Liverpool 4 – Arsenal 4: The gr8test game since last Tuesday night

Liverpool 4 – Arsenal 4 (Premier League, April 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Liverpool looked threatening early doors against an Arsenal side decked out in their replica ’89 shirts, Lukasz Fabianski saved well from Torres just before the twenty minute mark. Ten minutes before the break Mascherano paid a heavy price for being caught in possession, Nasri played in Fabregas who squared the ball for Andrei Arshavin to finish off the bar to put the Gunners into the lead. Liverpool came storming out the blocks in the second half, Fernando Torres headed in the equaliser on 48 from a Kuyt cross after Sagna failed to clear and the turnaround was completed on 55 when another ball from Kuyt on the right was headed over the line by a brave diving header from Yossi Benayoun. Ten minutes later it was 2-2, Andrei Arshavin nicked the ball in front of Arbeloa and the Russian schemer fired a cracker into the far corner. Three minutes later and Arsenal took the lead, Aurelio the defender at fault this time, presenting Arshavin with an easy chance to complete his hat-trick. Two minutes later it was 3-3, Fernando Torres turning Silvestre to level the game yet again. An incredible match still had two late goals to lend it legendary status, first Arshavin bagged his fourth after good work by Walcott only for Liverpool to equalise in injury-time with a close-range effort from Benayoun.

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Real Madrid 3 – Getafe 2 (La Liga, April 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Robert Soldado stunned the Bernabeu, heading Getafe into a 10th minute lead. On the stroke of half-time Gonzalo Higuain rounded the keeper and tapped the ball into the net to level it up at 1-1. The game came to life with six minutes to go, Juan Albin fired Getafe into the lead again only for Guti to equalise with a terrific left-footed free-kick. From the kick-off, Getafe won a penalty Pepe guilty of a foul on Casquero and then a crazy assault which saw him sent off. Casquero subsequently took a horrible penalty easily saved by Casillas and Gonzalo Higuain secured an incredible win with another excellent strike.

Numancia 1 – Athletic Bilbao 2 (La Liga, April 21, 2009) Bilbao eased their relegation fears, coming from behind to claim all three points after a deflected effort from Domingo Cisma had given Numancia the lead. Gaizka Toquero equalised with a fine run and excellent finish into the top corner and Fernando Llorente won the match early in the second half.

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Bayer Leverkusen 4 – Mainz 1 (AET) (DFB Pokal, April 21, 2009) Angelos Haristeas gave Leverkusen the lead in the 82nd minute but Mainz striker Aristide Bance stunned the hosts two minutes from time when he levelled with a powerful header. Arturo Vidal put Leverkusen back in front in the second minute of extra time and Simon Rolfes then flicked in a Manuel Friedrich header to make it 3-1. Michal Kadlec completed the extra time rout against Mainz with a solo run and finish in the 117th minute.

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Grenoble 0 – Rennes 1 (Coupe De France, April 21, 2009) Moussa Sow headed Rennes into the lead from close range in the 20th minute.

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FC Twente 3 – NAC 1 (Dutch Cup, April 21, 2009) Steve McClaren’s side booked a place in the final, coming from 1-down after Anthony Lurling had given NAC the lead. Theo Jansse equalised with a fine volley and late on goals from Romano Denneboom and Blaise Nkufo sealed the victory.

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KV Mechelen 2* – Cercle Brugge 1 (Agg. 3-3) (Pens. 5-3) (Beker van Belgie, April 21, 2009) Mechelen score first when Bjorn Vleminckx put his side ahead after 27 minutes. Cercle replied through Tony Sergeant’s equaliser just before the break, but Joachim Mununga forced the game into extra time bagging a second after the interval. In the shoot-out Mechelen’s players remained more focused, as the team progressed to the cup final.

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Pisa 1 – Mantova 1 (Serie B, April 21, 2009) Pisa started brightly with Degano thumping the upright just 120 seconds into the match. Mantova fought back and after Marchesetti pounced on a woeful Viviani clearance to equalise.

Albinoleffe 2 – Cittadella 0 (Serie B, April 21, 2009) Cellini opened the scoring with a daisy-cutter from the edge of the box, and Ruopolo excelled when he slalomed past two defenders and hit a snooker-shot into the bottom corner.

Parma 2 – Ascoli 0 (Serie B, April 21, 2009) Morrone thumped a poor Castellini clearance in on the half-volley and after Mariga and Soncin had gone close, Paloschi turned in a corner kick to double Parma’s lead with his third goal in as many games.

Brescia 3 – Avellino 0 (Serie B, April 21, 2009) Brescia won the match in the final 12 minutes, Gorzegno found a way through with his rocket from the edge of the box that smacked under the bar. The Rondinelle went on to consolidate the win with Taddei’s deflected cross-shot beating Padelli and a Caracciolo penalty.

Ancona 0 – Bari 3 (Serie B, April 21, 2009) There were no doubts over the Man of the Match, as Barreto bagged a first half hat-trick to annihilate Ancona and continue Bari’s charge to Serie A.

Treviso 0 – Livorno 4 (Serie B, April 21, 2009) Livorno took full advantage of two red cards to demolish bottom of the table Treviso, ending a two-month drought of victories.

Grosseto 2 – Empoli 2 (Serie B, April 21, 2009)

Frosinone 1 – Modena 0 (Serie B, April 21, 2009)

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Sheffield Wednesday 2 – Southampton 0 (Championship, April 18, 2009) On-loan striker Luke Varney grabbed a goal in each half as the Owls beat the Saints, who remain deep in trouble.

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All the goals from round 5 of the Russian Premier League can be seen here.

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Kawasaki Frontale 2 – Central Coast Mariners 1 (Asian Champions League, April 21, 2009) Matt Simon netted his second goal of the campaign midway through the second half after Juninho had put the Japanese hosts ahead just seconds into the second half. A Carlos Renatinho header sealed the points for the Kawasaki with nine minutes remaining.

Sepahan 0 – Bunyodkor 1 (Asian Champions League, April 21, 2009) A first half header from Timur Kopadze leaves Bunyodkor on seven points from four games in Group D.

Al Shabab 1 – Al Ettifaq 4 (Asian Champions League, April 21, 2009) Prince Tagoe’s hat-trick secured the Saudis victory.

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Palmeiras 2 – Liga de Quito 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Marcao claimed a scrappy opener, Diego Souza wrapped up the win with a howitzer of a free-kick.

Deportivo San Martin 1 – Nacional 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 21, 2009) Marcos Mondaini put the visitors ahead with a close range finish after 74 minutes but with just two minutes remaining a Gonzalo Luduena free-kick brought thehosts level.

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Chile 1 – Argentina 3 (South American U17 Football Championship, April 21, 2009) Alex Gonzalez opened the scoring for Chile while Villalba, Araujo and Leandro Gonzalez replied for the Argentinians who maintained their 100% record.