VIDEO: Manchester United held at in-form Birmingham; Rosicky saves Arsenal a point after Everton dominate at the Emirates

Birmingham 1 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, January 9, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) United fell behind at in-form Birmingham conceding a horrible goal from a 38th minute corner, Bowyer managed to keep the ball in the mixer after an initial partial clearance, Evans scuffed a dreadful effort about one yard upfield, and Cameron Jerome poked the ball into an empty net. (First half highlights here.) Despite being second best United levelled on the hour mark when Evra fizzed a ball into the danger area and Scott Dann turned the ball into his net under pressure from Rooney. Darren Fletcher saw red six minutes from time fore a second bookable offence.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview can be seen here.

Arsenal 2 – Everton 2 (Premier League, January 9, 2010) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) In the only surviving 3pm kick-off in snowy England, Everton sprung a surprise early doors at Arsenal as Leon Osman headed home Landon Donovan’s first ever corner for the Toffees after 12 minutes. The Gunners continued to be off the pace after the goal, but after putting together an attack around the Everton box in the 26th minute, the returning Denilson saw his shot deflect off Osman and into the net. (First half highlights here.) A blizzard took over the Emirates after the break but it failed to break Everton’s stronghold on the match, and just over ten minutes from time the Toffees scored a brilliant and deserved second when Steven Pienaar broke the home offside on the halfway-line, raced 30-yards, and cheekily lifted the ball over Almunia. But Arsenal refused to be beaten, and in the 91st minute a typical attack saw Diaby provide the perfect pass for Tomas Rosicky, whose shot looped off defender Neill and over Howard.


Cardiff 1 – Blackpool 1 (Championship, January 9, 2010) Mark Hudson’s ninth minute header from Peter Whittingham’s free-kick saw them take the lead and Josh Magennis almost made it two, with his header hitting the bar. But Blackpool ensured they got a share of the spoils when Charlie Adam netted from close range just seconds after halftime.

Leeds 1 – Wycombe 1 (League One, January 9, 2010) Wycombe fell behind after just four minutes when Jonny Howson’s speculative shot from just outside the penalty box found the bottom left corner. The visitors levelled when Davies played a long pass to Jon-Paul Pittman, who cut in from the left to fire past Ankergren.


Sevilla 1 – Racing Santander 2 (La Liga, January 9, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) A terrific chipped finish from Sergio Canales fired Racing into the lead at Sevilla. 18-year-old Sergio Canales netted his brace in the 38th minute with another fine finish, this time beating both the keeper and a defender before smashing home his second. Sevilla clawed themselves back into the match just after the hour when Romaric bundled the ball over the line from a free-kick.

Valladolid 0 – Atletico Madrid 4 (La Liga, January 9, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Atletico took the lead after 18 minutes at Valladolid, a cross field ball picked out Reyes on the left and his cutback was swept home by Jose Manuel Jurado. The Rojiblancos, who started the match just a point above their hosts, doubled their lead on the half hour as Diego Forlan struck. Atletico killed the match off on the hour when Jose Antonio Reyes walloped a fierce daisycutter from outside the box that skidded into the far corner. Kun Aguero added a fourth in injury time to complete the whitewash.

Villareal 1 – Almeria 1 (La Liga, January 9, 2010) Nilmar headed the Yellow Submarine into a 40th minute lead, Miguel Angel Corona equalised from the penalty spot.


Inter Milan 4 – Siena 3 (Serie A, January 9, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) A breathtaking 30-yard drive from Massimo Maccarone that appeared the gather pace en route to goal fired Siena ahead at the San Siro. Inter weren’t behind for long, a 23rd minute counter-attack saw Sneijder release Diego Milito over the top and the Argentine rifled a low shot into the corner. Inter moved into the lead when Wesley Sneijder cracked a picture-perfect free-kick into the near post. But Siena went into the break all-square when Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal scored to end the first half 2-2. With Mourinho barking orders from the sideline, Siena broke in the 65th minute down the right and all too easily Salva saw his cutback tucked home by Maccarone for his brace. With two minutes to go Inter levelled again as their player of the season, Wesley Sneijder, once again dragged them out of a hole with a free-kick. But there was a further twist as in the 92nd minute Inter built one last attack and Walter Samuel fired the black and blues to an incredible 4-3 victory.

Roma 1 – Chievo 0 (Serie A, January 9, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Roma took just 48 seconds to break the deadlock with Chievo, Daniele De Rossi rising high to head home a corner. The hosts had to play the majority of the game with 10 men after Alexander Doni was sent off for a handball after 12 minutes, while Luca Toni made his first start for I Lupi as the lone striker.
Saturday’s action in Serie B can be seen here.


Strasbourg 1 – Lyon 3 (Coupe De France, January 9, 2010) Bafetimbi Gomis opened the scoring with a terrific volley from the edge of the box. Michel Bastos claimed a brace for Lyon, Nicolas Fauvergue had made the score 2-1.

Monaco 0* – Tours 0 (Pens. 4-3) (Coupe De France, January 9, 2010) The match finished goalless after 90 minutes and extra time could not separate the sides. The first six spot-kicks were all successful but Monaco goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier then denied Olivier Giroud and Karim Saidi, meaning Eidur Gudjohnsen’s strike proved decisive.

Bordeaux 1 – Rodez 0 (Coupe De France, January 9, 2010) Wendell’s penalty saw Bordeaux past Rodez Aveyron.

Le Mans 1 – Valenciennes 0 (Coupe De France, January 9, 2010) Anthony Le Tallec scored the only goal as Le Mans saw off Valenciennes in the day’s only all-Ligue 1 tie to beat the weather.

Rennes 2 – Caen 0 (Coupe De France, January 10, 2010) Rennes beat Ligue 2 Caen 2-0 with goals from Jimmy Briand and Ismael Bangoura.


Sporting Lisbon 1 – Leixoes 0 (Superliga, January 9, 2010) A late header from centre back Tonel from a corner earned Sporting the three points.

Maritimo 0 – Vitoria Guimaraes 1 (Superliga, January 9, 2010) Sereno’s well-directed looping header 15 minutes from time proved enough for Vitoria.

Rio Ave 0 – Benfica 1 (Superliga, January 9, 2010) Javier Savola kept the Benfica title challenge on course.


Trabzonspor 6 – Denizli Belediyespor 0 (Turkish Cup, January 9, 2010) Umut Bulut scored a hattrick in the one sided match.


Xanthi 1 – Panathinaikos 2 (Greek Super League, January 9, 2010) A cock-up in the home defence midway through the first half gifted Djibril Cisse time and space to notch his seventh goal in four games for the Greek league leaders. Djibril Cisse continued his incredible purple patch with a second for Pana at the death, while there was still time for Dimitrios Souanis to claim an even later consolation for the hosts.

Levadiakos 0 – PAOK 2 (Greek Super League, January 9, 2010) Goals in each half from Vladimir Ivic and Lino wrapped up the points for PAOK.


Wellington Pheonix 3 – Brisbane Roar 1 (A-League, January 9, 2010) Tim Brown put the home side ahead on 26 minutes before Eugene Dadi stole the show with a brace in the second half, the first an incredible bicycle kick. Sergio van Dijk pulled one back for Brisbane late on.

Gold Coast United 1 – Adelaide United 1 (A-League, January 9, 2010) A 20th minute opener from Reds captain Travis Dodd, who was found unmarked at the back post by Mathew Leckie, looked to won the match for Adelaide. But with time running out, A-League top scorer Smeltz headed home Culina’s cross to move Gold Coast within a point of second-placed Melbourne Victory.


San Lorenzo 2 – Estudiantes 2 (Torneos De Verano, January 9, 2010)


South Korea 2 – Zambia 4 (International Friendly, January 9, 2010) Felix Katongo and Rainsford Kalaba had Zambia two goals up before Kim Jung-woo pulled one back in the 34th minute with a cracking shot shot outside the box. James Chamanga extended the lead just before the hour and Noel Chivuta added a fourth on 71 minutes. Korea got a late goal from Koo Ja-cheol.


Kayserispor 1 – Vitesse 1* (Pens. 3-5) (Friendly, January 9, 2010)