Manchester United claim comfortable win at Boro to take another step to the title; Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City all hit trips; Stoke, Pompey, Blackburn & West Brom all lose; Irresistible Barcelona hit Real Madrid for six

Middlesbrough 0 – Manchester United 2 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Ryan Giggs claimed the opener at the Riverside in the 25th minute with a left-footed drilled shot into the corner that gave Jones no chance. Five minutes into the second half United doubled the lead after sustained pressure, Wayne Rooney played a fine ball in to Ji-Sung Park who finished with aplomb. Wayne Rooney fired off a shot and a free-kick in the closing stages as the United number 10 again put in a stellar performance. (Second half highlights here.)

Chelsea 3 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.)  Chelsea flew out the traps against Fulham, Malouda passed the ball into Drogba with the Ivorian cushioning the ball to Nicolas Anelka who scored inside fifty seconds. The Cottagers were not behind for long, Eric Nevland was sent free three minutes later and the striker fired across Cech into the far corner. But Chelsea were quick to restore their lead inside then opening ten minutes as Florent Malouda scored from a Drogba low cross. At the start of the second half the Blues added a simple third, Anelka ran unchecked down the right, the Frenchman threaded a pass through to Didier Drogba who easily rounded the keeper to score.

Portsmouth 0 – Arsenal 3 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) David James suffered a head-in-hands moment conceding to Nicklas Bendtner after 13 minutes, England’s number one appeared to have grease slimed onto his gloves as he allowed the Danes’ tame header to slip through his grasp. Arsenal grabbed a hugely controversial second minutes before the break, Sean Davis was adjudged to have fouled Arshavin in the box – despite the Russian wagging his finger in protest against the decision – and Nicklas Bendtner made no mistake from the spot to complete his first half brace. Pompey began the second half the better of the teams, but they suffered a sucker-punch as Carlos Vela claimed his first league goal against the run of play. David James made a fine save to deny Carlos Vela a second.

Stoke 0 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) Stoke fell behind at home to the Hammers after Diego Tristan scored a fantastic free-kick from the edge of the D that flew over the wall and past Thomas Sorensen into the far top corner.

Tottenham 1 – West Brom 0 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) Spurs stole the lead over the Baggies on the stroke of halftime through a Jermaine Jenas strike from just outside the box.

Manchester City 3 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) Man City torn Rovers apart in their first half at Eastlands. Felipe Caicedo prodded home the opener after the visitors failed to clear a set-play. Robinho got in on the act with a well-taken second past Robinson, and Elano added a third form the spot on the stroke of halftime. Rovers pulled a goal back in the second half when Keith Andrews followed up after El-Hadji Diouf’s penalty was saved by Shay Given.

Wigan 0 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, May 2, 2009) Jussi Jaaskelainen earned Bolton a point in the goalless draw against Wigan with three first half saves, the Finn twice denied Hugo Rodallega, once with the aid of a post, and also tipped over Mido’s long-range effort. Gary Cahill’s deflected strike rebounded back of the woodwork to deny Bolton.

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Aberdeen 1 – Celtic 3 (SPL, May 2, 2009) Chris Maguire headed Aberdeen in front at home to Celtic from a Mulgrew free-kick. An Andrew Considine og levelled things up on the stroke of half-time. Scott McDonald scored yet again against Aberdeen this season to make it 2-1 and with minutes left McDonald claimed the third as well.

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Real Madrid 2 – Barcelona 6 (La Liga, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The season-defining Classico opened at a furious pace and with goals to boot. Gonzalo Higuain sent the Bernabeu wild crashing home a header from Sergio Ramos’ cross after 14 minutes. Barca were behind only momentarily, Thierry Henry drawing the Catalans level after a give-and-go with Leo Messi. And then captain Carlos Puyol completed the turnaround for the league leaders heading home a Xavi free-kick. In the 35th minute Lassana Diarra was knocked off the ball by Xavi and, after releasing Leo Messi, the magical Argentine grabbed a killer third. (First half highlights here.) The second half maintained the same frantic pace, and it was Real Madrid who again struck first as Sergio Ramos was left unmarked to head home a Robben free-kick. But Barca quickly netted their fourth, Xavi (again!) made the pass to free Theirry Henry and, after the Frenchman beat Casillas to the ball, slowly the ball found its way into the net. Then the amazing happened as Barca hit top gear, a stunning performance by Xavi saw the midfielder tee up Leo Messi for his second and in the final stages of the match Gerald Pique crashed home a historic sixth – Barca’s 100th goal of the season.

Villarreal 0 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, May 2, 2009) Luis Fabiano opened the scoring shortly before the hour mark and, although Villarreal were handed a lifeline when Abdoulay Konko was sent off 18 minutes from time, Freddie Kanoute scored 10 minutes later to leave Sevilla five points clear of their hosts.

Numancia 2 – Malaga 0 (La Liga, May 2, 2009) Javi Moreno fired Numancia into the lead with less than a minute on the clock when he finished from inside the penalty area. Javier Del Pino doubled the home side’s lead in the second half even after they were reduced to 10 men when Asier Goira was shown a second yellow card.

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Inter Milan 2 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, May 2, 2009) Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again proved the difference for Inter Milan by breaking the deadlock with Lazio with a fierce strike inside the box. Sulley Muntari netted the second twenty minutes from time after profitting from a neat Zlatan through-ball.

Bologna 1 – Reggina 2 (Serie A, May 2, 2009) Rock-bottom Reggina drew first blood in the massive six-pointer at third-bottom Bologna, Franco Brienza timed his run to perfection to collect a ball over the top and score in the 40th minute. Seconds after the kick-off Reggina bagged a stunning second, Edgar Barreto letting rip with a dipping 25-yard half-volley that crashed in off the underside of the bar. Bologna had to wait until the 87th minute before they pulled a goal back through Vangelis Moras but it prove too little, too late.

Avellino 3 – Parma 3 (Serie B, May 2, 2009)

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Wolfsburg 4 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, May 2, 2009) After having been out of the goals for the past few weeks, Edin Dzeko made amends by opening for Wolfsburg against Hoffenheim in the 66th minute. Wolfsburg brilliant strike-force then paired up to add a second, Grafite doing well on the right-hand side and Dzeko storming in to score at the near post. And within a twelve minute spell the brilliant Bosnian completed his hat-trick, Edin Dzeko connecting with a back post volley to keep Felix Magath’s side in top-spot in Germany. Grafite added a fourth from the spot late on, Andreas Beck seeing red for his foul.

Bayern Munich 2 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, May 2, 2009) Having fired Jurgen Klinsmann last week, Bayern took half an hour to break the deadlock against Gladbach with Bastien Schweinsteiger sliding home a brilliant Luca Toni cross to the back stick. Filip Daems had the visitors level with a penalty five minutes later, but Bayern regained their lead through Hamit Altintop’s ripper just before the interval.

Arminia Bielefeld 2 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Stuttgart needed just four minutes to get their noses in front at relegation-threatened Arminia, Matthieu Delpierre nodding the ball over the line after an initial header from a corner had stuck the post. Chris Katongo pulled the hosts level on the half hour with a volley at the back post, but Bielefeld’s parity lasted just five minutes as Thomas Hitzlsperger hit a deflected shot that looped over the keeper from 25-yards out. Midway through the second half Vlad Munteanu brought Arminia level again with a penalty.

Schalke 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Bundesliga, May 2, 2009) Patrick Helmes fired Bayer into the lead at Schalke turning home a Castro cross through the legs of the Manuel Neuer in goal. Renato Augusto then added a well-taken solo second, working the space down the right-hand side before rattling a shot high into the keeper’s near post. Kevin Kuranyi netted a late consolation for Schalke.

Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – Borussia Dortmund 2 (Bundesliga, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Dortmund recorded their sixth successive win on the spin, Mohamed Zidan grabbed the opener in the 80th minute with a late Habib Bellaid own-goal sealing the victory.

Karlsruhe 0 – Energie Cottbus 0 (Bundesliga, May 2, 2009)

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Valenciennes 2 – Lyon 0 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Lyon were on their knees at halftime at Valenciennes, Johan Audel took advantage of a sleepy Boumsong to get in on goal and produce a fine left-footed finish after 24 minutes, before Audel doubled his tally four minutes later.

Marseille 2 – Toulouse 2 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2009) The league’s top scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac (first and second) took his tally this season to 21 goals by twice putting visitors Toulouse ahead after the interval. But two deflected efforts by Mamadou Niang (first and second) helped OM draw level, to extend their Ligue 1 lead to three points.

Monaco 0 – Auxerre 1 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2009) Thomas Kahlenberg’s 26th minute goal was enough to earn Auxerre a 1-0 win at Monaco.

Lorient 3 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2009) Yohan Cabaye gave Lille a dream start on six minutes but after the half-time break Lorient were a side transformed as goals from Michael Ciani, Rafik Saofi and Fabrice Abriel stole the spoils.

Caen 3 – Le Mans 1 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Pablo Barzola, Nicolas Seube and Anthony Deroin were all on target for the home side, with Gregory Cerdan’s effort for Le Mans nothing more than a consolation.

St. Etienne 0 – Nancy 0 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2009) St. Etienne could not be separated from Nancy in a goalless stalemate as they slipped to second bottom in the league.

Grenoble 0 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2009)

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Trabzonspor 4 – Kayserispor 1 (Super Lig, May 2, 2009) Umut Bulut put the hosts ahead after 5 minutes from the spot before Trabzonspor netted a hysterical second much to the expense of visiting keeper Souleymanou Hamido. Cangele pulled a goal back from the spot before the break but further goals from Gustavo Colman and Gokhan Unal sealed the match in the hosts favour.

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AEK Athens 4 – Olympiakos 4* (Pens. 14-15) (Greek Cup Final, May 2, 2009) Olympiakos’ dream of a domestic double were smashed to pieces in the opening eight minutes of the cup final with AEK, Ivan Blanco heading home the opener for the Athens outfit after just four minutes with Blanco grabbing a second four minutes later. Once again Matt Derbyshire found himself the hero for Olympiakos, the Englishman turning home a short corner routine at the start of the second half. Dudu equalised for the champions 20 minutes from time bundling home the home after a set-piece. In an amazing injury time at the end of the 90 minutes Scocco fired AEK back into the lead only for Matt Derbyshire to again pop up with an incredible 95th minute equaliser to send the final into extra time. Luciano Galletti fired Olympiakos into a 102nd minute lead, the goal-scorer ripping off his shirt and vest in celebration and picking up a stupid second yellow in the process. Panagapoulos was soon also sent off for Olympiakos and, playing against 9-men, Scocco found his second of the game – a fluke mishit – to draw AEK level. A mammoth match ended with a mammoth shoot-out that Olympiakos incredibly won 15-14.

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Nacional 3 – Benfica 1 (Superliga, May 2, 2009) Nacional opened up a two-goal lead through Anderson Miguel Nene and Ruben Micael. Jose Antonio Reyes then got one back for Benfica with more than 20 minutes to play but any hopes of a comeback were extinguished by Miguel Fidalgo’s late strike.

Academica Coimbra 0 – Sporting Lisbon 0 (Superliga, May 2, 2009)

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Zulte-Waregem 0 – Standard Liege 0 (Jupiler League, May 2, 2009) Standard were held to a potentially fatal draw in the race for the championship at Zulte, Anderlecht are now a point behind Standard with a game in hand.

Mouscron 3 – Germinal Beerschot 1 (Jupiler League, May 2, 2009) Goals from Walter Baseggio, Jaycee John and Bassalia Sakanoko saw Excelsior Mouscron to a win over Germinal Beerschot.

KV Mechelen 2 – Charleroi 1 (Jupiler League, May 2, 2009) A Bjorn Vleminckx double earned KV Mechelen a 2-1 triumph over Charleroi.

Gent 2 – Cercle Bruges 1 (Jupiler League, May 2, 2009) M’Baye Leye scored the decisive goal in the 61st minute after Tony Sergeant had cancelled out Bryan Ruiz’s penalty for Cercle.

Westerlo 1 – Roeselare 0 (Jupiler League, May 2, 2009)

Dender 0 – Mons-Bergen 0 (Jupiler League, May 2, 2009)

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Spartak Moscow 0 – Dynamo Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, May 2, 2009) In the Moscow derby between Spartak and Dynamo, it was the visitors who struck first as Leandro Fernandez swept the ball home from a corner after 27 minutes. Aleksandr Kokorin doubled the score in the 90th minute.

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OFK Belgrade 1 – Red Star Belgrade 1 (1. HNL, May 2, 2009)

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Legia Warsaw 1 – LKS Lodz 0 (Ekstraklasa, May 2, 2009)

Belchatow 3 – Polonia Bytom 1 (Ekstraklasa, May 1, 2009)

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Vejle 1 – Brondby 3 (SAS Ligaen, May 2, 2009)

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Kyoto Sanga FC 0 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 (J-League, May 2, 2009) Nagoya kept up their good start to the season with a narrow away win at Kyoto, Davi once again scoring the winner with a header just before the break.

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San Jose Earthquakes 0 – Chivas USA 1 (MLS, May 2, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Justin Braun’s first goal of the season was all the help Zach Thornton needed for his fifth straight shutout for Chivas.

LA Galaxy 1 – New York Red Bulls 0 (MLS, May 2, 2009) Landon Donovan converted a penalty in the 39th minute, and LA managed to hold on for the three points.

DC United 2 – FC Dallas 1 (MLS, May 2, 2009) United trailed 1-nil at halftime thanks to Andre Rocha’s goal in the 28th minute. Jaime Moreno scored his first two goals of the season 10 minutes apart in the second half to turn the match in DC’s favour.

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Argentinos Juniors 2 – Colon 0 (Clausura, May 2, 2009)

Gimnasia La Plata 1 – San Lorenzo 2 (Clausura, May 2, 2009)

Independiente 4 – Tigre 1 (Clausura, May 2, 2009)

Lanus 0 – Estudiantes 3 (Clausura, May 2, 2009)

Gimnasia de Jujuy 0 – Rosario Central 1 (Clausura, May 2, 2009)