Aston Villa 1 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, February 10, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Villa punctured Manchester United’s momentum by taking an 18th minute lead, Carlos Cuellar the unlikely goalscorer as the defender looped a header over Van der Sar following an inswinging cross from Downing. Within four minutes United were level, Nani swung in a cross from and right and Ryan Giggs saw his volley deflect into the net off James Collins for United’s fourth own goal in two games. United’s evening worsened just before the half hour after Nani received a straight red for a tough tackle on Petrov in the centre of the pitch. Sir Alex Ferguson and Darren Fletcher gave post match interviews.
Everton 2 – Chelsea 1 (Premier League, February 10, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea got their noses in front at Goodison Park adopted route one tactics, a Cech goal-kick was flicked on by Drogba to Florent Malouda and the winger rifled a left-footed past Howard. In the 32nd minute Everton levelled from a corner, Donovan swung the ball into the near post and Luis Saha got in front of his marker to head home. Everton should have taken the lead on the stroke of halftime when Donovan won a penalty but Petr Cech saved Saha’s too central spot-kick. (First half highlights here.) The title race was then blow wide open 15 minutes from time was Luis Saha capitalised on a mistake from John Terry to lash home Everton’s second past an outstretched Cech.
Arsenal 1 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, February 10, 2010) Arsenal had the better of the chances against Liverpool in the first half (highlights here) but in truth neither side looked like breaking the deadlock in opening 45. Midway through the second half Arsenal struck, Tomas Rosicky swung over a cross from the right and Abou Diaby rose high to crash a header into the Reds’ net. The game ended in acrimony when Liverpool were denied a decision after Steven Gerrardâ€™s injury time had free-kick struck Cesc Fabregasâ€™ raised hand. The post match interview with Cesc Fabregas can be seen here.
West Ham 2 – Birmingham 0 (Premier League, February 10, 2010)Â (MOTD highlights here.)Â The deadlock was broken on the stroke of half-time with as Alessandro Diamanti curled home a brilliant free-kick on the edge of the box. The Hammers claimed the win they deserved on 67-minutes as Carlton Cole headed home from point-blank range after good work down the right from Julien Faubert.
Blackburn 1 – Hull 0 (Premier League, February 10, 2010) The only goal of the game at Ewood Park after just 16-minutes at it was one to forget for Tigers keeper Boaz Myhill. Martin Olsson did brilliantly to battle his way down the left and he go to the by-line and from an acute angle fired his into the back of the net, albeit in no small way thanks the inside of Myhill’s leg.
Wolves 1 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, February 10, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Tottenham missed the chance to move back into the top four as they suffered a 1-0 loss at Wolves – who move out of the bottom three courtesy of the win. The only goal of the game at Molineux arrived just before the half-hour when Matt Jarvis’ cross was met by David Jones, who swept the ball past Heurelho Gomes.
Derby 3 – Newcastle 0 (Championship, February 9, 2010) Newcastle have been toppled at the summit after they slipped to a shock 3-0 defeat away at struggling Derby, with Rob Hulse, Kris Commons and Shaun Barker on target for the Rams.
Sheffield Wednesday 2 – Blackpool 0 (Championship, February 9, 2010) Sheffield Wednesday’s renaissance under Alan Irvine continued in midweek as James O’Connor and Darren Potter sent Blackpool crashing to a third straight defeat.
Celtic 2 – Hearts 0 (SPL, February 10, 2010) Doubters of Tottenham loanee Robbie Keane received more evidence to hate of the Celtic forward when the striker fluffed a one-on-one chance against hearts in the first half. The Bhoys struck twice in quick succession after the break, starting when Glenn Loovens blasted home with his left foot from close range to put Celtic ahead. Aiden McGeady then left the Hearts defence in his slipstream before playing in Marc-Antoine Fortune, who slotted home to keep up his red-hot recent form.
Motherwell 1 – Rangers 1 (SPL, February 10, 2010) A picture-perfect free-kick from Motherwell’s Tom Hateley fired the hosts ahead of Rangers midway through the first half. Rangers levelled 10 minutes from time when goal machine Kris Boyd slammed Sasa Papac’s cross into the net.
Getafe 1 – Sevilla 0 (Agg. 1-2) (Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg, February 10, 2010) The home side’s pressure finally paid dividends when Robert Soldado’s diving header snuck inside the far post after 52 minutes. But Palop was in outstanding form in the visiting goal and as Getafe tired the Andalusians started to threaten on the break.
Bayern Munich 6 – Greuther Furth 2 (DFB Pokal, February 10, 2010) Everything was going to plan for Bayern Munich when Ribery teed up Thomas Muller to fire the German giants ahead against second division Greuther Fuerth after five minutes. The lead though lasted just four minutes as visiting striker Christopher Nothe turned Demichelis and raced through on goal before producing a fine finish. Five minutes before the break the unthinkable happened as Bayern, hot off an eight game winning streak, fell behind to the minnows as Sami Allagui headed home a Muller cross to send the snowy Allianz Arena silent. (First half goals here.) Bayern had to wait until the 57th minute to equalise, Arjen Robben converting a penalty as dreams of the giant-killing began to fade. And three minutes later the comeback was complete as Bayern passed the ball around the Fuerth area before Franck Ribery applied the final touch. Bayern bagged their third goal in seven minutes to put the game to bed when Ribery teed up Philipp Lahm who cracked a deflected shot into the far corner. Ten minutes from time Robben and Thomas Muller combined as Bayern went 5-2 up, and at just before full-time Allagui header a corner into his own net for Bayern’s sixth.
Augsburg 2 – FC Cologne 0 (DFB Pokal, February 10, 2010) Second division Augsburg struck after two minutes against Bundesliga outfit Cologne when Michael Thurk turned in a cross from the right following a corner.
Osnabruck 0 – Schalke 1 (DFB Pokal, February 10, 2010) Kevin Kuranyi’s lone strike on the hour proved enough for Schalke.
Lens 3 – Marseille 1 (Coupe De France, February 9, 2010) Forward Issam Jemaa slammed a left-footed shot into the net to give Lens a 20th minute lead over Marseille. Issam Jemaa doubled Lens’ advantage minutes before the break when the striker cracked a 30-yarder into the near post over the snow covered grass. Toifilou Maoulida netted Lens’ third before Cheyrou claimed a consolation for OM.
Bordeaux 0 – Monaco 2 (Coupe De France, February 9, 2010) Former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore, now playing at Monaco, was in the right place at the right time to score a rebound from a free-kick as the Principality moved ahead at Bordeaux. Ouwo Moussa Maazou doubled Monaco’s lead to put an end to Bordeaux’s dream of winning the triple.
Beauvais 1 – Sochaux 4 (Coupe De France, February 9, 2010) Marvin Martin put the visitors in the driving seat with two goals in the first half hour. Romain Canales gave the Beauvais hope by converting a 43rd minute penalty but Nicolas Maurice-Belay lashed home another spot-kick for Sochaux 10 minutes into the second half before Yassine Mikari sealed matters seven minutes from time.
Vesoul 0 – PSG 1 (Coupe De France, February 9, 2010) Paris St Germain beat amateurs Vesoul 1-0 thanks to a first-half Ludovic Giuly goal. Both teams were reduced to 10 men after PSG’s Stephane Sessegnon and Vesoul’s Cedric Paul were handed straight red cards 20 minutes from time.
FC Porto 1 – Academica 0 (Carlsberg Cup, February 10, 2010) Porto broke the deadlock through Mariano Gonzalez’s brilliant 25-yard curler in the 81st minute to set up a dream final against Benfica.
Galatasaray 3 – Antalyaspor 2 (Turkiye Kupasi, February 10, 2010) Elano put Gala in the lead on the half hour from the penalty spot, but Antalyaspor headed into the break level after Necati Ates scored. Former Newcastle midfielder Emre swept Gala back in front minutes after the restart only for Ates to grab his second of the game and square the match once more. Caner Erkin notched the winner four minutes from time when the left winger drilled a low shot into the far corner.
Trabzonspor 1 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 0 (Turkiye Kupasi, February 10, 2010) Trabzonspor defender Giray Kacar put the hosts ahead against Istanbul Buyuksehir five minutes before the break when the centre-half met a free-kick in the box to glance a header into the net.
Xanthi 1 – Aris 1 (Greek Cup, February 10, 2010) On a bog of a pitch which deteriorated worse and worse as the match progressed, Florin Stanga stabbed the hosts in the lead 20 minutes from time but Aris battled to claim an injury time equaliser when Neto bundled the ball into the net from a set piece.
Sao Paulo 2 – Monterrey 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 10, 2010) Washington applied the finish to two close range chances in the 13th and 76th minutes as Brazil’s Sao Paulo beat Mexican league champion Monterrey.
Emelec 1 – Newells Old Boys 2 (Copa Libertadores, February 10, 2010) Joao Rojas scored the first goal for Emelec in the 47th minute, before Hugo Barrientos equalised in the 53rd. Quinonez scored the winning goal in the 67th to give Emelec a 2-1 aggregate victory following the first leg’s scoreless draw in Argentina.
Bolivar 1 – Alianza Lima 3 (Copa Libertadores, February 10, 2010) Jose Fernandez scored in the 73rd and 75th minutes to give Alianza Lima of Peru a two-goal lead over Bolivian club Bolivar. Alex Da Rosa cut the lead from the penalty spot for Bolivar in the 90th, but Johnnier Montano secured the win for Alianza in stoppage time.
Velez Sarsfield 2 – Cruzeiro 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 10, 2010) Gilberto was dismissed in the second minute and Santiago Silva scored three minutes later before Gil was sent off for a second bookable offence. The drama was complete when Juan Manuel Martinez scored to make the points secure for Velez.
Banfield 2 – Morelia 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 10, 2010) James Rodriguez and Rodolfo Battion were on target as Banfield took advantage of the dismissal of Morelia midfielder Adrian Alderete for an elbow. Luis Rey reduced the deficit in stoppage time, but it was mere consolation for the visitors.
Argentina 2 – Jamaica 1 (International friendly, February 10, 2010) Ryan Johnson gave Jamiaca a surprise lead but goals from Martin Palermo and Ignacio Canuto gave a second string Argentina the win.
China 3 – South Korea 0 (East Asian Championship, February 10, 2010) Yu Hai headed China in front after just five minutes before Gao Lin pounced on a defensive mistake to rifle home his side’s second in the 27th minute in rainy Tokyo. Deng Zhuoxiang made it three with a clinical finish after dribbling past three defenders on the hour mark as China humbled World Cup-bound South Korea. The victory was China’s first over the Koreans since they began playing full internationals in 1978.