Arsenal 4 – Cardiff 0 (FA Cup, February 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended ITV highlights here.) Arsenal broke the deadlock against Cardiff with a goal that the whole football community can celebrate, Eduardo da Silva marked his return to the Gunners first team starting and finishing the move to claim the opener. Just after the half hour it was 2-nil as Nicklas Bendtner headed home a Nasri corner. (First half highlights here.) A wonderful night for da Silva was furthered early in the second half, the Croatian was fouled in the box and Eduardo stepped up to convert the spot kick. Arsenal killed the game at the death, the Gunners robbed the ball in midfield, Bendtner played in Robin van Persie who slotted the ball between the keeper’s legs.
Vitoria Setubal 2 – Academica Coimbra 1 (Superliga, February 16, 2009) Robson’s header put Vitoria on their way, before lovely link-up play released Lito to equalise for the visitors. Laionel’s 85th minute header from a free-kick won the match at the death.
Birmingham 2 – Nottingham Forest 0 (Championship, February 14, 2009) Marcus Bent opened the scoring for the Blues on 62 minutes, before Keith Fahey wrapped the game up and the points with an exquisite first goal for the club 15 minutes from time. Birmingham move up to second.
All the goals from the weekend’s action in the Belgium Jupiler League can be seen here.
Club Brugge 0 – Racing Genk 2 (Jupiler League, February 15, 2009)
Germinal Beerschot 1 – Cercle Bruges 1 (Jupiler League, February 14, 2009)