Football Roundup: Champions League: Bendtner hattrick puts Gunners through; Bayern lose but dramatically go through; Sunderland net first win of 2010 thanks to Bent hattrick; Rangers extend lead at top of SPL to 13 points

Nicklas Bendtner and Samir Nasri
Nicklas Bendtner, left, and Samir Nasri were in good form at the Emirates last night

Nicklas Bendtner struck a hat-trick as Arsenal outclassed Porto to overturn a first-leg deficit with ease and clinch a place in the last eight of the Champions League. Bendtner – heavily criticised after a succession of misses in Saturday’s win against Burnley – was a relieved man after a clinical display after Arsene Wenger decided to stick with the Dane for the crucial encounter.

Arjen Robben celebrates scoring in Florence
Robben scored a 30-yard scorcher to put Bayern into the quarter-finals

Bayern Munich reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League on away goals despite losing 3-2 at Fiorentina – their first defeat in 19 games.

Continue reading “Football Roundup: Champions League: Bendtner hattrick puts Gunners through; Bayern lose but dramatically go through; Sunderland net first win of 2010 thanks to Bent hattrick; Rangers extend lead at top of SPL to 13 points”

Football Roundup: Monday Night

Liverpool’s hopes of finishing 4th, and an automatic entry into next year’s Champions League, suffered a major blow after a disastrous display which lead to a 0-1 defeat at Wigan. Rafa Benitez claimed “It was a fair result”.

Hugo Rodallega
Rodallega, left, scored his first goal since Boxing Day

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Football Roundup:Everton thrash Hull; Terry ends tough week by sending Chelsea into FA semis; Superb Aston Villa comeback too good for Reading; Mourinho furios as Inter held

Frank Lampard and John Terry
Lampard hugs Terry after the latter ended a tough week with a goal and an assist

Everton thrashed Hull in the only Premier League game on Sunday. A brace from Arteta, a Garcia own goal and a couple of late strikes from Donovan and Rodwell did the trick for them.

Chelsea stormed into the Semis of the FA Cup with a comfortable win over Stoke. Terry first set up Lampard and then scored himself to give Chelsea the win and end a tough week on a high.

Aston Villa looked certain to be embarrased by Reading as the home side went 2-0 up at the break thanks to a brace from Shane Long. But a spirited second half performance, which saw them score 3 goals in 10 minutes from Ashley Young and Carew, ended up easily beating the hosts with Carew finishing with a hat-trick.

Mourinho was left fuming after his side, who played with 3 up front, failed to score a goal and could manage only a 0-0 draw. Their lead, however, is still 4 points.
Continue reading “Football Roundup:Everton thrash Hull; Terry ends tough week by sending Chelsea into FA semis; Superb Aston Villa comeback too good for Reading; Mourinho furios as Inter held”

Football Roundup: Scholes’ 100th saves ManUtd’s blushes; Arsenal move to joint 2nd; Pompey advance to semis of FA Cup; Roma-Milan cancel each other out; Barca drop points; Real get dramatic come-from-behind win

Paul Scholes
Scholes got the decisive goal, his 100th in the premier league, to take United to the summit

Paul Scholes was the Saviour for Manchester United as the Red Devils edged past a determined Wolves  thanks to a 100th League goal for the veteran Englishman. Although United have moved to the top of the league temporarily, it was no where near a satisfying performance from the reigning champions.

Arsenal also kept pace with the leaders, winning 3-1 against 2nd from bottom Burnley, but made hard work of the win. And injury to influential captain Francesc Fabregas will not help their cause either.

Continue reading “Football Roundup: Scholes’ 100th saves ManUtd’s blushes; Arsenal move to joint 2nd; Pompey advance to semis of FA Cup; Roma-Milan cancel each other out; Barca drop points; Real get dramatic come-from-behind win”

Football Roundup: Another unconvincing win for Liverpool; Juventus shocked at home; Rangers deliver knock-out punch to Celtic in Old Firm derby

Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres scored as Liverpool won a bad-tempered contest against Blackburn to move to within one point of fourth spot. Gerrard gave the hosts the lead after 20mins only for Keith Andrews to equalize from the spot after further 20mins. Then 4mins later at the stroke of half-time, Torres marked his return to first team action with a fine winner.

Moving to Wembley, Manchester United beat Aston Villa to become the first team to retain the Carling Cup.

Meanwhile in Scotland, Rangers moved a step closer to securing a second successive Scottish Premier League title with victory over 10-man Celtic in a pulsating Old Firm derby. Rangers, who now move 10 points ahead with a game in hand, will believe the victory all but secures their second successive title.

Celtic captain Scott Brown saw red after a tussle with Kyle Lafferty
Celtic captain Scott Brown saw red after a tussle with Kyle Lafferty

Continue reading “Football Roundup: Another unconvincing win for Liverpool; Juventus shocked at home; Rangers deliver knock-out punch to Celtic in Old Firm derby”

Football Roundup: Arsenal win but match marred by horrific Ramsey injury; Barca scrap through while Real win comfortably

Arsenal came from behind to beat Stoke in a match marred by an horrific injury to Welsh teenager Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal left it really late to keep their title hopes alive but the talking point surely has to be the horrific injury to Aaron Ramsey inflicted by Ryan Shawcross, who hours later was selected by England Boss Fabio Capello for the side to face Egypt in a friendly on Wednesday

Pugh gave Stoke an early lead from a typical Delap throw-in but his effort was soon cancelled out by a brilliant header from Bendtner.

Fabregas then scored his 13th goal of the season from the spot in the 91st minute and then Vermaelen put the game to bed with an easy goal at 94 minutes.

Aaron Ramsey
Stoke's Glenn Whelan attends to Aaron Ramsey following the tackle

Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross leaves the pitch in tears after his challenge on Ramsey
Ryan Shawcross
Shawcross regretted the tackle as he left the pitch in tears after his challenge on Ramsey

Continue reading “Football Roundup: Arsenal win but match marred by horrific Ramsey injury; Barca scrap through while Real win comfortably”

Football Roundup: Manchester City humiliate Chelsea at Stamford Bridge; Portsmouth get priceless win at Burnley

Manchester City inflicted Chelsea’s first home Premier League defeat this season in a game which began with Wayne Bridge refusing John Terry’s handshake.

Terry Bridge
Wayne Bridge ignores John Terry

Frank Lampard’s low strike put Chelsea ahead but Carlos Tevez equalised after a long ball was not dealt with, before Craig Bellamy shot beyond Hilario to make it 2-1 in favor of the away team.

Tevez then scored a penalty after Juliano Belletti saw red for a trip on Gareth Barry before a Bellamy tap-in.

Michael Ballack also saw red and Lampard scored a consolation penalty.

This 4-2 win meant that Manchester City completed a first league double over Chelsea since 1953.

Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 27 February 2010


Birmingham

McFadden (pen 45+2)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
Wigan
Bookings:

Ridgewell (90)

Bookings:

N’Zogbia (39)
Rodallega (54)
Caldwell (70)


Bolton

Knight (45+1)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
Wolverhampton
Bookings:

Henry (48)
Keogh (74)


Burnley

Paterson (31)

1-2
(HT 1-1)
Portsmouth

Piquionne (25)
Yebda (pen 76)

Bookings:

Carlisle (75)

Bookings:

Wilson (81)
Rocha (85)

Sent off:

Rocha (90+1)


Chelsea

Lampard (42, pen 90+1)

2-4
(HT 1-1)
Man City

Tevez (45+1, pen 76)
Bellamy (51, 87)

Bookings:

Terry (49)
Ivanovic (58)
Ballack (68)

Bookings:

Zabaleta (49)

Sent off:

Belletti (75)
Ballack (81)

Coca Cola Championship

Saturday, 27 February 2010


Barnsley

Hume (75)

1-0
(HT 0-0)
Blackpool
Bookings:

Ormerod (55)
Vaughan (74)
Baptiste (79)


Coventry

Stead (55)
Clingan (68)

2-1
(HT 0-0)
Scunthorpe

McCann (83)

Bookings:

Barnett (50)
Morrison (69)

Bookings:

Sparrow (67)
Byrne (90+4)

Sent off:

Barnett (59)


Doncaster

Coppinger (37)

1-1
(HT 1-0)
Crystal Palace

Djilali (67)

Bookings:

Ward (80)

Bookings:

Hill (69)
Clyne (75)
Lee (80)


Ipswich 0-0
(HT 0-0)
Bristol City
Bookings:

Wickham (85)

Bookings:

Williams (62)


Leicester

Berner (68)
Gallagher (79)
King (81)

3-0
(HT 0-0)
Nottm Forest
Bookings:

Wellens (9)
Hobbs (52)
Waghorn (70)

Bookings:

Earnshaw (36)
Majewski (38)
Gunter (70)
Perch (77)
Morgan (86)


Middlesbrough

Robson (pen 39, pen 45+2)

2-0
(HT 2-0)
QPR
Bookings:

Killen (72)

Bookings:

Gorkss (45+1)


Preston

Parkin (pen 30, 54)
Brown (86)

3-0
(HT 1-0)
Cardiff
Bookings:

Coutts (45+1)
Mawene (88)

Bookings:

Quinn (48)
Burke (53)
McNaughton (63)
Chopra (75)

Sent off:

Coutts (52)


Reading

Kebe (42, 71)
Rasiak (45+1, 65)
Church (52)

5-0
(HT 2-0)
Sheff Wed

Sheff Utd

Camara (7)
Ward (35, 47)
Cresswell (80)

4-3
(HT 2-0)
Plymouth

Bolasie (48)
Mason (56)
Mackie (85)

Bookings:

Cresswell (37)
Morgan (72)

Bookings:

Stockdale (45)
Mackie (72)


Swansea

Cotterill (pen 19)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
Peterborough

Watford

Hoskins (90+1)

1-2
(HT 0-1)
Newcastle

Coloccini (4)
Carroll (50)

Bookings:

Helguson (17)
Harley (43)

Bookings:

Best (23)
Williamson (25)
Nolan (44)
Smith (49)
Van Aanholt (90)


West Brom

Brunt (67, 77)
Cox (83)

3-1
(HT 0-0)
Derby

Porter (49)

Bookings:

Brunt (32)
Tamas (47)

Bookings:

Barker (36)
Moxey (76)

League One

Saturday, 27 February 2010


Brighton

Elphick (26)
Dicker (49)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Exeter
Bookings:

Duffy (53)
Harley (63)
Dunne (90+2)


Bristol Rovers

Blizzard (16)
Kuffour (67)
Lines (79)

3-2
(HT 1-1)
Colchester

O’Toole (21)
Odejayi (89)

Bookings:

Elliott (58)

Bookings:

Wordsworth (6)
Batth (24)
Ifil (67)
Tierney (77)


Carlisle

Harte (41, pen 52)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Gillingham

Huddersfield

Pilkington (13)
Roberts (85)

2-2
(HT 1-0)
Leeds United

Howson (61)
Becchio (66)

Bookings:

Lowry (32)
Naylor (54)
Becchio (83)


Leyton Orient 0-0
(HT 0-0)
Swindon
Bookings:

Sheehan (44)


Millwall

Harris (9)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
Hartlepool
Bookings:

Liddle (37)


Oldham 0-1
(HT 0-0)
Norwich

Holt (53)

Bookings:

Stephens (47)


Southampton

Puncheon (8)
Barnard (33, 36)
Lambert (61)
Lallana (89)

5-1
(HT 3-1)
Walsall

Richards (3)

Bookings:

Westlake (40)
Deeney (90+1)


Stockport

Partridge (22)
Donnelly (23, 60)
Johnson (53)

4-3
(HT 2-0)
Wycombe

Phillips (67, 70)
fon Williams (og 85)

Bookings:

McLeod (45+2)


Yeovil

MacDonald (23)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
MK Dons
Bookings:

Tomlin (81)

Bookings:

Gleeson (31)
Leven (37)
Townsend (44)
McCracken (55)


Friday, 26 February 2010


Southend

Paterson (31)

1-2
(HT 1-0)
Charlton

A Sodje (73)
Reid (90+1)

Bookings:

Watt (43)

Bookings:

Bailey (26)
Reid (87)

Sent off:

Christophe (25)

League Two

Saturday, 27 February 2010


Barnet 0-0
(HT 0-0)
Bury
Bookings:

Lockwood (24)


Bradford

Hanson (26)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
Darlington
Bookings:

Flynn (15)
McCammon (40)

Bookings:

Diop (29)
Gray (42)


Burton Albion 0-1
(HT 0-0)
Rotherham

Le Fondre (52)

Bookings:

Kabba (86)

Bookings:

Walker (86)
Sharps (90+2)


Chesterfield 0-1
(HT 0-0)
Aldershot

Hylton (64)

Bookings:

Hylton (70)


Dag & Red

Scott (49)
Green (86)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Grimsby
Bookings:

Pack (74)


Lincoln City

Somma (46)

1-1
(HT 0-0)
Crewe

Miller (84)

Bookings:

Hughton (82)


Macclesfield 0-1
(HT 0-0)
Rochdale

O’Grady (60)

Bookings:

Atkinson (66)


Morecambe

Jevons (20)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
Port Vale
Bookings:

Dodds (32)


Northampton

Akinfenwa (52)
Harris (85)

2-1
(HT 0-0)
Cheltenham

Watkins (78)

Bookings:

Low (11)
Eastham (48)
Watkins (79)


Notts County

Westcarr (34, 56, pen 73)
Rodgers (pen 89, 90)

5-0
(HT 1-0)
Hereford
Bookings:

Thompson (43)
Rodgers (58)
Hamshaw (76)

Bookings:

Preston (13)

Sent off:

Adamson (71)
Downing (88)


Shrewsbury

Dunfield (49)

1-0
(HT 0-0)
Bournemouth
Bookings:

Holden (65)

Bookings:

Bartley (32)
Cummings (80)


Torquay

Mansell (50)
Kempton (og 90+5)

2-1
(HT 0-0)
Accrington Stanley

Symes (69)

Bookings:

Rowe-Turner (87)
Carlisle (90+3)

Bookings:

Edwards (16)

Scottish Premier League

Saturday, 27 February 2010


Aberdeen 0-1
(HT 0-0)
Hearts

Jonsson (64)

Bookings:

Kerr (16)
McDonald (38)
Diamond (88)

Bookings:

Jonsson (19)
Mulrooney (59)
Balogh (90+4)

Sent off:

Kingston (52)


Dundee Utd

Goodwillie (pen 17)
Gomis (30, 87)

3-0
(HT 2-0)
Falkirk
Bookings:

Gomis (62)

Bookings:

Arfield (47)
Healy (59)


Hibernian

Stokes (pen 3)

1-1
(HT 1-0)
St Johnstone

Craig (pen 85)

Bookings:

Bamba (9)
Nish (52)
Hogg (69)
Miller (84)

Bookings:

Smith (2)
Moon (7)
Davidson (62)


Motherwell

Murphy (69)

1-0
(HT 0-0)
Kilmarnock
Bookings:

Murphy (71)

Bookings:

Fowler (73)


St Mirren 0-0
(HT 0-0)
Hamilton
Bookings:

Dargo (67)
Mehmet (90+3)

Bookings:

Easton (50)
McLaughlin (83)
Neil (90)
Elebert (90+2)

German Bundesliga

Saturday, 27 February 2010


Borussia M’gladbach

Brouwers (72)

1-1
(HT 0-0)
SC Freiburg

Cisse (56)

Bookings:

Matmour (68)

Bookings:

Simon Pouplin (78)


Hertha Berlin 0-2
(HT 0-1)
TSG Hoffenheim

Ba (35)
Ibisevic (90+2)

Bookings:

Rafael (54)
Cicero (55)

Bookings:

Simunic (63)


Mainz

Bance (45)

1-2
(HT 1-1)
Werder Bremen

Borowski (32)
Prodl (50)

Bookings:

Polanski (89)
Elkin Soto (90)

Bookings:

Hunt (13)
Abdennour (21)
Pasanen (89)

Sent off:

Florian Heller (13)


VfB Stuttgart

Cacau (40, 45)

2-1
(HT 2-1)
Eintracht Frankfurt

Kohler (39)

Bookings:

Marica (90)
Delpierre (90)

Bookings:

Schwegler (77)
Spycher (88)


VfL Bochum 0-0
(HT 0-0)
Nuremberg
Bookings:

Concha (73)
Maltritz (84)

Bookings:

Bunjaku (37)
Tavares (77)

Sent off:

Bunjaku (87)


Friday, 26 February 2010


Schalke 04

Howedes (66)
Rakitic (83)

2-1
(HT 0-0)
Borussia Dortmund

Sahin (pen 47)

Bookings:

Kuranyi (54)

Bookings:

Valdez (56)
Blaszczykowski (68)
Sven Bender (76)
Grosskreutz (90+2)

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Football Roundup: Rooney HEADS Manchester United to victory; Barcelona held; Bordeaux get vital away win

Wayne Rooney scored another brace for Manchester United and both of them were headers – his latest style of scoring goals. For a man who had just 4 headed goals to his name has already scored around 7 this term. Another dimension to this remarkable footballer’s game.

Meanwhile in the Champions League, Barcelona earned a hard-fought draw against Stuttgart thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike from close range and Bordeaux got a crucial away win at Olympiacos.

Wayne Rooney
Rooney scored his 19th goal in 19 games against West Ham last night

Continue reading “Football Roundup: Rooney HEADS Manchester United to victory; Barcelona held; Bordeaux get vital away win”

Football Roundup: Aston Villa crush Burnley; City – Liverpool ends in an ugly stalemate; Inter, Bayern held in respective leagues; Barca extend lead

All results from Sunday (doesn’t include games currently in progress or due to start OF COURSE) Continue reading “Football Roundup: Aston Villa crush Burnley; City – Liverpool ends in an ugly stalemate; Inter, Bayern held in respective leagues; Barca extend lead”

Football Roundup: Everton shock ManUtd; Chelsea extend lead at top to 4 points; Arsenal, West Ham register comfortable wins

In the early kick-off today, Manchester United traveled to Goodison Park aiming to get a win and put pressure on Chelsea but miserably failed to do so. After Berbatov opened the scoring for the visitors in the 16th minute, it was all Everton. After Bilyaletdinov’s equaliser 3 minutes later, 2 second half super subs (Gosling and Rodwell) did the trick for the home team.

Meanwhile in London, Bendtner’s early goal and a stoppage time penalty from skipper Fabregas was enough to give the gunners a 2-0 home win over Sunderland.

At Wolves, although the home team looked threatening to score first, it was Drogba who eventually scored in the 40th minute and then got his 2nd in the 67th minute to put the game to bed.

Strikes from Behrami, Cole and and injury-time penalty from Faubert ensured West Ham got a much needed win over Hull.

Continue reading “Football Roundup: Everton shock ManUtd; Chelsea extend lead at top to 4 points; Arsenal, West Ham register comfortable wins”

Football Roundup: 17th Feb Results

2 more pre-quarter fixtures were played in the Champions League last night which saw Porto being gifted a win by Arsenal while Klose grabbing a last grasp (and controversial) winner against Fiorentina for Bayern Munich.

Other results from around the world included too. Continue reading “Football Roundup: 17th Feb Results”