Ten-man Anzhi beat Dynamo
Anzhi Makhachkala overcame the ninth-minute sending off of Brazilian defender Joao Carlos to defeat Dynamo Moscow 2-0 on Sunday and stay top of the Russian Premier League. Anzhi have 26 points from 11 matches and remain two points ahead of second-placed CSKA Moscow, who beat city rivals Spartak 2-0, while Terek Grozny are third on 22 points. Anzhi were rocked by the early loss of Carlos, who was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Dynamo striker Alexander Kokorin, but Dynamo were unable to make their one-man advantage count and were then also reduced to 10 men when Croatian fullback Gordon Schildenfeld was sent off just six minutes after the interval for handball. Anzhi upped the tempo and in the 75th minute Yury Zhirkov gave them the lead, beating Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin with a close-range shot after a one-two combination with Belgian teammate Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez. Skipper Samuel Eto’o added the second in the 87th minutes. CSKA clinched the lead against Spartak in the 16th minute through Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa, who scored from just inside the area from Keisuke Honda’s precise pass. The Red Army side continued their domination at the Luzhniki Stadium and in the 52nd minute Honda made it 2-0 after beating the Spartak defense on a breakaway. Meanwhile, reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg stopped their six-match winless streak, beating Krasnodar 2-0 to go fourth in the table. Midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov put Zenit into the lead in the 69th minute, firing the ball home from a corner. In the 78th minute, midfielder Viktor Faizulin grabbed the second from Zyryanov’s cross.
Twente beat AZ to go clear
Twente went three points clear at the top of the Dutch league on Sunday after a 3-0 victory over nine-man AZ. AZ, trailing to Belgium international Nacer Chadli’s goal on 20 minutes, had Jozy Altidore and Adam Maher dismissed within a minute early in the second half. The match flared up when the visitors were denied a penalty after a foul on Maher. Midfielder Maher was shown a straight red card for kicking a Twente player, then US international Altidore got his marching orders for dissent. Twente compounded AZ’s woes by adding to their lead through Dusan Tadic’s penalty and a Luc Castaignos strike. Steve McClaren’s side have 21 points after eight matches, three ahead of PSV Eindhoven, who cruised to a 4-0 home win over NAC Breda, with Jeremain Lens opening the scoring, before delivering three assists. Vitesse, who drew 3-3 with Heerenveen on Saturday, are third on 18 points, above Ajax, who slipped to fourth after being held to 1-1 draw by Utrecht. Ryan Babel finished a well-executed attack after six minutes to put Ajax ahead, but early in the second half Fabian Sporkslede headed into his own goal.
Porto win the Lisbon derby
Porto’s Jackson Martinez scored a superb back-heel goal that set up a deserved 2-0 home win over Lisbon rivals Sporting and sent the champions back to the top of the Portuguese Premier League on Sunday. Sporting, who sacked coach Ricardo Sa Pinto on Friday, never stood a chance against a confident Porto side. Martinez opened the scoring after 10 minutes, cushioning a long pass with his knee and, as he turned on goal, applying a neat back-heel that left goalkeeper Rui Patricio stranded. Lucho Gonzalez missed a penalty for Porto and Sporting had Marcos Rojo sent off, before James Rodriguez added a second from the penalty spot with seven minutes to go.