Milner gives Aston Villa the advantage in Carling Cup semi; Algeria bounce back against Mali; Mutu double leads Fiorentina comeback over Chievo

Blackburn 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Carling Cup semi-final first leg, January 14, 2010) Just after the twenty minute mark a lightning break from Villa saw James Milner fire the away side ahead from a Downing cross. Blackburn had their chances in the second half but face an uphill struggle at Villa Park next week.

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Angola 2 – Malawi 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 14, 2010) Flavio continued his fabulous exploits from matchday one to continue to lead the home nation with a fine header at the start of the second half.  Malawi had themselves to blame for conceding their second, the defence was caught napping in possession by Manucho and the former United striker lashed a shot home to double the advantage.

Mali 0 – Algeria 1 (African Cup of Nations, January 14, 2010) Algeria took the lead against Mali two minutes before the break, Ziani floated a free-kick into the danger area and Rafik Halliche headed in the opener from four yards. Algeria hung on to grab a lifeline in the tournament, while Mali were left to have their participation left hanging by a thread.

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Atletico Madrid 5 – Recreativo Huelva 1 (Copa Del Rey, January 14, 2010) (Agg. 5-4) Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Atletico quickly got to work as Simao opened the scoring in the 21st minute before Sergio Aguero added a second three minutes later. Tomas Ujfalusi added a third in the 39th minute and Aguero’s second just after the hour mark had Atletico in front. Carlos Carmona put the tie back in doubt with a 71st minute reply and things got worse for Atletico when Assuncao got his second yellow card two minutes later. But Simao’s 84th-minute strike sent the Madrid club through.

Mallorca 3 – Rayo Vallecano 1 (Copa Del Rey, January 14, 2010) (Agg. 4-3) Piti put Vallecano in front in first half injury time giving the home side a mountain to climb in the second half. Five minutes into the second period Victor equalised, heading in from close range. Eleven minutes later Victor grabbed his second to put the tie on an even keel and in injury time Mario Suarez completed the comeback with the winner.

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Fiorentina 3 – Chievo 2 (Coppa Italia, January 14, 2010) Confusion in the Fiorentina allowed the Flying Donkeys to take a 6th minute lead in the cup, when both the home keeper and centre-half failed to cut out a high ball into the box and Pablo Granoche had the simple job of rolling the ball in the net. Adrian Mutu levelled for the Viola 10 minutes from the break, but Chievo quickly retook the lead through Simone Bentivoglio two minutes later. Two goals in two minutes turned the match for Fiorentina, Khouma El Babacar and Adrian Mutu netting in quick succession 15 minutes from time.

Udinese 2 – Lumezzane 0 (Coppa Italia, January 14, 2010) A Lodi penalty and a second from Bernardo Corradi on the hour sealed a comfortable win for Udinese.

Lazio 2 – Palermo 0 (Coppa Italia, January 14, 2010) Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Floccari were on target to hand Italian Cup holders Lazio a 2-0 home win over Palermo and set up a clash with Fiorentina in the quarter-finals.

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Ankaragucu 0 – Trabzonspor 2 (Turkiye Kupasi, January 14, 2010) Umut Bulut tapped in the opener from an Alanzinho cross and Alanzinho added the second with an excellent chip.