Manchester United 3 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, February 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.)Â Wayne Rooney was again the toast of Old Trafford as the hosts broke the deadlock after 37 minutes with West Ham, a sweeping attack saw Berbatov lift the ball out wide to Valencia on the right, the winger volleyed in a cross towards the six yard box and Rooney finished with a diving header. (First half highlights here.) Wayne Rooney continued his phenomenal form 10 minutes into the second half as the goalscoring-machine converted his second header of the night from another Valencia cross. Rooney was withdrawn with just over 10 minutes remaining for Michael Owen, and Little Mickey wasted little time getting involved as he clipped the ball past Green from Scholes’ neat through-ball.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview can be seen here.
Stuttgart 1 – Barcelona 1 (Champions League, February 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.)Â Stuttgart scored first against reigning champs Barcelona after 25 minutes as Gebhart whipped in a fine cross from the right towards Cacau and the four-goal hero from Saturday beat Puyol to the ball to guide his header past Valdes. Six minutes into the second half Barca levelled, it wasn’t pretty, but a high ball into the box was flicked on between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pique and on the second attempt the Swede stabbed the ball past Lehmann.
Olympiakos 0 – Bordeaux 1 (Champions League, February 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.)Â Bordeaux bagged a potentially tie-changing away goal on the stroke of halftime at Olympiakos as defender Michael Ciani powered home a header from a free-kick. (First half highlights here.)
Benfica 4 – Hertha Berlin 0 (Agg. 5-1) (Europa League, February 23, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After their 1-all draw in Berlin, Benfica sent early warning shot when Saviola and Angel di Maria went close early on. And it wasn’t long before the Eagles struck, as in the 24th minute Pablo Aimar finished off a lovely back-to-front move from the Portuguese hosts. Three minutes into the second half Benfica scored a second to leave Hertha needing a miracle, seasoned striker Oscar Cardozo planted home a trademark header. From there Benfica motored, Javi Garcia chalked up the third on the hour before Cardoza claimed his brace to leave Hertha humiliated.
Leeds 2 – Oldham 0 (League One, February 23, 2010) Leeds remain three points behind after Luciano Becchio scored twice in seven second-half minutes to beat Oldham at Elland Road. Becchio pounced on a rebound in the 54th minute and then headed a second in the 61st as Leeds saw off Athletic 2-0.
Internacional 2 – Emelec 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 23, 2010) Nei equalised for Internacional from long range in the 53rd minute after Emelec had taken the lead through a low shot from David Quiroz in the 49th. The Brazilian club secured a winning start to its Libertadores campaign with a winner from Alecsandro following a pass from Andresinho in the 87th.
Deportivo Italia 1 – Velez Sarsfield 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 23, 2010) Velez striker Hernan Lopez bundled the winning goal against Deportivo Italia following a corner in the 54th minute as Velez secured a second straight victory to top Group 7.
Morelia 0 – Nacional 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 23, 2010) Morelia striker Miguel Sabah was sent off for headbutting an opponent during his club’s 0-0 draw with Nacional.
Bunyodkor Tashkent 3 – Al-Ittihad Jeddah 0 (Asian Champions League, February 23, 2010) The Uzbekis, coached by former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, got off to a flyer when 37-year-old Rivaldo curled home Bunyodkor’s opener after just four minutes. Jasur Hasanov doubled the hosts’ advantage in the 21st minute, and Brazilian striker Denilson completed the scoring in the 67th minute.
Kashima Antlers 1 – Changchun Yatai 0 (Asian Champions League, February 23, 2010) Japanese international midfielder Koji Nakata met a 43rd minute free-kick with a smart header into the far corner as Kashima won their opening match of this season’s Asian Champions League.
Seongnam Ilhwa 2 – Kawasaki Frontale 0 (Asian Champions League, February 23, 2010) Last season’s K-League runner-up Seongnam went ahead in the 34th minute when Montenegro striker Dzenan Radoncic played a through ball for Mauricio Molina and the Colombian midfielder slid home the opener.Â Their roles were reversed for the second goal in the 78th minute as Molina teed up Radoncic’s powerful finish.
Al-Jazira 1 – Al-Garrafa 2 (Asian Champions League, February 23, 2010) The Qataris got their noses in front of the Emirati neighbours when Otmane El Assas rocketed home a beauty from the edge of the hosts box on 16 minutes. Younis Mahmoud doubled the visitors lead early in the second half before Rafael Sobis scored with an opportunist strike into the Al-Garrafa near post in the 56th minute.
Zob Ahan 1 – Al Wahda 0 (Asian Champions League, February 23, 2010) Igor Castro’s strike on the hour earned the Iranians the win.
Al Ahli 1 – Esteghlal 2 (Asian Champions League, February 23, 2010) Veteran forward Farhad Majidi was the hero for Esteghlal scoring a double.
Beijing Guoan 1 – Melbourne Victory 0 (Asian Champions League, February 23, 2010) A second half strike from former A-League goalscorer Joel Griffiths was the difference as Beijing outplayed their rivals and kicked off their campaign in a strong fashion.
Dynamo Kiev 2 – Zenit St. Petersburg 1 (Friendly, February 23, 2010) Artem Kravets and a Artem Milevsky penalty proved enough for Kiev, Thomas Hubocan netting Zenit’s sole goal.