Manchester United 5 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Pompey were under the cosh from virtually the first minute of the match, but just after the half hour Nadir Belhadj saw his effort cleared off the line by Evans. Manchester United waited until five minutes from the interval to breach the Pompey backline, Wayne Rooney continuing his spellbinding form to head home a Fletcher cross as the visitors’ defence went awol. United doubled their lead in injury time at the end of the half, Nani ran Vanden Borre ragged down the United left hand side and the full-back deflected the winger’s cross past James into the near post. After the break United went into overdrive, Michael Carrick saw a deflected shot loop over James for number three, and Dimitar Berbatov then got on the scoresheet with a gentle strike into the far corner. Dead and buried, Pompey’s misery continued when Marc Wilson turned an Evra cross into his own net.
Liverpool 1 – Everton 0 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The first half of the Merseyside derby was more about the bad tackles and the furious tempo rather than actual goal mouth chances, with the main talking point concerning the sending off of Kyrgiakos in a filthy challenge with Fellaini that should have seen the Belgian dismissed too. Gerrard, after falling all to easily, went close with a free-kick while Cahill sent a point-blank header over the bar at the other end. (First half highlights here.) Nine minutes after the break the 10-men of Liverpool struck as Dirk Kuyt was left unchallenged in the six yard box to head in a corner. Everton were impotent after falling behind and a disappointing day for the Toffees ended when Pineaar collected his second yellow at the death.
Hull 2 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) City fell behind at Hull just before the break, Jan Venegoor of Hesselink held the ball up brilliantly on the edge of the visitors’ box and teed up Jozy Altidore for his first Premier League goal into the bottom corner from 20 yards. The Tigers netted a crucial second at the start of the second half, Hunt’s corner was headed to the edge of the box by Toure and George Boateng cracked in a left-footed bullet past Given. The Citizens found a lifeline when Johnson’s corner wasn’t dealt with by the Hull defence and Emmanuel Adebayor claimed his second goal since returning from the African Cup of Nations.
Tottenham 0 – Aston Villa 0 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Spurs and Aston Villa played out a competitive first half (highlights here) in the race for a Champions League berth, Jermain Defoe having the best chance of the opening 45 when he scooped a shot just over the bar. After the break Villa parked the bus in front of Friedel’s goal, and despite Spurs’ almost total control the Lilywhites failed to find the breakthrough.
Sunderland 1 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Wigan broke the deadlock at the Stadium of Light with an absolute corker, the Black Cats lost possession to Mohamed Diame, the midfielder advanced into the area on the right and released a rocket into the top corner. Kenwyne Jones came to Sunderland’s rescue with a second half header.
Burnley 2 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) The Hammers fell behind at Turf Moor getting sucker-punched by a long ball in the first half, David Nugent latched onto the hoof and lifted the ball over Green for the opener. New signing Danny Fox sealed Burnley’s first league win since October with a stunning second-half free-kick, but substitute Ilan reduced the deficit 10 minutes from time and Mido came agonisingly close to rescuing a point for the Hammers when his low effort struck the post in stoppage time.
Stoke 3 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Stoke started and finished the first half (highlights here) against Blackburn finding the net, Danny Higginbotham swept home a loose corner after eight minutes and Mamady Sidibe headed home an Etherington cross just before the halftime whistle. Christopher Samba then saw red for a second bookable offence for Blackburn after the break, and the Potters capitalised on their extra numbers when Matthew Etherington slotted home from 10 yards for Stoke’s third.
Bolton 0 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, February 6, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Kevin Davies thought he had secured the points late on, only for referee Mark Clattenburg to rule out the goal for a push on Brede Hangeland.
Doncaster 1 – Reading 2 (Championship, February 6, 2010) A fabulous Shane Long header, meeting a brilliant cross from the right wing, fired Reading in front at Doncaster. Doncaster struggled to battle back and Brian Howard added a second in the 77th minute before the Rovers revival. Billy Sharp scored a late penalty for the hosts.
Blackpool 1 – Leicester 2 (Championship, February 6, 2010) French forward Dany N’Guessan netted in the 15th minute when he collected a diagonal pass from Martyn Waghorn and fired home left-footed from 12 yards. Substitute Lloyd Dyer added a second in the 78th minute before Blackpool grabbed a late consolation through Stephen Dobbie.
Aston Villa 3 – Chelsea 1 (Barclays Premier Reserve League, February 1, 2010) The home team had defenders Wilfred Bouma and Curtis Davies in their defence and Nathan Delfouneso up front but it was Andreas Wiemann who gave them a seventh minute lead. Kenny Strickland pulled Chelsea level pouncing on a loose corner eight minutes later, but after the break Villa retook the lead when CiaranClark scored with a gymnastic bicycle-kick. Jonathan Hogg’s last minute goal sealed the win.
Real Madrid 3 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, February 6, 2010)Â Sergio Ramos headed home a Granero free-kick to put Los Blancos ahead against Espanyol. Kaka doubled Real’s lead on the half hour when the Brazilian followed up Granero’s effort on goal. An injury time third from Gonzalo Higuain sealed the win.
Barcelona 2 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, February 6, 2010)Â Leo Messi scored yet another wonder-goal for Barca against Getafe, the pocket-sized dynamo curling home a 25-yard to put the Catalans into a sixth minute lead. Midway through the first half, Gerard Pique received a red card for a high tackle. Xavi claimed Barca’s second in the second half following a great run by Messi. Late on Rafa Marquez was sent off and Soldado dispatched a late penalty.
Valencia 2 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, February 6, 2010) Valladolid fell behind after eight minutes in Valencia when home enforcer Ever Banega intercepted possession on the edge of the visitors’ box before making them pay with a thunderous drive into the top corner. Benaga then turned provider as the Argentine whipped in a delicious cross that David Villa converted with a diving header.
Livorno 1 – Juventus 1 (Serie A, February 6, 2010) Antonio Filippini headed past Buffon to give Livorno the lead. Juventus hit back three minutes before the break, Nicola Legrottaglie equalising, also with a header.
Palermo 2 – Parma 1 (Serie A, February 6, 2010) A brilliant flick-header from Edison Cavani from Miccoli’s pacey free-kick put Palermo in front against Parma just after the hour, but the visitors were soon level again when young striker Jonathan Biabiany was freed in the box and he finished with aplomb. The Sicilians won the match at the death as Fabio Simplicio claimed an 87th minute winner for the men in pink with a brilliant striker into the top corner.
Wolfsburg 1 – Bayern Munich 3 (Bundesliga, February 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Continuing his scintillating form of late, it took Arjen Robben less than two minutes to fire Bayern in front at reigning champs Wolfsburg, and the Munich powerhouse doubled their lead midway through the half when Daniel van Buyten netted yet another goal in an incredible goal-scoring season for the centre-half. Franck Ribery scored a rare goal this season to claim Bayern’s third just before the hour, and there was still time for Grafite to miss a penalty before the Wolfsburg hitman netted a last gasp consolation.
Cologne 3 – Hamburg 3 (Bundesliga, February 6, 2010) With Ruud van Nistelrooy on the Hamburg bench at Cologne, the visitors took a third minute lead through Marcell Jansen before Youssef Mohamad brought the hosts level just after the half hour. The parity was short-lived at Mladen Petric struck a second for HSV ten minutes from the break. Petric completed his brace with a penalty, but two goals down Cologne stormed back to earn a draw as Milivoje Novakovic (75) and Adil Chihi (88) struck to ensure a share of the spoils.
Bochum 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Bundesliga, February 6, 2010) Leverkusen went ahead in the 45th minute through Eren Derdiyok but Zlatko Dedic equalised to secure the hosts a share of the spoils in the 68th minute.
Freiburg 0 – Schalke 0 (Bundesliga, February 6, 2010) Third placed Schalke dropped three points off the Munich giants as they were held to a goalless draw at Freiburg.
Hoffenheim 2 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, February 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Hoffenheim ended their four-game losing streak thanks to two first half goals, Carlos Eduardo grabbed Hoffenheim’s first goal of 2010 after 35 minutes and Sejad Salihovic doubled their lead from the penalty spot five minutes before the interval. Arouna Kone made things interesting by pulling one back for Hannover 12 minutes after the break but the equaliser was not forthcoming.
Nurnberg 1 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, February 6, 2010) Timo Gebhart put Stuttgart in the lead at Nurnberg with a tidy finish after 22 minutes after the hosts had recklessly lost possession in defence. The hosts hit back on the hour mark courtesy of last weekend’s hat-trick man Albert Bunjaku as the striker continued his hot streak. Stuttgart stole the points when Roberto Hilbert struck three minutes from time.
Rennes 4 – Bordeaux 2 (Ligue 1, February 6, 2010) Rennes got off to the perfect start when Sylvain Marveaux opened the scoring in the third minute and Jimmy Briand doubled their lead from the spot 15 minutes later. A shock seemed on the cards when Ismael Bangoura extended their advantage three minutes after the break although the champions threatened a comeback with goals from Yoan Gouffran and Wendell. Substitute Asamoah Gyan, who had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds, put the result beyond doubt 12 minutes from time.
Grenoble 5 – Auxerre 0 (Ligue 1, February 6, 2010) Grenoble stunned in-form Auxerre as four first half goals helped the league’s rock-bottom side to a stunning 5-0 victory at the Stade des Alpes. Danijel Ljuboja, Daisuke Matsui and a brace from Nassim Akrour ensured the hosts were out of sight before the break. Matsui grabbed a second eight minutes after the restart to cap a brilliant night for Grenoble who recorded only their second league victory of the season.
PSG 0 – Lorient 3 (Ligue 1, February 6, 2010) All Lorient’s goals came in the first-half, a penalty through Marama Vahirua, and the others from Kevin Gameiro and Morgan Amalfitano which led to calls for the first time this season from the notoriously emotional PSG fans to chant for coach Antoine Kombouare to be dismissed.
Nice 1 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, February 6, 2010) A long punt from Loic Remy was only half headed away, allowing Chaouki Ben Saada to convert and give the hosts a shock lead. Lille were far from their most free-flowing for the duration of the game but levelled matters on 74 minutes as the unmarked Tulio de Melo headed home a free-kick from Ludovic Obraniak.
Boulogne 0 – Montpellier 2 (Ligue 1, February 6, 2010) There were no problems for Montpellier as the surprise packages of the title race this season came away with a 2-0 win at second from bottom Boulogne thanks to a first half effort by Souleymane Camara and then one in time added on at the end of the match by Victor Hugo Montano.
Sochaux 1 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, February 6, 2010) The visitors took a first-half lead at the Stade Auguste Bonal courtesy of a goal from Issiar Dia and they had also hit the woodwork twice before Stephane Dalmat levelled matters after the break for Sochaux.
Sporting Lisbon 1 – Academica 2 (Liga Sagres, February 6, 2010) Rui Santos Orlando fired the visitors into a shock second minute lead, but Sporting equalised through Joao Moutinho midway through the first half. Sporting then suffered a major setback in their title challenge as Joao Ribeiro secured a fine away win for Academica.
Vitoria Setubal 1 – Benfica 1 (Liga Sagres, February 6, 2010) Marc Zoro’s own goal handed Benfica, three points clear of second-placed Braga at kick-off time, a 14th minute lead, only for David Luiz to return the favour seven minutes before half-time. Vitoria had Fernandes Neca sent off in the last minute, but the draw lifted them out of the relegation zone.
PSV 2 – ADO Den Haag 0 (Eredivisie, February 6, 2010) A near post header from Maza Rodriguez gave PSV an early lead against Den Haag. Ola Toivonen doubled the lead at the second attempt just after the hour.
Heerenveen 2 – Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, February 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Serial goal-scorer Gerald Sibon scored both his sides goals, breaking the deadlock in the fifth minute before converting a 51st minute penalty.
AEK 3 – Xanthi 1 (Greek Super League, February 6, 2010) Serial-goalscorer Blanco netted a brace for AEK.
Kavala 1 – Pas Giannina 0 (Greek Super League, February 6, 2010) Elias Kotsios’s own goal separated the sides.
Aris 0 – Panthrakikos 1 (match suspended) (Greek Super League, February 6, 2010) A terrible slip from the home goalie in the driving rain allowing Fotis Papoulis to roll the ball into the empty net, but that mattered little as the match was eventually called off.
Kayserispor 0 – Galatasaray 0 (Super Lig, February 6, 2010) Gala passed up the chance to move two points clear at the Turkish Super Lig summit as they were held to a draw by Kayserispor. Hakan Aslantas was sent off just after the hour for the hosts but Gala were unable to take advantage and remained behind leaders Fenerbahce on goal difference.
Eskisehirspor 2 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 (Super Lig, February 6, 2010) Herve Tum looked to have earned the visitors a point when he struck midway through the second half to cancel out Jaycee John Okwunwanne’s opener, but Umit Karan’s 89th minute goal stole the points.
Adelaide United 2 – Brisbane Roar 0 (A-League, February 6, 2010) The Reds took the lead through an opportunist Fabian Barbiero goal in the seventh minute before vice-captain Lucas Pantelis doubled the advantage early in the second half.
Newells Old Boys 4 – Boca Juniors 2 (Clausura, February 6, 2010)
Lanus 3 – Argentinos Juniors 6 (Clausura, February 6, 2010)
Velez Sarsfield 2 – Gimnasia La Plata 1 (Clausura, February 6, 2010)
Tigre 2 – Colon 2 (Clausura, February 6, 2010)
Corinthians 4 – Sertaozinho 0 (Campeonato Paulista, February 6, 2010)
Japan 0 – China 0 (East Asian Championship, February 6, 2010) China were awarded the penalty when defender Yuto Nagatomo handled the ball in the area, but keeper Narazaki made a diving save on Rong Hao’s spot kick.
Rosenborg 1 – CSKA Moscow 4 (Friendly, February 6, 2010) Morten Moldskred fired Rosenborg into a 4th minute lead against CSKA in their pre-season friendly with a cracking strike from 25-yards. The Russians soon turned the match on its head after striker Tomas Necid levelled after 20 minutes, playmaker Milos Kransic then scored a fine individual effort four minutes later, and Necid then claimed his second of the match to close out a frantic nine minute spell for the Russians. Pavel Mamaev added a fourth for CSKA with a powerful header at the start of the second half.