Steven Pienaar (Everton, England) Result: 1-2 vs Manchester United (away) What Everton boss David Moyes described as a “moment of madness” from Pienaar brought the Toffees’ 13-match unbeaten run to an end as the midfielder inexplicably stuck out a trailing leg to bring down Ryan Giggs in the 88th minute and gift United a penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo converted. The Bafana star was having a good game to that point, he put in the cross from which Tim Cahill scored Everton’s equaliser, but he will have learnt that lazy tackling in the English Premiership will be punished. Hopefully for Pienaar he will be able to put this disappointment behind him with a hectic Christmas period of matches on the horizon.
Matthew Pattison (Norwich City, England, loan) Result: 1-0 vs Scunthorpe United (away) Played an hour for the second week running before being substituted, but he has now started every match since his loan move from Newcastle United – seven in all, though he has completed just two of those. A vast improvement from playing reserve team football for the Magpies.
Glynn Hurst (Bury, England) Result: 1-2 vs Chester City (away) Played the full 90 minutes for the second week running, failed to score for the second week running and picked up a yellow card for the second week running. Déjà vu.
Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos, Greece) Result: 3-1 vs OFI Crete (home) Helped his side bounce back from their surprise defeat last weekend with an assured display for 90 minutes.
Pierre Issa (OFI Crete, Greece) Result: 1-3 vs Panathinaikos (away) Scored an own goal just 60 seconds after his side had equalised after trying to clear Giorgos Karagounis’ effort, but instead bundling the ball into his own net.
Glen Salmon (PAOK Salonika, Greece) Result: 1-0 vs Levadiakos (home) Played 89 minutes and has now started all but one of his sides 13 matches this season, scoring three goals in the process.
Elrio van Heerden (Club Brugge, Belgium), and Michael Modubi and Jeffrey Ntuka (both Westerlo, Belgium) Result: Westerlo P Club Brugge P Brugge’s final game of 2007 against Westerlo was postponed because of an unplayable pitch and will now only be played in the New Year. The Belgium League now breaks until January 18, 2008.
Asanda Sishuba (Sint-Truiden, Belgium) Result: 0-1 vs Mechelen (home) Started his first game since early November, but couldn’t help his side to victory, picking up a yellow card as well. Completed the match, but will now have to wait for January 18, 2008 for his next outing as the Belgium League breaks for Christmas.
Boy-Boy Mosia (Oud-Heverlee Leuven, Belgium) Result: 2-0 vs Hamme (home) Managed just five minutes of the match before limping off injured and early indications are he could be out for up to two months.
Rowen Fernandez, Sibusiso Zuma, Siyabonga Nkosi (all Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), Delron Buckley (Borussia Dortmund, Germany) and Bradley Carnell (Karlsruher, Germany) The German Bundesliga has stopped for the winter break and will resume on February 2, 2008.
Those that did not see action: Aaron Mokoena (Blackburn Rovers, England), Benni McCarthy (Blackburn Rovers, England), Bally Smart (Milton Keynes Dons, England, loan), Justin Miller (Port Vale, England)
By Nick Said