Aston Villa 0 – Chelsea 3 (FA Cup semi-final, April 10, 2010) After Chelsea made a poor start to their FA Cup semi-final with Villa, the Midlanders had daggers pointed at ref Howard Webb after 15 minutes as Gabby Agbonlahor was denied a stonewall penalty when the forward was hauled down by Mikel in the box. The deadlock was broken in the 67th minute through Didier Drogba, scoring his fifth successive goal at Wembley, tapping home a John Terry shot from a corner. In the final minutes Chelsea put some gloss on the scoreline, Florent Malouda headed home a brilliant Ballack cross and Frank Lampard grabbed the third in injury time.
West Ham 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, April 10, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half at Upton Park, the Eastenders were in raptures early in the the second half as Ilan Araujo steered home Carlton Cole’s flick-on from a free-kick.
Hull 1 – Burnley 4 (Premier League, April 10, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Hull needed just three minutes to move ahead of Burnley when Jozy Altidore crossed to the far post where a free Kevin Kilbane was able to nod a header into the net. But Brian Laws’ Burnley showed character to equalise ten minutes from the break, Tyrone Mears cut inside his defender down the right and crossed to the near post, where Martin Paterson expertly controlled a shot a low, first-time effort into the far corner. (First half goals here.) 38-year-old Graham Alexander then took charge as he scored two second half penalties. His first, on 64 minutes, came after Boateng was adjudged to have fouled Michael Duff. His second, six minutes later, followed a foul by Mouyokolo on on-loan David Nugent. Wade Elliott added a 90th minute fourth with a terrific free-kick that floated into the far top corner in a win that lifts the Clarets above their relegation rivals, but still four points short of the safety mark.
Crystal Palace 0 – QPR 2 (Championship, April 10, 2010) Relegation-threatened London rivals Crystal Palace and QPR, who recently have employed each others managers as Paul Hart and Neil Warnock swapped jobs, met in a classic six-pointer and the Super Hoops struck after 11 minutes when Akos Buzsaky cracked an unstoppable 20-yard past keeper Speroni. The Eagles saw the match slip out their hands on the hour when poor marking from a corner allowed defender Kaspars Gorkss to sneak in front of his marker and steer a header into the unguarded far post.
Leeds 2 – Southend 0 (League One, April 10, 2010) Leeds scored two second-half goals to boost their promotion hopes but increase Southend’s relegation worries. Max Gradel opened the scoring with a shot that took a deflection off Pat Baldwin before Luciano Becchio headed the second close to full-time.
Celtic 0 – Ross County 2 (Scottish FA Cup semi-final, April 10, 2010) Ross County sealed the biggest win in their history and one of the great upsets in Scottish football as they shocked Celtic in the semi-final at Hampden. Steven Craig gave the underdogs an incredible 55th minute lead when he pounced on a loose ball 40-yards out, burst into box before firing beyond Zaluska. County’s insane victory was sealed three minutes from time, Andrew Barrowman charged into the box and crossed to Martin Scott to volley home from close range. At fulltime the cameras focused in on one depressed Celtic fan whose face summed up the shock of the defeat.
Real Madrid 0 – Barcelona 2 (La Liga, April 10, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) In the fever-pitch atmosphere ahead of El Clasico, over five hundred Barcelona fans loudly welcomed their side when the Catalans touched down in Madrid. After a niggly opening half hour, it was that man again, Lionel Messi opening the scoring after a majestic through ball from Xavi. Ten minutes into the second half brilliant Barca grabbed their second, Xavi played in Pedro who scored yet another crucial goal this season.
Malaga 1 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, April 10, 2010)Â Manchester City loanee Felipe Caicedo put current employers Malaga into a 17th minute lead against Sevilla tapping home a fumble from 2-yards. Cala pounced on some poor keeping to bring Sevilla level in the 66th minute. The away side then completed their turnaround when Lolo headed home their second with five minutes to go.
Tenerife 0 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, April 10, 2010) Javier Clemente’s first match in charge of Real Valladolid finished in a goalless draw at Tenerife, leaving both teams rooted in the drop zone.
Xerez 0 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, April 10, 2010) Xerez’s chances of survival were dealt a huge blow as they went down 1-0 at home to a Getafe side chasing a Europa League spot. Rafa Lopez’s header on the hour proved enough to give the visitors a hard-earned victory, despite the late dismissal of Pedro Leon.
Fiorentina 2 – Inter Milan 2 (Serie A, April 10, 2010)Â Fiorentina broke the deadlock at home to league leaders Inter Milan when Brazilian playmaker Keirrison swept home an incisive counter-attack. Quick fire goals from Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o looked to have won the match for the Nerazzurri only for Per Kroldrup to damage Inter’s chances of the Scudetto with a leveller eight minutes from time.
Napoli 2 – Parma 3 (Serie A, April 10, 2010) An early Fabio Quagliarella strike, meeting a low Lavezzi cross with a clinical finish, put Napoli ahead against Parma. Second half goals from Luca Antonelli and Alessandro Lucarelli saw Napoli panic as they fell behind, but Marek Hamsik grabbed an equaliser only for his side to throw it away with minutes to go as Luis Jimenez scored the winner from Hernan Crespo’s second assist of the match.
Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, April 10, 2010) Ribery was taken out in the Leverkusen box early in the second half and Arjen Robben’s superb goalscoring form continued as the Dutchman converted from the spot. Bayer levelled inside ten minutes as Arturo Vidal converted a rebound after a curling free-kick had smacked against the Bayern bar.
Hannover 4 – Schalke 2 (Bundesliga, April 10, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After being knocked off top-spot against Bayern last weekend, Schalke had a horrific start to the match at Hannover when Heiko Westermann was in the wrong place at the wrong time to deflect a shot into his own net. And it got worse for Schalke in the 29th minute when a simple ball forward freed Didier Ya Konan who took advantage of a crazy decision from keeper Neuer to leave his line by stroking a shot into an unguarded net. Edu gave Schalke the perfect response less than a minute into the second half when he picked up the ball on the right side of the box an stroked a left footed shot into the far post. Schalke’s incredible fightback continued the 52nd minute when Ivan Rakitic pulled the title hopefuls level from the penalty spot. A fantastic match swung back in to Hannover’s favour 10 minutes from time when Hanno Balitsch cracked a stunner into the top corner from 25-yards. Hannover, second bottom at the start of play, moved out the automatic relegation places with a fourth in the last minute, Didier Ya Konan the hero with a super solo goal as the hosts gave their survival hopes a major boost in the arm.
Mainz 1 – Borussia Dortmund 0 (Bundesliga, April 10, 2010) A fantastic display of quick-feet, close control and a clinical finish saw Adam Szalai blast Mainz into a half hour lead at home to Dortmund.
Werder Bremen 4 – Freiburg 0 (Bundesliga, April 10, 2010) Claudio Pizarro bundled Werder Bremen into a 35th minute lead at home to Freiburg. Werder bagged their second in the 53rd minute as Aaron Hunt took the ball off Pizarro on the edge of the box and fired a low shot into the near post. Two quickly become three when Claudio Pizarro controlled a left wing cross and applied the killer finish. Relegation-strugglers Freiburg then started to get humiliated as Mesut Ozil beat both a defender and the keeper on his way to claiming number four in the 66th.
Hoffenheim 0 – FC Cologne 2 (Bundesliga, April 10, 2010) 20-year-old Polish midfielder Adam Matuschyk broke his duck for Cologne sixty seconds into the second half with Hoffenheim with a 20-yard swerving strike into the top corner. Adam Matuschyk’s day got even better eight minutes from time when the youngster rifled home a low shot to claimed his second of the game and the three points.
Hertha Berlin 0 – Stuttgart 1 (Bundesliga, April 10, 2010) Hertha Berlin’s survival hopes took a hammer blow in the 74th minute at home to Stuttgart when striker Cacau watched his shot take a deflection and loop into the back of the net.
PSG 3 – Bordeaux 1 (Ligue 1, April 10, 2010) The turning point in the match in Paris came on the half hour when Bordeaux goalkeeper Ulrich Rame was sent of for handling the ball outside his area and Sylvain Armand converted the resulting free-kick. Mevlut Erding fired home under the bar to double PSG’s advantage after 75 minutes. Bordeaux pulled one back with a headed goal by defender Ludovic Sane five minutes from time but forward Guillaume Hoarau sealed the home side’s win, also with a header.
Le Mans 2 – Montpellier 2 (Ligue 1, April 10, 2010) Montpellier got off to the worst possible start as Roland Lamah grabbed the opener inside the first minute to stun the title-chasers. By halftime the match had turned with a goal from Karim Ait-Fana (12) and a penalty from Souleymane Camara (33) handing Montpellier the lead at the break. Gregory Cerdan received his marching order for a deliberate handball three minutes before the interval for Le Mans. Montpellier failed to capitalise with the extra man and Le Mans duly punished them as Lamah scored his second of the game 20 minutes from time.
Monaco 2 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, April 10, 2010) VA opened after 36 minutes when a Gael Danic free-kick fizzed into the near post was turned home by Milan Bisevac. Monaco levelled on the hour when free-kick specialist Nene lined an effort up from 30-yards that deflected off the wall and into the net. Moussa Maazou completed the turnaround for the Municipality in the closing stages.
Lorient 1 – Rennes 1 (Ligue 1, April 10, 2010) Sigamary Diarra opened the scoring for the hosts after 13 minutes before Romain Danze levelled three minutes before the break. The result means Rennes edge Lorient in seventh place with a slightly better goal difference, with both sides on 50 points.
Toulouse 4 – Grenoble 0 (Ligue 1, April 10, 2010) Toulouse summed up Grenoble’sÂ season with an easy 4-0 home win with substitute Franck Tabanou grabbing a brace. Either side of Tabanou’s double, Machado Paulo opened the scoring on nine minutes before Andre-Pierre Gignac sealed the rout with the fourth on 85 minutes. The win moves Toulouse up to 12th place while their victims are now condemned to the drop.
FC Twente 2 – Heerenveen 0 (Eredivisie, April 10, 2010) Steve McClaren’s troops had to wait until the 70th minute to break the deadlock against their well-organised opponents, Cheik Tiote scoring the all-important goal with his first for the club. Luuk de Jong made sure of the points with the second at the death as Twente extended their advantage to seven points with three games remaining.
Rio Ave 0 – Porto 1 (Liga Sagres, April 10, 2010) Substitute Ernesto Farias struck the only goal for the visitors on the hour as Porto moved 15 points clear of fourth-placed Sporting, who have five games remaining.
Uniao Leiria 1 – Braga 2 (Liga Sagres, April 10, 2010) Cassio opened the scoring for the hosts with a 12th minute stunner but Albert Ze Meyong levelled after 31 minutes and Wason Renteria bagged the winner three minutes later. The result moved Braga within three points of Benfica, who host Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.
Spartak Moscow 2 – Terek Grozny 1 (Russian Premier League, April 10, 2010) Shamil Asildarov scored at the second attempt on the quarter hour to put Terek into a surprise lead. Spartak levelled early in the second half when visiting defender Antonio couldn’t get out of the way of a powerful low cross to score an own goal from a yard out. Weliton, with his third goal of the season, won the match for Spartak with a dramatic 90th minute winner.
Samara 2 – Saturn 1 (Russian Premier League, April 10, 2010) A 10th minute tap-in from Anton Bober put Samara in the lead and Nenad Djordjevic doubled the advantage 10 minutes from time with a fabulous free-kick. Petr Nemov’s late half-volley proved mere consolation for Saturn.
Besiktas 0 – Trabzonspor 0 (Super Lig, April 10, 2010) Besiktas missed the chance to go above Fenerbahce into second place in the Super Lig table as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Trabzonspor.
Antalyaspor 1 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 3 (Super Lig, April 10, 2010) Istanbul Buyuksehir moved up to sixth with a 3-1 win away to Antalyaspor. Tevfik Kose gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time but Yalcin Ayhan levelled for Antalyaspor in the 53rd minute. Buyuksehir restored their lead 11 minutes later through Ali Guzeldal and Iskender Alin wrapped up the win with 20 minutes to go.
Dynamo Kiev 3 – Arsenal Kiev 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 10, 2010) A classy finish from Croatian midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic, curling home a beauty fro the edge of the box, put Dynamo ahead of Arsenal in the Kiev derby. Dynamo opened up a 3-nil lead early in the death half when Gerson Magrao and Artem Milevsky scored within four minutes of each other. Sergey Zakarlyuka pulled a goal back for Arsenal in the 73rd but the match ended on a sour note for the visitors when Bohdan Shershun and Sergey Simonenko both saw red in the closing stages.
Hacken 0 – Atvidaberg 0 (Allsvenskan, April 10, 2010) Hacken’s unbeaten start to the season continued as they claimed their second goalless draw in succession.
Aarhus 0 – Aalborg 2 (SAS Ligaen, April 10, 2010) Lasse Nielsen gave the Aalborg side the lead in the 24th minute and Andreas Johansson doubled their advantage with eight minutes to go.
Hapoel Tel Aviv 3 – Hapoel Ramat Gan 1 (Ligat ha’Al, April 10, 2010) Goalie Vincent Anyema put Hapoel in front from the penalty spot as the Reds coasted to victory. Just six minutes later, Eran Zahavi scored to double Hapoel’s lead. Itay Schechter finished off the team’s scoring with a 33rd minute penalty kick.
Hajduk Split 2 – Cibalia 1 (1. HNL, April 10, 2010)
Albirex Niigata 0 – Urawa Red Diamonds 2 (J-League, April 10, 2010) Yuki Abe broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute when he collected a return ball from first-half substitute Wilfried Sanou and fired home. The 28-year-old Japan midfielder then met Robson Ponte’s free-kick at the near post with a neat finish in the 81st minute. Niigata remain without a win at the bottom of the table while Urawa moved into top spot.
Omiya Ardija 1 – Gamba Osaka 3 (J-League, April 10, 2010) Yoshihito Fujita agave the hosts an early ninth minute lead, but Gamba pulled level just before the break when Shoki Hirai was freed in the box and finished tidily to equalise. Poor defending from the hosts allowed Shoki Hirai to put the visitors ahead after the interval and Tomokazu Myojin completed the win with Osaka’s third in the 53rd minute.
Kyoto Sanga 0 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (J-League, April 10, 2010) An early header from Hayuma Tanaka put Nagoya in the lead, and Australian serial-goalscorer Joshua Kennedy curled in a 20-yarder to complete the win early in the second half.
Yokohama F.Marinos 0 – Cerezo Osaka 0 (J-League, April 10, 2010) Yokohama were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Cerezo Osaka at home, midfielder Martinez shown a red card in the 45th minute for a tackle from behind.
Philadelphia Union 3 – DC United 2 (MLS, April 10, 2010) The Union went up 2-0 in the first half with goals from Sebastien Le Toux in the fourth minute and 40th minute. Union mistakes allowed DC United to get back into the match in the second half with Santino Quaranta and Jaime Moreno punishing the hosts for poor defending. But in the end it mattered little as striker Le Toux gave the Philly fans what they came for in the 80th minute as he blasted a 22-yard free-kick past Troy Perkins to claim his hat-trick and earn the Union the win in its inaugural home game.
Chivas USA 2 – New York Red Bulls 0 (MLS, April 10, 2010) New York goalie Bouna Coundoul scored a horrific own goal to give Chivas the lead early in the second half, Padilla saw his deflected shot hit the post and travel towards the arms of Coundoul who incredibly screwed up his catch and knocked the ball over the line. Jesus Padilla sealed the win with a low shot at the death.
Houston Dynamo 0 – LA Galaxy 2 (MLS, April 10, 2010) Edson Buddle, who has scored all five of the Galaxy’s goals this season, put Los Angeles ahead in the 27th minute and doubled the advantage just before halftime.
Jaguares 1 – Club America 3 (Mexican Primera Division, April 10, 2010) Daniel Montenegro opened the scoring in the seventh minute, before he grabbed his second seven minutes later. Jaguares pulled one back after half an hour when Guillermo Cerda scored an own goal under pressure from striker Jackson Martinez. Chiapas were reduced to 10-men in the 73rd minute when Oscar Razo was sent off for a foul on Rosinei and three minutes later, America made sure of the points with a goal from Antonio Lopez.
Monterrey 1 – San Luis 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 10, 2010) Abraham Carreno gave Monterrey the lead in the 66th with Blas Perez equalising in the 79th.
Pachuca 0 – Atlas 2 (Mexican Primera Division, April 10, 2010) Atlas beat Pachuca, with both goals from Herbert Alferez.
Atlante 1 – Cruz Azul 0 (Mexican Primera Division, April 10, 2010) Atlante had a 1-0 win over Cruz Azul, with Johan Fano scoring.
Queretaro 0 – Toluca 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 10, 2010) Toluca beat Queretaro courtesy of Hector Mancilla’s goal to claim their fourth straight victory.
Chivas 0 – Morelia 3 (Mexican Primera Division, April 10, 2010) Elias Hernandez scored two goals for Morelia and Jorge Gastelum added another.
Independiente 0 – San Lorenzo 1 (Clausura, April 10, 2010) Argentine leaders Independiente stumbled to a 1-0 loss to San Lorenzo on Saturday, with Nelson Benitez getting the winner with a powerful early header.
Huracan 3 – Gimnasia La Plata 1 (Clausura, April 10, 2010) Huracan had a 3-1 win over Gimnasia thanks to goals from Andres Franzoia, Diego Rodriguez and Gustavo Balvorin. Ariel Aguero scored for Gimnasia.
Newells Old Boys 3 – Chacarita Juniors 0 (Clausura, April 10, 2010) Newells sailed past Chacarita, Cristian Nunez scoring two goals and Franco Coria another.
Botafogo 3 – Fluminense 2 (Campeonato Carioca, April 10, 2010)