It was Sergio to the rescue for Real. After a nine-month, 40-game winning streak was ended by back-to-back losses to Sevilla last Sunday and, more jarringly, Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, Real Madrid began a new run of victories with a 2-1 win over Malaga on Saturday. With the win, Real consolidated its La Liga lead, staying at least a point ahead of Sevilla with a game in hand. It will be the 14th time that Real finishes top of the table in 18 rounds of matches, and the 10th in a row.
Jan 22 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the Dutch championship matches on Sunday Sunday, January 22 Excelsior 1 Go Ahead Eagles Deventer 1 Utrecht 0 Ajax Amsterdam 1 NEC Nijmegen 2 Roda JC Kerkrade 0 PSV
In a curious twist even for this occasionally erratic soccer tournament, the African Cup of Nations was targeted by hackers on Saturday, with a group claiming to be Russian saying they had "taken down" the tournament's official website in a protest against what they called host country Gabon's dictatorial president. The Confederation of African Football's site was not working when Ghana became the second team at the tournament after Senegal to qualify for the quarterfinals with a narrow 1-0 win over Mali. Egypt, returning to the African Cup after missing the last three, then beat Uganda 1-0 with an 89th-minute goal from Abdallah Said to be the team best-placed to join Ghana in the quarterfinals from Group D.