Scunthorpe 2 – Manchester City 4 (FA Cup 4th round, January 24, 2010) (Longer highlights: First-half, Second-half)Â Scunthorpe’s dreams of a cupset were knocked after just three minutes by City, the Citizens showed all their Premier League class stringing together around 20 passes, Robinho finally slipping a ball wide to Martin Petrov who skipped passed his defender and sent a screamer into the top corner. The minnows pulled deservedly level midway through the half when Paul Hayes (offside) collected a ball over the top following a corner and the striker found the net. Scunny’s parity disintegrated just before the break when Stephen Ireland played in Nedum Onuoha who toe-poked home City’s second. Just before the hour City opened up a 2-goal lead when Sylvinho hit a 30-yard ripper that whizzed past Murphy for his first goal in English football in nearly a decade. Scunny roared back into the game with 20 minutes remaining, a long throw from Togwell wasn’t cleared by City and Cliff Byrne’s prodded shot took a deflection off Dedryck Boyata’s leg and into the net. But there was no comeback as Robinho, playing potentially his final match for City, starting and finished a move to cut through the home defence and claim a fourth.
Stoke 3 – Arsenal 1 (FA Cup 4th round, January 24, 2010) (Longer highlights: First-half, Second-half)Â Arsenal would have been all too aware of the threat of Stoke’s throw-in master Rory Delap, but poor defending in the north Londoners backline failed to cut out the Irishman’s first effort to hurl the ball into the box and Ricardo Fuller headed home after one minute and twenty seconds. Stoke went on to bully the young Gunners out of the match, but from their first real effort on goal in the 42nd minute Cesc rolled a free-kick to Denilson and his tame shot dribbled into the near post for the equaliser. (First half highlights here.) As the final 15 minutes ticked over, and after Wenger had made a triple substitution in search of a winner, Stoke took the lead for the second time when a powerful run from Sidibie down the right, capped by a brilliant cross, was finished by Ricardo Fuller heading in his second of the match. The nail in the Gunners coffin arrived four minutes from time when Etherington played a delicious pass into the box that Dean Whitehead gobbled up to complete the cupset.
Aston Villa 3 – Brighton 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) Brighton were level at half-time after Tommy Elphick had cancelled out Nathan Delfouneso’s early opener before Villa regained the lead early in the second period through Ashley Young. Fabian Delph scored Villa’s third before the evergreen Nicky Forster provided the travelling contingent with a late cheer by netting Brighton’s second.
Ivory Coast 2 – Algeria 3 (AET) (African Cup of Nations quarter-finals, January 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The Ivory Coast got off to a fantastic start against Algeria as a Yaya Toure shot was deflected into the path of Salomon Kalou who calmly slotted home after four minutes. The north Africans hit back before the break when a long diagonal ball was brilliant controlled by Karim Matmour on the edge of the box, and the Gladbach forward fired his shot in off the post. Once again at the tournament the fans were served up an incredible grandstand finish. With extra time beckoning the Ivory Coast had one foot in the semis when Kader Keita scored the goal of the tournament with a fabulous 30-yard rocket into the top corner. But within a minute Algeria once again proved they never say die, Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra the hero as he headed in a left wing cross at the back post. (Keita & Bougherra goals.) With their tails up Algeria struck early in extra time, Ziani whipped in a right-footed cross from the left and Blackpool’s Hameur Bouazza headed home.
Angola 0 – Ghana 1 (African Cup of Nations quarter-finals, January 24, 2010) The Ghanaians struck first in their quarter final with Angola on the quarter hour, the tournament hosts falling behind for the first time in the competition when forward Asamoah Gyan produced an accomplished finish to place the ball in the far corner from Asamoah’s brilliant through-ball.
St. Johnstone 1 – Celtic 4 (SPL, January 24, 2010) Liam Craig gave Saints the lead from the spot after Glenn Loovens had tugged Steven Milne inside the box but the game turned in the visitors’ favour after Graham Gartland was sent off seconds in the second half for a last man foul on Fortune. Marc-Antoine Fortune equalised with a wonderful angled drive in the 64th minute and notched a second from close range, either side of a Georgios Samaras drive, with substitute Paddy McCourt sealing the win with a late solo goal.
Tony Mowbray’s post match interview can be seen here.
Real Madrid 2 – Malaga 0 (La Liga, January 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show at the Bernabeu in the first half against Malaga, C-Ron opened midway through the half with a tidy finish from Kaka’s cross. And the world’s most expensive footballer then bagged a screamer, rifling a half-volley in the net from 20-yards. With twenty minutes to go, Ronaldo ruined much of his good work on the night by picking up his second red card in a Real Madrid shirt.
Getafe 1 – Atletico Madrid 0 (La Liga, January 24, 2010) Getafe came out on top in the local derby with Atletico Madrid defeating their 10-man neighbours. Since winning promotion in 2004, Getafe had never beaten local rivals Atletico in the league at their Coliseum Alfonso Perez home but Manu del Moral’s 38th minute goal ended that sequence.
Tenerife 0 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, January 24, 2010) Valencia had scored nine goals in their last three matches but could not find the breakthrough against Tenerife and now trail Real by two points in third having played one game more. Tenerife had their chances too but had to be content with a point although it is not enough to move them out of the relegation zone.
Villarreal 4 – Zaragoza 2 (La Liga, January 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The hosts went three goals up inside the first 25 minutes with Spanish international full back Joan Capdevila, Brazilian forward Nilmar and Giuseppe Rossi on target. Zaragoza came back with two goals (Elisue & Latifa) in the final quarter hour to ensure a nervous few minutes for Villarreal before Ariel Ibagaza wrapped up the game with a fourth on 87 minutes.
Espanyol 1 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, January 24, 2010) An 80th minute penalty from Borja Valero salvaged a point for Mallorca, who go above Deportivo La Coruna on goal difference.
Xerez 1 – Osasuna 2 (La Liga, January 24, 2010) Bottom side Xerez still can’t get their points total into double figures losing 2-1 at home to Osasuna with Javier Camunas netting the winner seven minutes from time.
Sporting Gijon 0 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, January 24, 2010) Alexandre Geijo’s goal earned Racing a fifth win in seven games as they claimed all three points against Sporting Gijon.
Inter Milan 2 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Diego Milito broke the deadlock in a fever pitch Milan derby, the Inter striker drilling a low shot into the far corner from 12-yards. The over-zealous referee then conspired to ruin the game as he ridiculously sent off Inter’s star player Wesley Sneijder when the Dutchman got slightly over-heated when arguing a decision. Milan piled on the pressure at the start of the second half only to fall further behind when Goran Pandev, after hitting the post, curled a sublime free-kick over the wall for 2-nil. The match had a final twist in injury time, Lucio received the second dumb dismissal of the match for “handballing” in the box only for Cesar to turn aside Ronaldinho’s penalty as Inter claimed the double over AC with an aggregate of 6-nil.
Palermo 3 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Abel Hernandez broke the deadlock for Palermo in the 27th minute against Fiorentina cracking a sweet half-volley into the top corner of the near post. The 19-year-old Uruguayan striker went on to claim his brace 10 minutes from the break, Hernandez timing his run to perfection to breach the visitors offside trap and finishing with a cool head. A hooked volley inside the 6-yard box from Igor Budan completed the win for the Sicilians on the hour.
Lazio 1 – Chievo 1 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Lazio centre-half Guglielmo Stendardo cracked home the hosts opener against Chievo after 18 minutes, meeting a flick-on with a powerful drive from 5-yards out. Sergio Pellissier’s close-range finish earned Chievo a point on 77 minutes.
Genoa 2 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Argentine Rodrigo Palacio latched onto a fantastic pass from deep and produce a majestic lobbed finish as Genoa took the lead over Atalanta. Hernan Crespo double the hosts’ advantage just before the break with a back-post diving header from a free-kick.
Livorno 0 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Livorno were punished for a loose counter-attack against Napoli on the stroke of halftime as Cristian Maggio scored a tremendous Basten-esque volley on the right, hitting the ball as it dropped over his shoulder. Michele Pazienza’s challenge on Martin Bergvold handed Livorno a penalty, but Cristiano Lucarelli saw his spot-kick saved. Alfonso De Lucia was then sent off a minute from time for Livorno before Luca Cigarini made certain of the points by firing home a free-kick.
Siena 1 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Bottom club Siena shot themselves in the foot after being forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari. Emanuele Calaio put Siena ahead on 78 minutes, but just two minutes later, Cagliari equalised through Alessandro Matri’s penalty after Emilson Cribari had been sent off for bringing down Andrea Cossu.
Udinese 2 – Sampdoria 3 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Antonio Di Natale gave Udinese a seventh minute lead from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Fabrizio Cacciatore, but Samp levelled with a spot-kick of their own on 28 minutes, Giampaolo Pazzini scoring after Simone Pepe had fouled Nicola Pozzi. Marucio Isla restored Udinese’s lead just before half-time, but Pozzi levelled on 57 minutes and Franco Semioli scored Samp’s winner midway through the second half.
Bologna 2 – Bari 1 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Bologna moved up three places in the standings after coming from behind to claim a 2-1 win at home to Bari. Barreto put Bari ahead in the 39th minute before the introduction of Henry Gimenez early in the second half turned the game in Bologna’s favour. Within minutes of coming on, Gimenez headed home Adailton’s corner and he then poached the winner from close range on 72 minutes.
Hoffenheim 0 – Bayer Leverkusen 3 (Bundesliga, January 24, 2010) Ex-Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia scored his first Bundesliga goal since joining pre-season from Liverpool and midfielders Toni Kroos and Tranquillo Barnetta added two more in the second half to take unbeaten Leverkusen back to the top of the league.
Wolfsburg 2 – Cologne 3 (Bundesliga, January 24, 2010) Cologne’s Kevin Pezzoni fired the visitors into a surprise 6th minute lead at Wolfsburg, the defender broke free at the near post to guide a header inside the post. The Wolves levelled with midfielder Christian Gentner’s rebound in the 22nd minute. (First half goals here.) The visitors regained the lead against the run of play with a solo run from Sebastian Freis in the 57th minute. Two minutes later Wolfsburg levelled again with Ricardo Costa firing in from close range before Moroccan Chihi grabbed the winner with a shot inside the box. (Second half goals here.)
Monaco 2 – Lyon 1 (Coupe De France, January 24, 2010) Jean Alain Boumsong fired Les Gones in front on the stroke of half-time but a penalty from Nene five minutes after the restart levelled matters. Park Chu-Young then popped up in the 78th minute to smash home Monaco’s second and earn them a clash against Bordeaux in the next round.
PSG 3 – Evian-Thonon 1 (Coupe De France, January 24, 2010) Turkish international striker Mevlut Erding headed the hosts into a 16th-minute lead at the Parc des Princes and doubled PSG’s advantage with another header on the hour mark. Kevin Berigaud hauled the underdogs back into contention seven minutes later when he converted a half-volley but Guillaume Hoarau put the game beyond the visitors when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time.
St. Etienne 4 – Lorient 1 (Coupe De France, January 24, 2010) St. Etienne reached the break with a three goal lead after goals from forwards Emmanuel Riviere, Boubacar Sanogo and Dimitri Payet. Payet found the back of the net again in the second half before Lorient midfielder Gabriel Penalba made it 4-1 from the spot.
Bordeaux 5 – Ajaccio 1 (Coupe De France, January 23, 2010) Bordeaux dispatched second division Ajaccio in a last 32 match with a hat-trick from Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi.
Quevilly 1 – Angers 0 (Coupe De France, January 23, 2010) Amateur side Quevilly produced an upset with a 1-0 win over Ligue 2 Angers thanks to Abdel Ouahbi’s 71st-minute goal.
VVV Venlo 1 – Feyenoord 1 (Eredivisie, January 24, 2010) Former Feyenoord player Patrick Paauwe scored an own goal after 65 minutes to gave the visitors the lead. Five minutes before time Ferry de Regt headed home the equaliser at the near post.
Ajax 1 – AZ Alkmaar 0 (Eredivisie, January 24, 2010) After a goalless first half (highlights here), a tidy strike from midfielder Gregory van der Wiel midway through the second half (highlights here) proved enough for Ajax.
Groningen 0 – FC Twente 0 (Eredivisie, January 24, 2010) FC Twente failed to close the gap on Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven as they could only play out a stalemate atÂ Groningen.
Trofense 0 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Carlsberg Cup, January 24, 2010)
Estoril 0 – Porto 2 (Carlsberg Cup, January 24, 2010)
Braga 4 – Uniao Leiria 1 (Carlsberg Cup, January 24, 2010)
Leixoes 0 – Academica 1 (Carlsberg Cup, January 24, 2010)
Chaves 1 – Beira Mar 0 (Carlsberg Cup, January 24, 2010)
Kayserispor 1 – Genclerbirligi 1 (Super Lig, January 24, 2010) Burhan Eser had given the visitors the lead midway through the second period, but Ariza Makukula responded with just seconds left on the clock to take his season tally to fourteen league goals.
Galatasaray 1 – Gaziantepspor 0 (Super Lig, January 24, 2010)
Trabzonspor 3 – Sivasspor 1 (Super Lig, January 24, 2010)
Olympiakos 0 – PAOK 1 (Greek Super League, January 24, 2010) Portuguese forward Edinho marked his debut for PAOK Thessaloniki by scoring the winning goal against champions Olympiakos in Sunday afternoonâ€™s top of the table showdown in Greece.
AEK 3 – Giannina 1 (Greek Super League, January 24, 2010)
Aris 0 – Panathinaikos 0 (Greek Super League, January 24, 2010)
Atromitos 2 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, January 24, 2010) Goals in each half from Nebegleras and Perrone gave Atromitos three points.
Newcastle Jets 1 – Sydney FC 3 (A-League, January 24, 2010) Newcastle took the lead with a well-taken goal to Jobe Wheelhouse in the 33rd minute before veteran striker John Aloisi levelled the match right on the stroke of half-time. Former Newcastle player Stuart Musalik put Sydney ahead in the 49th minute and substitute Christopher Payne confirmed the victory with his first A-League goal in stoppage time.