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19 okt 2008 - Source:

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Atlético Madrid were beaten 2-1 by townsmen Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderón on Saturday night, ahead of their UEFA Champions league clash with Liverpool on Wednesday. Dirk Kuyt scored twice as Liverpool came from behind to beat Wigan 3-2 at Anfield.
Atlético Madrid-Real Madrid: 1-2
Atlético Madrid crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid after Gonzalo Higuain slotted home the winning goal from the spot deep into injury time. Ruud van Nistelrooy was one of the most conspicuous players on the field at Vincent Calderón. The Real striker opened the scoring after only 34 seconds, when he evaded his marker and beat keeper Atlético-keeper Leo Franco at the near post. 'Von Gol', who had a goal disallowed, was controversially given his marching orders for an alleged foul on Maniche, after Atlético's Luis Perea had already been sent off for kicking out at Wesley Sneijder. Atlético Madrid looked to have snatched one point when substitute Simão had struck an equaliser from a well-taken free kick in the final minute of official time, but disaster struck in injury time. Atlético defender John Heitinga brought down substitute Royston Drenthe, who easily went down and won a penalty. Gonzalo Higuaín kept his composure, piling more misery on rivals Atlético.
Liverpool-Wigan Athletic 3-2
Dirk Kuyt may not be the most prolific finisher in the Premier League, but the Dutch international scored a double to give Liverpool all three points against Wigan Athletic at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. He scored the winning goal against 10-man Wigan with a fantastic scissor-kick five minutes from time. Amr Zaki gave the visitors the lead twice, scoring a spectacular overhead-kick to restore The Latics's lead. After Antonio Valencia had been sent off, the game swung in Liverpool's favour. Albert Riera restored parity for The Reds and Kuijt Kuyt sealed the win with his fourth goal in three games. Liverpool, who are joint leaders in the Premier League, will travel to Madrid full of confidence. Olympique Marseille will face Valenciennes tonight, with a 9pm kick-off. Marseille will travel to Eindhoven on Monday night to prepare for Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League tie with PSV.