Manchester United 3 – Chelsea 0 (Premier League, January 10, 2008) (MOTD highlights here and post match interviews and analysis here.)Â Park Ji-Sung had an early chance which John Terry snuffed out at Old Trafford. In a frantic ending to the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo had a header chalked off from a corner, only for Ryan Giggs (who had a brilliant first half) to deliver a second dead-ball that Berbatov flicked onto the back post for Nemanja Vidic to power home. (First half highlights here.) Just after the hour mark United pulled further ahead, Ronaldo freed Evra down the left, the full-back was given time and space to deliver his cross and Wayne Rooney planted the ball home at the back post. Ronaldo came close to scoring but his shot went narrowly wide. Chelsea never looked capable of getting back in the game, and four minutes from time United rubbed their noses in it when Dimitar Berbatov scored from Ronaldo’s free-kick.
Wigan 1 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, January 10, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Jamie O’Hara steered a shot narrowly wide of Kirkland’s post in the early exchanges at the JJB Stadium. (First half highlights here.) The second half was a dire affair, but just as it looked like the game would end in stalemate Ryan Taylor swung in a corner that Maynor Figueroa thumped home a header to earn the three points for Steve Bruce. (Second half highlights here.)
Leeds 0 – Carlisle 2 (League One, January 10, 2008) Danny Graham fired Carlisle in front after 26 minutes before Michael Bridges came back to haunt his old club with the second ten minutes later.
Osasuna 2 – Barcelona 3 (La Liga, January 11, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Lionel Messi was at the heart of the move which gave Barca the lead at Osasuna, the Argentine picking up the ball in midfield, playing in Samuel Eto’o and the striker found the net. After the break bottom club Osasuna levelled, a deep cross to the back post found Miguel Flano and his looping header nestled in the far post. Ten minutes later Walter Pandiani completed the turnaround by running across Puyol to score at the near post. But Barca, who hadn’t been beaten since the opening day, equalised when Xavi fired home from Alves’ pass. Five minutes from time Barca retook the lead, Lionel Messi winning the match with a bullet into the far corner to keep Barca flying at the top of the league.
All the goals from Sunday afternoon’s action in La Liga can be seen here.
Mallorca 0 – Real Madrid 3 (La Liga, January 11, 2008) Arjen Robben continued his recent renaissance scoring after just three minutes at Mallorca, racing clean through on the right hand side and slipping the ball under the keeper. Real doubled their lead soon after, Higuain burst through the backline and crossed the ball for Raul to score. In the second half Higuain created the third, finding Sergio Ramos with a lovely ball that the full-back volleyed home.
Espanyol 2 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, January 11, 2008) Kalu Uche gave Almeria a fourth minute lead heading home a free-kick against Espanyol. Uche then bagged his second early in the second half. But Espanyol rallied, Roman Martinez pulled a goal from a corner and in the last minute Pareja salvaged a draw with a fine free-kick.
Atletico Madrid 2 – Athletic Bilbao 3 (La Liga, January 11, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Antonio Lopez fired Atletico in front after 15 minutes, but Koikili levelled on the stroke of halftime. Fernando Llorente scored a brace after the interval before Maniche was given his marching orders on 72 minutes leaving the home side a man light. Diego Forlan did pull a goal back for Atletico two minutes into injury time but it proved nothing more than a consolation.
Sporting Gijon 2 – Valladolid 1 (La Liga, January 11, 2008) The game was effectively over at halftime with goals from Gonzalez Carmelo and David Barral sandwiched Alberto Marcos’ dismissal. Jose Garcia Calvo netted a consolation.
Real Betis 1 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, January 11, 2008) Malaga’s Antonio Apono opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Betis had Juan Melli sent off shortly after. Achille Amana equalised for the hosts, only for the goalscorer to be sent off on 68 minutes. Just when it looked like the 10 men had done enough to secure a priceless point Pereira Eliseu snatched a last-gasp winner.
Numancia 2 – Getafe 0 (La Liga, January 11, 2008) Getafe lost keeper Roberto Abbondanzieri early doors and from the resulting spot-kick Jose Barkero put the hosts ahead. Carlos Aranda’s late second wrapped up a fine win.
Xerez 2 – Tenerife 0 (Segunda Division, January 11, 2008) A fine free-kick from Momo and a second from Calle gave Xerez the points.
Roma 2 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, January 11, 2008) David Beckham made his debut in the starting line-up for AC Milan, but it was Roma who scored first as Riise crossed into Mirko Vucinic who controlled, turned Jankulovski and fired home. The Rossoneri turned the match on its head at the start of the second half, Kaka set up Alexandre Pato for the leveller before Pato skinned Mexes and lifted the ball over Doni to score twice in seven minutes. But Roma kept battling and they levelled when Vucinic bagged his second with a gentle diving header that Abbiati was helpless to stop.
All the goals from Sunday afternoon’s action in Serie A can be seen here.
Fiorentina 1 – Lecce 2 (Serie A, January 11, 2008) Lecce took a surprise early lead at Fiorentina when Guillermo Giacomazzi broke the offside trap to score the opener. Felipe Melo drew the Viola level with a fine header, but Lecce regain control of the match four minutes later when Jose Castillo rounded the keeper to score.
Reggina 2 – Lazio 3 (Serie A, January 11, 2008) Bernardo Corradi gave Reggina the lead from the spot but Pandev equalised for Lazio ten minutes later. Pandev then put the visitors ahead after superb work from Zarate down the left hand side. (First half goals here.) Cozza equalised for the hosts after the break but Pandev had the final say bagging his hat-trick goal to win the game.
Palermo 3 – Atalanta 2 (Serie A, January 11, 2008) Miccoli and Bresciano gave Palermo a 2-nil lead at the break (first half goals here) only for Floccari and Ferreira Pinto to equalise in the second half. But the men in pink weren’t to be denied and Cavani bagged the winner in the final ten minutes.
Avellino 4 – Modena 3 (Serie B, January 10, 2008) Having been docked four points last week for financial irregularities, Avellino went on to win a thriller. Koman scored within six minutes of his debut, then De Zerbi doubled the advantage. Catellani pounced on a defensive error to get Modena back into it, but De Zerbi struck again for the hosts with a stunning free-kick from 35-yards. Biabiany’s volley and a Longo tap-in made it 3-3, but Sforzini restored Avellino’s lead three minutes later.
Bordeaux 4 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, January 11, 2008) A rasping header from Souleymane Diawara gave Bordeaux the lead over PSG. Laurent Blanc’s side then doubled their advantage when serial goalscorer Fernando Cavenaghi found the net. Bordeaux wrapped up the win in the second half with goals from Yoann Gourcuff (spectacular finish) and Fernando.
Rennes 1 – Grenoble 0 (Ligue 1, January 10, 2008) Rennes extended their unbeaten run to 18 matches to move second in the league thanks to a wonder-strike from Moussa Sow.
Le Havre 0 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, January 10, 2008) Le Havre had both Jamel Ait-Ben-Idir and Florian Marange sent off before Toulouse finally made their numerical advantage count 10 minutes from time when Etienne Didot found the net.
Benfica 1 – Braga 0 (Superliga, January 11, 2008) A David Luiz header (offside) on the stroke of halftime earned Benfica the three points.
Porto 0 – Trofense 0 (Superliga, January 11, 2008) Porto’s Cristian Rodriguez missed a great chance in injury time to win the game as the hosts stretched their unbeaten league run to seven games.
Pacos Ferreira 2 – Nacional 3 (Superliga, January 11, 2008)
Leixoes 0 – Vitoria Setubal 0 (Superliga, January 11, 2008) Leixoes’ title challenge continues to stutter with after back to back goalless draws.
Naval 2 – Academica 1 (Superliga, January 11, 2008)
Rio Ave 0 – Belenenses 1 (Superliga, January 11, 2008)
Tokatspor 0 – Fenerbahce 1 (Turkish Cup, January 11, 2008) Colin Kazim-Kazim scored the only goal of the game after nine minutes in the driving snow.
Larisa 2 – Asteras Tripolis 1 (Greek Super League, January 11, 2008)
Aris Saloniki 0 – Ergotelis 0 (Greek Super League, January 11, 2008)
Sydney FC 1 – Wellington Phoenix 0 (A-League, January 11, 2008) Kofi Danning combined neatly with Steve Corica and Alex Brosque on the edge of the box before stabbing home a low shot inside Glen Moss’ right-hand post for the winner five minutes from time.
Perth Glory 3 – Melbourne Victory 2 (A-League, January 11, 2008) The Victory opened the scoring through Danny Allsopp in the third minutebut the Glory hit back with two goals in three minutes through Eugene Dadi’s header and a one-on-one by Nikita Rukavytsya. Ney Fabiano scored the other goal for the Victory.
UAE 0 – Saudi Arabia 3 (Gulf Cup of Nations, January 11, 2008)