Crystal Palace 2 – Aston Villa 2 (FA Cup 5th round, February 14, 2010) Selhurst Park went bananas when Crystal Palace took the lead against Aston Villa midway through the first half, Darren Ambrose took a corner from the left and Austrian journeyman Johannes Ertl headed in his first goal for the cash-strapped Eagles to set up hopes of a giant-killing. Villa silenced the home crowd ten minutes from the break when Downing whipped a free-kick into the near post a James Collins rose to header the equaliser. 20 minutes from time Palace retook the lead in tremendous style, top goalscorer Darren Ambrose wellied a 20-yard free-kick that moved in the air and beat Friedel’s out-stretched hand. Just as it looked like Villa would become the shock of the round, the Midlanders netted an 87th minute equaliser as Stiliyan Petrov headed a set-play home at the near post.
Bolton 1 – Tottenham 1 (FA Cup 5th round, February 14, 2010) After a bright opening at a half full Reebok Stadium, Bolton broke the deadlock ten minutes before the break when Lee and Elmander combined down the right, the Swede whipped over a cross and Kevin Davies was well placed to sweep in the opener. On the hour Spurs equalised when Gareth Bale when on a slalom run from wide left towards the Bolton goal, he picked out Jermain Defoe in the box and the striker took one touch before crashing home a powerful leveller. Spurs should have won the match when they were awarded a penalty after Ricketts handballed in the box but Huddlestone saw his poor spot-kick saved by Jaaskelainen.
Fulham 4 – Notts County 0 (FA Cup 5th round, February 14, 2010) Fulham thrashed League Two club Notts County four-nil with goals from Simon Davies, Bobby Zamora, Damien Duff and substitute Stefano Okaka at Craven Cottage.
Rangers 3 – Hibernian 0 (SPL, February 14, 2010) After a goalless first half at Ibrox, five minutes after the restart Steven Whittaker played a neat one-two with Kyle Lafferty and blasted a shot into the top corner for his 10th goal of the season. Kris Boyd slammed home a 72nd minute penalty for his 21st goal of the season, and Kenny Miller wrapped up the points with a third at the death.
Atletico Madrid 2 – Barcelona 1 (La Liga, February 14, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) For the first time this season Barca fell behind in a domestic match at Atletico Madrid as the Catalans makeshift backline was torn open and Diego Forlan capitalised to score the opener after 10 minutes. Barca then fell further behind as Simao smacked home an unstoppable free-kick that ripped into the far top corner. The Catalans soon pulled themselves back into the game when Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed in a 27th minute corner for the Swedes first goal since mid-November.
Racing Santander 0 – Malaga 3 (La Liga, February 14, 2010) Malaga beat Racing Santander with goals from Weligton, Salvador Caicedo and Victor Obinna. Santander’s Mohamed Tchite was sent off in the 79th minute for dissent.
Espanyol 2 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, February 14, 2010) Deportivo missed the chance to move up to fourth in La Liga on Sunday, crashing away to lively Espanyol through goals from Joan Verdu and Jose Callejon.
Valladolid 1 – Zaragoza 1 (La Liga, February 14, 2010) The home side took a deserved advantage thanks to the head of Diego da Costa on 23 minutes. But the Blanquillos hit back before the interval in some style, thanks to a stunning run and shot from new Chilean hitman Humberto Suazo.
Getafe 2 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, February 14, 2010) It looked like Getafe were going to bounce back from the disappointment of this week’s cup defeat with a three-point haul, though, as goals from Javi Casquero and Roberto Soldado saw them leading 2-1 heading into the final minutes. However, it was not to be as Soriano’s 92nd minute equaliser saved lowly Almeria and continued their decent run under new coach Juan Manuel Lillo, who has now lost just one game in seven since replacing Hugo Sanchez during the winter break.
Napoli 0 – Inter Milan 0 (Serie A, February 14, 2010) Marek Hamsik rattled the bar early on amid a host of early chances for the home side while Inter had a decent penalty shout for handball turned down.Â Jose Mourinho’s side then struck the woodwork with a Sulley Muntari firecracker before Goran Pandev missed a good chance in the second half and Napoli’s Fabio Quagliarella thumped a drive against the post.
Juventus 3 – Genoa 2 (Serie A, February 14, 2010) Gigi Buffon was rocked back on his heels after 16 minutes at home to Genoa as Marco Rossi slipped the ball past the Juve shot-stopper. The Old Lady levelled just before the break as forgotten-man Amuari scored his first goal since October with a powerful header. Juventus took the lead on the with a fabulous goal, Alessandro Del Piero made a sliding tackle to win possession as Genoa tried to break out of defence, he played a brilliant one-two with Diego who supplied a killer backheel back to the Bianconeri talisman who applied the finishing touch. But, as has been Juve’s fortune all year, they instantly were pegged back by Genoa as Buffon spilled a routine save and Marco Rossi pounced to net his second of the match. Del Piero had the final say for the Turin giants though, dispatching a late penalty to claim the three points.
Cagliari 3 – Bari 1 (Serie A, February 14, 2010) A fantastic piece of skill from Alessandro Matri lead to Cagliari’s opener, the number 32 spinning past three defenders before teeing up Daniele Conti who score a diving header. Cagilari doubled the lead which a second fine goal, Nene cracking home a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner. Savatore Masiello pulled one back for Bari early on in the second session, an own goal from Alessandro Gazzi handed the Sardinians an easy home win.
Parma 0 – Lazio 2 (Serie A, February 14, 2010) Guglielmo Stendardo and Mauro Zarate netted in the second half to hand Lazio victory at Parma in Edy Reja’s first game in charge of the Rome side since replacing Davide Ballardini.
Chievo 0 – Siena 1 (Serie A, February 14, 2010) Bottom side Siena gained a marvelous victory in Verona, the winner arriving in the 75th minute from Ferreira Reginaldo.
Livorno 0 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, February 14, 2010) The only goal in this relegation six-pointer came in the 22nd minute as evergreen striker Marco Di Vaio made the difference.
Catania 0 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, February 14, 2010) Catania and Atalanta played out a goalless draw that did little to ease the relegation concerns of either club.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Freiburg 1 (Bundesliga, February 14, 2010) Papiss Demba Cisse took full advantage of a handling error by Frankfurt goalkeeper Oka Nikolov on 25 minutes to make it 1-0 to the visitors but Benjamin Koehler equalized for Frankfurt five minutes before the break from a direct free-kick. The hosts picked up all three points at the death, Hamit Altintop netting a breakaway last-minute winner to leave Freiberg in the relegation mire.
Bordeaux 3 – St. Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, February 14, 2010) Wendel created the first goal for Bordeaux in the 13th minute, a header from striker Marouane Chamakh. The Brazilian then shot powerfully home 17 minutes later before Bakary Sako pulled one back for fifth-bottom St. Etienne with a free-kick from 25-yards on the stroke of halftime. (First half highlights here.) St Etienne dominated possession in the second half and wasted a host of chances, including a penalty miss by Gonzalo Bergessio in the 71st minute after Chamakh handled. Wendel made them pay when he converted a cross by substitute Yoan Gouffran with 11 minutes left.
Auxerre 1 – Rennes 0 (Ligue 1, February 14, 2010) After the Rennes keeper failed to clear his lines adequately, home striker Ireneusz Jelen latched onto the loose ball to lob the keeper from 35-yards out.
Lorient 1 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, February 14, 2010) Top scorer Kevin Gameiro gave Lorient a 56th minute lead but Toulouse drew level through a fine volley by Norwegian winger Daniel Braaten 12 minutes from time.
Utrecht 0 – Feyenoord 0 (Eredivisie, February 14, 2010) Feyenoord dropped further behind the top three as they were held to a goalless draw at Utrecht.
Groningen 2 – RKC 1 (Eredivisie, February 14, 2010) Fredrik Stenman put Groningen ahead just before the break and Andreas Granqvist then doubled that lead on the hour from the penalty spot. RKC, who were reduced to 10 men after 65 minutes when Charlison Benschop was dismissed, grabbed a consolation in the final minute through Derk Boerrigter.
Sparta 2 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, February 14, 2010) The home side were ahead within the opening 60 seconds as Joshua John scored. Edouard Duplan doubled that advantage on the half-hour, and Sparta could even cope with having Donovan Slijngard dismissed early in the second period.
Standard Liege 1 – Westerlo 0 (Jupiler League, February 14, 2010) Reigning champions Standard Liege climbed to fourth as a goal by Sebastien Pocognoli earned them a narrow win over Westerlo, their third victory in four league games. Pocognoli’s goal came with two minutes to go, with Westerlo having played with 10 men from the third minute onwards after the dismissal of Nico van Kerckhoven.
Gent 1 – Club Brugge 1 (Jupiler League, February 14, 2010) The Bruges side led 1-0 through Rostand Kouemaha’s third-minute goal but were reduced to 10 men when Maxime Lestienne was sent off in the 73rd minute. Gent levelled the match 10 minutes later through Bernd Thijs to leave Club Brugge seven behind Anderlecht, who have a game in hand.
Manisaspor 2 – Fenerbahce 2 (Super Lig, February 14, 2010) Cristian gave Fener a 13th minute lead but a brace from Isaac Promise at the end of either half appeared to have won the game for Manisaspor. But the visitors salvaged a draw as Gokhan Gonul grabbed a last-gasp equaliser to keep Fener two clear of Istanbul rivals Galatasaray, who have a game in hand.
Denizlispor 1 – Kayserispor 0 (Super Lig, February 14, 2010) The moment of the match arrived midway through the second half as visiting keeper Souleymanou Hamidou raced out his goal to clear an attack, the goalie embarrassingly missed the ball completely and Emil Angelov had the simple job of rolling the ball in the unguarded net.
Antalyaspor 1 – Eskisehirspor 2 (Super Lig, February 14, 2010) Seventh-placed Eskisehirspor claimed their third win in four games with a 2-1 triumph at Antalyaspor to take themselves to within five points of fourth-placed Bursaspor.
Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 – Ankaragucu 1 (Super Lig, February 14, 2010)
Genclerbirligi 0 – Kasimpasa 2 (Super Lig, February 14, 2010)
Asteras 1 – Olympiakos 3 (Greek Super League, February 14, 2010) Lomana Tresor LuaLua bagged a brace for Olympiakos.
Aris 2 – Ergotelis 1 (Greek Super League, February 14, 2010) The big news of the match was American starlet Freddy Adu scoring the his first goal in Greece just before the stroke of halftime to give his side the 2-1 lead over Ergotelis. (Adu’s post match interview can be seen here.)
Panathinaikos 0 – Kavala 2 (Greek Super League, February 14, 2010) A second half double from former Bolton midfielder Ebi Smolarek saw Kavala chalk up on of the shocks of the weekend beating Pana on their own patch.
Levadiakos 1 – Atromitos 1 (Greek Super League, February 14, 2010) The match ended explosively as Levadiakos’ Giorgos Barkoglou broke the deadlock with an 88th minute header from a corner only for Stelios Sfakianakis to equalise in injury time with another header from a corner.
Panionios 0 – Iraklis 0 (Greek Super League, February 14, 2010) The draw kept both sides in danger of being sucked into the relegation scrap.
Austria Karnten 0 – Sturm Graz 3 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, February 14, 2010) Daniel Beichler scored a brace for fourth-placed Graz.
Austria Vienna 4 – Kapfenberg 3 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, February 13, 2010) The match looked to be heading for a stalemate after Roland Linz bagged a brace for the hosts which was cancelled out by Srdjan Pavlov’s brace for Kapfenberg. Third-place Austria Vienna had the final say however as former Tottenham midfielder Milenko Acimovic claimed the winner with an 80th minute penalty.
Mattersburg 1 – Wiener Neustadt 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, February 13, 2010) Robert Waltner’s first half goal proved the difference between the sides.
Ried 1 – RB Salzburg 2 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, February 13, 2010) A first half brace from giant striker Mark Janko kept Salzburg one point clear at the top of the league.
Beitar Jerusalem – Maccabi Haifa 3 (Ligat ha’Al, February 14, 2010) Second half goals from Mohammad Ghadir, Shlomi Arbeitman and Gustavo Boccoli saw Haifa chalk up their 20th win in 22 league matches this season as the Greens continue to run away with the league title.
Young Boys 2 – Luzern 1 (Swiss Super League, February 13, 2010) Scoring sensation Seydou Doumbia helped himself to a first half brace as the Swiss league leaders held onto their four point cushion at the top of the tree.
Sydney FC 2 – Melbourne Victory 0 (A-League, February 14, 2010) A first-half wonder-goal from midfielder Karol Kisel, and arguably an even better strike by legendary striker John Aloisi in the secondÂ half saw Sydney leap above Melbourne to finish the season a point clear atop the ladder.
Colon 1 – River Plate 0 (Clausura, February 14, 2010) Colon’s Esteban Fuertes scored from the penalty spot in the 44th minute to claim a narrow victory over River Plate.
Boca Juniors 0 – Atletico Tucuman 0 (Clausura, February 14, 2010) Boca played a scoreless draw against bottom club Atletico Tucuman. Christian Chavez hit the crossbar for Boca in the 84th minute, but Atletico Tucuman held on for a point to aid its fight against relegation.
Independiente 3 – Estudiantes 2 (Clausura, February 14, 2010) Nestor Silvera gave Independiente the lead against Estudiantes, applying the finish to Federico Mancuello’s pass in the 44th minute. Dario Gandin gave the home side a two-goal lead with a left-footed strike in the 57th. Estudiantes hit back with goals from Maximiliano Nunez in the 59th and Jeronimo Neumann in the 72nd, but Independiente took all three points when Ignacio Piatti negotiated the ball past two defenders in the box to score the winner in the 79th.
San Lorenzo 0 – Velez Sarfield 0 (Clausura, February 14, 2010)
Santos 2 – Rio Claro 1 (Campeonato Paulista, February 14, 2010) Rio Claro, lying second to last in the standings, opened the scoring with a close-range goal by striker Jackson in the 39th minute. Andre equalised in the 79th after Rio Claro goalkeeper Sidney failed to stop a Neymar shot, and Giovanni gave Santos the win with an 88th minute header after being set up by Neymar.
Puebla 3 – Pachuca 5 (Primera Division Clausura, February 14, 2010) In a ding-dong battle, the hosts took aÂ 26th minute lead when Alvaro Gonzalez opened with a header, only for Ulises Mendivil to level soon after. Damian Alvarez scored in the 32nd for Pachuca, but the match was all-square at the break as Carlos Ruiz levelled with a header. Marcelo Palau restored Puebla’s advantage after the break with a a stunning 25-yard free-kick, but back came the visitors once more as Mendivil levelled the match 3-all. Francisco Torres won the match with five minutes remaining cracking home a brilliant 25-yard free-kick, while Dario Cvitanich scored in injury time to add some gloss the the scoreline.
Monterrey 2 – Tigres 1 (Primera Division Clausura, February 14, 2010) Aldo de Nigris scored for Monterrey in the 23rd minute with a shot in the area that was set up from a corner. Argentine Neri Cardozo made it 2-0 in the 39th before Jesus Molina got one back for Tigres. Monterrey’s win gives it 10 points on the standings.
Japan 1 – South Korea 3 (East Asian Championship, February 13, 2010) Japan took an early lead when Korean Kang Min-soo fouled defender Tanaka in the penalty area and Yasuhito Endo converted the spot kick in the 24th minute. South Korea earned a penalty 10 minutes later and Lee Dong-gook beat goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki to equalise. Lee Seung-yeoul gave South Korea the lead with a 30-yard ripper that deflected off Nakazawa. Kim Jae-sung made it 3-1 when he curled in a right-foot shot from the edge of the box in the 70th minute. Japan defender Tulio was shown red for elbowing Cho Yong-hyung just before haltime while Korea captain Kim Jung-woo walked after a second bookable offence in the 52nd minute.