Blackpool 3 – Cardiff 2 (Championship play-off final, May 22, 2010) Michael Chopra sent out an early warning to Blackpool in the second minute when he hit the bar, and the Cardiff striker made no mistake 8 minutes in when he drilled a low right footed shot into the far corner to put the Bluebirds in control. But in the 12th minute the Tangerines came roaring back into the match as their set-piece specialist Charlie Adam curled home a brilliant free-kick to level. Cardiff moved back in front in the 37th minute when Whittingham threaded a perfectly-weighed pass to Joe Ledley in the inside left channel and the young Welshman smoothly struck a first-time shot past Gilks. But a thrilling final ding-dong back in Blackpool’s favour within five minutes as, after Gary Taylor-Fletcher hit the post with a 20-yarder, Taylor-Fletcher then bundled home a headed equaliser after Cardiff failed to clear a corner. An insane opening 45 then had a final twist with Blackpool taking the lead, awful Cardiff defending allowed DJ Campbell to beat five players before sliding the ball to Brett Ormerod to toe-poke Holloway’s men into 3-2 ahead.
A six minute BBC radio interview with Ian Holloway after the victory with Neil Warnock can be heard here.
Helsingborg 2 – Halmstad 1 (Allsvenskan, May 22, 2010) A double from Ardian Gashi, a goal in each half, kept Helsingborg out in front in Sweden.
Atvidaberg 1 – Mjallby 2 (Allsvenskan, May 22, 2010)
Toronto FC 1 – New England Revolution 0 (MLS, May 22, 2010) Chad Barrett got his third goal of the season on a glancing header off Sam Cronin’s corner in the 53rd minute. Barrett had a chance at a second in the 72nd minute but sent his lob over the bar.
Chivas USA 1 – Real Salt Lake 2 (MLS, May 22, 2010) Chris Wingert scored in first-half stoppage time to give Real Salt Lake a lead going into the intermission, but Chivas tied the match in the 81st minute when Justin Braun scored from 18 yards out. Fabian Espindola scored two minutes from time to seal the win for the visitors.
Houston Dynamo 2 – DC United 0 (MLS, May 22, 2010) Danny Cruz scored his first career goal and Dominic Oduro added another to help the Houston Dynamo defeat struggling DC United.
Seattle Sounders 0 – San Jose Earthquakes 1 (MLS, May 22, 2010) San Jose’s fifth clean sheet in their last six games helped pick up the three points on the road, Chris Wondolowski netting his fifth goal of the season to settle the match.
Atletico GO 1 – Santos 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 22, 2010) Wesley broke the deadlock with his second brilliant goal of the week in the 65th minute and Eduardo soon put the visitors 2-up. A late goal from Boka proved mere consolation for the hosts.
Botafogo 3 – Goias 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 22, 2010) Lucio Flavio claimed a brace. The first was a terrific free kick in the 41st minute. The match wasn’t all plain sailing though for Botafogo as they had forwards Herrera and Caio both sent off for fighting each other on the pitch.
Palmeiras 4 – Gremio 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 22, 2010) Two goals from Ewerthon led Palmeiras to a comfortable lead over Gremio but the away side then fought back through Jonas and Hugo, the latter equalising three minutes after the break. But Mauricio Ramos put Palmeiras back in the lead on the hour and Cleiton Xavier added another ten minutes later. Douglas of Gremio and Marcos Assuncao of Palmeiras were sent off.
Turkey 2 – Czech Republic 1 (International Friendly, May 22, 2010) Arda Turan fired the Turks into a half hour lead, and Nihat Kahveci extended the lead at the start of the second period. Milan Cerny halved the deficit nine minutes from time.
Ivory Coast 1 – France 2 (U20 Toulon Tournament, May 22, 2010) Loic Nestor put Les Bleus in the lead just after the restart but within 10 minutes Bakary Sane pulled the Elephants level. Matthieu Dossevi had the final say for the French to maintain their 100% record in the tournament.
Japan 0 – Colombia 3 (U20 Toulon Tournament, May 22, 2010) Colombia killed the match with 18 first half minutes when Javier Calle, Edwin Andres Cardona and Luis Fernando Muriel all hit the back of the net.