Ajax win at Feyenoord
Ajax enjoyed their first victory in five years at archrivals Feyenoord in the Dutch league on Sunday to move top as leaders PSV Eindhoven were held to a goalless draw by Roda JC Kerkrade. Siem de Jong headed home the opener for Ajax five minutes before the break after the Feyenoord defense failed to clear a free-kick and 11 minutes into the second half Mounir El Hamdaoui doubled the lead. Central defender Andre Bahia pulled one back 10 minutes before time for Feyenoord, whose Dutch international Ron Vlaar limped off the pitch with a hamstring injury. After their 2-1 win, Ajax are top with 16 points from six matches, two ahead of PSV and Groningen. Champions Twente Enschede slipped to fourth with 12 points after being held 0-0 by 10-man Heracles Almelo, who had Mark-Jan Fledderus sent off on the stroke of halftime. AZ Alkmaar had their first win of the season, beating NEC Nijmegen 1-0 with Brazilian Jonathas on target after 28 minutes, while Utrecht came from behind twice to beat VVV Venlo 3-2, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel scoring a brace.
Olympiakos close the gap
Olympiakos Piraeus closed the gap on early Super League pacesetters Iraklis to one point on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 victory at Panserraikos. Serbian striker Marco Pantelic’s goal in the 32nd minute gave Olympiakos their second win in three league matches. The result means Olympiakos are second with six points, with unbeaten Iraklis leading the way with seven points. AEK missed the chance to join Olympiakos on six points when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Asteras Tripolis. AEK fought back from two goals down, with strikes in the final 10 minutes from Algeria forward Rafik Djebbour and Argentine winger Nacho Scocco canceling out earlier efforts from Salim Aras and Kostas Fortounis. Djibril Cisse scored twice for champions Panathinaikos, but his side’s stuttering start continued as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Kavala on Saturday. Panathinaikos went ahead through Cisse after 12 minutes, but were stunned when Kavala scored twice in three minutes through Douglao and veteran French striker Jean-Claude Darcheville. Cisse netted again 11 minutes from time, but Panathinaikos now lie seventh.
Benfica down Sporting
Oscar Cardozo scored both goals as Benfica beat Sporting 2-0 in the Portuguese league derby on Sunday. The Paraguay striker struck with his left foot in the 13th minute and then again in the 49th minute to keep Sporting without a win at their neighbor’s Stadium of Light since the 2005-2006 season. Benfica moved on to six points after their second win of the season, while Sporting have seven points. Sporting Braga have eight points after blowing a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw against Pacos de Ferreira. Also on Sunday, Rio Ave drew 2-2 with Academica and Naval and Setubal drew 0-0.
Salzburg knocked out of Cup
Big-spending Red Bull Salzburg continued their nightmare start to the season on Sunday when they were knocked out of the Austrian Cup by third division Blau Weiss Linz. Danilo Duvjak put Linz ahead following a corner in the 26th minute and Harun Sulimani doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime. Boris Arapovic put the team from the Regional Middle League 3-0 ahead in the 65th minute, before Austria striker Roman Wallner scored a consolation. Wallner also had a late penalty saved by David Wimleitner.