Manchester United 1 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Was it intentional? Chelsea were celebrating after 19 minutes at Old Trafford after a mazy run from the excellent Malouda down the left was converted by a brilliant back-to-goal flick from Joe Cole that saw the ball trickle into Van der Sar’s far post. United were denied penalty calls for tackles on Park Ji-Sung and Gary Neville in the first half (highlights here) but the Blues were worthy of their lead at the break. United cranked up the pressure for the majority of the second half, but in the 77th minute Chelsea score on the counter-attack as Kalou freed fellow sub Didier Drogba (a yard offside) on the right and the Ivorian slammed his shot past Van der Sar. Within minutes United had a lifeline with their own two substitutes combining, Nani teased his way down the left and his cross was turned into the net (handball?) by 18-year-old sensation Federico Macheda. (Post match montage here.)
Arsenal 1 – Wolves 0 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal had the bulk of the possession and chances in the first half (highlights here) against Wolves but the Gunners were frustrated in their efforts to find the back of the net. Wolves were harshly reduced to 10-men early in the second half when Karl Henry saw red for a tackle on Tomas Rosicky but it took Arsenal until the 94th minute to capitalise when Sanga cross was header home by Nicklas Bendtner for a dramatic winner to keeper their title hopes alive.
Burnley 1 – Manchester City 6 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Manchester City came charging out the blocks at Turf Moor and had the game wrapped up in the opening minutes. Emmanuel Adebayor volleyed home the first from a corner, Craig Bellamy nipped in for number two and Carlos Tevez tapped home the third after Jensen had spilled a shot. After three goals in the opening seven minutes, City had to wait till the 20th to score the fourth, Patrick Vieira heading home the fourth. An appalling first half for Burnley ended when Tevez freed Emmanuel Adebayor through the centre and the striker faked out Jensen in goal before netting City’s fifth. City continued their rampage after the break when Adam Johnson’s swung in another corner from the left that Vincent Kompany headed in. Steven Fletcher netted a consolation 20 minutes from time smashing in a beauty into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Sunderland 3 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Darren Bent dented Spurs’s top four hopes after just 36 seconds at the Stadium of Light as the striker pounced on Gomes’s parry from Campbell to score. Just before the half hour Tottenham were 2-down, Gomes saved Malbranque’s shot only for newbee Kyle Walker to foolishly handle in the box, and Darren Bent gobbled up the chance to bag a second against his former employers. Spurs were fortunate not to be 3-down at the break but Gomes saved a second spot-kick fro Bent after Modric had given away another penalty. (First half goals here.) Sunderland won another penalty when Palacios brought Meyler down in the box but again Gomes denied Bent his hat-trick saving a second spot-kick. Connecting with Kranjcar’s looping cross in the 72nd minute, Peter Crouch out-jumped everyone to direct a downward header past Gordon. But hopes of a fightback were dashed by Bolo Zenden when he brilliantly volleyed his team’s third after his left foot met Henderson’s cross.
Bolton 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Ashley Young put Villa 1-up at the Reebok when the winger picked up the ball in the inside left channel and curled a right-footed beauty in the top corner of the far post.
Stoke 2 – Hull 0 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â A lightning start at the Britannia saw Stoke score inside six minutes against Hull, Dave Kitson headed on a long ball for Ricardo Fuller, who took advantage of a flat-footed McShane to race through on goal and finish with the outside of his right foot. Liam Lawrence wrapped up the win a minute from time when he passed the ball into the bottom corner from 16 yards after being teed up by Etherington.
Iain Dowie’s post match interview can be seen here.
Portsmouth 0 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â PortsmouthÂ produced a fantastic fighting display to earn a goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers after Anthony Vanden Borre was sent off for the Blues midway through the second half.
Cardiff 2 – Swansea 1 (Championship April 3, 2010) Andrea Orlandi gave the Swans a 28th minute lead straight from a right-wing corner as the Spaniard scored his first this season. Michael Chopra scored his first league goal for three months just before halftime smashing home Jay Bothroyd’s flick. Michael Chopra dramatically ended Cardiff south Wales derby hoodoo with a stoppage time winner.