Tottenham 2 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, April 14, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) White Hart Lane went mental 10 minutes into the north London derby, Almunia punched a corner only as far as 19-year-old league debutant Danny Rose 25-yards out and the fearless teenage whacked an incredible first time volley straight back into the net. Barely a minute of the second half had passed before Spurs grabbed a crucial second, Jermain Defoe threaded a perfect ball to Gareth Bale in the centre of the Arsenal box and, after Sagna had kept him onside, the Welshman simply stroked the ball into the corner for his first goal in two and a half years. Arsenal threw on Robin van Persie in the final stages with the Dutchman forcing Gomes into two brilliant saves, but eventually Arsenal’s pressure told in the 82nd minute when Nicklas Bendner scrambled a Walcott cross into the net to give the Gunners a faint lifeline. Gomes pulled out another top save to deny Van Persie in the closing stages as Spurs won their first league derby since 1999, torpedoed Arsenal’s title hopes and put themselves firmly back in the top four picture.
Aston Villa 2 – Everton 2 (Premier League, April 14, 2010) Everton broke the deadlock at Aston Villa through a tried and trusted formula, Leighton Baines whipped a dangerous free-kick into the box and Tim Cahill steered a header into the far corner. Gabriel Agbonlahor’s glancing header from Milner’s cross restored parity for little more than a minute before Tim Cahill struck again with yet another header. Villa snatched a point at the death when Phil Jagielka, under pressure from John Carew, headed into his own net.
Dundee United 0 – Rangers 0 (SPL, April 14, 2010) Neither Dundee United nor Rangers threatened too seriously to break the deadlock in an average first half (highlights here) at Tannadice. Dundee United lost Mihael Kovacevic for a crazy assault in the second half, the defender caught kicking out at Kyle Lafferty after the players had come together battling for possession.
Barcelona 3 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Deportivo lasted just ten minutes at the Nou Camp before conceding, Bojan Krkic collected a slick ball into the box and fired Barca ahead. The champions-elect then almost scored one of the goals of the season when a 20-pass moved ended up with Dani Alves controlling the ball in the box with his back to goal and trying an acrobatic overhead-kick that hit the woodwork. Barcelona went 2-up in the 69th minute with an absolute stunner from Pedro Rodriguez, the starlet collecting a loose clearance just inside the Depor half and curling a 40-yard lob into the top corner. Yaya Toure killed the match minutes later when he cracked home a loose ball from a corner.
Atletico Madrid 1 – Xerez 2 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) Xerez’s unlikely quest for survival continued after nine minutes at Atletico Madrid when Mario Bermejo looped a fine header across goal. But Atleti equalised soon after when Diego Forlan whacked a thunderbolt into the top corner. Amazingly Xerez retook the lead in the 72nd minute when Emiliano Armenteros powered home a free-kick for the relegation strugglers.
Osasuna 2 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) Walter Pandiani got the hosts off to a 10th minute lead, which was cancelled out by Felipe Caicedo’s tap-in for the Manchester City loanee’s second goal in as many games. Walter Pandiani got the second half off to an indentical start as the first restoring Osasuna’s advantage but Malaga replied again when Nabil Baha followed up his own header to equalise.
Zaragoza 1 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) Ruben gave Mallorca an early lead but Humberto Suazo quickly made it 1-all for Zaragoza and earn the hosts a point.
Racing Santander 3 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) Racing Santander moved out of danger by beating Espanyol 3-1 with Mohamed Tchite scoring two penalties. Manuel Arana Rodriguez wrapped up the victory in injury time, and handed Miguel Angel Portugal and his men a vital victory in the battle against relegation.
Quevilly 0 – PSG 1 (Coupe De France, April 14, 2010) Paris St Germain ended minnows Quevilly’s amazing Coupe de France run by beating the amateur side 1-0 to reach the final. The fourth division club fought valiantly until Turkey striker Mevlut Erding finally broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute by heading home the winner.
Le Mans 2 – Bordeaux 1 (Ligue 1, April 14, 2010) Bordeaux opened the scoring with a Henrique header before watching their hosts strike back with goals from forward Anthony Le Tallec and midfielder Mathieu Dossevi.
Sochaux 0 – Marseille 1 (Ligue 1, April 14, 2010) Stephane Mbia finally broke Sochaux’s resistance two minutes from time to extend the Marseille’s lead from second-placed Auxerre to five points.
Willem II 0 – Ajax 2 (Eredivisie, April 14, 2010) A fourth minute Luis Suarez penalty put second-placed Ajax in front away at Willem II. The Amsterdammers went two goals up just before the hour when Marco Pantelic tapped in Rommedahl’s low cross from the right.
Feyenoord 3 – Sparta Rotterdam 0 (Eredivisie, April 14, 2010) Feyenoord’s teenage star Georginio Wijnaldum, a reported target for Liverpool, put the hosts ahead at home to Sparta when he headed home from 5-yards out. Cisse set up Luigi Bruins for the 2-0 only minutes after the break, and Jon Dahl Tomasson added a third as Feyenoord ran out comfortable winners.
Heerenveen 2 – PSV 2 (Eredivisie, April 14, 2010) PSV struck early in the second half when Ola Toivonen set up Balazs Dzsudzsak to score, but the lead was short lived as Gerald Sibon headed the equaliser past Isaksson only a minute later. Full-back Stanislav Manolev restored PSV’s lead at the hour mark after a quick combination with Toivonen. Heerenveen levlled once again when Pavel Wojciechowski slotted home a cross from close range.
FC Utrecht 1 – FC Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, April 14, 2010) Jacob Mulenga gave FC Utrecht the lead on 28 minutes, but Nicklas Pedersen levelled matters two minutes before the break.
ADO Den Haag 2 – NEC 3 (Eredivisie, April 14, 2010) NEC came from two goals down to beat ADO Den Haag 3-2. Den Haag were gifted the opener after 17 minutes when Bram Nuytinck put through his own goal and Wesley Verhoek doubled the lead on 54 minutes. NEC roared back and turned the game on its head with three goals in the space of seven minutes from Rick Ten Voorde (78), John Goosens (83) and Patrick Pothuizen (85).
Roda 4 – VVV Venlo 2 (Eredivisie, April 14, 2010) Willem Janssen set Roda on their way with the opener after just three minuutes and Jan-Paul Saeijs doubled the lead on 21 minutes. VVV stunned the home side by drawing level with two goals in ten minutes from Alexander Nkume (23) and Gonzalo Garcia (33). Marcel de Jong restored Roda’s lead on 64 minutes and Morten Skoubo put the game beyond VVV with a fourth goal seven minutes from time.
Porto 4 – Rio Ave 0 (Taca de Portugal, April 14, 2010) A picture-perfect free-kick from Argentine Fernando Belluschi gave Porto the lead over Rio Ave in the cup. The Portuguese giants killed the match with a late flurry in the final stages with Freddy Guarin (a 30-yard belter), Ruben Micael (another bullet) and Radamel Falcao.
Anderlecht 1 – Kortrijk 0 (Jupiler League Championship Play-Off, April 14, 2010) The Brussels outfit moved to within touching distance of winning the title courtesy of Ondrej Mazuch’s 32nd minute header.
Zulte Waregem 2 – Club Brugge 0 (Jupiler League Championship Play-Off, April 14, 2010) Club Brugge crashed to a 2-0 defeat at sixth-placed Zulte-Waregem. Jeremy Tavarel broke the deadlock after 80 minutes and Ernest Nfor doubled the lead five minutes later.
Obolon Kiev 0 – Dynamo Kiev 4 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 14, 2010) Andrei Shevchenko headed Dynamo ahead after nine minutes away at Obolon Kiev, and Shevchenko doubled the hosts lead just before the break when he collected the ball in the box, shifted into space, and walloped a beauty into the roof of the net. A brilliant solo goal on the hour put Dynamo 3-up, Magrao beating his defender down the left before rifling home a bullet from an acute angle. Roman Zozulya wrapped up the comfortable win with a fourth at the death.
Dnipro D’petrovsk 2 – Metalurg Zaporizhya 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 14, 2010)
Malmo 3 – Hacken 1 (Allsvenskan, April 14, 2010) Malmo’s terrific start to the Swedish season continued with a comfortable home win with Edward Ofere, Daniel Andersson and Guillermo Molins scoring.
AIK Stockholm 0 – Halmstad 1 (Allsvenskan, April 14, 2010) AIK’s poor season continued against Halmsted in a match they should have won, Michael Gorlitz sneaking home a 89th minute winner for the visitors.
Atvidaberg 0 – Helsingborg 3 (Allsvenskan, April 14, 2010) Helsingborg maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Swedish Allsvenska table with a 3-0 win at bottom club Atvidaberg. Christoffer Andersson struck either side of half-time before Erik Sundin sealed a comfortable win two minutes from full-time.
Rosenborg 3 – Brann 0 (Tippeligaen, April 14, 2010) Steffen Iversen and a brace from Kjell Rune Sellin lead Norwegian powerhouse Rosenborg to another comfortable three points.
Aalborg 1 – OB Odense 0 (SAS Ligaen, April 14, 2010) Aalborg Amaerican attacker Chris Rolfe netted his first Danish league goal to beat visiting Odense.
FC Copenhagen 3 – Esbjerg 2 (SAS Ligaen, April 14, 2010)
Silkeborg 1 – Randers FC 3 (SAS Ligaen, April 14, 2010)
FC Midtjylland 1 – AGF Aarhus 0 (SAS Ligaen, April 14, 2010)
Kapfenberg 1 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, April 14, 2010) Ten-man Austria Vienna missed the chance to move a point behind second-placed city rivals Rapid as they drew at Kapfenberg. It could have been worse though, as they were a man down after 44 minutes when Zlatko Junuzovic saw red, and a goal down thanks to Michael Gregoritsch’s 82nd minute strike. Michael Liendl salvaged a point in the last minute.
Vissel Kobe 1 – Urawa Red Diamonds 3 (Nabisco Cup, April 14, 2010) After Popo put Kobe ahead early in the second half, Urawa hit back with goals from Takahara, Ade and Edmilson to turn the match on its head.
Changchun Yatai 0 – Kashima Antlers 1 (Asian Champions League, April 14, 2010) A single first-half strike from Shinzo Koroki was enough for Kashima Antlers to see off Changchun Yatai as the Japanese maintained their 100% record in this season’s tournament.
Melbourne Victory 0 – Beijing Guoan 0 (Asian Champions League, April 14, 2010) Melbourne’s own qualification hopes were ended as they were held to a goalless draw by Beijing.
Racing 0 – Corinthians 2 (Copa Libertadores, April 14, 2010) Roberto Carlos was heavily involved in the opener for Dentinho. Elias, reportedly aÂ target for Barcelona, headed home the second.
Universidad Catolica 2 – Flamengo 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 14, 2010) Damian Diaz and Francisco Silva downed the Rio giants.
Emelec 0 – Internacional 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 14, 2010)
Santos 8 – Guarani 1 (Copa do Brasil, April 14, 2010) Neymar scored an incredible five goals while Robinho bagged a brace as Santos, complete with some awesome goal celebrations, thrashed Guarani 8-1.
Atlas 0 – Puebla 2 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010) Alvaro Gonzalez and Nicolas Olivera scored goals for la Franja, who won for just the fourth time on the season.
Toluca 2 – Atlante 0 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010) Toluca climbed to third overall as Carlos Esquivel and Osvaldo Gonzalez scored in a 2-0 victory over Atlante.
Tigres 2 – Queretaro 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010)
Santos 1 – Monterrey 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010) Santos took the lead early in the second half when Oribe Peralta scored in the 54th minute. Jesus Arellano equalised for Monterrey when he rifled in a volley off the left postmidway through the second half to give Rayados a point.
America 0 – Pumas 0 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010)
San Luis 1 – Estudiantes 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010) Fredy Bareiro opened the scoring for Estudiantes in the 10th minute when he headed in a cross from Elgabry Rangel while Cesar Gonzalez equalized, scoring from a near-impossible angle on the right side of the goal.
Indios 1 – Chivas 0 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010) Guadalajara, decimated by call-ups to Mexico’s pre-World Cup training camp, suffered a stunning loss at bottom club Indios courtesy of Jair Garcia’s 65th minute goal
Morelia 1 – Jaguares 2 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010) Hugo Droguett appeared to give Morelia hopes that a win was coming when he scored in the 25th minute, but Jaguares battled back. Antonio Salazar knocked in a ball from Danilinho in the 50th minute to level the score, and Danilinho took care of things himself when he scored in the 80th minute. Danilinho split a pair of defenders and beat Moises Munoz.
Cruz Azul 2 – Pachuca 2 (Mexican Primera Division, April 14, 2010) In the 11th minute Victor Omar Manon scored for Pachuca , but Jamie Lozano levelled the score in the 27th minute when he converted from the spot. Lozano then set up Christian Riveros in the 45th minute but Cruz rallied thanks to an 80th minute header from Dario Cvitanich.