Spurs drop two crucial points by drawing with Pompey; West Ham beat Fulham in the London derby; Celtic & Inter suffer shock defeats

Tottenham 1 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, January 18, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Spurs created the better of the chances in the first half, but a combination of fine goalkeeping from David James and poor finishing from the Lilywhites saw the opening 45 end in stalemate. David Nugent missed a sitter for Pompey at the end of the half. (First half highlights here.) Spurs were made to pay for their misses, James released Armand Traore down the left who carried the ball up-field unchallenged, his pass fed David Nugent and the striker drilled a low shot (off Bale) past Gomes into the corner. Tottenham rallied, Modric slid a pass to Jermain Defoe who gratefully scored against his former employers to make the game all-square. Darren Bent (horrible miss) and Vedran Corluka could (and should) have both won the game for Spurs late on. (Second half highlights here.)

West Ham 3 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, January 18, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The London derby between West Ham and Fulham started brilliantly for the hosts but shockingly for former Hammer John Pantsil, who chested Neill’s lofted ball in the box straight to David di Michele who gobbled up the opportunity to score. But the Cottagers were soon level, and in marked contrast to Pantsil, Paul Konchesky set about enjoying his return to Upton Park by picking up the ball inside his own half, racing down the left and letting rip with a 30-yard howitzer that gave Rob Green no chance at his near post. (First half highlights here.) On the hour mark the Hammers regained the lead, Konchesky brought down Cole in the box and Mark Noble scored from the spot. And Zola’s boys then pulled further ahead when di Michele teed up Carlton Cole for his fifth goal in as many games. (Second half goals here.)

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Southampton 1 – Doncaster 2 (Championship, January 17, 2009) Martin Woods and James Coppinger handed Doncaster a crucial away win at the Saints, who could only pull one goal back through Marek Saganowski.

Brighton 0 – Leeds 2 (League One, January 17, 2009) Lee Trundle, making his debut on loan from Bristol City, put Leeds ahead on the hour before Fabien Delph settled the match eight minutes from time a stunning solo goal, carrying the ball forward from well-inside his own half before curling home a left-footed shot from outside the box.

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Aberdeen 4 – Celtic 2 (SPL, January 18, 2009) Aberdeen took the lead in the 24th minute when a pin-point cross from Duff was headed home by Gary McDonald, but the lead lasted less than a minute as  McGeady crossed for Scott Brown to equalise. The Dons got themselves back in front just after the half-hour mark when Kerr’s cross was fired home by Stuart Duff. After the break Scott McDonald drew the league leaders level, but two late header from defender Zander Diamond (first and second) gave Aberdeen a famous victory. (Mark Kerr was lucky not to be sent off for a dangerous tackle on Andreas Hinkel.)

Rangers 3 – Falkirk 1 (SPL, January 17, 2009) Falkirk took the lead early on when Steve Lovell fired past Allan McGregor. Kris Boyd buried a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time to even things up. Minutes after the break Patrick Clegg saw red for a two-footed challenge on Pedro Mendes. Sasa Papac followed 12 minutes from time for a lunge on Mark Stewart before Boyd’s 20th goal of the season and a late Steven Davis strike sealed the win. Rangers gave a full debut to 17-year-old John Fleck (video evidence here), and he went on to receive the man-of-the-match award.

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Almeria 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, January 18, 2009) Uche’s opener for the home side was cancelled out by Sinama-Pongolle.

All the goals from Sunday afternoon’s action in La Liga can be seen here.

Athletic Bilbao 3 – Valencia 2 (La Liga, January 18, 2009) David Villa broke the deadlock inside two minutes in Bilbao with a fine finish from Mata’s precise pass. But the lead was short lived as Igor Gabilondo drew the hosts level heading home Lopez’s cross. Fernando Morientes restored Valencia’s lead tucking home Villa’s cross. Four minutes before the break the home side equalised again through a flicked header from Javi Martinez. In the 90th minute Fernando Llorente scored a penalty to secure a sensational late win.

Real Madrid 3 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, January 18, 2009) After seeing Ramon Calderon leave Real Madrid in disgrace this past week, matters got even worse on the pitch as lowly Osasuna took the lead after 20 minutes thanks to Javad Nekounam’s header. But the Bernabau had something to cheer at the start of the second half as a Sergio Ramos’ speculative shot got the better of keeper Ricardo. Gonzalo Higuain completed the turnaround tucking home Robben’s neat pass. Keeping up his tremendous recent form Arjen Robben stuck a third at the death.

Recreativo Huelva 2 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, January 18, 2009) For the second week running Jorge scored an own goal for Sporting, on this occasion turning a cross into his own net when under pressure from Colunga.

Villarreal 2 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, January 18, 2009) Capdevila’s header and Rossi’s penalty gave Villarreal a 2-nil lead over Mallorca at the break.

Getafe 0 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, January 18, 2009) Nikola Zigic’s 24th minute goal proved to be enough to give Racing the points.

Malaga 4 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, January 18, 2009) Malaga piled the misery on struggling Espanyol. The home side made the vital breakthrough ten minutes before the break courtesy of Adrian Lopez’s strike. Malaga doubled their advantage from the penalty spot on 57 minutes as Apone converted the spot-kick after Adrian Lopez was fouled by Mari Lacruz. Nabil Baha made it 3-0 with another penalty five minutes from time and Albert Luque completed the rout with a fourth in stoppage time.

Valladolid 1 – Betis 3 (La Liga, January 18, 2009) Xisco set Betis on their way with the opener on 16 minutes, but Luis Prieto equalised for Valladolid six minutes later. Sergio Garcia struck twice in the second-half with two fine finishes to give Betis the points.

Huesca 1 – Xerez 1 (Segunda Division, January 18, 2009) The comic value was provided in the first half when Huesca’s substitute Helguera was sent off while still on the bench, with the player dragged to the floor by his own team’s staff as the red mist descended.

Cordoba 1 – Real Zaragoza 0 (Segunda Division, January 17, 2009)

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Lazio 1 – Juventus 1 (Serie A, January 18, 2009) Alex Manninger had a ‘mare for Lazio’s opener as Cristian Ledesma’s free-kick made him look silly as it looped over his head after the former Arsenal keeper rushed out from goal. Olaf Mellberg pulled Juve level with a powerful header from a corner.

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

Atalanta 3 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, January 18, 2009) Inter’s form had been wavering of late, but no-one could have expected Atalanta to tear Mourinho’s side apart the way they did in the first half. Sergio Floccari gave the hosts the lead, before captain Cristiano Doni saw his free-kick deflect into the net. And Doni then struck his second of the half to leave the league leaders 3-down at the break. (First half goals here.) Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury time goal did little to improve Inter’s day.

Torino 0 – Roma 1 (Serie A, January 18, 2009) This game looked destined for a draw until Julio Baptista continued his incredible recent form with a stunning winner at the death, chesting down a cross in the box before hitting a scissor-kick into the far corner.

Cagliari 2 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, January 18, 2009) Daniele Conti gave Cagliari the lead over Udinese inside four minutes when his shot took a couple of deflection before ending up in the net. Davide Biondini doubled the lead with a volley after he was left unmarked arriving late into the box.

Chievo 2 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, January 18, 2009) Michele Marcolini gave Chievo the halftime lead over Napoli after scoring from the spot. The Flying Donkeys were pegged back in the second half when Ezequiel Lavezzi found the bottom corner. But the hosts were not to be denied, and a second spot-kick from Michele Marcolini gave Chievo the points.

Lecce 0 – Genoa 2 (Serie A, January 18, 2009) Bosko Jankovic found the net for the second week running with a superb flick from a right wing cross to give Genoa the lead at Lecce. Giuseppe Sculli scored a second in injury time to seal the win.

Sampdoria 0 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, January 18, 2009) Palermo stole the lead on the stroke of halftime when Marco Bresciano scored a back post header. And the Australian made it three goals in two games, Bresciano completing his brace in the second half.

Catania 1 – Bologna 2 (Serie A, January 18, 2009) Catania had Izco sent off in the first half and Bologna took advantage when Marco di Viao headed in the opener.

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Caen 2 – Monaco 2 (Ligue 1, January 17, 2009) Juan Pablo Pino (a rocket into the top corner) and Alejandro Alonso put Monaco in firm control with two first half strikes. But Caen fought back with Steve Savidan reducing the arrears on 72 minutes and Benjamin Nivet equalising in the final minute.

Lille 1 – Rennes 0 (Ligue 1, January 17, 2009) The only goal of the game arrived 15 minutes from time when Nicolas Fauverge’s shot deflected off Petter Hansson into the net. Rennes’ misery was compounded in the closing stages when Bruno Cheyrou was sent off for a second bookable offence as they saw their 18-match unbeaten run come to an end.

Marseille 2 – Le Havre 0 (Ligue 1, January 17, 2009) Mathieu Valbuena broke the deadlock with a low finish midway through the first half and centre-half Zubar made the game safe for OM in the 59th minute with a firm header from a free-kick.

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NEC Nijmegen 2 – Ajax 4 (Eredivisie, January 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here) Ajax took the lead away at NEC when Miralem Sulejmani’s free-kick evaded everyone to nestle in the net. But NEC quickly levelled, Ramon Zomer heading the hosts level. (Sulejmani & Zomer’s goals here.) Sulejmani then put Ajax ahead only for El-Akchaoui to smash a ball into the near post for 2-2. Ajax lost Dario Cvitanich for a second bookable offense with 20 minutes remaining but they had enough in the locker to win the match with late goals from Fernandez and Gabri.

Volendam 0 – AZ Alkmaar 2 (Eredivisie, January 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) AZ remain three points clear at the top of the table after beating bottom side Volendam, the goals scored in either half from Ari and David Mendes da Silva.

Roda 1 – PSV 1 (Eredivisie, January 18, 2009) After a goalless first half where PSV had the better chances (highlights here) the visitors took the lead through a Tim Simmons penalty. But the lead only lasted 60 seconds as Willem Janssen quickly drew Roda level.

Sparta Rotterdam 1 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, January 18, 2009) Koen van de Laak gave Groningen the lead just after the break but Joey Godee rescued a point for the home side.

De Graafschap 1 – Willem II 0 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2009) On-loan Chelsea forward Ben Sahar netted De Graafschap’s first goal in more than 300 minutes of football to claim a crucial win, curling a glorious shot into the top corner.

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Sporting Lisbon 5- Pacos Ferreira 1 (Carlsberg Cup, January 18, 2009) Sporting had to wait until the end of the first half to score, and when the goal arrived it looked to play out in slow motion as Liedson steered the ball past an unbalanced keeper. Liedson slid in the second on the restart, but Cristiano replied for Pacos. Back came Sporting, Marat Izmailov scoring a 30-yard stunner for the hosts, before Vukcevic and Liedson (hat-trick) sealed the win.

Vitoria Guimaraes 3 – Olhanense 0 (Carlsberg Cup, January 18, 2009)

Maritimo 1 – Rio Ave 2 (Carlsberg Cup, January 18, 2009)

Vitoria Setubal 1 – Nacional 0 (Carlsberg Cup, January 18, 2009)

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Club Brugge 3 – KV Mechelen 0 (Jupiler League, January 17, 2009) Brugge’s victory was made that much easier by Mechelen having three players sent off in the match. Mununga was the first to depart after 27 minutes and the hosts quickly capitalised when Ronald Vargas opened the scoring. Antolin Alcaraz doubled just after the hour mark and a frantic finish saw Biset and Vrancken both dismissed with Simaeys netting the third.

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Fenerbahce 3 – Eskisehirspor 0 (Turkish Cup, January 18, 2009) Alex de Souza, Davide de Souza and Roberto Carlos found the net for Fener.

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Panathinaikos 4 – Aris 0 (Greek Super League, January 18, 2009) Karagounis put the hosts ahead with a penalty in the 47th minute, and he then stretched the lead to 2-0 with a powerful shot from outside the area in the 56th minute. Ninis crossed to Rukavina for the third and Cleyton scored from close range to complete the rout.

Xanthi Skoda 1 – Larisa 1 (Greek Super League, January 18, 2009) Larisa captain Nikos Dabizas put through his own net before Iglesias latched onto a route-one ball to draw the visitors level.

OFI Crete 2 – Panionios 0 (Greek Super League, January 18, 2009) Goals from Simic and Popovic (a 30-yard screamer) earned the hosts victory.

PAOK Saloniki 2 – Panthrakikos 0 (Greek Super League, January 18, 2009) Muslimovic and Vieirinha scored in each half for PAOK.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 – Ashdod SC 0 (Ligat ha’Al, January 17, 2009) The hosts took the lead six minutes from time when Shai Abutbul whacked the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box after being set up by Gili Vermuth. Vermuth had a huge hand in the second, too, riding a couple of challenges before squaring it to Samuel Yeboah to knock the ball into the roof of the net.

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Wellington Phoenix 1 – Adelaide United 1 (A-League, January 18, 2009) A terrific finish from Paul Reid, set up by skipper Travis Dodd, that gave the visitors the early lead on nine minutes before Costa Barbarouses headed in the equaliser on the half hour.

Newcastle Jets 2 – Perth Glory 1 (A-League, January 18, 2009) Goals from Jets’ defenders Antun Kovacic and Mark Milligan either side of halftime made it 2-nil before Perth got one back against the run of play via Scott Bulloch.

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Racing Club 1 – River Plate 1 (Torneos De Verano, January 18, 2009)

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Honduras 2 – Chile 0 (International friendly, January 18, 2009) Carlos Pavon headed a shot past Chile goalkeeper Miguel Pinto in the 77th minute to give Honduras the lead before Amado Guevara converted a penalty for Honduras eight minutes later.