Manchester City 2 – Aalborg 0 (UEFA Cup, March 12, 2009) It took Manchester City just eight minutes to take the lead at home to Aalborg, Felipe Caicedo holding off a defender and finishing well. Shaun Wright-Phillips claimed the second on the half hour with a fine finish after cutting in from the right wing.
Hamburg 1 – Galatasaray 1 (UEFA Cup, March 12, 2009) After half-an-hour, Galatasaray stunned Hamburg with a breakaway goal as veteran Ayhan Akman finished off a move to give the Turkish side the lead. Four minutes after the break Marcell Jansen fired Hamburg level.
Dynamo Kiev 1 – Metalist Kharkiv 0 (UEFA Cup, March 12, 2009) Ognjen Vukojevic headed home the winner from a corner without seemingly knowing much about it, in the all Ukranian clash.
Marseille 2 – Ajax 1 (UEFA Cup, March 12, 2009) Ajax keeper Kenneth Vermeer couldn’t stop a Benoit Cheyrou effort from the edge of the box to give OM the opener. Mamadou Niang doubled the lead with a classy backheeled finish before Luis Suarez brought Ajax back into the tie from the penalty spot.
Udinese 2 – Zenit St. Petersburg 0 (UEFA Cup, March 12, 2009) The holders are in great danger of being dumped out the tournament thanks tp two late goals. Fabio Quagliarella got the first on 85 after good work by Pepe and Antonio Di Natale got what could be a crucial second from the penalty spot in the 94th minute.
PSG 0 – Braga 0 (UEFA Cup, March 12, 2009) PSG failed to make their second half dominance count as they were held to a goalless draw by Braga.
Wolves 1 – Liverpool 0 (FA Premier Academy League, March 11, 2009)
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 – Maccabi Haifa 1 (Pens. 1-2) (State Cup, March 12, 2009) Hapoel grabbed the opener against the run of play, Eran Zehavi and Omri Canada exchanged passed on the right flank before the latter crossed for Maharan Lala to slot beyond Davidovich. In the 89th minute defender Topuzakov tripped up Thembinkosi Fanteni in the box and Yaniv Katan converted for the spot. Wih no goals in extra time the match was decided on penalties, Fanteni scored the crucial spot kick for the Greens.
Colo Colo 3 – LDU de Quito 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Champions LDU suffered a severe defeat in Chile. Cesar Carranza broke the deadlock when he hooked in Luis Figueroa’s cross in the 57th minute. Roberto Cereceda added the second four minutes later in a move that he started and finished himself, and Lucas Barrios latched onto Millar’s pass to slot home the third in the 65th minute.
Universidad San Martin 2 – Nacional 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 12, 2009) Pedro Garcia scored after Gonzalo Ludena broke from the halfway line in the 52nd minute and headed in from another chance created by Luduena on the hour. Heber Arriola pulled one back for the visitors in the 71st minute.