VIDEO: Tevez hits trips as City batter Blackburn; Wasteful Ivory Coast are held by stubborn Burkina Faso; Malawi cause a major ACN upset thumping England’s World Cup opponents Algeria

Manchester City 4 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, January 11, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Carlos Tevez continued his rich vein of goalscoring form with the opener on seven minutes after poor defending by Robinson and Andrews and a pull back by Benjani. Five minutes before the break Micah Richards took center stage with a brilliant individual goal. The Manchester City youth product stormed out of defence and carried the ball all the way to the Blackburn area where he played in Benjani, the Zimbabwe striker hit the post and Richards followed up to make it 2-0. Four minutes into the second half Carlos Tevez bagged his second, finishing well after good work from Benjani down the right. With twenty minutes to go Morten Gamst Pedersen pounced on a Kompany error to reduce the deficit. With the match ticking over into injury time, Carlos Tevez sealed Mancini’s fourth straight victory with a beautifully curled shot by Robinson for a glorious hat-trick.

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Ivory Coast 0 – Burkina Faso 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 11, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The match resembled a training game of defenders v attackers as the Ivory Coast had almost total control of the possession withing being able to break down the Burkina backline. (First half highlights here.) Bakary Kone was guilty of missing four guilt-edged opportunities, while the overall final ball of the Elephants was well below-par as they recorded a disappointing opening round draw. (Second half highlights here.)

Malawi 3 – Algeria 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 11, 2010) England’s 2010 World Cup opponents Algeria conceded a soft and surprise goal on the quarter hour, the north African keeper Chaouchi and defender Bougeherra screwed up clearing their lines against the group minnows, the ball ricocheted to Russel Mwafulirwa and the Swedish based striker had little trouble sticking the ball in the net. The lacklustre Algerians then fell further behind 10 minutes from the break when a fine left-wing cross from Chavula was expertly headed home by onrushing midfielder Elvis Kafoteka. Underdogs Malawi began the second half as they finished the first by scoring inside two minutes of the restart, keeper Chaouchi was again guilty of fluffing his lines in failing to catch a cross which allowed Davi Banda to sweep home a third. The victory was Malawi’s first ever at the ACN.

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Amiens 0 – Auxerre 1 (Coupe De France, January 11, 2009) Cedric Hengbart’s header at the start of the second half was enough for the Ligue 1 outfit to progress.

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Gallipoli 1 – Modena 0 (Serie B, January 11, 2010)  Gallipoli found the winner following a long ball from Perna which was misjudged by Alfonso and gave D’Aversa an easy header.

Grossetto 1 – Empoli 0 (Serie B, January 11, 2010)

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Belenenses 0 – Vitoria Setubal 0 (Liga Sagres, January 11, 2010) Belenenses and Vitoria Setubal both failed to secure the win that would have aided their efforts to move away from the bottom of the Portuguese Liga as they played out a goalless draw.

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Beitar Jerusalem 1 – Bnei Sakhnin 0 (Ligat Ha’Al, January 11, 2010) A horrific own goal from defender Mahran Abu Raiya sealed the three points for Beitar, the centre-half turning a cross into his own net when under no pressure in the six yard box.

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Anorthosis 4 – Nea Salamis 1 (Cypriot 1st Division, January 11, 2010)