Reading 1 – Liverpool 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here, ITV highlights here.) Liverpool fell behind at Championship strugglers Reading with yet another set-piece balls-up, Bertrand’s deep free-kick was kept in play by Rasiak on the byline at the back post and Simon Church was perfectly positioned to stab the ball over the line from a yard out. The Reds equalised in the 33rd minute in fortuitous circumstances, Steven Gerrard seeing a cross meant for Kuyt sail into the far corner.
Middlesbrough 0 – Manchester City 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) (ITV highlights here.) After a generally poor first half (highlights here) at the Riverside, Manchester City broke the deadlock just before the break when Martin Petrov weaved his way upfield after collecting possession in the centre-circle, freeing forgotten-man Benjani Mwaruwari for the Zimbabwean to calmly slip the ball home.
Aston Villa 3 – Blackburn 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Villa went ahead through Nathan Delfouneso’s 12th minute header before Rovers saw David Dunn’s penalty saved by Brad Guzan. Carlos Cuellar’s header made it two before Blackburn were reduced to 10 men when striker El-Hadji Diouf was sent off for a challenge on Habib Beye. Nikola Kalinic pulled one back for Rovers but John Carew’s last-minute penalty secured Villa’s victory.
Sunderland 3 – Barrow 0 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Sunderland needed 17 minutes to move ahead of non-leaguers Barrow when a cross from the left fell for Steed Malbranque to fire a low left-footed for his first goal of the season. The Black Cats scored a killer second at the start of the second half when striker Fraizer Campbell headed home a Daryl Murphy free-kick from the right. More slack marking from Barrow gifted Sunderland a third, this time allowing Phil Bardsley’s cross from the right to be converted by Fraizer Campbell for his brace.
MK Dons 1 – Burnley 2 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Graham Alexander snuffed out the MK Dons’ hopes of a giant-killing against Burnley tucking home a 22nd minute penalty for the Clarets. Burnley are cruising against MK Dons at the break as Steven Fletcher latched on to Chris Eagles perfectly-weighed pass to shoot low past home keeper Willy Gueret. The League One hosts managed to set up a nervous ending for Burnley when Dean Morgan pulled a goal back in the 89th minute but the Premier Leaguers hung on to advance.
Wigan 4 – Hull 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) At Wigan’s pathetically empty DW Stadium, the Latics fell behind to fellow Premier League strugglers Hull when Geovanni curled a fabulous free-kick up and over the wall. Halftime substitute Charles N’Zogbia equalised and scored another after James McCarthy had put the Latics ahead, with Scott Sinclair grabbing the late fourth.
Tottenham 4 – Peterborough 0 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Two goals from Niko Kranjcar (first and second), the inevitable strike from Jermain Defoe and a late, late penalty from Robbie Keane were the vital statistics in a one-sided cup tie.
Nottingham Forest 0 – Birmingham 0 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) In-form Birmingham escaped with a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest, as the home fans saw Luke Chambers head against the crossbar and Robert Earnshaw miss a penalty.
Portsmouth 1 – Coventry 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Avram Grant’s cash-strapped Pompey trailed to David Bell’s goal and needed an equaliser in first-half stoppage time from German midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng to force a replay.
Bolton 4 – Lincoln 0 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Managerless Bolton hammered Lincoln at the Reebok, the hosts took the lead through Moses Swaibu’s own goal after the break, Chung-Yong Lee making it 2-nil within two minutes before Gary Cahill (83) and Mark Davies (90) rounded off the scoring.
Southampton 1 – Luton 0 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) The prolific Rickie Lambert ensured Southampton avoided a shock after a 1-0 triumph over Luton Town at St Mary’s. Lambert took his tally for the club to 20 goals as he scored the only goal of the game on 36 minutes.
Blackpool 1 – Ipswich 2 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) The visitors were in front early on through Jack Colback, but Blackpool levelled on 51 minutes courtesy of Brett Ormerod after being repeatedly denied by the woodwork. After the Seasiders had Ian Evatt and Rob Edwards sent off, Ipswich nicked the win with 13 minutes remaining thanks to Owen Garvan’s free-kick.
Stoke 3 – York 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Neil Barrett gave York a surprise 22nd minute lead in a game which had been delayed by half-an-hour due to the visitors’ coach being held up in traffic due to the bad weather conditions. Daniel Parslow’s own goal brought the Potters level on 24 minutes, Ricardo Fuller put the hosts in front 60 seconds later and Matthew Etherington scored in the second half.
Fulham 1 – Swindon 0 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) Fulham have progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup, thanks to a first-half goal from Bobby Zamora and some deeply unimpressive opposition.
Everton 3 – Carlisle 1 (FA Cup 3rd round, January 2, 2010) James Vaughan put Everton ahead early on and it should have been plane sailing for the Premier League side after that. But Kevan Hurst’s scuffed equaliser gave Carlisle hope, and they held out until the final minutes when Tim Cahill netted his 50th goal for Everton ahead of an injury-time Leighton Baines penalty.
Dundee United 0 – Aberdeen 1 (SPL, January 2, 2010) Charlie Mulgrew fired a left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area in the 15th minute. Aberdeen was reduced to 10 men when Davide Grassi was sent off in the 64th. It was Aberdeenâ€™s seventh red card this season.
Barcelona 1 – Villarreal 1 (La Liga, January 2, 2010) It took Barcelona just seven minutes to open their account against Villarreal, Alves whipped in a cross that Henry crashed against the post and Pedro Rodriguez was on hand to control the rebound and fire the ball into the net. (First half highlights here.) The Yellow Submarine relatiated five minutes after the break when David Fuster met a cross at the back post and beat Valdes with a shot that went across the keeper.
Atletico Madrid 2 – Sevilla 1 (La Liga, January 2, 2010) Sevilla went ahead just before half-time through a Renato header. Atletico levelled just three minutes into the second half, though, as goalkeeper Andres Palop saved Diego Forlan’s shot only to see the ball bounce straight back into the net off defender Ivica Dragutinovic for an own goal. Sevilla saw Aldo Duscher sent off as he was shown a second yellow card for a dangerous tackle on 72 minutes and Antonio Lopez had the left word as he was left unmarked in the area from a Simao set piece.
Oliveirense 0 – Porto 2 (Taca de Portugal, January 2, 2010)
Hapoel Acco 0 – Maccabi Haifa 3 (Ligat ha’Al, January 2, 2010) Maccabi’s stronghold on the Israeli top flight continued in the Greens first match of 2010, three goals in the last ten minutes of the first half killed the match with Yaniv Katan netting once and Vladimir Dvalishvili cashing in on a brace.
Bnei Sakhnin 0 – Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 (Ligat ha’Al, January 2, 2010)
Al Hilal 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Friendly, January 2, 2010) A solitary strike from Inter’s top scorer Diego Milito five minutes from time handed the Italians’ victory in the exhibition match in The Kingdom.
Iran 1 – North Korea 0 (International Friendly, January 2, 2010) Iran won the battle of the “Axis of Evil” with North Korea, Mehrzad Madanchi netting the only goal of the minutes before the break.