Benfica beat Porto in the cup final; Ajax hit five; Zenit make late point with Spartak; Olympiakos sink Pana; PAOK stumble; Anderlecht hit four; Gala lose & more

Benfica 3 – Porto 0 (League Cup Final, March 21, 2010) Porto had a nightmare after six minutes of the cup final with Benfica when keeper Nuno fumbled a simple collection from Ruben Amorim’s 25-yard daisy-cutter and the ball squirmed into the net. Benfica doubled the lead with a screamer on the stroke of halftime, Carlos Martins ripping a 30-yard free-kick into the far top corner. A injury time third from Oscar Cardozo sealed the cup for Benfica.

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RKC 1 – Ajax 5 (Eredivisie, March 21, 2010) For the second week running Ajax midfielder Siem de Jong got himself on the scoresheet as the Amsterdammers took a 9th minute lead at lowly RKC. Ajax then gave away a horrible goal to allow the hosts back into the game as striker Marko Pantelic ducked when defending a free-kick and Ruud Berger was on hand to gobble up the scrapes to level. Ajax retook the lead at the start of the second half when leading goalscorer Luis Suarez grabbed his 28th league goal of the season controlling in the box and firing into the far corner. Ajax opened up a 2-goal lead in the 65th minute when RKC’s Hans Mulder turned a left-wing cross into his own net. RKC then had Berger sent off for a second booking 20 minutes from time, and Ajax punished the ten men in the final few minutes when Luis Suarez notched his brace and Dennis Rommedahl hit a fifth as Ajax’s title challenge maintained momentum with their 8th straight league win.

Sparta Rotterdam 0 – AZ Alkmaar 1 (Eredivisie, March 21, 2010) David Mendes da Silva slid home the only goal of the game in the fourth minute.

FC Groningen 1 – Roda 0 (Eredivisie, March 21, 2010) A header from Olufawemi Ajilore in the second minute sealed the victory.

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Zenit St. Petersburg 1 – Spartak Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, March 21, 2010) Spartak broke the deadlock at Zenit after 12 minutes, striker Weliton getting the final touch after a free-kick caused mayhem in the home defence. Zenit claimed an equaliser a minute from time when defender Nicolas Lombaerts powered home a header from a free-kick.

CSKA Moscow 0 – Dynamo Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, March 21, 2010)

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Panathinaikos 0 – Olympiakos 1 (Greek Super League, March 21, 2010) Pana last chance at salvaging their season went down the toilet when Englishman Matt Derbyshire scored the winner in the 67th minute.

PAOK 0 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, March 21, 2010) An awful mistake from the home keeper allowed Ismael Blanco to bag the winner after 16 minutes.

Levadiakos 2 – Panthrakikos 0 (Greek Super League, March 21, 2010)

Kavala 3 – Larissa 3 (Greek Super League, March 21, 2010)

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Lokeren 0 – Anderlecht 4 (Jupiler League, March 21, 2010) Anderlecht took a thiurd minute lead through superstar Romelu Lukaku and RSCA doubled their lead when Kouyate’s effort went in in the top corner. Further goals from Juhasz and Marek Boussoufa in the second half wrapped up the points.

KV Mechelen 2 – Zulte-Waregem 1 (Jupiler League, March 21, 2010) An own goal from Steve Colpaert put the hosts ahead on 29 minutes and Maxime Biset doubled the advantage in the 72nd. Zulte’s Kevin Roelandts pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 80th minute but Mechelen held on to their lead for a 2-1 win.

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Trabzonspor 1 – Galatasaray 0 (Super Lig, March 21, 2010) Gala’s title hopes suffered a blow after the Istanbul powerhouse failed to recover from Gustavo Colman’s early strike.

Ankaragucu 3 – Kayserispor 0 (Super Lig, March 21, 2010) After Geremi put the host in front, Robert Vittek bagged a brace to seal a comfortable home win.

Sivasspor 0 – Genclerbirligi 2 (Super Lig, March 21, 2010) Mustafa Pektemek and Kahe scored in each half as Sivas’s awful season continued.

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Austria Vienna 1 – RB Salzburg 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 21, 2010) Austria lloked to recover from losing the Vienna derby last weekend in style when Roland Linz scored a fabulous scissors-kick to put the hosts in front. Linz went from hero to zero eight minutes later when he missed a penalty, and they were punished nine minutes from time when Alexander Zickler earned Salzburg a point.

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Trelleborg 1 – Kalmar 1 (Allsvenkan, March 21, 2010) Ricardo Santos stabbed Kalmar into a first half lead, but Fredrik Jensen scored midway through the second half to give Trelleborg a point.

Mjallby 3 – GAIS 0 (Allsvenkan, March 21, 2010) Marcus Ekenberg’s hat-trick earned newbees Mjallby their first win of the season, after a fine draw with reigning champs AIK in round one.

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Hapoel Haifa 1 – Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 (Ligat ha’Al, March 20, 2010) Hapoel Tel Aviv opened after Itai Shechter beat Lipenia on the left and touched the ball back to Gili Vermouth, whose shot deflected off American Bryan Gerzicich and looped into the corner. Eran Zahavi curled in a spectacular free-kick via the underside of the bar for his seventh goal of the season to double the visitors lead. Ben-Basat found the net in the last minute of stoppage time but it prove too little, too late for Haifa.