Manchester City 0 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, February 21, 2010)Â Both City and Liverpool had their good spells in the first half at Eastlands, but neither side were able to conjure up any serious goalscoring chances in a goalless opening 45. (First half highlights here.) The game failed to brighten up after the break despite the introduction of Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres for the Reds. (Second half highlights here.)
Aston Villa 5 – Burnley 2 (Premier League, February 21, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Against the form book Burnley took a 10th minute lead at Villa Park, Cork combined with Nugent who in turn rolled the ball across goal and a napping home defence was caught cold by Steven Fletcher at the far post. Just after the half hour Villa levelled with a poor goal from a Claret perspective as Ashley Young scuffed in a rather desperate cross from a short corner bounced through Danny Fox’s legs and past the despairing Jensen. (First half highlights here.) Villa sped into overdrive after the break, kicking off when Stewart Downing controlled and converted Villa’s second after young had set him up. Two minutes later Downing made it three with a deflected shot from the edge of the box, and Emile Heskey made it three goals in six minute with a calm finish from an Agbonlahor cross. Burnley’s humiliation was completed when Gabi Agbonlahor helped himself to a fourth after good work from Heskey and Milner in the build up. Martin Paterson netted a late consolation for Burnley. (Second half highlights here.)
Wigan 0 – Totttenham 3 (Premier League, February 21, 2010) Spurs took the lead in controversial circumstances at the DW Stadium when Kranjcar played in Bale who in turn played a cross into Jermain Defoe, who scored, but the striker’s goal should have been ruled out for a blatant offside. (First half highlights here.) Spurs closed out the match six minutes from time as impressive substitute Luka Modric slipped a through-ball to Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russian bagged the winner to re-energise Tottenham’s top four ambitions. In injury time Pavlyuchenko grabbed his second of the game to mark a fine performance from the 20-minute substitute.
Blackburn 3 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, February 21, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Rovers took the lead against Bolton five minutes from the halftime interval when a simple ball upfield found Wanderers 2-on-1 at the back and Junior Hoilett combined with Nikola Kalinic and the Croatian forward saw his deflected strike end up in the visitors’ net. (First half highlights here.) In the 73rd minute Bolton fell 2-behind after the visitors failed to clear a corner, Gael Givet hooked the ball back into the mixer and Jason Roberts was on hand to score. An awful Bolton defensive display was capped by Rovers claiming a third six minutes from time, El-Hadji Diouf whipping in a cross from the left that Gael Givet all-too-easily guided into the far corner.
Fulham 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, February 21, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Birmingham took a second minute lead at Fulham through a horror own goal from Chris Baird who planted a header into his own net from a Bowyer cross. Damien Duff scored a cracker in the second half to draw the Cottagers level, the Irishman cut in from the right, played a fine one-two with Zoltan Gera, steadied himself before spanking a stunning shot in-off Hart’s right-hand post. At the death Bobby Zamora stole the headlines with his 15th of the season, the striker curling a picture-perfect free-kick past Hart for the winner.
Bristol City 2 – West Brom 1 (Championship, February 21, 2010) Graham Dorrans put the Baggies on course to leapfrog Nottingham Forest into second place when he fired home his 13th goal of the season in the first half at Ashton Gate. Chris Iwelumo’s first goal since arriving on loan from Albion’s arch-rivals Wolves restored parity early in the second half and minutes later manager’s son Lee Johnson, who recently returned from a loan spell at Derby, turned the game on its head with his first goal of the season.
Plymouth 1 – Leicester 1 (Championship, February 20, 2010) Leicester took a 31st minute lead when Argyle central defender Kari Arnason sent a horrible back-pass beyond home keeper David Stockdale and into his own net. Argyle restored parity in the 38th minute when recalled left winger Craig Noone finished a move he began in the centre of the field with a text-book glancing header into the far corner, out of the reach of Foxes keeper Chris Weale.
All the goals from Saturday’s action in the Championship can be seen here.
Accrington Stanley 2 – Bradford 0 (League Two, February 20, 2010) Peter Taylor suffered a losing start to his tenure as Bradford City manager as John Miles’ first League Two goals of the season secured a 2-0 home win for Accrington.
Real Madrid 6 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, February 21, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) A sparkling free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo rocketed like an arrow into the Villarreal net as Real took an 18th minute lead. Real claimed a second after Higuain received the gentlest of touches in the box and Ricky Kaka did the business from the spot. The Yellow Submarine pulled a goal back on the half hour when Marcos Senna cracked home a spectacular free-kick past Casillas that rivaled C-Ron’s earlier effort. A sweeping attack from front to back gave Real their third goal 10 minutes after the break, Ronaldo feeding Gonzalo Higuain who applied the finish. Back came Villarreal, a well-worked attack was finished off by Nilmar. In the final 20 minutes Real killed off the game in style as Higuain grabbed his second, before Ronaldo teed up Kaka for his brace. A late Xabi Alonso penalty wrapped up Real’s convincing win.
Almeria 1 – Atletico Madrid 0 (La Liga, February 21, 2010) Almeria broke Atletico hearts when Pablo Piatti popped up with a goal in the closing minutes of the match, the striker drilling a low shot past Asenjo at the near post.
Athletic Bilbao 4 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, February 21, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The afternoon started badly for the away side, and got progressively worse, Jose Culebras saw red for a late lunge on Gaizka Toquero inside the area, and striker Fernando Llorente made no mistake from the spot. Toquero himself made it two five minutes later, and in the second half a comfortable afternoon for the Basque side was rounded off by further goals from Andoni Iraola and Igor Gabilondo. Alfaro netted a consolation but the Islanders remain without a win on their travels this season and are firmly in relegation danger.
Malaga 2 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, February 21, 2010) Fernando opened the scoring on 13 minutes, converting a close range header following a pass from Duda, but the away side cancelled out his effort thanks to a scrambled equaliser from Victor Ruiz right on halftime. Victor Obinna was the hero for Malaga, slamming the ball home from inside the six yard box in the second half.
Osasuna 1 – Valladolid 1 (La Liga, February 21, 2010) Haris Medunjanin netted what looked to be the winner for the visitors from some way out, but his side could not hold on, and were broken thanks to an instinctive finish by Javier Camunas, who converted a close range header four minutes from time.
Zaragoza 1 – Sporting Gijon 3 (La Liga, February 21, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Mate Bilic got Gijon their their way converting a Lora header across goal with his right foot before the break. Sporting made it two as Luis Moran coolly slotted home a Miguel de las Cuevas through pass. Javier Arizmendi gave the home side brief hope with a goal in the closing stages, but David Barral ensured that the points were heading back to El Molinon with the clincher deep into injury time.
Bari 0 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, February 20, 2010) Milan broke the deadlock with a fantastic goal, Ronaldinho played a world class pass over the top to Marco Boriello and the forward hit a first-time scissors-kick inside the near post. Alexandre Pato doubled the lead midway through the second half when more good work from Ronaldinho allowed the number 88 to get a shot on target and The Duck was on hand to drill in the rebound.
Bologna 1 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, February 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Juve opened after just five minutes at Bologna when Diego followed up his own saved shot to fire the Bianconeri into the lead. Juve’s shaky form struck again five minutes after the restart as Antonio Busce took advantage of weak defending from a cross to slide the ball home at the back post. Antonio Candreva claimed the winner for Juve in the 66th minute.
Fiorentina 2 – Livorno 1 (Serie A, February 20, 2010) A scruffy 25-yard free-kick from Livorno centre-half Nelson Rivas fired relegation threatened Livorno into a surprise 35th minute lead at Fiorentina. Juan Manuel Vargas restored parity for the Viola in the 62nd minute, and four minutes later the match swung further as Rivas was sent off. Fiorentina took advantage of this to put themselves 2-1 up with 12 minutes of normal time remaining, Alberto Gilardino with the winner.
Atalanta 0 – Chievo 1 (Serie A, February 20, 2010) Chievo’s serial-goalscorer Sergio Pellissier fired a deflected looping shot into the far corner to give the Flying Donkeys the halftime lead at Atalanta. Luca Rigoni was sent off for the visitors in the 77th minute.
Siena 0 – Napoli 0 (Serie A, February 20, 2010) Napoli’s drop in form showed on Sunday afternoon as they failed to defeat bottom side Siena and settled for a 0-0 draw in Tuscany.
Palermo 3 – Lazio 1 (Serie A, February 20, 2010) The Rosanero opened within a minute through Abel Hernandez. Fabrizio Miccoli added a second from the spot midway through the first half and Antonio Nocerino made it 3-0 after 75 minutes. Aleksandar Kolarov pulled one back three minutes later for Lazio but it proved too little too late.
Werder Bremen 2 – Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Bundesliga, February 21, 2010)Eren Derdiyok gave Bayer the lead on 29 minutes only for Claudio Pizarro to draw Bremen level four minutes later. (First half highlights here.) Toni Kroos restored the lead for the visitors on 57 minutes and that looked like being enough for Bayer until big defender Per Mertesacker popped up with an injury-time leveller.
Wolfsburg 2 – Schalke 1 (Bundesliga, February 21, 2010) Third-place Schalke took the lead through Kevin Kuranyi on the half hour mark, but in the 71st minute Grafite headed the equaliser for Wolfsburg. And it was Grafite who scored the winner six minutes from time.
Freiburg 0 – Hertha Berlin 3 (Bundesliga, February 21, 2010) Hertha Berlin gave their Bundesliga survival hopes a huge lift with a convincing defeat of one of their relegation rivals. Adrian Gustavo opened the scoring before two goals from Cicero gave Friedhelm Funkel’s bottom of the table team a morale-boosting victory – only their third of the season.
Mainz 0 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, February 20, 2010) The sides cancelled each other out in a drab affair at the Stadion am Bruchweg but the visitors will be the happier after the point carried them up to 12th, nine points off the drop. Mainz remain in eighth.
Hamburg 0 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, February 20, 2010) Hamburg failed to follow up their Europa League victory over PSV Eindhoven with another win in the Bundesliga as they maintained their unwanted record as Germany’s draw specialists, being held 0-0 at home to Frankfurt.
Rennes 1 – Lille 2 (Ligue 1, February 21, 2010) Pierre-Alain Frau’s opener was swiftly cancelled out by Jerome Leroy and that was the way it stayed until a minute from time when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tucked home the winner.
Sochaux 0 – Lyon 4 (Ligue 1, February 21, 2010) The star of the show was Brazilian Michel Bastos who scored a 22-minute first half hat-trick. Bastos’ first came from a free-kick, the second was a fierce effort into the roof of the net and the third a clean volley after he was given the freedom of the back post. Lisandro Lopez wrapped up the win with nine minutes remaining.
Marseille 3 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, February 21, 2010) OM captain Mamadou Niang was the star of the show netting a hat-trick to claim the three points. Niang opened after 10 minutes with a pinpoint header into the top corner of the near post. Andre Luiz brought Nancy level three minutes later tapping in from three yards but Niang restored Marseille’s lead in the 33rd minute when he swept home a fine second. Niang wrapped up the points with a third midway through the second half.
Nice 1 – Lorient 0 (Ligue 1, February 20, 2010) Nice coach Didier Olle-Nicolle was granted a stay of execution as his team snatched their first victory in three months at home to Lorient. Loic Remy grabbed the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 56th minute and, despite Lorient’s plethora of chances, the visitors could not find the equaliser.
FC Twente 1 – Willem II 0 (Eredivisie, February 21, 2010) Steve McClaren’sÂ FC Twente moved to within a point of PSV with a narrow victory over Willem II. Peter Wisgerhof grabbed the all-important winner for Twente on 54 minutes to boost their title ambitions.
Ajax 4 – Vitesse 0 (Eredivisie, February 21, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Ajax killed the match with three first half goal scored in a nine minute blitz against Vitesse. Luis Suarez was at the heart of the swift 19th minute attack that was finished off by Siem de Jong, and Suarez was soon on the scoresheet after the visitors failed to clear a corner. Paul Verhaegh then lifted a header over his keeper to complete a horrible 45 for Vitesse. (First half highlights here.) Siem de Jong wrapped up the points with a fourth in the second half.
Feyenoord 2 – ADO Den Haag 2 (Eredivisie, February 21, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Den Haag picked up a crucial point in their battle for survival at fourth-placed Feyenoord. The visitors opened when Gio van Bronckhorst turned a dangerous left wing cross into his own net but the hosts levelled in the 23rd minute when Georginio Wijnaldum cut in from the right and curled a sweet left-footed strike into the far corner. Jon Dahl Tomasson looked to have grabbed a 76th minute when the forward followed up Roy Makaay’s shot, but Danny Buijs grabbed a controversial injury time equaliser when he bundled the ball over the line.
PSV 1 – Sparta 1 (Eredivisie, February 21, 2010) Otman Bakkal fired PSV in front at the Philips Stadion on Sunday after 14 minutes and that looked to be enough to earn the leaders their 20th win of the season. But Rydell Poepon’s left-footed strike in the third minute of stoppage time secured Sparta an unlikely draw.
Porto 5 – Braga 1 (Liga Sagres, February 21, 2010) Porto went top of the Liga Sagres as they crushed Braga 5-1 in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash. A brace from striker Falcao plus further strikes from Jose Raul Meireles, Alvaro Pereira and substitute Fernando Belluschi put the home side five to the good at Estadio do Dragao. Osorio Alan grabbed a late goal for the visitors.
Rio Ave 1 – Pacos Ferreira 2 (Liga Sagres, February 21, 2010) A penalty on the stroke of halftime from Artur William gave the visitors the lead only for them to be pegged back by Fabio Foria’s effort. But Ricardo struck the winner in the 59th minute.
Vitoria Setubal 0 – Naval 1 (Liga Sagres, February 21, 2010) Setubal’s hopes of avoiding the drop were dealt a blow as they lost 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Naval, with Hermoza Edvaldo Bolivia grabbing the only goal of the game in the 10th minute.
PAOK 2 – Panathinaikos 1 (Greek Super League, February 21, 2010) A curling free kick by Pablo Garcia gave PAOK the lead on the hour mark, only for French striker Djibril Cisse to level four minutes later following a cross by Dimitris Salpingidis. Zlatan Muslimovic, who had replaced Edinho in the 52nd minute, scored the winner in the 68th from a probing ball forward by Olivier Sorlin.
AEK Athens 1 – Aris 0 (Greek Super League, February 21, 2010) Pantelis Kafes netted the winner at the start of the second half as Aris’ 2-game winning streak came to an end.
Pas Giannina 2 – Panionios 3 (Greek Super League, February 21, 2010) Edin Cocalic and Sito Riera put Panionios 2-up after 19 minutes but the hosts rallied before the break and Costas Mendrinos and a Saitiotis penalty brought Pas level. The visitors won the match four minutes from time when Giannis Maniatis headed home a free-kick.
Larissa 0 – Panthrakikos 2 (Greek Super League, February 21, 2010) Cameroonian striker Steve Beleck proved the visitors’ match-winner with a well-taken second half double.
Besiktas 1 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Lig, February 21, 2010)
Diyarbakispor 0 – Denizlispor 2 (Super Lig, February 21, 2010) Second half goals from Koffi and Souleymane Youla handed the visitors all three points.
Kasimpasa 3 – Gaziantepspor 0 (Super Lig, February 21, 2010) Goals from Yekta Kurtulus and a brace from Sahin Aygunes eased Kasimpasa’s relegation fears.
Anderlecht 2 – KV Mechelen 0 (Jupiler League, February 21, 2010) After a goalless first half, Guillaume Gillet gave the home side the lead in the 73rd minute, with substitute Romelu Lukaku getting the second goal two minutes later.
Gent 0 – Sint-Truiden 1 (Jupiler League, February 20, 2010) Cephas Chimedza scored the only goal of the game four minutes after the interval to move Sint-Truiden up to fifth and leave Gent five points behind second-placed Club Brugge and 12 adrift of leaders Anderlecht.
Maccabi Netanya 1 – Maccabi Haifa 0 (Ligat ha’Al, February 20, 2010) Netanya midfielder Shalev Menashe scored the only goal of the game in the second half to snap Haifa’s 10-game winning streak.
Wellington Phoenix 1* – Perth Glory 1 (Pens. 4-2) (A-League play-offs, February 21, 2010) Perth’s Scott Neville grabbed a 67th minute headed equalised after Chris Greenacre’s 37th minute strike gave the home side the lead. The Phoenix were reduced to 10 men late in the first period of extra time when defender Jon McKain received his second yellow card for a sliding tackle on Glory striker Danny McBreen. Phoenix keeper Liam Reddy saved spot kicks from Naum Sekulovski and Scott Bulloch in the shootout.
Godoy Cruz 1 – Boca Juniors 1 (Clausura, February 21, 2010) Godoy Cruz went ahead in the 23rd minute with a goal by Federico Higuain, brother of the Real Madrid and Argentina striker Gonzalo. 36-year-old striker Martin Palermo earned Boca a point, meeting a cross with a fine header into the top corner for Boca’s 69th minute equaliser
River Plate 1 – Arsenal 1 (Clausura, February 21, 2010) Marcelo Gallardo scored from a free-kick in the 50th minute to help River Plate salvage a 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Arsenal opened the scoring via a Sergio Sena goal in the 40th.
Atletico Tucuman 1 – Argentinos Juniors 1 (Clausura, February 21, 2010)
Palmeiras 2 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campeonato Paulista, February 21, 2010) Striker Robert scored both goals for the four-time national champion.
Mirassol 1 – Santos 2 (Campeonato Paulista, February 21, 2010)
Sao Caetano 1 – Mogi Mirim 0 (Campeonato Paulista, February 21, 2010)
Monte Azul 3 – Rio Claro 2 (Campeonato Paulista, February 21, 2010)
Bragantino 2 – Botafogo-SP 0 (Campeonato Paulista, February 21, 2010)
Vasco 0 – Botafogo 2 (Taca Guanabara, February 21, 2010) Sebastian “El Loco” Abreu and Fabio Ferreira scored second-half goals as Botafogo beat Vasco 2-0 on Sunday to win the Guanabara Cup, the first stage of the Rio de Janeiro state championship.
Pumas 1 – Atlante 0 (Mexican Primera League, February 21, 2010) Martin Bravo scored on a long-range rocket midway through the second half and Pumas silenced Atlante 1-0 in Estadio Universitario.
Club America 2 – Tigres 2 (Mexican Primera League, February 21, 2010) Luis “El Negro” Sandoval fired the hosts ahead after 15 minutes, only for Jesus Molina to level the scores with a header midway through the first half. Lucas Lobos put Tigre in front with 20 minutes remaining, but with time running out Pavel Pardo sent in a cross which Antonio Lopez headed home to leave the match honours-even.
Indios de Juarez 0 – Cruz Azul 0 (Mexican Primera League, February 21, 2010)