Porto 2 – Arsenal 1 (Champions League, February 17, 2010) (Longer ITV highlights here.)Â Arsenal started badly in Porto finding themselves under the cosh from the get-go, Hulk dragging a shot wide after just two minutes. The Gunners were made to look silly in the 11th minute when Silvestre Varela skipped past Clichy down the right and whacked a cross goalwards that stand-in keeper Lukasz Fabianski horribly turned into his own net. Arsenal grabbed the crucial away goal in the 16th minute from the most unlikely source. Vermaelen flicked on a Nasri corner to the back post, Rosicky knocked the ball back into the mixer, and Sol Campbell was perfectly placed to nod the ball over the line. (First half highlights here.) Arsenal conceded a bizarre goal at the start of the second half to caused by Campbell’s needless touch on the ball that Fabianski stupidly picked up to give away an indirect free-kick. Porto took it quickly and Raul Meireles touched the ball to Falcao who scored. Cesc Fabregas appeared to be hit by a missile when trying to take corner.
Bayern Munich 2 – Fiorentina 1 (Champions League, February 17, 2010) (Longer ITV highlights here.) Bayern took the lead against Fiorentina on the stroke of halftime courtesy of an Arjen Robben penalty – the Dutchman’s sixth goal in six consecutive games. The Viola bagged a crucial away goal at the start of the second half to equalise, poor Bayern defending allowed a corner to go unchallenged into their box and Per Kroldrup helped himself to the charity and slotted the ball home. In the 89th minute Bayern netted a crucial but controversial winner as Robben’s long-range shot was parried out to Olic who nodded a ball onto an offside Miroslav Klose to head in.
Wigan 0 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, February 17, 2010) Charles N’Zogbia came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the post as relegation rivals Wigan and Bolton fought out a drab goalless draw.
Derby 5 – Preston 3 (Championship, February 16, 2010) Preston took a 10th minute lead through Jon Parkin’s 10th goal of the season. The Rams got lucky when Billy Jones turned the ball into his own net on 34 minutes before Kris Commons fired them ahead after the break. Chris Sedgewick levelled in the 62nd minute but Rob Hulse restored Derby’s lead a minute later. Shaun Barker made it 4-2 after 68 minutes before Hulse netted his second. Chris Brown grabbed an injury time header for Preston.
Blackpool 2 – Middlesbrough 0 (Championship, February 16, 2010) Gordon Strachan’s poor start to his Middlesbrough career continued as his team went down 2-0 to Blackpool despite playing against 10 men for the last half hour. Brett Ormerod and DJ Campbell grabbed the goals for the home side, while Scott McDonald saw a penalty saved by Matthew Gilks at the other end.
Plymouth 1 – Swansea 1 (Championship, February 16, 2010 )Darren Pratley had given the away side the lead just after halftime when he slotted beneath David Stockdale. Argyle were awarded a late penalty, a chance Jamie Mackie seemed to have wasted when Dorus De Vries saved; the keeper repeated the feat from the retaken kick by Damien Johnson, but the Plymouth midfielder was alert to the rebound.
Lorient 1 – Bordeaux 4 (Coupe De La Ligue, February 17, 2010) Laurent Koscielny handed Lorient a 12th minute lead over Bordeaux in the cup, bundling the ball in the net after Les Girondins made a hash of clearing their lines from a corner. Koscielny then turned from hero to zero as the centre half was sent off for bringing down Marouane Chamakh in the box and Wendel made no mistake from the spot. In the 28th minute Arsenal-bound (?) striker Marouane Chamakh put the visitors into the lead with a brilliant header from the edge of the box that looped into the far top corner. Wendel wrapped up the win with a brilliant free-kick 10 minutes from time, Yoan Gouffran netted a fourth at the death.
Lens 2 – Brest 1 (AET) (Coupe De France, February 17, 2010) Adil Hermach had given Les Sang et Or the lead just before the half hour mark but Brest equalised through Nolan Roux on 57 minutes at Stade Felix Bollaert. The game went to extra time but the home side nicked the win thanks to a goal from midfielder Marco Ramos, with the Lens fans thankful to avoid a penalty shootout.
Aris 3 – Xanthi 0 (Greek Cup, February 17, 2010) Aris advanced to the semi-finals of the Greek Cup with a convincing win over Xanthi. Striker Javier Campora slid in the opener after 17 minutes before American star Freddy Adu bagged his second goal in as many games when he applied a side-foot volley finish to a floated ball over-the-top from Calvo. Koke wrapped up the win with a third in midway through the second half.
Panionios 1 – Kavala 2 (AET) (Greek Cup, February 17, 2010) Kavala followed up their away win at Panathinakos at the weekend with an extra time cup at Panionios courtesy of goals from Sinisa Dobrasinovic and Benjamin Onwuachi.
Universitario Peru 2 – Lanus 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 17, 2010) Piero Alva netted the winner after 18 minutes, eluding three defenders and firing home from just outside the area, before Gianfranco Labarthe sealed the triumph by heading home Rodolfo Espinoza’s cross with two minutes remaining.
Deportivo Cuenca 1 – Banfield 4 (Copa Libertadores, February 17, 2010) Left-sided midfielder Walter Erviti put Banfield ahead with a long-range shot nine minutes before halftime. Home keeper Esteban Dreer kept out Ramirez’s header two minutes later, but Sebastian Fernandez pounced on the rebound to make it 2-0. Fernandez extended the visitors’ lead 16 minutes into the second half with aÂ header, and James Rodriguez finished off a counter-attack to notch his team’s fourth before Gabriel Mendez’s penalty four minutes from time finally gave the Deportivo fans something to cheer.
Mogi Mirim 0 – Corinthians 3 (Campeonato Paulista, February 17, 2010) Souza netted a brace and Chicao netted a third as Corinthians cruised to victory.
Palmeiras 1 – Sao Caetano 4 (Campeonato Paulista, February 17, 2010) Ramos hit a brace as Palmeiras were stunned at home.
Flamengo 1 – Botafogo 2 (Taca Guanabara play-0ffs, February 17, 2010) Flamengo opened the scoring in the 24th when midfielder Vinicius Pacheco fired a right-footed shot from inside the area after a pass from striker Vagner Love. Botafogo started their comeback in the 33rd with a goal by defender Marcelo Cordeiro, and Caio netted the winner for Botafogo at Maracana stadium with a close-range shot in the 83rd minute.
Pachuca 0 – Chivas 1 (Mexican Primera Division, February 17, 2010) Xavier Baez rifled a brilliant long-range shot into the back of the net as Chivas won their sixth consecutive win to set a new Mexican record.
Estudiantes 3 – Monterrey 4 (Mexican Primera Division, February 17, 2010) Defending champions Monterrey came-back from 2-1 to hold on for the win, Abraham Dario Carreno netted a second half brace and Aldo De Nigris added the crucial fourth.
Cruz Azul 1 – Morelia 0 (Mexican Primera Division, February 17, 2010) Cesar Villaluz grabbed the winner for the hosts.
Puebla 1 – San Luis 0 (Mexican Primera Division, February 17, 2010) Herculez Gomez scored two minutes to hand Puebla the points.
Atlas 7 – Indios de Juarez 1 (Mexican Primera Division, February 17, 2010) Miguel Zepeda bagged his second hat-trick in the rout. Indios, meanwhile, scored their first goal of the season that was not an own goal.
Atlante 2 – Jaguares 0 (Mexican Primera Division, February 17, 2010) Atlante struck early as Christian Bermudez pounced on a bad pass attempt from a Jaguares defender and fired a 25-yard shot on goal. Arturo Munoz finished off a counter-attack after the break to earn Atlante their first win of the season.
Toluca 3 – Club America 1 (Mexican Primera Division, February 17, 2010) Antonio Naelson put the host 1-up at the break, and Raul Mancilla and Manuel De La Torre opened up a 3-goal cushion for Toluca midway through the second half. Daniel Montenegro’s header proved mere consolation for America.