Ajax 7 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Ajax, struggling to catch Twente at the top of the table, had a marvelous first half against VVV Venlo. Luis Suarez got the ball rolling inside five minutes before Suarez netted his second from the penalty spot after nine minutes. Marko Pantelic added a third after just 12 minutes to kill the game, and VVV proceeded to be humiliated as Urby Emanuelson rolled home number four while Suarez completed an amazing first 45 with his hat-trick goal. A fine solo effort from Marko Pantelic gave the Amsterdammers a sixth 15 minutes from time, before Pantelic claimed his hat-trick goal for number seven.
FC Utrecht 0 – ADO Den Haag 2 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2010) Danny Buijs set the visitors on their way after 17 minutes and Wesley Verhoek doubled their advantage two minutes before the break to stun the majority of the crowd inside the Nieuwe Galgenwaard. The victory moved ADO out of the relegation play-off zone and up to 15th at the expense of Sparta Rotterdam.
PSV 0 – Feyenoord 0 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2010) PSV’s title challenge all but ended as they were held to a goalless draw in a dire game against Feyenoord.
FC Groningen 4 – Willem II 0 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2010) Thomas Enevoldsen, Nicklas Pedersen and Tim Matavz all scored in the first half, with Leandro Bacuna adding a fourth after 56 minutes. Willem remain second bottom, four points adrift of ADO.
Sparta 1 – Heracles 1 (Eredivisie, April 10, 2010) Sixth-placed Heracles had to settle for a point away to struggling Sparta, Bas Dost fired Heracles ahead early in the second half but his effort was soon cancelled out by Edouard Duplan.
Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Olhanense 1 (Liga Sagres, April 11, 2010) Rui Miguel put Guimaraes in front after 43 minutes, but Andre Ukra equalised from the penalty spot three minutes from time. The result leaves Guimaraes fifth, four points behind Sporting Lisbon, having played a game more.
Leixoes 2 – Pacos Ferreira 0 (Liga Sagres, April 11, 2010) Leixoes’ survival hopes were enhanced by goals from Jose Ze Manel and Christian Pouga but they remain in the drop zone.
Maritimo 3 – Belenenses 3 (Liga Sagres, April 11, 2010) Bottom club Belenenses drew 3-3 with mid-table MaritimoÂ after substitute Vukasin Devic scored a 90th minute equaliser. Rafael Miranda, Campos Djalma and Takahito Soma were on target for Maritimo, while Jose Miguelito and Rodrigo Lima had twice earlier put Belenenses, who had unused substitute Pele sent off, ahead.
Alania Vladikavkaz 1 – CSKA Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2010) CSKA had a profitable first half at Alania, Guilherme opening with a header on the rebound after a free-kick had crashed against the hosts bar. Milos Krasic doubled the visitors advantage on the stroke of halftime when he raced clear down the right and produced a clinical finish. Alania got a foothold in the match when poor marking for CSKA allowed Serhiy Kuznetsov room to plant home a free header from 6-yards. CSKA restored their 2-goal cushion in the 70th minute when starlet Alan Dzagoev dispatched a retaken spot-kick with ease.
Zenit St. Petersburg 1 – Lokomotiv Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2010) A low strike from Vladimir Bystrov ten minutes into the second half earned Zenit the points.
Sibir Novosibirsk 2 – Anji Makhachkala 4 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2010) Anji raced into a 3-nil lead when David Tsorayev and then a Jan Holenda brace scored in the opening 48 minutes of the match. Quick fire goals from Aleksei Medvedev and Maksim Astafyev brought Sibir back in the match by the hour mark, but the hosts then were reduced to nine men as the wheels fell off. A last minute David Tsorayev goal lifted Anji to another three points as the newbees good start to the season continued. Sibir remain bottom with just one point from their opening five games.
Rostov 2 – Amkar Perm 1 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2010) Dusan Andelkovic’s goal five minutes from time earned Rostov victory over Amkar Perm. Mersudin Ahmetovic had given Rostov a first half lead which was cancelled out by Dmitri Sokolov in the 63rd minute.