Manchester United 0 – Tottenham 0 (Pens. 4-1) League Cup Final, March 1, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) There were no goals in the first half of the League Cup final, but Rio Ferdinand went close as the United centre-half controlled a loose ball on his knee before volleying narrowly over the Spurs bar. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half Carlos Tevez sent a shot narrowly past Gomes’ post. An underwhelming 90 minutes were brought to life just before the whistle when Cristiano Ronaldo fired against the Tottenham post. Both sides, looking exhausted, refused to score in extra time and when the match went to penalties Ben Foster saved O’Hara’s initial spot-kick while David Bentley did his reputation no favours by skewing his effort wide. (The penalty shoot-out can be seen here, longer highlights here.)
Manchester United’s trophy celebrations can be seen here.
Aston Villa 2 – Stoke 2 (Premier League, March 1, 2009) Villa scored on the stroke of halftime against Stoke, Milner combined with Stiliyan Petrov just inside the box and the Bulgarian fired a shot through Thomas Sorensen. Ten minutes from time Villa bagged a fabulous second, Petrov lofted a ball into John Carew on the edge of the box and, with his back to goal, the big Norwegian hooked a volley over Sorensen. But Stoke rallied in amazing style, Richard Shawcross headed home a Beattie cross in the 87th minute before Glenn Whelan cracked a half-volley past Friedel in injury time.
Hull 1 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, March 1, 2009) The Tigers fell behind when Duke saw Roque Santa Cruz steal the ball away from the keeper’s grasp, lay a pass back to Stephen Warnock who smashed in the opener. Two minutes later Blackburn went 2-up, Pedersen fed Warnock in the inside left channel, he burst into the box and Keith Andrews was on hand to convert the second. Both side lost a man in the second half, Marney and Pederson, before Hull skipper Iain Ashbee made things interesting with his first Premier League goal from a Mendy cross.
West Ham 1 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, March 1, 2009) The main talking in an entertaining first half at Upton Park was a sickening injury to Hammer Valon Behrami who fell awkwardly after getting his studs caught in the turf. The high tempo continued after the break with the Hammers eventually breaking the deadlock when Savio burst down the left and the Italian’s saved shot was converted by Jack Collison.
Norwich 1 – Coventry 2 (Championship, February 28, 2009) Jordan Henderson had opened the scoring for the visitors but Jonathan Grounds restored Norwich’s hope with an equaliser early in the second half. Daniel Fox bagged a 73rd minute winner for the Sky Blues.
Leeds 3 – Scunthorpe 2 (League One, February 28, 2009) A Jermaine Beckford double helped Leeds win a thriller.
Atletico Madrid 4 – Barcelona 3 (La Liga, March 1, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Thierry Henry curled a beautiful strike past Leo Franco to give Barca the lead, and Leo Messi doubled the advantage with a nifty swivel of the hips before a cool finish in the box. But Atletico quickly pulled a goal back, Diego Forlan belting a dipping 30-yard beauty over Valdez. After the break Kun Aguero scored the equaliser taking advantage of mistakes in the visitors’ rearguard before firing into the bottom corner. Eto’o played Gudjohnsen through the middle and he teed up Henry for his second of the game. But back came the hosts, Diego Forlan levelling the match from the spot before Kun Aguero beat Puyol in the tackle and ended an epic match with an 89th minute winner.
Valencia 1 – Valladolid 2 (La Liga, March 1, 2009) Jonathan Sesma gave Valladolid a 7th minute lead at Valencia and the lead was doubled on the half hour when Raul Albiol turned a cross into his own net. (First half highlights here.) Carlos Marchena headed Valencia back into the game with a quarter hour remaining.
Betis 2 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, March 1, 2009) A Santiago Cazorla brace (6 and 36) had handed the visitors a comfortable lead at Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, but Betis hit back through Sergio Garcia (42) and star player Ricardo Oliveira (57).
Sporting Gijon 0 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, March 1, 2009) Arango’s perfect free-kick was enough for Mallorca to claim a crucial three points in their relegation battle.
Malaga 0 – Recreativo Huelva 2 (La Liga, March 1, 2009) Second half goals from Camunas and Adrian did the damage for Recre.
Numancia 0 – Deportivo 1 (La Liga, March 1, 2009) Numancia’s losing streak extended to seven games after Juan Rodriguez scored a 75th minute winner.
Inter Milan 3 – Roma 3 (Serie A, March 1, 2009) Roma, who have a good record against Inter at the San Siro, found themselves 2-up at the break. Daniele De Rossi headed the Giallorossi’s opener before John Arne Riise managed to squeeze a shot from the tightest of angles past Cesar and into the net. Mario Balotelli replied for Inter after the break, but Brighi restored Roma’s two-goal cushion minutes later. Back came Inter, Balotelli netting his second from the spot. And in the 79th minute forgotten man Hernan Crespo came off the bench and within a minute claimed the equaliser.
All the goals from Sunday afternoon’s action in Serie A can be seen here.
Palermo 0 – Catania 4 (Serie A, March 1, 2009) Catania took the lead in the Sicilian derby with a great goal from Pablo Ledesma who launched himself into a diving header from Morimoto’s neat cross. The men in pink lost Bresciano two minutes later and towards the end of the half they were put to the sword. Takayuki Morimoto bagged a second before Giuseppe Mascara scored what may prove to be the goal of the season volleying an incredible shot that lobbed the keeper from the halfway line. Paolucci’s fourth after the break was the icing on the cake for Catania.
Sampdoria 2 – AC Milan 1 (Serie A, March 1, 2009) In yet another controversial decision of whether the ball crossed the line or not, Antonio Cassano’s back post header went in the forward’s favour as Samp took the lead on the half hour against AC Milan. The Rossoneri fell further behind when Giampaolo Pazzini netted a super solo second early in the second half. Alexandre Pato’s well-taken header was too little too late, although Milan were unfortunate to see Emerson’s header chalked off, as their title dreams continue to go up in smoke.
Reggina 1 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, March 1, 2009) Reggina’s Alessio Sestu brilliantly executed a 20-yard shot which arched over Frey, only for Fiorentina to draw level three minutes later through Emiliano Bonazzoli.
Atalanta 0 – Chievo 2 (Serie A, March 1, 2009) The Flying Donkeys left it late in Bergamo, taking the lead 12 minutes from time when Antonio Langella pounced. The win was sealed with Sergio Pellisier firing home a penalty in stoppage time.
Udinese 2 – Lecce 0 (Serie A, March 1, 2009) Udinese had to wait until the 75th minute for Gaetano D’Agostino to break the deadlock before earning victory over Lecce. Giovanni Pasquale scored the second deep into stoppage time, pouncing on a bad error from Lecce keeper Benussi.
Cagliari 0 – Torino 0 (Serie A, March 1, 2009)
Werder Bremen 0 – Bayern Munich 0 (Bundesliga, March 1, 2009) Bremen survived 75 minutes with 10 men to earn a goalless draw at home to Bayern Munich, even creating the better chances in the game. Naldo was sent off after 15 minutes but both sides failed to make the most of their opportunities to score.
Hamburg 1 – Wolfsburg 3 (Bundesliga, March 1, 2009) Hamburg had a disastrous opening to their match with Wolfsburg as Grafite score a brace inside 25 minutes. (First half highlights here.) Guerrero pulled a goal back for Hamburg in the 72nd minute but Wolfsburg restored their two goal cushion when Edin Dzeko scored the third.
Karlsruhe 0 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, March 1, 2009) After a goalless first half, Stuttgart took the lead at Karlsruhe thanks to Elson’s back post tap-in.
Lyon 1 – Rennes 1 (Ligue 1, March 1, 2009) Lyon opened the scoring in the 66th minute when substitute Pjanic found Kim Kallstrom, unmarked inside the area, who took a touch before firing into the top corner. But Rennes levelled in injury time as Jimmy Briand beat Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris after Hansson had diverted a long pass from Lemoine into the path of the Rennes forward.
PSG 4 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, March 1, 2009) Hoarau opened the scoring for PSG in the 10th minute, and Ludovic Giuly quickly chalked up the second after good work on the right flank from Stephane Sessegnon. Nancy pulled a goal back in the 30th when Julien Feret executed a sublime chip from a tight angle. Hoarau notched his 15th goal this season in the 40th minute before setting up Sessegnon in the 63rd.
Bordeaux 1 – Lorient 0 (Ligue 1, March 1, 2009) Marouane Chamakh found a crucial breakthrough three minutes after half time to take Bordeaux fourth.
Monaco 2 – St. Etienne 2 (Ligue 1, March 1, 2009) Nimani trickled a shot into the far corner as Monaco took the lead, but it was soon wiped out by Payet’s scuffed shot. Matsui scored a cracker to give St. Etienne the lead after the break but a last-gasp equaliser from Mollo earned Monaco a point.
Utrecht 0 – Ajax 2 (Eredivisie, March 1, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Ajax needed just eight minutes to score at Utrecht as the Amsterdammers put together a fine team move with Gregory van der Wiel eventually firing the ball home. On the hour mark Marco van Basten’s team when 2-up when Jan Vertonghen came up from the head home a set-play.
Feyenoord 2 – Vitesse 2 (Eredivisie, March 1, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A picture-perfect free-kick from Nick Hofs gave Vitesse the lead at Feyenoord but the hosts pulled level just before the break through Georginio Wijnaldum. The ding-dong battle continued into the second half, Dalibor Stevanovic crashed home a perfect half-volley on the hour mark but Roy Makaay score to bring Feyenoord level once more.
Volendam 1 – NEC 1 (Eredivisie, March 1, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Melvin Platje’s goal looked to be enough for the basement side to claim the win and three points, which would have lifted them off the foot of the table. But Milano Koenders broke the hearts of the home fans as he levelled four minutes into added time.
Standard Liege 4 – Cercle Brugge 0 (Jupiler League, March 1, 2009) Standard were quickly on course for their victory when Igor De Camargo and Dieudonne Mbokani fired them into a 2-0 lead after 11 minutes. Mbokani got his second of the day in the 51st minute and three minutes later Reginal Goreux made sure of a comfortable afternoon.
Club Brugge 2 – Roeselare 1 (Jupiler League, February 28, 2009)
Konyaspor 0 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Lig, March 1, 2009) Arda Turan’s brave header was enough for Gala.
Antalyaspor 0 – Trabzonspor 1 (Super Lig, March 1, 2009) Umut Bulut’s back post header 15 minutes from time kept Trabzonspor in the title hunt. As always, Trabzonspor celebrated their win with the now famous dance-off.
Denizlispor 2 – Gaziantepspor 0 (Super Lig, February 28, 2009) A goal in each half from Aladag and Angelov sealed the win.
Eskisehirspor 1 – Kayserispor 0 (Super Lig, February 28, 2009)
Belenenses 1 – Naval 2 (Superliga, March 1, 2009) In the 21st minute Naval’s Godemeche picked up a loose rebound and slipped the ball inside the near post to open the scoring. The hosts levelled just before the break when Wender fired a low shot beating Peiser. Naval’s winner came in injury time as Gilmar, much like the first Naval goal, picked up a rebound and scored.
Trofense 1 – Amadora 1 (Superliga, March 1, 2009)
Olympiakos 0 – Panathinaikos 0 (Greek Super League, March 1, 2009) Panathinaikos played much of the second half with ten men after defender Josu Sarriegi saw a second yellow card in the 57th minute. Olympiakos stay top.
Jagiellonia 3 – Arka Gdynia 0 (Ekstraklasa, February 28, 2009)A Frankowski brace and a third from Zawistowski did the damage.
Lechia Gdansk 1 – Slask Wroclaw 1 (Ekstraklasa, February 28, 2009)
Cracovia Krakow 1 – Piast Gliwice 0 (Ekstraklasa, February 28, 2009)
Atromitos 1 – Anorthosis 6 (Cypriot First Division, March 1, 2009)
Inter Zapresic 0 – Hajduk Split 4 (1. HNL, March 1, 2009)
Arsenal Sarandi 3 – Estudiantes 1 (Clausura, March 1, 2009) Arsenal went top by beating nine-man Estudiantes 3-1 with first-half goals from Jossimar Mosquera, Luciano Leguizamon and Javier Yacuzzi. Enzo Perez replied for Estudiantes who had Agustin Alayes sent off in the 47th minute and Diego Galvan in the 73rd.
San Lorenzo 5 – River Plate 1 (Clausura, March 1, 2009) Jonathan Santana put San Lorenzo ahead after 27 seconds and Adrian Gonzalez was also on target with a fifth minute free-kick. Jonathan Bottinelli added the third in the 17th minute after a series of rebounds in the area and, although Diego Buonanotte pulled one back for River, Bergessio netted a fourth on the stroke of halftime. Andres Silvera completed the rout in the 57th minute and the only unhappy note for Miguel Angel Russo’s team was a red card for Alejandro Gomez in the 80th minute for a bad tackle on Oscar Ahumada.
Boca Juniors 3 – Huracan 1 (Clausura, March 1, 2009) Martin Palermo scored his first goal since returning from a six-month injury lay-off in the 69th minute. Luciano Figueroa added two more in the last 10 minutes and Eduardo Dominguez replied for Huracan.
Gimnasia J 0 – Lanus 2 (Clausura, March 1, 2009)
Zambia 1 – Tanzania 1 (African Nations Championship, February 28, 2009) Tanzania took the lead in the 88th minute with a Shadrack Nsajigwa penalty, and the Taifa Stars seemed to be heading into the last four. But Banda latched onto a corner and scored with a spectacular overhead-volley in the 4th minute of stoppage time to put the Chipolopolo through.
Senegal 0 – Ivory Coast 0 (African Nations Championship, February 28, 2009) The Ivorians bowed out of the competition having failed to score once, despite being the home nation.