Dutch leaders Twente & Ajax held to draws; Lukaku on target as Anderlect pummel Standard Liege; Benfica & Braga lead in Portugal; Pana & Gala win

NAC 1 – Ajax 1 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2010) Ajax got off to a rocky start at NAC when Ellery Cairo swept the hosts in the 19th minute, but the Amsterdammers levelled in the 37th minute through Rasmus Lindgren.

Utrecht 0 – FC Twente 0 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2010) The Domstedelingen came close to grabbing the full three points thoug well into stoppage time. Francis Dickoh tried his luck with a powerful shot, but Twente glovesman Sander Boschker pulled off a superb save to keep a clean sheet. Twente midfielder Wout Brama received his marching orders after 90 minutes following a foul on Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

NEC 2 – Vitesse 1 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2010) Lasse Nilsson’s penalty had given Vitesse an early lead, but Said Ntibazonkiza levelled for NEC on 27 minutes and Ramon Zomer scored the winner 11 minutes after halftime.

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Standard Liege 0 – Anderlecht 4 (Jupiler League, January 17, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Anderlecht lead after Jonathan Legear scored after 7 minutes, and Liege were up against it when Axel Witsel picked up yet another red card for a filthy foul on Roland Juhasz. After the break 16-year-old sensation Romelu Lukaku scored a second, and late own goals from Moussa Traore and Eliaquim Mangala sealed the league leaders comfortable victory.

Roeselare 1 – KV Mechelen 2 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010) Mechelen moved ahead ten minutes before the break through Julien Gorius. Roeselare responded 20 minutes from time when Joeri Dequevy struck, but Mechelen dramatically grabbed the winner through Aloys Nong after a long-ball to claim the points.

Sint-Truiden 2 – Lokeren 1 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010)

Charleroi 1 – Racing Genk 3 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010)

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Maritimo 0 – Benfica 5 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) At a traditionally difficult venue, Benfica thumped Maritimo 5-0 in Madeira, with the hosts reduced to nine men before half time. Goals from Saviola, Maxi Pereira, Cardozo (penalty), Luisao and a Roberto Sousa own goal kept the Eagles level on points with table toppers Braga.

Academica Coimbra 0 – Braga 2 (Superliga, January 17, 2010 )A goal at the end of each half from Meyong (penalty) and Matheus kept Braga top of the standings. It was Braga’s third consecutive win in the league and shattered Academica’s perfect home record in the Liga Sagres since Andre Vilas-Boas took over as their new coach.

Rio Ave 0 – Uniao Leiria 2 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) Cassio and Ronny scored in Uniao Leiria’s 2-0 win at Rio Ave.

Belenenses 1 – Leixoes 3 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) Hugo Morais, Christian Pouga and Didi netted as Leixoes won 3-1 at Belenenses.

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Panathinaikos 2 – Levadeiakos 0 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010) Karagounis put Panathinaikos in the lead in the 26th with a blistering shot from 30 yards, claiming his second goal of the season, and five minutes before the end of the half Salpingidis made the score 2-0.

Kavala 0 – Olympiakos 0 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010) Olympiakos squandered at least three scoring opportunities in the first half. Matt Derbyshire found the goalkeeper out of position but Douglao saved on the goal line on the stroke of halftime.

Panionios 2 – Levadiakos 2 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010)

Atromitos 2 – Larissa 1 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010)

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Galatasaray 5 – Denizli Belediyespor 1 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

Sivasspor 4 – Giresunspor 3 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

Denizlispor 1 – Bursaspor 1 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

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Hapoel Ramat Gan 0 – Maccabi Haifa 5 (Ligat ha’Al, January 17, 2010) A pair of braces from Lior Rafaelov and Vladimir Dvalishvili powered Maccabi Haifa to a 5-0 victory over Hapoel Ramat Gan.