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.
Ajax 2 – Heracles 2 (Eredivisie, February 3, 2009) Ajax’s miserable form continued in the first half at home to Heracles, Ricky van den Bergh firing a 20-yard post past a hapless Maarten Stekelenburg. And poor defending cost Ajax a second, Emanuelson’s weak header failed to clear a throw-on which Vojtech Schulmeister eventually turned home. Marco van Basten’s team rallied in the second half, Miralem Sulejmani pulled a goal back in the 70th minute and two minutes later Luis Suarez levelled from the spot after Siem de Jong took a tumble in the box.
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.
Sivasspor 1* – Galatasaray 1 (Agg. 2-2) (Pens. 3-1) (Turkish Cup, February 3, 2009) Galatasaray took an early lead through Arda Turan but Yanick Kamanan equalised on the half hour mark with a super strike into the top corner. The match moved into extra time, and in the 118th minute Sivasspor hadÂ Mehmet Yildiz sent off. Sivasspor won the shoot-out to progress to the semi-finals.
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.