Chelsea 2 – Arsenal 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The Gunners conceded a poor goal after just seven minutes at Stamford Bridge, a quick corner whizzed into the near post where John Terry (who else!) rose unchallenged to flick a ball to the back stick and Didier Drogba stuck the ball over the line. Arsenal came back into the game after falling behind, but a 21st minute Blues counter-attack led by Lampard found Didier Drogba out wide on the right, the Ivorian cut past two Arsenal defenders and drilled a brilliant left foot shot past Almunia for his incredible 12th goal against the Gunners in 12 games. (First half highlights here.) The post match interview with Didier Drogba can be seen here.
Birmingham 2 – Wolves 1 (Premier League, February 7, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Wolves break the deadlock at St. Andrews minutes before the halftime interval, as Johnson deflected a cross on to his own post and striker Kevin Doyle was in the right place at the right time to tap home with Hart sprawled on the ground. Birmingham levelled the match 10 minutes from time when Fahey’s chipped a pass over to the far post where old-timer Kevin Phillips claimed his second goal of the season with a header across goal. Kevin Phillips then went on to steal all the headlines with a second five minutes from time, Carr raced down the right and his cross eventually arrived to the Phillips who controlled the ball on his chest before volleying a wonderful finish past Hahnemann.
Nottingham Forest 2 – Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Championship, February 6, 2010) Dexter Blackstock’s first-half penalty gave Forest the lead before Luke Varney levelled with 17 minutes left for the Owls. But Billy Davies’ side claimed maximum spoils as Blackstock grabbed his second goal.
Hartlepool 2 – Leeds 2 (League One, February 6, 2010) Luciano Becchio bagged a brace for Leeds United but a 90th minute goal from Hartlepool’s Antony Sweeney denied the promotion hopefuls as the encounter dramatically finished 2-2.
Tranmere 0 – Oldham 1 (League One, February 6, 2010) Pawel Abbott’s ninth goal of the season eased some of the pressure on Oldham boss Dave Penney as they recorded a second win from 12 games.
Dunfermline 2 – Celtic 4 (Scottish Cup, February 7, 2010) (Alternative highlights here.) After Diomansy Kamara opened the scoring for the visitors, David Graham’s strike and an Andy Kirk penalty put the home side ahead before Hoops striker Morten Rasmussen levelled two minutes from the interval. The Fifers’ resistance crumbled in the second half after defender Callum Woods scored an own goal and Celtic substitute Robbie Keane scored from the spot for his first goal for the club to ensure a safe passage in to the next round.
Racing Santander 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) After playing each other on Thursday in the Copa del Rey, these two sides met again. Diego Forlan opened the scoring, Gonzalo Colsa smashed home the equaliser.
Athletic Bilbao 3 – Xerez 2 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) The Basque side opened the scoring after just two minutes thanks to their prodigious teenager Iker Muniain nodded home a Toquero cross. Xerez turned this match around thanks to goals from Vicente Moreno and Mario Bermejo, to head into the interval with a shock lead. The bottomâ€™s side brittle defence could not hold out for all three points, and a wonderful looping header from striker Fernando Llorente on 64 minutes gave Bilbao a deserved equaliser. Llorente was not done yet the classy frontman slotted home what proved to be the winner from close range with just four minutes remaining.
Mallorca 1 – Villarreal 0 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) Mallorcaâ€™s sensational home record (11 straight wins at home this season) continued after a late goal from Nunes consigned Juan Carlos Garrido to defeat in his first match in charge of Villarreal.
Osasuna 1 – Tenerife 0 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) Osasuna secured the points three minutes into the second half thanks to striker Carlos Aranda, who pounced on a through pass from Javier Camunas to slot the ball into the net.
Almeria 3 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) The match started in the worst possible fashion for Almeria, Chico receiving a straight red card for deliberate handball inside the area and Diego Castro slotted home the spot-kick. The ten men bounced back instantly and found an equaliser through Albert Crusat and the turnaround was complete on three minutes before the break when Domingo Cisma swung in a free-kick from all of 40 yards that evaded everyone to nestle in the corner of the net. Guilherme made sure of the win with ten minutes remaining.
Zaragoza 2 – Sevilla 1 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Matteo Contini gave Zaragoza the lead on 31 minutes, but Fredi Kanoute drew Sevilla level just three minutes later. Zaragoza were gifted the winner three minutes before the break when Alvaro Negredo put through his own net. Negredo’s night got worse when he was sent off eight minutes from time and Zaragoza’s Perez Adrian Colunga and Sevilla’s Marius Stankevicius both saw red in the closing stages.
Malaga 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, February 7, 2010)
Fiorentina 0 – Roma 1 (Serie A, February 7, 2010) Roma’s good form continuedwith a fine win at The Viola. Mirko Vucinic scored the only goal of the game with six minutes remaining when he dound himself with time and space in the Fiorentina area from a corner.
Inter Milan 3 – Cagliari 0 (Serie A, February 7, 2010) Inter raced into a 2-goal lead against Cagliari, newbee Goran Pandev bagged the opener after just six minutes when he converted following Eto’o’s parried shot and Walter Samuel crashed home a header from a corner after 20 minutes. Inter’s front three of Eto’o, Pandev and Diego Milito combined brilliantly at the start of the second half as the Argentine slotted in number three.
Bologna 0 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, February 7, 2010) The Rossoneri twice hit the bar as they piled on the pressure in the second half, Ronaldinho coming within inches of finding the net with a fine volley from a corner.
Udinese 3 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, February 7, 2010) Antonio Di Natale put Udinese in the lead at home to Napoli with a goal after seven minutes, but a wonderful through-ball from Marek Hamsik set up the visitors’ leveller after 20 minutes which Cristian Maggio eventually stuck in the net. It was a bittersweet day for Maggio though as he was dismissed on the stroke of halftime for a second bookable offence. Di Natale bagged his second after the break, and the evergreen striker netted his second hat-trick of the season with a 91st minute scissors-kick.
Siena 1 – Sampdoria 2 (Serie A, February 7, 2010) A back post header from Daniele Gastaldello from a corner put Samp into the lead at Siena after just three minutes. Nicola Pozzi out Samp two up after the break, Massimo Maccarone netting a late consolation for Siena.
Lazio 0 – Catania 1 (Serie A, February 7, 2010) Maxi Lopez popped up in the 65th minute to settle the tie and deepen Lazio’s worries.
Borussia Dortmund 2 – Eintracht Frankfurt 3 (Bundesliga, February 7, 2010) Frankfurt took the lead through Swiss international Benjamin Koehler in the 8th minute, but Mats Hummels brought Dortmund level nine minutes later. Lucas Barrios gave the home side the lead in the 57th minute but Frankfurt hit back when Sebastian Jung equalised eight minutes later with a well-taken long-range effort from the edge of the area for his first Bundesliga goal. Alex Meier then grabbed the winner for Frankfurt in the 74th minute.
Mainz 1 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, February 7, 2010) Danish defender Bo Svensson scored the only goal of the game three minutes from the break following a corner, which Malik Fathi headed against the post.
St. Etienne 3 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, February 7, 2010) Goals by Blaise Matuidi in the 13th minute, Argentine striker Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio a quarter of an hour from the end and Emmanuel Riviere just before the finish lifted St Etienne to 16th place in the table.
Toulouse 0 – Lyon 0 (Ligue 1, February 7, 2010) Fourth-placed Lyon, down to 10 men after Jean Makoun was sent off in the 68th minute for a second yellow card, saved a point with a goalless draw at Toulouse.
Ajax 3 – FC Twente 0 (Eredivisie, February 7, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) A speculative low drive from Demy de Zeeuw put Ajax in front against Twente midway through the first half. On the stroke of halftime Ajax doubled their lead when Marko Pantelic (offside?) tapped the ball over the line to leave McClaren’s men chasing the game. A last minute strike from Dennis Rommedahl wrapped up a fine win for Martin Jol’s men.
Feyenoord 1 – AZ Alkmaar 2 (Eredivisie, February 7, 2010) Mounir El Hamdaoui gave AZ the lead at Feyenoord with a back-post header after 28 minutes, but the hosts headed into the break on level terms as Pontus Wernbloom scored one of the season’s incredible own goals as the AZ forward rifled a low shot past his own keeper via the foot of the post. AZ had the final say however as Hector Moreno claimed an 87th minute winner for last season’s fallen champs.
RKC Waalwijk 0 – NEC 1 (Eredivisie, February 7, 2010) RKC Waalwijk remain five points adrift at the bottom of the table after suffering a 1-0 defeat against fellow strugglers NEC. There was late drama as there was nothing to choose between the sides until Bas Sibum struck in the 90th minute.
VVV Venlo 2 – Vitesse 0 (Eredivisie, February 7, 2010) Venlo got the better of mid-table rivals Vitesse Arnhem with a 2-0 win secured with an own goal from Civard Sprockel and a late strike by Patrick Paauwe.
Heracles 4 – FC Groningen 3 (Eredivisie, February 6, 2010) Thomas Enevoldsen’s brace had the visitors two up at the break, and Morten Nordstrand netted their third soon after Bas Dost had pulled one back at the start of the second half. But Heracles never gave up and turned the match on its head in the final 20 minutes thanks to Dost’s second goal of the evening, a 75th minute equaliser from Willy Overtoom and Birger Maertens’ winner two minutes from time.
Roda 2 – Sparta 1 (Eredivisie, February 6, 2010) Willem Janssen (32) and Mads Junker (65) gave Roda the lead and Sparta could only respond through Erik Falkenburg’s 89th minute consolation.
Zulte-Waregem 1 – Club Brugge 1 (Jupiler League, February 7, 2010) Emille Lyng put Zulte ahead after eight minutes only for Rostand Kouemaha to level matters midway through the first half. Brugge had Karel Geraerts sent off with 20 minutes to go and they are now eight points behind Anderlecht.
Anderlecht 1 – Sint Truiden 2 (Jupiler League, February 6, 2010) Anderlecht took the lead when Jelle van Damme scored after 21 minutes. Peter Delorge levelled the score on 27 minutes and a penalty from Cephas Chimedza even handed Sint-Truiden the shock upset with just three minutes to go in regular time.
Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Pacos Ferreira 2 (Liga Sagres, February 7, 2010) Brazilian centre-back Valdomiro had put the home side ahead in the 17th minute, but Maciel Ozeia grabbed the leveller 12 minutes later with Araujo Maykon grabbing the winner in the second half.
Porto 3 – Naval 0 (Liga Sagres, February 7, 2010) Jesualdo Ferreira’s side led 1-0 at half-time thanks to a goal from Tomas Costa before Radamel Falcao and Silvestre Varela made sure of the win with goals late in the second half.
Olhanense 1 – Nacional 0 (Liga Sagres, February 7, 2010) Olhanense claimed just their third win of the season as they defeated Nacional 1-0 to move out of the relegation zone. Substitute Vitor Manuel Toy grabbed the winner in injury time to give the Algarve club real hope that they can beat the drop.
Maritimo 1 – Uniao Leiria 0 (Liga Sagres, February 7, 2010) A 21st minute effort from Pinheiro Kleber was enough to enable Maritimo to defeat Uniao Leiria in the day’s other game.
Fenerbahce 1 – Diyarbakirspor 1 (Super Lig, February 7, 2010) Ayman Abdelaziz looked as though he had given the visitors a shock win only for Andre Santos to pop up with a last-minute equaliser.
Sivasspor 2 – Denizlispor 0 (Super Lig, February 7, 2010)
Trabzonspor 3 – ManisasporÂ 0 (Super Lig, February 7, 2010) Two goals from Umut Bulut and a Ceyhun Gulselam strike enabled Trabzonspor to see off Manisaspor 3-0.
Ankaragucu 0 – Bursaspor 0 (Super Lig, February 7, 2010) Fourth-placed Bursaspor were also involved in a goalless stalemate at Ankaragucu.
Larissa 0 – Panathinaikos 3 (Greek Super League, February 7, 2010) Panathinaikos had already missed one clearcut scoring chance when Djibril Cisse broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute, firing home after a cross by Giorgos Karagounis. The Frenchman then added his 17th goal of the season in first half injury time after a cross by Nikos Spiropoulos. Sotiris Ninis made it 3-0 just three minutes later with a shot from the edge of the area.
Olympiakos 5 – Levadiakos 1 (Greek Super League, February 7, 2010) Olof Mellberg (19th) and Matt Derbyshire (36th) gave the defending champions a 2-0 lead before Giannis Taralidis pulled one back in the 41st minute. In the second half Olympiakos sped into overdrive as Derbyshire made it 3-1 in the 53rd minute and two late goals from Kostas Mitroglou earned his team a 5-1 result.
Atromitos 1 – Panionios 0 (Greek Super League, February 7, 2010)
Aris 0 – Panthrakikos 2 (Greek Super League, February 7, 2010) In a game resumed Sunday after a downpour forced its suspension on Saturday, last-place Panthrakikos caused a shocked by winning 2-0 at Aris. Already 1-0 up from Saturday through a 42nd minute goal by Fotis Papoulis, Panthrakikos made sure when French midfielder Bertrand Robert converted a 78th minute penalty.
Maccabi Haifa 4 – Hapoel Beer-Sheva 1 (Ligat ha’Al, February 6, 2010) Shlomi Arbeitman netted a hat-trick for league leaders Haifa in the Green’s victory.
Sydney FC 3 – Perth Glory 2 (A-League, February 7, 2010) A 24th minute penalty to captain Steve Corica put the home side in the early lead before Wayne Srhoj struck deep into first-half injury time to level the scores. But then came the talking point of the match when John Aloisi scored a 49th minute goal which almost didn’t stand after television replays showed that the ball escaped through a hole in side netting. Sydney’s hopes looked to be dashed after striker Daniel McBreen had equalised for Perth in the 79th minute but Aloisi steered a header home the winner from Stephan Keller’s cross in the dying minutes.
Gold Coast United 0 – Wellington Phoenix 1 (A-League, February 7, 2010) Ahead 1-0 at halftime courtesy of a Paul Ifill penalty, the Phoenix showed composure under pressure and moved into fourth place on the table with just one round remaining.
Chacarita Juniors 2 – Banfield 1 (Clausura, February 7, 2010) Banfield went ahead through striker Cristian Garcia after 10 minutes. Chacarita hit back with goals from defender Lisandro Lopez and Facundo Parra either side of halftime to boost their relegation average.
Estudiantes 2 – San Lorenzo 0 (Clausura, February 7, 2010) Striker Mauro Boselli and captain Juan Sebastian Veron, with a brilliant effort, scored first half goals to give Libertadores Cup holders Estudiantes a 2-0 home win over San Lorenzo.
Racing Club 2 – Arsenal Sarandi 4 (Clausura, February 7, 2010)
River Plate 0 – Rosario Central 0 (Clausura, February 7, 2010) River Plate, without former Argentina forward Ariel Ortega who was dropped for arriving late for their match, were held 0-0 by Rosario Central at their Monumental stadium. They have taken four points from three matches.
Sao Paulo 1 – Santos 2 (Paulista, February 7, 2010) Silva opened the scoring for Santos, Roger equalised on 87. Robinho bagged the winner with a cheeky backheel in the 85th minute after coming on as a substitue on his debut.
South Korea 5 – Hong Kong 0 (East Asian Championship, February 7, 2010) Midfielder Kim Jung-woo gave the Koreans an early lead with a header in the 10th minute. Ku Ja Cheol, Lee Dong-gook and Lee Sang-yeoul also scored in the first half to essentially put the game away before halftime. No Byung-joon added another in injury time to complete the scoring.