Tottenham reach the Carling Cup final after a brilliant fightback from Burnley

Burnley 3 – Tottenham 2 (Agg. 4-6) (AET) (League Cup, January 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here, ITV highlights here.) Burnley, trailing 4-1 from the first leg, managed to take the game to extra time with an incredible performance in the 90 minutes. Robbie Blake’s 35-yard free-kick beat a Ben Alnwick at his near post for the opener in the first half. Robbie Blake then teed up Chris McCann to tap in from five yards out. And Turf Moor went wild after Jay Rodriguez hit the third after the Spurs defence failed to defend a set-play. (All three Burnley goals can be seen here.) With the game looking destined to end without further goals, Spurs managed to score two late strikes deep into extra time. Roman Pavlyuchenko finally got Spurs on the scoresheet tucking away Assou-Ekotto’s cut-back and Jermain Defoe made sure that the Lilywhites will return to Wembley with a curling effort in the final minute. (Pavlyuchenko & Defoe’s goals can be seen here.)

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Valencia 3 -  Sevilla 2 (Copa del Rey, January 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Hot-shot David Villa continued his superb recent goalscoring exploits by bagging the opener in Valencia’s Copa del Rey tie with Sevilla, scoring from an acute angle after cutting out a shocking backpass from Correia. Diego Capel crossed for Luis Fabiano to nod home the equaliser. Sevilla retook the lead in controversial circumstances, Correia, several yards offside, made it 2-1. Ruben Baraja equalised in the 84th minute with a low shot and Mata grabbed a valuable lead for the home side before the return leg next week.

Espanyol 0 – Barcelona 0 (Copa del Rey, January 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) New Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino have a relatively successful first outing, his side stopping Barcelona from scoring for the first time since their opening game of the season.

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Inter Milan 2 – Roma 1 (Coppa Italia, January 21, 2009) A horrendous error at the back for Roma that saw two defenders clatter into each other presented the ball the Adriano and the Brazilian made no mistake with a low left-footed drive. Taddei brought Roma level on the hour mark with a rocket from inside the box, only for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to restore Inter’s lead a minute later, scoring a rebound with acrobatic fashion.

Udinese 1 – Sampdoria 1* (Pens. 1-4) (Coppa Italia, January 21, 2009) Samp took a 55th minute lead at Udinese through Giampaolo Pazzini’s deflected shot. But the lead was short lived as Antonio di Natale levelled from the spot six minutes later. Udinese then had the came to close out the match when they won a last minute spot-kick, only for Di Natale to see he second attempt saved, forcing the game into extra time. With no extra goals it was a penalty shootout, and Luca Castellazzi was the hero saving two penalties for Samp.

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NAC Breda* 2 – Groningen 2 (Pens. 5-4) (KNVB Beker, January 21, 2009) Evgeni Levchenko sent the game into extra-time when he cancelled out Nourdin Boukhouri’s acrobatic overhead volley for NAC. Fouad Idabdelhay restored NAC’s lead seven minutes into extra-time before Patrick Zwaanswijk saw red for the home side. Andreas Granqvist forced the game to penalties, equalising five minutes from time. NAC kept their nerve in the shoot-out to go through 5-4.

AZ Alkmaar 3 – Achilles 29 0 (KNVB Beker, January 21, 2009) Eredivisie leaders AZ proved too strong for minnows Achilles 29 running out 3-0 easy winners thanks to goals from Sebastien Pocognoli, Moussa Dembele and Gill Swerts.

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OFI Crete 0 – Olympiakos 2 (Greek Cup, January 21, 2009) Fernando Belluschi gave Olympiakos with a header before Galletti sealed the win from the spot with five minutes remaining.

Panserraikos 1 – Larissa 0 (Greek Cup, January 21, 2009)

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Anorthosis 2 – Apollon 1 (Cypriot Cup, January 21, 2009) Sosin (16) and Savio (81) gave Anorthosis a 2-nil lead before Sangoy netted a consolation penalty late on.

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Hannover 2 – AC Milan 3 (Friendly, January 21, 2009) Szabolcs Huszti scored for Hannover in the first half after his initial spot-kick had been saved by Dida. Kaka came on at the break, and he began the move that led to Milan’s equaliser, passing the ball to Inzaghi who in turn set up Shevchenko. Milan then moved ahead when Antonini’s cross found Inzaghi open to score. Hanke restored parity for the Germans, but Inzaghi had the final word to claim the win for the Rossoneri.

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Sao Paulo 1 – Ituano 1 (Campeonato Paulista, January 21, 2009) Hugo gave Sao Paulo a 12th minute lead, but the visitors levelled when defender Miranda put through his own net as he tried to control the ball with his chest.

Santo Andre 0 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Paulista, January 21, 2009) Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s Palmeiras made an impressive start to the season, debutant Cleiton Xavier scoring a neat goal in the 43rd minute after striker Lenny prised open the defence.

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China 6 – Vietnam 1 (Asian Cup 2011 qualifier, January 21, 2009) Gao Lin put China ahead after only one minute in Zhejiang, only for Nguyen Vu Phong to level for Vietnam nine minutes later. China then went into overdrive, with Gao adding a second on 21 minutes followed by goals from Du Wei (29) Jiang Ning (37), and Hao Junmin (47). Gao netted his third seven minutes from time.

Malaysia 0 – UAE 5 (Asian Cup 2011 qualifier, January 21, 2009) Omar and Matar both bagged a brace, Khalil scoring the fifth.

Hong Kong 1 – Bahrain 3 (Asian Cup 2011 qualifier, January 21, 2009)

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Mali 0 – Ghana 2 (African U20 Championships, January 21, 2009) The Ghanaians opened the scoring on 17 minutes when Dominic Adiyiah sent in an inch-perfect cross for Awako to head home. The Black Stars double their lead after the break when Osei gambled on a mistake by from keeper Oumar to put the game beyond doubt.

Rwanda 1 – Cameroon 1 (African U20 Championships, January 21, 2009) Brice Owona drove home Cameroon’s opener after a goal-mouth scramble on 35 minutes. Yusuf Ndayishimiye equalised with a powerful header on the stroke of halftime.

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Colombia 1 – Peru 0 (U20 South American Championships, January 21, 2009) Yamith Cuesta’s header earned Colombia the points.

Ecuador 0 – Venezuela 0 (U20 South American Championships, January 21, 2009)