European Football Sunday Round-up

We round up the best of the footballing action across selected leagues in Europe.

Football News: Graziano Pelle, Feyenoord

Dutch Eredivisie

Feyenoord are three points behind Eredivisie leaders PSV following a comfortable 3-0 win at NEC.

Jean-Paul Boetius put the visitors ahead after 11 minutes, before Graziano Pelle doubled their advantage four minutes before the interval.

Boetius grabbed his second of the afternoon seven minutes from time to seal the win.

Relegation-threatened Roda picked up a surprising 4-1 win over Groningen.

Roda - who are third from bottom of the table - made the perfect start when Frank Demouge put them ahead inside the opening minute before David Texeira levelled the scores six minutes later.

Guus Hupperts put the hosts back in front after 29 minutes while Demouge's second four minutes before the break put them two goals to the good.

Sanharib Malki's strike three minutes after the restart completed the scoring for Roda who are now level on points with AZ, who are only out of the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference after they lost 2-1 at RKC.

Mart Lieder bagged a brace for RKC, as AZ could not hold on after Jozy Altidore's leveller.

Elsewhere, ADO Den Haag beat Heracles 3-1 thanks to a Mike van Duinen double and Tjaronn Chery strike, with Geoffrey Castillion on target for Heracles.

Swiss Super League

Second-placed Basle closed the gap on Super League leaders Grasshoppers on Sunday afternoon thanks to a 2-1 win at bottom-of-the-table Servette in a match which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Aleksander Dragovic set the visitors on their way with the opening goal and, although Goran Karanovic equalised on the stroke of half-time, things took a turn for the worse for the basement boys after the interval.

Omar Kossoko was sent off just after the hour mark and, three minutes later, Dragovic's second goal of the match restored Basle's lead.

The visitors too swiftly found themselves a man down, though, as Dragovic was shown a second yellow card for an unsportsmanlike gesture in celebrating his goal.

However, he had done enough with his brace to secure the three points for his team, lifting Basle within two points of Grasshoppers as the leaders were held to a 0-0 draw at Lausanne Sports.

In Sunday's other game in the Swiss top flight, third-placed St Gallen suffered a 2-0 loss at Young Boys. Michael Frey and Raphael Nuzzolo were the men on target in the second half.

French Ligue 1

Lyon were unable to pick up the win they needed to move level with Paris St Germain at the top of Ligue 1 after drawing 1-1 at Brest.

Kamel Chafni gave the strugglers an eighth-minute lead, only for Tripy Makonda's own goal eight minutes into the second half to earn Remi Garde's visitors a point.

The draw means Lyon trail PSG by two points, following the leaders' unexpected loss at Reims yesterday, while Brest move five points clear of the bottom three.

Andre-Pierre Gignac's late goal rescued Marseille against bottom club Troyes as they kept in touch with the top two with a 2-1 win.

Brazilian striker Marco had given the visitors the lead in the 71st minute as they sought what would have been just a fourth win of the season.

However, a Florian Jarjat own goal levelled the scores with nine minutes left and, buoyed by the equaliser, Gignac struck a minute later to seal the points and move OM to within three points of Lyon.

Lille battled from a goal down to maintain their European push with a hard-fought Ligue 1 victory over Bordeaux at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole.

Jaroslav Plasil had given Les Girondins the lead from the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark.

But Rudi Garcia's side responded well and turned the game on its head thanks to second-half goals from Ronny Rodelin and Salomon Kalou to secure their fourth straight league win and climb to seventh in the standings.

Turkish Super Lig

Olcay Sahan's last-gasp goal settled a 3-2 derby victory as Besiktas reclaimed second place in the Super Lig from Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce.

When Moussa Sow opened the scoring in the 24th minute it looked like Fener might pull four points clear and close in on league leaders Galatasaray, who were held to a goalless draw at Eskisehirspor yesterday, but it was not to be.

Holland forward Dirk Kuyt put through his own net in the 40th minute before Mamadou Niang fired the Black Eagles ahead on the hour mark.

When Sow grabbed his second in the 63rd minute it looked like the derby spoils would be shared but Sahan had other ideas, firing home the winner for Besiktas with virtually the last kick of the game.

There were seven goals at Antalyaspor as the hosts ran out 5-2 winners over 14th-placed Gaziantepspor.

Lamine Diarra (2) and Serdar Kurtulus (23) exchanged goals before Tita notched the first part of his brace six minutes before the break.

Isaac Promise extended the Scorpions' lead on the hour mark, only for substitute Dorge Kouemaha to reply for the visitors and set up a tense finale.

But with 11 minutes remaining Tita put his team out of sight and substitute Omer Sismanoglu added gloss to the victory in the 82nd minute.

Kayserispor climbed into sixth place with a hard-fought home win over 10-man Mersin Idmanyurdu, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Salih Dursun edged Kayserispor ahead in the 23rd minute and, although Merdin mustered a response through Burhan Eser with 50 minutes played, Bobo scored the winner (56) with Juan Culio receiving a red card on full-time.

Elsewhere, Bursaspor maintained their grip on fourth place by beating struggling Sivasspor 1-0 thanks to 67th-minute goal from Pablo Batalla.

Belgian Jupiler Pro League

Zulte-Waregem moved within three points of Jupiler Pro League leaders Anderlecht, just two games before the play-off split, after M'Baye Leye's late winner at Charleroi.

Leye scored the only goal of the game in the 90th minute to lift his side 11 points clear of third-placed Genk.

The top six after 30 games take half their regular-season points forward and then play each other home and away to decide the title and the European places.

Greek Superleague

PAOK Salonika won 4-2 at home to Panionios in the pick of Sunday's Superleague matches.

Ergis Kace and Paraskevas Andralas traded goals shortly after the half-hour but the rest of the scoring took place in the second half.

Dimitris Salpingidis restored PAOK's lead and, though Fanouris Goundoulakis' penalty drew the visitors level for the second time, Kostas Katsouranis and substitute Zvonimir Vukic struck in the last 10 minutes to earn third-placed PAOK victory.

They remain a point behind Asteras Tripoli, though, after the second-placed side triumphed 2-1 at Giannina. Laszlo Lencse's brace was enough to secure victory after Nikos Korovesis had drawn Giannina level.

Asteras remain 16 points behind runaway leaders Olympiacos.

AEK Athens are only three points above the relegation zone after a 2-0 defeat at home to Panathinaikos, the goals coming from Victor Vitolo and Pape Habib Sow.

Marcelinho scored twice as FC Xanthi won 4-1 away to Levadiakos.

His first, on the stroke of half-time, doubled his side's lead after Karim Soltani scored inside two minutes and his second came after Nicolas Marin had made it 3-0. Levadiakos, helped by the late sending-off of Dmitris Komesidis, pulled a goal back through Rogerio Martins in the last minute.

Danish Superliga

Superliga leaders FC Copenhagen were made to work hard to retain their 12-point advantage at the summit, coming from behind to win 3-2 at fifth-placed Odense BK.

Daniel Hoegh's early own goal had put the visitors in the ascendancy only for Emil Larsen and Darko Bodul to turn the game on its head before half-time.

However, second-half strikes from Nicolai Jorgensen and Claudemir swung the pendulum back in Copenhagen's favour and saw them maintain their healthy cushion over nearest challengers FC Nordsjaelland.

Champions Nordsjaelland also won today but did so in a more straightforward manner, Kristian Lindberg's ninth-minute goal securing a 1-0 home triumph over AC Horsens.

Elsewhere, Randers FC climbed above AaB into third spot thanks to a 2-0 victory at 10-man Brondby.

The bottom-of-the-table hosts got off to the worst possible start with Martin Albrechtsen sent off after eight minutes and Ronnie Schwartz converting the resulting penalty. Nicolai Brock-Madsen made sure of the points with a second goal nine minutes from time.

Portuguese Liga

Benfica moved two points clear at the Liga summit this evening thanks to a 1-0 win at bottom-of-the-table Beira Mar.

Oscar Cardozo netted the game's only goal from the penalty spot after 16 minutes to ensure his team took full advantage of Porto's slip-up last night, when the champions could only manage a 0-0 draw at Sporting Lisbon.

Nacional climbed into the top half of the standings with a 2-1 triumph at struggling Gil Vicente, second-half goals from Mexer and substitute Mateus overturning Luis Carlos' early opener.

Estoril remained seventh and two points better off than Nacional thanks to a 2-0 success at fifth-placed Rio Ave, with late goals from Carneiro Lica and Steven Vitoria - the latter from the penalty spot - proving decisive.

Finally, two goals in two minutes midway through the second period saw sixth-spotted Maritimo's clash with Moreirense end 1-1. Filipe Goncalves grabbed the opener for the second-bottom visitors, but substitute Costa Kukula swiftly restored parity.



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