O’Hara leads Spurs to second half blitz over Burnley; Messi hits a hat-trick against Atletico; AC Milan beat Hamburg in Dubai

Tottenham 4 – Burnley 1 (League Cup, January 6, 2009) White Hart Lane fell silent 15 minutes in when Chris Eagles weaved his way past two Spurs defenders to dart into the box and pick out Martin Paterson at the back post for the opener. Redknapp brought on O’Hara at the break for the anonymous Bentley, and the sub made an instant impact, taking the corner that Michael Dawson headed home. Jamie O’Hara then got on the scoresheet himself, volleying home Pavlyuchenko’s cross. Spurs then moved up the gears, Bale fed Roman Pavlyuchenko who expertly fired in the third into the bottom corner. O’Hara then capped a crazy 20 minute spell delivering a delicious free-kick which Michael Duff headed into his own net.

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Atletico Madrid 1 – Barcelona 3 (Cope Del Rey, January 6, 2009) Leo Messi gave Barca the early lead at Atletico Madrid after receiving a beautiful pass in the build up from Danny Alves. And it was the same story after the break, Messi doubling Barca’s advantage from the penalty spot. Atletico pulled a goal back when Tomas Ujfalusi scored from a corner but ten minutes from time Messi completed his hat-trick after showing off supreme skill, to restore Barca’s two goal advantage.

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AC Milan 1* – Hamburg 1 (Pens. 4-3) (Dubai Cup, January 6, 2009) After a goalless first half (Hamburg’s chances here) the locals had to wait until just after the hour mark to witness a goal. And when it came it was soft, Massimo Ambrosini tumbling in the box and Ronaldinho rolled in the spot kick. But Hamburg, who had arguably been the better team, rallied, equalising minutes later when Collin Benjamin was in the right place to score from a corner after Dida had made an initial save. Milan won the match on penalties. (Penalty highlights here, longer highlights here.)

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Juventus 1 – Monaco 1* (Pens. 4-5) (Friendly, January 6, 2009) Jerko Leko gave Monaco the lead from the spot 10 minutes before halftime. Vincenzo Iaquinta equalised in the last minute of the match before Monaco went on to win on penalties.

Marsala 0 – Catania 6 (Friendly, January 4, 2009) Taka Morimoto and Jorge Martinez both hit a brace while Giuseppe Mascara and Michele Paolucci scored a goal apiece.

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Besiktas 3 – Gaziantep 1 (Turkish Cup, January 6, 2009)

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Melbourne Victory 1 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, January 6, 2009) Melbourne’s narrow victory sent them top of the table in Australia, the only goal coming from Nicky Ward’s second half header.