Gil Vicente bring Sporting down from their Euro high

Gil Vicente 2 – Sporting Lisbon 0 (Liga Sagres, March 19, 2102) Rodrigo Galo scored with a long-range strike in the 13th minute, and Claudio converted a 55th minute penalty following a foul by Sporting defender Stijn Schaars.

Santander stay on course for the drop after losing 3-1 at Espanyol

Espanyol 3 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, March 19, 2012) Christian Stuani fired Racing 1-up in the 13th minute connecting witha  left wing cross, but Espanyol were level in the 26th when Joan Verdu found the target with a fabulous curler. Inter Milan loanee Philippe Coutinho scored his third goal since arriving at Espanyol in the 33rd […]

Quaresma stars as Besiktas beat Manisaspor

Besiktas 4 – Manisaspor 1 (Super Lig, March 19, 2012) Weeks after saying he’d never play for Besiktas again, home coach Carlos Carvalhal brought back Ricardo Quaresma into his team and the mercurial Portuguese forward grabbed a brace in the victory over Manisaspor. The win was completed late on with an excellent solo goal from Manuel Fernandes. […]

Cristaldo’s cracker seals Metalist win over Karpaty

Metalist Kharkiv 3 – Karpaty 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 19, 2012) Metalist followed up their incredible Europa League win at Olympiakos last week with a domestic victory, Jonathan Cristaldo claiming the pick of the goal with a brilliant shot on the turn at the death.

Almost A Dutch Disaster: Mark van Bommel’s lucky escape from a falling advert

AC Milan bruiser Mark van Bommel narrowly avoided a freakish tackle from behind last week at the Rossoneri’s training ground. Basking in fine Italian sunshine, van Bommel conducted an interview Sky Sports in the great outdoors. However, rather than leaving nature to fill the backdrop behind the Dutchman, a murky see-through panel plastered with sponsors filled the […]

Two bad misses from the Bundesliga: Milivoje Novakovic (Cologne) & Mladen Petric (Hamburg)

Both Cologne and Hamburg blew great goal-scoring opportunities last weekend, and in both cases the teams went on to lose. Cologne suffered a miserable 4-1 away defeat to Hannover, but it could well have been different had Milivoje Novakovic not fluffed his lines in front of an empty net. The chance, though, wasn’t so easy. Swedish forward Mikael Ishak thumped a […]

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