Giggs’ solo stunner sends United back to the top; Toothless Spurs held by 10-man Arsenal

West Ham 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, February 8, 2009) After an exciting match without any goals to show for the endeavour, Manchester United’s captain and evergreen number 11, Ryan Giggs, found the net on the hour mark with a sublime solo goal as the Welsh wizard beat two players before curling home a right-footed shot.

Tottenham 0 – Arsenal 0 (Premier League, February 8, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Emmanuel Eboue had the ball in the net early doors but the goal was chalked off for a foul by Adebayor. The match then blew up in the 36th minute, Modric and Eboue clashed and the Ivorian (who had already been booked) lashed out at the Croatian. Both players were booked, Eboue was sent off. (First half highlights here.) In the second half it was all Spurs without any end product, much to the disappointment of the White Hart Lane crowd.

Wigan 0 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) Bobby Zamora was guilty of missing two good chances in the first first half while Wigan were forced to use all three substitutions before the break.

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Blackpool 2 – Doncaster 3 (Championship, February 7, 2009) The sides were level at the break after Rovers midfielder Brian Stock cancelled out David Vaughan’s strike from distance with a long-range effort of his own. Sam Hird put the visitors 2-1 up in the 54th minute but Blackpool equalised immediately through DJ Campbell before James Coppinger hit the winner after being played in by Stock.

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Celtic 2 – Queen’s Park 1 (Scottish FA Cup, February 7, 2009) Headers from Gary Caldwell and Scott McDonald gave Celtic a 2-goal advantage at halftime. Adam Coakley pulled a goal back for the part-timers, but after being booked for his celebration, Coackley picked up his second booking 11 minutes from time for a late challenge on Lee Naylor.

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Barcelona 3 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, February 8, 2009) Barcelona took the lead at home to Sporting Gijon with an incredible break, 12 seconds after they were defending a corner, Henry crossed for Samuel Eto’o to score after Iniesta had ran the length of the pitch. Before the break, Samuel Eto’o doubled the lead, finishing off another fine move, the architect this time was Lionel Messi. Barca’s third was all about the tenacity of Dani Alves, the Brazilian picked up the ball in the box, shimmied, and fired high into the near post. Kike Mateo pulled a goal back for Gijon two minutes later.

Osasuna 1 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, February 8, 2009) Osasuna moved out of the bottom three for the first time since the middle of October thanks to Miguel Flano’s strike 12 minutes into the second half.

Recreativo Huelva 0 – Atletico Madrid 3 (La Liga, February 8, 2009) Atletico broke the deadlock at Recre with a super goal, Sinama-Pongolle worked the space down the right hand side and his cross was met on the run by Kun Aguero. In the 28th minute Aguero and Diego Forlan combined to add the second, and Atletico’s front two were at it again as Forlan put the game out of sight.

Villarreal 2 – Numancia 1 (La Liga, February 8, 2009) Giuseppe Rossi gave Villarreal the lead over Numancia after 12 minutes. Aranda pulled the visitors level five minutes before the break. The hosts regained the lead with a flamboyant second, Pires fed the ball into Cani who juggled with the ball before lifting it over his head into the box where Rossi was able to bag his second.

Valladolid 2 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, February 8, 2009) Victor netted from the penalty spot in the 38th minute and doubled his tally midway through the second half before Pablo Orbaiz scrambled in the rebound after Fernando Llorente smashed a penalty against the post.

Getafe 1 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, February 8, 2009) Seven minutes in, new signing Ivan Alonso opened his account for Espanyol. But Getafe were level midway through the first half after Javier Casquero crossed for Roberto Soldado for the equaliser.

Malaga 3 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, February 8, 2009) Kala Uche made it 1-0 to the Rojiblancos midway through the first half and Alvaro Negredo managed a second just before the break. Albert Luque pulled a goal back for Malaga before Salva Ballesta equalised with a fine finish. Salva Ballesta then completed the unlikely comeback to steal all three points.

Mallorca 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, February 8, 2009) Mallorca looked to be on course for a rare victory after Aritz Aduriz outjumped two Depor defenders on 55 minutes to head in a looping cross from Enrique Corrales. But Joan Verdu equalised from the penalty spot with just over 10 minutes left to leave Mallorca stuck in the relegation zone.

Albacete 0 – Xerez 2 (Segunda Division, February 7, 2009) The highlights included footage of the home crowd protesting against their management as well as footage of a barrier collapsing under the weight of the Xerez supporters.

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Palermo 2 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, February 8, 2009) Giulio Migliaccio gave Palermo a quick lead two minutes in and Fabio Simplicio made it 2-nil with his sixth of the season. Marek Hamsik gave Napoli some hope just before halftime, when he beat Marco Amelia with a shot from the edge of the area.

All the action from Sunday afternoon’s matches in Serie A can be seen here.

Catania 1 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, February 8, 2009) Vincenzo Iaquinta kept up his recent goalscoring exploits by heading Juve into an early lead at Catania. Iaquinta then shot the Bianconeri in the foot by getting sent off after 20 minutes. Catania’s numercial advantage finally paid off in the second half when Mascara’s header was only palmed into Takayuki Morimoto’s path, who scored. With the game looking destined to end in stalemate, Ranieri brought on the defensive Christian Poulsen, who found himself the unlikely hero scoring an injury time winner after Terlizzi had an air-shot in the box.

Fiorentina 1 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, February 8, 2009) Mauro Zarate was desperately unlucky not to give Lazio an early lead over Fiorentina as his free-kick hit the inside of the post and stayed out. Sebastien Frey was then needed to save another Zarate effort before Lazio’s De Silvestri was sent off for a second yellow in the 18th minute. The Viola eventually made their extra numbers count as Alberto Gilardino found an 89th minute winner.

Roma 3 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, February 8, 2009) Roma broke the deadlock with a sublime team goal that saw them carve through the visitor’s defence with Cicinho getting the final touch. Mirko Vucinic scored a spectacular volley immediately after the restart. Each side lost a man after the break, Taddei and Sculli both picking up two bookings, and Julio Baptista wrapped up the points with a super solo goal in the last minute.

Sampdoria 2 – Siena 2 (Serie A, February 8, 2009) Simon Vergassola gave Siena a lead they held onto until the stroke of halftime, when Claudio Bellucci restored parity. Giampaolo Pazzini gave Samp an advantage not long after the interval but Massimo Maccarone had the final say when he came off the bench to notch a late leveller.

Bologna 1 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, February 8, 2009) Alexis Sanchez came off the bench top score a last minute winner for Bologna.

Torino 1 – Chievo 1 (Serie A, February 8, 2009) Nicola Ventola gave the hosts the lead midway through the second half after a breakaway but fellow substitute Vincenzo Italiano levelled the scores late on with a fierce effort from the edge of the area.

Cagliari 0 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, February 8, 2009) Atalanta picked up a valuable away day win as Luca Cigarini’s second half effort saw off Cagliari.

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Bayern Munich 3 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, February 8, 2009) Bayern’s difficult start to 2009 in the Bundesliga continued in the early stages against Dortmund as Nelson Valdez took full advantage of Demichelis’ terrible slip to open after just 2 minutes. Bayern equalised 20 minutes later, Ze Roberto turning home Ribery’s parried shot. (First half highlights here.) But just as it looked like being another disappointing day for Munich, Miroslav Klose popped up with two late goals (first and second) to steal the points.

Energie Cottbus 3 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, February 8, 2009) Rangelov put Cottbus ahead in the first half, and after Andreasen had received his marching orders for Hannover, Rangelov quickly chalked up a second. Angelov bagged the third before Fahrenhorst scored a consolation.

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Marseille 1 – Bordeaux 0 (Ligue 1, February 8, 2009) Both sides spurned a series of chances to score in the first half (highlights here). Marseille’s opener came in unexpected fashion as Marouane Chamakh, standing alone in front of his keeper, inexplicably headed from a corner past the stunned Rame and into the net.

Nice 1 – Lyon 3 (Ligue 1, February 8, 2009) Jean Makoun and Karim Benzema put Lyon 2-up after 27 minutes. Apam gave Nice a lifeline on the stroke of halftime but Makoun’s second after the break sealed the win.

Grenoble 0 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, February 8, 2009) Valenciennes remain rooted in the relegation zone but it was not for the lack of trying as they created several chances in a goalless draw at Grenoble.

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Vitesse Arnhem 4 – Ajax 1 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Lasse Nilsson opened for Vitesse after 7 minutes with the Ajax defence hopelessly all at sea. Van Basten’s boys equalised on the quarter hour mark through Luis Suarez. But the game just before the break, Dalibor Stevanovic restored Vitesse’s advantage with a lovely curler and Lasse Nilsson’s slid in to add the third on the halftime whistle. Ricky van Wolfswinkel completed the Ajax demolition with a fourth in the 68th minute after more useless defending for the visitors. Can van Basten hold onto his job?

Utrecht 3 – Den Haag 1 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) Csaba Horvath put the visitors in front, but Robbert Zwinkels’ dismissal proved the turning point in the match. Gregoor van Dijk levelled matters from the penalty spot with Ali Boussaboun and Sander Keller netting second half efforts.

Volendam 3 – PSV 5 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) PSV raced into a 2-goal lead thanks to efforts from Ola Toivonen and Jeremie Brechet. Volendam struck back with two goals in the space of six minutes from Gerson Sheotahul (penalty) and Paul de Lange restoring parity. Back came PSV, moving 4-2 in front with goals either side of halftime from Edison Mendez. Toivonen and Jack Tuyp were given their marching orders, before Otman Bakkal added a fifth for PSV and Rowin van Zaanen scored an even later consolation.

De Graafschap 2 – Twente 2 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) Blaise NKufo opened the scoring for Twente but Stephan Keller and Luuk de Jong turned the match in the hosts’ favour. NKufo’s 83rd minute penalty ensured a point for Steve McClaren’s men.

Feyenoord 0 – Groningen 0 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) Feyenoord battled to a goalless draw against Groningen despite the 42nd minute sending off of Norichio Nieveld.

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Porto 1 – Benfica 1 (Superliga, February 8, 2009) Hassan Yebda gave Benfica the lead with a powerful header from a corner by Jose Antonio Reyes on the stroke of halftime. But a second half penalty from Lucho Gonzalez salvaged a point for Porto.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Braga 3 (Superliga, February 8, 2009) Braga’s Albert Meyong Ze broke the deadlock in the 59th minute when he scored his 7th goal of the season following a goalmouth scramble. Sporting levelled 10 minutes later through Derlei only for the visitors then stunned the hosts with two goals in three minutes. Wason Renteria fired home in the 81st, with Marcio Mossoro heading Braga’s third. Marat Izmailov’s shot reduced the deficit in injury time for Sporting, who are now winless in three games.

Vitoria Guimaraes 2 – Maritimo 1 (Superliga, February 8, 2009)

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Anderlecht 3 – Mons 2 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009) Mons had a great start at Anderlecht, Moussa Gueye scored the opener on 14 minutes and Cedric Collet doubled the advantage on the half hour. Victor Bernandez got one back just before the break and Tom de Sutter equalised for the hosts in the 69th. Roland Juhasz ended a thrilling contest claiming the winner with ten minutes to go.

Dender 0 – Club Brugge 2 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009) Club Brugge stole the points with two last minute goals. Daniel Chavez finally broke the deadlock in the 89th minute before the Peruvian added a second goal a minute later.

Tubize 1 – Mechelen 5 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009) Quinton Fortune made a miserable debut for Tubize as he was sent off in mauling at the hands of Mechelen.

Gent 2 – Mouscron 0 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009)

Genk 1 – Zulte-Waregem 2 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009)

Roeselare 2 – Germinal Beerschot 2 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009)

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Buyuksehir 2 – Fenerbahce 0 (Super Lig, February 8, 2009) Iskender Alin put Istanbul ahead after only five minutes and Razundara Tjikuzu doubled the advantage with ten minutes to go. The hosts were already down a man as Mahmut Tekdemir was sent off just before the break. In the dying minutes, Tjikuzu and Fener’s Gokhan Gonul were dismissed as well.

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Panathinaikos 3 – PAOK 0 (Greek Super League, February 8, 2009) Vintra’s brace and a third from Mantzios did the damage in just nine second half minutes.

Larissa 1 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, February 8, 2009) Both goals arrived in the last two minutes of the match. Fotakis’ 89th minute opener was cancelled out by Djebbour.

Skoda Xanthi 4 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, February 8, 2009) Pappas opened for Xanthi before Dosek claimed a hat-trick.

Ergotelis 0 – Iraklis 1 (Greek Super League, February 8, 2009) A wonderful overhead volley from Papasterianos settled the match.

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Atromitos 3 – Apollon 6 (Cypriot First Division, February 8, 2009) Kimoto hit a hat-trick for the hosts while Risso (2), Pinilla, Merkis, Maragkos and Masmanidis scored for Apollon.

Anorthosis 1 – Paralimni 0 (Cypriot First Division, February 8, 2009)

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River Plate 2 – Colon 2 (Clausura, February 8, 2009) Gustavo Cabral headed the first in the 57th minute and Radamel Garcia Falcao turned in Mauro Rosales’s pass to double their lead 12 minutes later. Colon pulled one back when Alejandro Capurro scored with a swerving 30-yard shot in the 77th minute before Pablo Calandria equalised with another long-range shot in the second minute of injury-time.

Gimnasia Jujuy 1 – Boca Juniors 2 (Clausura, February 8, 2009) Ricardo Noir put Boca ahead in the 73rd minute. Lucas Viatri scored a second from Juan Roman Riquelme’s back-heeled pass 11 minutes later. Pablo Calandria pulled one back for the hosts to give Boca an uncomfortable final few minutes.

Independiente 0 – Velez Sarsfield 0 (Clausura, February 8, 2009)

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El Salvador 1 – Peru 0 (International Friendly, February 7, 2009)

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Argentina 0 – Colombia 1 (South American Under-20 Championships, February 8, 2009) A 66th minute strike from Ricardo Chara was enough to qualify Colombia to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, but Argentina miss out after finishing bottom of the six-team tournament without recording a solitary win.

Venezuela 3 – Uruguay 1 (South American Under-20 Championships, February 8, 2009)