Everton’s reserves score a freak goal against Liverpool

Everton 1 – Liverpool 1 (FA Premier Reserve League, February 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Toffees broke the deadlock with a freak goal that will haunt Reds’ keeper Martin Hansen for some time. Everton’s Scott Spencer dollied a soft free-kick back to the Liverpool keeper following a foul, but the young custodian had a brain-freeze when retrieving possession, totally misjudging the bounce with the ball trickling through the keeper and over the line. Liverpool hit back immediately, with the unfortunate Hope Akpan heading in at the wrong end when attempting to defend a free-kick.

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Nancy 1 – Nice 2 (Ligue 1, February 17, 2009) Mahamane Traore handed Nancy the lead in the 48th minute with a deflected shot that flew past the keeper, but Nancy equalised soon after when Pascal Berenguer volleyed home a Hadji cross after the keeper flapped at the ball. David Hellebuyck won the match in injury time with a cute finish with the outside of his boot.

Valenciennes 2 – Caen 0 (Ligue 1, February 17, 2009) Jonathan Lacourt put Valenciennes ahead in the 10th minute with a low shot, Gael Danic doubled the lead in the 90th minute after some fine work on the right flank from Amara Bangoura.

Le Mans 0 – Lille 0 (Ligue 1, February 17, 2009) The point earned by Lille lifted them above Rennes into sixth, nine points behind leaders Lyon. Le Mans are five points clear of the drop zone but without a victory in two-and-a-half months.

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Vitoria Guimaraes 0 – Amadora 1 (Taca de Portugal, February 17, 2009) Amadora snatched victory with seven minutes to go thanks to a strike from Rui Varela.

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Livorno 1 – Bari 1 (Serie B, February 17, 2009) Bari drew first blood in the battle of the leaders when Gazzi played through Guberti to score. But parity was restored just before the interval when Rosi sent over a cross for Rossini to head home.

Frosinone 1 – Parma 2 (Serie B, February 17, 2009) Cavalli put Frosinone ahead when Parma failed to deal with a corner after just 13 minutes. Manzoni equalised after Leon’s ball was knocked down by Lucarelli, and the youngster found the far corner. And Parma found a late winner thanks to a terrible own goal from Lucenti who headed Leon’s cross into his own net.

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LDU de Quito 3 – Palmeiras 2 (Copa Libertadores, February 17, 2009) LDU went ahead after 24 minutes when Walter Calderon headed in Damian Manso’s cross. The Brazilians levelled four minutes later when Willians snapped up a rebound but Calderon put LDU back in front in the 35th minute. Palmeiras equalised again two minutes after halftime when Edmilson headed in from a free-kick. Manso had the last word, scoring from a free-kick in the 58th minute.

Boca Juniors 1 – Deportivo Cuenca 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 17, 2009) A 12th minute goal from forward Rodrigo Palacio was the difference between the sides.

Everton CD 1 – Caracas 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 17, 2009) Everton scored in first half injury time when Roberto Gutierrez turned in Ezequiel Miralles’ pass from close range.


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