VIDEO: Arsenal defeat Bolton to keep pressure on Chelsea; Aston Villa and West Ham locked in stalemate; Rovers return against Fulham; Ronaldinho hat-trick & Toni brace as Milan & Roma win

Bolton 0 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) Bolton were competitive in the opening exchanges against Arsenal, but just before the half hour the Gunners struck when Steinson lost the ball on the edge of his area, Cesc Fabregas picked up possession and had a neat one-two with Eduardo and the returning captain scored. (First half highlights .) Bolton piled on the pressure after the break, but 13 minutes from time the Trotters were caught out on the counter-attack and Eduardo crossed for Fran Merida to score his first ever goal in the Premier League.

Aston Villa 0 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) An end-to-end battle between two teams looking at different ends of the table finished in a respectable stalemate between Villa and the Hammers. The hosts had the better of the chances, Rob Green pulling off a string of high quality saves, while struggling West Ham stayed competitive throughout the 90 minutes.

Blackburn 2 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights .)? Chris Samba settled the home side’s nerves with a fortuitous 24th minute opener after he ricocheted home an attempted clearance by former Rover Damien Duff. Ryan Nelsen applied the lightest of touches to Benni McCarthy’s 54th minute free-kick to hand Rovers their first three-point haul since November.

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Blackpool 2 – QPR 2 (Championship, January 16, 2010) Charlie Adam’s 10th goal of the season in all competitions gave Blackpool an early lead, only for Adel Taarabt to equalise from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half. Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s goal appeared to have done enough to earn Seasiders manager Ian Holloway three points against his former club before Matt Connolly’s stunning goal six minutes from time earned QPR a draw.

Barnsley 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Championship, January 16, 2010) Alan Irvine, the new Owls boss, saw first-half goals from Tommy Spurr and Jermaine Johnson settle an absorbing South Yorkshire derby. Emil Hallfredsson had grabbed a fortuitous equaliser for the Tykes between the two Wednesday goals.

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Cameroon 3 – Zambia 2 (African Cup of Nations, January 17, 2010) Zambia bossed the first half and went ahead inside 10 minutes through Jacob Mulenga. A terrible mistake from Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene allowed Geremi to equalise and Samuel Eto’o gave Cameroon the lead in the 72nd minute. Christopher Katongo thought he had earned a point for his side with an 82nd-minute penalty but Mohammed Idrissou had the last word four minutes later.

Gabon 0 – Tunisia 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 17, 2010) Gabon added a 0-0 draw with Tunisia to their opening win against Cameroon as they put themselves within touching distance of the African Nations Cup quarter-finals.

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Valencia 4 – Villarreal 1 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Ever Banega put Valencia in front after just six minutes with his first ever goal for the club which was a fine strike from the edge of the box. David Villa doubled the lead from the penalty spot just before the half hour. David Silva grabbed the third on 56 after some horrible defending? and although Nilmar pulled one back for the “Yellow Submarine,” Villa claimed the fourth towards the end.

Atletico Madrid 3 – Sporting Gijon 2 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Diego Forlan raced clear to give them the lead in the 13th minute but the good work was undone 20 minutes later when goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo clumsily felled Diego Castro in the penalty area. Castro picked himself up and sent Asenjo the wrong way to restore parity before Forlan nodded the ball into Assuncao’s path for the Brazilian midfielder to poke home in the 53rd minute. Teenage substitute Ibrahima Balde netted with an angled strike with 24 minutes remaining to make it 3-1 before Luis Moran scored in added time to set up a tense finale.

Malaga 1 – Getafe 0 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Nabil Baha nodded home an 84th minute Jesus Gamez cross to give coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz revenge for their cup defeat.

Racing Santander 1 – Valladolid 1 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) The opening goal was a scrappy one, as Medunjanin’s near post corner was hacked into his own net by the unfortunate Pinillos. Racing equalised after the break when man-of-the-moment, 18-year-old Sergio Canales instinctively fired home a Pedro Munitis free-kick from inside the area.

Zaragoza 0 – Xerez 0 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Two sides with a whole host of problems met at La Romareda but neither could grab a vital three points in their battle versus the drop.

Mallorca 2 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) (Longer highlights .) Mallorca leapfrogged Deportivo thanks to two goals in quick succession just after the break, Mario Suarez and Gonzalo Castro combining to cement fourth place in La Liga. This result makes it an incredible nine home wins in a row for the Barralets, a record equal with that of Real Madrid.

Almeria 1 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Juanlu Hens had given the visitors the lead less than two minutes in but Henok Goitom deservedly levelled for the hosts, who had Pablo Piatti sent off for two yellow cards, on the hour mark.

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The Domstedelingen came close to grabbing the full three points thoug well into stoppage time. Francis Dickoh tried his luck with a powerful shot, but Twente glovesman Sander Boschker pulled off a superb save to keep a clean sheet. Twente midfielder Wout Brama received his marching orders after 90 minutes following a foul on Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

NEC 2 – Vitesse 1 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2010) Lasse Nilsson’s penalty had given Vitesse an early lead, but Said Ntibazonkiza levelled for NEC on 27 minutes and Ramon Zomer scored the winner 11 minutes after halftime.

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Standard Liege 0 – Anderlecht 4 (Jupiler League, January 17, 2010) (Longer highlights .) Anderlecht lead after Jonathan Legear scored after 7 minutes, and Liege were up against it when Axel Witsel picked up yet another red card for a filthy foul on Roland Juhasz. After the break 16-year-old sensation Romelu Lukaku scored a second, and late own goals from Moussa Traore and Eliaquim Mangala sealed the league leaders comfortable victory.

Roeselare 1 – KV Mechelen 2 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010) Mechelen moved ahead ten minutes before the break through Julien Gorius. Roeselare responded 20 minutes from time when Joeri Dequevy struck, but Mechelen dramatically grabbed the winner through Aloys Nong after a long-ball to claim the points.

Sint-Truiden 2 – Lokeren 1 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010)

Charleroi 1 – Racing Genk 3 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010)

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Maritimo 0 – Benfica 5 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) At a traditionally difficult venue, Benfica thumped Maritimo 5-0 in Madeira, with the hosts reduced to nine men before half time. Goals from Saviola, Maxi Pereira, Cardozo (penalty), Luisao and a Roberto Sousa own goal kept the Eagles level on points with table toppers Braga.

Academica Coimbra 0 – Braga 2 (Superliga, January 17, 2010 )A goal at the end of each half from Meyong (penalty) and Matheus kept Braga top of the standings. It was Braga?€™s third consecutive win in the league and shattered Academica?€™s perfect home record in the Liga Sagres since Andre Vilas-Boas took over as their new coach.

Rio Ave 0 – Uniao Leiria 2 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) Cassio and Ronny scored in Uniao Leiria’s 2-0 win at Rio Ave.

Belenenses 1 – Leixoes 3 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) Hugo Morais, Christian Pouga and Didi netted as Leixoes won 3-1 at Belenenses.

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Panathinaikos 2 – Levadeiakos 0 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010) Karagounis put Panathinaikos in the lead in the 26th with a blistering shot from 30 yards, claiming his second goal of the season, and five minutes before the end of the half Salpingidis made the score 2-0.

Kavala 0 – Olympiakos 0 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010) Olympiakos squandered at least three scoring opportunities in the first half. Matt Derbyshire found the goalkeeper out of position but Douglao saved on the goal line on the stroke of halftime.

Panionios 2 – Levadiakos 2 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010)

Atromitos 2 – Larissa 1 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010)

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Galatasaray 5 – Denizli Belediyespor 1 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

Sivasspor 4 – Giresunspor 3 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

Denizlispor 1 – Bursaspor 1 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

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Hapoel Ramat Gan 0 – Maccabi Haifa 5 (Ligat ha’Al, January 17, 2010) A pair of braces from Lior Rafaelov and Vladimir Dvalishvili powered Maccabi Haifa to a 5-0 victory over Hapoel Ramat Gan.

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Sydney FC 0 – Gold Coast United 1 (A-League, January 17, 2010) A fine first half strike by Joel Porter took Gold Coast United to the top of the A-League table.

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Denmark 3 – Poland 1 (Kings Cup, January 17, 2010) Soren Rieks fired the Danes into the lead, Slawomir Peszko levelling soon after for the Poles. Second half goals from Morten Rasmussen and Jacob Bech sealed the win for the Scandinavians.

Thailand 1 – Singapore 0 (Kings Cup, January 17, 2010)

Bolton 0 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) Bolton were competitive in the opening exchanges against Arsenal, but just before the half hour the Gunners struck when Steinson lost the ball on the edge of his area, Cesc Fabregas picked up possession and had a neat one-two with Eduardo and the returning captain scored. (First half highlights .) Bolton piled on the pressure after the break, but 13 minutes from time the Trotters were caught out on the counter-attack and Eduardo crossed for Fran Merida to score his first ever goal in the Premier League.

Aston Villa 0 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) An end-to-end battle between two teams looking at different ends of the table finished in a respectable stalemate between Villa and the Hammers. The hosts had the better of the chances, Rob Green pulling off a string of high quality saves, while struggling West Ham stayed competitive throughout the 90 minutes.

Blackburn 2 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights .)? Chris Samba settled the home side’s nerves with a fortuitous 24th minute opener after he ricocheted home an attempted clearance by former Rover Damien Duff. Ryan Nelsen applied the lightest of touches to Benni McCarthy’s 54th minute free-kick to hand Rovers their first three-point haul since November.

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Blackpool 2 – QPR 2 (Championship, January 16, 2010) Charlie Adam’s 10th goal of the season in all competitions gave Blackpool an early lead, only for Adel Taarabt to equalise from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half. Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s goal appeared to have done enough to earn Seasiders manager Ian Holloway three points against his former club before Matt Connolly’s stunning goal six minutes from time earned QPR a draw.

Barnsley 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Championship, January 16, 2010) Alan Irvine, the new Owls boss, saw first-half goals from Tommy Spurr and Jermaine Johnson settle an absorbing South Yorkshire derby. Emil Hallfredsson had grabbed a fortuitous equaliser for the Tykes between the two Wednesday goals.

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Cameroon 3 – Zambia 2 (African Cup of Nations, January 17, 2010) Zambia bossed the first half and went ahead inside 10 minutes through Jacob Mulenga. A terrible mistake from Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene allowed Geremi to equalise and Samuel Eto’o gave Cameroon the lead in the 72nd minute. Christopher Katongo thought he had earned a point for his side with an 82nd-minute penalty but Mohammed Idrissou had the last word four minutes later.

Gabon 0 – Tunisia 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 17, 2010) Gabon added a 0-0 draw with Tunisia to their opening win against Cameroon as they put themselves within touching distance of the African Nations Cup quarter-finals.

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Valencia 4 – Villarreal 1 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Ever Banega put Valencia in front after just six minutes with his first ever goal for the club which was a fine strike from the edge of the box. David Villa doubled the lead from the penalty spot just before the half hour. David Silva grabbed the third on 56 after some horrible defending? and although Nilmar pulled one back for the “Yellow Submarine,” Villa claimed the fourth towards the end.

Atletico Madrid 3 – Sporting Gijon 2 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Diego Forlan raced clear to give them the lead in the 13th minute but the good work was undone 20 minutes later when goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo clumsily felled Diego Castro in the penalty area. Castro picked himself up and sent Asenjo the wrong way to restore parity before Forlan nodded the ball into Assuncao’s path for the Brazilian midfielder to poke home in the 53rd minute. Teenage substitute Ibrahima Balde netted with an angled strike with 24 minutes remaining to make it 3-1 before Luis Moran scored in added time to set up a tense finale.

Malaga 1 – Getafe 0 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Nabil Baha nodded home an 84th minute Jesus Gamez cross to give coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz revenge for their cup defeat.

Racing Santander 1 – Valladolid 1 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) The opening goal was a scrappy one, as Medunjanin’s near post corner was hacked into his own net by the unfortunate Pinillos. Racing equalised after the break when man-of-the-moment, 18-year-old Sergio Canales instinctively fired home a Pedro Munitis free-kick from inside the area.

Zaragoza 0 – Xerez 0 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Two sides with a whole host of problems met at La Romareda but neither could grab a vital three points in their battle versus the drop.

Mallorca 2 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) (Longer highlights .) Mallorca leapfrogged Deportivo thanks to two goals in quick succession just after the break, Mario Suarez and Gonzalo Castro combining to cement fourth place in La Liga. This result makes it an incredible nine home wins in a row for the Barralets, a record equal with that of Real Madrid.

Almeria 1 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, January 17, 2010) Juanlu Hens had given the visitors the lead less than two minutes in but Henok Goitom deservedly levelled for the hosts, who had Pablo Piatti sent off for two yellow cards, on the hour mark.

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Napoli 0 – Palermo 0 (Serie A, January 17, 2010) Napoli edged ahead of Juventus thanks to this draw which was ensured by a penalty save from Morgan De Sanctis from Miccoli on twenty minutes.

Chievo 1 – Juventus 0 (Serie A, January 17, 2010) A low, and rather ugly, 20-yard daisycutter from Gennaro Sardo fired the Flying Donkeys into a 33rd minute lead over Ciro Ferarra’s flailing Juventus.

AC Milan 4 – Siena 0 (Serie A, January 17, 2010) Siena were facing an uphill battle at the San Siro after their keeper Gianluca Curci saw red for hauling down Boriello in the box, and Ronaldinho was once again on target for Milan from the spot. The Rossoneri doubled their lead with a spectacular second from Marco Boriello, the striker hooking a volley in from an acute angle that flew high into the near post. In the 71st minute the renaissance of Ronaldinho continued as the bucked-tooth wonder launched himself into a header from a Beckham corner. Ronaldinho stole the headlines with a goal that rolled back the years, Dinho wiggled his hips to gain an extra yard on his covering defender and, from the top left hand of the box, rifled a piercing strike into the opposite top corner.

Roma 3 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, January 17, 2010) Roma took the lead against Genoa from a set-play, Juan rescued the ball at the back-post and sent a dangerous header back into the mixer where Simone Perotta pounced to score. Luca Toni broke his duck on the stroke of halftime, meeting a Vucinic cross at the near post. The Vucinic-Toni combination worked again after the break, the Montenegrin lifting a free-kick into his striker-partner who claimed his brace with a fine header across goal.

Atalanta 3 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, January 17, 2010) Cristiano Doni got Atalanta off to a flyer against Lazio scoring after five minutes, Doni heading home a 9th minute free-kick to double the hosts lead. Ten minutes from the break Simone Padoin struck a third, leaving desperate Lazio starring yet another defeat in the face.

Fiorentina 1 – Bologna 2 (Serie A, January 17, 2010) Bologna had a terrific first half in Fiorentina, a smart scissor-kick from Henry Gimenez broke the deadlock midway through the half and evergreen forward Marco Di Vaio doubled the advantage on the stroke halftime. Fiorentina pulled a goal back on 51 minutes when Adrian Mutu headed home Juan Vargas’ cross, but the hosts were unable to find an equaliser.

Sampdoria 1 – Catania 1 (Serie A, January 17, 2010) Cristian Llama’s free-kick gave Catania a 14th minute advantage, but Giampaolo Pazzini levelled from the spot on 45 minutes after he had been brought down by Matias Silvestre.

Parma 0 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, January 17, 2010) Parma played for an hour with 10 men after earlier missing a penalty in a 0-0 draw at home to Udinesee. Nicolas Amoruso saw his 25th minute spot-kick saved before Daniele Galloppa was sent off six minutes later following a challenge on Alexis Sanchez. Udinese could have snatched all three minutes late on, but former Manchester City flop Bernardo Corradi saw his header hit the post.

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Cologne 2 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, January 17, 2010) (Longer highlights .) Mats Hummels scored twice for Dortmund in the first half and the visiting team appeared to be cruising until two Cologne defenders struck late in the match. Kevin McKenna headed in a free-kick from Pierre Wome in the 82nd, then set up Youssef Mohamad for the equalizer in the 88th. But Kevin Grosskreutz then produced the winner that strengthened Dortmund’s hold on fifth place.

Schalke 1 – Nurnberg 0 (Bundesliga, January 17, 2010) A ninth goal of the season for a resurgent Kevin Kuranyi helped Schalke to a stumbling win over Nurnberg on Sunday and narrow the gap to undefeated Bayer Leverkusen to a single point again.

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Bordeaux 1 – Marseille 1 (Ligue 1, January 17, 2010) The big game in France between Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps ended in stalemate. A Steve Mandanda og, under pressure from Chamakh, gave the home side the lead but after they had gone down to 10 men due to the sending off of Marc Planus, Benoit Cheyrou acrobatically levelled with ten minutes remaining.

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NAC 1 – Ajax 1 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2010) Ajax got off to a rocky start at NAC when Ellery Cairo swept the hosts in the 19th minute, but the Amsterdammers levelled in the 37th minute through Rasmus Lindgren.

Utrecht 0 – FC Twente 0 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2010) The Domstedelingen came close to grabbing the full three points thoug well into stoppage time. Francis Dickoh tried his luck with a powerful shot, but Twente glovesman Sander Boschker pulled off a superb save to keep a clean sheet. Twente midfielder Wout Brama received his marching orders after 90 minutes following a foul on Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

NEC 2 – Vitesse 1 (Eredivisie, January 17, 2010) Lasse Nilsson’s penalty had given Vitesse an early lead, but Said Ntibazonkiza levelled for NEC on 27 minutes and Ramon Zomer scored the winner 11 minutes after halftime.

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Standard Liege 0 – Anderlecht 4 (Jupiler League, January 17, 2010) (Longer highlights.) Anderlecht lead after Jonathan Legear scored after 7 minutes, and Liege were up against it when Axel Witsel picked up yet another red card for a filthy foul on Roland Juhasz. After the break 16-year-old sensation Romelu Lukaku scored a second, and late own goals from Moussa Traore and Eliaquim Mangala sealed the league leaders comfortable victory.

Roeselare 1 – KV Mechelen 2 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010) Mechelen moved ahead ten minutes before the break through Julien Gorius. Roeselare responded 20 minutes from time when Joeri Dequevy struck, but Mechelen dramatically grabbed the winner through Aloys Nong after a long-ball to claim the points.

Sint-Truiden 2 – Lokeren 1 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010)

Charleroi 1 – Racing Genk 3 (Jupiler League, January 16, 2010)

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Maritimo 0 – Benfica 5 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) At a traditionally difficult venue, Benfica thumped Maritimo 5-0 in Madeira, with the hosts reduced to nine men before half time. Goals from Saviola, Maxi Pereira, Cardozo (penalty), Luisao and a Roberto Sousa own goal kept the Eagles level on points with table toppers Braga.

Academica Coimbra 0 – Braga 2 (Superliga, January 17, 2010 )A goal at the end of each half from Meyong (penalty) and Matheus kept Braga top of the standings. It was Braga?€™s third consecutive win in the league and shattered Academica?€™s perfect home record in the Liga Sagres since Andre Vilas-Boas took over as their new coach.

Rio Ave 0 – Uniao Leiria 2 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) Cassio and Ronny scored in Uniao Leiria’s 2-0 win at Rio Ave.

Belenenses 1 – Leixoes 3 (Superliga, January 17, 2010) Hugo Morais, Christian Pouga and Didi netted as Leixoes won 3-1 at Belenenses.

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Panathinaikos 2 – Levadeiakos 0 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010) Karagounis put Panathinaikos in the lead in the 26th with a blistering shot from 30 yards, claiming his second goal of the season, and five minutes before the end of the half Salpingidis made the score 2-0.

Kavala 0 – Olympiakos 0 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010) Olympiakos squandered at least three scoring opportunities in the first half. Matt Derbyshire found the goalkeeper out of position but Douglao saved on the goal line on the stroke of halftime.

Panionios 2 – Levadiakos 2 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010)

Atromitos 2 – Larissa 1 (Greek Super League, January 17, 2010)

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Galatasaray 5 – Denizli Belediyespor 1 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

Sivasspor 4 – Giresunspor 3 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

Denizlispor 1 – Bursaspor 1 (Turkish Cup, January 17, 2010)

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Hapoel Ramat Gan 0 – Maccabi Haifa 5 (Ligat ha’Al, January 17, 2010) A pair of braces from Lior Rafaelov and Vladimir Dvalishvili powered Maccabi Haifa to a 5-0 victory over Hapoel Ramat Gan.

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Sydney FC 0 – Gold Coast United 1 (A-League, January 17, 2010) A fine first half strike by Joel Porter took Gold Coast United to the top of the A-League table.

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Denmark 3 – Poland 1 (Kings Cup, January 17, 2010) Soren Rieks fired the Danes into the lead, Slawomir Peszko levelling soon after for the Poles. Second half goals from Morten Rasmussen and Jacob Bech sealed the win for the Scandinavians.

Thailand 1 – Singapore 0 (Kings Cup, January 17, 2010)

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