Highlights from the FA Cup 4th round matches between Hartlepool-West Ham, Kettering-Fulham, Torquay-Coventry, Doncaster-Aston Villa and Manchester United-Tottenham can be seen here.
Manchester United 2 – Tottenham 1 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) Against the odds, Spurs scored the opener at Old Trafford inside five minutes as Roman Pavlyuchenko glanced in Huddlestone’s cross past Foster. United’s best attacking moments were coming from Carlos Tevez, who rattled the bar from 20-yards out before forcing Ben Alnwick into a fine one-handed save to keep Spurs’ lead intact. The pressure eventually paid dividends, Paul Scholes opened his account for the season with a scruffy shot from the edge of the box before Dimitar Berbatov completed the turnaround with a textbook striker’s goal, controlling superbly and firing into the bottom corner. (Second half highlights here.)
Chelsea 3 – Ipswich 1 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) Michael Ballack slid home an Ashley Cole cross for the first before Chelsea conceded from another set-piece with Alex Bruce getting the final touch. The home side clinched a berth in the fourth round thanks to two excellent free-kicks by Ballack again and from Frank Lampard with minutes remaining.
Hartlepool 0 – West Ham 2 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) In a first half devoid of much quality but dominated by West Ham, the Premier League side killed the tie with two goals in the final minutes of the half. Valon Behrami took advantage of slack Hartlepool defending to score the opener, and Mark Noble added a controversial second from the spot after Michael Nelson clearly handled the ball outside the box. (First half goals here.)
Kettering 2 – Fulham 4 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) Kettering almost forced a replay against the Cottagers, only to be sucker-punched by two late late goals. Simon Davies volleyed Fulham ahead, but Craig Westcarr’s deflected free-kick made it all-square at the break. On 77 minutes Danny Murphy’s deflected shot gave Fulham the lead once more, but again the non-leaguers hit back through Westcarr, this time from the spot. Andy Johnson’s header gave Fulham the lead for the third time, and Bobby Zamora ended the tie with a fine fourth in injury time.
Doncaster 0 – Aston Villa 0 (FA Cup, January 24, 2009) Donny’s Martin Woods struck the bar twice in a pulsating cup tie, hitting the woodwork with a first half shot and again with a late free-kick. At the other end Agbonlahor also struck the bar after being released by Steve Sidwell.
Leeds 3 – Peterborough 1 (League One, January 24, 2009) Jermaine Beckford came off the bench and quickly struck a brace to put Leeds in the ascendancy. Craig Mackail-Smith pulled a goal back for Posh before Jonny Howson wrapped up the points in injury time.
Celtic 3 – Hibernian 1 (SPL, January 24, 2009) Scott McDonald score with a header after three minutes and skipper Stephen McManus put Celtic 2-up with a close range strike six minutes later. Hibs’ skipper Rob Jones pulled a goal back with a header in the 17th minute, but McDonald’s second 15 minutes from time sealed a deserved victory.
Aberdeen 0 – Rangers 0 (SPL, January 24, 2009)
Barcelona 4 – Numancia 1 (La Liga, January 24, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Lionel Messi steered Barca ahead after brilliant work on the right hand side from Danny Alves. (Is Alves, a right back, the best player in the world at the moment?) The second was quick in coming, Iniesta played a delicious ball through to Samuel Eto’o who made himself space in the box the fire home. But Numancia hit back with a beauty of their own, Jose Barkero curling home a stunning free-kick that beat Valdes all ends-up. Barca then showed their class, Messi jinked his way through the visitors defence before finding Thierry Henry who passed the ball into the corner. Messi capped another sublime performance with the fourth.
Villarreal 1 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, January 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Giuseppe Rossi continued his fine goalscoring record this season for Villarreal by giving them the lead over Osasuna with a fine chest-down and finish just before the half hour mark. The visitors hit back after the break, Eduardo Fernando Gomes, or “Dady” as he is otherwise known, swept home the equaliser after the Yelllow Submarine failed to clear a cross.
Castellon 2 – Tenerife 2 (Segunda Division, January 24, 2009)
Alaves 0 – Albacete 2 (Segunda Division, January 24, 2009)
Real Murcia 1 – Cordoba 0 (Segunda Division, January 24, 2009)
Juventus 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, January 24, 2009) Juve broke through the Fiorentina backline with a brilliant move that spotted Claudio Marchisio breaking through from midfield into the box, and he finished the move with a cute finish on the angle. In response Fiorentina hit the bar and saw Gillardino’s effort ruled out for offside. Sebastian Frey made a wonderful double save on the stroke of halftime for the Viola.
Reggina 0 – Chievo 1 (Serie A, January 24, 2009) Chievo won the basement battle at Reggina with a last minute beauty from Vincenzo Italiano after the hosts lost Carlos Carmona to a straight red card four minutes before the break.
Rimini 0 – Parma 0 (Serie B, January 24, 2009) Rimini had the best chances when Ricchiuti fired over from close range, however Francesco Guidolin was sent off for dissent after protesting that Paloschi should have received a penalty.
Grosseto 4 – Pisa 1 (Serie B, January 24, 2009) Genevier gave Pisa the lead from the spot. Pellicori equalised and Cordova steered a right-foot scorcher into the top corner from 25-yards. Degano should have levelled for Pisa but he blasted a penalty off target. Pellicori was sent off for Grosseto, but Pichlmann still bagged a late brace for the hosts to round out the scoreline.
Cittadella 4 – Piacenza 4 (Serie B, January 24, 2009) Guzman’s opener was cancelled out by Iori’s penalty. After the break Moscardelli and a Guzman penalty sent Piacenza 3-1 up, but within seven minutes Bonvissuto and Gorini had turned it all around again. Oliveira then put Cittadella ahead only for Rickler to tie the match 4-4 in the last minute.
Vicenza 3 – Ascoli 1 (Serie B, January 24, 2009) Forestieri’s opener was equalised by Bucchi, but Morosini and a late Margiotta effort sealed the home win.
Brescia 2 – Empoli 0 (Serie B, January 24, 2009) Savio Nsereko was nowhere to be seen, being on the verge of joining West Ham for Â£6m. Defender Mareco broke the deadlock heading in a free-kick at the far post, then Marzoratti’s foul gave Possanzini the chance to convert a penalty.
Sassuolo 1 – Salernitana 0 (Serie B, January 24, 2009)
Frosinone 1 – Mantova 2 (Serie B, January 24, 2009)
Rennes 2 – St. Etienne 0 (Coupe De France, January 24, 2009) Jimmy Briand, Rennes’ lethal striker, found the net on the stroke of halftime with a lightening counter-attack after St. Etienne conspired to lose possession from their own free-kick on the halfway line. Briand then completed his double and sealed the match two minutes from time.
Boulogne 3 – Caen 1 (Coupe De France, January 24, 2009) Ligue 2 Boulogne set-up a mini-shock in the opening stages against top-flight Caen after Cuvillier’s deflected shot and Mouyokolo’s header gave them a 2-nil lead. But Caen’s serial goalscorer Steve Savidan pulled a goal back before the break with a back-post header that looped over the keeper.
Schirrhein 0 – Toulouse 8 (Coupe De France, January 24, 2009) In the Coupe De France, Soren Larsen gave Toulouse the lead at tiny Schirrhein from the seventh tier of French football with a clinical finish in the box. Daniel Congre headed in a second in the 42nd minute and Andre-Pierre Gignac added a third on the whistle to end any thoughts of a giant-killing. Early in the second-half Soren Larsen tapped in the fourth and fifth, as the Danish striker completed his hat-trick. Moussa Sissoko added the sixth with a fine run from deep after beating a number of defenders. Soren Larsen added yet another tap-in for the seventh and Daniel Braaten claimed the eighth.
Concarneau 0 – Lyon 6 (Coupe De France, January 24, 2009) Amateur side Concarneau fell behind the French giants Lyon when Jean-Alain Boumsong was in the right place to convert a scrappy corner. Anthony Mounier, on a rare start for Lyon, headed home the second. Mounier added the third with a fine header after the break. In the final three minutes Lyon made their class count with goals from Delgado, Keita and Piquionne.
Ajaccio 2 – Vannes 0 (Coupe De France, January 23, 2009)
PSV 2 – NAC 2 (Eredivisie, January 24, 2009) Carlos Salcido fired PSV into the lead, but Loran equalised on the stroke of halftime. NAC then took the lead through Kolkka in the 75th minute but PSV quickly went on the attack the level through Afellay minutes later. (Kolkka & Afellay’s goals here.)
AZ Alkmaar 2 – De Graafschap 0 (Eredivisie, January 24, 2009) Ari put the league leaders in front on 11 minutes and Sebastien Pocognoli added the second on 45 minutes to make it eight wins on the trot for AZ.
Helmond Sport 1 – Veendam 3 (Jupiler League, January 23, 2009)
Den Bosch 3 – FC Omniworld 1 (Jupiler League, January 23, 2009)
Emmen 1 – FC Eindhoven 4 (Jupiler League, January 23, 2009)
RBC Roosendaal 0 – Go Ahead Eagles 1 (Jupiler League, January 23, 2009)
Braga 0 – Porto 2 (Superliga, January 24, 2009) Cristian Rodriguez put Porto in front with a volley following a goalmouth scramble after 20 minutes. Lisandro Lopez doubled the lead when he collected a long pass by Hulk and finished calmly in the 31st.
Nacional 1 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Superliga, January 24, 2009) Nene broke the deadlock with the goal of the day for Nacional, hitting a first time lob over Rui Patricio from 25-yards out. Simon Vukcevic tapped in a cross the level on the halftime whistle.
Amadora 2 – Rio Ave 0 (Superliga, January 24, 2009) Amadora gained a comfortable victory over last-place Rio Ave courtesy of goals by Silvestre Varela and Rui Varela in the 44th and 85th.
Vitoria Setubal 0 – Associacao Naval 1 (Superliga, January 24, 2009)
Trofense 1 – Pacos Ferreira 3 (Superliga, January 24, 2009) Pacos climbed above Trofense by beating their fellow strugglers for their first away win of the season. Trofense took a sixth-minute lead through Nuno Silva, only for Aderito de Carvalho to equalise in the 22nd. Trofense’s Mercio was sent off eight minutes later, with Antonielton Ferreira and Cristiano Moraes taking advantage to add Pacos’ goals in the 69th and 86th.
Sivasspor 2 – Galatasaray 0 (Super Lig, January 24, 2009) The match turned on Umit Karan’s controversial sending off on the stroke of halftime. Sivasspor made their numerical advantage count after the break with goals from Dereli and Badur.
Olympiakos 2 – OFI Crete 1 (Greek Super League, January 24, 2009) Diogo gave Olympiakos the lead, while Zdravco Popovic equalised for OFI. Luciano Galletti came off the bench to score the winner for Olympiakos, who extended their lead at the top of the table.
Ergotelis 1 – Panathinaikos 0 (Greek Super League, January 24, 2009) It was a terrible day for Pana who saw star-striker Ante Rukavina sent off for hitting an opponent before conceding a terrific Diego Romano strike in the 55th to lose ground on Olympiakos in the title race.
Maccabi Haifa 2 – Bnei Sachnin 1 (Ligat ha’Al, January 24, 2009) Thembinkosi Fanteni put Haifa ahead, only for Ahmad Kassoum to level for the visitors. But Yaniv Katan’s dramatic last-gasp winners gave league leaders Haifa a crucial three points.
Red Bull Salzburg 2 – Partizan Belgrade 4 (Friendly, January 24, 2009) New Manchester United signing Adem Ljajic broke the deadlock, only for Marc Janko to equalise with a scrappy goal. Opdam put the Austrians ahead from the spot, but Partizan responded in kind with Fejsa’s penalty. Diarra then gave the Serbs the lead to end a breathless first half and Washington added a fourth a minute from time.
Queensland Roar 4 – Perth Glory 2 (A-League, January 24, 2009) Heading into the final 20 minutes it was 2-apiece after Rukavytsya (21) and Skorich (67) had scored for Perth while Nichols (28) and Tiatto (63) had scored for the Roar. Queensland won the game late on with two goals in five minutes from Van Dijk and Mccloughan.
River Plate 1 – Boca Juniors 2 (Torneos De Verano, January 24, 2009) Despite Boca losing Sebastian Battaglia in the 32nd minute, the visitors recorded a significant victory over rivals River Plate. Gustavo Cabral put River ahead after a series of rebounds in the Boca area. Boca were not behind for long, Jesus Datolo levelling and Datolo completed the turnaround with a second half penalty.
Chile 2 – Bolivia 0 (U20 South American Championships, January 24, 2009) Two late goals from Mario Gomez were the difference for Chile.
Paraguay 2 – Uruguay 4 (U20 South American Championships, January 24, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Robin Ramirez put Paraguay in the lead on 21 minutes but Rodrigo Cabreda equalised six minutes after the break and Santiago Garcia made it 2-1 after another few minutes. Nicolas Lodeiro added another goal in the 78th minute, immediately followed by Uruguay’s fourth goal through Jonathan Urretaviscaya. Santander Ospina got a late consolation for Paraguay.
El Salvador 1 – Nicaragua 1 (UNCAF Nations Cup, January 22, 2009)
Honduras 4 – Nicaragua 1 (UNCAF Nations Cup, January 24, 2009)
United States 3 – Sweden 2 (International friendly, January 24, 2009) Sacha Kljestan opened the scoring by firing a free-kick past Swedish goalie Johan Dahlin. After Marvell Wynne was tripped inside the penalty area, Kljestan took the penalty to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage. Daniel Nannskog cut Sweden’s deficit in the 73rd minute, but Kljestan responded a minute later, taking a pass from Brian Ching and firing home with his left foot. Mikael Dahlberg added another goal for Sweden in the 89th minute, heading a cross past US keeper Troy Perkins.