Tottenham 0 – Portsmouth 2 (AET) (FA Cup semi-final, April 11, 2010) Penniless Pompey more than held their own in their goalless first half (highlights here) with Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final, although Tottenham forged the majority of the chances in an open 45. The Lilywhites dominated the second half (highlights here) but where still unable to break the deadlock, and when the match moved into extra time the magic of the cup saw Portsmouth go ahead as Dawson slipped when defending a free-kick and Frederic Piquionne took advantage to score. With four minutes remaining Dindane streaked into the Spurs box where he fell under a challenge from Palacios, the ref pointed to the spot and Kevin Prince Boateng sent the south coasters mental converting the penalty.
Blackburn 0 – Manchester United 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Despite having the best of the opening forty-five minutes, with Antonio Valencia seeing Paul Robinson smother the chance of the half, Manchester United headed into the break at Ewood Park locked in a stalemate. (First half highlights here.) After the break the match turned toothless, Dimitar Berbatov missing the best chance for the Red Devils in the second half as United’s title hopes faltered badly.
Manchester City 5 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, April 11, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) In the 38th minute Manchester City broke the deadlock with a penalty from Carlos Tevez after Adebayor had fallen to ground in the Blues box. With the deadlock broken City raced into a 2-nil lead, Nedum Onuoha heading home an Adam Johnson corner in the 40th. A crazy end to the first half continued as Birmingham hit back, James McFadden worked the space down the left and crossed for Cameron Jerome to head home. And the goals kept raining in the opening 45 when City hoofed a long ball down their left, Craig Bellamy collected ahead of keeper Taylor before teeing up Emmanuel Adebayor to score from close-range. (First half highlights here.) City killed off the contest in the 74th minute when Nedum Onuoha notched his brace, the defender taking full advantage of statuesque Brum defending to run from 40-yards through on goal and firing a left-footed shot from 18 yards. Emmanuel Adebayor wrapped up the points when he latched on a long Given punt, get the wrong side of Scott Dann all-too-easily, to slot in number five.
Liverpool 0 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool dominated for long periods in the opening 45 at home to Fulham, but a string defensive performance from the Cottagers kept the score goalless at the interval. (First half highlights here.) Liverpool continued to create and spurn opportunities after the break and with it their top four dreams appear to have completely evaporated.
Wolves 0 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Chances were few and far between in a fiercely competitive but rather turgid stalemate at Molineux. Mamady Sidibe then squandered the game’s best chance early in the second half when he smashed over from close range. Wolves had a few bright moments of their own but had to settle for a point that takes them six clear of the relegation zone.
Newcastle 4 – Blackpool 1 (Championship, April 10, 2010) Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Wayne Routledge were the Geordies’ scorers as the Toon celebrated their Premier League promotion in style.
Brighton 1 – Carlisle 2 (League One, April 10, 2010) Gary Madine’s 88th minute header gave Carlisle victory at Brighton, just three minutes after Tommy Elphick looked to have snatched a point for the hosts by cancelling out Ian Harte’s opener.