Manchester City 1 – Stoke 1 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here, ITV highlights here.) City struck early doors against Stoke when Ireland floated a perfect ball over the top for Shaun Wright-Phillips race onto and, aided by a head-in-hands piece of defending from Shawcross, SWP had the easy job of sticking the ball into the net. The Potters equalised just before the hour through their tried and trusted tactics, Delap hurled a typical monster throw-in to the City mixer and Ricardo Fuller was on hand to nod his effort past Given.
Southampton 1 – Portsmouth 4 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) (Extended highlights here, ITV highlights here.) Avram Grant finally had something to smile about after 65 minutes in the fierce local derby with Southampton, Utaka helped a loose ball further across the area to Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on the left, the substitute shifted the ball onto his right and curled a beauty inside the far post. But as is the way of things on the south coast Pompey’s joy was fleeting, a Saints free-kick was hurled into the box and Ricky Lambert out-jumped Wilson and planted his header past David James. Soft play from the Saints allowed Pompey to retake the lead in the 75th minute, Piquionne played an angled through ball towards Aruna Dindane that Perry failed to intercept, leaving the striker to clip his shot into the far corner. Nadir Belhadj sealed Pompey’s passage through to the next round, O’Hara sliced a fine pass to the Algerian down the left and the fullback raced 20-yards before slotting in number three. And with their tales up Belhadj led another Pompey attack that Jamie O’Hara finished, as Pompey claimed the local bragging rights.
Chelsea 4 – Cardiff 1 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) (ITV highlights here.) Cardiff fell behind at Chelsea after just two minutes in the early kick-off, Obi Mikel lifted a simple ball over the top to Didier Drogba who was given too much time and space to pick his spot. The Welshman were second best throughout the first half, but in their first real attack in the 35th minute a delicious inswinging cross from Burke was converted by Michael Chopra’s diving header. The Pensioners struck five minutes into the second half to snuff out Cardiff’s dreams of a major cupset, Drogba found Michael Ballack’s burst into the box from midfield and the German coolly stuck the ball past Marshall in goal. In the 68th minute Chelsea confirmed their passage through to the sixth round when Daniel Sturridge continued his record of scoring in every round by sweeping home a third from close range. Salomon Kalou wrapped up the victory four minutes from time as the striker craned his neck to convert a right wing cross.
Derby 1 – Birmingham 2 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) (ITV highlights here.) Jay McEveley gave Derby a 55th minute lead with a speculative 25-yard drive that Birmingham keeper Joe Hart should have reacted better to. A shock looked on the cards until the 73rd minute when Scott Dann equalised for the visitors heading home McFaddenâ€™s corner. Liam Ridgwell the stole the win when he stabbed the ball home in the dying moments after Kevin Phillips had hit the post.
Reading 2 – West Brom 2 (FA Cup 5th round, February 13, 2010) An amazing start at the Madejski saw Reading take the lead in the inside the opening ten seconds after a poor back pass from Baggies defender Gianni Zuiverloon was pounced on by Jimmy Kebe who lashed the ball into the bottom right hand corner. Robert Koren soon equalised but Reading substitute Simon Church looked to have put the Royals into the last eight for the first time since 1927. But Baggies left-back Joe Mattock ensured that the two teams will meet again at The Hawthorns in 10 days’ time when he thundered in a sublime 87th minute strike.
Swansea 1 – Newcastle 1 (Championship, February 13, 2010) David Cotterill put the watertight Swans ahead with just under an hour gone in the game when he collected the ball on the left, cut inside, and curled a beauty into the far top corner. But for once the Swans defence failed to hold out as Leon Best set up Andy Carroll to head an equaliser for Newcastle in the dying stages.
Leicester 5 – Scunthorpe 1 (Championship, February 13, 2010) Michael Morrison headed the Foxes in front early on and Paul Gallagher added a second in the 16th minute from the edge of the area. Gallagher then curled home a delightful free-kick to put Nigel Pearson’s side in total control before Martyn Waghorn volleyed a fourth 11 minutes before the interval. Paul Hayes pulled one back before Gallagher completed his hat-trick with a header.
Aberdeen 4 – Celtic 4 (SPL, February 13, 2010) The Bhoys needed just three minutes to get their noses in front at Aberdeen, Robbie Keane saw his shot saved by Langfield only for Diomansy Kamara to pounce from a tight angle. The Dons weren’t behind for long, Michael Paton cracked home a 20-yard shot past Boruc just six minutes later. Celtic retook the lead with a wonderful end to end move, Scott Brown carried the ball 70-yards out of defence upfield before playing in Keane on the right, the loanee threaded a pass to the back-post where Marc Antoine Fortune was speeding in to claim a simple tap-in. Again the Dons rallied instantly, Paterson picked out Darren Mackie at the back post, and the striker had time to control and lash in the equaliser. (First half highlights here.) Midway though the second half Celtic went in from for the third time as Robbie Keane headed home a Kamara cross from the right, and in the 72nd minute Aiden McGeady bagged number four with a fine solo goal. A 75th minute Steven MacLean penalty set up a tense finish and Celtic blew another chance to close in on Rangers as Steven MacLean squared the match 4-4 scoring two minutes from time.
Xerez 0 – Real Madrid 3 (La Liga, February 13, 2010) A shock was on the cards at the interval at Xerez as Real were struggling to find their rhythm on the difficult surface. (First half highlights here.) Real had to wait until the 64th minute to find the breakthrough and when it arrived it came from an unlikely source as Alvaro Arbeloa found himself collecting the final ball from a back to front attack and, to his credit, the former Liverpool defender produced a calm finish. With the ice broken, Real were quick to bag a second as Kaka whipped in a right wing cross that Cristiano Ronaldo converted with a bullet header. Two minutes later it was three as Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo combined again for the returning forward to claim his brace.
Villareal 2 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, February 13, 2010) Joan Capdevilla fired the “Yellow Submarine” into the lead, Igor Gabilondo responded with a screamer only for Nilmar to win the match on the stroke of half time. Three players were sent off in the closing stages of the match.
Sporting Gijon 1 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, February 13, 2010) Valencia fell behind after six minutes at Gijon after Diego Castro broke the deadlock, and they had to wait until 15 minutes from time to level through Juan Mata.
Roma 4 – Palermo 1 (Serie A, February 13, 2010) The Romans kept up their brilliant form of late early doors against Palermo as a training ground corner saw Totti whip the ball into Matteo Brighi at the near post and the midfielder cracked home a brilliant volley to open. Comical defending from the Sicilians at the start of the second half gifted Julio Baptista Roma’s second, and the Giallorossi opened up a 3-goal cushion when Brighi bagged his second of the game on the hour. Fabrizio Miccoli pulled a goal back for Palermo before John Arne Riise kept up his excellent recent goalscoring form grabbing a fourth for second-placed Roma.
Sampdoria 2 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, February 13, 2010) The Viola were undone by strikes from former players Franco Semioli and Giampaolo Pazzini as Samp recorded their fourth straight victory as they moved up to fourth.
Bayern Munich 3 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, February 13, 2010) After a terrific African Cup of Nations, Mohammed Zidan put Dortmund 1-up at Bayern after five minutes after the striker took advantage of an error by Van Buyten in the Munich backline. Bayern levelled midway through the half as Marc van Bommel thrashed a 25-yard drive into the net. Bayern turned the scoreline on its head early in the second half when the Rib-Rob combination worked a treat as Arjen Robben scored for the fifth time in consecutive matches. And Bayern opened up a 2-goal cushion in the 65th minute as Mario Gomez broke down the left, raced into the box, and the striker pulled out a controlled finish.
Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, February 13, 2010) After a goalless first half at Leverkusen, Bayer struck minutes after the restart when a howler from Wolfsburg goalie Lenz allowed Stefan Reinartz to turned the ball home from 6-yards. In the 68th minute Bayer went 2-up when Eren Derdiyok met a fine free-kick from Barnetta to head in number two. Edin Dzeko pulled one back for the 2008/2009 Bundesliga winners.
Stuttgart 1 – Hamburg 3 (Bundesliga, February 13, 2010)Â Marcus Berg raced through the centre to collect a long ball and fire Hamburg into a first half lead at Stuttgart. Christian Trasch scored an equaliser for the home side on 55 minutes. Ruud van Nistelrooy came off the bench in the second half and the Dutchman netted his first Bundesliga goal on 75 minutes with a close-range shot and was on hand two minutes later to make it 3-1 from 10-yards.
Bochum 2 – Hoffenheim 1 (Bundesliga, February 13, 2010) Stanislav Sestak put the home side ahead in the 24th minute before Vedad Ibisevic restored parity on 65 minutes. Substitute Zlatko Dedic then netted the winner on 76 minutes before the visitors’ day got worse when Gustavo received his marching orders with four minutes remaining.
Hannover 1 – Werder Bremen 5 (Bundesliga, February 13, 2010) Peter Niemeyer scored the opener in the 11th minute, before goals from Naldo (18), Petri Pasanen (26) and Aaron Hunt (45) put the result beyond doubt. Christian Schulz pulled a consolation back for Hannover but Claudio Pizarro restored the visitors’ four-goal advantage on 68 minutes.
Hertha Berlin 1 – Mainz 1 (Bundesliga, February 13, 2010) Bottom side Hertha Berlin came from behind against Mainz to earn a point in their battle against the drop. Aristide Bance put the visitors ahead eight minutes before the interval before Adrian Ramos equalised on 52 minutes.
Monaco 1 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, February 13, 2010) OM captain Mamadou Niang put the visitors ahead in the 37th minute from the spot. Three minutes later Monaco striker Moussa Maazou’s shot was deflected into his own goal by Marseille midfielder Stephane Mbia. Marseille snatched the points at the death thanks to Julio Nkoulou’s own-goal in the 88th minute following a corner.
Lille 3 – Boulogne 1 (Ligue 1, February 13, 2010) A fine pass from Yohan Cabaye opened up the visiting defence with just five minutes of the match gone, Ludovic Obraniak was sharply onto the ball, sending a powerful half-volley goalwards. Adil Rami doubled the lead from a corner and, while Olubayo Adefemi reduced the score against the run of play, Lilleâ€™s 2-goal cushion was restored on the stroke of halftime, when Obraniak grabbed his second of the game.
Montpellier 1 – Grenoble 0 (Ligue 1, February 13, 2010) Victor Hugo Montano got the only goal in the 27th minute and Montpellier’s defence stood firm for a fourth consecutive match – moving them to within one clean sheet of the club record. And, with Bordeaux not playing St Etienne until Sunday, Montpellier are level on points at the top with 48.
Lyon 1 – LensÂ 0 (Ligue 1, February 13, 2010) Cesar Delgado scored 15 minutes from time.
Leixoes 0 – FC Porto 0 (Liga Sagres, February 13, 2010) Third-placed FC Porto lost ground in the title race as they were held to a goalless draw by second-bottom Leixoes.
Vitesse 1 – FC Twente 2 (Eredivisie, February 13, 2010) Is this the result that will prove that Steve McClaren’s men can actually win the title? Until the final eight minutes it seemed that Paul Verhaegh’s first half goal for the hosts could spring a shock upset on Twente. But Bryan Ruiz grabbed a leveller in the 82nd minute and Ron Stam proved the heroic match winner with a winner in injury time.
AZ Alkmaar 2 – Roda 0 (Eredivisie, February 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Pa-Madou Kah’s own goal broke the deadlock after 70 minutes with Rasmus Elm’s late strike ensuring AZ claimed the points.
Gaziantepspor 2 – Besiktas 0 (Super Lig, February 13, 2010) The Istanbul giants fell behind to Julio Cesar’s goal after 10 minutes and Armand Deumi put the game beyond the visitors in the 51st minute. The result leaves Besiktas one point behind Kayserispor in the race for Europa League qualification, and six behind league leaders Fenerbahce.
Diyarbakirspor 1 – Sivasspor 1 (Super Lig, February 13, 2010)
Panthrakikos 1 – AEK 2 (Greek Super League, February 13, 2010) Nacho Scocco and Youssouf Hersi scored at the start of each half to put AEK in the lead, Steve Belek pulling a consolation back for the hosts.
Xanthi Skoda 0 – Larisa 1 (Greek Super League, February 13, 2010) Jan Blazek scored the only goal of the game four minutes before the break.
Pas Giannina 0 – PAOK 1 (Greek Super League, February 13, 2010) Giorgios Fotakis scored the only goal of the game shortly before halftime and, despite being reduced to ten men following the sending-off of Nikos Arabatzis for his second yellow card midway through the second half, Fernando Santos’s side held on to leapfrog Olympiakos into second.
Hapoel Tel Aviv 4 – Maccabi Ahi Nazrat 0 (Ligat ha’Al, February 13, 2010) John Gregory saw his side get dismantled against second-placed Hapoel, the humiliation compounded when home keeper Vincent Anyema slotted home a penalty.
Perth Glory 2 – Brisbane Roar 0 (A-League, February 13, 2010) An early goal from Scott Neville set the home side on their way before a second from Scott Bulloch in the 74th minute put the sealed a comfortable victory for Perth.
Banfield 2 – Lanus 0 (Clausura, February 13, 2010) Second half goals from Roberto Battion and fine solo second from James Rodriguez in injury time handed Banfield their second win of the season.
Gimnasia La Plata 1 – Racing 0 (Clausura, February 13, 2010)
Huracan 0 – Godoy Cruz 0 (Clausura, February 13, 2010)
Ituano FC 0 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Paulista, February 13, 2010)
Botafogo 1 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Paulista, February 13, 2010)
Portuguesa 1 – Corinthians 1 (Campeonato Paulista, February 13, 2010)