Tottenham 3 – Fulham 1 (FA Cup quarter-final replay, March 24, 2010) Fulham struck first at White Hart Lane when Duff strode through the middle and slipped a ball through to Bobby Zamora and the striker curled a beauty past Gomes with his left foot. Minutes into the second half and Spurs levelled as substitute David Bentley saw his free-kick bounce in the box and beyond Mark Schwarzer without anyone touching the ball. On the hour, fellow replacement Roman Pavlyuchenko continued his outstanding form as he fired home. The win was sealed not long after when a wonderful flowing Spurs move saw Eidur Gudjohnsen round Schwarzer and fire home
Portsmouth 0 – Chelsea 5 (Premier League, March 24, 2010) (Slightly longer highlights here.) Chelsea went into the break 1-nil up at Fratton Park, and the goal was a howler as David James completely missed a kick (via a bump in the pitch) that allowed Didier Drogba to latch onto the ball and score into an open net. (First half highlights here.) Th excellent Florent Malouda netted Chelsea’s second when he was released on the left by Lampard and he lashed home an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net left-footed. The Blues killed the game with a third, Lampard seeing his parried shot converted by Florent Malouda on the rebound. Pompey were then embarrassed when Chelsea notched a fourth, Didier Drogba running on to Jon Mikel Obi’s pass and drilling home his shot in at the near post. A horrible night for Pompey ended when Drogba’s knock-back fell to the unmarked Frank Lampard who nodded in from a yard.
Aston Villa 1 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, March 24, 2010) Villa were stuck at 1-all at the interval with Sunderland (first half highlights here) after Frazier Campbell raced through the home backline and produced a fabulous finish to score. John Carew pulled Villa level getting on the end of Young’s cross.
Manchester City 0 – Everton 2 (Premier League, March 24, 2010) Everton took the lead at Eastlands when a training ground free-kick saw the ball cut back to Baines who whipped in a cross that Tim Cahill nodded over the line. City’s top four ambitions were sunk five minutes from time when Mikel Arteta slotted home a fine second after a superb run from Jack Rodwell.
Injury time saw a scuffle between the two managers as Roberto Mancini went a little insane as David Moyes held on to the ball a little too long.
Blackburn 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, March 24, 2010) David Dunn put Blackburn ahead against his former club in the fifth minute with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area. James McFadden equalised for Birmingham in the 55th minute with a perfectly-placed free-kick, but Dunn grabbed the winner in the 67th minute, heading home El-Hadji Diouf’s corner.