Bundesliga play resumed in Germany after the league took January off for the traditional winter break. Hannover 96 and Steve Cherundolo earned a 1-1 draw away from home at Hamburg. Hannover was the better team throughout, and Cherundolo went 90 minutes as his club remained in 7th place.
In England, Tim Howard kept a clean sheet, but Everton were controversially denied a late winner, after an offside flag disallowed Andy Johnson’s goal. Howard made four saves for the Toffees, who still sit in fourth place, one point ahead of rivals Liverpool.
Finally in Holland, Heerenveen continued its fantastic form, smashing seven goals past Vitesse Arnhem. Michael Bradley grabbed his 16th goal in all competitions (his 12th in the Eredivisie) and also added two assists.
Heerenveen’s win vaults them into second place, nine points behind leaders PSV, who also won today. The two clubs meet next Saturday in what could be a vital match in the title race…