VIDEO: Spurs ease past Fulham; Wolves & Liverpool play out bore draw; West Ham hold Pompey in their relegation scrap; Coyle upsets Burnley with 1st Bolton win

Tottenham 2 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, January 26, 2010) Just after the 25 minute mark at White Hart Lane, Peter Crouch poked Tottenham into the lead after great work from Modric. On the hour David Bentley grabbed Spurs’ second with a deflected free-kick. The win strengthened Tottenham’s hold on fourth spot and also marked Gareth Bale’s first Premier League win as a Spurs starter.

Wolves 0 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, January 26, 2010) (First half highlights here.) A dull match failed to bring any respite for Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez as his side were devoid of creativity and imagination. Riera forced a routine save from Hahnemann early in the second half.

Portsmouth 1 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, January 26, 2010) Asmir Begovic covered himself in glory midway through the first half against West Ham, saving well from Collison and then Nouble. Matthew Upson put the Hammers in front with a scrappy goal, Danny Webber equalised with 14 minutes to go.

Bolton 1 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, January 26, 2010) Owen Coyle achieved his first points as Bolton manager and against a club he left only weeks ago. Bolton made the breakthrough through Chung-Yong Lee in the 34th minute, taking advantage of a superb ball from Davies as the South Korean clipped in a shot that hit the underside of the bar, down, and out with the ref awarding a goal.

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Bristol City 0 – Cardiff 6 (Championship, January 26, 2010) Peter Whittingham scored his 15th league goal of the season in the 19th minute and Ross McCormack (23) and Michael Chopra (24) then netted within a minute of each other. A Liam Fontaine own goal two minutes before halftime made it four and Chopra (46) and McCormack (57) each grabbed their second of the night before City finally stopped the rot in the final half an hour.

Nottingham Forest 5 – QPR 0 (partial highlights) (Championship, January 26, 2010) Robert Earnshaw fired in a free-kick from the edge of the D before Paul Anderson fed the Welshman for a second three minutes later. Kaspars Gorkss then upended Earnshaw to concede a penalty which was swept home by Hoops old boy Dexter Blackstock. Chris Cohen drove in from distance just after the break before James Perch added an angled fifth from close range.

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Roma 1 – Catania 0 (Coppa Italia, January 26, 2010) Roma’s almost constant pressure finally paid off 16 minutes from time when Okaka cushioned the ball into the path of who Daniele De Rossi drilled it in the bottom corner with a smart left-foot finish.

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Le Mans 2 – Bordeaux 3 (Coupe De La Ligue, January 26, 2010) Bordeaux fell behind after just five minutes of the rescheduled last 16 tie when Anthony Le Tallec side-stepped two defenders to score for the home side. The visitors then took control with goals by Yoan Gouffran and France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff in the 14th and 36th minutes. Le Mans levelled two minutes later through Joao Paulo Andrade but Bordeaux sealed victory when Jaroslav Plasil netted from close range five minutes into the second half after a Marouane Chamakh centre. Le Mans had captain Joao Paulo sent off in stoppage time for a foul on Gourcuff.

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Cercle Brugge 1* – Anderlecht 0 (Agg. 2-2) (Beker van Belgie, January 26, 2010) Anderlecht’s hopes of claiming a domestic double were shot down by Cercle Brugge who knocked the league leaders out the cup on away goals,Bojan Bozovic scoring an amazing goal from an almost impossible angle by the touchline after only five minutes.

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Besiktas 4 – Konya Sekerspor 2 (Turkiye Kupasi, January 26, 2010) Nobre and Nihat Kahveci both bagged braces for Besiktas.

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Melbourne Victory 4 – Wellington Phoenix 0 (A-League, January 26, 2010) The defending champions produced a vintage counter-attacking display to reclaim top spot Down Under, goals from Archie Thompson (check out the celebration!), Carlos Hernandez and Matthew Kemp followed on from an unfortunate Tim Brown own goal as Melbourne leapfrogged Sydney FC to go two points clear at the top of the league ladder.

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Argentina 3 – Costa Rica 2 (International friendly, January 26, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Diego Maradona returned to the Argentina bench and saw his home-based players take the lead three times. Estudiantes midfielder Jose Sosa opened the scoring, Michael Barrantes equalised only for Guiullermo Burdisso to put the home side in front again. Diego Madrigal looked to have sown up the draw with 13 minutes remaining but Franco Jara hit the winner three minutes later.

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Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – Wisla Krakow 0 (Friendly, January 26, 2010)

Young Boys 1 – Hajduk Split 2 (Friendly, January 26, 2010)

FC Salzburg 1 – Steaua Bucharest 1 (Friendly, January 26, 2010)


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