Algeria 0 – Egypt 4 (African Cup of Nations semi-finals, January 28, 2010) Egypt broke the deadlock against their fierce rivals Algeria five minutes from the break, Halliche was caught out by a long ball over the top and lunged Motab as the striker moved to collect the ball. A penalty was called, Halliche saw red, and Hosni Abou Rabou slotted away the spot kick after stuttering in his run-up. The Pharaohs confirmed their place in the final with a second on the 65th minute, Mohamed Zidan received the ball about 30 yards out, dribbled forward, twisted one way and another, before curling a sweet left-footer into the top corner from 18-yards out. Pompey’s Nadir Belhadj then saw red for a disgraceful two footed tackle as Algeria fell to pieces, and the 9-men suffered more humiliation when Mohamed Abdelshafi netted a third from a tight angle as Egypt ran riot. Algeria’s awful evening was completed when keeper Faouzi Chaouchi saw red for stupidly kicking out at Gedo to leave his team with eight men, and Mohamed Nagy Gedo rounded off the win with a late fourth – leaving the striker with five goals in seven matches for his country.
Ghana 1 – Nigeria 0 (African Cup of Nations semi-finals, January 28, 2010) Ghana struck after 21 minutes in their semi final with Nigeria, Udinese’s playmaker Asamoah hit an out-swinging corner towards the near post and Asamoah Gyan headed powerfully into the net. In the second half the Super Eagles threw the proverbial kitchen sink at the Black Stars, but a determined and gritty defensive display earned Ghana a place in the final for the first time in 18 years.
Inter Milan 2 – Juventus 1 (Coppa Italia, January 28, 2010) Juventus upset the form book to take the lead over Inter in the cup, Diego bagging a rare goal for the Old Lady drilling a low shot into the near post that Cesar should have done better to save. Inter levelled 20 minutes from time when Lucio bundled home a Sneijder free-kick at the back post, and Mourinho’s men went on to win the match at the death as Mario Balotelli crashed in a rebound after Buffon had spilled his save.
Beira Mar 2 – Portimonense 0 (Liga Vitalis, January 28, 2010)
Sao Paulo 3 – Paulista 0 (Campeonato Paulista, January 28, 2010) Dagoberto Pelentier scored a brace for Sao Paulo, while the visitors had Rai and Dema sent off on the half hour and hour respectively.
Botafogo-Ribeirao P.Â 1 – Ponte Preta 0 (Campeonato Paulista, January 28, 2010)
Bragantino 3 – Ituano 4 (Campeonato Paulista, January 28, 2010) A ding-dong battle saw Simao hand the Ituano the lead, only for Lucio to level in the first half. Welton restored the visitors’ advantage in the 52nd, Godri levelled in the 66th, and Alemao put Ituano in the lead for the third time with 12 minutes remaining. The match had a frantic finish, Frontini helped Bragantino level for the third time in the match on for Rodrigao to steal the victory for Ituano in injury time.
Duque de Caixas 0 – Fluminense 4 (Campeonato Carioca, January 28, 2010) Marquinho scored as second half brace for Flu, while the hosts had Marlon and Fabio sent off at the end of each half.
Atletico Junior 2 – Racing 2 (Copa Libertadores qualification, January 28, 2010) Emerson Acuna opened the scoring for Junior in the 12th minute, but Mathias Mirabaje (28th) and Jose Pallas (67th) put Racing in front until Martin Arzuaga’s equaliser a minute into injury time. Racing striker Martin Cauteruccio was sent off in first-half stoppage time, while Junior defender Roller Cambindo was also given a red card in the 74th.