Stoke 1 – Arsenal 3 (Premier League, February 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal let in yet another goal to a Rory Delap throw (their fourth in total), Danny Pugh scoring at the back post after only eight minutes after Shawcross had won the initial header. Just after the half hour a cross from Fabregas was met by a fine header from Nicklas Bendtner to square the match up at 1-1. (First half highlights here.) On 66 minutes, in an incident eerily similar to Eduardo’s injury at Birmingham, Ryan Shawcross launched a shocking challenge on Aaron Ramsey to leave his right leg in a terrible state. Shawcross received a red card and Ramsey was stretchered off. Unlike at Birmingham two years ago, Arsenal went on to win the game. Cesc Fabregas scoring a penalty after a Pugh handball and then tapping his foot three timesÂ (for threeÂ horrible tackles on Diaby, Eduardo and Ramsey during his time in English football).Â Thomas Vermaelen added the third during the seven minutes of injury time from a fine cut back by Fabregas. The post match interview with Cesc Fabregas can be seen here.
Chelsea 2 – Manchester City 4 (Premier League, February 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) The action started even before the kick-off and the cameras focused in on the tense non-handshake between John Terry and Wayne Bridge in the customary opening. Chelsea dominated the majority of the first half against City with the visitors offering no real goal threat whatsoever, but it took the Pensioners until the 41st minute to break the deadlock when Joe Cole played in Frank Lampard who scored from 10-yards. Incredibly Chelsea then imploded with a horror goal on the stroke of halftime, Obi Mikel fluffed a header from a long hoof which allowed Carlos Tevez to turn Terry before twisting Carvalho inside-out and slipping a tame trickling shot agonisingly past Hilario’s hand. (First half highlights here.) Five minutes after the restart City fans went berserk when Craig Bellamy picked up the ball on the halfway-line, took on a frightened looking Obi Mikel with ease before placing another soft strike past Hilario. The mistakes kept coming for Chelsea 15 minutes from time when sub Belletti lost the ball to Barry who raced into the box, fell, Belletti saw red, and Carlos Tevez made no mistake to claim a magical third for City. Ancelotti then had to watch Michael Ballack lose his head and take down Tevez from behind to leave Chelsea with nine men. City cashed in on Chelsea’s humiliation by adding a fourth as Tevez freed Wright-Phillips to race into the box and he fed Bellamy for his second. Lampard scored a consolation penalty as the match moved into injury time. (Second half highlights here.) A Sky Sports montage after the game can be seen here.
Burnley 1 – Portsmouth 2 (Premier League, February 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Portsmouth looked to put their off-field problems to one side when they took the lead at Burley, Danny Webber seeing his cross to the back post turned in by Frederic Piquionne. But the Clarets weren’t behind for long as Jensen’s long-kick upfield was flicked on by Fletcher and Martin Paterson hooked a stunning lob over David James’s enormous afro. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes into the second half Jamie O’Hara continued the Spurs tradition this season of missing penalties but Hassan Yebda made no mistake from the spot with fifteen minutes to go after Clarke Carlisle gave away his second penalty of the half.
Bolton 1 – Wolves 0 (Premier League, February 27, 2010) Bolton forged ahead on Wolves in injury time at the end of the first half when Zat Knight was in the right place to turn in a Chung-Young Lee cross.
Huddersfield 2 – Leeds 2 (League One, February 27, 2010) The home side dominated and took a 1-goal lead into the break through Anthony Pilkington. Leeds hit back and turned the game on its head with goals from Jonathan Howson and Luciano Becchio (both set up by Snodgrass) only for Gary Roberts to secure the draw late on.
Aberdeen 0 – Hearts 1 (SPL, February 27, 2010) Aberdeen’s dreadful run extended to eight matches without a win after losing 1-0 to 10-man Hearts at Pittodrie, Dons’ sub Kingston was shown a straight red card seven minutes after the break but the visitors still won courtesy of Eggert Jonsson’s stunning overhead kick.
Barcelona 2 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, February 27, 2010) As has so often been the case this season Pedro rescued Barcelona with the opening goal after the home side had failed to break down the Malaga defence for two-thirds of the match. Valdo set the cat amongst the pigeons equalising with nine minutes to go. Lionel Messi tapped home the winner three minutes later, but the goal belonged to Xavi who played a glorious ball to Alves who crossed for the Argentine.
Tenerife 1 – Real Madrid 5 (La Liga, February 27, 2010) Great work from left back Marcelo set up serial goal scorer Gonzalo Higuain to fire Real Madrid in front at Tenerife. Five minutes before the break Gonzalo Higuain doubled the lead for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Tenerife found a way back into the match thanks to some pretty bizarre refereeing, Ayoze Garcia heading the ball out of Iker Casillas’ hands. Minutes later Kaka restored Real’s two-goal cushion. Late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (a penalty) and Raul added gloss to the scoreline.
Getafe 0 – Real Zaragoza 2 (La Liga, February 27, 2010) Humberto Suazo capitalised on a poor back pass to give Zaragoza the lead at Getafe. On twenty minutes Suazo, surely one of the signings of the January transfer window, doubled the lead with a header.
Numancia 1 – Gimnastic 1 (Segunda Division, February 27, 2010)
Huesca 1 – Real Sociedad 0 (Segunda Division, February 27, 2010)
Albacete 1 – Villarreal B 1 (Segunda Division, February 27, 2010)
Lazio 1 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, February 27, 2010)Â Sebastiano Siviglia gave Lazio a crucial lead at home to Fiorentina.Â After a troubled season on loan at Benfica, Keirrison scored the equaliser in the 90th minute.
Catania 4 – Bari 0 (Serie A, February 27, 2010)Â Adrian Richiutti fired Catania into the lead at home to Bari after just six minutes. Five minutes before the break Cristian Llama doubled Catania’s lead with a cracking curling left-footed strike, his first goal of the season. Late goals from Takayuki Morimoto and Jorge Martinez completed the rout.
Albinoleffe 1 – Mantova 0 (Serie B, February 27, 2010)
Hertha Berlin 0 – Hoffenheim 2 (Bundesliga, February 27, 2010) Demba Ba opened for Hoffenheim at rock-bottom Hertha with a fine solo goal on the half hour, the striker weaved through two defenders in the box before stroking the ball into the far corner. Vedad Ibisevic skinned his man and smashed home the second in injury-time.
Mainz 1 – Werder Bremen 2 (Bundesliga, February 27, 2010) Mainz were up against it after 13 minutes when defender Florian Heller saw red, and Werder took advantage through Tim Borowski’s overhit free-kick on the half hour. Mainz equalised on the stroke of halftime through their leading goalscorer Aristide Bance’s bullet, but Bremen retook the lead five minutes after the break when Sebastian Prodl bagged the visitors’ second.
Stuttgart 2 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Bundesliga, February 27, 2010) Benjamin Kohler put Frankfurt into a surprise lead at Stuttgart in the 39th minute, but the hosts managed to turn the match in their favour before the interval as man of the moment Cacau netted his sixth and seventh (a cracker!) goals in just three matches to continue his red-hot scoring streak.
Monchengladbach 1 – Freiburg 1 (Bundesliga, February 27, 2010) Papiss Demba Cisse fired Freiberg into the lead ten minutes after the break, but Gladbach’s main man this season Roel Brouwers claimed an equaliser midway through the second half.
Montpellier 3 – Rennes 1 (Ligue 1, February 27, 2010) Montpellier drew level on points with Bordeaux thanks to a brace from Joris Marveaux who was facing off against his brother Sylvain. Jimmy Briand pulled one back for Rennes but Souleymane Camara completed the win.
Lyon 2 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, February 27, 2010)Â Lisandro Lopez put Lyon in front at home to Nice, tapping home at the back post. Lyon’s second came from Nice defender Onyekachi Apam who scored into his own net under pressure from Gomis.
Lorient 1 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, February 27, 2010)Â Sigamary Diarra gave Lorient theÂ win at home against Sochaux.
Nancy 0 – Grenoble 2 (Ligue 1, February 27, 2010) Yoric Ravet scored a fine right-footed opener, he may not have scored this season prior to this match but Yoric Ravet announced himself to French football with the second from a free-kick.
Monaco 1 – Boulogne 0 (Ligue 1, February 27, 2010) Moussa Maazou, on loan from CSKA Moscow, grabbed Monaco’s winner in the first half.
Valenciennes 1 – Saint Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, February 27, 2010) Johan Audel volleyed home at the back post for the only goal of the game on 76 minutes.
Leixoes 0 – Benfica 4 (Liga Sagres, February 27, 2010) Benfica extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, Eder Luis scored the opener and in-demand winger Angel Di Maria claimed a hat-trick.
Braga 3 – Olhanense 1 (Liga Sagres, February 27, 2010)
Kayserispor 1 – Besiktas 2 (Super Lig, February 27, 2010) First half goals from Rodrigo Tello and Ekrem Dag put Besiktas in the driving seat, Makikula pulled one back for the home side.
Bursaspor 3 – Sivasspor 0 (Super Lig, February 27, 2010) Bursaspor, arguably the Sivasspor of the season, kept up their title challenge by moving to into temporary top spot in Turkey thanks to goals from Pablo Batalla, Turgay Bahadir and Ozan Ipek.
Xanthi Skoda 0 – PAOK Saloniki 3 (Super Liga, February 27, 2010) Vieirinha bagged a brace, Vladimir Ivic’s goal was sandwiched in between.
AEK Athens 1 – Ergotelis 0 (Super Liga, February 27, 2010) Rafik Djebbour chested down and then struck a fine effort for the only goal of the game on 12 minutes.
Asteras Tripolis 0 – Iraklis Saloniki 4 (Super Liga, February 27, 2010)
Karpaty Lviv 2 – Metalist Kharkiv 1 (Ukraine Premier League, February 27, 2010) Metallist struck after 11 minutes at Karpaty when striker Jaja reeled off a 25-yard beauty into the far corner. Oshchypko’s 18 minute penalty brough the hosts level, and a second half stunner from Golodyuk turned the match in Karpaty’s favour.
Huracan 3 – Velez Sarsfield 2 (Argentinean Clausura, February 27, 2010) Rolando Zarate gave Velez the lead on 42. Huracan dominated the second half and goals from Gustavo Balvorin, Patricio Toranzo and Federico Laurito sealed the win despite a consolation from Santiago Silva.
Colon 1 – Rosario Central 1 (Argentinean Clausura, February 27, 2010) Colon went top with this draw. German Rivarola opened the scoring, Luciano Figueroa equalised for Rosario. Three players were sent off late on.
Independiente 1 – Racing Club 0 (Argentinean Clausura, February 27, 2010)
Macae 1 – Flamengo 4 (Carioca, February 27, 2010) Vagner Love claimed a brace as did Pacheco for Flamengo. Laio scored for the home side.
Americano Campos 1 – Botafogo 3 (Carioca, February 27, 2010)