Schalke move up to seventh as Arminia slip further in the relegation mire

Arminia Bielefeld 0 – Schalke 2 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2009) Schalke took the lead on the stroke of halftime when Jefferson Farfan headed home a delicious Pander cross. (First half highlights here.) Kevin Kuranyi hit the inside of the post with only minutes remaining before Kuranyi wrapped up the victory with a second in injury time.

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NEC 1 – Twente 1 (Eredivisie, April 3, 2009) Tweete took the lead after a Kenneth Perez shot deflected off Marko Arnautovic, leaving keeper Babos wrongfooted and looking on helplessly as the ball bounced into the bottom-right corner. 12 minutes from time NEC levelled, Bas Sibum whipped in a cross that John Goosens controlled before smacking into the top-right corner. NEC were lucky not to have Lorenzo Davids, the cousin and spitting image of Edgar Davids, sent off for a horrible mis-timed tackle on Wout Brama. NEC were reduced to 10-men however when Youssef El Aakchaoui slyly pushed Romano Denneboom into the dug-out just before the final whistle.

Emmen 4 – Top Oss 4 (Dutch Jupiler League, April 3, 2009) Emmen fell to a 3-nil deficit after 50 minutes of play, only salvage a brilliant late comeback spearheaded by Voorde’s brace to earn a thrilling late draw.

RBC Roosendaal 1 – Excelsior 2 (Dutch Jupiler League, April 3, 2009)

AGOVV Apeldoorn 3 – FC Eindhoven 1 (Dutch Jupiler League, April 3, 2009)

Helmond Sport 1 – FC Omniworld 0 (Dutch Jupiler League, April 3, 2009)

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Academica 1 – Belenenses 0 (Superliga, April 3, 2009) Torres Nuno Piloto was the match winner for the hosts when he scored after 74 minutes, just four minutes before they were reduced to 10 men.

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Mantova 1 – Albinoleffe 0 (Serie B, April 3, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) D’Aversa’s thumping right-footed effort was the difference between the sides.

Empoli 1 – Frosinone 1 (Serie B, April 3, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The visitors took the lead against the run of play thanks to a fantastic curler from Tavares. With just three minutes left on the clock Empoli got their deserved equaliser, as Busce sprung the offside trap to score from Flachi’s through-ball.

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Belchatow 2 – Slask Wroclaw 1 (Ekstraklasa, April 3, 2009) Goals at the start of the second half from Jacek Popek and Dawid Nowak put the in control, Marek Gancarczyk grabbing a consolation for Slask.

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Huracan 0 – Colon 1 (Clausura, April 3, 2009) A brilliant 12th minute volley in the box from Ruben Ramirez after patient and controlled build-up play from Colon proved the decisive moment of the match, and the visitors extended their lead at the top of the table.

Arsenal Sarandi 1 – San Lorenzo 1 (Clausura, April 3, 2009) Luciano Leguizamon put Arsenal ahead after just four minutes, but San Lorenzo picked up a point through Nestor Silvera’s second half volley from a corner.