Utrecht 0 – AZ Alkmaar 1 (Eredivisie, March 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Maarten Martens made the breakthrough in the 12th minute with a goal that was either brilliant or lucky as his cross-shot from the left channel sailed into the net as Louis van Gaal’s men made it 25 games without defeat.
Ajax 3 – De Graafschap 0 (Eredivisie, March 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) De Graafschap held out for 23 minutes at Ajax until Luis Suarez crashed home a superb free-kick. Ajax doubled their lead before the break, Dario Cvitanich collected the ball at the near post, skipped round the keeper and fired high into the net. Rumoured Barcelona target Luis Suarez wrapped up the match with a third from the spot.
ADO Den Haag 3 – NEC 0 (Eredivisie, March 15, 2009) Timothy Derijck scored in a first half which the home side dominated but it was not until an hour had gone that a second goal came from Richard Knopper. Christian Kum then made the game safe with a late third, easing Den Haag’s relegation fears.
Spartak Moscow 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 1 (Russian Premier League, March 15, 2009) In the first major clash of the Russian season, Spartak moved ahead of Zenit inside sixty seconds when Ivan Saenko was on hand to sweep home a rebound. The setback was only temporary for Zenit who soon levelled through Pavel Pogrebnyak’s thunderous free-kick.
Saturn 0 – CSKA Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, March 15, 2009) A fine second half performance gave CSKA an opening day win, strikes from Dzagoev and an Ignashevich brace doing the damage.
Trabzonspor 2 – Galatasaray 2 (Super Lig, March 15, 2009) Turkey’s top of the table clash all-square and a ding-dong battle. Alanzinho’s stunning opener for Trabzonspor was cancelled out by Milan Baros’ cool finish. Arda Turan then fired Gala in front after the break but the hosts claimed a point through a fine equaliser from Colman.
Porto 2 – Naval 0 (Superliga, March 15, 2009) Porto restored their four point lead at the top, Mariano Gonzalez and Lucho Gonzalez were on target as Porto increased their cushion over second-placed Sporting Lisbon.
Braga 1 – Academica 1 (Superliga, March 15, 2009) Braga’s downturn continued against Academica as the hosts had to come back from Carlos Saleiro’s opener to draw through Paulo Cesar’s 64th minute leveller.
Trofense 0 – Vitoria Setubal 1 (Superliga, March 15, 2009) The only goal arrived when a Andre Marques corner evaded everyone as it went straight into the net.
Olympiakos 5 – Iraklis 0 (Greek Super League, March 15, 2009) Matt Derbyshire came off the bench in the 81st minute and still had enough time to claim a late brace in the rout.
Thrasivoulos 0 – Panathinaikos 1 (Greek Super League, March 15, 2009) A Dimitrios Salpingidis penalty was the difference between the sides.
Levadiakos 1 – Panionios 1 (Greek Super League, March 15, 2009)
Gornik Zabrze 1 – Lech Poznan 1 (Ekstraklasa, March 15, 2009) Adam Marciniak scored one of the goals of the weekend to give Gornik the lead, crashing home a stunning 35-yard drive on the angle. But it was not enough for the points which was denied by Strak’s last-gasp own goal.
Altach 1 – Red Bull Salzburg 2 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 15, 2009) Nelisse’s doubled earned Salzburg the points.
Rapid Vienna 6 – Kapfenberg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 14, 2009) Hoffer got a brace as Rapid shared around the goals.
Austria Karnten 1 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 14, 2009)
Sturm Graz 1 – Ried 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 13, 2009)
LASK Linz 0 – Mattersburg 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 14, 2009)
Metalist Kharkiv 0 – Shakhtar Donetsk 3 (Vyscha Liga, March 15, 2009) Fernandinho’s penalty and Adriano gave Shakhtar a 2-goal lead at the break, Chigrynskiy added a third at the death.
Dinamo Zagreb 3 – Sibenik 0 (1. HNL, March 15, 2009)
AEK Larnaca 1 – Anorthosis 3 (Cypriot First Division, March 14, 2009)