Steve Bruce defended Ahmed Elmohamady over the Egyptian's controversial attempt to score in a "horrible" 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United.
Everton ended Alan Pardew's unbeaten start as Crystal Palace manager after Romelu Lukaku sealed a 1-0 Premier League win at Selhurst Park.
Jonathan Walters' hat-trick gave Stoke City a 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened QPR in the Premier League on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge marked his return from injury with a goal in Liverpool's 2-0 win over West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.
Harry Kane netted a double to make it 20 goals for the season as Tottenham brushed West Brom aside 3-0 at The Hawthorns.
Manchester United beat Leicester City 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, making amends for their 5-3 defeat earlier in the season.
Real Madrid eased to a 4-1 Liga win over Real Sociedad on Saturday, with Karim Benzema scoring twice for the leaders.
Sunderland got their first glimpse of Jermain Defoe's predatory instincts as he netted in their 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley.
Having allowed Mattia Destro to join Milan, Roma have swiftly reinforced their attacking ranks by signing CSKA Moscow's Seydou Doumbia.
Tommy Smith was airlifted to hospital after sustaining a head injury late on in Huddersfield Town's 2-1 defeat to Leeds United.
Remy Cabella scored his first goal for Newcastle United in a 3-0 win at Hull City and John Carver hailed the midfielder's quality.
Algeria and Ivory Coast meet in the last of the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals on Sunday, with Herve Renard demanding progression.
James Troisi claimed 'Australian spirit' got the Socceroos over the line in Saturday's breathless Asian Cup final win over South Korea.
A fifth consecutive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final awaits Ghana if they are able to overcome Guinea at the Estadio de Malabo.
Australia deserved to claim their maiden Asian Cup title, admits South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.
Mattia Destro and Salvatore Bocchetti are both in contention to make their Milan debuts on Sunday, says Filippo Inzaghi.
Australia veteran Tim Cahill's international career may be coming to an end but he expects the game to take off after their Asian Cup win.
Goals from Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran gave Newcastle United a 3-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.
Having reached the Asian Cup final without conceding, Uli Stielike believes South Korea deserve credit despite Saturday's showpiece defeat.
Defensive recruitment the priority for Inter in closing days of the transfer window, says Roberto Mancini.