VIDEO: Magical Mali comeback from 4-down to draw with Angola; Messi hits trips for Barca; Higuain howitzer helps Real see off Mallorca; Ronaldinho double leads Milan at Juve

Angola 4 – Mali 4 (African Cup of Nations, January 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The African Cup of Nations kicked off with a patchy opening 36 minutes between Angola and Mali, but then the 11th of November stadium erupted as Flavio was left unmarked to head in a fierce inswinging free-kick. In the 42nd minute Angola doubled their advantage as Mabina whipped in a cross and Flavio was again on hand to guide in a header. Mali fell to pieces after the break, totally disjointed and unable to build an attack, and under ugly foul from Bagayoko taking down Gilberto in the box in the 66th minute saw Gilberto step up himself and score after the ref ordered the initial spot-kick to be retaken. Mali then suffered the humiliation of conceding a fourth, former Manchester United striker Manucho netting a second Angolan penalty. Mali netted a face saving goalie courtesy of a blunder from home keeper Fernandez that allowed Barca’s Seydou Kieta to bundled the ball over the line. Freddie Kanoute headed what looked like a second consolation for Mali at the end, and in the 92nd minute Seydou Kieta bagged his second to set up a tense and unlikely finish. Then, capping one of the craziest games seen in years, Mali came back from 4-down with 16 minutes on the clock as Fernandez dropped another clanger to gift Mustapha Yatabara an equaliser.


Leicester 1 – Ipswich 1 (Championship, January 10, 2009) Roy Keane’s Tractor Boys needed less than 20 seconds to get on the scoreboard at Leicester when David Norris toe-poked a left wing cross over the line. But after Steve Howard slid in to level in the 38th minute there only looked one winner, Matty Fryatt and Paul Gallacher forcing fine saves, only for Ipswich to hold on.


Aberdeen 2 – Hearts 0 (Scottish FA Cup, January 9, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here) at Pittodrie, goals from Darren Mackie and Lee Miller in the second half (highlights here) were enough to seal the victory for Mark McGhee’s side and end Hearts’ five-match unbeaten run. (Post match analysis here.)


Tenerife 0 – Barcelona 5 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A brilliant run from Barca forgotten man Bojan Krkic down the Tenerife left hand side lead to the Catalans opener 10 minutes before the break, Leo Messi crashing home from inside the hosts box. Barca then punished the islanders for giving then the lead, Carlos Puyol bagged a second before Leo Messi closed out the half with a third. A picture-perfect lob from Leo Messi 15 minutes from time completed a wonderful hat-trick for the world player of the year as Barca romped to victory. A late own goal from Pedro Rodriguez was the icing on the cake for Guardiola’s men.

Real Madrid 2 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A fantastic strike from Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain against Mallorca, an arrowed bullet into the top corner, gave Los Blancos a 7th minute lead. Real doubled their lead at the start of the second half when Esteban Granero volley a beauty at the back stick from Higuain’s dinked cross.

Xerez 1 – Valencia 3 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) An 11th minute strike from Juan Mata put Valencia ahead at lowly Xerez. The bottom league club hit back in the 25th minute when a sweeping counter-attack was finished by Carlos Calvo. But Valencia moved back in front before the interval when an attack down the left saw David Villa race into the box and tee up David Silva who slapped the ball into the top corner. Carlos Marchena claimed a brilliant third for Valencia 20 minutes from time, the midfield enforcer won possession inside the Xerez half, advanced, and punted the ball into the net.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A brilliant piece of control from Depor striker Juan Rodriguez in the Osasuna box, collected the ball, turning, and hitting a low shot on the swivel, fired the hosts into a 49th minute lead.

Espanyol 2 – Zaragoza 1 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) New Zaragoza coach Jose Aurelio Gay once again failed to change the club’s fortunes as his side crashed to a 2-1 loss at Espanyol and stay second from bottom. Gay has yet to win any of his three league matches in charge while Zaragoza have not won away from home this season.

Malaga 1 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) Malaga remained third from bottom after a 1-1 home draw with Bilbao. Brazilian centre-back Weligton put Malaga ahead two minutes after the break but Fernando Llorente equalised from the penalty spot 11 minutes from time.

Sporting Gijon 1 – Getafe 0 (La Liga, January 10, 2009) Sporting Gijon ended a dismal recent run with a narrow defeat of Getafe. Diego Castro put Sporting Gijon in front after 39 minutes and the strike proved to be the winner. Getafe’s Daniel Cata Diaz hit the post with a header after 57 minutes but it was the closest the visitors came as they suffered just a second loss in their last seven league games.


Juventus 0 – AC Milan 3 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) The final match of the weekend in Italy saw the two great super-powers, Juve and AC Milan, face off in the battle for second. And it was the Rossoneri who struck first when Alessandro Nesta scored on the half hour from Pirlo’s corner after the home defence fell to pieces failing to guard their near post. Milan doubled their lead midway through the second half from another Pirlo corner, this time Ronaldinho was the beneficiary in front of goal. A comprehensive Milan victory was sealed when Ronaldinho claimed a third two minutes from time amid a strong fog in Turin.

Fiorentina 2 – Bari 1 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) In-form Bari took the lead away at Fiorentina when their Brazilian striker Paulo Barreto headed home a 25th minute corner. The Viola hit back in the 38th minute when Adrian Mutu was left free in the Bari box to head a Pasqual cross into the net. Bari were reduced to 10-men after the break when Almiron picked up his second booking, and the Viola made their numbers count as Jose Castillo scored from a rebound after Montolivo had seen a shot crash against the upright.

Livorno 2 – Parma 1 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) Livorno forward Francesco Tavano broke the deadlock against Parma midway through the first half with a fine finish from the edge of the box. Cristiano Lucarelli doubled Livorno’s lead on the hour mark, while Parma pulled one back just six minutes later through Blerim Dzemaili.

Genoa 2 – Catania 0 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) A probing Genoa attack ten minutes from the break against Catania paid dividends for the host, Giandomenico Mesto eventually finishing the move with a header inside the six yard box. Giuseppe Sculli’s header sealed Genoa’s win with a second 20 minutes from time.

Palermo 1 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) Palermo kept their Champions League hopes alive after Uruguayan forward Edison Cavani’s penalty gave them a 1-0 win over managerless Atalanta.

Udinese 1 – Lazio 1 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) The Aquile started positively and took an early lead when man of the moment Sergio Floccari headed home for his third goal in the space of a week. The Friulani wasted no time in restoring parity however and Antonio Di Natale provided the goods when he floated a wonderful free kick past Fernando Muslera on the half hour mark.

Napoli 1 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) Substitute German Denis netted a brave header midway through the second half to put the Naples side just off the top three.

Bologna 0 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, January 10, 2009) Bologna continued their struggle against relegation as they were defeated 1-0 by Cagliari at home. The only goal of the match came in the 66th minute when Alessandro Matri’s right footed shot from a very close range found the bottom right corner of the home side’s goal.


Plabennec 2 – Nice 1 (Coupe de France, January 1010, 2009) Nice became the first top-flight side to fall to a club from a lower league in this season’s French Cup when they lost at third division strugglers Plabennec. Nice opened the scoring through forward Loic Remy on 13 minutes but the home side, second from bottom in the third division, responded with two goals from striker and captain Jean-Michel Abiven late in the second half.

Trelissac 0 – Marseille 2 (Coupe de France, January 10, 2009) Marseille booked their passage through with a 2-0 at minnows Trelissac with Hatem Ben Arfa and Bruno Cheyrou getting the goals.

PSG 5 – Aubervilliers 0 (Coupe de France, January 10, 2009) Paris Saint Germain made easy work of their home clash with Aubervilliers, claiming a 5-0 success at the Parc des Princes. Peguy Luyindula helped himself to a brace, as Mevlut Erding, Clement Chantome and Jean-Eudes Maurice all scored for coach Antoine Kombouare.

Les Herbiers 0 – Toulouse 1 (Coupe de France, January 9, 2009)


FC Porto 3 – Uniao Leira 2 (Superliga, January 10, 2009) Radamel Falcao put Porto in front from an extremely tight angle on 15 minutes. Diego Gaucho equalised on the half hour only for Bruno Alves to head Porto into the lead again. Seven minutes into the second half Ronny equalised again only for Radamel Falcao to claim his second and the winner midway through the second period. The final minutes of the match were not without incident, both sides had a player sent off and Ronny missed a penalty to make it 3-3 in the 90th minute, with Porto keeper Helton the hero.

Academica 2 – Naval 0 (Superliga, January 10, 2009) Goals at the start and end of the first half from Lito and Modou Sougou lead Academica to the three points.

Olhanense 1 – Pacos Ferreira 1 (Superliga, January 10, 2009) Olhanense and Pacos Ferreira drew 1-1 after Branco Zequinha (74) cancelled out Artur William’s first-half opener.


Orduspor 0 – Galatasaray 3 (Turkish Cup, January 10, 2009) The hosts were up against it when Erol Yuksever saw red after just four minutes. Arda Turan put Gala 1-up after 10 minutes and Orduspor’s resolve was finally broken when Shabani Nonda netted the visitors’ third. Nonda sealed the win with a third in the 61st minute.

Eskisehirspor 0 – Fenerbahce 1 (Turkish Cup, January 10, 2009)


AEK Athens 3 – Atromitos 3 (Greek Super League, January 10, 2009) AEK Athens slipped to sixth after sharing six goals with Atromitos, Ivan Scocco scoring a brace for AEK.

Olympiakos 2 – Larissa 1 (Greek Super League, January 10, 2009) Olympiakos netted two late goals in the first half against Larissa, the hosts firstly slicing their way through the visitors after 38 minute with Enzo Maresca slotting in the opener. With their noses in front, Luciano Galetti turned in a right wing cross to double Olympiakos’ lead two minutes later. A thunderous drive from Romeu gave Larissa hope with a couple of minutes left, but it proved too little too late.

Panthrakikos 1 – Pas Giannina 2 (Greek Super League, January 10, 2009) A brace from Christos Tzanis lead Giannina to victory.

Aris 4 – Iraklis 2 (Greek Super League, January 10, 2009) Braces from Campora and Calvo won the math for Aris.


Maccabi Haifa 3 – Hapoel Raanana 0 (Ligat ha’Al, January 9, 2009) In the 35th minute, Haifa striker Vladimir Dvalishvili was the beneficiary of a beautiful pass from defender Jorge Teixeira. The tandem of Teixeira and Dvalishvili would strike again just nine minutes later as the Georgian notched his second goal of the game. In the 47th minute, midfielder Lior Rafaelov headed a lob from Yaniv Katan to cap the scoring for the reigning champs.


Newcastle Jets 3 – Melbourne Victory 2 (A-League, January 10, 2009) Goals from Matt Thompson, Michael Bridges and Labinot Haliti ensured three deserved points for Newcastle, who continued to turn around their season.

Sydney FC 0 – Perth Glory 0 (A-League, January 10, 2009)


St. Pauli 2 – Schalke 0 (Friendly, January 10, 2009) The German second-division outfit upset the odds beating Schalke courtesy of goals in each half from Markus Thorandt and Rouwen Hennings.