Shear delight as Newcastle subs Martins & Lovenkrands sink Boro

Newcastle 3 – Middlesbrough 1 (Premier League, May 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Newcastle had the worst possible start to their Tyne-Tees derby with Boro, conceding inside three minutes. Alves played the ball into Tuncay in the box, the Turk turned brilliantly before Habib Beye eventually sent the ball into his own net. The Magpies hit back quickly, Steven Taylor (where was the marking?) rose unchallenged to head home a Guthrie corner. A match full of mistakes and few tackles then formed, with Boro arguably looking the more likely to score next. Up against it Shearer made his best tactical to-date, subbing Owen for Obafemi Martins in the 69th minute, and within 20 seconds the Nigerian managed to send St. James’ wild scoring off of Viduka’s knock-down. Five minutes from time Boro were put to bed, Nolan’s cross from the right found Peter Lovenkrands free in the six yard box and the Dane smashed home the third.

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Belenenses 0 – Braga 5 (Superliga, May 11, 2009) A clinical header from Wason Renteria gave Braga a 14th minute lead at Belenenses. Braga went into overdrive after the break, Paulo Cesar bagged a brace and Renteria claimed his second (super solo) before Alan hit a fifth in the 66th minute.

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Spartak Moscow 4 – Saturn 0 (Russian Premier League, May 11, 2009) Spartak killed the match inside 25 minutes with three goals. Evgeni Makeev tucked home a shot on the rebound after seven minutes, Artem Dzuba grabbed the second from close-range and, after a tremendous run from Vladimir Bystrov, Welliton was on hand to claim number three. Welliton put the icing on the cake with a fourth after the break.

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Treviso 0 – Vicenza 1 (Serie B, May 11, 2009) Treviso were relegated to the Lega Pro after losing the Veneto derby to Vicenza, condemned by a late winner from Botta.

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Brommapojkarna 0 – Helsingborgs 3 (Allsvenskan, May 11, 2009) Helsingborg moved to the top of the table with a fine away win, Markus Holgersson scored after seven minutes and Olof Guterstam sliced a corner into his own net to add the second 33 minutes in. Legend Henrik Larsson scored the third two minutes later, rising high to head home a right wing cross.

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MyPa 1 – HJK Helsinki 0 (Veikkausliiga, May 11, 2009) Canadian forward Tosaint Ricketts proved the match-winner for MyPa from a corner.