Burnley 1 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, January 30, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) A sweeping attack from Chelsea tore through the Burnley backline in the 27th minute, Cole pinged a diagonal ball over to Malouda on the left, the Frenchman played the ball across goal and Nicolas Anelka was all alone to stroke home the opener. (First half highlights here.) The Clarets levelled five minutes into the second half courtesy of a wonder-touch from Steven Fletcher, the striker controlling a high ball around Alex before getting the rub of the green and finishing past Cech. With Chelsea struggling to find a winner, John Terry (who else!) forced the papers to talk about his footballing ability by powering home a free header from a Lampard corner. (Second half highlights here.)
Liverpool 2 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, January 30, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Relief broke out at Anfield 10 minutes from the break as Liverpool took the lead against Bolton when Dirk Kuyt slid home after Insua crossed from the left and Aquilani did well to head the ball back across goal for the Dutchman. (First half highlights here.) The Merseysiders made sure of the points midway through the second half when an Insua shot took a wicked deflection off Kevin Davies for 2-nil.
Birmingham 1 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, January 30, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Spurs wasted another opportunity to claim three points conceding a last minute equaliser at St. Andrews. Birmingham went behind again on 68 minutes when Peter Crouch flicked on a Gareth Bale cross to Jermain Defoe, who claimed his 17th goal of the season. But in the final minute of normal time, defender Liam Ridgewell extended his side’s unbeaten home run to nine games as Birmingham stay in eighth place.
Fulham 0 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, January 30, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Villa enjoyed a comprehensive first half performance as Gabriel Agbonlahor tormented Chris Smalling and then Brede Hangeland to score twice at Craven Cottage.
Wigan 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, January 30, 2010) Luis Saha was unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty in the first half for Everton. The Toffees eventually scored five minutes from time when Tim Cahill struck with a trademark header from a corner.
Hull 2 – Wolves 2 (Premier League, January 30, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Hull took the initiative after 11 minutes when Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink grabbed his third goal of the season. Just four minutes into the second half, a freak own goal from Anthony Gardner saw Wolves draw level but Ronald Zubar soon gave away a silly penalty and Stephen Hunt, who has been the subject of strong interest from the visitors, restored Hull’s lead from 12 yards. Once again Wolves responded though as Matt Jarvis netted after 67 minutes.
West Ham 0 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, January 30, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) West Ham’s first game at Upton Park under new ownership did not go entirely to plan as they had to hang on for a goalless draw at home to Blackburn. Morten Gamst Pedersen hit the bar and Gael Givet saw a shot cleared off the line for Rovers. The Hammers belatedly stirred with Alessandro Diamanti forcing a brilliant diving save out of Paul Robinson.
Preston 2 – Ipswich 0 (Championship, January 30, 2010) On-loan Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck scored a sensational goal in the 2-0 victory over Ipswich as the 19-year-old struck with a delightful chip in the 84th minute after substitute Neill Collins had opened the scoring with a 64th-minute header at Deepdale.
West Brom 3 – Sheffield United 1 (Championship, January 30, 2010) Graeme Dorrans opened the scoring from the penalty spot, Roman Bednar made it 2-0 at the break. Another penalty from Darius Henderson pulled the Blades back into contention, 53 seconds later Jerome Thomas secured the match for the Baggies.
Leeds 2 – Colchester 0 (League One, January 30, 2010) Jermaine Beckford opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 38th minute and wrapped up the points for Simon Grayson’s men with a second 10 minutes after the break.
Rangers 3 – Falkirk 0 (SPL, January 30, 2010) A sparkling curling free-kick from Steve Davis gave Rangers the lead over Falkirk, and a sweeping attack from the Gers early in the second half saw Davis tee up John Fleck for number two. A solo stunner from Steven Whittaker, the midfielder racing through midfield and striking home with a controlled finish, wrapped up the points.
Hamilton 0 – Celtic 1 (SPL, January 30, 2010) New Danish striker Morten Rasmussen marked his debut for the Super Hoops breaking the deadlock at Hamilton in the 67th minute when the forward pounced on a loose ball inside the Accies penalty area and fired a low drive into the net.
Deportivo La CorunaÂ 1 – Real Madrid 3 (La Liga, January 30, 2010)Â Esteban Granero headed Real Madrid into the lead at Deportivo. Manuel Pellegrini’s side claimed a second in the first half with a goal of real quality. Kaka led the break down the left, played in Guti and the veteran midfielder backheeled (assist of the season?) for Karim Benzema to tap into an empty net. With three minutes remaining Riki pulled one back from the penalty spot but in injury time Karim Benzema completed the win from an Arbeloa cross.
Sporting Gijon 0 – Barcelona 1 (La Liga, January 30, 2010) Gijon survived an early scare at home to Barca when Zlatan hit the post following a free-kick. Barca struck on the half hour when a fantastic through-ball from Iniesta freed Pedro Rodriguez in the inside left channel and the striker drilled the ball in the near post.
Espanyol 1 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (La Liga, January 30, 2010) Espanyol captain Luis Garcia drilled in a low cross from the left to Verdu early in the second half to earn his side a hard-fought victory againstÂ Bilbao.
Bari 4 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, January 30, 2010) Goals from Leonardo Bonucci, Edgar Alvarez, a Vitor Barreto penalty and a late strike from Vladimir Koman helped Bari blitz past Palermo to revive hopes of European football. Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore had restored belief to level the scores at 2-2 for the Sicilians, but the spot kick and late strike made the difference.
Napoli 0 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, January 30, 2010) A goalless encounter extended Napoli’s unbeaten run to 15 games.
Schalke 2 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Schalke’s fifth home win in a row kept them in the chase for the Bundesliga title and condemned Hoffenheim to their seventh game without a win. Kevin Kuranyi put Schalke ahead in the 19th minute and Lukas Schmitz sealed the latest win for the Royal Blues early in the second half.
Bayern Munich 3 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Bayern had to wait until the hour mark to score against Mainz after keeper Butt missed a penalty (1st time in his career) in the first half, Robben lifted a ball into the box which Daniel van Buyten met with a header that slipped through the keeper. 15 minutes from time Mario Gomez netted Bayern’s second to put the game to bed, and for the second week running Arjen Robben closed out the scoring for Munich scoring direct from a free-kick.
Monchengladbach 4 – Werder Bremen 3 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Gladbach needed just four minutes to strike against Werder Bremen as the hosts made a joke out of the visitors’ offside trap and Marco Reus had the easy job of scoring into an open net. Werder then suffered a miserable first half collapse as Roberto Colautti doubled the lead after 13 minutes and Raul Bobadilla made it 3-nil after 18 minutes. Bremen’s star player, attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, pulled a goal backÂ when he slipped the ball in the near post, but Gladbach quickly restored their three goal cushion when Raul Bobadilla bagged his second, again making a mockery of Werder’s backline, with only 35 minutes on the clock. A crazy first half closed out with Werder netted a second as Claudio Pizarro showed his predatory talent getting ahead of his marker and heading in a right wing cross. (First half goals here.)Â A late goal from Torsten Frings gave Werder hope but Gladback held on for the three points.
Hannover 1 – Nurnberg 3 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Second-bottom Nurnberg took the lead at third-bottom Hannover on the half hour when Albert Bunjaku broke the offside trap and fired a left-footed shot into the net. A back-post volley from Albert Bunjaku doubled the visitors lead after the break while Jiri Stajner quickly brought theÂ hosts back into the game with a a strike that cannoned home off the underside of the bar. A brilliant solo performance from Albert Bunjaku steered Nurnburg to a vital away win as the striker streaked past the home backline to net his hat-trick goal in the 67th minute.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – FC Cologne 2 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Maniche gave Cologne a surprise lead at Frankfurt in the second half. Chris slammed the hosts level after Cologne had twice put in goal-line clearances fro a corner. But after a freak snow-storm hit Frankfurt the hosts conceded a late Cologne winner when Marco Russ turned a free-kick into his own net.
Hertha Berlin 0 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Hertha Berlin retained their record of having not conceded a goal in 2010 but could not beat Bochum as they remain deep in trouble at the foot of the table, seven points from safety.
Monaco 3 – Nice 2 (Ligue 1, January 30, 2010) Park Chu-young inspired Monaco to victory over Nice to extend their unbeaten run to seven league matches. Park’s brace, and one from Nene, ended a winless run of five matches against their opponents who are deep in the relegation battle having not won in their past nine games.
Lille 1 – Lens 0 (Ligue 1, January 30, 2010) Belgium winger Eden Hazard lived up to his reputation as one of Ligue 1’s most exciting players by resisting the challenge of two defenders to score Lille’s winner after 23 minutes.
Nancy 1 – Lorient 0 (Ligue 1, January 30, 2010) Youssouf Hadji scored the only goal of the game five minutes before the interval to secure a win that sees Nancy climb to 12th place in the standings, two points behind Lorient, who have now lost two league games in succession.
Nacional 0 – FC Porto 4 (Liga Sagres, January 30, 2010) Porto’s bit-part winger Silvestre Varela fired the visitors into the lead at Nacional from the penalty spot after having won the spot-kick after Alex committed the foul and got himself sent off. Radamel Falcao doubled Porto’s lead after Varela then turned provider minutes before the break and Falcao bagged a third on the hour. Verela wrapped up the points rounding the keeper and a defender and scoring the fourth.
Benfica 3 – Guimaraes 1 (Liga Sagres, January 30, 2010) Pablo Aimar put the home side ahead on 17 minutes, Nuno Assis levelled things up at the break but Carlos Martins won the match with Benfica’s second on 50 minutes and then a third ten minutes later.
AZ Alkmaar 0 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, January 30, 2010) AZ Alkmaar missed the chance to move up to sixth in the table after slipping to a 1-0 home defeat to FC Groningen. Tim Mavatz struck the decisive goal ten minutes into the second half as Groningen stay in ninth.
NEC 1 – Sparta 0 (Eredivisie, January 30, 2010) Striker Saidi Ntibazonkiza struck a last-gasp winner as NEC Nijmegen claimed a crucial 1-0 win over Sparta.
ADO Den Haag 2 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, January 30, 2010)Â Den Haag claimed a priceless 2-1 victory at home to Heerenveen. Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gerald Sibon put Heerenveen ahead in the first half but the visitors then lost Darryl Janmaat to a second yellow card on the stroke of halftime. That gave the hosts the edge heading into the second half and Wesley Verhoek and Bogdan Milic hit back to secure victory.
NAC 2 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, January 30, 2010) Patrick Zwaanswijk and Anthony Lurling were on the scoresheet as NAC Breda kept up the pressure on the top six with a 2-0 win over VVV Venlo.
Diyarbakirspor 1 – Trabzonspor 2 (Super Lig, January 30, 2010) Engin Baytar scored twice as the visitors triumphed, with Alhassan Weah on target for 13th-placed Diyarbakirspor, who suffered their eighth loss of the season.
Istanbul Buyuksehir 4 – Kasimpasa 2 (Super Lig, January 30, 2010)Â Iskender Alin scored twice as Buyuksehir beat Kasimpasa 4-2. Herve Tum and Tevfik Kose were also on target as Buyuksehir came from two goals down after Kasimpasa scored through Sahin Aygunes and Murat Erdogan.
PAOK 1 – Atromitos 0 (Greek Super League, January 30, 2010) Substitute Thanassis Papazoglou scored a late goal to give PAOK a 1-0 win over Atromitos.
Iraklis 1 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, January 30, 2010) Iraklis are one place and one point above Giannina after a 1-0 victory at home to Kavala. Romanian forward Constantin Iacob grabbed the only goal.
Pas Giannina 2 – Larissa 0 (Greek Super League, January 30, 2010) Giannina leapfrogged Larissa and climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over them today, inspired by Mirnes Sisic’s second-half brace.
Brisbane Roar 1 – Sydney FC 0 (A-League, January 30, 2010) Brisbane defied a dominant performance from Sydney FC to keep their finals hopes alive after Sergio van Dijk snared a last-minute goal to hand the Roar the three points.
Wellington Phoenix 1 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, January 30, 2010) A first half strike by defender Jon McKain was enough to ensure the Phoenix gained a comfortable gap of seven points inside the top six over seventh-placed Central Coast Mariners.
Tigre 0 – Chacarita Juniors 2 (Clausura, January 30, 2010) Chacarita’s Mariano Echeverria scored after 11 minutes and Echeverria bagged his brace early in the second half.
Atletico Tucuman 0 – San Lorenzo 1 (Clausura, January 30, 2010)
Racing Club 3 – Rosario Central 0 (Clausura, January 30, 2010)
Velez Sarsfield 1 – Colon 1 (Clausura, January 30, 2010)
Santos 2 – Oeste 0 (Campeonato Paulista, January 30, 2010) Second half goals from AndreÂ and Neymar sealed the win for Robinho’s new employers.
Nigeria 1 – Algeria 0 (African Cup of Nations third-placed playoff, January 30, 2010) Obinna Nsofor used a sudden burst of speed to go around two defenders in the 55th minute before coolly slotting the ball past Mohamed Lamine.