Bolton 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (Extended highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Dimitar Berbatov was the hero in the 89th minute as he headed home a Tevez cross for the only goal of the game to send United top for the first time this season. (First-half highlights here, second-half highlights here.)
Chelsea 2 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Kalou had a great chance to put Chelsea in front at home to Stoke but the Ivorian hit his effort over the bar. (First-half highlights here.) On the hour mark Stoke stunned Stamford Bridge, debutant James Beattie brought the ball down and played in Rory Delap who chipped over Petr Cech for the opener. Just as Stoke thought they would secure their first away win of the season, Juliano Belletti popped up with a late equaliser in the 88th minute. Deep into injury-time the Blues grabbed a sensational win thanks to a fine strike from Frank Lampard.
Hull 1 – Arsenal 3 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal took the advantage at the KC Stadium when Emmanuel Adebayor rose powerfully to head home a van Persie corner. (First-half highlights here.) The Gunners were made to pay for failing to add a second, Mendy’s deflected cross fell into the path of Daniel Cousin, who got between the two defenders to head in the equaliser. But Arsenal won the match with two goals in the final 10 minutes, van Persie set up Samir Nasri for 2-one, and Nicklas Bendter (offside) wrapped up the win from yet another van Persie assist.
Sunderland 1 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The Black Cats broke the deadlock 14 minutes in when Carlos Edwards’ free-kick was converted by Danny Collins at the back post. James Milner controversially levelled, when he appeared to handle the ball as he attempted to head in Young’s cross. Young was then given a straight red for a two-footed lunge before Gareth Barry converted a penalty.
Manchester City 1 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Pablo Zabaleta’s first goal for City earned his club a crucial 1-nil win over in-form Wigan, Mark Hughes’s side played most of the second half down to 10 men after captain Richard Dunne was shown a straight red card for kicking Wigan’s Egypt striker Amr Zaki.
West Brom 3 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) West Brom moved off the foot of the table by cruising past Boro. Chris Bruntâ€™s deflected shot squeezed past Ross Turnbull to break the deadlock, before the Baggies went 2-up when Robert Koren struck a 12-yard shot past Turnbull. Boroâ€™s misery was compounded after 62 minutes when Didier Digard was sent off before Korenâ€™s brilliant 18-yard strike made it three.
Blackburn 3 – Newcastle 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Sam Allardyce came back to haunt his old club, Benni McCarthy scored from the penalty spot just after the break, Jason Roberts doubled the lead after Nicky Butt was sent off for the Magpies. And Roberts added a third four minutes from the end to put the result beyond doubt. (After the third goal, Joey Barton confronted his own teammate Jose Enrique to shout at his for the goal.)
Bristol City 2 – Wolves 2 (Championship, January 17, 2009) Championship leaders Wolves took the lead at City after a howler from home keeper Basso, Michael Kightly hurled a lofty ball into the box, the keeper came and miss and Neill Collins had the simple job of scoring. And Basso was again at fault for conceding a second goal, the keeper failing to clear his lines successfully with Matt Jarvis doubling the lead. Dele Adebola pulled a goal back for the hosts and three minutes later the comeback was completed by Nicky Maynard.
Preston 2 – Burnley 1 (Championship, January 17, 2009) Callum Davidson’s opener for Preston from the penalty spot was cancelled out by Robbie Blake’s stunning free-kick, but a second spot-kick was converted by Neil Mellor five minutes from time as Preston took the points.
Manchester United 4 – West Brom 1 (U18s Premier Academy League, January 17, 2009) Davide Petrucci opened the scoring with a screamer into the far corner before Oliver Norwood unleashed a rocket from 25 yards. The Baggies pulled a goal back from the spot, only to see Nicky Ajose restore the Redsâ€™ two-goal advantage on 55 minutes. Petrucci then scored his second of the day when he fired through a crowd of players, but the Italian was denied a hat-trick by a super penalty save from Ryan Allsop.
Barcelona 5 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, January 17, 2009) Barca took the lead over Depor after 21 minutes, Leo Messi scoring a super goal after a solo slalom run. One became two six minutes later, Thierry Henry scoring a rare header from Danny Alves’ cross after Messi refused to let the ball go out of play. And the first half blitz against La Coruna was completed by Samuel Eto’o following yet another Alves cross from the right. (First-half highlights here.) Barca killed the game with two goals in the final 10 minutes, Henry bagged his second before Aranzubia brought down Puyol and Eto’o dispatched the penalty.
Sevilla 1 – Numancia 0 (La Liga, January 17, 2009) Renato’s late strike gave Sevilla an unconvincing over Numancia and saw the Andalusians move into second place.
Albacete 0 – Hercules 3 (Segunda Division, January 17, 2009)
Rayo Vallecano 1 – Las Palmas 1 (Segunda Division, January 17, 2009)
AC Milan 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, January 17, 2009) Could Alexandre Pato take over the mantle from Kaka at the San Siro? The Duck scored his third goal in two games firing a low bullet off in the post, to give the Rossoneri the win at home to Fiorentina.
Siena 1 – Reggina 0 (Serie A, January 17, 2009) Mario Frick’s goal 15 minutes from time was enough to give the Bianconeri three points which sees them leapfrog Sampdoria and move up to the relative comfort of 14th spot.
Treviso 0 – Bari 2 (Serie B, January 17, 2009) Bari benefited from two own goals, Pianu accidentally nodded a dangerous cross into his own net and late on Mezzano completed the own goal rout.
Salernitana 2 – Mantova 1 (Serie B, January 17, 2009) Di Napoli made the most of a Handanovic error and Scarpa doubled the lead just before half-time. Mantova lost Locatelli after he overreacted after being booked for simulation. Corona got 10-man Mantova back into it late on, but Caridi also saw red.
Rimini 1 – Cittadella 0 (Serie B, January 17, 2009) Rimini brought down solid Cittadella, who were unable to recover from an early Ricchiuti goal.
Piacenza 1 – Vicenza 0 (Serie B, January 17, 2009)
Nantes 1 – Bordeaux 2 (Ligue 1, January 17, 2009) The visitors took the lead on 11 minutes when Yoann Gourcuff rose to head home a cross from Benont Tremoulinas. Marouane Chamakh’s header increased the lead on 70 minutes before Nantes struck an 89th minute consolation through Filip Djordjevic’s free-kick.
Toulouse 3 – Nancy 0 (Ligue 1, January 17, 2009) Andre Luiz put through his own net in the third minute of injury-time at the end of the first half before Andre-Pierre Gignac grabbed a second goal nine minutes from time. Gignac then turned provider for the third on 88 minutes as his cross was turned in by Paulo Cesar.
Nice 2 – Auxerre 0 (Ligue 1, January 17, 2009) Loic Remy made the breakthrough five minutes after half-time and Habib Bamogo made the points safe in stoppage time.
Twente 2 – Vitesse 1 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2009) Steve McClaren’s side continued their impressive season with a hard fought victory at the Arke Stadion. Blaise Nkufo put Twente ahead on 19 minutes, but Vitesse hit back just after the break when Sebastien Sanosi struck. But the home side were not to be denied as Danish star Kenneth Perez struck on 66 minutes. The win means Twente are now just a point behind second placed Ajax.
Den Haag 2 – Heracles 2 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2009) Den Haag took the lead through Karim Soltani (22), but Ricky van den Bergh levelled before the break. Timothy Derjick restored Den Haag’s lead just after the break, but they could not hang on for the win as Emanuel Boakye levelled 10 minutes from time. Heracles were controversially denied the win by referee Ruud Bossen after Bas Dost’s 91st minute header appeared to have crossed the line only for the officials to rule otherwise.
NAC Breda 1 – FC Utrecht 1 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2009) Patrick Zwaanswijk looked to have grabbed the winner just after the half-hour mark. But Utrecht midfielder Tom Caluwe struck in the last minute to silence the FujiFilm Stadion.
Porto 1 – Academica 0 (Carlsberg Cup, January 17, 2009) Nunes was unfortunate to head the ball into his own net when attempting to cut out a cross.
Standard Liege 3 – Dender 2 (Jupiler League, January 17, 2009) Milan Jovanovic put Standard in the lead after just three minutes but Dender immediately equalised through Oguchi Onyewu. Dieumerci Mbokani restored the home side’s lead but again Dender responded immmediately as Daan de Pever levelled. Standard eventually secured the win through Steven Defour.
Panserraikos 0 – Olympiakos 1 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2009) Torosidis steered in a free-kick as Olympiakos claimed the points.
Iraklis 0 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2009) Blanco hit the winner for AEK.
Asteras 3 – Thrasivoulos 0 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2009)
Galatasaray 4 – Malatyaspor 2 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2009) Gala were 2-up at the break through Yilmaz and Karan. Both sides lost players at the start of the second half, Gungor saw red for Gala while Tugcu was dismissed for the visitors. Akici pulled at a goal back for Malatyasporonly for Arda Turan to restore the two goal cushion. Koyuncu scored and was later sent off for the visitors only for Yildiz to settle the match from the spot.
Antalyaspor 2 – Gaziantepspor 0 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2009) Both goals arrived in a five minute spell in the second half, Dijehoua opened with a rebound and Tita sealed the win with a diving header.
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2 – Maccabi Haifa 0 (Ligat ha’Al, January 17, 2009) Lior Asulin was the hero for Petah’s Tikva, scoring the first after good work from Pablo Bastianini down the down before setting up Bastianini for the second.
AEP Paphos 2 – Anorthosis Famagusta 2 (Cypriot First Division, January 17, 2009)
Enosi 0 – Apollon 3 (Cypriot First Division, January 17, 2009)
Eintracht Bamberg 0 – Bayern Munich 3 (Friendly, January 17, 2009) Philip Lahm, Tim Borowski and Miroslav Klose scored Bayern’s goal on a snowed-out pitch.
Queensland Roar 3 – Sydney FC 1 (A-League, January 17, 2009) A hat-trick from Sergio van Dijk ended Sydney’s hopes of reaching the A-League finals, the visitors’ goal coming from 17-year-old Kofi Danning in the first half.
Oman 0* – Saudi Arabia 0 (Pens. 6-5) (Gulf Cup Final, January 17, 2009) Hosts Oman made history on Saturday after beating Saudi Arabia 6-5 in a penalty shootout to win the 19th Gulf Cup for the first time. Taiseer Al Jasem, one of Saudi Arabia’s best players in the tournament, was the villain, failing to find the back of the net on the sixth penalty.