UEFA Cup: Bremen knock out St. Etienne; Tyrone Mears scores the tie-breaker in a nail-biting extra-time win for Marseille at Ajax

St. Etienne 2 – Werder Bremen 2 (Agg. 2-3) (UEFA Cup, March 18, 2009) With a 1-0 first leg lead, Werder Bremen all but sealed the tie at Saint Etienne thanks to first half goals from Sebastian Prodl and Claudio Pizarro. Midway through the second period, Yohan Benalouane gave the French side some hope, heading home from close range. And Saint Etienne did level it up on the night when Sebastien Grax claimed a 90th minute goal.

Ajax 2 – Marseille 2 (AET) (Agg. 3-4) (UEFA Cup, March 18, 2009) Ajax drew level on aggregate when Eyong Enoh fired home just after the half hour but Mamadou Niang brought OM level on the night and back into the lead overall two minutes later. With just over quarter of an hour remaining Miralem Sulejmani squared up the tie following great work by Suarez. In extra time Englishman Tyrone Mears became the hero for Frenchman scoring a brave header (his first goal for the club) following a Zenden free-kick in the 109th minute.

(Full UEFA Cup odds can be seen here.)

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Ipswich 1 – Burnley 1 (Championship, March 17, 2009) Burnley midfielder Wade Elliott gave the promotion-chasers a slender halftime advantage which was cancelled out by Giovani dos Santos’ first goal for the Tractor Boys on his home debut.

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Grenoble 2 – Monaco 0 (Coupe De France, March 18, 2009) Grenoble took an early lead when Daniel Moreira latched on to a long ball over the defence to beat the keeper with ease. After the break Grenoble struck a excellently worked second, slick interplay eventually releases Nassim Akrour who rounded the keeper to score from a tight angle.

Rennes 2 – Rodez 0 (Coupe De France, March 18, 2009) The Ligue 1 side went ahead when midfielder Stephane M’Bia scored in the 31st minute following a mistake by keeper Jeremy Soplaski. Unmarked striker Jimmy Briand made it 2-nil heading in a cross from Moussa Sow on the hour.

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Asteras Tripolis 2 – Olympiakos 2 (Greek Cup, March 18, 2009) Olympiakos struggled to a draw at Asteras after conceding two first half goals from Lucio Filomeno. But Diogo was the visitors’ saviour scoring in the 42nd minute and then again in the 73rd.

AEK Athens 3 – Panserraikos 1 (Greek Cup, March 18, 2009) All the goals arrived in the first half, Djebbour grabbing a brace and Majstorovic netting the other for AEK.

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Bnei Yehuda 0 – Bnei Sakhnin 2 (State Cup, March 18, 2009)

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Dinamo Zagreb 4 – NK Zagreb 1 (Croatian Cup, March 18, 2009) Mandzukic was the hero of Dinamo scoring a first hafl hat-trick.

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Red Star Belgrade 2 – Borac 0 (Serbian Super Liga, March 18, 2009)

Jagodina 0 – Partizan Belgrade 1 (Serbian Super Liga, March 18, 2009)

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E.N. Paralimni 3 – Apollon 2 (Cypriot Cup, March 18, 2009)

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All the goals from the first round of the Russian Premier League season can be seen here.

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Guarani 1 – Boca Juniors 3 (Copa Libertadores, March 18, 2009) The hosts took a surprise lead when Jose Negreiros turned in Fabbro’s low cross in the 35th minute. Boca levelled in the 67th minute when Hugo Ibarra went down in the area and Juan Roman Riquelme fired home the spot-kick. Bocathen steamed ahead, Martin Palermo and Rodrigo Palacio scoring twice in the last 15 minutes to give them a flattering win.

Cruzeiro 2 – Universitario 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 18, 2009) Wellington Paulista scored a second half brace for Cruzeiro to wrap up the points.

San Lorenzo 0 – Libertad 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 18, 2009) San Lorenzo defender Gaston Aguirre turned the ball into his own net five minutes after the restart to seal the home side’s fate.

Boyaca Chico 3 – Universidad de Chile 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 18, 2009) Edwin Movil opened the scoring after three minutes with a shot off the left post, Wiston Giron doubled the lead in the 18th, and midfielder Juan Gilberto Nunez capped it off with 20 minutes left.

Defensor Sporting 0 – Sao Paulo 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 18, 2009) Sao Paulo ground out an efficient 1-nil win away in Uruguay thanks to a goal from striker Borges six minutes before halftime.

San Luis 2 – Universitario Peru 2 (Copa Libertadores, March 18, 2009)

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Esteghlal 1 – Al Jazira 1 (Asian Champions League, March 18, 2009) Rozario’s 10th minute opener for Al Jazira was cancelled out by Kazemi on the stroke of halftime.

Kashima Antlers 2 – Shanghai Shenhua 0 (Asian Champions League, March 18, 2009) Takuya Nozawa put the Japanese side ahead just before halftime before Shanghai’s Du Wei saw red midway through the second period. Teenager Yuya Osako then made the points safe for the hosts in the 79th minute.

Tianjin Teda 2 – Central Coast Mariners 2 (Asian Champions League, March 18, 2009) Luis Eber headed the home side in front, Adrian Caceres pulling the Mariners level with a soft strike after the break. Matt Simon then gave Mariners the leadon the hour mark only for Wu Weian to head home a corner to earn the Chinese Super League side earned a point.

Al Ettifaq 2 – Sepahan 1 (Asian Champions League, March 18, 2009)

Al Shabab 2 – Bunyodkor 0 (Asian Champions League, March 18, 2009) Essa Obaid opened the scoring for the hosts after three minutes before Zimbabwe striker Musawekosi Mguni sealed a first win for Al Shabab striking six minutes before the break.

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Santos Laguna 2 – Atlante 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, March 18, 2009) Carlos Darwin Quintero opened the scoring for Santos, Gabriel Pereyra bringing the visitors level with a precise header in off the post. But the hosts were not to be denied, Quintero sealing the win with an exquisite lob fifteen minutes from time.