Vitesse Arnhem 4 – Ajax 1 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Lasse Nilsson opened for Vitesse after 7 minutes with the Ajax defence hopelessly all at sea. Van Basten’s boys equalised on the quarter hour mark through Luis Suarez. But the game just before the break, Dalibor Stevanovic restored Vitesse’s advantage with a lovely curler and Lasse Nilsson’s slid in to add the third on the halftime whistle. Ricky van Wolfswinkel completed the Ajax demolition with a fourth in the 68th minute after more useless defending for the visitors. Can van Basten hold onto his job?
Utrecht 3 – Den Haag 1 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) Csaba Horvath put the visitors in front, but Robbert Zwinkels’ dismissal proved the turning point in the match. Gregoor van Dijk levelled matters from the penalty spot with Ali Boussaboun and Sander Keller netting second half efforts.
Volendam 3 – PSV 5 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) PSV raced into a 2-goal lead thanks to efforts from Ola Toivonen and Jeremie Brechet. Volendam struck back with two goals in the space of six minutes from Gerson Sheotahul (penalty) and Paul de Lange restoring parity. Back came PSV, moving 4-2 in front with goals either side of halftime from Edison Mendez. Toivonen and Jack Tuyp were given their marching orders, before Otman Bakkal added a fifth for PSV and Rowin van Zaanen scored an even later consolation.
De Graafschap 2 – Twente 2 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) Blaise NKufo opened the scoring for Twente but Stephan Keller and Luuk de Jong turned the match in the hosts’ favour. NKufo’s 83rd minute penalty ensured a point for Steve McClaren’s men.
Feyenoord 0 – Groningen 0 (Eredivisie, February 8, 2009) Feyenoord battled to a goalless draw against Groningen despite the 42nd minute sending off of Norichio Nieveld.
Porto 1 – Benfica 1 (Superliga, February 8, 2009) Hassan Yebda gave Benfica the lead with a powerful header from a corner by Jose Antonio Reyes on the stroke ofÂ halftime. But a second half penalty from Lucho Gonzalez salvaged a point for Porto.
Sporting Lisbon 2 – Braga 3 (Superliga, February 8, 2009) Braga’s Albert Meyong Ze broke the deadlock in the 59th minute when he scored his 7th goal of the season following a goalmouthÂ scramble. Sporting levelled 10 minutes later through Derlei only for the visitors then stunned the hosts with two goals in threeÂ minutes. Wason Renteria fired home in the 81st, with Marcio Mossoro heading Braga’sÂ third. Marat Izmailov’s shot reduced the deficit in injury time for Sporting, who are now winless in threeÂ games.
Vitoria Guimaraes 2 – Maritimo 1 (Superliga, February 8, 2009)
Anderlecht 3 – Mons 2 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009) Mons had a great start at Anderlecht, Moussa Gueye scored the opener on 14 minutes and Cedric Collet doubled the advantage on the half hour. Victor Bernandez got one back just before the break and Tom de Sutter equalised for the hosts in the 69th. Roland Juhasz ended a thrilling contest claiming the winner with ten minutes to go.
Dender 0 – Club Brugge 2 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009) Club Brugge stole the points with two last minute goals. Daniel Chavez finally broke the deadlock in the 89th minute before the Peruvian added a second goal a minute later.
Tubize 1 – Mechelen 5 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009) Quinton Fortune made a miserable debut for Tubize as he was sent off in mauling at the hands of Mechelen.
Gent 2 – Mouscron 0 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009)
Genk 1 – Zulte-Waregem 2 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009)
Roeselare 2 – Germinal Beerschot 2 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2009)
Buyuksehir 2 – Fenerbahce 0 (Super Lig, February 8, 2009) Iskender Alin put Istanbul ahead after only five minutes and Razundara Tjikuzu doubled the advantage with ten minutes to go. The hosts were already down a man as Mahmut Tekdemir was sent off just before the break. In the dying minutes, Tjikuzu and Fener’s Gokhan Gonul were dismissed as well.
Panathinaikos 3 – PAOK 0 (Greek Super League, February 8, 2009) Vintra’s brace and a third from Mantzios did the damage in just nine second half minutes.
Larissa 1 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, February 8, 2009) Both goals arrived in the last two minutes of the match. Fotakis’ 89th minute opener was cancelled out by Djebbour.
Skoda Xanthi 4 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, February 8, 2009) Pappas opened for Xanthi before Dosek claimed a hat-trick.
Ergotelis 0 – Iraklis 1 (Greek Super League, February 8, 2009) A wonderful overhead volley from Papasterianos settled the match.
Atromitos 3 – Apollon 6 (Cypriot First Division, February 8, 2009) Kimoto hit a hat-trick for the hosts while Risso (2), Pinilla, Merkis, Maragkos and Masmanidis scored for Apollon.
Anorthosis 1 – Paralimni 0 (Cypriot First Division, February 8, 2009)