Real Madrid 0 – Liverpool 1 (Champions League, February 25, 2009) (Extended highlights here.)Â Iker Casillas showed why he is at the top of his game turning aside Fernando Torres’ well-struck shot after 20 minutes. Real, spearhead by Arjen Robben, were looking potent on the break and two left footed shots from Marcelo and Robben went narrowly wide of Riena’s posts. After the break Robben continued to be Real’s biggest threat as his forced Reina to tip over his 30-yard strike. With the match heading to a close Liverpool scored the crucial away goal, Aurelio whipping in an inswinging free-kick from the right and Yossi Benayoun became the Reds’ unlikely hero with a great header past Casillas.
Chelsea 1 – Juventus 0 (Champions League, February 25, 2009) (Extended highlights here.)Â After Didier Drogba sent a header narrowly over the bar, Chelsea blunted Claudio Ranieri’s return to the Bridge in the 12th minute. Salomon Kalou picked up a loose ball outside the box, threaded a stunning pass through the Juve defence to Didier Drogba and the Ivorian made no mistake in beating Gigi Buffon. Alex Del Piero showed his attacking threat flashing a shot across Cech’s goal.
Sporting Lisbon 0 – Bayern Munich 5 (Champions League, February 25, 2009) (Extended highlights here.)Â Philipp Lahm saved Bayern’s bacon in Lisbon heading Anderson Polga’s shot off the line. The Germans broke the deadlock in the 40th minute with a superb solo goal from Franck Ribery, the Frenchman picked up the ball just inside the Sporting half, rode in between two challenges before steadying himself and firing a shot through the legs of Tiago. Bayern pulled further ahead with a crucial second away goal, an Oddo cross was flicked on by Toni and Miroslav Klose turned the ball over the line. The match, and potentially the tie, was put to bed when Franck Ribery stroked home the third from the penalty spot. Bayern virtually confirmed their place in the quarters with two late goals, Ribery teased the Portuguese defence before crossing for Luca Toni to score and the Italian added a fifth in injury time after some joke Sporting defending.
Villarreal 1 – Panathinaikos 1 (Champions League, February 25, 2009) (Extended highlights here.)Â Panathinaikos had an excellent shout for a first half opener at Villarreal when Karagounis’ free-kick appeared to be saved behind the line by keeper Diego Lopez. The Greeks then did take the lead after the break when Giorgos Karagounis scored a wonderful 20-yard effort past Lopez. But the lead didn’t last long as Giuseppe Rossi levelled from the spot after Pires was felled in the box.
Coventry 1 – Blackburn 0 (FA Cup, February 24, 2009) Leon Best was the Sky Blues’ hero, heading home Aron Gunnarsson’s centre just before the hour mark. Sam Allardyce made 11 changes from the team that lost in the league at Manchester United on Saturday, with the Cup seemingly not a priority for the Rovers boss.
Fulham 2 – Swansea 1 (FA Cup, February 24, 2009) Jason Scotland gave Swansea the lead in the 46th minute with a shot from inside the penalty area after latching on to a pass from Mark Gower. But the Premier League side scored two late goals to go through, Clinton Dempsey equalised with a header from a Davies cross and Bobby Zamora hit an 80th minute winner with another header from a Davies cross.
AEK Athens 1 – Xanthi Skoda 0 (Greek Cup, February 25, 2009) Blanco’s second half header settled the tie.
Caracas 3 – Lanus 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 25, 2009) Two minutes into the second half, Jose Manuel Rey rifled a 25-yard free-kick that hit the crossbar and bounced down just over the line. Dario Figueroa scored the second minutes later with a cool finish of Prieto’s cross. Caracas went 3-up when Rafael Castellin buried the ball from a pass by Figueroa, while Jose Sand netted a 86th minute consolation.
Chivas Guadalajara 6 – Everton 2 (Copa Libertadores, February 25, 2009) Chivas took a 4-goal lead into the break after Sergio Ponce, Ramon Morales (penalty), Alberto Medina and Marco Fabian De La Mora scored in the first half. Everton roared back after the break with goals from Roberto Gutierrez and a Ezequiel Miralles penalty. But Chivas killed the game with two late goals from Javier Hernandez in the 77th and 88th minutes.
Deportivo Quito 1 – Cruzeiro 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 25, 2009) Ramires headed Cruzeiro ahead in the 38th minute before the visitors had Wellington Paulista sent off four minutes later and were then reduced to 9-men when Fabricio followed midway through the second half. Deportivo, who had Luis Checa dismissed in the 52nd minute, pressed forward and Bagner Caicedo headed their equaliser in injury-time.
Gremio 0 – Universidad de Chile 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 25, 2009) Gremio dominated most of the match but failed to score for their troubles.
Cruz Azul 1 – Pumas 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, February 25, 2009) Lozano’s 5th minute free-kick arrowed into the top corner for the only goal of the game.
Impact Montreal 2 – Santos 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, February 25, 2009) Eduardo Sebrango slid between two defenders and blasted a shot past goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez in the fifth minute. And the veteran striker notched his second 15 minutes from time with a header to record a famous night for Canadian soccer.
Zambia 0 – Senegal 0 (African Nations Championship, February 25, 2009) Senegal’s Babacar Ndiour was dismissed nine minutes from time for a second bookable offence. The draw keeps Zambia on top of Group A on goal difference, with Senegal level on points just behind them.