Everton 3 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, February 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) It took Manchester United 15 minutes to go in front at Goodison, Rooney picked out Antonio Valencia wide right, the winger rifled a low cross into the danger area and Dimitar Berbatov thumped in the opener off the underside of the bar. United’s lead lasted just three minutes when a long punt upfield was picked up 20-yards from goal by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and the Russian lashed a left-footed bullet into Van der Sar’s near post. (First half highlights here.) 15 minutes from time Everton put themselves inÂ position to be the first team this season to beat Ferguson’s charges after going behind first, Pienaar cut the ball back from the left byeline and sub Dan Gosling was perfectly placed to side-foot home the Toffee’s second. With United chasing the game sub Jack Rodwell scored a goal he’ll never forget to wrap up the points in the 89th minutes, as the upstart waltzed past Evans with consummate ease before guiding his low shot past Van der Sar’s outstretched hand.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview can be seen here.
Wolves 0 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, February 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) After having been outplayed by Wolves throughout most of the first half, Chelsea struck five minutes from the break courtesy of a goal created by Yuri Zhirkov as the Russian left back cut in from the left, aided by Ballack, before crossing for Didier Drogba to slide in the sitter. (First half highlights here.) Wolves battled for an equaliser, but in the 67th minute they were sucker-punched by a route-one Chelsea goal as Cech pumped the ball down the middle and Didier Drogba powered his way through to net his 25th of the season.
Arsenal 2 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, February 20, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) The Gunners broke the deadlock with Sunderland just before the half hour when Emmanuel Eboue broke in the inside right channel and crossed the ball across the six yard box where Nicklas Bendtner swept in the opener. Arsenal struggled to kill off the Black Cats, but at the death the hosts won a penalty that Cesc Fabregas confidently dispatched.
West Ham 3 – Hull 0 (Premier League, February 20, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) West Ham had a lightning start against fellow relegation strugglers Hull as Valon Behrami picked up the ball in midfield, raced into the Hull box via a one-two with Franco before firing past Myhill. The Tigers had Craig Fagan harshly sent off for a second bookable offence on Diamanti, and the Hammers were quick to turn the screw against the 10 men as Faubert sent a long pass over the top to Carlton Cole who timed his run to perfection and coolly clipped his shot into the net. A stoppage-time screamer from Julien Faubert earned the Hammers a big three points in their fight for survival.
Portsmouth 1 – Stoke 2 (Premier League, February 20, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) In financial ruin and under serious threat of being wound up, Portsmouth took the lead against Stoke 10 minutes from the break when Owusu-Abeyie cut in from the left, played a one-two with O’Hara before smacking a right-footed drive on target which was saved, and Frederic Piquionne pounced on the rebound and lifting it over the sprawling Sorensen from an acute angle. Robert Huth levelled things up just after the break when he powered home a header from a corner. A goal in injury time from Salif Diao broke Pompey hearts and left the financially stricken club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
Nottingham Forest 1 – Middlesbrough 0 (Championship, February 20, 2010) A poor match was settled by Chris Cohen’s goal early in the second half which kept Forest’s promotion charge on course.
Celtic 1 – Dundee United 0 (SPL, February 20, 2010) Celtic got their noses in front of Dundee United in the 20th minute as on-loan Spurs forward Robbie Keane defied his reputation for fluffing one-on-ones by breaking inside the visitors half and finishing well.
Barcelona 4 – Racing Santander 0 (La Liga, February 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) It took Barcelona just seven minutes to open the scoring against Santander, Andres Iniesta finishing from a lofted ball from the back. Thierry Henry doubled the lead just before the half hour with a low free-kick. A brilliant free kick from Rafael Marquez wrapped up a completely one sided first half for the Catalans. Thierry Henry picked u pa needless booking at the start of the second half for a cheeky trip on Oriol. 18-year-old fringe player Thiago Alcantara closed out the match with a fourth sixth minute from time.
Mallorca 1 – Sevilla 3 (La Liga, February 20, 2010) Mallorca’s 100% home record came to an end following a fine Sevilla comeback after Mario Suarez had put them ahead after five minutes. Jesus Navas equalised, capitalising on some poor keeping from Auoate. After Alvaro Negredo was sent off for Sevilla and Ivan Ramis received a red card for the home side,Â Sevilla scored two goals in the second half to win the match – Igor Dragutinovic scored a cracking free-kick and Diego Perotti claimed the third from a Navas cross. Didier Zokora picked up a red card at full time to dent Sevilla’s win.
Deportivo La Coruna 2 – Xerez 1 (La Liga, February 20, 2010) Depor raced out the traps against rock-bottom Xerez as Andres Guardado slotted home a third minute penalty and Riki then made it 2-nil after just seven minutes. The nailed-on relegation strugglers pulled themselves back into the game in the 38th minute when Mario Bermejo steered a precision header inside the far post.
Inter Milan 0 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, February 20, 2010) Inter were up after they lost Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba, both for two bookable offences, to be down to 9-men from the 38th minute. against A classic moment arrived early in the second half of the Inter Milan-Sampdoria match when Samuel Eto’o took an awful dive in the visitors box and the camera caught manager Jose Mourinho unable to control his laughter at his striker from the sidelines. Giampaolo Pazzini saw red midway through the second half after picking up a second yellow, but Inter held on for a heroic point.
Genoa 3 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, February 20, 2010) Robert Acquafresca was fastest to a rebound on the half hour as the Genoa forward fired the hosts in front of Udinese. Eight minutes after the restart Acquafresca doubled the lead from the penalty spot. Sculli’s precise cut-back in the 64th minute was met crisply with a diving header from Rodrigo Palacio to make it three.
Nurnberg 1 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, February 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Bayern blew a chance to open up a three-point gap on Leverkusen after the Bavarian giants took the lead through player of the season Thomas Muller. Ilkay Gundogan bursts Bayern’s bubble equalising ten minutes into the second half.
FC Cologne 1 – Stuttgart 5 (Bundesliga, February 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Brazilian-born German international Cacau scored three times in 25 minutes in the opening period before adding the fifth goal in the 74th as Stuttgart secured an emphatic win. Pavel Pogrebnyak was also on target for the visitors.
Borussia Dortmund 4 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, February 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The hosts laid siege to the Hannover goal for the whole duration of the match and, although it took 43 minutes before Neven Subotic tapped in the opener, eventually claimed a comfortable 4-1 win. An own-goal from Mario Eggiman followed by a Nelson Valdez strike made it 3-0 before Arouna Kone and Kevin Grosskreutz traded late goals.
PSG 1 – Toulouse 0 (Ligue 1, February 20, 2010) Guillaume Hoarau converted after the spot-kick was given for a foul by Albin Ebondo, who was also sent off, leaving Toulouse to battle for nearly 70 minutes with 10 men. PSG used their man advantage to dominated proceedings thereafter, though Etienne Capoue came close to equalising when he hit the post with a rare Toulouse opportunity.
St. Etienne 1 – Montpellier 0 (Ligue 1, February 20, 2010) Montpellier squandered the opportunity to move level on points with leaders Bordeaux, the newly promoted side were sunk by a late goal by substitute Emmanuel Riviere.
Grenoble 0 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, February 20, 2010) Against the run of play VA struck just after the half hour mark. A simple free kick was the hostsâ€™ undoing, Rudy Mater swirling a cross to Carlos Sanchez, who headed into the net from six yards.
Lens 3 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, February 20, 2010) A free-kick from Sebastien Roudet was touched on by Alaeddine Yahia for Issam Jemaa, who tucked home from close range in the 28th minute. Sebastien Roudet doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime with a cracker from the edge of the box. Henri Bedimo wrapped up the points from the penalty spot.
Olhanense 0 – Sporting Lisbon 0 (Liga Sagres, February 20, 2010) A match played in atrocious weather conditions ended in a goalless draw as Jorge Costaâ€™s Olhanense earned another precious point in their fight against relegation against Sporting. The Algarve outfit have now lost just once in their last eight games, while Sporting have now gone seven games without tasting victory.
VVV Venlo 3 – AZ Alkmaar 3 (Eredivisie, February 20, 2010) Adil Auassar cancelled out Pontus Wernbloom’s first-half opener but Simon Poulsen and Mounir El Hamdaoui put the visitors 3-1 up. VVV were not to be denied, though, and Ruben Schaken cut the deficit before Michael Uchebo levelled matters once more 15 minutes from time.
RKC 1 – Heerenveen 2 (Eredivisie, February 20, 2010) Heerenveen’s 2-1 win at basement club RKC Waalwijk was held up for the same reason as the home fans vented their ire at referee Bas Nijhuis’ harsh handball decision which allowed Gerald Sibon to score the winner from the penalty spot six minutes from time. Veteran Sibon had opened the scoring in the 13th minute but Benjamin de Ceulaer’s tap-in levelled matters before the late controversy.
NAC 0 – Utrecht 2 (Eredivisie, February 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Goals from Nana Asare and Dries Mertens sank 10-man NAC Breda as, for the second week in succession, FC Utrecht saw their match delayed due to abusive chants aimed at the referee. The outpouring of anger came from the NAC faithful and centred on the harsh dismissal of Anthony Lurling.
NEC 0 – Groningen 2 (Eredivisie, February 20, 2010) Goran Lovre grabbed the first after just eight minutes before Matavz made sure of the points not long after the half-time break. Not even Leandro Bacuna’s red card with half an hour still to play could sour an excellent day’s work for Groningen.
Sivasspor 1 – Manisaspor 0 (Super Lig, February 20, 2010) Cihan Yilmaz’s 64th minute strike earned Sivas the points.
Eskisehirspor 0 – Genclerbirligi 0 (Super Lig, February 20, 2010) Eskisehirspor’s recent good form came to a slight halt, the hosts with the best chance of the match when Carlos Kahe crashed a smart shot against the bar.
Trabzonspor 0 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 0 (Super Lig, February 20, 2010)
Ergotelis 1 – Olympiakos 1 (Greek Super League, February 20, 2010) Vassilis Torosidis had put Olympiakos ahead in the first half after he followed up LuaLua’s saved spot-kick. Mario Budimir salvaged a point for Ergotelis with an 85th minute leveller.
Kavala 2 – Xanthi 1 (Greek Super League, February 20, 2010) Kavala’s superb run of form continued against Xanthi as the hosts claimed their third successive victory. Mauro Poy put the visitors ahead miway through the first half, but a double from forward Benjamin Onwuachi earned Kavala the win.
Iraklis 1 – Levadiakos 1 (Greek Super League, February 20, 2010)
Gold Coast United 0 – Newcastle Jets 0 (Pens. 5-6) (A-League, February 20, 2010) Jets keeper Ben Kennedy saved the his side at least four times during regulation time before he capped his match-winning effort by saving the 14th shot of the penalty shoot-out taken by United’s Zenon Caravella to give the Jets victory 6-5 on penalties.
Tigre 1 – Gimnasia La Plata 1 (Clausura, February 20, 2010) Denis Stracqualursi’s opener for the visitors was cancelled out by Paul Fontanello’s leveller for Tigre.
Newells Old Boys 1 – Lanus 1 (Clausura, February 20, 2010) It was honours-even at Newells after Jorge Achucarro opened for the hosts with a header at the start of the second half only for Salcedo to net a late equaliser for Lanus.
Racing Club 1 – San Lorenzo 0 (Clausura, February 20, 2010) Gabriel Hauche’s late winner ended Racing’s three-game losing streak.
Corinthians 0 – Rio Branco 0 (Campeonato Paulista, February 20, 2010)
Portuguesa 2 – Paulista 1 (Campeonato Paulista, February 20, 2010) Luis Carlos and Heverton put the hosts 2-up inside 22 minutes, Azevedo netting a consolation for Paulista midway through the second half.
Ituano 1 – Sertaozinho 0 (Campeonato Paulista, February 20, 2010) Lincom bagged the winner 10 minutes into the second half.
Ponte Preta 1 – Oeste 3 (Campeonato Paulista, February 20, 2010)
Chivas 3 – Puebla 2 (Mexican Primera Division, February 20, 2010) Adolfo Bautista scored twice for the Guadalajara club and Xavier Baez added the other goal. Chivas won its sixth straight from six matches to set a new Mexican record. Herculez Gomez and Marcelo Palau scored for Puebla.
San Luis 3 – Atlas 1 (Mexican Primera Division, February 20, 2010) Blas Perez, Braulio Luna and Gonzalo Pineda scored for San Luis in its win over Atlas. Dario Botinelli scored Atlas’ only goal.
Jaguares 2 – Pachuca 2 (Mexican Primera Division, February 20, 2010) Colombian Jackson Martinez gave Jaguares a 1-0 lead in the 10th, before Edgar Benitez equalized in the 30th. Edgar Andrade put Jaguares in the lead again in the 48th, but Benitez levelled again a minute later.
Monterrey 3 – Queretaro 0 (Mexican Primera Division, February 20, 2010) Monterrey waited until the final stages of its match to score all three goals. Neri Cardozo opened the scoring on a powerful right-footed shot from outside the area in the 81st minute. Abraham Carreno added a header in the final minute and Jesus Arellano scored in injury time, also on a header.
Monarcas 0 – Toluca 0 (Mexican Primera Division, February 20, 2010)