Manchester United 2 – Aston Villa 1 (Carling Cup Final, February 28, 2009) (BBC highlights here and extended highlights here.)Â The Carling Cup final got off to a blistering start, James Milner put Villa in front from the penalty spot after Vidic had fouled Agbonlahor after only four minutes. United responded nine minutes later, Michael Owen placing the ball into the corner for the equaliser. Midway through the second half United took the lead as the deadly partnership of Antonio Valencia’s crosses from the left and Wayne Rooney’s heading ability saw the England striker loop an effort over Friedel and into the net.
Liverpool 2 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, February 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here and here.) Liverpool broke the deadlock with Blackburn after 19 minutes, Gerrard spread the play to Yossi Benayoun out wide left and, after the Israeli had maneuvered into the box, Steven Gerrard was back on the scene to slip in the opener. A cheeky handball from Jamie Carragher while grounded in the Reds’ box was seen by the officials, allowing Keith Andrews to bring Rovers level from the spot. But then Anfield saw the sight they’ve been missing for much of the season as Fernando Torres was able to restored Liverpool’s lead from a neat Maxi pass.
Tottenham 2 – Everton 1 (Premier League, February 28, 2009)Â Roman Pavlyuchenko cannot stop scoring, the Russian striker netted his fifth in a week, sliding in on a Defoe shot-cum cross after 11 minutes against Everton. Spurs’ second goal was one of realy quality, their three Croatians played keep ball down the right before Luka Modric saw his shot drift over Howard and go in off the bar. Ten minutes into the second half, Aiyegbeni Yakubu pulled a goal back as the Tottenham defence, especially Gomes, failed to deal with a corner. Spurs held on as Everton dominated the second half and substitute Landon Donovan was guilty of a shocking miss that would have squared things up.
Sunderland 0 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, February 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer kept out Darren Bent’s first half free-kick and then blocked Alan Hutton’s left-foot effort after the break to ensure the game ended goalless.
Rangers 1 – Celtic 0 (SPL, February 28, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) There was off the field issues even before the kick off as Celtic fans disturbed a minute silence for a former Rangers goalie. Deep into injury time of the second half Maurice Edu finished from close range after Boruc had saved from Boyd. By this time Celtic were down to ten men after Scott Brown had been sent off. Celtic’s misery at the full time whistle were summed up by this poor Bhoy’s fan.
Atletico Madrid 4 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, February 28, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Atletico continued their recovery from their woeful start to the season with a 4-1 home win against nine-man Valencia. The visitors took the lead through David Silva but then had Carlos Marchena sent off for a second yellow card on the half-hour mark and Diego Forlan equalised immediately from the penalty spot. Third-placed Valencia also had Miguel sent off late on as goals by Sergio Aguero, Forlan and Jose Manuel Jurado sealed victory for Atletico, who are now 11th and 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
Villarreal 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, February 28, 2010) Villarreal bounced back from a pair of resounding defeats to notch up a morale-boosting victory over a Deportivo side that are themselves in freefall. Nilmar provided the assist from the left-hand side, rolling the ball into the path of Joesba Llorente, who couldnâ€™t miss from inside the six-yard box.
Racing Santander 0 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, February 28, 2010) A goal in either half did the damage asÂ Fernando Soriano converted a neat header at the back post from a wicked Albert Crusat delivery in the opening 45. Crusat himself finished off the hosts with twenty minutes remaining, rounding off a fine display with a left footed finish that nestled neatly in the corner of the net.
Sporting Gijon 3 – Osasuna 2 (La Liga, February 28, 2010) Miguel De Las Cuevas gave Sporting the lead after 17 minutes but Javad Nekounam levelled from the penalty spot to leave the scores even at the break. Osasuna looked to have taken control of the match as Krisztian Vadocz gave the Pamplona-based side the lead with a deflected effort four minutes into the second half. But Sporting produced a late revival to seal all three points thanks to a David Barral strike with 20 minutes remaining and Diego Castro’s penalty 10 minutes later.
Xerez 1 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, February 28, 2010) Rock-bottom Xerez and Espanyol shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Estadio Municipal de Chapin. Dani Osvaldo gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side the lead after 18 minutes but the Barcelona-based side were pegged back late on by Mario Bermejo.
Valladolid 1 – Mallorca 2 (La Liga, February 28, 2010) Alberto Buemo gave the hosts the lead just after the break but Mallorca fought back through goals from defender Ruben and substitute Julio Alvarez.
Sevilla 0 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (La Liga, February 28, 2010) Sevilla are three points behind Valencia in fourth after a goalless draw at home to Athletic Bilbao. But Manolo Jimenez’s men will probably be happy with a point having spent almost the entire second half with 10 men after Romaric was sent off for a professional foul.
Juventus 0 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, February 28, 2010) Palermo beat Juventus in Turin to leapfrog the Bianconeri into fourth. Fabrizio Miccoli opened the scoring for the visitors on the hour mark with a screamer before Igor Budan came off the bench to double his team’s advantage nine minutes from time.
AC Milan 3 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, February 28, 2010) (Longer highlights here.)Â Alexandre Pato was Milan’s hero in the first half scoring in the 30th and 41st minutes. Jaime Valdes pulled a goal back from the visitors 10 minutes after the break, but Marco Borriello restored the Rossoneri’s 2-goal cushion after scoring the rebound from Ronaldinho’s missed penalty.
Udinese 2 – Inter Milan 3 (Serie A, February 28, 2010) The hosts struck early on as Di Natale threaded a pass through for Simone Pepe, who beat the offside trap and slotted past Julio Cesar with ease. Inter responded within three minutes, Maicon dribbled past men on the right flank before squaring for the unmarked Mario Balotelli to score from just outside the area. Inter took the lead with a fine team effort in the 20th minute, Milito cut back for Pandev, who chipped the ball into the box for the rampaging Maicon to one-time the ball ferociously into the top of the net. Diego Milito headed in a Balotelli cross from the left to give them a 3-1 lead on the stroke of halftime, while Antonio Di Natale netted Udinese’s second in the second half.
Napoli 2 – Roma 2 (Serie A, February 28, 2010) Roma lost ground in its pursuit of Milan with a 2-2 draw at Napoli. Julio Baptista and Mirko Vucinic put Roma 2-0 ahead, but German Denis brought Napoli back into the match in the 75th minute and Marek Hamsik scored an injury time penalty for a share of the points.
Genoa 3 – Bologna 4 (Serie A, February 28, 2010) David Suazo gave Genoa the lead in the eighth minute but three minutes later Bologna restored parity through Antonio Busce. In the 18th minute Giuseppe Sculli made it 2-1 to the hosts only for Martins Adailton to make it 2-2 ten minutes later. The Grifone went 3-2 up at the break as Suazo netted his second goal of the match on 38 minutes. But three minutes before the hour mark Adailton scored his second of the match and with 11 minutes remaining scored from the spot to complete his hat-trick and to lead Bologna to a sensational 4-3 win in Genoa.
Parma 0 – Sampdoria 1 (Serie A, February 28, 2010) Samp’s great run of results in Serie A came to a halt at Parma, the only goal of the match came in the 54th minute through Cristian Zaccardo.
Chievo 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, February 28, 2010) Marcos Ariel De Paula gave Chievo the lead in the 33rd minute but six minutes into the second half Cagliari restored parity through Davide Astori. Things turned worse for the Flying Donkeys as Michele Marcolini was sent off on the hour mark. Cagliari had Radja Nainggolan show the exit in the 71st minute and Chievo went ahead just seven minutes later when Pablo Granoche netted the ball.
Livorno 1 – Siena 2 (Serie A, February 28, 2010) Livorno went ahead as early as the 10th minute when Cristiano Lucarelli successfully converted a penalty kick. But the hosts had Davide Moro sent off just six minutes into the second half and from then on, Siena looked to be in control. The Tuscan side equalised through Emanuele Calaio in the 79th minute and won the match with a late winner from Massimo Maccarone.
Bayern Munich 1 – Hamburg 0 (Bundesliga, February 28, 2010) A fine solo strike from Franck Ribery in the 77th minute, cutting in from the left and drilling a right-footer into the net, sent Bayen to the top of the table for the first time this season and opened up a two point lead on Leverkusen.
Hannover 0 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, February 28, 2010) Hannover remain in serious relegation trouble after losing at home to Wolfsburg, Zvjezdan Misimovic netted the only goal of the game with a close-range header after 78 minutes.
Bayer Leverkusen 0 – Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, February 27, 2010) Leverkusen struggled to break down the Cologne defence and the visitors had the best chances to win the game with Sebastian Freis going close twice.
Bochum 0 – Nurnberg 0 (Bundesliga, February 27, 2010)
PSG 0 – Marseille 3 (Ligue 1, February 28, 2010) Hatem Ben Arfa opened the scoring at the Parc des Princes after 15 minutes and Lucho Gonzalez made it 2-0 20 minutes into the second half. Benoit Cheyrou capped a wonderful evening for OM with the third with 19 minutes to go.
Ajax 4 – Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) (Longer highlights here.)Â Luis Suarez may have scored a hatful this season but he doesn’t mind claiming all the goals he can get. Ajax took the lead two minutes before the break against 10-man Utrecht when Suarez deflected a shot from defender Vertonghen. On 67 minutes Gregory van der Wiel headed Ajax’s second and a minute later Luis Suarez bustled his way through for a third. Dennis Rommedahl added a fourth with two minutes to go.
PSV 5 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) The damage was done in the first half, when Balazs Dzsudzsak opened the scoring from the penalty spot before goals from Ibrahim Afellay (19), Danny Koevermans (22) and Nordin Amrabat (40) sent PSV in 4-0 up at the break. Charlison Benschop pulled one back after 63 minutes, but Koevermans grabbed his second of the match five minutes later.
Groningen 2 – Feyenoord 3 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) After a goalless first period, Andre Bahia opened the scoring for the Rotterdammers three minutes before the hour mark and the points appeared safe when Diego Biseswar made it 2-0 10 minutes from time. Goals from Tim Matavz (83) and Andreas Granqvist (88) turned the match on its head in double quick time, but Ron Vlaar netted on the stroke of full-time to hand the points to Feyenoord.
FC Twente 2 – NEC 1 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) Luuk de Jong put McClaren’s men into a first half lead, only for Bjorn Vleminckx to restore parity in the 67th minute. With a stalemate looming it was left for Bryan Ruiz to emerge as the hero as he struck late on to give Twente the points.
Sparta Rotterdam 2 – NAC Breda 2 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) Twice Breda let a lead slip as they had earlier forged ahead through Matthew Amoah, only for Milano Koenders to level before halftime. Csaba Feher swung the game back in Breda’s favour just three minutes into the second period, but it was Poepon who had the final say at the death.
Willem II 2 – VVV Venlo 1 (Eredivisie, February 27, 2010) Willem II did their hopes of beating the drop some good with a 2-1 win over VVV Venlo as both teams had a player sent off. Willem’s Daan Van Dinter was sent off after 18 minutes and he was joined by VVV’s Sandro Calabro, who was dismissed after 31 minutes. Garcia Gonzalo had given VVV the lead just 12 minutes into the game but Jan-Arie Van Der Heijden (42) and Frank Demouge (55) secured the three points.
Heerenveen 1 – Heracles 2 (Eredivisie, February 27, 2010) Bas Dost and Everton da Silva were the scorers for Heracles to ensure their 12th win of the season. Gerald Sibon netted Heerenveen’s reply but they remain at the wrong end of the table, four points above the bottom three.
Vitesse 0 – AZ Alkmaar 3 (Eredivisie, February 27, 2010) Mounir El Hamdaoui’s quickfire hat-trick kept AZ Alkmaar’s push for Europe on course with an easy Eredivisie victory at Vitesse. El Hamdaoui scored three goals in just 12 minutes – albeit either side of half-time – as AZ kept Vitesse deep in relegation trouble just one place outside the drop zone.
Sporting Lisbon 3 – Porto 0 (Liga Sagres, February 28, 2010) Yanick Djalo opened the scoring for the hosts after six minutes while goals from Marat Izmailov and Miguel Veloso either side of the interval completed the win. The result moves Sporting up to fourth place, 11 points behind Porto.
Roeselare 1 – Anderlecht 2 (Jupiler League, February 28, 2010) Anderlecht were forced to come from behind to grab the three points after Australia international Nikita Rukavytsya opened the scoring for Roeselare in the 26th minute. Ondrej Mazuch equalised 11 minutes later and Matias Suarez hit a 62nd-minute winner for the visitors, who held on for the win despite Muzuch being sent off in the 75th minute.
Sint-Truiden 1 – Club Brugge 1 (Jupiler League, February 28, 2010) Club Brugge were indebted to a 59th minute Wesley Sonck penalty to grab a share of the spoils against St Truidense, who went ahead through Ibrahima Sidibe (48)
Lokeren 1 – Westerlo 0 (Jupiler League, February 27, 2010)
Panionios 0 – Panathinaikos 2 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010) Djibril Cisse continued his incredible vein of recent form, scoring a brace, the first was a penalty.
Olympiakos 2 – Atromitos 0 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010) Olympiakos beat Atromitos with goals from Matt Derbyshire and Costas Mitroglou.
Panthrakikos 1 – Kavala 3 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010) Goals from Ebi Smolarek, Benjamin Onwuachi and Diogo Rincon kept up Kavala’s brilliant form of late with yet another away win.
Aris 2 – Larissa 0 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010)
Levadiakos 4 – Pas Giannina 1 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010)
Galatasaray 4 – Kasimpasa 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) Keita bagged a brace for the home side, on-loanÂ Manchester CityÂ striker Jo scored a penalty and Arda Turan aslo got on the scoresheet.
Istanbul Buyuksehir 2 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) Iskender Alin fired the hosts into the lead on the half hour, before Alex De Souza pulled Fener level early in the second half. Fener then had De Souza sent off 10 minutes from time and Istanbul took advantage when Alin netted a last-gasp winner.
Genclerbirligi 0 – Ankaragucu 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) A first half goal from Englishman Darius Vassell earned Ankaragucu the three points.
Manisaspor 2 – Diyarbakirspor 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) Goals from Yigit Gokoglan and Ergin Keles earned Manisaspor victory.
Gaziantepspor 1 – Eskisehirspor 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) Jaycee Okwunwanne first half opener for Eskisehirspor was called out in the 90th minute by Beto.
Freamunde 0 – Portimonense 3 (Liga Vitalis, February 28, 2010)
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – Vorksla Poltava 0 (Ukrainian Premier Liga, February 28, 2010) After being dumped out the Europa League by Fulham, Shakhtar returned to winning ways thanks to Jadson’s goal on the stroke of halftime.
Dnipro D’petrovsk 2 – Zorya 2 (Ukrainian Premier Liga, February 28, 2010) A last minute Lazarovic goal earned Zorya a last-gasp point.
Polonia Warszawa 0 – Lech Poznan 3 (Ekstraklasa, February 28, 2010) Robert Lewandowski starred for Lech opening the scoring in the 35th minute, and then doubling the hosts lead 18 minutes from time. A late third from Miko Aajczak sealedÂ the win for third placed Lech.
Zaglebie Lubin 1 – Piast Gliwice 1 (Ekstraklasa, February 28, 2010)
Dinamo Zagreb 6 – Croatia Sesvete 0 (1. HNL, February 27, 2010) Mandzukic was the star of the show with a hat-trick.
Hajduk Split 5 – Slaven Belupo 0 (1. HNL, February 28, 2010) Dinamo Zagreb remain nine points clear of Hajduk in top spot despite a fabulous second half performance that saw the hosts score five goals against Slaven.
Rapid Bucharest 1 – Unirea Urziceni 1 (Liga I, February 28, 2010) Unirea have still not won since the end of the winter break under new coach Roni Levy.
Gimnasia La Plata 1 – River Plate 1 (Clausura, February 28, 2010) Gustavo Canales snatched a late equaliser in stoppage time for River Plate against Gimnasia, to cancel out Marcos Perez’s opener in the 8th minute. The point moved Gimnasia to ninth while River gained a position to 16th.
Newell’s Old Boys 2 – Banfield 1 (Clausura, February 28, 2010) Cristian Nunez and Antonio Boghossian hit second-half goals to give Newell’s a victory over reigning champion Banfield. Ruben Ramirez pulled a goal back in the 78th minute for Banfield.
Argentinos Juniors 1 – Godoy Cruz 2 (Clausura, February 28, 2010) Federico Higuain opened the scoring for Godoy with a back-post volley in the 7th minute and Carlos Sanchez extended the lead in the 21st. Santiago Gentiletti pulled a goal back for Argentinos in the 32nd minute, but Godoy held the lead to move to the top of the table behind Colon on goal difference after six matches.
San Lorenzo 1 – Tigre 0 (Clausura, February 28, 2010) Emiliano Alfaro scored in the 83rd minute to give San Lorenzo a win over Tigre.
Lanus 3 – Atletico Tucuman 0 (Clausura, February 28, 2010) Goals from Sebastian Blanco in the 40th minute, Diego Lagos in the 53rd and Santiago Salcedo in the 68th fired Lanus to victory over bottom club Atletico Tucuman.
Santos 2 – Corinthians 1 (Campeonato Paulista, February 28, 2010) Neymar bounced back from a missed a penalty kick in the seventh minute with a goal from just inside the area in the 33rd, turning and firing a low shot past Corinthians goalkeeper Felipe. 18-year-old Neymar then set up teammate Andre with a perfect through ball for Santos’ second goal in the 60th. Defending champion Corinthians got on the board with striker Dentinho in the 69th, finding the net after his first shot struck the post. Corinthians substitute right back Moacir was red carded for a hard foul in the 72nd, and veteran left back Roberto Carlos was sent off for diving in the 75th. Both players already had a yellow card.
Rio Claro 1 – Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Paulista, February 28, 2010)
Tecos Estudiantes 1 – Club America 2 (Mexican Primera Division, February 28, 2010) Diego Jimenez fired the visitors into the lead, but an early second half penalty from Angel Reyna brought Club America level. The visitors won the match in injury time as second half substitute Daniel Marquez headed the ball past the keeper and won it for America.
Puebla 3 – Jaguares 3 (Mexican Primera Division, February 28, 2010)
Toluca 3 – Indios 0 (Mexican Primera Division, February 28, 2010)