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Aston Villa Boss Gerard Houllier Hopeful Stilian Petrov Will Not Require Surgery

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is hopeful Stilian Petrov will not need surgery to overcome his knee problem. The Frenchman is hopeful his captain will be back within two months from the lateral knee ligament injury suffered against Sunderland on Saturday. But Houllier knows it may be two months before the central midfielder is back in action if he has to have an operation. Houllier said:...Full Story »

A Video Guide To The 2010 Ballon d'Or Shortlist (Part 3)

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

In honour of FIFA’s Ballon d’Or announcement on Tuesday we have put together a video guide to the 23 nominations put forward by football’s world governing body. Part one can be seen here, part two here, while we now finish off with part three. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast). Arguably the best striker on the planet excelled for Chelsea last season with an amazing return of 32 goal...Full Story »

PSV, Ajax, Twente all win in Dutch league

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

AMSTERDAM (AP)—PSV Eindhoven outplayed Vitesse Arnhem 2-0 to extend its unbeaten run to 11 games and maintain top spot in the Dutch league. Balazs Dzsudzsak converted a penalty and set up Jonathan Reis for the other. Also Wednesday, Mounir El Hamdaoui scored twice in Ajax’s 3-1 win over SC Heerenveen. Captain Luis Suarez fed El Hamdaoui for the 11th minute opener before Bas Dost&...Full Story »

Rangers, Celtic reach League Cup semifinals

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP)—Rangers and Celtic reached the semifinals of Scotland’s League Cup on Wednesday. A double from Anthony Stokes and Niall McGinn’s goal put Celtic 3-0 up inside 13 minutes before it resisted a St. Johnstone fightback to win 3-2. Sam Parkin reduced the deficit before the break and Murray Davidson headed in the second in the 54th minute. It was an easier...Full Story »

Arsenal routs Newcastle 4-0 in League Cup

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AP)—Theo Walcott’s double helped Arsenal rout Newcastle 4-0 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the League Cup. Arsenal went ahead through Newcastle ‘keeper Tim Krul’s 45th-minute own goal and Walcott netted his first at the start of the second half. AP - Oct 3, 11:05 am EDT 1 of 6 World Soccer Gallery Nicklas Bendtner scored in the 83rd minute before Wal...Full Story »

Sevilla begins Copa del Rey defense with big win

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID (AP)—Alvaro Negredo scored twice as Sevilla began its Copa del Rey defense with a 4-0 first-leg victory at Real Irun on Wednesday. Negredo showed great control to slot the first home just before halftime. Yuri Bercheche was red carded for blocking Negredo’s chip in the 50th minute and, although Negredo missed the penalty, he volleyed Jose Carlos Fernandez’s free kick h...Full Story »

Argentine league may call off weekend games

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—The Argentine Football Association is considering postponing this weekend’s matches following the death Wednesday of former president Nestor Kirchner. AFA president Julio Grondona, speaking in a radio interview from Zurich, said games could be suspended. AFA officials were to meet later Wednesday to make a decision about the weekend schedule. Kirchner, ...Full Story »

Leaders Mainz dumped out of cup by minnows Aachen

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

BERLIN (AFP) - Bundesliga leaders Mainz crashed out of the German Cup on Tuesday night when they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at second division Alemannia Aachen in their second-round tie. Thomas Tuchel's Mainz have been a surprise package in the Bundesliga and enjoy a two-point lead after nine league games, but they suffered only their second defeat of the season at the hands of Aachen. Goals ...Full Story »

Mainz upset by Alemannia Aachen in German Cup

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)—Second-division Alemannia Aachen upset Bundesliga leader Mainz 2-1 in the second round of the German Cup on Wednesday. Former Mainz player Benjamin Auer put Aachen ahead after 26 minutes and Marco Hoeger doubled the lead in the 60th before Adam Szalai pulled one back for Mainz. Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel was sent off late in the game for arguing with the referee. &...Full Story »

Spartak inflict Zenit's first defeat

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian league leaders Zenit St Petersburg were beaten for the first time this season on Wednesday in a 1-0 reverse at the hands of nine-time champions Spartak Moscow. Despite the defeat Zenit remain top of the table with 57 points from 24 matches, six points ahead of defending champions Rubin Kazan, who have also played a game more. CSKA Moscow, who drew 0-0 with city rivals Dy...Full Story »

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