Inter Milan 2 – Chelsea 1 (Champions League, February 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The San Siro erupted after just two minutes as Inter built an attack down the inside left channel involving Eto’o and Sneijder that was drilled into the near post by top scorer Diego Milito. Michael Ballack then almost had his eye taken out by a high kick from Thiago Motta. Having played poorly for the much of the first half (highlights here), Chelsea’s star performer Branislav Ivanovic created the Blues’ crucial equaliser five minute after the restart, the Serbian bombing down the right and laying the ball off to Salomon Kalou who curled a 20-yard beauty into the far corner. Defying their reputation as big game bottlers Inter retook the lead four minutes later, Sneijder whipped in a cross from the left and Esteban Cambiasso was perfectly placed to pick up the scraps and thunder home the hosts second. Soon after Chelsea suffered a serious scare as keeper Petr Cech was forced off the pitch on a stretcher.
Jose Mourinho’s post match interview can be seen here.
CSKA Moscow 1 – Sevilla 1 (Champions League, February 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Sevilla grabbed a crucial away goal in freezing Moscow 25 minutes into the first half, Jesus Navas sent in a quality low cross that Alvaro Negredo tapped in at the back post. In the 66th minute CSKA equalised with a goal out of nothing as Mark Gonzalez controlled the ball 30-yards out and whacked home a screamer that left keeper Palop motionless.
Stoke 3 – Manchester City 1 (AET) (FA Cup 5th round replay, February 24, 2010) The opening goal didn’t come until the 79th minute when Dave Kitson put the home side ahead only for City to respond almost immediately throughÂ Craig Bellamy. The turning point was Emmanuel Adebayor’s sending off which gave Stoke toÂ seal the tie with goals from Ryan Shawcross (CityÂ conceding another goal to a Rory Delap throw)Â and Tuncay. Stoke travel to Chelsea in the next round.
Tottenham 4 – Bolton 0 (FA Cup 5th round replay, February 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After his double last weekend against Wigan, Roman Pavlyuchenko continued his fine goalscoring form after 23 minutes against Bolton in the FA Cup, turning Zat Knight outside the box and slotting a left-footed shot into the far corner. In the 35th Spurs doubled their lead, Wanderers failed to clear their lines for a corner, Bassong rifled a cross back into the mixer and, under pressure from Defoe, keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen managed to turn the ball into his own net. Minutes after the restart Tottenham moved out of sight of the Trotters, Gareth Bale sending in a cross from the left that Andy O’Brien stuck in his own net. Bolton’s porous defence conceded a fourth three minutes from time as far-too-easily Spurs cut through the visitors backline and Roman Pavlyuchenko bagged his fourth goal in two games.
Aston Villa 3 – Crystal Palace 1 (FA Cup 5th round replay, February 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Palace were fuming as they headed into the break behind at Aston Villa, the hosts winning a corner that never was (just like they did in the first leg!) and Gabby Agbonlahor took advantage able to head in the opener. Midway through the second half the Eagles finally had lady luck shine down on them when Stephen Warnock foolishly tripped Alan Lee in the Villa box and Palace top scorer Darren Ambrose made no mistake from the spot. But after receiving their lifeline Palace shot themselves in the foot, Lawrence fouling John Carew in the box and the striker dusted himself down to convert the penalty. Palace’s dream was over a minute from time when Carew scored his second spot-kick after another clumsy challenge from Lawrence.
West Brom 2 – Reading 3 (AET) (FA Cup 5th round replay, February 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Robert Koren gave WBA the lead only for Jimmy Kebe to equalise less than three minutes later. Koren claimed the second thanks to a howler from Federici two minutes into the second half but Brian Howard sent the replay to extra time with a goal three minutes into injury time. The winner was a cracker – Gylfi Sigurdsson curling one home five minutes into extra time.
Fiorentina 1 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, February 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Midway through the first half, Alberto Gilardino got the faintest of touches on a weak Jovetic effort to score against his former club. With ten minutes remaining Milan stole the ball off the careless Viola defence, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ronaldinho played an incisive one-two to carve through the backline and the Dutchman applied the cool side-footed finish to equalise. And the Rosseneri pulled the rabbit out the hat with an injury time winner, Alexandre Pato drilled the ball into the back of the net after Ronaldinho has worked the space down the left hand side.
Udinese 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, February 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Cagliari needed just three minutes to break the deadlock at Udinese, the hosts failed to clear a corner and Jeda was left free in the area to head home from inside the six yard box. The Zebrette levelled in the 68th minute when Alexis Sanchez took advantage of Cagliari’s inability to clear their lines from a cross. And two minutes later the hosts got their noses in front as evergreen striker Antonio Di Natale finished off a tidy attack down the right.
Corinthians 2 – Racing 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010)Â Corinthians were stunned when Racing striker Martin Cauteruccio stole in behind the defence to net Rodrigo Brasesco’s free kick with 52 seconds on the clock. Ronaldo began the move that led to Corinthians’ 11th minute equaliser, feeding playmaker Tcheco whose excellent pass left Elias with only the keeper to beat. Racing were reduced to 10 men when Dario Flores was sent off for a foul on Elias, his second booking, in the 57th minute and man-of-the-match Elias scored the 70th-minute winner.
Monterrey 2 – Nacional 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Mexican club Monterrey won 2-1 at home against Nacional of Paraguay with the winner coming from Osvaldo Martinez.
Flamengo 2 – Universidad Catolica 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Flamengo played with 10 men for virtually the whole match after midfielder Willians was shown a straight red card for elbowing Hans Martinez in the third minute. Right back Leo Moura Flamengo ahead with an 11th minute free-kick and Catolica lost their numerical advantage when Milovan Mirosevic kicked Toro in the stomach and was sent off before halftime. Adriano increased the lead after a fine attacking run by Leo, and Vagner Love should have made it three but blasted a penalty over the bar.
Cruzeiro 4 – Colo Colo 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Chile striker Esteban Paredes tapped in an equaliser from a low left cross in reply to Thiago Ribeiro’s seventh-minute opener for Cruzeiro. Colo Colo defender Diego Olate was then sent off for a second booking 12 minutes after the interval, and soon Cruzeiro were ahead through a Kleber penalty. Colo Colo then had Roberto Cereceda dismissed for a second yellow card offence, Pedro Ken scored Cruzeiro’s third goal and Kleber made it four with his second penalty.
Juan Aurich 2 – Bolivar 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Roberto Ciciliano put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes, Luis Tejada grabbing the second before the end of the first half.
Adelaide United 1 – Pohang Steelers 0 (Asian Champions League, February 24, 2010) Teenage striker Matthew Leckie scored the only goal of the match in first half injury as he pick up the ball inside his own half, went on a brilliant 70-yard jinking run before getting the final touch to knock the ball over the line.
Al-Sadd 0 – Al Hilal 3 (Asian Champions League, February 24, 2010) Star playmaker Yaser Al Qahtani opened for the Saudis after nine minutes, and Al Qahtani bagged the visitors second midway through the second half. An injury time third from Thiago Neves completed the rout for Al Hilal.
Mexico 5 – Bolivia 0 (International Friendly, February 24, 2010) Mexico broke through in the third minute when Pablo Barrera neatly slotted Luna’s low cross. Mexico doubled its advantage in the 13th minute when Javier Hernandez converted a one-touch pass from Luna inside the area. Braulio Luna scored in the 19th minute, jumping on a loose deflection right in front of the goal and Hernandez made it 4-0 in the 21st, running onto a long pass from Luna and beating goalkeeper Daniel Vaca in a one-on-one. Paul Aguilar notched the only second-half goal in the 52nd minute, hammering home after a corner had been partially deflected by Vaca.
United States 2 – El Salvador 1 (International Friendly, February 24, 2010) El Salvador surprised the US with an early goal in the second half as Rudis Corrales put the visitors ahead. Second half sub Brian Ching scored the equaliser, and then turned provided in injury time as Sacha Kljestan gabbed the winner.