VIDEO: Nani & Rooney star in United win at Arsenal; Flat Man City beat Pompey; Manchester United’s Diouf scores another brace in the reserves; Egypt win the African Cup for a record 3rd time

Arsenal 1 – Manchester United 3 (Premier League, January 31, 2010) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here & MOTD highlights here.) Following a cagey opening half hour Nani put Manchester United in front when he brilliantly beat three men with a jinking round down the right and saw his mishit cross palmed in by Almunia. Four minutes after the opener, United broke in a flash and Nani played in Wayne Rooney who swept the ball home for the second. Seven minutes into the second half Ji-Sung Park looked to have wrapped up the victory with an easy finish after Carrick had played him in over the top. Thomas Vermaelen pulled one back for the Gunners with ten minutes remaining with an acrobatic effort that deflected off Evans.

Nani’s post match interview can be seen here, Park’s here, and Fergie’s interview can be seen here.

Manchester City 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After dominating the first half but surviving a scare when Pompey struck the bar, Manchester City struck five minutes from the break when Ireland floated a ball over the top to Emmanuel Adebayor and the returning striker controlled and thundered home a half volley. All too easily the Citizens grabbed a second on the stroke of halftime as Vincent Kompany had a mockery of Ben Haim’s marking to power home a corner.

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Ghana 0 – Egypt 1 (African Cup of Nations Final, January 31, 2010) Egypt became the first country in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations to win the trophy three times in a row by beating Ghana. Substitute Mohamed Nagy Gedo was the hero, finishing the tournament’s top scorer with five goals and scoring the only goal of the game in the 85th minute after playing a one-two with Mohamed Zidan.

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Staebek 0 – Manchester United reserves 3 (Friendly, January 31, 2010) For the second match in succession, new United centre-forward Mame Biram Diouf bagged a brace for the reserves, including a header in the 37th minute, before the striker completed a man-of-the-match performance teeing up Joe Dudgeon for a third.

Coventry 1 – Blackpool 1 (Championship, January 30, 2010) Brett Ormerod received a straight red early in the second half for an elbow but team-mate Barry Bannan went on to put the Tangerines ahead with a fabulous 30-yard lob. A late Coventry surge resulted in a own goal after a Gary Deegan shot deflected off John-Baptiste and into the net.

Derby 1 – Nottingham Forest 0 (Championship, January 30, 2010) Derby striker Rob Hulse scored the only goal of the game in the 78th minute to end rivals Forest’s amazing 19-match unbeaten run. The match was spoiled after the goal when a massive brawl between the clubs broke out, with the technical staff of both teams even getting involved.

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Sevilla 2 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, January 31, 2010) Alvaro Negredo tapped in the opener in the 21st minute. Negredo doubled the lead on 69 with a terrific chip over Cesar. Navarro pulled one back late on.

Atletico Madrid 0 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, January 31, 2010) Malaga got off to the perfect start when Duda knocked the ball in at the far post inside the fourth minute. Javi Lopez then found Malaga’s second goal with a brilliant finish, Baha whipped in a ball from the right hand side, which beat every player in the box. Lopez took a gamble on it, ran in at the far post and slotted in with authority.

Villarreal 0 – Osasuna 2 (La Liga, January 31, 2010) Juanfran did the damage for the visitors, netting in both halves to stun the home fans and ensure Villarreal’s inconsistent form continues.

Xerez 2 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, January 31, 2010) It seemed to be business as usual for the Barralets as Pierre Webo took the visitors in to the break with a 1-0 win following a brilliant header off Chori Castro’s cross. But seven minutes after the restart the Andalucians were level as Carlos Calvo buried a wonderful looping shot from the edge of the area. Just before the breakCalvo made it a day to remember with his second and thus gave the Xerecistas a fighting chance of staying up.

Valladolid 1 – Almeria 1 (La Liga, January 31, 2010) Albert Crusat linked up brilliantly with Henok Goitom to score a deserved first after twelve minutes, before Manucho was given a straight red after fouling Chico seven minutes before half time. A late, late equaliser from Cesar Arzo gace a point for ten-man Valladolid.

Tenerife 1 – Zaragoza 3 (La Liga, January 31, 2010) Tenerife took the lead three minutes after the break through Juanlu, who got on the end of Pablo Sicilia’s cross to fire past the busy Juan Pablo Carrizo. 15 minutes from time Humberto Suazo converted a penalty after Ezequiel Luna felled Javier Arizmendi in the box. Then floodgates opened, Adrian Colunga scoring a one-on-one after Gabi’s pass before Angel Lafita wrapped it up with a brilliant strike from 20 yards.

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Juventus 1 – Lazio 1 (Serie A, January 31, 2010) Having got rid of coach Ciro Ferrara last weekend, Alex Del Piero looked to hand Juve the three points when he scored from the spot 20 minutes from time. The Bianconeri lead for only eight minutes though before Stefano Mauri brought Lazio level at the back post.

AC Milan 1 – Livorno 1 (Serie A, January 31, 2010) Milan got their noses in front of Livorno a minute before the interval Massimo Ambrosini pounced on a flap from the visiting keeper following a Beckham cross from the right. But the Rossoneri through away their advantage when they failed to clear an early second half corner, Cristiano Lucarelli toe-poking the ball over the line.

Roma 2 – Siena 1 (Serie A, January 31, 2010) John Arne Riise found the net for Roma for the second successive week on the half hour with a brilliant left-footed volley arrowed into the far corner. Simone Vergassola levelled for Siena following up from a free-kick before the break. Second half substitute Stefano Okaka, who is set to join Fulham on a six-month loan deal on Monday, fired a brilliant winner with a deliberate flick of his heel to bring the Stadio Olimpico to life.

Cagliari 2 – Fiorentina 2 (Serie A, January 31, 2010) Fiorentina broke the deadlock at Cagliari after 8 minutes when Marco Marchionni tucked in a left wing cross from 7-yards.A super striker from Andrea Lazzari, firing high into the near post, brought the hosts level in the 36th. And Cagliari went in front early in the second half when Davide Astori headed in a corner. Stevan Jovetic equalised on 62 minutes.

Chievo 1 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, January 31, 2010) For the second week running Marco Di Vaio scored for Bologna at the visitors took a 10th minute lead at Chievo. The Flying Donkeys pulled themselves after the break when Sergio Pellissier slid in unmarked at the back post to convert a corner.

Sampdoria 2 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, January 31, 2010) A wonderful 20-yard drive from Angelo Palombo fired Samp in front against Atalanta and Giampaolo Pazzini bagged a second in injury time at the end of the half. Marco Padalino was shown a straight red card for dissent in the final minute but it did not affect the outcome as Samp took their unbeaten home run in the league past the 12-month mark.

Catania 1 – Udinese 1 (Serie A, January 31, 2010) Antonio Floro Flores headed back across goal to put Udinese in front, Marco Biagianti equalised with ten minutes remaining with a shot across the keeper.

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Bayer Leverkusen 3 – Freiburg 1 (Bundesliga, January 31, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Bayer return to the top of the table thanks to a fabulous first half blitz that saw Stefan Kiessling, Eren Derdiyok and Sami Hyypia score three times in four crazy minutes.

Stuttgart 4 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, January 31, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Stuttgart drew first blood early on when the ball hit Santana in a goalmouth scramble and bounced into the net. Ciprian Marica missed a deciding second when his spot kick hit the bar in the 48th, and Dortmund were back in the match when Lucas Barrios grabbed his 10th season goal for the equaliser. But the hosts had the last laugh, sub Zdravko Kuzmanovic drilled a free-kick into the low right corner in the 77th and Ciprian Marica eventually found the net in the 86th after being denied by the bar a second time. Christian Traesch wrapped up matters with a curling effort in the 89th.

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Lyon 2 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, January 31, 2010) Mavlut Erding put PSG in front on 11 minutes with a near post finish from a corner. With PSG down to ten men after Sakho was sent off, it took Lyon until the 77th minute to equalise through Bafetimbi Gomis and then four minutes later Cris grabbed the winner.

Auxerre 1 – St. Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, January 31, 2010) Auxerre are now just a point adrift of the Champions League places after they saw off St. Etienne, Jean-Pascal Mignot grabbed the only goal of the game against the Ligue 1 strugglers after 77 minutes.

Valenciennes 1 – Sochaux 1 (Ligue 1, January 31, 2010) Valenciennes have now taken only one win from their last seven fixtures after being held 1-1 by Sochaux. Johan Audel fired them in front after 20 minutes at Stade Nungesser but Damien Perquis levelled for the visitors eight minutes into the second half.

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Twente 2 – Roda 0 (Eredivisie, January 31, 2010) Quick-fire goals from strikers Kenneth Perez and Bryan Ruiz in the 70th and 72nd minutes wrapped up the points for McClaren’s title hopefuls.

Feyenoord 1 – Ajax 1 (Eredivisie, January 31, 2010) The battle of the two Dutch powerhouse saw Ajax strike first after 25 minutes when a clinical attack ended with Marko Pantelic stroking the ball into the gaping net. Ajax only had themselves to blame for conceding the equaliser midway through the second half mix up between the Amsterdammers’ keeper and centre half gifted Georginio Wijnaldum the simple job of slotting in the leveller.

Utrecht 0 – Heracles 0 (Eredivisie, January 31, 2010) Heracles remain in fifth spot after earning a goalless draw at Utrecht. Utrecht ended the game with ten men after defender Mihai Nesu was sent off in stoppage time.

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Pacos Ferreira 2 – Academica Coimbra 1 (Liga Sagres, January 31, 2010) Pacos staged a late fightback to beat Academica 2-1. Markus Berger put visitors Academica in front after 47 minutes but Ricardo equalised five minutes from the end and substitute Romeu Torres hit a 90th minute winner.

Vitoria Setubal 2 – Rio Ave 2 (Liga Sagres, January 31, 2010) Rio Ave had keeper Carlos sent off in the first minute and fell behind when Przemyslaw Kazmierczak tucked home a penalty three minutes later. Despite being a man down, Rio Ave then battled their way into a 2-1 lead, with striker Chidi Onyemah scoring after 45 and 74 minutes – his second goal coming a minute after Vitoria had Andre Pinto dismissed. Vitoria then had defender Ney Santos red carded in the 78th minute but three minutes later they levelled when Fernandes Neca scored to earn a point.

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Club Brugge 2 – Westerlo 1 (Jupiler League, January 30, 2010) Ivan Perisic put Brugge ahead in the 14th minute, but Sacha Iakovenko pulled the visitors level eight minutes into the second period. Substitute Joseph Akpala grabbed the winner with three minutes to go, four minutes after coming on to the field.

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Denizlispor 1 – Galatasaray 2 (Turkish Super Lig, January 31, 2010) Arda Turan put Gala ahead after 19 minutes, but had his goal cancelled out by Engin Memisler in the 54th. Gala’s new signing, former Manchester City and Everton forward Jo, grabbed the winner seven minutes later, sweeping a low shot into the far corner on his debut.

Sivasspor 1 – Fenerbahce 5 (Turkish Super Lig, January 31, 2010) Semih Senturk and Umit Boral both netted braces in the win.

Gaziantepspor 0 – Kayserispor 1 (Turkish Super Lig, January 31, 2010) Ariaz Makukula’s incredible season continued as the forward netting the only goal early in the second half to make it 16 out of 16 for the Turkish leading goalscorer.

Bursaspor 3 – Eskisehirspor 1 (Turkish Super Lig, January 31, 2010)

Manisaspor 0 – Ankaragucu 0 (Turkish Super Lig, January 31, 2010)

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Panathinaikos 1 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, January 31, 2010) Dimitris Salpingidis tied it for Panathinaikos in the 27th minute after Nacho Scocco had given AEK the lead in the ninth.

Panionios 0 – Olympiakos 1 (Greek Super League, January 31, 2010) A picture-perfect diving header from Englishman Matt Derbyshire fired Olympiakos in the lead at Panionios.

Xanthi Skoda 2 – Aris 1 (Greek Super League, January 31, 2010) Marcelinho and Watford loanee Nathan Ellington put the hosts 2-up before American duo Freddy Adu (on debut) and Eddie Johnson teamed up for Aris to pull a goal back.

Levadiakos 1 – Asteras Tripolis 0 (Greek Super League, January 31, 2010)

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Beitar Jerusalem 1 – Hapoel Beer Sheva 1 (Ligat ha’Al, January 30, 2010)

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Perth Glory 3 – Central Coast Mariners 1 (A-League, January 31, 2010)

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Corinthians 1 -  Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Paulista, January 31, 2010) Corinthians claimed victory depite having been reduced to 10-men from the 8th minute when Roberto Carlos saw red for a reckless tackle.

Fluminense 3 – Flamengo 5 (Campeonato Carioca, January 31, 2010) Flu looked well in control when Andre and Dario Conca put them 2-up. Adriano pulled one back from the penalty spot but Cassio restored the home sides two-goal advantage. After the break goals from Vagner Love and Kleberson levelled the derby at 3-3 and two late goals from Adriano completed his hat-trick and an incredible victory.

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River Plate 0 – Banfield 1 (Clausura, January 31, 2010) Uruguay’s Sebastian Fernandez scored 16 minutes from time to give champions Banfield a 1-0 away win over River Plate, Fernandez beat goalkeeper Daniel Vega with a low shot after a brilliant lay-off by midfielder Walter Erviti.

Argentinos Juniors 2 – Boca Juniors 2 (Clausura, January 31, 2010) Martin Palermo scored the first goal for Boca against Argentinos after following up a Riquelme shot in the 45th minute. Boca seemed to be controlling the match until the 82nd minute when defender Ezequiel Munoz diverted a free kick into his own net to level the scores. Three minutes later, Riquelme curled a shot into the far corner from the edge of the box to re-establish the lead, but Ismael Sosa stabbed the ball into the net following a free kick in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to claim a draw for Argentinos.

Lanus 3 – Huracan 2 (Clausura, January 31, 2010) Patricio Toranzo opened the scoring for Huracan in the 19th minute with a looping shot that slipped through keeper Marchesin’s fingers. Gaston Machin added a second from a tight angle in the 25th. Gonzalo Castillejos pulled a goal back for Lanus in the 74th minute, but Huracan still looked safe until the 85th minute when Gonzalo Garcia received a red card for handling in the box and Maximiliano Velazquez equalsed from the penalty. Castillejos sealed the comeback victory with the winner in the 91st minute.

Newells Old Boys 0 – Independiente 0 (Clausura, January 31, 2010) Apertura runner-up Newell’s Old Boys played out a scoreless draw with Independiente.


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