All the action from Saturday’s matches in the Premier League can be seen here.
Portsmouth 2 – Liverpool 3 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Yossi Benayoun missed an early chance when he scuffed a shot past James’ near post. Javier Mascherano tested James with a beautifully struck effort from 25-yards out. (First half highlights here.) Liverpool’s lack of any cutting edge was exposed when Pompey took a 62nd minute lead, Crouch played in the resurgent David Nugent who raced clear and fired past Reina. Pompey then shot themselves in the foot when Crouch played a shocking backpass to James, who had to handle under pressure from Kuyt. Fabio Aurelio stepped up to blast home the indirect free-kick. Pompey regained their lead, Belhadj whipped in a cross and Hermann Hreidarsson’s header was poorly dealt with by a hapless Reina. But the Reds refused to lose and Dirk Kuyt managed to find enough space to beat Distin and squeeze a shot past James at his near post for 2-2. And in injury time the amazing happened, Benayoun was freed on the left and his cross was scored by Fernando Torres in the 91st minute.
Chelsea 0 – Hull 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea should have taken the lead early doors, Lampard’s free-kick found John Terry but the Blues’ skipper missed with both his header and follow-up attempt. Ricardo Quaresma came close to scoring on debut after just 18 minutes, Kalou lead a breakaway attack and played in the Portuguese on the inside left channel, but his curling effort was tipped around by Matt Duke. (First half highlights here.) Chelsea were denied a penalty when Sam Ricketts stopped a Kalou shot with a clear hand in the box. But Hull were good value for their point, having the better of the chances in the second half with Craig Fagan and Dean Marney both going close.
Blackburn 0 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, February 7, 2009)Â James Milner gave Villa the lead at Ewood Park, the winger played a short corner with Gareth Barry which he brought into the box and arrowed into the top corner. Gabi Agbonlahor sealed the points with a last minute second, firing an angled shot past Robinson which deflected off Ryan Nelsen into the near post.
Everton 3 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) Mikel Arteta converted from the spot just before half-time after Andy O’Brien had felled Jo. The new Brazilian loan signing the broke his duck on debut, Jo collected Phil Neville’s long punt, turned Gary Cahill and fired home a fine drive. Everton’s third arrived at the death, Davies was adjudged to have handled a Gosling cross and Jo took the penalty to end his day perfectly.
Manchester City 1 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) After a goalless first half in which Shay Given and Brad Jones had excelled, Craig Bellamy claimed the winnerÂ early in the second half, running at Pogatetz and then beating Jones with a low shot into the corner.
West Brom 2 – Newcastle 3 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â It was a chaotic opening at the Hawthorns, Damien Duff broke the deadlock after two minutes sliding home the opener from 10-yards. Marc-Antoine Fortune pulled the Baggies level two minutes later, collecting the ball at the edge of the area and firing past Steve Harper. But the Toon quickly went back in the lead in the 9th minute, the ball fell to new loan signing Peter Lovenkrands in the box and the Dane opened his Newcastle account. On the stroke of halftime Steven Taylor headed in Ryan Taylor’s corner to extend the Magpies’ lead. Fortune bagged his brace with a powerful strike from just inside the area in the second half.
Sunderland 2 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Kenwyne Jones and David Healy got referee Rob Styles out of jail for failing to spot Danny Pugh’s blatant handball on the line in the first half, as Sunderland plunged 10-man Stoke deeper into relegation trouble.
Sheffield United 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Championship, February 7, 2009) Tommy Spurr gave Wednesday a lead inside the first minute, before Arturo Lupoli headed in the equaliser four minutes into his United debut. Marcus Tudgay won the match with a 25-yard thunderbolt which arrowed into Blades’ goalkeeper Paddy Kenny’s top right-hand top corner in the 29th minute.
Real Madrid 1 – Racing Santander 0 (La Liga, February 7, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Gonzalo Higuain broke the deadlock for Real in the 50th minute against Santander with a fine solo goal.
Sevilla 1 – Betis 2 (La Liga, February 7, 2009) Sergio Garcia and Ricardo Oliveira both netted in the second half at the Ramon Sanchez as Sevilla. The hosts had Aldo Duscher sent off for two bookings on 70 minutes, and could only net an injury-time consolation through Freddy Kanoute.
Real Sociedad 1 – Real Zaragoza 1 (Segunda Division, February 7, 2009)
AC Milan 1 – Reggina 1 (Serie A, February 7, 2009) Massimo Ambrosini and David Beckham had early chances in the first half to give Milan the lead over Reggina. Against the form book Reggina then took the lead, Bonera lost Corradi in the box and the forward laid the ball of to Davide Di Gennaro to score. Ronaldinho came close to equalising from a mazy slalom run. On the hour mark Clarence Seedorf handled the ball in the box, chalking off an equaliser. But Milan weren’t to be denied and after Pato went down in the box Ricky Kaka slotted home the penalty.
Lecce 0 – Inter Milan 3 (Serie A, February 7, 2009) Inter needed just 12 minutes to moved ahead at Lecce, Zlatan Ibrahimovic smashed home a low drive from Cambiasso’s clever pass. Inter’s lead was kept intact by a brilliant reflex save from Cesar from Waigo’s header. Maicon blew a glorious opportunity from a Figo set-play, blasting over the bar from point-blank range. Luis Figo then grabbed the crucial second with a rare headed goal. Dejan Stankovic wrapped up the points with the third eight minutes from time.
Livorno 3 – Piacenza 0 (Serie B, February 7, 2009) Tavano took four minutes to hit the back of the net, before Diamanti scored directly from the corner flag in a bizarre goal. Moments later Rossini finished off the match by side-footing in Candreva’s cutback.
Frosinone 0 – Salernitana 2 (Serie B, February 7, 2009) Giubilato saw red and within minutes Fava had punished 10-man Frosinone. Di Napoli’s dismissal evened out the numbers, but the second from Ciaramitaro killed the contest.
Rimini 2 – Treviso 2 (Serie B, February 7, 2009) Treviso had a spectacular start with Pedrelli scoring inside 60 seconds and Fonjock bagging his first goal for the club. Rimini rallied after the break, Milone and Ricchiuti earning a share of the spoils.
Modena 3 – Pisa 3 (Serie B, February 7, 2009) It was already 3-1 to Pisa after just 20 minutes thanks to Greco’s brace, Alvarez and Longo. Just before the break Catellani pulled a second back for Modeva and Bruno found a 66th minute equaliser.
Triestina 1 – Ascoli 2 (Serie B, February 7, 2009)
All the action from Saturday’s matches in the Bundesliga can be seen here.
Moenchengladbach 1 – Hoffenheim 1 (Bundesliga, February 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The top versus bottom clash between Gladbach and Hoffenheim went the way on the underdog in the first half, Alexander Baumjohann scoring a stunner from 25-yards out which flew over Haas’ head. With the clock running out the Village Team salvaged a point through Wellington’s scrappy header.
Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Stuttgart 4 (Bundesliga, February 7, 2009) A near post volley from Mario Gomes gave Stuttgart a second minute lead. Stuttgart doubled their lead through a thumping Thomas Hitzlsperger free-kick. Stephan Kiessling pulled a goal back for Bayer but the two-goal cushion was soon restored when Gomez netted his second of the game. Khedira added a fourth in the last minute while their was enough time for Charisteas to give the score more respectability.
Karlsruhe 3 – Hamburg 2 (Bundesliga, February 7, 2009) Karlsruhe conceded early doors at home to Hamburg, Jose Guerrero played a neat one-two with Jarolim before finding the bottom corner. After the break Collin Benjamin extended the visitors’ lead, only for Sebastian Freis and Giovanni Federico to draw Karlsruhe with two goals in four minutes. The match exploded in the final stages, each side had a player sent off – Petric (violent elbow) and Engelhardt – before Sebastian Freis completed a terrific comeback with a 90th minute winning header.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Cologne 2 (Bundesliga, February 7, 2009) Marco Russ headed in Steinhofer cross to put Frankfurt 1-up. Milivoje Novakovic brought the visitors level, only for Martin Fenin to restore the hosts’ lead four minutes later with a back post volley. But back came Cologne, Novakovic chalking up his brace from the spot.
All the action from Saturday’s matches in Ligue 1 can be seen here.
Nantes 1 – PSG 4 (Ligue 1, February 7, 2009) Peguy Luyindula’s cross fell fortunate in the path of Ludovic Giuly as PSG took the lead against Nantes. Peguy Luyindula then got in on the scoring act himself by outstripping the defence to collect a long and calmly lift the ball on the onrushing keeper. Djamel Abdoun gave Nantes a lifeline scoring from the spot. Luyindula and Giuly combined again in the second half as PSG restored their two-goal cushion. Stephane Sessegnon killed the game with the goal of the match.
Nancy 0 – Auxerre 2 (Ligue 1, February 7, 2009) Goals from Cedric Hengbart and Ireneusz Jelen secured a sixth victory of the season for Auxerre, although results elsewhere mean they remain just one point above the drop zone.
St. Etienne 3 – Caen 2 (Ligue 1, February 7, 2009) Caen took the lead with an own-goal from defender Mouhamadou Dabo after two minutes. Bafetimbi Gomis took advantage of a mistake from Caen defender Sorbon to equalise into an empty net in the 63rd. Araujo Ilan slid in a low cross from Payet in the 67th before finding the net again in the 71st with an assist from Gomis. Steve Savidan cut Saint-Etienne’s lead with a header in the 88th.
Le Havre 1 – Rennes 0 (Ligue 1, February 7, 2009) Amadou Alassane controlled the ball with his chest and then fired home in the 90th to upset Rennes and end a 7-game losing streak for the home side.
Lorient 1 – Monaco 1 (Ligue 1, February 7, 2009) Yohan Mollo beat the offside trap to collect a pass from Pokrivac and open the scoring for Monaco. Fabrice Abriel leveled for Lorient in the 57th from close range off a pass from Marama Vahirua.
Lille 3 – Sochaux 2 (Ligue 1, February 7, 2009) Romain Pitau put Sochaux ahead with a lob in the 34thÂ minute and Vaclav Sverkos made it 2-nil with a penalty just before the break. Sochaux was reduced to 10-men after Omar Daf picked up a second yellow, and that changed the match. Pierre-Alain Frau nodded in for Lille in the 59th before Robert Vittek levelled in the 75th from a tight angle. Eden Hazard outpaced the Sochaux defence to notch the winner in the 89th with a long range drive.
AZ Alkmaar 3 – Willem II 1 (Eredivisie, February 7, 2009) Said Boutahar fired Willem II into a surprise lead after 18 minutes but Louis van Gaal’s league leaders regrouped to take the lead by the interval thanks to goals from Moussa Dembele and Maarten Martens. Mounir El Hamdaoui made sure the points stayed in Alkmaar with the hosts’ third just after the hour mark.
Heerenveen 3 – NAC Breda 1 (Eredivisie, February 7, 2009) Goran Popov put Heerenveen in front on 18 minutes, but Patrick Zwaanswijk restored parity four minutes later. The home side then took control shortly after the half hour mark through Arnor Smarason and Viktor Elm then wrapped up the points in the 80th minute.
Heracles 1 – NEC 1 (Eredivisie, February 7, 2009) Tim Janssen’s opener on the stroke of halftime was cancelled out by Vojtech Schulmeister in the final nine minutes.
Sivasspor 2 – Kocaelispor 0 (Super Lig, February 7, 2009) Yannick Kamanan rose high in the box to bag his second goal of the week in the first half, and Pini Balili slotted home a second just before the hour mark to seal the win.
Galatasaray 1- Kayserispor 1 (Super Lig, February 7, 2009) Galatasaray dropped two important points, Shabani Nonda did put the Istanbul giants ahead on 27 minutes but Mehmet Eren netted a dramatic last-gasp equaliser for 1-1.
Aris 1 – Panionios 0 (Greek Super League, February 7, 2009)
Bnei Yehuda 1 – Maccabi Netanya 1 (Ligat ha’Al, February 7, 2009) The match will be remembered for one of the best goals likely to be seen this season. With 56 minutes gone at Bloomfield, an Itzik Azouz cross appeared to be floating just beyond Eliran Atar before the young Bnei Yehuda striker jumped up, swiveled and planted a sensational scissor-kick into the top corner.
Maccabi Haifa 2 – Hakoach Ramat Gan 0 (Ligat ha’Al, February 7, 2009) Haifa dominated but had to wait until the 44th minute to score, Thembinkosi Fanteni breaking the deadlock. Haifa’s Gustavo Boccoli added a second after halftime from a rebound.
Adelaide United 0 – Melbourne Victory 2 (A-League Playoffs, February 7, 2009) Melbourne put one foot in the grand final of Australia’s A-League season, Carlos Hernandez crashed in the opener off the underside of the bar in the first half while Danny Allsopp added a vital second goal with a minuteÂ left.
Argentinos Jrs 0 – Arsenal Sarandi 2 (Clausura, February 7, 2009)
Newells Old Boys 3 – Gimnasia La Plata 0 (Clausura, February 7, 2009)
Godoy Cruz 1 – Banfield 1 (Clausura, February 7, 2009)
Lanus 3 – Racing Club 1 (Clausura, February 7, 2009)