Owen, Trezeguet strike blow for golden oldies
Michael Owen and David Trezeguet may be the wrong side of 30, but advancing years haven't dimmed their appetite for grabbing goals at the highest level.
Real Madrid cast-offs Raul, 33, and 34-year-old Ruud van Nistelrooy also showed their cutting edge is as sharp as ever as they found the target in the Bundesliga at the weekend.
Trezeguet, Owen and Raul were all responsible for claiming goals for their sides, with winners and vital equalisers amongst their exploits over this round of games.
Owen, who spent one season with Real after leaving Liverpool, scored his 200th goal in English club football on Sunday as Manchester United twice came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw against Bolton in the Premier League.
Former England star Owen, who will be 31 in December, glanced in a 74th-minute header to give United a share of the points at the Reebok Stadium.
"It's always a tough place to come. We created enough chances and dominated so we're disappointed to only get a point," said Owen. "It's nice to score goals but it's obviously tinged with a bit of disappointment because we didn't get the three points."
The result left United three points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. With an injury cloud over Wayne Rooney, Owen may get a chance to impress in the Champions League clash in Valencia on Wednesday.
In Spain, veteran French striker Trezeguet scored twice as promoted Hercules took another big league scalp defeating Sevilla 2-0.
Hercules caused the sensation of the season when they beat champions Barcelona 2-0 a fortnight ago and followed that by downing Sevilla, regulars on the Champions League circuit and fourth last season. It was a first league defeat of the season for Sevilla who lie sixth, five points off leaders Valencia with Hercules now just a point behind them.
A World Cup winner with France in 1998, Trezeguet, now 32, struck a penalty on 21 minutes to put Hercules ahead and grabbed a second on 38 minutes after great work from Dutch midfielder Roysten Drenthe, who is on loan from Madrid.
Trezeguet has now scored three times for Hercules having made a surprise free transfer move to the league newcomers after a decade with Italian giants Juventus.
Last season's Bundesliga runners-up Schalke drew 2-2 with Borussia Moenchengladbach with former Spanish international striker Raul scoring in the 87th minute to seal his team's comeback from 2-0 down.
Schalke remain second from bottom of the table, but 33-year-old Raul would have been delighted to get off the mark with his first league goal for his new German employers.
Van Nistelrooy scored his fourth league goal of the campaign but couldn't stop Hamburg from slipping to a 3-2 defeat at Werder Bremen. The Dutch striker was on target in the 59th minute as Hamburg remained in eighth place in the German top flight.