Benfica hit Sporting for four to reach the cup final; Mechelen-Gent play out 4-goal thriller in the Belgium cup

Sporting Lisbon 1 – Benfica 4 (League Cup, February 9, 2010) Sporting were up against after six minutes after Joao Pereira was dismissed, and their problems were compounded moments later when David Luiz headed the visitors in front. The Lions doubled their lead on 29 minutes through Ramires, the Brazilian converting Peixoto’s low cross, though Sporting gave themselves hope through Liedson. Second half goals from Luisao and Oscar Cardozo sealed Benfica’s place in the cup final.


KV Mechelen 2 – Gent 2 (Beker van Belgie, February 9, 2010) The first-leg of the semi-final was a ding-dong battle, Zlatan Ljubijankic fired Gent into a 9th minute lead before Julien Gorius levelled ten minutes before the break.Mechelen moved in front a minute into the second period through Maxime Biset, but after Gent had Mbaye Leye sent off for a second bookable offence, Elimane Coulibaly grabbed a 65th equaliser to leave the tie on a knife-edge.