Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – Werder Bremen 1 (AET) (UEFA Cup final, May 20, 2009) (Extended highlights here.) After a bright start in Istanbul, it was Shakhtar who struck first after 25 minutes, Werder were slow to react at the back as Rat threaded a pass through to Luiz Adriano, who raced away down the middle before coolly clipping the ball over the advancing Tim Wiese. Werder levelled thanks to a handling howler from Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov, who found Naldo’s powerful free-kick too hot to stop as the ball trickled over the line. (First half highlights here.) After a far quieter second half which produced no goals the match moved to extra time, where Jadson converted a Darijo Srna cross from the right hand side to hand Shakhtar the lead for the second time. (Shakhtar’s trophy celebrations can be seen here.)
Larissa 0 – Panathinaikos 1 (Greek Super League playoffs, May 20, 2009) Henk ten Cateâ€™s side remain in pole position to claim a Champions League berth winning thanks to Bryce Moon’s 68th minute bullet inside the box.
AEK Athens 3 – PAOK 1 (Greek Super League playoffs, May 20, 2009) Rafik Djebbour, Ismael Blanco and Nacho Scocco scored for AEK while PAOKâ€™s consolation goal came from Vladimir Ivic. PAOK had to play the second half with 10 men after a red card in the 45th minute for Olivier Sorlin.
Young Boys 2 – Sion 3 (Swiss Cup final, May 20, 2009) Young Boys, who had home advantage, led after a 22nd minute penalty by Yapo Gilles Yapi, and an own-goal in the 37th by Sion defender Jamal Alioui. But then Sion stage a superb comeback to win their 11th Swiss Cup, starting from when Goran Obradovic pulled a goal back four minutes before halftime. Sion levelled thanks to Stephane Sarni’s close-range volley seven minutes into the second half. Guilherme Afonso won the match in the 88th minute, running clear of the Young Boys defense to fire in a left-footer.
Brommapojkarna 0 – Hammarby 1 (Allsvenskan, May 20, 2009) Louay Chanko sowed up the points for Hammarby with a winner eight minutes from time.
FC Dordrecht 1 – Roda 1 (Eredivisie promotion/relegation play-offs first-leg, May 19, 2009) Pa-Modou Kah put Roda ahead after 72 minutes of their tie with Dordrecht, only for Moussa Kalisse to equalise three minutes from the end.
FC Zwolle 2 – Cambuur Leeuwarden 1 (Eredivisie promotion/relegation play-offs first-leg, May 19, 2009) Albert van der Haar (19) and Roel de Graaff (58) put the home side in control, while Koen Brack stole an 88th minute consolation for Cambuur.
Excelsior Rotterdam 1 – RKC Waalwijk 2 (Eredivisie promotion/relegation play-offs first-leg, May 19, 2009) Jeffrey Altheer broke the deadlock for Ton Lokhoff’s side on 63 minutes, but the game swung in favour of their opponents once Guyon Fernandez saw red six minutes from the end. Frank van Mosselveld grabbed an equaliser just a minute later and Anton Jongsma snatched a dramatic winner in injury-time.
Perspolis 1 – Al Shabab 0 (Asian Champions League, May 20, 2009) After a goalless first half, the breakthrough came soon in the second half when Khalili struck in the 47th minute to move Persepolis to the top of the group. The match ended on a sour note as the teams clashed after the Al Shabab players accused Perspolis’ number 18 was simulating cramp.
Al Hilal 2 – Pakhtakor Tashkent 0 (Asian Champions League, May 20, 2009) Mohammed al-Anbar opened the scoring in the first half with a well placed header. Ahmed Souheil doubled the lead with a powerful shot in the second half.
Al-Ahli 3 – Saba Battery 5 (Asian Champions League, May 20, 2009) Saba rallied from 3-down to stage a sensational comeback. Salem Khamis converted the first in the 40th minute, while Salah Abbas struck home the second in the 10 minutes of added time in the first half, which was interrupted due to a power failure. Milad Meydavoudi added the third for the hosts in the 66th minute, but two minutes later Fereidoun Fazli brought the visitors back into the game and began the remarkable recovery. Shahin Shafiei added Saba’s second before Mohammed Nori equalised seconds later. Yousefi and Hamrang then added two more to crush Ahliâ€™s dream of finishing their Asian campaign with a win.
Ulsan Hyundai 0 – Newcastle Jets 1 (Asian Champions League, May 20, 2009) The Jets took the lead against the run of play in the 36th minute, Fabio Vignaroli whipped in a dangerous cross into the area that Jason Hoffman glanced into the back of the net.
Argentina 3 – Panama 1 (International friendly, May 20, 2009) Argentina, fielding an experimental team entirely of home-based players, took the lead after Matias De Federico curled a left-footed shot into the top corner from just inside the penalty area after 27 minutes. Nelson Barahona took advantage of slack Argentine marking to grab a shock equaliser for the visitors two minutes later. Gonzalo Bergessio restored the hosts’ lead five minutes before halftime when he headed in De Federico’s cross. Bergessio completed the scoring six minutes from time with a left-foot shot after chesting down Montenegro’s cross.
Fluminense 2 – Corinthians 2 (Copa do Brasil, May 20, 2009)
Internacional 2 – Flamengo 1 (Copa do Brasil, May 20, 2009)
Vitoria 1 – Vasco da Gama 1 (Copa do Brasil, May 20, 2009)