Liverpool sink to a new low: dumped out the FA Cup by Reading; The African Cup of shocks as Gabon stun Cameroon; Flamini’s cracker lifts Milan over Novara in the cup

Liverpool 1 – Reading 2 (FA Cup third round replay, January 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Liverpool’s wretched form continued in a dire first half with Reading, the Reds managing to take the lead on the stroke of halftime when Ryan Bertrand turned a Gerrard cross into his own net. Reading came back into the game, with Jobi McAnuff nearly scoring a wonder solo goal, the Royals finally got their reward three minutes into injury time when Benayoun tripped Long and Gylfi Sigurdsson finished from the spot to send the replay to extra time. Ten minutes into first half injury time Reading delivered the knock out blow, Shane Long heading home after excellent work from Brynjar Gunnarsson to leave Liverpool boss Benitez teetering on the brink at Anfield.


Cameroon 0 – Gabon 1 (African Cup of Nations, January 13, 2010) The African Cup of Nations looked to have another shock on the cards when Gabon struck after 17 minutes against Cameroon, Hull forward Daniel Cousin drilling home a low shot inside the area. Gabon held on to caused another upset and despite being clearly inferior, thoroughly deserve the win for defending doggedly particularly during the second half.

Zambia 1 – Tunisia 1 (African Cup of Nations, January 13, 2010) Zambia took a deserved lead Tunisia in the 19th minute when Jacob Mulenga fired a low shot that went straight through keeper Mathlouthi. The Eagles of Carthage levelled five minutes from the break when Zouhaier Dhaouadhi tucked home Msakni’s cutback after the 18-year-old did brilliantly down the left hand side.


Sevilla 0* – Barcelona 1 (Agg. 2-2) (Copa del Rey, January 13, 2010) Xavi made the breakthrough at Sevilla just after the hour mark, firing into the bottom corner with Sevilla calling for handball. Despite playing some of their trademark cracking football, Messi hit the post late on, Barcelona were knocked out on the away goals rule.

Deportivo La Coruna 2 – Valencia 2 (Agg. 4-3) (Copa del Rey, January 13, 2010) Valencia’s beanpole striker Nikola Zigic used his signature move to put the visitors ahead at Depor, heading a left wing cross into the top corner. Los Che doubled their lead in the 28th minute as once again Nikola Zigic found the back net with a well-controlled header. Felipe’s solo effort in the 50th minute brought Depor right into the match, and in the 72nd minute they equalised through Juan Rodriguez’s tidy finish at the near post.

Osasuna 1* – Hercules 0 (Agg. 2-2) (Copa del Rey, January 13, 2010) Osasuna scraped past second division Hercules on the away goals rule after Massoud Shojaei scored a fine solo effort to secure a 1-0 victory on the night and a 2-2 aggregate scoreline.

Racing Santander 0 – Alcorcon 0 (Agg. 3-2) (Copa del Rey, January 13, 2010) Alcorcon’s Copa del Rey adventure came to an end as they were edged out by Racing Santander following a 0-0 stalemate in the second leg.

Getafe 5 – Malaga 1 (Agg. 6-3) (Copa del Rey, January 13, 2010) Trailing 2-1 from their first meeting, the home side overturned the deficit and moved ahead thanks to first-half goals from Roberto Soldado and Lopez Rafa. And they completed a memorable victory with further goals after the break from Soldado and Leon, with Jiminez Juanmi’s 63rd-minute response merely academic as Dani Parejo grabbed a fifth for the hosts.


Juventus 3 – Napoli 0 (Coppa Italia, January 13, 2010) After a Juve attack in the 24th minute against Napoli, the ball fell Diego on the edge of the box and the schemer fired a ball into the turf the sped off into the net. The Bianconeri sealed their passage to the next round when talisman Alessandro Del Piero netted his first goal of the season 13 minutes from time, and Del Piero put the game out of sight with a penalty five minutes later.

AC Milan 2 – Novara 1 (Coppa Italia, January 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Pippo Inzaghi showed that he still hasn’t lost any of his instinctive predatory skills to fire the Rossoneri ahead after 12 minutes, the legendary striker controlled a long ball on his chest exquisitely, turned his defender inside-out, before whipping a deflected shot into the far corner. The Italian minnows showed they were no pushovers though scoring an equally fine goal through striker Pablo Andres Gonzalez, the number nine skinning Kaladze before firing a shot inside the far netting. Milan had to wait until the final ten minutes to claim the winner, Mathieu Flamini cracking home a tremendous 25-yard rocket that was worthy of winning any football match.

Genoa 1 – Catania 2 (Coppa Italia, January 13, 2010) Catania raced into a 2-lead after just eight minutes at Genoa, Gianvito Plasmati got behind the home backline after four minutes to slot in the opener and soon after the striker was again freed beyond the home defence and Plasmati bagged his second. A fabulous 25-yard rocket from Marco Rossi brought the Rossoblu back in the match after the break before the hosts had Papastathopoulos and Rossi sent off to leave them down with just nine men.


St Etienne 2 – Marseille 3 (Coupe De La Ligue, January 13, 2010) Marseille fell behind at St. Etienne when Bakary Sako slid home the opener for Les Verts. Brandao pulled OM level but the parity was short lived as Gonzalo Bergessio steered a free-kick home in a cluttered Marseille penalty area. Brandao pulled OM back into the game for a second time midway through the second half when the forward beat both the goalie and defender to a forward pass to give him an open goal that he gobbled up. Mamadou Niang won the encounter in the 90th minute with a slick finish to stun the home crowd.

Lyon 3 – Metz 0 (Coupe De La Ligue, January 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Holding midfielder Jeremy Toulalan headed home a free-kick on the half hour to put Lyon in front. Metz had Christophe Marichez sent off in the 68th minute and Lyon exploited their extra numbers as Lisandro netted a late brace.

Guingamp 1 – PSG 0 (Coupe De La Ligue, January 13, 2010) Despite being down to 10 men when Mustapha Diallo saw red 13 minutes from time, Guingamp managed to see off the Paris giants thanks to a freak own goal from centre-half Mamadou Sakho who managed to slice the ball into his own net when trying to clear his lines.

All the goals from Wednesday’s action in the Coupe De La Ligue can be seen here.

Monaco 4 – Montpellier 0 (Ligue 1, January 13, 2010) Montpellier, the surprise package in Ligue 1 in the first half of the season, fell behind at Monaco in their first league match of 2010 as Sebastien Puygrenier headed a corner into the near post. A fine 20-yard drive from Lukman Haruna put Monaco 2-up in the 55th minute, Haruna bagged his second 10 minutes later to wrap up the points. Diego Perez hit a fourth at the death.


Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Benfica 1 (Carlsberg Cup, January 13, 2010) Guimaraes dominated most of their match against Benfica at the Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques, and a Douglas goal in the second half seemed likely to give Paulo Sergio’s side victory. But Benfica rallied well and grabbed an equaliser through Fabio Coentrao.

Uniao Leiria 1 – Sporting Lisbon 2 (Carlsberg Cup, January 13, 2010) Sporting’s new right-back Joao Pereira was again one of the Lions’ best performers as the Lisbon club all but assured their place in the semi-finals of the Carlsberg Cup. The former Braga defender scored one goal and set up another to put his side two goals up at halftime against Uniao. Carlao pulled a goal back for the hosts in the second period but Carlos Carvalhal’s men held on for the win.

Academica 0 – Porto 0 (Carlsberg Cup, January 13, 2010) Porto are sitting second in their group with one match left to play after a goalless draw away at Academica.

Trofense 1 – Braga 0 (Carlsberg Cup, January 13, 2010) Trofense surprisingly beat league leaders Braga 1-0, thanks to a Mercio strike on 38 minutes, thus dumping the Arsenalistas out of the Carlsberg Cup.

Estoril 1 – Leixoes 1 (Carlsberg Cup, January 13, 2010)


Panathinaikos 2 – Pierikos 1 (Greek Cup, January 13, 2010) Silva Cleyton’s excellent double lead Pana to victory.

Aris 2 – Asteras Tripolis 0 (Greek Cup, January 13, 2010) Toni Calvo continued his recent good goalscoring form cracking home a ripper in Aris’ cup win.


Fenerbahce 3 – Tokatspor 2 (Turkish Cup, January 13, 2010)

Bursaspor 2 – Tarsus 1 (Turkish Cup, January 13, 2010)

Giresunspor 0 – Denizlispor 1 (Turkish Cup, January 13, 2010)


Hapoel Raanana 3 – Maccabi Haifa 2 (Toto Cup, January 13, 2010) Haifa seemed well on their way to the final after taking an early lead through Mohammad Ghadir, but Raanana levelled through Itai Tuef’s penalty on the stroke of halftime. The Greens moved back in front through Lior Rafaelov on the hour, only for Raanana get back on level terms less than two minutes through Davit Dighmelashvili, and substitute Raz Cohen scored a stunning winner in the 74th minute to give the Sharon minnows a famous victory.


Gold Coast United 2 – Newcastle Jets 0 (A-League, January 13, 2010) Gold Coast United have moved into second place with Jason Culina stealing the show scoring a brilliant free-kick in the 34th minute before setting up James Brown with a great pass only minutes later.


Boca Juniors 3 – San Lorenzo 3 (Torneos De Verano, January 13, 2010)