Manchester United 3 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, April 5, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â After a shaky start, Manchester United were gifted an opener after 14 minutes as James Milner’s foolish back-pass was handled by Friedel, and from the indirect free-kick Cristiano Ronaldo found the far corner. United however continued to look below par and Villa found a leveller 15 minutes later when John Carew expertly headed home a Barry cross from the right. The second half started muck like the first with United stuttering and, after Ronaldo lost the ball to Petrov, Carew “burst” down the left with Gary Neville alongside the forward but refusing to tackle, with the giant striker’s crossÂ picking out Gabi Agbonlahor who headed in the second. The tension was nerve-jangling at Old Trafford until 10 minutes from time when a slick move on the edge of the Villa box ended with Cristiano Ronaldo driving a low left-footer past Friedel’s outstretched hand for 2-2. Just as it looked like United would drop two points, 17-year-old Federico Macheda made himself the toast of Manchester with a superb turn and curler to claim a dramatic injury time winner to send Old Trafford bonkers.
Everton 4 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, April 5, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Marouane Fellaini was the star of the show for the Toffees. The Belgian’s determined run set up Jo for the first, Fellaini scored the second himself and then saw two further shots palmed out by a shaky Chris Kirkland for Jo and Leon Osman to score from rebounds.
Cardiff 2 – Swansea 2 (Championship, April 5, 2009) Roberto Martinez’s side took the lead through Nathan Dyer in the 11th minute after the winger played a slick one-two with Jason Scotland. Cardiff hit back after half-time, with neat teamwork involvingÂ McNaughton, Parry and Bothroyd, ended with a precise finish from Michael Chopra. Joe Allen thought he had won the match for the visitors with a low drive which beat Cardiff keeper Stuart Taylor only for Ross McCormack to earn a last minute penalty which he duly converted.
Norwich 0 – Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Championship, April 4, 2009)
Colchester 0 – Leeds 1 (League One, April 4, 2009) A belter from Luciano Becchio proved enough for Leeds.
Bournemouth 4 – Rochdale 0 (League Two, April 4, 2009) Brett Pitman scored a hat-trick as Bournemouth eased their relegation fears and dented Rochdale’s promotion bid. Liam Feeney bagged the Cherries second of the game midway through the first half.
Exeter 2 – Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (League Two, April 4, 2009) The Grecians moved to second place in the table as Stuart Fleetwood was the hero with a beautiful curler after 16 minutes and then a second after the break, Ben Strevens scoring in between for the Dags.
Falkirk 0 – Rangers 1 (SPL, April 5, 2009) It took Rangers just nine minutes to take the advantage at Falkirk, Kris Boyd rolling the ball over the line after good work by Nacho Novo on the left.
Valencia 4 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, April 5, 2009) Valencia took a 2-nil lead into the break with Getafe, Juan Mata finishing expertly after collecting a perfect through ball from David Silva with David Silva adding a second from the spot. Javier Casquero pulled a goal back for Getafe with a penalty, only for Raul Albiol and a second David Villa penalty sealed the win.
Atletico Madrid 2 – Osasuna 4 (La Liga, April 5, 2009) Despite looking a yard offside, Osasuna’s Walter Pandiani was awarded with heading in a ninth minute opener at Atletico Madrid. The Rojiblancos soon levelled, Diego Forlan bending in a low shot from the edge of the box. But Atletico’s famed porous defence could not help but concede a second on the stroke of halftime when Krisztian Vadocz turned in a scrappy second following a corner. Atletico fell to pieces minutes after the restart with Walter Pandini grabbing his second of the match. Osasuna added a fourth when Masoud Shojaei fired the ball into the top corner from inside the area. Pablo Ibanez pulled a goal back three minutes later to make the scoreline slightly more respectable.
Espanyol 3 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, April 5, 2009) Deopr’s defence was twice opened up in the first half at Espanyol, poor defending allowed Ivan Alonso to nip in for the first before Ivan de la Pena curled home a brilliant second that the keeper didn’t even see for the second. Lassad Nouioui gave the visitors hope pulling a goal back just before the interval. Lopo’s last minute own-goal gave the score some extra gloss.
Sporting Gijon 0 – Racing Santander 2 (La Liga, April 5, 2009) Nikola Zigic opened the scoring nine minutes into the second half and the visitors had to withstand some strong Sporting pressure before sealing the three points right at the death thanks to substitute Gonzalo Colsa.
Hercules 8 – Sevilla B 0 (Segunda Division, April 5, 2009)
Zaragoza 1 – Girona 0 (Segunda Division, April 4, 2009)
AC Milan 2 – Lecce 0 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)Â It took until injury time for Milan to break down the Lecce defence. Senderos headed home the first, deflecting off Ronaldinho and in. Inzaghi scored the second from a Shevchenko cross after a lovely back heel from Dinho.
Udinese 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Inter played well below par, but nevertheless Mourinho’s side ran out winners in a pivotal week in the title race thanks to Mauricio Isla’s unfortunate late own goal after Patrick Vieira ran through.
Juventus 3 – Chievo 3 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Despite Juve have the better of the opening it was Chievo who struck first in Turin, Sergio Pellissier skipping past Buffon and scoring from a tight angle. The Old Lady soon levelled, Giorgio Chiellini (playing in a facial mask) crashed home a beauty that went in off the underside of the bar. The Flying Donkeys continued to press and they were rewarded with a second just before the break when Sergio Pellissier bagged his brace. Juve rallied after the break, the visitors failing to pick up Camoranesi at the back post and his header was turned into the net by Santiago Morero. Juve then pressed for the winner, Trezegeut missing a sackful of chance, before Giovinci set up Vincenzo Iaquinta to head in the third with 10 minutes remaining. But with the game moving into injury time Chievo and Sergio Pellissier achieved the incredible, completing his hat-trick and earning a point for the relegation-threatened visitors.
Roma 2- Bologna 1 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Francesco Totti slotted home a 12th minute penalty to give Roma the lead at home to Bologna. The visitors equalised midway through the half, Massimo Marazzina heading home unchallenged from a corner. The second half started much the same way as the first, Francesco Totti restoring Roma’s lead from the spot.
Atalanta 1 – Fiorentina 2 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) The early kick-off in Italy between Atalanta and Fiorentina bore no goals in the first half. The hosts seized control thanks to a scrappy Gianvito Plasmati opener 50 minutes in, his shot taking a massive deflection en route to goal. The lead didn’t last long, Federico Peluso gave away a penalty and was sent off in the process leaving Stevan Jovetic to draw the Viola level. Alberto Gilardino proved the match-winner for the visitors with netting in the 89th minute. (Both Fiorentina goals can be seen here.)
Reggina 0 – Genoa 1 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Rock-bottom Reggina are four-point adrift of second-bottom Lecce after Thiago Motta sunk the host with the only goal 15 minutes from time to keep Genoa in the Champions League hunt.
Siena 2 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Emanuele Calaio scored the opener in the 25th minute before Massimo Maccarone put the game beyond Lazio’s reach with five minutes remaining.
Sampdoria 2 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Angelo Palombo twice put Samp ahead in the match but Marcelo Zalayeta cancelled out the first just before half-time and then German Denis pounced in the 90th minute to nick a point for the visitors.
Werder Bremen 4 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, April 5, 2009) Claudio Pizzarro scored a freak goal to give Werder the lead, his shot deflecting wickedly off a Hannover defender to loop agonisingly over Enke in goal. Brazilian Diego added the other and missed a penalty after the visitors had levelled with a Jacek Krzynowek solo goal midway through the second half. And in the final ten minutes Pizzarro bagged a further two goals to complete his hat-trick.
PSG 2 – Nice 1 (Ligue 1, April 5, 2009) Guillaume Hoarau headed PSG in the lead after 20 minutes, Loic Remy (offside) pulling Nice level 10 minutes before the break. Sammy Traore earned the Parisians the point bundling home a second half corner.
Sochaux 3 – Rennes 0 (Ligue 1, April 5, 2009) Ryad Boudebouz fired Sochaux ahead from the spot, and Rennes were 2-down after Mevlut Erdinc fired in a second two minutes later. Vaclav Sverkos completed the win with a third late on.
St. Etienne 0 – Marseille 3 (Ligue 1, April 5, 2009) Mamadou Niang wrong-footed St Etienne keeper Jeremie Janot from the spot on the hour after being brought down in the area by Kevin Mirallas. In the 73rd, Brazilian Brandao headed home a Benoit Cheyrou cross and Niang made it three with another header in a packed goalmouth.
Roda 1 – Ajax 2 (Eredivisie, April 5, 2009) Ajax’s talisman Luis Suarez fired the Amsterdammers ahead after just two minutes. 20-year-old Ismail Aissati, talked up as a huge Dutch talent for tomorrow, then grabbed his first goal for Ajax in the 66th minute with a clinical left-footed drive in the box. Sekou Cisse netted a consolation for Roda.
Volendam 2 – Feyenoord 1 (Eredivisie, April 5, 2009) Roy Makaay put the Rotterdam giants in front in the 10th minute but Dominique van Dijk equalised for Volendam just before the hour mark and grabbed the winner with six minutes to go.
Vitesse Arnhem 0 – De Graafschap 0 (Eredivisie, April 5, 2009) De Graafschap slumped to the foot of the table with the goalless draw.
Willem II 2 – NAC Breda 0 (Eredivisie, April 5, 2009) 9-man NAC conceded two late goals to lose. Donny Gorter saw red after 25 minutes for a foul in the box, though Arjan Swinkels missed the resulting penalty, and 10-men became nine when Tim Gilissen joined him 25 minutes from time for a second bookable offence. The two-man disadvantage proved too much for NAC to deal with and they finally surrendered to goals from Sergio Zijler (70) and substitute George Mourad (85).
Standard Liege 3 – Germinal Beerschot 1 (Jupiler League, April 5, 2009) Standard fell behind to Kevin Vandenbergh’s 15th minute opener. But the hosts were in front by the break thanks to a 21st minute Axel Witsel penalty and Milan Jovanovic’s goal 12 minutes later. Germinal were reduced to 10-men after 66 minutes when Didier Dheedene was sent off and Dieudonne Mbokani made the points safe with Standard’s third seven minutes from the end.
All the goals from this weekend’s action in the Jupiler League can be seen here.
Amadora 1 – Benfica 2 (Superliga, April 5, 2009) Oscar Cardozo scored two penalties inside the opening 14 minutes and although Silvestre Varela pulled a goal back on the half hour, also from the spot, Benfica held on.
Leixoes 0 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Superliga, April 5, 2009) Derlei’s first half goal gave Sporting the points.
Maritimo 1 – Trofense 1 (Superliga, April 5, 2009) Marcelo Bruno opened the scoring for Maritimo from the penalty spot after 27 minutes before Nuno Reguila’s 40th minute equaliser.
Vitoria Setubal 0 – Braga 3 (Superliga, April 5, 2009) Carlos Orlando Sa got the ball rolling after 55 minutes before Paulo Cesar Peixoto (62) and Valdelomar Alberto Rodriguez (64) got in on the act.
Associacao Naval 0 – Pacos Ferreira 0 (Superliga, April 5, 2009)
Tomsk 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 3 (Russian Premier League, April 5, 2009) All the goals arrived after the break, Zenitâ€™s young Portuguese defender Fernando Meira celebrated his first goal prodding home at the back stick. Igor Denisov doubled the visitors’ lead before a brilliant weaving run from Konstantin Zyryanov allowed Fatih Tekke to tap-in the third.
Lokomotiv Moscow 2 – Krylya Sovietov Samara 1 (Russian Premier League, April 5, 2009) Samara took the lead at Lokomotiv when Timofei Kalachev controlled a miscued corner at the near post, spun, and fired his shot into his far corner. The hosts drew level after 53 minutes, Oleg Kuzmin curling a beauty from 20-yards out. Tomislav Dujmovic won the match for Lokomotiv with three minutes remaining.
Levadiakos 1 – Olympiakos 2 (Greek Super League, April 5, 2009) After Patrick Dimbala had given Levadiakos the lead, Englishman Matt Derbyshire continue his superb time in Greece finding the equaliser with Argentine Luciano Galletti grabbing a 75th minute winner.
Panathinaikos 2 – Skoda Xanthi 0 (Greek Super League, April 5, 2009) Panathiakos earned a 2-0 win over Xanthi with Dimitris Salginpidis netting the opener on 42 minutes. The second goal came from Gabriel in the 66th.
Asteras Tripolis 0 – PAOK 2 (Greek Super League, April 5, 2009) PAOK’s goal came from Ilias Anastasakos and Sergio Conceicao.
Fenerbahce 2 – Eskisehirspor 1 (Super Lig, April 5, 2009) Deivid de Souza had given the hosts the lead shortly before the hour mark before Dani Guiza doubled his side’s lead three minutes from time. Batuhan Karadeniz netted for Eskisehirspor in stoppage time but it was too little too late for the visitors.
Jagiellonia 4 – LKS Lodz 0 (Ekstraklasa, April 5, 2009) Frankowski was the hero with a second half hat-trick.
Lech Poznan 1 – Wisla Krakow 1 (Ekstraklasa, April 5, 2009) Lech, hoping for their first league title since 1993, stayed top after a draw with third-placed Wisla, who had Costa Rica defender Junior Diaz sent off. Bosnia midfielder Semir Stilic struck late in the game to keep Lech in the driving seat in the title race.
Anorthosis 1 – AEL Limassol 0 (Cypriot First Division, April 5, 2009)
Cibalia Vinkovci 3 – Dinamo Zagreb 4 (1. HNL, April 5, 2009)
Osijek 1 – Hajduk Split 0 (1. HNL, April 5, 2009)
Orgryte 1 – Gais 5 (Allsvenskan, April 5, 2009)
Trelleborg 0 – Brommapojkarna 0 (Allsvenskan, April 5, 2009)
Stabaek 3 – Odd Grenland 3 (Tippeligaen, April 5, 2009) Stabaek fought back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to claim a home 3-3 draw against Odd Grenland.
Dinamo Bucharest 3 – Rapid Bucharest 0 (Liga I, April 4, 2009) Dinamo Bucharest continued their march for a fourth successive league title with a crushing win in the Bucharest derby, Danciulescu, Niculae and Cristea netting the goals.
Chivas USA 2 – Columbus Crew 1 (MLS, April 5, 2009) Chivas opened the scoring in the 25th minute, Atiba Harris muscled his way past Crew defender Andy Iro and knocked the ball into the back of the net. Iro atoned for his defensive error in the 37th minute by scoring his first goal of the season before Chivas regained the lead five minutes into the second half as Eduardo Lillingston scored for the second consecutive match.
Boca Juniors 1 – Godoy Cruz 1 (Clausura, April 5, 2009) Boca went ahead in the 36th minute through Nicolas Gaitan before Leandro Caruso equalised in the 60th.
Lanus 5 – Independiente 1 (Clausura, April 5, 2009) Diego Valeri put Lanus ahead in the 12th minute before Federico Mancuello levelled the game 10 minutes later. Jose Sand then started his superb night by netting his first three minutes before the interval. Sand made it 3-1 11 minutes from time before scoring the in the 89th minute then in injury time from the spot to record his side’s biggest-ever win over Independiente.