Blackburn beat the valiant Spartans

Blyth Spartans 0 – Blackburn 1 (FA Cup, January 5, 2009) Blackburn had a goal chalked off in the first half when Matt Derbyshire’s overhead kick was headed into his own net by Andrew Leeson, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside. It took almost an hour for Rovers to show their Premier League class until Carlos Villanueva, on a rare appearance, sweetly curled in a free-kick across the keeper into the far corner.


Braga 2 – Belenenses 0 (Superliga, January 5, 2009) Second half goals from Peixoto and a penalty from Meyong gave Braga the points.


Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 – Maccabi Haifa 0 (Toto Cup, January 5, 2009) Maharan Lala hit a brace for Hapoel.


UAE 3 – Yemen 1 (Gulf Cup of Nations, January 5, 2009) Goals from Mohamed Omar and Ismail Al Hammadi inside the opening quarter of an hour set UAE on their way and Mohamad Saeid Al Shehhi added a third before Fares Juma was sent-off after 68 minutes. Yemen, who themselves had Mohamad Al Ammari dismissed midway through the first-half, netted a stoppage-time consolation through Al Nono. (First half highlights here.)

Saudi Arabia 0 – Qatar 0 (Gulf Cup of Nations, January 5, 2009)


Toluca 0 – Pachuca 1 (Interliga, January 5, 2009) Edgar Benitez’s header was enough for high-flying Pachuca.

Tecos 1 – Monarcas 0 (Interliga, January 5, 2009) Diego Jimenez’s strike in the 70th minute handed Tecos the victory and moved them to the second spot of the group with three points.