Back to the future as Porto hold United; Adebayor’s cracker earns Arsenal a score draw at Villarreal

Manchester United 2 – Porto 2 (Champions League, April 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended ITV highlights here.) Porto look threatening from the word go and United set off to another stuttering start and four minutes in the Portuguese score, Cristian Rodriguez curling a beauty past Van der Sar after Evans failed to clear in defence. Porto proved to be their own worst enemies, a horrendous no-look back-pass by Bruno Alves was intercepted by Wayne Rooney who, after dummying the keeper into falling, slipped in the equaliser. United continued to produce a hit-and-miss performance after the break, Helton showing off for the cameras to palm away a Vidic header. Just like on Sunday, after rarely looking like scoring United looked to have pulled the rabbit out the hat late on. Neville’s throw-in was craftily flicked on by Rooney using his heel, and Carlos Tevez sent the Stretford End wild sliding the ball home at the near post. But with a minute left United’s luck ran out, Lucho Gonzalez was given space to swing in a right wing cross and Mariano Gonzalez converted at the back post.

Villarreal 1 – Arsenal 1 (Champions League, April 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here and ITV highlights here.) Villarreal’s main man Marcos Senna pulled out a 30-yard cracker that ripped into the top corner past Almunia’s outstretched hand after 10 minutes. (First half highlights here.) The Gunners upped their game after the break and scored a goal of pure beauty, Cesc floated a ball into Emmanuel Adebayor in the box, the Togolese striker controlled the ball on his chest, ending with a spectacular acrobatic bicycle-kick to score.

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Leyton Orient 2 – Leeds 2 (League One, April 7, 2009) Robert Snodgrass’ brace, in the ninth and 60th minutes, appeared to have put United in control at Brisbane Road, especially after Jason Demetriou was sent off for the handball which led to the penalty for the visitors’ second. But Sean Thornton (65) kept hope alive, and then Simon Church answered Orient’s prayers to salvage a point, leaving Leeds level with MK Dons but just behind their play-off rivals on goal difference.

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Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 – Newcastle Jets 1 (Asian Champions League, April 7, 2009) Newcastle started strongly and dealt the hosts an early blow when Tarek Elrich scored a rebound in the 9th minute. Grampus Eight were level in the 64th minute Keiji Tamada curled home a fine free-kick which had keeper Ben Kennedy rooted to the spot.

Ulsan Hyundai 1 – Beijing Guoan 0 (Asian Champions League, April 7, 2009) Oh Jang-eun came off the bench to score the winner for the South Koreans. Home goalkeeper Kim Young-kwang also played his part in the win as he saved a late Huang Bowen penalty.

Saba Battery 0 – Pakhtakor 2 (Asian Champions League, April 7, 2009) The Iranians Mohsen Yousefi sent off midway through the first half and the Uzbekis made their numerical advantage count after the break with a double from Farhod Tadjiyev.

Armed Forces FC 1 – Kashima Antlers 4 (Asian Champions League, April 7, 2009) Masashi Motoyama put the visitors ahead in the 23rd minute only for the hosts to quickly respond with a Hafiz Osman header two minutes later. Atsuto Uchida put Kashima ahead once again three minutes before the break and Yuya Osako headed home early in the second half. Daniel Bennett sealed the win when he struck his side’s fourth in injury time.

Al-Hilal 2 – Al-Ahli 1 (Asian Champions League, April 7, 2009) The visitors stunned the hosts when they took the lead in the 12th minute through Ahmed Khalil before Yasser Al Qahtani levelled in the 31st minute. Radoi then scored from the spot in injury-time to ensure the three points went Al Hilal’s way.

Umm Salal 1 – Esteghlal 0 (Asian Champions League, April 7, 2009) Fabio Cesar scored the only goal in the 68th minute.

Al Jazira 0 – Al Ittihad 0 (Asian Champions League, April 7, 2009)

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River Plate 0 – Nacional 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 7, 2009) River’s disappointing goalless draw leaves the Argentines, twice former winners, in danger of being eliminated at the group stage.

Universitario Peru 2 – Libertad 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 7, 2009) Miguel Ximenez opened the scoring in the 13th minute for already qualified Libertad, with a volley off a Marin free-kick. Ronaille Calheira leveled the scores with a header in the 28 minutes before Piero Alva cut inside the Paraguayan defense to fire home the winner in the 61st.

Nacional 1 – Deportivo San Martin 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 7, 2009) Martin Arzuaga gave San Martin the lead before halftime and Fabio Escobar headed Nacional’s equaliser in the 65th minute.

Gremio 3 – Aurora 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 7, 2009) Rafael Marques headed his side ahead on the stroke of half-time, before headed goals from former Barcelona and Mallorca forward Maxi Lopez and Rever completed the win late on against the Bolivians.

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Cruz Azul 3* – Puerto Rico Islanders 1 (Pens. 4-2) (CONCACAF Champions League, April 7, 2009)