear and waited to counter attack.

Brave Mainz
The visitors pulled a goal back on 75 minutes through Babatz, but it was too little too late for the brave Mainz team. The Mainz coach Jürgen Klopp has always said that his side’s target for the season is survival in the Bundesliga. On this kind of form they are on the right track to do exactly that. The Wolves are now three points clear at the top of the table after both Stuttgart and Bayern Munich lost their gamnes.

WOLFSBURG: Jentzsch; Karhan, Quiroga, Hofland, Weiser; Thiam (Sarpei, 90'), Schnoor; D'Alessandro; Brdaric, Klimowicz (Mesenguez, 39'), Petrov (Töpic, 83')

MAINZ: Wache; Abel (Weigelt, 46'), M. Friedrich, Noveski, Rose; F. Gerber, Azaouagh (Kramny, 21'), D. Weiland, da Silva; Auer (Babatz), Casey

GOALS: 0-1, Abel (15'); 0-2, Casey (17'); 1-2, Petrov (44'); 2-2, Petrov (45'); 3-2, Petrov (57'); 4-2, Petrov (62'); 4-3, Babatz (75')



Werder Bremen 1 - 1 Hamburg SV

HSV visited the sold out Weserstadion to take on the reigning Bundesliga champions and FA Cup holders Werder Bremen and took a somewhat lucky point home with them. The game began on an even keel, and it took the home side 15 minutes for Werder to get a grip on the game. Werder began to reduce the amount of misplaced passes and started to get the upper hand. The home side created early chances for first Klasnic (12.) and then Davala (15.).

HSV strikes against the run of play
HSV quite rightly put their money on counter attacks involving the lightning-quick Belgian Mpenza. The very first HSV counter attack was to bear fruits, thanks to a wayward header by the Frenchman Micoud on 22 minutes who headed back to Reinke as he stood in the centre circle. Mpenza latched onto the ball and ran around the Werder keeper, who had come out of his goal too early. Mpenza then dribbled around Stalteri before putting in a beautifully flighted cross onto the head of David Jarolim who beat Ernst to the ball and headed into the deserted empty net.

Klose close
Werder weren’t very rattled by the setback and could well have equalised 4 minutes later as the German international striker Miroslav Klose missed a good chance. HSV’s well organised defense stood firm and looked classy as they dealt with everything that Werder threw at them. HSV’s midfield also took a lot of pressure of the defense by playing some good combination football.

Klasnic hits a post
Ivan Klasnic hit a post on 37 minutes with the Hamburg keeper Martin Pieckenhagen well beaten. Werder continued to dominate, but could find no way through the solid visiting defence. HSV went into the half time break a goal up, which in all honesty was a rather fortunate position to be in on the balance of play.

Werder try the high ball method After the break the home coach Schaaf brought on Nelson Valdez as a third striker. His counterpart Thomas Doll reacted to the situation by bringing on Collin Benjamin for the luckless Takahara. Werder still had trouble breaching the HSV defence. The champions for some reason tried pumping in long high balls which were easily dealt with by van Buyten and the superb Boulahrouz. The next dangerous situation occurred on 71 minutes as a glancing header by Klasnic brought Micoud into play, but the French midfield general failed to take advantage.

Werder strikes back The equalising goal came three minutes later as Klasnic played a ball from the right high into the HSV area. Schulz took the ball (accidentally) on his forearm before dispatching the ball into the roof of the net from five yards out.

Game on
The game which had resembled a game of chess with both sides cancelling each other out until that point, now turned into one way traffic as Werder attacked the HSV goal. Valdez missed from six yards out as it looked easier to score, as he slipped his marker. The South American striker saw his point blank header brilliantly saved by Martin Pieckenhagen, who was the HSV hero as he thwarted another gilt edged chance by first Ernst and the Klose two minutes from time.

Werder Bremen: Reincke - Davala (72.Pasanen), Ismael, Schultz, Stalteri - Baumann, Ernst, Jensen (60.Valdez), Micoud - Klose, Klasnic

Hamburger SV: Pieckenhagen, Schlicke, van Buyten, Boulahrouz, Klingbeil - Wicky, Jarolim (72.Mahdavikia), Beinlich (81.Rahn), Barbarez - Mpenza, Takahara (61.Benjamin)

Goals: 0:1 Jarolim (22.), 1:1 Schulz (74.)



FC Utrecht 0 - 0 PSV (Derby United)

PSV maintained their unbeaten run, but failed in their mission to collect all three points, away against FC Utrecht on Friday night. Although the Eindhoven team created the best opportunities in the Utrecht Galgenwaard, they had to settle for a goalless draw in the end.

PSV were suffering from injury woe, ahead of their travels to FC Utrecht and captain Mark van Bommel could be added to the list of casualties on the match day.
Two weeks ago Vonlanthen showed he deserved a start against FC ADO Den Haag by scoring a first minute goal. Striker Sibon may have had similar plans in Utrecht. Defender Schut attempted to intercept a Beasley pass, but could not touch the ball. Sibon was put clear and could control the ball; his effort on 30 seconds, though, was too weak to and FC Utrecht goalkeeper Ponk was not impressed at all. FC Utrecht then started two fine moves; both El Gaaouiri and Douglas (overhead kick) brought out great saves from PSV keeper Zoetebier.

PSV, who had made a great many changes to the team that beat Ajax last Sunday, got into the game and began to dominate. Farfán collected a loose ball on 23 minutes, but Ponk pushed away his shot for a corner. Vogel blasted the ball just wide of the goal five minutes later and the visitors had another opportunity in the final stages of the first period. Douglas was dispossessed and Park was on his way to the goal. The South Korean was blocked in the area by his marker Shew-Atjon in the nick of time.

After the restart nothing much really changed; the rough pitch could be partly blamed for that. PSV had the first chance on three minutes. Bouma turned provider for Lee and he delivered a mix between a cross and a shot. His effort eventually went across the goal and Farfán missed the ball by some inches. Schut was the first player to be booked tonight, following a rather innocent foul on Farfán. On the hour mark the same player saw his effort go just wide of the goal.

On 63 minutes PSV got a golden opportunity to break the deadlock. Farfán cleverly evaded the offside-trap, but was thwarted by Ponk again. FC Utrecht then showed more passion, which resulted into the second yellow card: Somers was booked for a foul. Soon afterwards the referee also showed Sibon a yellow card, although his tackle was on the ball and clearly not on the diving Douglas. Beasley was taken off fifteen minutes from final time and Vennegoor of Hesselink came on to replace him.
Five minutes before the final whistle went, there was great uproar when Phillip Cocu allegedly played a ball back to keeper Zoetebier, who took the ball in his hands. Referee Vink had not seen the incident properly, but his assistant Meenhuis had and his decision to play on was correct..

PSV created the final chance of the evening; Park rounded his marker, but could not get the ball past Ponk on two occasions. FC Utrecht thanked their goalkeeper Ponk for earning a draw. So PSV had to settle for one point, although they managed to keep another clean sheet. PSV last had to concede a goal in the domestic league on 28 August last, when they met NAC Breda.

FC Utrecht: Ponk, Cornelisse, Di Tomasso, Schut, Shew-Atjon (69. Keller), De Jong (75. Zuidam), Somers, Tanghe, Douglas, Van de Haar, El Gaaouiri (73. Leitoe)

PSV: Zoetebier, Lucius, Cocu, Bouma, Lee, Vogel, Fehér, Park, Sibon (89. Vonlanthen), Farfán, Beasley (79. Vennegoor)


Friday, October 29, 2004 

Salas misses Olimpo clash

Due to a back injury, chilean striker Marcelo Salas will miss River's clash against Olimpo, next sunday. According to Salas himself, a strong back pain as kept the striker to commit with full effort to the trainings, and to work in level with his team mates.

Being so, Astrada has decided to keep Salas out of his options for the Sunday match. The inclusion of the player for next week's superclassico against Boca Juniors is still in doubt.


Real Madrid dismiss Mascherano signing

Real Madrid's president, Florentino Pérez, has dismissed that the club will sign players during the winter transfer season, and so ends the rumors that gave certain the signing of River's midfielder Javier Mascherano.

"We never signed during the season. And we are not going to start this year. That is not our policy. This team will go to the end of the season, and we will win titles", stated Pérez, to the french newspaper "L'Équipe".


Sutton causes Celtic concern

Celtic FC striker Chris Sutton looks set to miss next Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match against FC Shakhtar Donetsk in Glasgow after suffering a chest injury.

Wednesday withdrawal
The 31-year-old former English international was taken off as a precaution during Wednesday night's 3-2 home defeat by Aberdeen FC, but a scan on Thursday confirmed he had strained a muscle and could be sidelined for several weeks.

'Big blow'
Manager Martin O'Neill said: "We're obviously very disappointed as this is a big blow, but it's one we'll all have to recover from." Celtic have lost all three Group F games so far, and need a win against the Ukrainian side to keep their European hopes alive.



Gattuso makes Milan commitment

AC Milan midfield player Gennaro Gattuso has signed a new contract with the Italian champions that will keep him at the club until 2009.

Trophy triumphs
The 26-year-old Italian international joined the Rossoneri in 1999 from Salernitana Sport and helped them win the UEFA Champions League and Coppa Italia in 2002/03, before playing a crucial part as Carlo Ancelotti's side claimed the Scudetto last season. Gattuso, who made his Serie A debut with AC Perugia in 1996, also spent two seasons with Scottish side Rangers FC, and has represented his country on 31 occasions.

Perfect record
Milan are currently second in Serie A and have maxiumum points in UEFA Champions League Group F after defeating FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic FC and FC Barcelona in their first three games.


Thursday, October 28, 2004 

Gomes problem for PSV

PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is likely to miss the UEFA Champions League visit of Rosenborg BK next Tuesday as he recovers from a groin injury.

Scan required
The 23-year-old Brazilian, a summer signing from Cruzeiro EC, was hurt during the 2-0 Eredivisie victory against AFC Ajax last Sunday. After a scan showed up the problem, club doctors have prescribed rest and a special training programme. No date has yet been set for the player's return, although initial fears he could be out for as long as six weeks appear unfounded.

Contrasting news
Gomes, who has kept a clean sheet in the last five domestic matches, is PSV's second casualty this week after John de Jong was also hurt against Ajax. The midfielder will be sidelined for at least three weeks with a knee injury. However, there was better news for the Eindhoven team with the return to training of defenders André Ooijer and Alex after hamstring and toe problems respectively.



Estoril 0-1 Est. Amadora (Portuguese Cup)

ESTORIL: Jorge; Rui Duare, Abadito, Cissé, João Pedro;Elias; Fellahi, Maurel, Hugo Santos (Pinheiro, 61'), Ali (N'Doye, 74'); Yuri (João Paulo, 61').

ESTRELA: Paulo Lopes; Zamorano, Carlos, Hugo Carreira, Quim Berto; Jordão; Hugo Machado (Semedo, 53'); Soderstrom, Nuno (Mauro, 53'); Henrique, Verona (Santamaria, 87').

GOALS: 0-1, Jordão (84')


Danubio 2-0 Peñarol

DANUBIO: Luis Barbat, Luciano 'Café' Barbosa, Jadson Viera, Guillermo Rodríguez, Walt Báez (Bruno Silva, 60') , Omar Pouso, Walter Gargano, Ignacio González (Jorge Artigas, 69') , Juan Manuel Ortiz (Jorge Anchén, 55') , Ignacio Risso, Juan Manuel Salgueiro.

PEÑAROL: Federico Elduayen, Alejandro Correa, Rodríguez Eduardo Mieres, Luis Nunes, Jean Pierre, Fabián Césaro (Mario Leguizamón, 77'), Daniel Pereira, Cristian Rodríguez, Gabriel Cedrés (Daniel Hernández, 84'), Sergio Leal (Martín Rodríguez, 58'), Jorge Serna.

GOALS: 1-0, Ignacio Risso (24'); 2-0, Juan Manuel Salgueiro (78')


Milan 3-0 Atalanta

Three second-half goals gave AC Milan a home win against Atalanta BC that moved the Rossoneri within two points of Serie A leaders Juventus FC.

Delayed breakthrough
With the Turin team playing AS Roma on Thursday night, Carlo Ancelotti's side went into tonight's game against the bottom club looking to cut Juve's five-point advantage, but were frustrated by their visitors as the match remained goalless at half-time. However, Jon Dahl Tomasson broke the deadlock early in the second period, with Kakha Kaladze and Serginho getting further goals to seal the points.

MILAN: Dida; Cafu (Costacurta, 64'’), Coloccini, Maldini, Kaladze; Brocchi, Pirlo, Rui Costa; Kakà (Serginho, 85’); Shevchenko, Tomasson (Ambrosini, 65’).

ATALANTA: Taibi; Innocenti, Gonnella, Natali, Rivalta; Zenoni, Albertini, Marcolini (Pazzini, 74’); Montolivo (Inacio Pia, 64’), Lazzari; Budan (Bernardini, 76’).

GOALS: 1-0, Tomasson (53'); 2-0, Kaladze (71'); 3-0, Serginho (92')



G. Segoviana 0-1 Athletic (Copa del Rey)

GIMNÁSTICA SEGOVIANA: Pinillos; Ramses, Calleja, Cuco, Javi, Ricardo, Mariano, Valle (David García, 79'), Vila (Morín, 71'), Agustín, Barto.

ATHLETIC: Lafuente; Iraola, Murillo, Karanka, Del Horno, Gurpegi, Guerrero (Etxeberría, 54'), Jonan García (Orbaiz, 46'), Ezquerro, Urzaiz, Arriaga (Yeste, 54').

GOALS: 0-1, Yeste (75')


Celtic 2-3 Aberdeen

Celtic FC suffered their first domestic defeat of the season as Aberdeen FC won 3-2 at Celtic Park, allowing second-placed Rangers FC to close the gap at the top of the Scottish Premier League to four points with a 2-1 victory at Dunfermline AFC.

Early shocks
The champions had not conceded at home this season, but found themselves two down after just six minutes. Darren Mackie put the visitors ahead in the fourth minute from a corner, and two minutes later Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall's clearance bounced off Aberdeen striker Fernando Pasquinelli and rolled into an unguarded net.

Injury-time winner
John Hartson brought Celtic level with two goals either side of half-time, but 19-year-old substitute John Stewart summoned a dramatic winner for Aberdeen in the fourth minute of injury time.



Palmeiras 2-1 Botafogo

PALMEIRAS: Sérgio; Nen, Glauber (Claudecir), Gabriel; Baiano (Alex Afonso), Correa, Magrão, Diego Souza, Lúcio; Pedrinho, Ricardinho (Thiago Gentil)

BOTAFOGO: Jefferson; Ruy, João Carlos, Gustavo, Jorginho Paulista; Fernando, Túlio, Valdo (Carlos Alberto), Almir (Alex Alves); Caio (Elvis), Ricardinho

GOALS: 1-0, Claudecir (47'); 1-1, Ricardinho (78'); 2-1, Corrêa (89')


Bayern Munich 2-0 Wolfsburg

After an initial period of sitting back and waiting to see what the opponent was going to do, the home side took control of the round 10 Bundesliga match in front of 37,000 in the Olympic stadium in Munich, and never relinquished it before the half time whistle. The opening warning shot was fired in by Bayern’s midfielder Schweinsteiger, who let rip from almost 30 yards out, forcing Simon Jentzsch into a superb save, deflecting the ball onto the bar after six minutes.

Pizarro strikes
Wolfsburg decided to take a defensive stance, but their lack of commitment in the tackling department was to cost them dearly. The Bavarian giants played the ball around at will and deservedly took the lead on 24 minutes as Claudio Pizarro scored his first home goal in 1 months after good work by Schweinsteiger.

Wolves two goals behind
The Wolves played some nice combination football but never in an area which would threaten the home side’s goal. As soon as coach Erik Gerets’ side entered the Munich half they were void of ideas and passion. It was no surprise then as Bayern doubled their lead on the stroke of half time as Pizarro grabbed his second by latching on to an Owen Hargreaves free kick played into the near post.

Pizarro denied hat trick by post
On 53 minutes, Pizarro almost completed his hat trick but saw his shot come back off a post. The Peruvian international goal-getter had scored three time sin one match against the Wolves before, in the fifth round of the 1999/2000 season, as Werder Bremen beat Wolfsburg 7-2. A header by Brdaric and a missed sitter by Klimowicz was all the Wolves had to show in the second half. Bayern played out for time and in the end thoroughly deserved their 2-0 victory. For the Wolves it was a second away defeat in a row. Now Erik Gerets and Co. must face a tricky home tie against recently-promoted Mainz on October 30th.

BAYERN MUNICH: Kahn; Görlitz, Lucio, Kovac, Salihamidzic; Sagnol, Hargreaves, Frings (Demichelis, 84'); Schweinsteiger (Scholl, 72'); Makaay, Pizarro

WOLFSBURG: Jentzsch; Rytter, Quiroga, Hofland, Weiser; Karhan, Thiam; D'Alessandro (Schnoor, 63'); Brdaric (Topic, 75'), Klimowicz (Hrgovic, 84'), Petrov

GOALS: 1-0, Pizarro (24'); 2-0, Pizarro (45')


Wednesday, October 27, 2004 

Benfica 3 - 1 Oriental (Portuguese Cup)

BENFICA – Quim; Amoreirinha, Argel, Ricardo Rocha e Dos Santos; Geovanni, Paulo Almeida (Manuel Fernandes, 65 m), Everson e Bruno Aguiar; Nuno Gomes (Miguel, 45 m (Fyssas, 90 m)) e Sokota.

ORIENTAL – Lúcio; Mangualde, António Pedro, Pedroso e Rodolfo; Décio, João Martins (Hélder Lemos, 68 m), Tiago Gomes e Jorge Cordeiro (Makemba, 68 m); João Mendes (Leitão, 62 m) e Hélder Ramos.

Goals: 1-0 por Sokota (27 m); 2-0 por Geovanni (61 m); 3-0 por Sokota (71 m); 3-1 por Makemba (77 m).


Hamburg SV 4 - 0 Freiburg

HSV proved that they still had their tails up after their well-deserved 2-0 win away to Borussia Dortmund in round 10 and went at Freiburg from the off. HSV thrashed the visitors 4-0. The side under coach Thomas Doll let the visitors know who was the boss in the AOL Arena in front of 37,967 on Wednesday evening. HSV went at Freiburg as if possessed and the visiting side didn’t seem to have an answer. The Belgian international striker Emile Mpenza opened the scoring on five minutes after superb work by Barbarez.

Plenty of chances
Within the next few minutes further chances were missed by Mpenza, Wicky and Jarolim. On 18 minutes Takahara raced through on goal only to be pulled back by Diarra. With the Japanese striker being the last man, the match referee Fleischer had no choice but to send off Diarra after 18 minutes.

Barbarez on the score sheet
On 28 minutes HSV doubled their advantage as Sergej Barbarez got his name on the score sheet as he latched onto a pinpoint cross from Schlicke. The former HSV keeper Golz let the ball glide through his hands and into the bottom right hand corner. HSV changed down a gear after the second goal but remained dominant.

Finke rings the changes
At the start of the second half the Freiburg coach Volker Finke brought on Müller and Dorn in the hope of stabilising his defence and at the same time, breathing some new life into is front line. The fact is though, that apart from two reasonable incidents featuring Dorn in the opening minutes of the half, Freiburg didn’t really trouble Martin Pieckenhagen in the HSV goal. Freiburg tackled weakly and Sergej Barbarez made the most of that weakness as he scored from an acute angle on 52 minutes to put his side well and truly in the driving seat.

Sergej grabs his third As if that wasn’t enough for the Bosnian international goal-getter, he grabbed his hat trick by finishing off a well organised HSV attack which included good work by Emile Mpenza five minutes later. Thomas Doll brought on Bernardo Romeo for Barbarez, who received well deserved applause. The Argentinean striker was denied a goal by a post shortly after coming on.

Freiburg had no chance
If one assesses the match over 90 minutes, Freiburg (who beat the table-toppers Stuttgart 2-0 last time out), never got a look in and failed to create a single goal chance. The new HSV coach Thomas Doll has had a dream start in charge with two wins in as many games. Long may it continue…

HSV: Pieckenhagen - Schlicke, Boulahrouz, van Buyten, Klingbeil - Wicky - Jarolim, Beinlich - Barbarez - Mpenza, Takahara

Freiburg: Golz - Schumann, Mohamad, Diarra - Riether - Willi, Kruppke - Coulibaly - Cairo, Tanko, Sanou

Goals: 1:0 Emile Mpenza (5.), 2:0 Barbarez (28.), 3:0 Barbarez (52.), 4:0 Barbarez (57.)



Chelsea Could Help Benfica Sign Robinho

Portuguese side Benfica might attempt an improbable alliance with Jose Mourinho’s Cheslea in order to sign Santos starlet Robinho.
Benfica’s general manager Josè Veiga has admitted the club doesn’t have sufficient funds needed to sign the Santos player, but is open to the possibility that the player is bought by the English giants and then loaned out to Benfica for a season or two.

”I don’t know if Chelsea are willing to do this, but if there is this possibility, we would welcome it;” he said.

Santos are requesting more than 10 million Euros for their player, as earlier this month they rejected a PSV bid of precisely that amount.

However, when the correct offer comes in, they will gladly let the player go.

“Unfortunately we are unable to keep Robinho for much longer. When the right offer will come in, he will be sold,” said Mario Mello, a member of the Santos management.

In addition to Benfica and PSV, also Inter, Roma, and Juventus are tracking the player.


Monday, October 25, 2004 

League Standings

Pos. Team Pld Pts.
1. Benfica 7 16
2. Porto 7 15
3. Setúbal 7 14
4. Marítimo 7 13
5. Braga 7 12
8. Belenenses 7 10


Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Est. Amadora 7 16
2. Maia 7 16
3. Marco 7 15

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Barcelona 8 22
2. Sevilla 8 17
3. Valencia 8 14
4. Espanyol 8 13
5. Atlético 8 13
14. Athletic 8 8

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. PSV 8 22
2. Feyenoord 9 22
3. Alkmaar 9 18
4. Utrecht 9 16
5. Ajax 9 15

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Lyon 11 23
2. Lille 11 22
3. Auxerre 11 20
4. Monaco 11 19
5. Marseille 11 18
14. PSG 11 13

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Club Brugge 10 26
2. Anderlecht 10 24
3. AA Gent 10 18
4. La Louvière 10 17
5. Standard 10 17

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Wolfsburg 9 21
2. Stuttgart 9 20
3. Bayern 9 17
4. Bremen 9 15
5. Mainz 9 15
14. Hamburg 9 9

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Basel 12 24
2. Thun 12 21
3. Young Boys 12 17
4. Zürich 12 17
5. Aarau 12 16

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Austria Wien 13 28
2. Rapid 13 28
3. Pasching 13 25
4. GAK 13 25
5. Wacker 13 18

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Arsenal 10 25
2. Chelsea 10 23
3. Everton 10 22
4. Bolton 10 18
5. Man. United 10 17

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Celtic 10 28
2. Rangers 10 21
3. Aberdeen 10 19
4. Hivernian 10 15
5. Hearts 10 15

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Juventus 7 19
2. Lecce 7 14
3. Milan 7 14
4. Chievo 7 13
5. Inter 7 11

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Fenerbahçe 10 28
2. Galatasaray 10 25
3. Trabzonspor 10 23
4. Malatyaspor 10 19
5. Denizlispor 10 18

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. AEK 5 13
2. Panathinaikos 5 10
3. Xanthi 5 10
4. Halkidona 5 10
5. Olympiacos 5 10

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Sparta 10 26
2. Sigma 10 22
3. Teplice 10 20
4. Liberec 9 18
5. Slavia 10 15

Pos. Team Pld Pts.
1. Ferencváros 10 25
2. Újpest 10 21
3. Debrecen 10 21
4. ZTE 10 18
5. MTK 10 17
11. Honvéd 10 11

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Wisla 9 23
2. Groclin 9 21
3. Amica 9 18
4. Legia 9 18
5. Cracovia 9 14

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Shakhtar 10 27
2. Dynamo Kyiv 10 25
3. Metalurh 9 19
4. Volyn 10 17
5. Illichivets 10 16

Torneo Apertura

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Newell's 12 25
2. Veléz Sarsfield 12 25
3. Estudiantes LP 12 23
4. Boca Jrs 12 20
5. San Lorenzo 12 20
6. River Plate 12 19

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Atlético PR 37 69
2. Santos 37 68
3. São Paulo 37 65
4. São Caetano 37 65
5. Juventude 37 62
21. Botafogo 37 40

Torneo Apertura

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Nacional 8 18
2. Defensor 8 17
3. Danubio 8 15
4. Liverpool 8 13
5. Peñarol 8 12


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