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Toffees come unstuck at Old Trafford; 10-man Stoke see off Man City; Arsenal & Villa fire blanks; Bolton strike a late blow to down Spurs
Manchester United 1 – Everton 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) An early wobble in the Everton defence produced a nervous moment from a dangerous Park cross. Tim Howard was then forced to turn over Carlos Tevez’s shot from inside the six-yard box before Cristiano Ronaldo came within inches of scoring, seeing his shot rebound off the inside of the post. The barrage continued, Howard tipped over again from Ronaldo, and just before the break to pressure paid off as Ronaldo slotted home a penalty after Carrick was tripped in the box. (First half highlights here.) Carlos Tevez skied a good opportunity inside the box at the start of the second half, and later in the half a deflected Tevez free-kick forced Howard to tip-over yet another effort on his goal.
Stoke 1 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) Stoke subjected City to their set-piece barrage early on, but their hopes for a crucial win took a blow when Rory Delap was sent off for a foul on SWP which was compounded by kicking the ball into the former Chelsea winger. Deep into lengthy first-half injury time, Stoke’s January signings Matthew Etherington and James Beattie combined to put the ten men into the lead.
Arsenal 0 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Abou Diaby headed against the bar off from Nasri’s inswinging corner, while at the other end Gael Clichy cleared James Collins’ effort off the line in West Ham’s only chance of note during a drab first half (highlights here) at the Emirates. After the break Emmanuel Adebayor forced Green into saving his point-blank header. (Second half highlights here.)
Aston Villa 0 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Villa came within a whisker of scoring against Wigan, the Latics were fortunate to see Zat Knight’s header hit the post and stay out. (First half highlights here.)
Hull 2 – West Brom 2 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) Hull took the lead on the stroke of halftime as Bernard Mendy took the ball round Scott Carson to score. The Baggies levelled after the break, Jay Simpson scoring his first Premier League goal. Mendy turned provider for Craig Fagan to put Tigers back in front in the 69th minute but a Chris Brunt penalty four minutes later earned the Baggies a point.
Bolton 3 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Sebastien Puygrenier put the Trotters in front heading in Davies’s free-kick. Bolton doubled their lead in the 64th minute when striker Kevin Davies shot into the far corner from a Cahill flick-on. Chimbonda’s cut-back found Darren Bent minutes after his introduction from the bench, and two minutes later Bent netted again when Palacios’s shot was parried into his path. But Bolton struck late on, Kevin Davies scoring his second heading in a Taylor corner.
Fulham 3 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) Andrew Johnson seized upon a fine Clint Dempsey pass to open the scoring for Fulham in the 14th minute. Erik Nevland put Fulham two up and added another to secure the win with David Nugent adding a late consolation for Portsmouth.
Middlesbrough 0 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) Sam Allardyce extended his promising sequence of results to eight without defeat, six in the Premier League, to take a 10th point from a possible 18.
Sheffield Wednesday 1 – Birmingham 1 (Championship, January 31, 2009) Lewis Buxton broke the deadlock for the Owls with his first goal for the club in the 56th minute. In the 93rd minute, Kevin Phillips stole in at the far post to head home Scott Sinclair’s fine cross and salvage a point from a game they appeared destined to lose.
Southampton 2 – Swansea 2 (Championship, January 31, 2009) Marek Saganowski gave the home side the lead after 17 minutes when he took full advantage of Monk’s poor backpass, only for Jordi Gomez’s to level matters before halftime. Saints’ Lee Molyneux saw red shortly after the interval and Gorka Pintado’s close-range finish looked like making it six consecutive wins for the Swans. Saganowski had other ideas though, and he converted Surman’s cross after 76 minutes to earn a share of the spoils.
Rangers 2 – Dundee United 0 (SPL, January 31, 2009) Starlet John Fleck sent keeper Lukasz Zaluska the wrong way with his penalty in the 78th minute after the teenager was fouled by Kovacevic in the box. Kyle Lafferty sealed the with in the last minute.
Numancia 0 – Real Madrid 2 (La Liga, January 31, 2009) After a goalless first half, Raul opened the scoring for Real at Numancia after Robben’s slalom run had opened up the hosts defence. And Arjen Robben then scored a brilliant second of his own, weaving past several defenders before firing low into the bottom corner.
Athletic Bilbao 3 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, January 31, 2009) Albert Luque was in the right place to steer home the opener for Malaga away at Athletic Bilbao. Francisco Yeste brought Bilbao level with a fine strike from outside the box. Lolo’s header restored the visitors’ lead in the second half but back came the hosts, Fernando Llorente equalising with a beauty in the top corner. And Bilbao snatched victory at the death thanks to Markel Susaeta Laskurain’s 86th minute winner.
Sevilla Atletico 1 – Albacete 1 (Segunda Division, January 31, 2009)
Las Palmas 0 – Real Sociedad 1 (Segunda Division, January 31, 2009)
Juventus 2 – Cagliari 3 (Serie A, January 31, 2009) The Old Lady was breached after 15 minutes, Cagliari’s Davide Biondini converted a back post header with a perfectly timed run. But Juve were soon on level terms, Momo Sissoko rising high to head the Bianconeri level from Nedved’s pacey corner. Pavel Nedved then rolled back the years to send Juve into the break 2-1 up. Cagliari stunned Juve by levelling in controversial circumstances in the second half, Jeda was positioned in an offside position, supposedly not affecting the play, only to then end up finishing the move to make it all-square. And Cagilari shocked the Turin giants by going on the claim all three points, Alessandro Matri’s superb winner seriously denting Ranieri’s title challenge.
Napoli 2 – Udinese 2 (Serie A, January 31, 2009) German Denis teed up Ezequiel Lavezzi for Napoli’s opener against Udinese. Napoli then pulled further clear when Marek Hamsik added a second, but Udinese fought back to go into the break level. Antonio di Natale pulled a goal from the spot before Fabio Quagliarella produced another goal to go into his scrapbook of wonder-strikes, equalising with a lightning volley hit from 25-yards out.
Treviso 3 – Brescia 2 (Serie B, January 31, 2009) Zigoni got Treviso off to a perfect start with his goal after 30 seconds, but Taddei and Rispoli turned it around before half-time. Late on Brescia lost their bearings, as a Gissi blockbuster and Musetti late winner sealed the five-goal thriller.
Parma 3 – Albinoleffe 1 (Serie B, January 31, 2009) Troest held up the ball for Paloschi to score, then Madonna equalised for Leffe with his fierce strike from 25-yards. Budel and an Alessandro Lucarelli header from a corner eventually secured the Gialloblu’s victory.
Empoli 2 – Vicenza 0 (Serie B, January 31, 2009) Fortin’s fresh-air intervention on a corner allowed Pozzi to nod in, then Corvia sealed it in the final minutes.
Avellino 1 – Triestina 2 (Serie B, January 31, 2009) Granoche’s shot ricocheted off the upright into the path of Tabbiani for the opener, then Princivalli’s left-foot strike silenced the home side. Pecorari’s header was too late to overturn the situation at Avellino.
Bari 2 – Frosinone 1 (Serie B, January 31, 2009) Bari extended their advantage at the top of the table, but had to fight back from a goal down after conceding Cavalli’s diving header. Within 120 seconds Lanzafame had equalised while Caputo completed the comeback with a deflected strike late on.
Piacenza 2 – Grosseto 3 (Serie B, January 31, 2009)
Hoffenheim 2 – Energie Cottbus 0 (Bundesliga, January 31, 2009) Hoffenheim started 2009 where they left off 2008, Demba Ba putting the Village Team ahead of Cottbus after the visitors failed to clear their lines from a corner. The hosts doubled their early in the second half, new loan signing Boubacar Sanogo marking his debut with a goal after combining well with Ba.
Hannover 1 – Schalke 0 (Bundesliga, January 31, 2009) Sergio Pinto needed just 8 minutes to put Hannover in the lead, scoring a super lob over the keeper after having ridden several challenges.
Hertha Berlin 2 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Bundesliga, January 31, 2009) Marko Pantelic broke the deadlock for Hertha against Frankfurt after 17 minutes. Pantelic doubled the lead with a fine shot from outside the box, but Frankfurt quickly replied, Kolher was in the right place to score at the back post.
Cologne 1 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, January 31, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Cologne adopted route one tactics to score against Wolfsburg, Sergiu Radu latched onto a long ball and lobbed the stranded keeper. Grafite pulled the visitors level with a 25-yard daisycutter into the bottom corner.
Borussia Dortmund 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Bundesliga, January 31, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Leverkusen gave away a poor goal at Dortmund, Sinkiewicz’s attempted clearance was charged down by Owomoyela and the ball fell to Alexander Frei for the easy tap-in. Bayer’s Patrick Helmes brought his side level side-footing home a cut-back just after the hour mark.
Stuttgart 2 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, January 31, 2009) Roel Brouwers could not stop Hilbert’s shot from crossing the line to give Stuttgart the lead. Mario Gomes netted the winner five minutes from time heading home a corner.
Le Mans 0 – Nantes 2 (Ligue 1, January 31, 2009) Aurelien Capoue’s cross was headed in at the far post by Yoann Poulard, and Nantes sealed the win by David Da Rocha.
Valenciennes 1 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, January 31, 2009) Pujol converted Darcheville’s cross as Valenciennes claimed a crucial win in their battle against relegation.
Auxerre 0 – Lorient 0 (Ligue 1, January 31, 2009) Auxerre failed to win for an eighth consecutive match as they played out a goalless draw with Lorient.
Monaco 1 – Grenoble 0 (Ligue 1, January 31, 2009) Monaco claimed their first victory in six games courtesy of Alexandre Licate’s goal on 67 minutes.
All the goals from Saturday’s action in the Eredivisie can be seen here.
Ajax 1 – Heerenveen 0 (Eredivisie, January 31, 2009) Ajax blew their chance of closing in on leaders AZ. Thomas Vermaelen was sent off two minutes into the second half for Ajax and Heerenveen took advantage, Danijel Pranjic curling home a free-kick on the hour mark to claim all three points.
NAC 1 – Volendam 1 (Eredivisie, January 31, 2009) Joonas Kolkka put NAC into the lead on 64 minutes, but the strugglers levelled six minutes later through Rowin van Zaanen.
Den Haag 0 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, January 31, 2009) Groningen moved into fifth spot after a 1-0 win at ADO Den Haag courtesy of Gonzalo Garcia’s 76th minute goal.
Benfica 1 – Rio Ave 0 (Superliga, January 31, 2009) Benfica beat rock-bottom Rio Ave, Pedro Mantorras collected Oscar Cardozo’s flick-on to score a 70th minute winner that kept Benfica unbeaten at the Stadium of Light while handing Rio Ave its fifth straight loss.
Trofense 0 – Sporting Lisbon 0 (Superliga, January 31, 2009)
Denizlispor 0 – Galatasaray 2 (Super Lig, January 31, 2009) Gala rode to victory with two quality goals, Milan Baros coolly finished a slick attack from the visitors and Shabani Nonda completed the win with a first-time bullet struck in the second half.
OFI Crete 1 – Larissa 2 (Greek Super League, January 31, 2009) Stelios Giannakopoulos marked his return to the Greek football with a brace on his debut. Zdravko Popovic put OFI ahead in the 81st, two minutes before Giannakopoulos levelled with a header. And in the second minute of injury time, Stelios headed in his second goal from close range to steal the points.
AEL Limassol 2 – Ethnikos 0 (Greek Super League, January 31, 2009) Sadly this video does not have the goal action, but there are clips of the fight between Kerkez and Lars which saw both players sent off on the stroke of halftime.
Iraklis 0 – Aris 1 (Greek Super League, January 31, 2009)
Apop/Kinyras 0 – Anorthosis 3 (Cypriot First Division, January 31, 2009)
Paralimni 0 – APOEL 1 (Cypriot First Division, January 31, 2009)
Argentina 1 – Paraguay 1 (South American Under-20 Championships, January 31, 2009) Jonathan Cristaldo put the Argentinians in the lead after 47 minutes but Hernan Perez equalised on the hour mark.
Uruguay 2 – Brazil 3 (South American Under-20 Championships, January 31, 2009) Walter scored in the 19th and 30th minutes to give Brazil a comfortable lead. Marcelo Silva pulled a goal back in the 40th but Douglas Costa restored Brazil’s two-goal cushion. Abel Hernandez’s injury time goal was too little, too late.
- Updated: January 31, 2009