Manchester United 3 – Bayern Munich 2* (Agg. 4-4) (Champions League quarter-final second-leg, April 7, 2010) (Extended ITV highlights here.) With Wayne Rooney incredibly in the starting line-up, United came racing out the traps against Bayern scoring after just three minutes when Wazza laid off a pass to Darron Gibson 25-yards out and the Irishman smashed a low swerving shot past Butt. Three minutes later Old Trafford erupted after a goal of pure genius, Antonio Valencia teased left-back Badstuber before eventually picking out Luis Nani in the box who scored with a Zola-esque backheel flick into the far corner. A fabulous first half for the Red Devils was completed when they claimed a third five minutes from the break, Valencia was freed down the right from a throw-in and, after he took a perfect touch inside, he picked out Luis Nani at the back post who scored with a first-time shot. But then Bayern pooped the party, Muller headed a cross field ball into the mixer, Ivica Olic muscled Carrick out the way and the Croatian struck a low shot into the far corner. Five minutes after the break United went down to ten men, Rafael collecting a (harsh?) second yellow card for tug on Ribery. 15 minutes from time Bayern moved into pole position with a brilliant training ground corner routine, Ribery floated a ball to Arjen Robben on the edge of the box and the Dutchman cracked a volley into the corner.
Directly after the game Sir Alex Ferguson referred to Bayern’s players as “typical Germans” in his post match interview, while a more calm reaction from Fergie came during his press conference with the media (watch here). There were also interviews with Luis Nani, Edwin Van Der Sar and Darron Gibson.
Bordeaux 1 – Lyon 0 (Agg. 2-3) (Champions League quarter-final second-leg, April 7, 2010) Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Bordeaux set-up a win-or-bust second half with Lyon when they struck on the stroke of halftime as Tremoulinas chugged down the left and slapped the ball across the face of goal where Arsenal-bound Marouane Chamakh stretched out his leg to poke it into the net from four yards.
Rangers 3 – Aberdeen 1 (SPL, April 7, 2010) Rangers broke the deadlock against Aberdeen after 25 minutes when Steven Davis rifled a shot into the top right-hand corner of the net after being set up by Steven Naismith. Midway through the second half Kyle Lafferty doubled the Gers lead when he burst down the inside-right channel and hit a low shot just inside the post. Darren Mackie pulled the Dons back into the game almost instantly, converting MacLean’s low cross, but Rangers soon reclaimed their 2-goal cushion when Kenny Miller scored his 19th goal of the season from close range.
Marseille 3 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, April 7, 2010) Gabriel Heinze opened after nine minutes and Hatem Ben Arfa added a second from the penalty spot in the 27th as title hopefuls Marseille moved into an early 2-nil lead over Sochaux. An injury time third from Bakari Kone helped seal OM’s jump to the top of the table.
Zarya 1 – Metallurg 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 7, 2010) A 63rd minute header from Metallurg’s Musawengosi Mguni was cancelled out five minutes later by Taras Lazarovich’s terrific strike off the underside of the bar.
Karpaty Lviv 1 – Tavriya Symferopol 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 7, 2010) Ihor Oshchypko’s late header from a corner settled the match.
Hajduk Split 1 – Dinamo Zagreb 0 (Croatian Cup, April 7, 2010) Hajduk’s Bosnian forward Senijad Ibricic proved the match-winner in the 51st minute when he chipped a 25-yard shot into the open net after the Dinamo goalie failed in a tackle on the edge of his box.
Varteks 0 – Sibenik 2 (Croatian Cup, April 7, 2010)
Chacarita Juniors 1 – Lanus 2 (Clausura, April 7, 2010) Federico Vismara got Chacarita on the scoreboard early on, and after both sides had Sebastian Blanco and Lisandro Lopez sent off for fighting it looked like the match would simply peter out. But an incredible injury time double from Castillejos turned the match in Lanus’ favour.
Gimnasia La Plata 2 – Independiente 1 (Clausura, April 7, 2010) Marco Perez scored midway through each half to help Gimnasia to a 2-1 victory over Independiente, whose midfielder Federico Mancuello hit an equaliser five minutes before halftime.
River Plate 0 – Newell’s Old Boys 1 (Clausura, April 7, 2010)Â Struggling giants River Plate lost 1-0 at home to Newell’s Old Boys who scored from a lucky rebound six minutes into the second half through Paraguayan Jorge Achucarro, who was falling over as he lobbed keeper Daniel Vega. River have lost their last four matches without scoring and they have the third worst attack in the division with eight goals in 13 games.
Banfield 2 – San Lorenzo 0 (Clausura, April 7, 2010) Title holders Banfield beat San Lorenzo 2-0 to hand their new coach Sebastian Mendez, appointed after Diego Simeone resigned at the weekend, a losing start. Roberto Battion put Banfield ahead after 12 minutes, heading home Walter Erviti’s corner, and Ruben Ramirez converted a penalty two minutes before halftime.
Corinthians 5 – Rio Claro 1 (Campeonato Paulista, April 7, 2010) After falling behind to Luciano’s 13th minute tap-in, Corinthians hit back just after after the half hour when Roberto Carlos’ free-kick was turned home by Ronaldo. Dentinho and Iarley put Corinthians 3-1 up early in the second half, before Roberto Carlos got on the scoresheet with a bullet into the far top corner. A deft touch from Dentinho wrapped up the win 15 minutes from time.
Santo Andre 1 – Sao Paulo 3 (Campeonato Paulista, April 7, 2010) Goals from Washington, Dagoberto and Miranda lead Sao Paulo to victory.
Paulista 3 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Paulista, April 7, 2010)
Novo Hamburgo 3 – Internacional 3 (Gaucho Division, April 7, 2010) Inter’s Alecsandro scored the pick of the goals with a brilliant 30-yard howitzer that flew into the top corner.
Pachuca 1 – Toluca 0 (Agg. 2-1) (CONCACAF Champions League semi-final second-leg, April 7, 2010) The match at was only six minutes old when Edy Brambila scored what turned out to be the only goal.
Deportivo Cuenca 0 – Nacional 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 7, 2010) Nacional had the best chance to win the game but midfielder Gustavo Varela missed a penalty with eight minutes remaining, before Nacional’s Oscar Javier Morales was sent off in the 90th minute.
Japan 0 – Serbia 3 (International Friendly, April 7, 2010) A pair of first half strikes from Dragan Mrda put Serbia in control and a free-kick on the hour mark from Nemanja Tomic sealed a result that triggered a cascade of boos from a home crowd and put renewed pressure on coach Takeshi Okada ahead of the World Cup.