AC Milan 2 – Manchester United 3 (Champions League, February 16, 2010) (Longer highlights here and Sky Sports highlights here.) Ronaldinho sent the San Siro into raptures after just two minutes against United, Patrice Evra failed with an acrobatic clearance from a Beckham free-kick and Dinho wellied a deflected volley past Van der Sar. United look shellshocked after falling behind, and Ronaldinho almost capitalised with a mesmerising run past Ferdinand only for the bucked-tooth wonder to fall in the box and the ref waved play on. Ten minutes from the break United netted the crucial equaliser as Fletcher whipped in a cross from the right that Paul Scholes missed on the volley but directed into the far corner off his standing leg. David Beckham wasted an opportunity to hit the target with a free-kick from the edge of the United D. (First half highlights here.) Midway through the half, after Rooney had already found his shooting boots, United grabbed a tie-changing second. Valencia, who just came off the bench, raced down the right and sent a cross over to the right where Wayne Rooney rose high to head the ball into the far post. In the 74th minute United sealed a famous night in Milan claiming a third again a forlorn Rossoneri, Fletcher all too easily lofted a ball into the heart of the home area and Wayne Rooney ghosted in to head in his second of the game. With the home crowd heading for the exits sub Clarence Seedorf gave Milan a lifeline scoring with a cheeky backheel after Ronaldinho had worked the space down the left. The match end on a sour note for United as Michael Carrick picked up a needless red card.
Lyon 1 – Real Madrid 0 (Champions League, February 16, 2010) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here) in France, Lyon broke the deadlock immediately after the restart as Jean Makoun collected the ball in midfielder raced forward, and with nothing else on he smashed a terrific, swerving 25-yarder past Casillas.
Everton 2 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Europa League, February 16, 2010) The Toffees looked dangerous early doors as visiting keeper Rui Patricio was forced into a doubled save after 10 minutes. In the 35th minute Everton broke the deadlock with with a goal straight out of the Guti handbook of brilliant backheels. Neville freed Tim Cahill in the box, the Australian pull faked out his covering defender with a classy backheel and Steven Pienaar was on hand to apply the finishing touch. Sporting threatened after going behind when Marat Izmailov hit a fierce shot against Howard’s post. In Everton’s first attack after the restart they expose Sporting’s weak underbelly as Cahill challenged keeper Rui Patricio from a corner, the cross missed them both both striking an unmarked Sylvin Distin helplessly turned the ball in the net. But after coasting much of the match Everton shot themselves in the foot six minutes from time, Distin was the villain gifting possession to Leidson who he then brought down in the box and, after Distin saw red, Miguel Veloso converted from the spot.
Stoke 1 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, February 16, 2010) Stoke’s physical play dominated Manchester City in a goalless first half (highlights here) at the Britannia. The Potters had Faye send off ten minutes into the second half, but despite being a man down the hosts took the lead when City’s Adam Johnson completely mis-kicked his attempted hoof away and Glenn Whelan capitalised with a long-distance shot that squirmed under Given (who should have done better.) Four minutes from time City equalised, Adebayor got a flick-on in the box and Gareth Barry scored at the second attempt after his first effort hit the post. Stoke were denied an injury time winner when Ryan Shawcross had a header ruled out for a nonsense foul on Shay Given.
Bristol City 1 – Leicester City 1 (Championship, February 16, 2010) Leicester’s ambitions of solidifying their play-off position seemed ruined when David Clarkson gave Bristol City a 90th minute lead at Ashton Gate, but the Foxes went route one from the restart and Lloyd Dyer struck a dramatic equaliser late in injury time.
Libertad 4 – Blooming 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 16, 2010) Victor Caceres was left unmarked at the back post before firing in the opener in first half stoppage time for Libertad. Blooming then lost Fabricio and Andres Imperiale to red cards in the 48th and 51st. Rodolfo Gamarra made it 2-0 when he headed in the second goal from Wilson Pitoni’s lofted pass in the 67th minute. Victor Ayala’s free kick and Gamarra’s second goal added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time.
Colo Colo 1 – Deportivo Italia 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 16, 2010) Esteban Paredes burst into the box and shot into the roof of the net after intercepting an attempted clearance by Marcelo Maidana in the 59th minute to hand the Chileans victory.