Everton 2 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) Despite an early spell of control from Manchester City, Everton had Roberto Mancini’s side on the back foot for much of the first half. Steven Pienaar stepped up and curled the free-kick beyond Given. City defender Micah Richards tugged Luis Saha’s shirt and referee Andre Marriner adjudged the foul worthy of a penalty, Saha held his nerve to calmly convert the penalty for his 11th league goal of the season.
Manchester United 3 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) Burnley were hugely competitive at Old Trafford during both the first half and at the start of the second period too, but just after the hour United broke the stalemate and Rooney unlocked the Clarets defence to play in Dimitar Berbatov and the Bulgarian slipped a shot past Jensen. Once in front it wasn’t long before United went 2-up, Wayne Rooney the goalscorer cracking in the second on the rebound. Mame Biram Diouf sealed United’s win nipping in a stealing the ball away from Jensen to head his first goal for his new employers in just his second appearance.
Chelsea 7 – Sunderland 2 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea needed 8 minutes to tame the Black Cats, Michael Ballack’s first-time ball forward found Nicolas Anelka and the Frenchman rounded keeper Fulop to score. On 17 minutes the Pensioners went 2-up, Florent Malouda breezed past a couple of Sunderland players unchallenged before firing in low right-footed from just inside the visitors box. Then came the goal of the game scored by Ashley Cole, the left-back collected Terry’s long ball down the inside left channel before tricking his marker and dinking the ball past Fulop for number three. The Blues closed out their one-way traffic in the first half adding a killer fourth, Anelka and Cole combined down the left with Frank Lampard sweeping the ball home from six yards. (First half highlights here.) Chelsea will have caused Steve Bruce nightmares adding a fifth early in the second half, Joe Cole crossing exploiting Sunderland’s total lack of marking to tee up Michael Ballack for a simple header. Bolo Zenden scored his first goal for Sunderland to spoil Chelsea’s hope of keeping a clean sheet, but the renaissance was shortly over as Nicolas Anelka claimed Chelsea’s sixth. Frank Lampard headed Chelsea’s seventh to record the Blues highest goal tally ever scored in a Premier League match, Darren Bent scoring in injury time for Sunderland.
Stoke 1 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After 57 goalless minutes at the Britannia (first half highlights here), Sotirios Kyrgiakos (who was having a fine game at the back) became the unlikely Anfield hero in the absence of Gerrard and Torres as the Greek bundled home an Aurelio free-kick after Sorenson ballsed-up his attempt at reaching the ball. But Liverpool’s poor form/bad luck/loser complex continued in the 88th minute as Robert Huth equalised from a corner after the Potters had out-muscled the Reds in their own box.
Tottenham 0 – Hull 0 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Spurs boss Harry Redknapp endured a frustrating 500th game as a Premier League manager after heroics from Boaz Myhill earned Hull City a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane. Myhill pulled off a string of fine saves to deny Spurs, who equalled their club record of five consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League but will be disappointed not to have found a way past Hull’s goalkeeper.
Wolves 0 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, January 16, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Roberto Martinez’s side missed a first half penalty when Marcus Hahnemann saved Hugo Rodallega’s effort after Wolves defender Richard Stearman was sent off for bringing down McCarthy. But Scottish teenager James McCarthy marked his first Premier League start with a goal on the hour. Wigan were also reduced to 10 men when Hendry Thomas was sent off for two bookings but Charles N’Zogbia put the result beyond doubt late on with the Latics second.
Exeter 2 – Leeds 0 (League One, January 16, 2010) The Grecians caught the Whites’ defence napping as early as the fourth minute when Ryan Harley headed past Casper Ankergren. Harley made sure his side wrapped up all three points though, the midfielder bagging a memorable brace with a 25-yard shot into the top corner.
Egypt 2 – Mozambique 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 16, 2010) Egypt took the lead against Mozambique a minute after the restart, when Pharaohs broke down right and a dangerous cross was whipped in that Dario Khan has the misfortune of putting through his own net. Egypt doubled their lead with arguably the goal of the tournament do far, Hassan pass infield took a nice deflection into Mohamed Nagy Gedo’s path and the hugely promising striker cracked a fierce half-volley into the top corner.
Nigeria 1 – Benin 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 16, 2010) Everton striker Yabuku gave Nigeria a first half lead against plucky Benin when the forward slotted home a penalty.
Celtic 1 – Falkirk 1 (SPL, January 16, 2010) Celtic suffered a blow against Falkirk when Carl Finnigan fired the minnows ahead after 19 minutes. The Bhoys levelled five minutes from the break through a fine solo effort from Georgios Samaras. (First half highlights here.)
Hamilton 0 – Rangers 1 (SPL, January 16, 2010) After a goalless first half (highlights here) at the New Douglas Park, the Gers broke the deadlock 13 minutes from time when Nacho Novo scored from a tight angle after Tomas Cerny parried wide sub John Fleck’s shot. Rangers moved 10 points clear at the top.
Barcelona 4 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, January 16, 2010) Andres Palop kept Barclona at bay in the first half but five minutes after the break was beaten by an og from Julien Escude. Pedro added the second from a glorious assist by Xavi before Lionel Messi added two late on, his 100th goal for the club and then his 101st, to avenge Barcelona’s Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Sevilla.
Athletic Bilbao 1 – Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, January 16, 2010) Real Madrid fell behind after two minutes in Bilbao, the Los Blancos defence disappeared defending a corner and Fernando Llorente had a free header in the six yard box. (First half highlights here.)
Bari 2 – Inter Milan 2 (Serie A, January 16, 2010) Two penalties in the 60th and 63rd minutes from Paulo Borreto looked to have put Bari in charge but the Serie A leaders responded with a goal from Goran Pandev and then a penalty of their own, dispatched by Gabriel Milito.
Cagliari 3 – Livorno 0 (Serie A, January 16, 2010) Cagliari who got their heels into the game instantly as Joaquin Larrivey headed home an Andrea Cossu free-kick to give the home side a flying start after two minutes. Larrivey curled the ball into the empty net after De Lucia after the break to double the lead, Jeda nodding home the third seconds from the bench.
Stuttgart 3 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, January 16, 2010) Roberto Hilbert capitalised at the back post to put Stuttgart in front at home to Wolfsburg. Pavel Pogrebnyak doubled the lead on 57 from close rangeÂ only for Edin Dzeko to reduce the arrears on 65 with a cracking shot into the corner. Timo Gebhart clinched the win with three minutes to go.
Bayer Leverkusen 4 – Mainz 2 (Bundesliga, January 16, 2010) Winter Champions Leverkusen suffered a surprise start against Mainz when the visitors took an 8th minute lead through Tim Hoogland. The hosts were quick to reply, Michal Kadlec brought Bayer level before Tranquillo Barnetta put Bayer in front in the 19th minute. The brilliant Toni Kroos then continued were he left off in 2009 by adding a third on the half hour. Mainz roared back into the game with over 20 minutes remaining when Niko Bungert cut the deficit to one, but Eren Derdiyok sealed bayer win with a fourth at the death.
Monchengladbach 1 – Bochum 2 (Bundesliga, January 16, 2010) Stanislav Sestak put Bochum into a 12th minute lead at Gladbach, and Bochum continued to defy their lowly position in the league when Zlatko Dedic bagged a second ten minutes from the break. Fabian Backer’s late goal proved mere consolation for the hosts.
Hannover 0 – Hertha Berlin 3 (Bundesliga, January 16, 2010) Lukasz Piszczek and Raffael netted twice in the 30th and 33rd minutes to give Hertha an unlikely 2-nil away lead at Hannover at the break. A late Theofanis Gekas penalty wrapped up a fine away win for the Berliners.
Nancy 0 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Lyon moved up to fourth, 10 points behind Bordeaux, with a 2-0 win at Nancy thanks to late goals from defender Cris and midfielder Maxime Gonalons.
Lille 3 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Lille opened the scoring with an angled shot by Poland’s Ludovic Obraniak on four minutes. Fellow midfielder Florent Balmont doubled the advantage with a header early in the second half and defender Franck Beria nodded a third before the visitors pulled one back through Turkey striker Mevlut Erding after 83 minutes.
Valenciennes 1 – Toulouse 3 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Franck Tabanou opened the scoring from Andre-Pierre Gignac’s pass on 16 minutes before Johan Audel headed home Rudy Mater’s free-kick to equalise a minute before halftime. Carlos Sanchez then hit the bar for Valenciennes before Mohamed Fofana responded likewise for the visitors. Toulouse went back in front on 84 minutes when Tabanou was again set up by Gignac to score and Moussa Sissoko then added a third three minutes later.
Rennes 1 – Lens 1 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Rennes and Lens played out a 1-1 draw, with Moussa Sow nodding in Rod Fanni’s cross to put the hosts ahead on 55 minutes. Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s close-range finish 10 minutes later earned a point for Lens, who had Alaeddine Yahia sent off late on.
Montpellier 1 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Souleymane Camara scored the only goal from close range on 58 minutes, while Montpellier came close to a second when Emir Spahic struck the crossbar.
Monaco 2 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Nene struck twice in the final six minutes as Monaco battled for a 2-0 win over Sochaux at Stade Louis II. Stephane Dalmat hit the post midway through the second half for Sochaux before Nene netted on 84 minutes and again in stoppage-time.
Le Mans 0 – Lorient 3 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Lorient produced an impressive performance on their travels after a 3-0 win over lowly Le Mans, with Laurent Koscielny scoring after 22 minutes. Olivier Monterrubio’s free-kick made it 2-0 just before the interval and he added another goal early in the second period from Arnaud Le Lan’s cross.
Grenoble 1 – St. Etienne 2 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) St. Etienne hung on to record an important 2-1 success away to Grenoble, who have now won just once in 20 league matches this season. Loic Perrin gave St Etienne the lead just after the half-hour mark and Emmanuel Riviere doubled the advantage five minutes before halftime. A Cedric Varrault own goal immediately brought Grenoble back into the game and the hosts almost snatched an equaliser when Sandy Paillot was denied by the woodwork in the second half.
Auxerre 0 – Boulogne 0 (Ligue 1, January 16, 2010) Auxerre’s bid to make inroads into Bordeaux’s lead at the top was thwarted after a 0-0 draw at home to second-from-bottom Boulogne.
Porto 1 – Pacos Ferreira 1 (Superliga, January 16, 2010) Radamel Falcao’s goal in the 86th minute saw the defending champion earn a point after Maykon picked his spot to put the visitors ahead three minutes earlier.
Sporting Lisbon 3 – Nacional 2 (Superliga, January 16, 2010) Sporting extended its season-best run to four straight wins in all competitions despite Ruben Micael’s 24th minute score putting the visitors ahead. Miguel Veloso started the rally one minute later then Liedson put the host ahead with his left foot in the 60th. The Portugal striker added a second in the 72nd after meeting Veloso’s cross inside the area.Â Nacional scored through Edgar in the 82nd but Sporting held on to move three points clear of Nacional.
Vitoria Guimaraes 2 – Vitoria Setubal 2 (Superliga, January 16, 2010)
Heerenveen 1 – PSV 3 (KNVB Beker, January 16, 2010) Hungarian Balazs Dzsudzsak opened the scoring after the Heerenveen defence failed to clear the ball in the 26th minute. Ibrahim Afellay then set up Danko Lazovic for the second goal midway through the second half. A superb lob from Gerald Sibon pulled one back for Heerenveen but in injury time Nordin Amrabat restored the two-goal lead for PSV.
Gent 2 – Kortrijk 2 (Jupiler League, January 15, 2010) The hosts went ahead after 21 minutes through Elimane Coulibaly, but the dismissal of Zlatan Ljubijankic eight minutes later put Gent at a disadvantage. Kortrijk took full advantage with Laurent Ciman levelling the scores in the 37th minute before Ebrahim Savaneh scored what looked to be the winner 11 minutes from time. But Randell Azofeifa had the final say, ensuring a draw for Gent with his stoppage-time strike.
Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 – Besiktas 0 (Turkish Cup, January 16, 2010)
PAOK 1 – Asteras Tripolis 0 (Greek Super League, January 16, 2010) Substitute Vassilis Koutsianikoulis gave 10-man PAOK a 1-0 win over Asteras.
Iraklis 1 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, January 16, 2010) Rafik Djebbour was the hero and villain for AEK, drawing the visitors level with a fine curling effort before blazing a spot-kick over the bar.
Xanthi 1 – Ergotelis 0 (Greek Super League, January 16, 2010)
Melbourne Victory 6 – Perth Glory 2 (A-League, January 16, 2010) Archie Thompson opened for the Victory, before Robbie Kruse stole the headlines scoring a first half hat-trick for the defending champions. Apenalty from Kevin Muscat and Carlos Hernandez’s late strike wrapped up the scoring in the closing stages. Rodrigo Vargas’ 20th minute own goal briefly pulled Perth back to 2-1 while Mile Sterjovski scored their second in the 52nd minute.
Brisbane Roar 0 – Newcastle Jets 2 (A-League, January 16, 2010) Newcastle strengthened their play-off position and moved back up to fourth with a sixth win in eight games. Matt Thompson opened the scoring five minutes after the break before a penalty from Michael Bridges five minutes later sealed the three points.