Southampton 0 – Manchester United 3 (FA Cup, January 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Manchester United took the lead at st. Mary’s when Danny Welbeck was in the right place to turn in a Nani corner after O’Shea’s header had hit the bar. The Saints job then became much harder when Matt Paterson was sent off for a poor foul on Vidic. United went 2-up early in the second half when Nani scored from the spot. In total control United added a late third, Rooney teed up Darren Gibson to add his name to the scoresheet.
Gillingham 1 – Aston Villa 2 (FA Cup, January 4, 2009) Villa took the lead at the Priestfield stadium with a slick move finished expertly by James Milner after Stiliyan Petrov robbed Adam Miller of the ball in midfield. But in the second half the Gils experienced their own bit of cup magic when Simeon Jackson turned Zat Knight before slamming a shot past Brad Friedel. But hopes of an upset were dashed eight minutes from time, Ashley Young won a penalty and James Milner stroked home his second of the game.
Hull 0 – Newcastle 0 (FA Cup, January 3, 2009) Shay Given was again in fine form as the Toon forced a replay with the Tigers.
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup can be seen here.
Inverness CT 0 – Rangers 3 (SPL, January 3, 2009) Pedro Mendes curled home a wonderful strike from 25-yards out to give Rangers the lead. Kris Boyd added two goals inside the final 10 minutes (both goals here) to close the gap on Celtic to five points.
Real Madrid 1 – Villarreal 0 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) Pepe had the first chance for Real Madrid against Villarreal, and Robben was unlucky to see a 25-yard shot strike the bar. Real’s pressure paid off when Arjen Robben cut in from the right, strode across the pitch and left rip with a beauty into the top corner. Casillas saved a Pires shot as the Yellow Submarine looked to level while at the other end Klaas Jan Huntelaar came close to scoring on his debut. (First half highlights here.) In the second half Casillas had to work a little harder to turn Llorente’s shot behind, and then Iker produced a brilliant stop to deny Rossi’s header.
Athletic Bilbao 1 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) A near post header from Hurtado Moises gave Espanyol the lead at Bilbao. But with time running out in the second half, the hosts refused to let Espanyol clear their lines from a corner and Andoni Iraola popped up to score an overhead-kick to equalise.
Getafe 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 2 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Depor striker Rodolfo Bodipo opened the scoring in the sixth minute. Manu del Moral brought Getafe level with an unstoppable effort, sending a left-footed volley into the far bottom corner of the net. But a late Sergio penalty kept up Depor’s recent good form to send them sixth.
Almeria 1 – Betis 0 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) Corona scored the game’s only goal in the 36th minute. The match was marred some what by red cards handed out to Almeria’s Kalu Uche and Sergio Garcia of Betis late on.
Malaga 1 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) Malaga move up to eighth thanks to Lolo’s strike in the 34th minute.
Tenerife 2 – Sevilla Atletico 1 (Segunda Division, January 4, 2009)
Alicante 0 – Real Murcia 2 (Segunda Division, January 3, 2009)
Castellon 2 – Elche 2 (Segunda Division, January 3, 2009)
Albacete 1 – Zaragoza 1 (Segunda Division, January 3, 2009)
Besancon 1 – Marseille 1* (Pens. 4-5) (Coupe De France, January 4, 2009) Non-league Besancon looked set to record the shock of the weekend when they took the lead in the 66th minute, the home side’s number 10 did brilliantly to get himself into a shooting position only for Ronald Zubar to come steaming in and lob keeper Rudy Riou. But Marseille forced the match into extra time when Taiwo levelled from the spot five minutes from time. WIth neither side finding a winner the match went to penalties where Marseille won a nail-biting shootout.
Blagnac 0 – Monaco 1 (Coupe De France, January 4, 2009) Blagnac, playing in the fifth tier in the French football, could not have provided a less glamorous setting for their cup match for Monaco. The Ligue 1 side took the lead when Marquet diverted a right wing cross into his own net.
Raon l’Etape 0 – Grenoble 0* (Pens 3-4) (Coupe De France, January 3, 2009)
Nacional 2 – Porto 4 (Superliga, January 4, 2009) From a botched free-kick, Edson’s deflected shot gave Nacional the lead. Hulk brought Porto level early in the second half and Christian Rodriguez put the visitors ahead in the 72nd minute with a tremendous overhead volley. Back came Nacional through Fidalgo’s header, but late goals from Gonzalez and Hulk gave Porto the points.
Trofense 2 – Benfica 0 (Superliga, January 4, 2009) Reguila found himself free and alone at the top right of the Benfica box before the forward released a bullet into the near post to break the deadlock. Trofense doubled the lead seven minutes from time through Barbosa.
Maritimo 4 – Pacos Ferreira 1 (Superliga, January 4, 2009)
Panathinaikos 0 – AEK Athens 0 (Greek Super League, January 4, 2009) Panathinaikos fell further behind leaders Olympiakos with the goalless draw.
Wellington Phoenix 3 – Newcastle Jets 0 (A-League, January 4, 2009) A bundled goal from Leo Bertos just after the hour mark and a double from striker Shane Smeltz (a cute lob and a penalty) ensured the Jets got nothing from their meeting with the Phoenix.
Cavese 2 – Napoli 1 (Friendly, January 4, 2009) Cavese went 2-up after thanks to a Favasuli penalty and Tarantino angled drive. Napoli, fielding a strong side, could only pull one goal bank when Andrea Russotto tapped in a Mariano Bogliacino cross.
Bahrain 3 – Iraq 1 (Gulf Cup of Nations, January 4, 2009)
Oman 0 – Kuwait 0 (Gulf Cup of Nations, January 4, 2009)