Liverpool 1 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, December 13, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) All eyes were on referee Howard Webb at Anfield after Steven Gerrard appeared to be hacked down in the box by William Gallas, but not penalty was awarded. Liverpool proceeded to dominate the match, and they were rewarded four minutes from the break when Almunia flapped at a free-kick that allowed Dirk Kuyt to plant home the opener. (First half highlights here.) The Gunners responded early in the second half as a sweeping attack crisscrossing the Liverpool backline was finished by Glen Johnson’s unfortunate own-goal. Johnson’s personal trauma continued in the 58th minute as the full-back was caught napping at the back-post and Andrei Arshavin capitalised with a thundering shot into Reina’s near post.
Middlesbrough 0 – Cardiff 1 (Championship, December 13, 2009) Winger Chris Burke scored for the third successive game as Cardiff moved up to third place in the Championship, condemning Gordon Strachan to still having to wait for his first home win as Boro’s boss.