European Football Saturday Round-up

A round up of Saturday's football action across Europe on a day Galatasaray were held in Turkey, while Hibernian overtook Celtic in Scotland.

Football News: Aydin Yilmaz, Galatasaray

Turkish Super Lig

Galatasaray conceded a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Eskisehirspor, but the point was still enough to lift them to the top of the Super Lig.

Burak Yilmaz's 60th-minute strike looked to have earned Gala the win until substitute Erkan Zengin replied a minute from time.

The Istanbul club still climbed to the top of the standings, a point clear of nearest rivals Orduspor.

Genclerbirligi are two points behind the leaders as a result of their 2-0 victory at Istanbul Buyuksehir.

Aykut Demir scored the opening goal after 54 minutes with Hursut Meric adding another six minutes later.

Basement side Elazigspor were held to a goalless draw by Akhisar Belediye and remain without a win this season.

Clydesdale Bank Premier League

Hibernian moved to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a deserved 3-0 win over bottom club Dundee.

Eoin Doyle headed the home side into a first-half lead before Leigh Griffiths gave Hibs a comfortable advantage with an early second-half penalty.

David Wotherspoon completed the scoring with a calm finish 16 minutes from time.

Hibs now lead Celtic by a point, although the Glasgow side have two games in hand.

Motherwell were denied the chance to go into first place as their match at home to Dundee United was called off after a power failure in the local area.

Fir Park and neighbouring properties were affected by the power cut about 15 minutes before kick-off.

The start was delayed by 10 minutes, but the home club confirmed they had taken the decision to postpone the match for safety reasons.

Aberdeen went third as they came from behind to claim a 3-1 win at Kilmarnock

The Dons conceded an early goal to Ryan O'Leary before going on to dominate the game with three second-half strikes securing a well-deserved win.

Two goals inside 11 minutes at the start of the second half from Gavin Rae and Niall McGinn put them ahead before a last-minute strike from Scott Vernon wrapped up the points for Craig Brown's side.

St Johnstone joined Aberdeen and Celtic on 14 points with a 2-1 win at home to St Mirren, their fourth successive league win.

Nigel Hasselbaink netted the opener against his former side after 22 minutes and Murray Davidson added a second nine minutes before the break.

St Mirren responded three minutes into the second half through Lewis Guy, but they could not find a leveller.

French Ligue 1

Promoted Reims moved up to fourth place in Ligue 1 with a 3-1 victory over Nice on Saturday.

Substitute Gaetan Courtet was the hero with goals in the 87th and 93rd minutes as Hubert Fournier's side recorded their fourth win in eight games since their elevation, leaving them four points behind leaders Marseille.

Diego had given Reims a first-half lead, which Dario Cvitanovich cancelled out shortly after the hour mark.

Reigning champions Montpellier's atrocious start to the season continued as Saber Khelifa and Stephan Andersen earned Evian a shock 3-2 win at the Stade De La Mosson.

Marco Estrada and Souleymane Camara overhauled Khelifa's opener to give the hosts a 2-1 half-time lead and raise hopes of only a third win in eight league games this season.

But Khelifa equalised and, after goalkeeper Andersen kept Evian on terms with a string of excellent saves, the Tunisia striker then completed his hat-trick two minutes from the end to inflict a fourth defeat on Rene Girard's men.

Lille recorded only their second league win of the campaign - and their first at the new Grand Stade Metropole - by beating Ajaccio 2-0.

Nolan Roux headed them in front three minutes before half-time and Ryan Mendes doubled their lead in the 56th minute.

Adrien Regattin grabbed a last-minute winner as Toulouse came from 2-0 down to draw with Valenciennes.

Foued Kadir and Carlos Sanchez scored inside the first quarter-hour for the visitors, who would have moved fourth with a win.

But the in-form Wissam Ben Yedder cut the deficit with his sixth of the season and Regattin's late strike earned a point for Toulouse.

There was another late goal at Bastia, where the home side edged out nine-man Troyes 3-2.

Rincon's own goal and Anthony Modeste's effort saw Bastia twice take the lead, only for Marcos to equalise on each occasion.

But Fabrice N'Sakala and Xavier Thiago were both sent off before Toifilou Maoulida grabbed an 88th-minute winner.

Mevlut Erdinc scored the only goal in the seventh minute as Rennes won 1-0 at Sochaux.

Dutch Eredivisie

Wilfried Bony claimed a hat-trick but Vitesse missed the chance to take top spot in the Eredivisie as they were held to a draw by visiting Heerenveen.

Bony (53, 70) and Alfred Finnbogason (36, 63) cancelled out each other's efforts but Sven Kums' 74th-minute effort broke the pattern and gave the away side the lead.

Arnold Kruiswijk saw red for Heerenveen just three minutes later and Bony added his third from the penalty spot.

The point puts Vitesse level with FC Twente, having played one game more.

Heracles scored a 3-0 away win over second bottom PEC Zwolle, their second success of the season.

Samuel Armenteros got the ball rolling in the 14th minute before Ninos Gouriye took over with goals in the 68th and 81st minutes.

Roda JC also won 3-0 in their home clash against VVV Venlo.

Sanharib Malki was on target in each half, either side of Mark-Jan Fledderus' 54th-minute effort.

RKC Waalwijk drew 0-0 at Willem II.

Portuguese Primeira Liga

Benfica moved three points clear at the top of the Portuguese Liga with a 2-1 success at home to winless Beira Mar.

The visitors took a shock lead through Vincent Sasso after just five minutes, but Benfica eventually pulled level in the 59th minute with a goal from Maxi Pereira.

Rodrigo then completed the comeback two minutes later to preserve Benfica's unbeaten start to the season and leave Beira Mar still propping up the standings.

Russian Premier League

Lokomotiv Moscow missed the chance to go level on points with Russian Premier League leaders Anzhi Makhachkala as they lost 1-0 at home to Kuban Krasnodar.

Substitute Gheorghe Bucur scored the winner in the 71st minute as the visitors climbed to fifth, just one point and one place behind their opponents.

Krasnodar finished the game with 10 men thanks to Artem Fidler's 89th-minute sending-off, but there was not enough time for Lokomotiv to try and capitalise.

Second-bottom Mordovia Saransk won 2-0 at basement boys Volga Nizhny Novgorod to open up a four-point cushion over the bottom side.

Ruslan Mukhametshin opened the scoring with an 11th-minute penalty and Kirill Panchenko made the points safe a minute from time.

Danilo Neco scored twice for Alania Vladikavkaz, but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Krylya Sovetov.

Neco opened the scoring in the 34th minute and made it 2-1 in the 69th, seven minutes after Roman Grigoryan's leveller.

But Bruno Martins Teles got the visitors' second equaliser in the 73rd minute as the spoils were shared.

Swedish Allsvenskan

A hat-trick from Abdul Waris helped lift Hacken to the top of the Allsvenska table with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Syrianska.

The Ghanaian striker gave the home side the lead after 41 minutes with Martin Ericsson adding another four minutes later.

Waris scored again from the penalty spot in the 65th minute and Ericsson added his second after 82 minutes to make it 4-0.

Waris then completed his treble two minutes later before Syrianska netted a late consolation through Robert Massi.

The win lifts Hacken one point clear of Elfsborg, who have a game in hand, and Malmo.

IFK Gothenburg were 2-1 winners at Atvidaberg thanks to goals in either half from Hjalmar Jonsson (32) and Hannes Stiller (68).

Viktor Prodell had pulled Atvidaberg level after 36 minutes but they could not add to their tally.

Danish Superliga

AGF Aarhus went second in the Danish Superliga with a 3-0 win at Sonderjyske on Saturday.

Aron Johannsson opened the scoring with a 20th-minute penalty and Stephan Petersen doubled the visitors' lead a minute before the break.

Former Manchester United full-back Adam Eckersley added a third in the 77th minute.

The win moved AGF four points behind leaders FC Copenhagen, although they have played a game more.

Greek Super League

Ten-man PAOK Salonika missed their chance to join Super League leaders Olympiacos at the top of the table after being held to a 1-1 draw at OFI Crete.

PAOK went behind after only eight minutes, Thanassis Papazoglou on target for the hosts, but Giorgos Fotakis levelled matters 10 minutes later.

Goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos was dismissed after 40 minutes but Crete could not take advantage and eventually had a player of their own, Vando, sent off in the closing seconds.

AEK Athens remain winless after six matches, this time settling for a 1-1 draw with visiting Kerkyra.

The away side took the lead through Anastasios Venetis after 31 minutes but AEK ensured just a second point of the season when substitute Michalis Pavlis responded in the 74th minute.

Hosts Veria scored twice in the last two minutes to salvage an unlikely 2-2 draw with Atromitos.

Anastasios Karamanos opened the scoring for the visitors before Nikos Georgeas put the ball into his own net but late strikes from Pantelis Kafes and Kenan Bargan completed a swift turnaround in the final seconds.

Swiss Super League

Grasshoppers continue to lead the way in the Swiss Super League following a 3-2 victory at FC Thun.

The visitors trailed to Renato Steffen's strike on the half-hour mark, but hit back with three goals in nine second-half minutes from Steven Zuber (49), Nassim Ben Khalifa (56) and Nzuzi Toko (58).

Thun got on the scoresheet again after 64 minutes through Marco Schneuwly but failed to make their pressure count in the final 25 minutes.

Grasshoppers remain two points clear of St Gallen, who were 2-1 winners at home to Lausanne.

Ezequiel Scarione's 20th-minute opener for St Gallen was cancelled out by Chris Malonga Ntsayi two minutes into the second half.

However, Philippe Montandon scored the decisive goal after 54 minutes.

Belgian Jupiler League

Habib Habibou scored in the 58th and 65th minutes and, though Cercle substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen pulled one back from the penalty spot, Franck Berrier made certain of the points five minutes from time.

The win leaves Zulte level on points with Anderlecht and two points behind leaders Club Brugge - both teams play on Sunday - while Cercle prop up the table with four points from 10 games.

Kortrijk are fourth after a 2-0 win away to 10-man Mechelen.

The hosts had Boubacar Dialiba sent off on the half-hour and were punished by goals from Pablo Chavarria before half-time and Ernest Webnje Nfor in the 71st minute.

Derick Ogbu scored a hat-trick as Leuven hit four goals without reply at Charleroi.

Ebrahim Savaneh added to Ogbu's second-minute opener before the latter struck twice more in the last 20 minutes.

Lokeren were denied victory by substitute Ibrahima Gueye's last-minute own goal as they drew 2-2 with Lierse.

Nill de Pauw and Ayanda Patosi gave the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead but Kostadin Khazurov pulled a goal back before Gueye's late mishap.

Barak Badash's late penalty earned Waasland-Beveren a 2-2 draw at home to Mons.

Mikael Seoudi gave the hosts the lead a minute before half-time and though Aloys Nong and Jeremy Perbet scored to put Mons ahead, Badash had the final word.



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