Everton 1 – Liverpool 0 (AET) (FA Cup, February 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In the third meeting between Everton and Liverpool in recent weeks, Xabi Alonso had the first shot on target in the FA Cup replay. (First half highlights here.) In the second half Liverpool had Lucas Leiva sent off for a second booking. But Everton could not capitalise, and the match headed to extra time where one minute from the dreaded penalty shootout Andy Van Der Medye’s cross fell to young Dan Gosling and he curled a (deflected) shot past Riena for the winner.
Aston Villa 3 – Doncaster 1 (FA Cup, February 4, 2009) Steve Sidwell and a defelcted John Carew effort put Villa into a commanding lead, Jason Price beat Guzan to put the Championship side back into the game, but Nathan Delfouneso completed the win.
Blackburn 2 – Sunderland 1 (AET) (FA Cup, February 4, 2009) Forgotten man David Healy gave the Black Cats the perfect start with the opening goal after seven minutes with a neat finish. Rovers rallied, and Aaron Mokoena equalised with his first goal in almost two years. The match went into extra time, where Benni McCarthy stepped off the bench to steer Blackburn into the fifth round heading home a Carlos Villanueva free-kick.
Burnley 3 – West Brom 1 (FA Cup, February 3, 2009) Burnley claimed their fourth Premier League scalp of the season. Wade Elliot and Steven Thompson put the home side two- up before Gianni Zuiverloon pulled one back. Robbie Blake twisted the WBA defence ragged to set up Thompson for his second late on.
SevillaÂ 2 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (Copa del Rey, February 4, 2009) Athletic kept up their recent good form by taking the lead, Fernando Llorente scoring with a header from a corner. On the hour mark Bilbao repeatedly failed to clear a corner and Aldo Duscher slammed home the equaliser. With seven minutes remaining Freddy Kanoute was rewarded for taking a tumble in the box, but karma came back to bite as Kanoute hit his spot-kick against the post and then missed the rebound too. Sevilla stole the victory in the second minute of injury time courtesy of Lautaro Acosta.
Juventus 0* – Napoli 0 (Pens. 4-3) (Coppa Italia, February 4, 2009) A goalless match in the Coppa Italia between Juve and Napoli was brightened up by arguably the lowest header in the world from Alessandro Del Piero. Napoli’s Walter Gargano burst clean through in the 81st minute only for Olof Mellberg to come flying in with a match-saving tackle. With the game sent into extra time, Trezeguet was unfortunate to see a perfect good goal chalked off for offside. In extra time Del Piero had a goal ruled out for a handball in the build up.
PSG 0 – Bordeaux 3 (Coupe De La Ligue, February 4, 2009) PSG took on Bordeaux in the glamour tie of the round, and it was the visitors who struck first when David Bellion benefited from a patient build up to head in the opener. Bordeaux’s second came from a quick counter-attack, Souleymane Diawara was sent through and the Senegalese forward expertly lobbed the keeper. Wendel wrapped up the win in the 90th minute.
Nice 1 – Vannes 1* (Pens. 3-4) (Coupe De La Ligue, February 4, 2009) After an hour without a goal, Vannes put together a move straight through the Nice defence and Khiter bagged the opener. With two minutes remaining Nice drew level thanks to Ben Saada. With no goals in extra time the match went to penalties and Vannes stunned the Ligue 1 side winning the shootout 4-3.
AZ Alkmaar 1 – Roda 0 (Eredivise, February 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Mounir El Hamdaoui struck the winner with 14 minutes remaining to earn AZ their 10th home win in a row and leave them nine points clear at the top.
Twente 4 – NAC Breda 1 (Eredivise, February 4, 2009) Twente took a 2-goal lead in the first half, Marko Arnautovic headed the first while Peter Wisgerhof turned in the second from a corner. (First half highlights here.) The industrious Eljero Elia bagged a third on the hour mark with Fouad Idabdelhay netting for NAC. Romano Denneboom completed the rout in the 90th minute. (Second half highlights here.)
Feyenoord 1 – Sparta 0 (Eredivise, February 4, 2009) Diego Biseswar opened the scoring for Feyenoord with a stunning solo effort against Sparta, the forward raced clear in the inside right position before chipping the keeper with an exquisite shot.
Willem II 1 – Volendam 2 (Eredivise, February 3, 2009) Ergan Swenkals opened the scoring for the home side after sticking away a penalty with five minutes gone. But basement boys Volendam turned the tables with Rowin Van Zaanen equalising on 58 minutes, before defender Henny Schilder snatched a late winner in the 85th minute.
Sporting Lisbon 4 – Porto 1 (Portuguese League Cup, February 4, 2009) Porto stole the lead at Sporting Lisbon when Tarik Sektioui fired across the keeper into the far corner. Leandro Romagnoli brought Sporting level from the spot. Sporting turned the match around at the start of the second half, Helder Postiga was hauled down in the box and Romagnoli scored his second penalty of the match. Derlei added a brilliant third after collecting a wonderful backheeled pass before claiming the fourth with a volley.
Benfica 2 – Vitoria Guimaraes 1 (Portuguese League Cup, February 4, 2009) Arnolin’s unlucky own goal, shouldering the ball int his own net, gave Benfica the lead. With three minutes remaining Pablo Aimar found the top corner for 2-nil, while there was time for Desmarets to pull a goal back.
Ankaraspor 2 – Denizlispor 1 (Turkish Cup, February 4, 2009) Kisa and Hurmaci put the hosts 2-up before Hurmaci claimed an 87th minute consolation.
Besiktas 3 – Antalyaspor 1 (Turkish Cup, February 4, 2009)
PAOK Saloniki 1 – Olympiakos 0 (Greek Cup, February 4, 2009) Slack defending from the Olympiakos reguard gifted the ball the Sergio Conceicao, but the POAK midfielder had plenty to do to score, pulling out a wonderful lob to break the deadlock.
Apollon 3 – Anorthosis 1 (Cypriot Cup, February 4, 2009) Apollon knock out local powerhouse Anorthosis in style, a textbook free-kick from Gaston Sangoy setting them on their way.
Rangers 2 – AC Milan 2 (Club Friendly, February 4, 2009) DaMarcus Beasley steered in the opener for Rangers only for Kaka to tee up Pato for the equaliser. (Beasley & Pato goals here.) With 12 minutes remaining Kaka put the Rossoneri into the lead, but Rangers sent the Ibrox crowd off happy as Sasa Papac equaliser with seven minutes on the clock.
Rapid Bucharest 1 – Vorskla 0 (Club Friendly, February 4, 2009)
Estudiantes 1 – Sporting Cristal 0 (Agg. 2-2) (Copa Libertadores, February 4, 2009) Estudiantes’ 1-nil win saw them squeeze into the Copa Libertadores second round on the away-goal rule, the goal arriving from a bullet header by substitute Ramon Lentini in the 77thÂ minute.
Real Potosi 0 – Palmeiras 2 (Agg. 1-7) (Copa Libertadores, February 4, 2009) Two of Palmeiras’s exciting youngster did the damage. Cleiton Xavier scored in the 31st minute with a powerful, right-footed shot before Keirrison stole the ball from the Real Potosi and rounded the goalkeeper to roll home the second goal in the 73rd.
Pachuca 2 – Univ. de Chile 1 (Agg. 2-2) (Copa Libertadores, February 4, 2009) Pachuca were dumped out the cup on the away goals rule. Gerardo Rodriguez and Damian Alvarez scored goals in the 24th and 86th minutes for Pachuca,Â but Marco Estradaâ€™s 58th minute free-kick proved to be the difference.
Japan 5 – Finland 1 (International Friendly, February 4, 2009) Okazaki fired Japan in front on 15 minutes with a fierce left-foot volley after springing Finland’s offside trap. Okazaki bagged the second after breaking through the backline once more, this time finishing with a low right-foot drive. Shinji Kagawa stabbed home Japan’s third on the stroke of halftime. Roni Porokara snatched a goal back for Finland before Yuji Nakazawa headed in his side’s fourth and Michihiru Yasuda completed the rout.
Bahrain 2 – South Korea 2 (International friendly, February 4, 2009)
Venezuela 0 – Brazil 3 (South American Under-20 Championships, February 4, 2009) Maylson’s low drive, a freak second from Giuliano after the keeper spilled the ball and Sandro’s well-taken third earned Brazil to comfortable win.
Paraguay 3 – Venezuela 0 (South American Under-20 Championships, February 2, 2009) Federico Santander broke the deadlock in spectactular circumstances, reeling off a first-time half volley from 25-yards out. The special strikes kept coming after the break, Hernan Perez added to his blossoming reputation weaving past three defenders before slotting home. Perez created the third in the final minutes, chipping over the keeper onto the woodwork for Ramirez to tap in.