Bwin Cup: Benfica win 4-1 at Guimaraes; Braga beat Nacional on the road

Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Benfica 4 (Bwin Cup, January 3, 2012) Benfica began their defence of the Bwin Cup with a 4-1 win over Guimaraes that, after a closely-contested first 45 minutes, got rather more comfortable for the Eagles following Pedro Mendes’ dismissal. A Cardozo brace sandwiched goals from Axel Witsel and Rodrigo. Nacional 1 – Braga […]

Galatasaray go 5 clear; Yilmaz (who else!) fires Trabzonspor past Manisaspor

Galatasaray 4 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 (Super Lig, January 3, 2012) Emre Colak put the table-toppers ahead after seven minutes, only for Edin Visca to draw his side level after 14 minutes. But Buyuksehir lost Pierre Webo to a red card four minutes before the interval and Colak (51), Milan Baros (72) and Selcuk Inan (90) all […]

Copa Del Rey: Madrid’s second half blitz mowed down Malaga 3-2

Real Madrid 3 – Malaga 2 (Copa Del Rey last-16 first leg, January 3, 2012) (Longer highlights) Malaga sprung a surprise by taking the lead at the Bernabeu courtesy of Sergio Sanchez’sheader from a corner, and it got better for the hosts when Martin Demichelis headed home a carbon copy of the first on the half hour mark. Real got a toehold in […]

Copa Del Rey: 3rd-tier Albacete hold Bilbao; Mirandes slay Santander; Alcorcon upset Levante

Albacete 0 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (Copa Del Rey last-16 first leg, January 3, 2012) Spanish third-tier team Albacete sprung another surprise in the cup holding top flight Bilbao. Mirandes 2 – Racing Santander 0 (Copa Del Rey last-16 first leg, January 3, 2012) First half goals from Pablo Infante and Mikel Martins earned Mirandes the giant-slaying win over […]

Man City pull three points clear with a 3-goal haul over Liverpool

Manchester City 3 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, January 3, 2012) (Extended highlights, MOTD highlights) Moments after Downing blew a one-on-one with Hart in the 9th, Sergio Aguero bagged his 16th of the season after the lethal Argentinean took a 20-yard pop on target and the ball bounced under Reina’s body and in. Just after the half […]

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