Twente slip up at Alkmaar; RKC are relegated; Benfica sink Sporting; Minnows Chaves reach cup final; Fener held

AZ Alkmaar 1 – FC Twente 0 (Eredivisie, April 13, 2010) Dutch league leaders FC Twente fell behind after eight minutes at reigning champs AZ Alkmaar when Mounir El Hamdaoui swept home the opener from 10-yards.

Heracles 4 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, April 13, 2010) RKC’s relegation was confirmed after a 4-1 defeat at Heracles Almelo. Antoine van der Linden put the hosts ahead after 15 minutes and Everton doubled their advantage three minutes after the interval. Fouad Idabdelhay gave RKC a glimmer of hope by halving the deficit just before the hour but that was soon snuffed out when Bas Dost restored Heracles’ two-goal cushion six minutes later and then Everton completed the rout with his second goal of the evening 13 minutes from time.

Vitesse 1 – NAC Breda 1 (Eredivisie, April 13, 2010) Edwin de Graaf rescued a point for NAC with a minute to go after Santi Kolk had put the hosts ahead on the half-hour.

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Benfica 2 – Sporting Lisbon 0 (Liga Sagres, April 13, 2010) A close range finish from Oscar Cardozo and a brilliant solo effort from Pablo Aimar earned league leaders Benfica the three points.

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Associacao Naval 1 – Chaves 2 (Agg. 1-3) (AET) (Taca de Portugal, April 13, 2010) A 15th minute overhead-volley from Fabio Junior put Naval ahead against Chaves in the cup. With the match heading into extra time, it was the minnows Chaves who struck first when Eduardo Oliveira latched onto a mistake in the home defence to score. And Chaves then killed the match with a second as Eduardo Oliveira scored with a fine diving header.

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Manisaspor 1 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, April 13, 2010) Guven Varol ghosted in at the back post to volley home Manisaspor’s opener on the quarter hour, Fener equalised midway through the second half through Alex de Souza. Mehmet Guven went close to winning the match for Maisapor when he cracked a beauty against the bar from 35-yards out.

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Grasshoppers 2 – Young Boys 1 (Swiss Super League, April 13, 2010) The league leaders suffered a rare defeat courtesy of early second half goals from Zarate and Veroljub Salatic. A late Mauro Lustrinelli penalty proved mere consolation.