Two stunning goals book Burnley a place in the play-off final; Celtic beat Dundee United to keep touch with Rangers; Wolfsburg & Bayern hit trips to stay at the Bundesliga summit; Hertha win to stay a point off the pace

Reading 0 – Burnley 2 (Agg. 0-3) (Championship play-off semi-final second-leg, May 12, 2009) Owen Coyle’s side booked a place at Wembley to play Sheffield United in the final thanks to two brilliant goals. Martin Paterson got the first five minutes into the second half with a howitzer that gave Hahnemann no chance and minutes later Steven Thompson looped the ball over the Reading keeper for the second.

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Celtic 2 – Dundee United 1 (SPL, May 12, 2009) Glenn Loovens rose high to head home a Nakamura corner, as Celtic took a 22nd minute lead of Dundee United. A deflected Georgios Samaras shot handed Celtic a 2-goal cushion in the 52nd minute. But the visitors quickly pulled a goal back to put the cat amongst the pigeons, David Robertson scoring after getting on the end of a fine Paul Dixon cross.

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Wolfsburg 3 – Borussia Dortmund 0 (Bundesliga, May 12, 2009) First place Wolfsburg hosted seven-wins-on-the-spin Borussia, and the hosts broke the deadlock when clever link-up play between Grafite and Josue fed Edin Dzeko, who had little trouble finishing. Wolfsburg’s deadly front two combined to add a second at the start of the second half, Dzeko played a slick ball through to Grafite who coolly fired home a first time shot. Kevin-Prince Boateng saw red 15 minutes from time, before more good work from Grafite left two defenders for dead, with Edin Dzeko having enough time to slip and get back up before slotting in the third.

Bayern Munich 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 0 (Bundesliga, May 12, 2009) After a goalless first half, Bayern raced out the traps after the break with Luca Toni scoring in the 47th minute after a well-constructed attack down the left. Podolski, down the left, was also responsible for teeing up the second just before the hour mark with Franck Ribery crashing a shot off the underside of the bar. Leverkusen were put to bed by Lukas Podolski, who profitted from a counter-attack lead by Schweinsteiger.

Karlsruhe 2 – Hannover 3 (Bundesliga, May 12, 2009) Rock-bottom Karlsruhe took an 11th minute lead against Hannover, Alexander Iashvili met a dipping ball in the box to volley home. The hosts then had more reason to celebrate when poor defending from the visitors saw them lose possession in the danger area, Lars Stindl eventually seeing his sht deflect home. But having opened up a lead, Karlsruhe blew in just before the interval, Sergio Pinto tame shot slipped horribly through keeper Markus Miller’s hands. The home defence was then prised open on the whistle, Mikael Forssell equalising on the stroke of halftime.The turnaround was completed in the 64th minute, a series of one-two saw Hanno Balitsch run clean through and finish with aplomb.

Cologne 1 – Hertha Berlin 2 (Bundesliga, May 12, 2009) Hertha’s title challenge saw them travel to Cologne, and the visitors took the lead in the 42nd minute after Cicero swept home the opener after excellent work from Pantelic down the left. A freak deflection off a Patrick Ebert strike saw the ball loop over the home keeper. Adil Chihi’s 90th minute consolation was too little, too late.

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Lyon 3 – Nantes 0 (Ligue 1, May 12, 2009) It took Lyon just seven minutes to score against Nantes, Jean Makoun nodding the ball over the line after a back post cross was put back into the mix by Ederson. Ten minutes before the break Jean Makoun added a second, finishing off a lightning counter-attack which broke from inside Lyon’s own box. Lyon wrapped up the win as sub Anthony Mounier claimed a third 10 minutes from time.

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Vaduz 3 – FC Zurich 5 (Swiss Super League, May 12, 2009) Eric Hassli scored a hat-trick for league-leaders Zurich in the 11th, 17th and 43rd minutes (aided by some shocking goalkeeping for his third), but the visitors were pegged back each time by goals from Fakhreddine Guelbi, Gudmundur Steinarsson (a stunning 30-yard looping shot) and Odirlei Gaspar for Vaduz. The game looked destined for a draw until Dusan Djuric made it 4-3 in the 88th minute and substitute Yassine Chikhaoui added a fifth in injury time.

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Albania 3 – AC Milan 3 (Pens. 4-5) (Exhibition, May 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Rossoneri’s latest brand-building exercise took them to Albania, and the Milanese got off to the perfect start when Shevchenko and Pato combined to tee-up Ronaldinho for the opener. Milan doubled their lead early in the second half when Kaka threaded a ball through to Andriy Shevchenko who in turn put the ball between the keeper’s legs. But then the Albanians hit back in stunning fashion, scoring three quick-fire goals and turning the match on its head. There was no fairytale victory however, Kaka again proving the difference as he weaved his way through the home backline before Pippo Inzaghi rolled in the equaliser. Milan won the match 5-4 on penalties. Milan’s draw was made that much sweeter as Rino Gattuso managed to play 45 minutes in his comeback from a serious knee injury.

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Atlante 0 – Cruz Azul 0 (Agg. 2-0) (CONCACAF Champions League final second-leg, May 12, 2009) Despite all the promise of a great final, the match lacked the drama that a final should produce with Atlante emerging winners from the all-Mexican affair.

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Sport Recife 1 – Palmeiras 0* (Agg. 1-1) (Pens. 1-3) (Copa Libertadores last 16, second-leg, May 12, 2009) Marcos made three saves in the shootout to ensure Palmeiras progress to the quarter finals of the competition. Wilson had equalised for the home side in the 81st minute.

Caracas 4 – Deportivo Cuenca 0 (Agg. 5-2) (Copa Libertadores last 16, second-leg, May 12, 2009) Figueroa, Rodrigo Prieto, Emilio Renteria and Jose Manuel Rey were all on the scoresheet as the Venezuelan side overturned a first-leg deficit.

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Ponte Preta 2 – Coritiba 2 (Copa do Brazil, May 12, 2009)

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Germany 2 – Holland 0 (U17 European Championships, May 12, 2009) Already qualified, Germany won their third straight match of the games with goals either side of halftime from Lennart Thy, lashing home from 20-yards, and Manuel Janzer with a low daisycutter into the corner.

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Serbia 1 – Finland 1 (U19 European Championship Elite, May 12, 2009) Serbia, who boast one of the most impressive group of youngsters in Europe, suffered an early shock when Teemu Pukki gave Finland a sixth minute lead with a low shot into the corner. It was left to Partizan wunderkid Adem Ljajic, scoring for the third competitive U19 fixture in a row, to bring Serbia level with a super free-kick four minutes after the interval.