Manchester United 1 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, January 14, 2009) It took Manchester United sixty seconds to score against Wigan, Ronaldo burst down the right, crossed to Wayne Rooney who had the simple job of rolling the ball in the net. (Prior to the match Sir Alex Ferguson presented Cristiano Ronaldo with the FIFA World Player of the Year award.)
Southend 1 – Chelsea 4 (FA Cup, January 14, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)Â After all the talk of Chelsea’s poor defending from set pieces, once again they were found wanting as Southend skipper Adam Barrett headed home the opener (Alex’s challenge was pathetic). Chelsea levelled before the break, Southend failed to deal with a high ball in the box and Michael Ballack fired the loose ball into the top corner. After the break Ballack freed Solomon Kalou down the right who drove into the box to score. Anelka added a third and in injury time Frank Lampard put his name on the scoresheet with the fourth. (Second half highlights and analysis here.)
Newcastle 0 – Hull 1 (FA Cup, January 14, 2009) Newcastle were dumped out the FA Cup by an under-strength Hull side who broke the deadlockÂ nine minutes from timeÂ when Daniel Cousin tapped home from a Garcia cross. The main talking point of the match was the clash midway through the first half between Joe Kinnear and Phil Brown as both managers were banished to the stands.
Histon 1 – Swansea 2 (FA Cup, January 13, 2009) Gorka Pintado and Guillem Bauza on target for the Championship side. Pintado went on to miss a penalty for the Swans before Josh Simpson pulled on back for the non-leaguers.
All the goals from Wednesday night’s action in the Copa del Rey can be seen here.
Barcelona 2 – Atletico Madrid 1 (Agg. 5-2) (Copa del Rey, January 14, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)Â Defying the form book, Atletico Madrid stole the early advantage at the Nou Camp when Florent Sinama-Pongolle connected with a free-kick to head the Rojiblancos ahead. But Barca weren’t behind for long as woeful Atletico defending allowed Bojan to head home Sylvinho’s cross unchallenged. Barca won the won late in the second half, a scintillating run from Iniesta down the left eventually saw the ball fall to Eidur Gudjohnsen to smash home.
Valencia 3 – Racing Santander 1 (Agg. 4-2) (AET) (Copa del Rey, January 14, 2009) Vicente gave Valencia the lead from the spot against Racing Santander only for Colsa to draw the visitors level three minutes later with a spectacular bicycle kick. The game went into extra time where Racing shot themselves in the foot, a sloppy backpass fell to Vicente who ran through to net his second of the match. With Racing throwing caution to the wind, Joaquin wrapped up the win finishing off a lightening counter-broke.
Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Sevilla 3 (Agg. 1-5) (Copa del Rey, January 14, 2009) Meeting for the third time in eight days Deportivo hosted Sevilla, and the visitors needed just 60 seconds to take the lead, Jesus Navas volleying home a cross at the back post. Luis Fabiano added a second with a cool finish after 23 minutes before Fabiano made it 3-nil at the break as Depor’s defence fell apart. Depor lost Omar Bravo on the hour mark, and seven minutes from time Sevilla had keeper Palop sent off for bringing down Colotto in the box. Javier Chevanton, making a long awaited return to the Sevilla side, found himself going in goal to face the penalty and incredibly the spot-kick went wide.
Valladolid 2 – Sporting Gijon 1 (Agg. 3-4) (Copa del Rey, January 14, 2009) Valladolid took the lead after 23 minutes through Fabian Canobbio. Pedro Leon’s 77th minute goal appeared to be sending Valladolid through on away goals, but Jorge’s late effort took Gijon into the last eight.
Roma 2 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, January 14, 2009) Roma’s Julio Baptista struck first in their Serie A match with Sampdoria, scoring with a fine free-kick. And Baptista added a wonderful second after the before, picking up the ball on the left hand side, beating two players into the box and firing low into the far corner.
Juventus 3 – Catania 0 (Coppa Italia, January 14, 2009) Catania had themselves to blame for falling behind to Juventus in the Coppa Italia as poor handling from Albano Bizarri allowed Marco Marchionni the opportunity to tuck in the opener. Sebastian Giovinco bagged the Juve’s second after a sublime one-two with Amauri, and Alex del Piero scored a lovely third, spinning in the box and smashing the ball past the keeper.
PSG 2 – Lens 0 (Coupe De La Ligue, January 14, 2009) Rothen delivered a superb corner for PSG, and Lens’ Sidi Keita was unfortunate to see the ball go into his own net as his was attempting to defend his goal. Jeremy Clement sowed up the win with a second in stoppage time.
Benfica 4 – Olhanense 1 (Carlsberg Cup, January 14, 2009) After falling behind to a goal from Djalmir, Benfica fought back to win comfortably. Nuno Gomes and Ribeiro scored in the first half and Sidnei and Angel di Maria (sublime finish) completed the rout after the break.
Nacional 2 – Porto 1 (Carlsberg Cup, January 14, 2009)
Vitoria Setubal 1 – Academica Coimbra 2 (Carlsberg Cup, January 14, 2009)
Belenenses 0 – Vitoria Guimaraes 0 (Carlsberg Cup, January 14, 2009)
Dender 2 – Lierse 3 (Beker van Belgie, January 13, 2009) David Destorme twice gave Dender the lead, only to be pegged back on both ocassions with goals from Waleed Mohamed Abdel and Timothy Dreesen And the visitors went on to deliver the sucker-punch, Tomasz Radzinski firing in a 90th minute winner for Lierse.
Mechelen 2 – Anderlecht 1 (Beker van Belgie, January 13, 2009) Belgium league leaders Anderlecht were dumped out of the cup. Bjorn Vleminckx and Joachim Mununga scored from the hosts while Rnic scored Anderlecht’s only goal.
Before the match, Mechelen mourned the passing of Lei Clijsters (father of Kim Clijsters), who starred for the Belgium club during the 80s as well as playing in two World Cups for the national side, who sadly died last week aged-52 from lung cancer. The memorial for Lei Clijsters can be seen here.
Panthrakikos 0 – Panathinaikos 4 (Greek Cup, January 14, 2009) Ante Rukavina (quality goal, terrible celebration) set the visitors on their way in Komotini before second-half strikes from Gabriel, Cleyton (horrific goalkeeping) and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos sealed Henk ten Cate’s team’s progress.
Syria 3 – China 2 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, January 14, 2009) Syria took were 3-up at half time, Al Sayed bagged a cheeky penalty before striking a stunning 25-yard bullet, with Al Khateeb netting a second penalty minutes prior to the break. (First half goals here.) Qu Bo netted a consolation for China in the second half, with China bagging a second at the death.
Iran 6 – Singapore 0 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, January 14, 2009) Singapore’s Ismail Yunis was sent off in the 40th minute, and two minutes later Majid Gholamnejad Iran’s opener. Karim Bagheri scored the second in the 51st from close range, while striker Gholam Reza Rezaei added another in the 54th and Maziar Zare scored the fourth goal in theÂ 79th. Mohammad Nouri scored in the 82nd and 83rd minutes to complete theÂ rout.
Vietnam 3 – Lebanon 1 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, January 14, 2009)
Adelaide United 0 – Queensland Roar 0 (A-League, January 14, 2009)
Charlton 0 – Nottingham Forest 2 (Championship, January 10, 2008) Nathan Tyson and Rob Earnshaw earned Billy Davies a victory in his first game in charge of Nottingham Forest leaving Charlton another step closer to the drop.
QPR 1 – Coventry 1 (Championship, January 10, 2008) Daniel Fox’s free-kick found its way under Radek Cerny for the Sky Blues’ opener but Dexter Blackstock rescued a point for QPR scoring three minutes later.
PSV 7 – Maastricht 1 (Friendly, January 13, 2009)
Hong Kong 2 – India 1 (International Friendly, January 14, 2009) Yiu Chung Au Yeung opened scoring for Hong Kong in the 70th minute before India captain Baichung Bhutia made it 1-1 10 minutes later. But it was the home team which had the last laugh with defender Ng Wai Chiu finding the target in the 94th minute to seal the victory.