Rooney hits Hull for four as Manchester United go top; Beckford at the double to secure Leeds a replay with Spurs; Chelsea breeze past Preston; Reading knock out Burnley; Brum win at Everton

Manchester United 4 – Hull 0 (Premier League, January 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Manchester United laid down their plan to reclaim top spot by beating Hull early on, a fierce 20-yard effort from Scholes was only parried by Myhill and Wayne Rooney was on hand to score his 16th goal of the season. (First half highlights here.) Hull battled after going behind and had the better for much of the second half, but from a Nani free-kick that crashed against the bar, Wayne Rooney eventually whacked in number two. United then chalked up their third, Wayne Rooney heading in his hat-trick goal from a Nani cross from the right. Rooney claimed his third goal in nine minutes and fourth of the match after being played through by Berbatov, the brilliant striker controlling the ball with three defenders hovering before firing low into the near post.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview can be seen here, while Wayne Rooney’s interview can be seen here, and Nani’s interview here.


Tottenham 2 – Leeds 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Jermain Defoe fluffed an early penalty while Jermaine Beckford forced Gomes into a fine stop with a half volley, but it was Spurs who netted first in the 41st minute as Peter Crouch swept home a rebound following Krancjar’s shot. The Whites silenced White Hart Lane at the start of the second half when hitman Jermaine Beckford (who else!) managed to scoop his shot past Gomes while surrounded by Spurs defenders following a corner. Spurs struggled to look threatening after Leeds scored, forcing Redknapp to introduce Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko from the bench, and the forgotten Russian reminder the home fans who he is slotting in Spurs’ second in the 74th. In the fifth minute of injury-time, Dawson went to ground on Jermaine Beckford and the Leeds striker dusted himself down and beat Gomes to secure a replay at Elland Road.

Everton 1 – Birmingham 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) In-form Birmingham took the lead at Everton when Christian Benitez headed Keith Fahey’s cross past Tim Howard from inside the six-yard box. The Midlanders went 2-up five minutes from the break when a low cross from theright fell into the path on the onrushing Barry Ferguson and the midfielder coolly slotted the ball into the far corner. The Toffees pulled themselves back into the match 10 minutes after the restart when a controlled attack from the hosts ended with Leon Osman curling home a beauty.

Preston 0 – Chelsea 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The Blues dominated their Championship hosts throughout the first half (highlights here), but it wasn’t until 10 minutes from the break that Chelsea scored as Nicolas Anelka cut in from the left and drilled a low right-footed shot into the net aided by a deflection. The Pensioners doubled their lead almost immediately after the restart, Daniel Sturridge smacking in number two after Terry’s header had been saved from a corner.

Reading 1 – Burnley 0 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) After dumping Liverpool out the cup in round three, the Royals exited their second Premier League team by beat Burnley thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 87th minute goal which the striker slipped past Jensen into the far post.

Notts County 2 – Wigan 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) Notts County looked likely to be the day’s great giantkillers when they took a two-goal lead against Wigan Athletic. Goals from Lee Hughes and Ben Davies had hearts fluttering at Meadow Lane but strikes from Jason Scotland and Ben Watson brought a dose of reality. The two teams will return to the DW Stadium for a replay.

West Brom 4 – Newcastle 2 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) The Baggies were two goals up through strikes from Jonas Olsson and a Graham Dorrans penalty before Newcastle were given hope by Andy Carroll. But another Dorrans penalty, again disputed by the Toon Army and a Jerome Thomas goal made sure West Brom were the Championship side going into the next round. Andy Carroll’s solo goal gave the scoreline respectability for Newcastle but did little to change the outcome.

Portsmouth 2 – Sunderland 1 (FA Cup 4th round, January 23, 2010) An on-pitch demonstration against the club’s owner preceded a game in which John Utaka, this week reported to be on a cool £80,000 a week, sang for his supper with a double strike. Sunderland’s sole goal was scored by Darren Bent.


Blackpool 3 – Watford 2 (Championship, January 23, 2010) Blackpool took a 17th minute lead through Charlie Adam before, despite dominating the match, falling behind to strikes from Henri Lansbury and Tom Cleverley. The Tangerines were behind as late as the 89th minute until late quick fire goals from Keith Southern and Brett Ormerod sealed an unlikely victory.

Sheffield Wednesday 2 – Peterborough 1 (Championship, January 23, 2010) Marcus Tudgay’s brace helped Sheffield Wednesday stretch their winning streak to three matches with an impressive victory over fellow strugglers Posh as Alan Irvine celebrated his first home match in charge with three points against the bottom-placed visitors.


Rangers 1 – Hearts 1 (SPL, January 23, 2010) Hearts where seconds from causing a major upset in the title race, the visitors had Nade sent off in the 70th minute but minutes later Scott Robinson slid home the opener. Rangers had to wait until injury time to level, Andy Little saving the Gers blushes at Ibrox.


Valladolid 0 – Barcelona 3 (La Liga, January 23, 2010) Xavi acrobatically put Barcelona in front and Dani Alves quickly doubled the lead. Pep Guardiola’s side completed another win when Zlatan teed up Lionel Messi for his 102nd goal for the Catalan giants.

Sevilla 1 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, January 23, 2010) Almeria paid the price for trying to play football in defence on a water-logged pitch as the ball got stuck in a puddle, allowing Alvaro Negardo the simplest of jobs to roll the ball in the empty net to give Sevilla the lead.

Deportivo La Coruna 3 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, January 23, 2010) Felipe gave the Galicians the lead in acrobatic style, but fell awkwardly and suffered a nasty twist to the ankle which left him in excruciating pain and will leave him sidelined for several months at least. Juca doubled Depor’s lead 10 minutes later, and although Athletic were given hope by Diego Colotto’s own-goal, Pablo Alvarez rounded off what was a deserved win for the home side with the third in the closing stages.


Juventus 1 – Roma 2 (Serie A, January 23, 2010) The home side appeared to be on course for victory when Alessandro Del Piero volleyed home the opener on the hour but Francesco Totti equalised from the penalty spot and after Gianluigi Buffon was sent off, John Arne Riise won it at the death.

Catania 3 – Parma 0 (Serie A, January 23, 2010) A Giuseppe Mascara header put Catania in front against Parma. Mascara missed a penalty in the 23rd minute, and the Sicilians had to wait until 20 minutes from time to open up a 2-goal lead, Jorge Martinez finishing beautifully from Izco’s picture-perfect through-ball. Catania sealed the win when Takayuki Morimoto converted a left wing cross in the 77th minute.


Borussia Dortmund 1 – Hamburg 0 (Bundesliga, January 23, 2010) A 36th minute goal from Nelson Valdez was enough to take Borussia Dortmund above opponents Hamburg and into fourth place in the Bundesliga.

Werder Bremen 2 – Bayern Munich 3 (Bundesliga, January 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) In the big one in Germany on Saturday, Werder opened against Bayern after 10 minutes when Anglo-Kraut Aaron Hunt raced into the box in the inside left channel and rifled a rocket high into Butt’s near post. The Bavarian giants weren’t behind for long as Thomas Muller notched yet another goal in his excellent season with a calm sidefooted finish after a controlled Munich attack. In the 35th minute Bayern got their noses in front when a terrific cross from Lahm was toe-poked home by Ivica Olic. Bremen were back on an even-keel with 15 minutes remaining when Hugo Almeida struck with a fantastic solo effort, but Bayern showed the title credentials by instantly retaking the lead through a seemingly over-hit 35-yard free-kick from Dutch wizard Arjen Robben.

Mainz 1 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, January 23, 2010) A fine solo goal from Mainz left-winger Andre Schurrle broke the deadlock after four minutes against Hannover, the number 14 robbing possession in the visitors half, racing goalwards and slipping a low shot into the near post.

Bochum 2 – Schalke 2 (Bundesliga, January 23, 2010) Schalke scored after five minutes at Bochum when Farfan’s centre was turned home by Vicente Sanchez, and Kevin Kuranyi put the hosts 2-up netting a second just before halftime. Bochum staged a fabulous late fightback to claim a point, Iranian striker Vahid Hashemian volleyed home an 82ndd minute to give the hosts hope, and Stanislav Sestak became the hero with an equaliser in injury time.

Nurnberg 1 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Bundesliga, January 23, 2010) Christian Eigler’s 27th minute header from a free-kick put Nurnberg ahead against Frankfurt, but the visitors headed into the break on level terms as Benjamin Kohler equalised five minutes from the interval.

Hertha Berlin 0 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, January 23, 2010) Hertha remain rooted to the bottom of the table after being held to a goalless draw at home to Gladbach. Juan Arango missed from the penalty spot for Monchengladbach just before half-time as they were forced to settle for a point.


Colmar 0* – Lille 0 (Pens. 10-9) (Coupe De France, January 23, 2010) Lille, who are third in Ligue 1 and came into the match having won seven of their last eight league games heading into the game at part-timers Colmar, failed to find a way past the home team’s brittle defense. After extra time, the match went to a shootout where Lille captain Stephane Dumont missed his kick and Colmar’s Salim Mezriche, a bank employee, made it 10-9 to seal Colmar’s place in the last 16.

Lens 1 – Compiegne 0 (Coupe De France, January 23, 2010) Amateur side Compiegne made life awkward for Ligue 1 visitors Lens, Toifilou Maoulida netting the winner after winning possession in the visitors’ box and seeing his shot take a deflection en route to goal.


Heracles 1 – Vitesse 2 (Eredivisie, January 23, 2010) Belgian midfielder Onurs Kaya grabbed a double for the visitors as they took a 2-0 lead at the Polman Stadion. Sebastiaan Steur pulled a goal back for the hosts with six minutes remaining, but the equaliser was not forthcoming as Vitesse held on to climb to ninth in the standings.

Roda 2 – Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, January 23, 2010) Goals by Willem Janssen and Jan Paul Saeijs earned Roda JC only their third home win of the season as their defeat of FC Utrecht saw them inch away from the foot of the table.

Heerenveen 4 – Willem II 2 (Eredivisie, January 23, 2010) The visitors led twice through Frank Demouge and Stef Nijland, but Heerenveen twice got back on level terms, first through Michel Breuer and then thanks to Paulo Henrique. Hernan Losada put the hosts ahead 11 minutes from time, with Paulo Henrique’s superb goal sealing matters after Willem II had been reduced to 10 men by the dismissal of Marlon Pereira.

RKC Waalwijk 0 – NAC 1 (Eredivisie, January 23, 2010)


Anderlecht 2 – Cercle Brugge 1 (Belgian Cup, January 23, 2010)


Asteras Tripolis 2 – Panionios 0 (Greek Super League, January 23, 2010)

Ergotelis 1 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, January 23, 2010)

Larissa 2 – Iraklis 1 (Greek Super League, January 23, 2010)


North Queensland Fury 1 – Brisbane Roar 1 (A-League, January 23, 2010) Marquee player Robbie Fowler was left out of the side, with reports in Australia suggesting the former England and Liverpool striker was unhappy at initially being named on the bench, fuelling speculation regarding his future at the club. Roar took the lead in the 48th minute through Luke DeVere but Fury hit back just seven minutes later when David Williams scored.

Melbourne Victory 2 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, January 23, 2010) Melbourne snatched a very early lead through Tom Pondeljak after just 22 seconds of the match and held onto it until Kevin Muscat scored a last-minute penalty to take their winning streak against Adelaide to nine straight.


United States 1 – Honduras 3 (International Friendly, January 23, 2010) Honduras scored first through a Carlos Pavon penalty after defender Jimmy Conrad was sent off in the 17th minute. Jerry Palacios and Roger Espinoza also scored before the United States got on the board in the 70th minute on a goal by Clarence Goodson.

Poland 6 – Singapore 1 (Kings Cup, January 23, 2010) Mariusz Lewandowski scored twice in 10 minutes as Poland destroyed Singapore, who suffered their third defeat of the tournament. Maciej Iwanski, Pawel Brozek, Patryk Malecki and Dawid Nowak also netted for Poland. Shi Jiayi was on target for Singapore.

Thailand 0 – Denmark 3 (Kings Cup, January 23, 2010) The Danes took the lead after 19 minutes through Rajko Lekic before they doubled the lead eight minutes into the second half through Johan Absalonsen. Martin Bernburg wrapped up the win and the tournament with a third for the World Cup qualifiers four minutes before the end.