Baggies inch closer to the Premier League; Sporting hit five; Braga win 5-goal thriller against 7-man Vitoria; Aalborg keeper Zaza drops a clanger in a home draw with SonderjyskE; Janko double leads Salzburg

West Brom 3 – Leicester 0 (Championship, April 2, 2010) James Morrison fired the home side into the lead with a half volley before Robert Koren doubled the advantage in first-half injury-time. Slovenian international Koren grabbed his second of the match late on. Second-placed Albion are now 12 points ahead of third-spot occupants Nottingham Forest who can only claim a maximum of 18 from their remaining six games.

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Sporting Lisbon 5 – Rio Ave 0 (Liga Sagres, April 2, 2010) Sporting got on the scoresheet early through Yannick Djalo after just six minutes. Three minutes before halftime Liedson found the back of the net for his 13th strike of the season. Djalo made it three in the 56th minute with his second of the game, and Joao Moutinho put the match well out of reach with Sporting’s fourth goal in the 66th minute. Djalo capped off his hat-trick with 15 minutes to play.

Braga 3 – Vitoria Guimaraes 2 (Liga Sagres, April 2, 2010) Vitoria opened in the 18th minute when Rui Miguel’s well-placed shot eluded Eduardo, but Braga levelled four minutes before halftime courtesy of Alan’s penalty. It was 2-1 to the home side in the 79th minute when Albert Meyong converted Braga’s second spot kick of the game, only for Vitoria to level in injury time when Andrezinho struck from the spot in added time. An incredible match ended with Vitoria having four men sent off after Braga won a highly contested penalty moments later, and Meyong slotted it home for the winner.

Nacional 1 – Leixoes 0 (Liga Sagres, April 2, 2010)

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Ankaragucu 0 – Besiktas 0 (Superliga, April 2, 2010) Besiktas blew the chance to go level at the top of the league as they were held to a goalless draw by Ankaragucu.

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Aalborg 1 – SonderjyskE 1 (SAS Ligaen, April 2, 2010) The visitors played with only ten men from the 33rd minute, but they were gifted a 75th opener thanks to one of the howlers of the week as Aab keeper Karim Zaza’s terrible error of judgment in trying to control a back-pass allowed Henrik Bodker to tackle the goalie and score. Aalborg equalised three minutes from time when Jeppe Curth converted a set-play from close range.

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RB Salzburg 2 – Mattersburg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, April 2, 2010) Salzburg’s giant forward Mark Janko scored a second half double – his second a cute flick that allowed the cliche a great touch for a big man to be applied.

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Karpaty Lviv 1 – Chernomorets Odessa 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 2, 2010)

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LA Galaxy 2 – Chivas USA 0 (MLS, April 1, 2010) Edson Buddle beat Chivas defender Michael Umana to get his head to Sean Franklin’s cross in the seventh minute, and Buddle poked in an insurance goal from six yards after being set up by Landon Donovan in the 87th minute.

Houston Dynamo 2 – Real Salt Lake 1 (MLS, April 1, 2010) Javier Morales gave RSL an early lead after he  buried a low shot past Pat Onstad. Despite having the better of the possession and frustrating the Dynamo for much of the first half, Salt Lake was undone by two penalty decisions against Jamison Olave that allowed Brad Davis to give the Dynamo a second half lead that they held onto for the points.

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Huracan 0 – Colon 0 (Clausura, April 2, 2010) There was little to separate Huracan and Colon Santa Fe as they played out a drab goalless draw at the Estadio Tomas Adolfo Duco.