European Football Saturday Round-up

A summary of the football action across Europe on Saturday.

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Swedish Allsvenskan

Both sides had a player sent off as IFK Gothenburg closed to within three points of Allsvenskan leaders Helsingborg with a 3-1 home victory over IF Elfsborg.

After a goalless first half Tobias Hysen (49) and Jakob Johansson (59) fired Goteborg into a two-goal lead but the latter was dismissed in the 71st minute.

That allowed Stefan Ishizaki to half the deficit from the penalty spot but Hysen struck in the last minute to rubber-stamp the points after Jon Jonsson saw red for the visitors in the final minutes.

IFK Norrkoping are up to eighth after substitute Bobbie Friberg da Cruz hit a last-gasp goal to settle a 2-1 win against struggling Brommapojkarna.

Andreas Johansson saw his 31st-minute opener rubbed out by Andreas Eriksson inside four minutes but defender Cruz was on hand to salvage all three points on the stroke of full-time.

Danish Superliga

Morten Nordstrand struck both goals as last season's runners-up Nordsjaelland earned their first win of the new Superliga season with a home victory over stuttering AaB.

Nordstrand opened the scoring in the 14th minute and although AaB drew level through Kasper Kusk just before the half-hour, Nordsjaelland were not to be denied and Nordstrand's second goal in the 71st minute earned them the points.

Nordsjaelland climb up to ninth in the 12-team league with the win while third-placed AaB, who have now taken just one point from a possible nine since starting the season with back-to-back wins, find themselves eight points of leaders Midtjylland.

Turkish Super Lig

Fenerbahce were given a wake-up call ahead of their Champions League qualifier against Arsenal as they started the new Super Lig season with a shock 3-2 loss at new boys Konyaspor.

Fener face the Gunners in midweek and looked set for the perfect warm-up as they went 2-0 up through Joseph Yobo (16) and Emre Belozoglu's penalty (27).

They then took their eye off the ball in dramatic fashion, though, as Konya scored three goals in the last 14 minutes to secure a dream start to life in the top flight.

Tomas Borek (76) got them going and Ali Camdali levelled (78) before Recep Aydid earned hero status with an 87th-minute winner.

Elsewhere, former Newcastle striker Lomana Tresor LuaLua scored one of the goals as Karabukspor beat Kasimpasa 2-0, with the other strike coming from Gokhan Unal.

The night's other game saw Sercan Kaya score the only goal as Caykur Rizespor - another promoted side - beat Genclerbirligi, who had Ante Kulusic sent off with six minutes left.

Portuguese Primeira Liga

Estoril and Guimaraes both kicked off their Primeira Liga campaigns with home victories to take a share of top spot with Braga.

After Braga claimed an opening-night win over Pacos de Ferreira on Friday, Estoril had Evandro to thank as his brace settled a 3-1 win over Nacional in Cascais.

Jorge Djaniny had opened the scoring for the visitors (29) but, after Evandro levelled on the stroke of half-time, Carlos Alberto Carlitos netted in first-half stoppage time to complete a swift turnaround.

All that was left was for Brazilian midfielder Evandro to rubber-stamp the points two minutes after the break.

Olhanense, meanwhile, offered no response to Moussa Maazou's second-half brace at Guimaraes as the Portuguese Cup holders claimed a 2-0 victory in a game which also saw Sebastian Mladen sent off for the visitors.

Dutch Eredivisie

Three second-half goals saw PSV Eindhoven defeat Go Ahead Eagles and make it a hat-trick of wins at the start of the new Eredivisie season.

After failing to make the breakthrough before half-time, PSV needed just three minutes of the second period to get their noses in front thanks to Florian Jozefzoon.

Oscar Hiljemark quickly added a second before Memphis Depay completed the 3-0 scoreline in the 83rd minute to leave last season's runners-up at the top of the standings.

Level on nine points with PSV are PEC Zwolle who claimed an impressive 5-1 victory away to NEC today.

All five of Zwolle's goals came inside the hour with Kamogelo Mokotjo (18 minutes and 52) and Fred Benson (37 and 49) netting braces after Jesper Drost (15) had opened the floodgates. NEC's only consolation came from Christoph Hemlein's 76th-minute strike.

FC Groningen would have joined PSV and Zwolle on nine points if they had beaten Cambuur Leeuwarden but they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline.

Michiel Hemmen set the home side on their way with a second-minute opener and Erik Bakker and Ramon Leeuwin added further goals to make it 3-0 at half-time.

Groningen pulled a goal back in the 50th minute through Michael De Leeuw but Wout Droste's 69th-minute effort ended any thoughts of a memorable comeback from the visitors.

AZ Alkmaar, the 2009 Dutch champions, beat RKC 2-1 away from home with Maarten Martens (84) scoring the winner just seconds after Jean-David Beauguel had equalised for the hosts. AZ had earlier taken a fourth-minute lead through Aron Johannsson.

Saturday's other match saw Roda JC draw 1-1 at home with Vitesse Arnhem, Valeri Kazaishvili putting the visitors ahead in the 62nd minute only to see Marc Hocher draw Roda level seven minutes later.

Belgian Jupiler League

On-loan Chelsea forward Thorgan Hazard scored both goals as Zulte-Waregem defeated 10-man Mons 2-0 to earn a share of the Jupiler Pro League lead.

Hazard, the younger brother of Blues and Belgium star Eden, opened the scoring with a third-minute penalty and then secured the points with a 90th-minute second after Mons had lost Flavien Le Postollec to a red card just after the hour mark.

The victory leaves Zulte-Waregem level on 10 points at the top of the standings with Lokeren and Club Brugge.

Lokeren defeated Genk 3-1 with goals Alexander Scholz (77 minutes) and Hans Vanaken (90) sealing the points after Genk midfielder Bennard Kumordzi (61) had cancelled out Hamdi Harbaoui's early opener.

Club Brugge, meanwhile, overcame a wobbly four-minute spell in the second half to beat Mechelen 2-1 away from home.

Club Brugge took a 39th-minute lead through Tom De Sutter but then hit a rough patch which saw Mechelen equalise through Seth De Witte's 71st-minute penalty and the visitors lose Laurens De Bock to a red card soon after. However, the 10 men of Club Brugge overcame those setbacks to snatch an 85th-minute winner from the spot courtesy of Timmy Simons.

It was a similar story for Kortrijk, who survived the 71st-minute dismissal of Nebosja Pavlovic to hold on for a 2-1 win at Charleroi. All three goals had come in quick succession in the first half with Brecht Capon (28) and Benito Raman (32) netting for Kortrijk either side of an equaliser from David Pollet (31).

There was a dramatic end in Gent where the home side snatched a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat against Lierse thanks to two stoppage-time strikes from Yassine El Ghanassy and Christophe Lepoint. Lierse had led since the fourth minute through Hernan Losada's goal.

In Saturday's other game, Cercle Brugge's 2-0 win over bottom club Oostende came courtesy of first-half goals from Gregory Mertens and Frederik Boi.

Greek Superleague

PAOK Salonika kicked off the new Greek Superleague season with a 3-0 win over Skoda Xanthi.

No bedding in time was requred for the Black and Whites, whose new coach, Huub Stephens, got off to a dream start.

He was helped by Dimos Baxevanidis getting sent off midway through the second half, but by that point Miguel Victor had already put his side ahead (43).

Baxevanidis was dismissed for a last-man foul that led to Lucas scoring a 67th-minute penalty and Stefanos Athanasiadis wrapped things up (73).

There was late drama at the Peristeri Stadium as Atromitos scored in the 87th minute to get a 2-2 draw against promoted Ergotelis.

The new boys scored first through Ziguy Badibanga's eighth-minute strike and, even though Javier Umbides equalised (25), they led at the break thanks to Elias Anastasakos.

They lost Borislav Jovanovic to a red card 16 minutes from time, though, and that proved costly as Dimitrios Papadopoulos earned the home side a point.

Four goals were shared at the Municipal Stadium too as Veria recovered from 2-0 down to draw with Platanias.

The home side raced into a lead through Thomas Nazlidis and Fanouris Goundoulakis, but Serbian striker Miljan Mrdakovic struck a second-half brace either side of Alexis Apostolopoulos' red to make a point for Veria.

French Ligue 1

Dimitri Payet continued his excellent start in a Marseille shirt with his third goal in his opening two Ligue 1 games to help his new side ease past Evian 2-0.

Payet, a summer signing from Lille, became only the fifth player to score a brace on his debut as Marseille beat Guingamp 3-1 last week and he was on the scoresheet again on Saturday, slotting home a low left-footed shot just after the hour mark.

Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also opened his account for the new season last week, had broken the deadlock in the 15th minute as Marseille made Evian pay for missing a host of chances.

Nice atoned for an opening-day humiliation by securing their first points of the season from a 2-1 victory over 10-man Rennes.

Dario Cvitanich saw his 20th-minute opener cancelled out by Nelson Oliveira just before the break but Jeremy Pied would hit what proved to be the winner following the restart.

Rennes winger Vincent Pajot was then dismissed at the death for a professional foul on Valentin Eysseric.

Israel international Eden Ben Basat earned Toulouse a point from a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux as both sides continue to look for their first win of the season.

The visitors opened the scoring through Cheick Diabate - the Mali international scoring two minutes before half-time - but held the lead for barely two minutes as Ben Basat chimed in.

St Etienne are one of three sides with a 100 per cent record after victory over Guingamp.

Les Verts sit behind Lyon and Marseille on goal difference, with Fabien Lemoine's second-half goal enough for a narrow 1-0 win.

Two late goals from Gianni Bruno and Adama Ba earned Bastia their first three-point haul of the new season after they saw off the challenge of Valenciennes in a 2-0 win.

Valenciennes came into the match having beaten Toulouse 3-0 first time out while Bastia had lost 2-0 at promoted Nantes, but it was Frederic Hantz's men who were celebrating tonight thanks to Bruno and Ba.

Bruno opened the scoring in the 78th minute and Ba added a second two minutes later with a diving header to seal the victory.

Reims claimed their first win this season at home to Lille as Mads Albaek's early score and Christopher Glombard's second-half scrambled strike settled a 2-1 victory.

Albaek put the home side ahead with a seventh-minute rocket before Glombard sealed the win midway through the second period, with Marko Basa's 88th-minute score for Lille only a late consolation.



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