Man City survived a scare after 22 minutes at Anfield when a loose ball in their box was barely cleared to safety. At the other end Steven Ireland missed a glorious opportunity to give the Citizens the lead just before the half hour, while Albert Riera had the best chance in the first half for the Reds but the Spaniard dragged his shot wide after good work from Torres.
Fulham 2 - West Brom 0 (Premier League, Feb. 22, 2009): The Cottagers broke the deadlock on the hour mark. Pantsil worked the space down the right, saw his cross flicked on by Johnson, and Bobby Zamora connected at the back post to score. The second arrived 10 minutes later, Zamora controlled a long ball on his chest and hammered a shot that Carson parried with Andy Johnson on hand to slot into an empty net.
Southampton 3 - Preston 1 (Championship, Feb. 21, 2009): Andrew Surman opened the scoring for Saints on 19 minutes before Marek Saganowski dipped a spectacular volley over the Preston goalkeeper from 25 yards to double Southampton’s lead. The Polish international striker took his tally to six goals in seven games with a fine individual goal just before halftime. Wallace pulled a goal back for Preston late on.
Leeds 2 - Cheltenham 0 (League One, Feb. 21, 2009): Jonny Howson broke the deadlock after 54 minutes when he headed in Robinson’s right-wing cross before doubling Leeds’ advantage 11 minutes later after receiving a well-executed pass from Fabian Delph.
Jaroslav Plasil gave Osasuna a second minute lead against Numancia after being played through the visitors’ defence and slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
AC Milan 1 - Cagliari 0 (Serie A, Feb. 22, 2009): After 66 goalless minutes, the Rossoneri moved ahead of Cagliari when Clarence Seedorf slotted the ball into an open net, although Pipo Inzaghi clearly pushed a defender out the way in the buildup to the goal.
Fiorentina 2 - Chievo 1 (Serie A, Feb. 22, 2009): Santiago Morero came up from the back and managed to get on the end of a corner as the visitors took a 12th-minute lead at Fiorentina. Alberto Gilardino brought the Viola level 20 minutes from time with a well-placed header into the corner. The end of the match was frantic; Chievo had Italiano sent off before Adrian Mutu (who else!) popped up to claim a 93rd-minute winner.
Nantes 1 - Caen 1 (Ligue 1, Feb. 21, 2009): Caen, without a win in their last 10 outings, got off to a flying start with an early goal from Anthony Deroin, only for Christian Bekamenga to square matters just before halftime.
Lorient 1 - Sochaux 2 (Ligue 1, Feb. 21, 2009): Lorient went ahead after Vahirua released Kevin Gameiro in the box, and the striker beat three defenders before shotting through the legs of Teddy Richerts. But second half goals from Vaclav Sverkos and Mevlut Erding’s last minute winner gave Sochaux their first away win of the season.
Toulouse 0 - Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, February 21, 2009): Toulouse missed the chance to go second and keep pace with leaders Lyon, as they were held to a goalless draw by lowly Valenciennes.
Ajax fell behind at home to Volendam when van Basten’s defence was once again torn open and Gerson Sheotahul arrived on the scene to stroke home the opener. Luis Suarez equalised for Ajax with a header following a set-play.
Sparta 1 - Twente 2 (Eredivisie, Feb. 22, 2009): Sander van Gessel turned home a Eljero Elia left wing cross into his own net to give Twente the lead at Sparta.
De Graafschap 0 - Feyenoord 2 (Eredivisie, Feb. 22, 2009): Feyenoord took a 54th-minute lead when Karim El Ahmadi carried the ball upfield unopposed and scored from the edge of the box. Forgotten man Jon Dahl Tomasson wrapped up the win with a second in injury time after De Graafschap gave away the ball in midfield.
Utrecht 0 - NEC 2 (Eredivisie, Feb. 22, 2009): Utrecht’s goalie Michel Vorm was completely at fault for NEC’s 77th minute opener, the keeper failing to catch a simple header from Youssef El-Akchaoui before Joel Tshibamba added a second minutes later.
Rio Ave 1 - Vitoria Setubal 0 (Superliga, Feb. 21, 2009)
Young Boys 4 - FC Aarau 0 (Swiss Super League, Feb. 21, 2009): Marco Schneuwly and Seydou Doumbia both bagged a brace.
Suwon Bluewings 1* - LA Galaxy 1 (Pens. 4-2) (Pan-Pacific Championship final, Feb. 22, 2009): Suwon took a 39th-minute lead when Sean Franklin headed into his own net. Mike Magee drew the Galaxy level with a 89th-minute penalty. The South Korea side won the tourament on penalties.