AC Milan 5 – Genoa 2 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Milan should have taken a 14th minute lead against Genoa after Ambrossini fell in the box, but Ronaldinho missed from the spot. The Rossoneri were made to pay for their mistake nine minutes later when Giuseppe Sculli put the visitors in front by nodding in a cross at the back post. Milan weren’t behind for long, the hosts winning a second penalty after Ambrossini was again felled in the box in the 32nd and this time Ronaldinho made no mistake from 12-yards. Milan finished the half on a high as Tiago Silva fired Leonardo’s charges into the lead, and they started the second half scoring again when Marco Borriello tucked home Ambrossini’s cutback in the box. AC Milan’s fourth was one of the goals of the season, as Marco Borriello acrobatically volleyed in off the post. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar slotted in a fifth from the spot, David Suazo netting a late consolation goal for Genoa with a thrashing drive.
Chievo 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) It took Goran Pandev just eleven minutes to show his worth at new club Inter after joining from Lazio on a free transfer earlier in the week, as the Macedonian forward teed up Super Mario Balotelli for a shot that was said to have crossed the line, with Pandev on hand to head in the rebound just to make sure the goal stood. (First half highlights here.) In a bad-tempered match which saw no fewer than nine players booked, Chievo worked hard for an equaliser and had two penalty shouts waved away but the Serie A leaders hung on to grind out the victory.
Parma 1 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Juve raced into a third minute lead at Parma, Diego whipped in a corner from the right that Chiellini headed back into the mixer with Hassan Salihamidzic nodding the ball over the line. Parma levelled midway through first half when Zenoni swung in a cross from the right which Nicola Amoruso guided home after outjumping Legrottaglie. But a second corner in the 38th minute restored Juve’s advantage with Paolo Castellini unwittingly turning a Diego corner into his own net.
Atalanta 0 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) A seventh minute wonder-strike from Fabio Quagliarella, cracking a 30-yard howitzer on the angle that ripped into the top corner, fired Napoli in front at Atalanta. Michele Pazienza’s second just before the hour was enough to give Napoli the spoils in Bergamo.
Cagliari 2 – Roma 2 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) After a goalless first half in Cagliari, Roma took the lead in the 52nd minute when Mirko Vucinic appeared to fall a little too easily in the hosts’ box and David Pizarro dispatched the spot-kick. With their noses in front Roma were quick to double their lead, Taddei the architect before Simone Perotta slotted in the second. As the 90th minute ticked over Cagliari gave themselves a lifeline as Daniele Conti tucked in a scrappy corner. And in the 92nd minute the home crowd went bananas as Diego Luis Lopez was in the right place at the right time to capitalise on a rebound and earn Cagliari a dramatic point.
Lazio 4 – Livorno 1 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Lazio’s woeful form at the end of 2009 carried over at the start of the new year as Martin Bergvold slipped Livorno into a 7th minute lead. After the break Lazio finally brought their fans some cheer as Sergio Floccari bagged a brace and Tommaso Rocchi notched a third to give the hosts some breathing room. An injury time penalty from Aleksandar Kolarov, after Perticone had been sent off for Livorno, sealed victory for the Romans.
Siena 1 – Fiorentina 5 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) A brilliant first half display by Fiorentina at Siena blew the hosts away in the opening 45 minutes, Per Kroldrup headed in a Vargas corner after seven minutes, Mario Alberto Santana converted the second from a free-kick after 28 minutes and Alberto Gilardino chalked up a third 10 minutes from the break. The visitors continued to torment Siena in the second half. Gilardino netted his second of the match in the 66th minute and then 11 minutes from time Adrian Mutu scored Fiorentina’s fifth of the afternoon. However, the hosts earned themselves a consolation goal when Massimo Maccarone converted a penalty in the 84th minute.
Bari 2 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Bari took a 6th minute lead when the hosts cheaply won the ball in midfield and burst into a counter-attack that Riccardo Meggiorini finally swept home. The victory was assured in the 68th minute when Paulo Vito Barreto netted the ball.
Sampdoria 1 – Palermo 1 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Edinson Cavani gave Palermo the lead five minutes before half time but just a minute later Antonio Cassano equalised. Sampdoria had numerous chances to win the match in the second half but the two sides ultimately shared the spoils in Genoa.
Catania 1 – Bologna 0 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Catania boosted their survival hopes with a priceless 1-0 win over Bologna as Sinisa Mihajlovic got the better of his former employers. Nicolas Spolli was the hero for Catania with the only goal of the game nine minutes from time.
Valencia 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 2 (Copa del Rey last 16 first-leg, January 6, 2010) Depor went 2-up after a goalless first half at Valencia, Andres Guardado stabbing home the opener before Pablo Alvarez doubled the visitors’ lead. David Silva pulled a goal back for Los Che.
Celta Vigo 1 – Villarreal 1 (Copa del Rey last 16 first-leg, January 6, 2010) Villarreal took a 12th minute lead at Celta Vigo when a delicious through-ball was sent through to Giuseppe Rossi and the former Manchester United striker coolly steered in the opener. Celta equalised a minute from the interval when Arthuro guided a beautiful header in the top corner from a free-kick.
Alcorcon 2 – Racing Santander 3 (Copa del Rey last 16 first-leg, January 6, 2010) Defender Christian Fernandez was in the right place to head Racing into the lead at Alcorcon’s tiny stadium to the south-west of Madrid in the 31st minute. Second half strikes from Alex Geijo and Jose Moraton either side of an Inigo Lopez goal gave the visitors an apparently comfortable lead but Borja Gomez netted with two minutes left to keep Alcorcon’s slim hopes of causing a second-leg upset alive.
Recreativo Huelva 3 – Atletico Madrid 0 (Copa del Rey last 16 first-leg, January 6, 2010) Atletico’s troubled campaign took another turn for the worse with a defeat at the second division side. Bruno Mezza bagged the opener, Jeronimo Barrales doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Tomas Ujfalusi had been sent off and late on Daniel Candeias scored the third.
Olympiakos 1 – AEK Athens 2 (Greek Super League, January 6, 2010) Second placed Olympiakos took early control of their match with AEK when Avraam Papadopoulos opened after 26 minutes. The Athens outfot levelled when 23-year-old Argentine forward Ignacio Scocco scored a volley on the angle from outside the box. Ignacio Scocco then turned the match on its head in the 40th when he saw his 35-yard free-kick miss everyone and sail over the keeper into the net.
Panathinaikos 4 – Ergotelis 1 (Greek Super League, January 6, 2010) Ergotelis stunned Pana when Mihalis Fragoulakis scored after 8 minutes, but Djibril Cisse soon levelled for the hosts before Giorgios Karagounis stuck Pana in front just before the break. Cisse completed his brace after the break and Sebastian Leto completed the win with a brilliant Messi-esque solo slalom goal at the death.
Iraklis 3 – Panthrakikos 1 (Greek Super League, January 6, 2010) Joao Fajardo put the visitors in front on the stroke of halftime, but second half goals from Stilianos Iliadis, Victoras Iacob and Mauro Milano turned the match in Iraklis’ favour in 15 second half minutes.
PAOK 1 – Panionios 0 (Greek Super League, January 6, 2010)
Club Africain 1 – Lyon 1 (Friendly, January 6, 2010) Bafetimbi Gomis scored for Lyon on the half hour, Hammouda Maamri netted a 94th minute equaliser for the Tunisians.
Besiktas* 4 – Vitesse Arnhem 4 (Pens. 4-2) (Friendly, January 6, 2010) A ding-dong battle was eventually won by the Turks on penalties after Tello and Nihat had rallied Besitkas back from 2-down to 2-all, Bobo and Nihat scoring in the second half too before a last minute Nilsson penalty for Vitesse took the match to spot-kicks.
Kuwait 2 – Australia 2 (Asian Cup qualifier, January 6, 2010) The Socceroos took a commanding early grip on the match with Luke Wilkshire and Nick Carle scoring a goal apiece inside six minutes. But joint-group leaders Kuwait struck back through Hammad Al-Enezi and Yousouf Nasser to haul back a draw.
Singapore 1 – Iran 3 (Asian Cup qualifier, January 6, 2010) Iran got off to a flyer with 11th and 12th minute goals from Hadi Aghily and Mehrzad Madanchi setting the visitors on their way. Singapore captain Mohamed Alam Shah pulled a goal back for the home side before halftime but substitute Gholamreza Rezaei broke away to seal the win in the 63rd minute for Iran with a delightful chip.
Indonesia 1 – Oman 2 (Asian Cup qualifier, January 6, 2010) The visitors took the lead through in-form striker Fawzi Bashir after 32 minutes. Boaz Solasso equalized on the stroke of halftime to give the fans at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium something to shout about. Ismail Suliaman got the all-important goal just seven minutes after the break.
China 0 – Syria 0 (Asian Cup qualifier, January 6, 2010) Syria and China qualified for the 2011 Asian Cup finals after sharing a goalless draw at Yellow Dragon Stadium in Hangzhou.