Liverpool drop points at Stoke; Bendtner keeps Arsenal’s title hopes alive; Villa beat the Baggies; West Ham draw at Newcastle

Stoke 0 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, January 10, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool were let off the hook early doors at Stoke when Rory Delap struck the underside of the bar and Richard Cresswell failed to turn in the rebound. It was the same story at the beginning of the second half, Reina scuffed a clearance to Dave Kitson who rounded the goalie but could only find the side netting.

Arsenal 1 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, January 10, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) With Arsenal dominating possession against Bolton, van Persie had a good chance early on after he had controlled well but he blazed over the bar. (First half highlights here.) Arsenal should have been ahead when Nasri played a stunning pass to Adebayor in the box but the striker hesitated allowing O’Brien to come across and block the shot. But just as the Gunners were beginning to fear the worst, van Persie sent over an inviting cross to the back post and Nicklas Bendtner slid in to earn Arsenal the points. (Second half highlights here.)

Aston Villa 2 – West Brom 1 (Premier League, January 10, 2009) (MOTD highlights here, extended highlights here.) Although West Brom looked the more comfortable in the early stages at Villa Park, Curtis Davies put the home side ahead just before the twenty minute mark when the Baggies failed to deal with Villa’s first corner of the match. In the 41st minute Gabriel Agbonlahor sped down the left and saw his cross turned into the net thanks to a shocker from Scott Carson. Three minutes into the second half, James Morrison brought West Brom back into the match, turning Laursen before getting a slight deflection off Davies.

Newcastle 2 – West Ham 2 (Premier League, January 10, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Michael Owen put Newcastle one-up, capitalising on a slip from Collins and some pretty average keeping from Green. But the Hammers rallied, as has been their character in recent weeks, Scott Parker threaded a perfect pass through to Craig Bellamy who clipping the ball past an advancing Given for the equaliser. After the break Zola’s men seized the advantage, Ilunga’s lofted pass found red-hot Carlton Cole behind a napping Toon backline and the striker thrashed in the Londoners second of the game. Back came Newcastle, Duff teed up Andy Carroll to head home a leveller with 12 minutes remaining.

Everton 2 – Hull 0 (Premier League, January 10, 2009) Strikerless Everton continued their good form against Hull in the first half, Marouane Fellaini (blatantly offside) headed home the opener from a Leighton Baines before Mikel Arteta scored a trademark free-kick past Boaz Myhill from 30-yards out.

Middlesbrough 1 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, January 10, 2009) Afonso Alves put Boro ahead on the stroke of halftime after good work from Stewart Downing. But the Black cats snatched a point when Kenwyne Jones stabbed the ball home with 10 minutes to go after great work from David Healy.

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Celtic 2 – Dundee 1 (Scottish Cup, January 10, 2009) Celtic fell behind when a Artur Boruc was again at fault, the Polish keeper raced out his goal to close down an attack, only for Colin McMenamin to win the foot race and score. In the 37th minute Scott Brown levelled from close range, and Aiden McGeady, returning for a club ban, marked his return with a stunner just before the break.

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Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Sevilla 3 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) Having faced each other midweek in the Copa del Rey, Rodolfo Bodipo collected the ball on the edge of the Valencia box, steadied himself and fired low into Palop’s near post. Sevilla lost Maresca just before the break, but levelled at the start of the second half as Kanoute worked the space down the right hand channel and cross for Luis Fabiano to score at the near post. With 12 minutes remaining Renato bagged Sevilla’s second, heading home another Kanoute cross. Diego Capel wrapped up the win with a third in the last minute after Navas lead a pacey counter-attack.

Valencia 3 – Villarreal 3 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) Los Che were two goals up after ten minutes through Ruben Baraja and David Villa. Villarreal fought back, Fabricio Fuentes scoring on the stroke of halftime before Jose Llorente levelled on 76 minutes. Valencia reclaimed the lead through Edu three minutes later before Rossi equalised with an 83rd minute spot-kick.

Real Murcia 1 – Albacete 0 (Segunda Division, January 10, 2009)

Zaragoza 1 – Salamanca 0 (Segunda Division, January 10, 2009)

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Inter Milan 1 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Julio Cruz missed a sitter from a Figo free-kick in the first half with Cagliari. And Jose Mourinho watched his side pay for their missed opportunities when they conceded, Walter Samuel lost Robert Acquafresca who slotted in the opener. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to the Nerazzurri’s aid with the equaliser to salvage a point for Inter.

Genoa 3 – Torino 0 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) Giuseppe Biava was given the freedom of the Torino area to head Genoa in the lead after 18 minutes. Genoa doubled their lead at the start of the second half as Bosko Jankovic was left all alone in the box to head home. Thiago Motta made it a hat-trick of headers from a corner to wrap up the win.

Vicenza 1 – Parma 1 (Serie B, January 10, 2009) Reginaldo’s right-foot finish put the Gialloblu in front, but Parma’s fightback was immediate, although Sgrigna seemed to be in an offside position when he scored.

Bari 1 – Salernitana 0 (Serie B, January 10, 2009) Bari went second beating Salernitana, Barreto curling in a sublime free-kick for the winner.

Triestina 2 – Empoli 0 (Serie B, January 10, 2009) Antonelli’s left-foot drive gave Triestina the advantage, with Granoche adding the second.

Mantova 0 – Piacenza 0 (Serie B, January 10, 2009) Cristante saw red for the hosts while Aspas was dismissed for Piacenza.

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All the goals from Saturday’s action in Ligue 1 can be seen here.

Lyon 1 – Lorient 1 (Ligue 1, January 10, 2009) Ederson put Lyon in front from close range after just nine minutes but Lorient levelled shortly before halftime when Fabrice Abriel back-heeled in a low Vahirua cross.

Auxerre 0 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, January 10, 2009) Marseille closed the gap on Lyon to four points, beating Auxerre with a goal in each half from Mamadou Samasa and Mathieu Valbuena.

Monaco 1 – Nantes 2 (Ligue 1, January 10, 2009) Nantes scored the opener after just five minutes through Mamadou Bagayoko and Aurelien Capoue doubled the lead five minutes before halftime. Bagayoko was sent off on 75 minutes before Alexandre Licara pulled a goal back for Monaco four minutes from time.

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Sporting Lisbon 2 – Maritimo 0 (Superliga, January 10, 2009) Sporting claimed the points with a goal in each half from Vukcevic and Liedson.

Vitoria Guimaraes 0 – Amadora 0 (Superliga, January 10, 2009)

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Gaziantepspor 0 – Besiktas 1 (Turkish Cup, January 10, 2009) Nobre steered in the winner 15 minutes from time.

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Olympiakos 2 – Xanthi 1 (Greek Super League, January 10, 2008) Olympiakos took an 2-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes, Stathakis put through his own net before Galletti broke the offside trap to add the second. Zuela gave Xanthi a lifeline seven minutes later with an overhead volley, but the hosts held on for the victory.

Panthrakikos 1 – Panathinaikos 3 (Greek Super League, January 10, 2008) Ponce put the hosts ahead after just five minutes but Salpingidis levelled midway through the first half for Pana. After the break the visitors claimed the points with further goals from Mantzios and Gilberto Silva.

Panionios 2 – Panserraikos 0 (Greek Super League, January 10, 2008)

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Anorthosis 2 – AEL Limassol 1 (Cypriot First Division, January 10, 2008)

Apollon 3 – Apop/Kinyras 1 (Cypriot First Division, January 10, 2008)

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Al-Jazira 2 – Bayern Munich 3 (Friendly, January 10, 2008) Baiano put the hosts ahead after only three minutes before Bastian Schweinsteiger rattled in the equaliser on 31 minutes. Daniel van Buyten scored Bayern’s second by walloping in a free-kick a minute after half-time, but the centre-half then restored parity by prodding into his own goal with 14 minutes to go.  Miroslav Klose won the match in injury time.

Bursaspor 1 – Werder Bremen 0 (Radyospor Cup, January 10, 2008) Sercan Yildirim’s tap in four minutes from time settled the friendly.

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Central Coast Mariners 3 – Queensland Roar 4 (A-League, January 10, 2008)

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Tigres 2 – Guadalajara (Chivas) 4 (Interliga, January 9, 2009) Carlos Ochoa scored in the 4th minute for Chivas with a diving header, and Sergio Avila’s header doubled their lead soon after. Lucas Lobos pulled a goal back for Tigres but goals from Alberto Medina and Carlos Ochoa extended the visitors’ lead. Tigres has Castro sent off in the 70th minute, before Ariel Bogado scored a late consolation.

Atlas 4 – Club America 1 (Interliga, January 9, 2009)

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Independiente 4 – Racing Club 0 (Torneos De Verano, January 10, 2008)

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Iraq 1 – Kuwait 1 (Gulf Cup of Nations, January 10, 2008) Khalaf’s first half header for Kuwait was cancelled out by Abdul-Zahra.

Oman 2 – Bahrain 0 (Gulf Cup of Nations, January 10, 2008) Maymani scored a splendid free-kick to give Oman the lead and Bechir added a second after the break. Bahrain had two players sent off in the final minute of play.


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