VIDEO: The Tigers roar as Chelsea drop two points in title race; Butterfield 6-min hat-trick in Palace cupset over Wolves; Killie spoil Keane’s Celtic debut

Hull 1 – Chelsea 1 (Premier League, February 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Manchester United and Arsenal cheered after half an hour at the KC Stadium as Hull centre half Steven Mouyokolo headed home a corner to leave league leaders Chelsea playing catch up. The Pensioners drew level in the 41st minute when returning striker Didier Drogba found space to curl a free-kick through the Hull wall and into the far corner. (First half highlights here.) Hull remained determined, solid at the back and competitive up front throughout the second half as the Tigers put in a stellar performance to deny Chelsea two crucial points in the title race.

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Crystal Palace 3 – Wolves 1 (FA Cup 4th round replay, February 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After being placed into administration, being docked 10 points, and selling their best striker, Crystal Palace produced an amazing cupset against Wolves courtesy of a fairytail six minute hattrick from defender turned striker Danny Butterfield. Butterfied, who had scored just one goal in his previous six seasons, when he nodded home on the 62-minute mark. Butterfield doubled the lead when he slipped past shellshocked stopper Wayne Hennessey three minutes later. And on 68 minutes Butterfield wrote his name in Palace history by completing his breathtaking trio. Karl Henry pulled one back with a minute to go, but Wolves can now concentrate on their top-flight survival bid.

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Bolton Reserves 0 – Liverpool Reserves 2 (Lancashire Senior Cup quarter-finals, February 1, 2010) Goals from David Amoo and Damien Plessis saw John McMahon’s men bolster their bid for a clean sweep of trophies with another assured display.

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Kilmarnock 1 – Celtic 0 (SPL, February 2, 2010) Chris Maguire spoiled the Robbie Keane Celtic party with the only goal of the game as Kilmarnock shocked Celtic at Rugby Park. Defeat for Celtic now leaves them 10 points adrift of Rangers and possibly out of the title race, while Killie were left celebrating a vital three points as they scrap for their SPL lives

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Bordeaux 1 – Sedan 0 (Coupe de la Ligue, February 2, 2010) Yoan Gouffran exploited a defensive blunder from the second division outfit at the start of the second half as Bordeaux maintained their quest for an unprecedented French treble.

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Porto 5 – Sporting Lisbon 2 (Taca de Portugal, February 2, 2010) Porto broke the deadlock after 18 minutes against Sporting when Rolando bundled home a corner. But the visitors rallied with a absolute stunner from Marat Izmailov who whacked a 30-yard rocket into the top corner. Porto got their noses back in front when Colombian forward Radamel Falcao found the net from outside the box, and Falcao opened up a 2-goal cushion for Porto at the break as the forward guided home a classy header in the 42nd minute. Sporting fell to pieces after the break as Silvestre Varela and Lucho Gonzalez cashed in on a fourth a fifth. Leidson netted a late consolation for Sporting.

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NAC Breda 1 – AZ Alkmaar 1 (Eredivisie, February 2, 2010) Defender Niklas Moisander’s 75th goal had put AZ in front but Advocaat’s side were pegged back in the 90th minute when Kees Kwakman equalised.

VVV Venlo 3 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, February 2, 2010) VVV scored three times in five first half minutes to seize control of the match as Ferry de Regt, Gonzalo Garcia and Sandro Calabro all found the target. Heerenveen gave themselves a lifeline though before the break as serial goalscorer Gerald Sibon pulled a goal back from the spot.

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PAS Giannina 4 – PAOK 0 (Greek Cup, February 2, 2010) Patrick Dimbala grabbed a brace for the home side, Giorgos Koussas and an og from Sznaucner were the other names on the scoresheet.

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North Queensland Fury 2 – Newcastle Jets 1 (A-League, February 2, 2010) Matt Thompson fired the Jets ahead on 19 minutes. Six minutes before half-time Chris Grossman equalised and with nine minutes remaining Chris Tadrose volleyed home the winner at the back post.

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Rosario Central 0 – Tigre 1 (Argentinean Clausura, February 2, 2010) Carlos Luna scored what proved to be the winner in the 13th minute.

Arsenal Sarandi 0 – Velez Sarsfield 3 (Argentinean Clausura, February 2, 2010) A brace from Hernan Rodrigo Lopez lead Velez to the three points.

Colon 2 – Racing Club 1 (Argentinean Clausura, February 2, 2010)

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Libertad 3 – Deportivo Tachira 1 (Agg. 3-2) (Copa Libertadores Qualification, February 2, 2010) Already 1-down from the first leg, Libertad went further behind in the 29th minute as Pedro Boada turned in Diez’s header from Chacon’s corner. Samudio set up Rodolfo Gamarra to equalise five minutes before halftime. Paulo Velazquez levelled the tie at 2-2 in the 67th minute, beforeVelazquez sealed his side’s progress nine minutes from time with a long-range effort to round off a 3-1 second-leg win.

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Japan 0 – Venezuela 0 (International Friendly, February 2, 2010) The Blue Samurai lacked the cutting edge to break down the visitors in a disappointing start to their World Cup preparations in chilly Oita.

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Odd Grenland 3 – Valerenga 1 (Friendly, February 2, 2010)


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