Manchester United 3 – Manchester City 1 (Agg. 4-3) (Carling Cup semi-final second leg, January 27, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After a first half (highlights here) which had seen both Shay Given and Edwin van der Sar called into action, the first major action of the second half saw Craig Bellamy get struck by a coin thrown from the Old Trafford crowd. Almost immediately after that incident Paul Scholes fizzed a shot past Given to give United the lead on the night. Michael Carrick doubled the lead with twenty minutes to go. Five minutes later, and just moments after Wayne Rooney had missed a sitter, Carlos Tevez pulled the tie level with his third goal in the two semi final matches. In injury time, seconds after Shay Given had made a stunning save from Fletcher, Giggs curled in a cross for Wayne Rooney to win the tie and send Manchester United to Wembley.
Chelsea 3 – Birmingham 0 (Premier League, January 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) It took Chelsea just five minutes to get their opener, Joe Cole produced a fine run and finish down the right, setting up Florent Malouda to head home. Just after the half hour, Frank Lampard doubled the lead with a fine low effort. Frank Lampard completed the win with his second in the final minute.
Aston Villa 0 – Arsenal 0 (Premier League, January 27, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.)Â Arsenal squandered a chance to stay neck-and-neck on points. Arsenal’s best chance came just before halftime at Villa Park when captain Cesc Fabregas hit the post when Brad Friedel was beaten. The bar also denied Arsenal in the second half when Andrei Arshavin’s shot was parried by Friedel and Tomas Rosicky’s shot came off the underside of the woodwork but did not cross the line.
Everton 2 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, January 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Tim Cahill had headed Everton in front in the 6th minute and Landon Donovan, on a 10-week loan from Major League Soccer, scored in the 19th with a left-footed shot after being fed by Tim Cahill’s header.
Blackburn 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, January 27, 2010) Morten Gamst Pedersen opened the scoring with a screamer, Gary Caldwell equalised with his first goal for the Latics just before the hour mark but Niko Kalinic found the winner with 14 minutes remaining.
Celtic 1 – Hibernian 2 (SPL, January 27, 2010 )Celtic were in front after just five minutes courtesy of Marc-Antoine Fortune, but Hibs were level on 26 minutes through Anthony Stokes. Hibs snatched all three points to move up to third in the table when substitute Galbraith scored in the dying minutes of the game.
AC Milan 0 – Udinese 1 (Coppa Italia, January 27, 2010) Goekhan Inler took advantage of dreadful AC Milan defending to give Udinese a deserved 1-0 win in their Italian Cup quarter-final.
Osasuna 0 – Racing Santander 3 (Agg. 1-5) (Copa del Rey, January 27, 2010) With a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg, Racing Santander raced out the blocks at Osasuna with former Newcastle striker Xisco giving them the lead in the sixth minute. Henrique doubled the lead on the night in the 23rd minute and on 79 wonderkid Sergio Canales added another goal to his burgeoning reputation through a fine free-kick.
Sevilla 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (Agg. 3-1) (Copa del Rey, January 27, 2010) Bodipo gave Depor hope sliding in a goal just before the break but Sevilla held on to progress in the Spanish Cup.
Lorient 1 – Lyon 0 (Coupe de la Ligue, January 27, 2010) Forward Kevin Gameiro exploited a blunder from Croatia defender Dejan Lovren to volley home from close range on four minutes and send Lorient into the last four.
Guingamp 0 – Toulouse 1 (Coupe de la Ligue, January 27, 2010) Albin Ebondo scored the only goal of the game in the 55th minute, leaving Guingamp, who knocked out PSG in the last round, to console themselves with the defence of their Coupe de France crown.
Colmar 1 – Boulogne 2 (Coupe De France, January 27, 2010) Juan Lorca put the visitors ahead after nine minutes and Jeremy Blayac doubled their advantage on the stroke of halftime. Jeremy Grimm halved the deficit from the penalty spot six minutes after the interval but the equaliser was not forthcoming.
Ajax 3 – NEC Nijmegen 2 (AET) (Dutch Cup, January 27, 2010) Remy de Zeuw put Ajax in front, but despite being down to ten men, NEC came back into the match with a fine diving header equaliser from Bjorn Vleminckx with seven minutes to go. Three minutes into extra time Rens ven Eijden put NEC into the lead but late goals from Toby Alderweireld and Siem de Jong gave Ajax the extra time victory.
PSV 0 – Feyenoord 3 (Dutch Cup, January 27, 2010) Karim El Ahmadi opened the scoring after 20 minutes from close range after a blunder from PSV defender Dirk Marcelis and Giovanni van Bronckhorst doubled the lead with a marvellous long drive 14 minutes later. In the final minutes, El Ahmadi sealed the victory, which was PSV’s first defeat in a competitive match since March 15 when they lost 1-0 at Feyenoord.
Gent 1 – Club Brugge 0 (Beker van Belgie, January 27, 2010)
Trabzonspor 2 – Orduspor 1 (Turkish Cup, January 27, 2010)
Ankaragucu 0 – Galatasaray 0 (Turkish Cup, January 27, 2010)
Real Potosi 1 – Cruzeiro 1 (Copa Libertadores Qualification, January 27, 2010) Striker Wellington Paulista’s side-footed finish in the 8th minute gave last year’s Libertadores runner-up Cruzeiro an early lead against Real Potosi, but ex-Hertha Berlin midfielder Gilberto was sent off in the 21st minute to leave the Brazilian team with ten men. Potosi finally made the extra man count when midfielder Correa equalised in the 88th following a pull-back from defender Ronald Eguino.
Juan Aurich 2 – Tecos 0 (Copa Libertadores Qualification, January 27, 2010) Panamanian international striker Luis Tejada opened the scoring for Juan Aurich with a close range header in the 11th minute.Â Tecos seemed to struggle on Aurich’s synthetic pitch and Tejada added a second after evading the offside trap to score in the 59th minute.
Newells Old Boys 0 – Emelec 0 (Copa Libertadores Qualification, January 27, 2010)
Santos 5 – Barueri 0 (Campeonato Paulista, January 27, 2010) Andre began the rout for Santos in the 33rd, booting in a shot after Leo’s attempt in the area bounced off a defender. Santos didn’t score again until the 70th, through Wesley, then Ze Eduardo converted a nice pass from Neymar in the 73rd. Five minutes later Neymar dribbled around a defender and punched in a shot to make it 4-0. Neymar struck again in the 87th, converting a penalty.
Monte Azul 0 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Paulista, January 27, 2010) Palmeiras midfielder Cleiton Xavier converted a penalty in the 29th for a 1-0 win over Monte Azul.
Corinthians 1 – Mirassol 1 (Campeonato Paulista, January 27, 2010) Ronaldo scored a minute before halftime to put Corinthians in front of Mirassol, easily knocking in a free kick from Tcheco after dribbling around the goalie. But Mirassol evened it in the 58th on striker Ferreira’s header, capping the scoring.
Flamengo 3 – Americano Campos 2 (Campeonato Carioca, January 27, 2010) Adriano scored the opener in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, and Fernando doubled the lead eight minutes later, tapping in a Petkovic corner. In the 54th, Flamengo lost midfielder Leonardo Moura, but it took Americano until the 80th to take advantage, when Diego Sales converted a penalty. Flamengo hit back one minute later, as Vagner Love to put the match out of reach. Ameriano’s Itacare knocked in a nice cross from Patrick a minute into injury time.