Chelsea 8 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) Stamford Bridge took just five minutes to erupt in celebration, Drogba’s free-kick caused mayhem at the back for Wigan and Nicolas Anelka (offside?) was in the right place to slam home the opener for champions-elect Chelsea. The Blues went 2-up on the half hour when Frank Lampard made no mistake from the spot after Lampard had been felled in the box by Gary Caldwell – who saw red. (First half goals here.) Chelsea confirmed their first Premier League title since the departure of Mourinho nine minutes into the second half, Lampard played a one-two with Salomon Kalou who netted a classy goal. Two minutes later Chelsea chalked up number four as Nicolas Anelka cracked home a sweet back post volley from Ivanovic’s fizzed cross. In the 62nd minute Didier Drogba bagged the goal to put him at the top over the scoring charts in the league, the Ivorian’s initial overhead-kick was superbly saved but Drogba headed home his goal seconds later. Wigan’s humiliation increased in the 68th minute when Ashley Cole was fouled for the Blues second penalty, Didier Drogba stepping up to secure the Golden Boot and notch the Pensioners’ 100th goal of the season. For the third time this season Chelsea chalked up seven in the 80th, Joe Cole’s shot was only parried by Pollitt and Didier Drogba gobbled up his hat-trick goal. With Wigan just wishing the season would draw to a close, Ashley Cole volleyed home an incredible eighth to completed a crushing victory. (Second half goals here.)
Manchester United 4 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) Manchester United took a 30th minute lead against Stoke when a corner ping-ponged around the Potters box before Darren Fletcher prodded the ball over the line. United doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Berbatov tore down the left and cross for Ryan Giggs to score in the centre on the Stoke area. United’s third arrived early in the second half when Wayne Rooney turned well inside the box and hammered a cross into the mixer that Danny Higginbotham sliced into his own net. United grabbed a fourth six minutes from time as Giggs’s left-wing corner was headed home at the back post by Ji Sung Park.
Before the match Manchester United fans protested against the Glazer family, with the police forced to get involved. Footage from the protest can be seen here.
Manchester United’s lap of honour at the end of the match can be seen here.
Burnley 4 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Champions Leaguers Spurs got off to a great start at Burnley when Lennon teed up the superb Gareth Bale for the opener. Luka Modric oozed confidence bagged the Lilywhites second as the Croatian weaved his way into the box and lashed a beauty into the apex of the near post. The Clarets got on the scoresheet before the interval when Fletcher flicked the ball through to Wade Elliott and he fires well past Ben Alnwick in the Spurs goal. (First half goals here.) Second half goals from Jack Cork, Martin Paterson and substitute Steven Thompson pulled off an unlikely comeback as the hosts rounded off a miserable campaign with only a second win in nine games.
Arsenal 4 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) Andrey Arshavin capitalised on a poor Schwarzer mistake to fire Arsenal into an early lead, and Robin van Persie netted the Gunners second after being teed up by Theo Walcott down the right. In the 36th it was 3-nil after Walcott whipped in a low cross from the right which Chris Baird tried to clear but only managed to stick into his own net. Seven minutes from time Arsenal claimed their fourth as Carlos Vela was freed through the centre and the Mexican chipped Schwarzer to close out the year.
West Ham 1 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) West Ham breached City’s backline with a tremendous opener, Alessandro Diamanti producing an outrageous back-flick to set up Luis Boa Morte who clipped his shot over Marton Fulop. City were back on level terms within minutes, Adam Johnson crossing from the right to the far post where Shaun Wright-Phillips scored with a header. (First half goals here.)
Hull 0 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool’s season of failure was summed up at the KC Stadium at Sunday, where Rafa Benitez’s side were held to a goalless draw by relegated Hull that means they end the season in seventh place.
Everton 1 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After Anthony Vanden Borre’s second half effort had been controversially disallowed for offside, Everton substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s last-gasp effort consigned already-relegated Portsmouth to defeat at Goodison Park.
Aston Villa 0 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Richard Dunne headed Martin Olsson’s cross into his own net six minutes from time to ensure Rovers finished 10th in the Barclays Premier League after a run of only one defeat in their last nine games.
Wolves 2 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Steve Bruceâ€™s hopes of a top-ten finish evaporated on the final day of the season as Adlene Guediouraâ€™s 78th minute strike condemned the Black Cats to defeat after Kevin Doyleâ€™s penalty had cancelled out Kenwyne Jonesâ€™ eighth minute strike.
Bolton 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Kevin Davies made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute when he headed home a free-kick from Paul Robinson. Klasnic extended their lead, only for James McFadden to pull a goal back for Birmingham after Chris Benitez’s penalty had been saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Leicester 0 – Cardiff 1 (Championship play-offs first-leg, May 9, 2010) The Welshman broke the stalemate at the Walkers Stadium 15 minutes from time when they won a free-kick 25-yards on the right hand side and, after Peter Whittingham stole a yard or two to move the ball in-field, Cardiff’s player of the season cracked home a stunning free-kick that nicked the near post as it flew into the net.
Rangers 3 – Motherwell 3 (SPL, May 9, 2010) Champions Rangers broke the deadlock with Motherwell when Kris Boyd fired Rangers into the lead with a neat turn and finish in the box, and the Gers doubled their advantage when striker Kenny Miller crossed to partner Kyle Lafferty who scored on the volley. Jamie Murphy fired a reply five minutes after the break for Well, but Rangers re-established their 2-goal cushion when Lafferty stabbed in Rangers’ third after 70 minutes. Motherwell looked to be heading for defeat until Steve Jennings headed home at the second attempt after Weir’s poor clearance following a fine Alexander save. Alexander’s misery was complete when a penalty was given for his challenge on Murphy in the 93rd minute and Lukas Jutkiewicz slotted home the resulting penalty for Motherwell’s second remarkable comeback in as many games.
Footage of Rangers’ SPL title winning celebrations can be seen here.
Hearts 1 – Celtic 2 (SPL, May 9, 2010) The scores were level at halftime after Robbie Keane’s opener had been cancelled out by Jambos skipper Marius Zaliukas. A wonderful volley from 16 yards by the Chinese midfielder Zheng Zhi on the hour mark gave him his first Hoops goal and the visitors all three points to finish off the season on a high.
Inter Milan 4 – Chievo 3 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Serie A leaders conceded after 12 minutes at home to Chievo when a right wing cross was diverted into his own net by Thiago Motta. Jose Mourinho’s charges were behind for less than a minute when Eto’o pass into the Flying Donkeys’ box was turned into his net own net by Andrea Mantovani’s careless flick. Just after the half hour Inter took the lead, Maicon whipped over a cross to the back stick which Esteban Cambiasso converted with on the running volley. Inter extended their lead in the 39th minute when Diego Milito netted his 21st in the league with a delightful chip from 15-yards out. The match appeared to put to bed early in the second half after Maicon’s ball over the top was collected by bad-boy Mario Balotelli who lifted Inter into a 4-1 lead. But Chievo managed to pull themselves back into the match though soon after when Pablo Granoche was in the right place to diverted a shot on goal past Julio Cesar. And amazingly Chievo scored again to make the score 4-3, Zanetti played a loose ball across the backline and Sergio Pellissier nipped in and crashed home an unlikely third for the visitors.
Roma 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Roma, needing to win to keep alive any hopes of claiming the Scudetto, ballsed-up numerous chances to take the lead at home to Cagliari, and with under 20 minutes to go the Giallorossi’s wastefulness was punished when Andrea Lazzari cracked home a beauty from a free-kick. Roma’s woes looked to be certain after Totti lifted a chip over the bar from four yards out, but minutes later Francesco Totti was able to turn in the box and drill home the leveller to restore hope for Raneri’s men. Roma then took an incredible lead to breathe life back into the title race, Riise’s cross was stopped by a stray hand and, from the spot, Francesco Totti converted the crucial second.
Genoa 1 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Horribly bad defending from the Rossoneri early in the second half at an eerie Genoa stadium without any fans allowed Giuseppe Sculli the freedom of the box to header home a corner.
Juventus 2 – Parma 3 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Juventus forged ahead of Parma in the 16th minute when Alex Del Piero crashed home a half-volley from Iquanta’s tidy touch in the box. The visitors hit back when Davide Lanzafame saw his shot take a deflection and wrongfoot Buffon in the Old Lady’s goal. The match was turned on its head five minutes before the break when Juve’s offside trap was breached and Davide Lanzafame was on hand to score Parma’s second. Jonathan Biabiany claimed the win for Parma at the death.
Fiorentina 1 – Siena 1 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Simone Vergassola slid relegated Siena into a surprise 3rd minute lead at Fiorentina, but the Viola soon leveled when Marco Marchionni side-footed home the equaliser.
Bologna 1 – Catania 1 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Bologna’s evergreen forward Marco Di Vaio fired the relegation-threatened hosts in front against Catania when he drilled a shot into the near post from the edge of the box.
Livorno 1 – Lazio 2 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Tommaso Rocchi’s close range finish from a left wing cross put Lazio in the ascendancy at Livorno. Cristiano Lucarelli scored Livorno’s goal before Cristian Brocchi grabbed the winner for Lazio.
Udinese 3 – Bari 3 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Paulo Vito Barreto put Bari in front only for Antonio Di Natale and Simone Pepe to turn the game around, but Vladimir Koman restored parity six minutes before halftime. Di Natale restored Udinese’s lead in the second half but Sergio Almiron netted the leveller in the final minute.
Palermo 1 – Sampdoria 1 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Samp would have clinched a place in Europe’s elite club competition with a win, and they were on course for victory when Giampaolo Pazzini’s 54th-minute penalty put them ahead, but Fabrizio Miccoli levelled from the spot with 20 minutes to go to keep Palermo two points adrift with one game to go.
Napoli 2 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Atalanta were relegated from Serie A after falling to yet another defeat at the hands of Napoli, Fabio Quagliarella scored late in each half as Napoli cruised to a straightforward victory.
FC Groningen 0 – FC Utrecht 2 (Eredivisie Europa League play-offs, May 9, 2010) Ricky van Wolfswinkel opened the scoring on 38 minutes and the visitors were celebrating again when Nana Asara grabbed the second nine minutes from time.
Heracles 1 – Roda 2 (Eredivisie Europa League play-offs, May 9, 2010) Heracles appeared to be heading for a showdown with Utrecht after Darl Douglas broke the deadlock in the second leg on 62 minutes. Roda were gifted an equaliser through Antoine van der Linden’s own goal 10 minutes from the end before Boldizsar Bodor pounced for the winner two minutes into stoppage-time.
Sparta 2 – Helmond Sport 0 (Eredivisie relegation play-offs, May 9, 2010) Helmond led 2-1 from the first match, but goals from Rydell Poepon and Charles Dissels, the latter coming in the final minute, saw Sparta to victory and moved them a step closer to remaining in the Eredivisie.
Willem II 1 – FC Eindhoven 1 (Eredivisie relegation play-offs, May 9, 2010) Gerson Sheotahul put Willem II ahead, but Ruud van der Rijt levelled on the day with 18 minutes to go.
Benfica 2 – Rio Ave 1 (Liga Sagres, May 9, 2010) Oscar Cardozo put Benfica ahead in only the third minute, and they should have been cruising once the visitors had Jose De Souza Wires sent off eight minutes later. But instead, Rio Ave were able to equalise through Ricardo Chaves in the 71st minute before Cardozo’s second won it seven minutes later. Benfica were crowned champions.
Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Maritimo 2 (Liga Sagres, May 9, 2010) Valdomiro put the hosts in front after only 15 minutes, but Kleber equalised on the stroke of halftime, and then got a second to win it nine minutes from time, with Maritimo surviving the injury-time dismissal of goalkeeper Peterson Pecanha.
Tavriya Symferopol 2 – Shakhtar Donetsk 3 (Ukrainian Premier League, May 9, 2010) Shakhtar dodged a bullet narrowly escaping Tavriya with a late 3-2 victory after falling 2-nil down, Douglas Costa was the league leaders hero with a stunning 25-yard lob that arched into the top corner nine minutes from time.
Dynamo Kiev 3 – Metalurg 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, May 9, 2010) Artem Milevskyi continued his hoot-streak opening for Kiev after 11 minutes and Milevskyi doubled the lead just after the half hour with number two. Sergei Krivtsov’s own goal from a 60th minute corner wrapped up the points for second-placed Dynamo.
Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 3 – Zakarpattia 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, May 9, 2010)
Ankaragucu 0 – Fenerbahce 3 (Super Lig, May 9, 2010) Mehmet Topuz gave Fener a first half lead which Daniel Guiza doubled minutes after the restart. Cristian Baroni sealed the win with a cracking strike from 30-yards.
Kayserispor 1 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 (Super Lig, May 9, 2010)
Eskisehirspor 1 – Sivasspor 1 (Super Lig, May 9, 2010)
Gent 6 – Club Brugge 2 (Jupiler League play-offs, May 8, 2010) The game was effectively over at halftime with Gent leading 3-0 courtesy of goals scored by Randall Azofeifa, Mbaye Leye and a superb effort from Yassine El Ghanassy. Gent went 4-up straight after the break when Christophe Lepoint finished off the first Gent move of the second half with a looping header. Brugge came back to 4-1 but an unstoppable Gent scored again in the 82nd minute to make it 5-1. Kouhema for Brugge and Thijs for Gent then added further efforts to complete the scored. It is the first time in 55 years that AA Gent have finished second in Belgium and their first chance to play in the Champions League.
Anderlecht 2 – Sint-Truiden 1 (Jupiler League play-offs, May 8, 2010) A Jelle Van Damme header and close range finish from Matias Suarez earned champions Anderlecht a final day victory.
Zulte-Waregem 1 – Kortrijk 2 (Jupiler League play-offs, May 8, 2010)
PAOK 1 – Olympiakos 0 (Greek Super League play-offs, May 9, 2010) PAOK topped the four-team playoffs in the Greek league for European football Sunday by beating Olympiakos 1-0 after Zlatan Muslimovic scored a first-half goal.
AEK Athens 4 – Aris 2 (Greek Super League play-offs, May 9, 2010) AEK took the lead with Rafik Djebbour who volleyed the ball into the net from close range 26th minute. The visitors levelled with Javier Campora who converted a penalty in the 55th before Aris’ American striker Eddie Johnson, on loan from Fulham, made it 2-1 with a header. Leonardo made it 2-2 in the 75th, one minute before Martin Scocco converted a penalty to give AEK the lead. Leonardo made the final 4-2 in the 84th.
Haugesund 0 – Rosenborg 0 (Tippeligaen, May 9, 2010)
Honefoss 1 – Sandefjord 0 (Tippeligaen, May 9, 2010)
AIK Stockholm 1 – Trelleborg 0 (Allsvenskan, May 9, 2010) Antonio Flavio neat solo goal in the first half earned AIK the points.
Silkeborg 2 – FC Copenhagen 0 (SAS Ligaen, May 9, 2010) Champions FCopenhagen were defeated 2-0 by Silkeborg, thanks to goals from Rajko Lekic and Christian Holst.
FC Nordsjaelland 0 – AGF Aarhus 1 (SAS Ligaen, May 9, 2010) Aarhus may have thought a 1-0 win over FC Nordsjaelland, courtesy of substitute Stephan Petersen, would be enough to exit the drop zone but Randers, two points ahead of their rivals at the start of play, also won.
OB Odense 1 – Randers 3 (SAS Ligaen, May 9, 2010) Randers completed an unlikely 3-1 win over second-placed Odense, who last week ensured Europa League football next term. Soren Berg put them ahead before a Lucas Caca equaliser put the pressure back on. In-form Mikkel Beckmann and Yura Movsisyan then sealed a potentially decisive result in the second half.
Brondby 2 – Aalborg BK 0 (SAS Ligaen, May 9, 2010) Brondby were 2-0 winners over AaB, Ousman Jallow and Jan Kristiansen the scorers.
HB Koge 1 – FC Midtjylland 0 (SAS Ligaen, May 9, 2010) Already-relegated Koge beat FC Midtjylland thanks to a Quincy Antipas effort.
Red Bull Salzburg 0 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, May 9, 2010) Austria Vienna’s incredible end to the season continued at the leaders Salzburg when Zlatko Junuzovic scored a terrific 91st minute free-kick to make sure the title race went to the last week of the season.
Vegalta Sendai 1 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (J-League, May 9, 2010) Josh Kennedy opened the scoring in the 38th minute from a penalty after being taken down in the area by Brazilian defender Elizeu. Sendai equalised in the 84th minute when Fernandinho scored off the far post but Kennedy sealed the win with a header two minutes from time.
Seattle Sounders 0 -Â LA Galaxy 4 (MLS, May 8, 2010) The Galaxy, the Major League Soccer Western Conference leaders, won the game thanks to goals from Jovan Kirovski (22), Omar Gonzalez (52), Todd Dunivant (57) and Landon Donovan (67).
Toronto FC 4 – Chicago Fire 1 (MLS, May 8, 2010) Chad Barrett scored twice over a three-minute span of the second half to lead Toronto FC to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago.
Real Salt Lake 3 – Philadelphia Union 0 (MLS, May 8, 2010) Kyle Beckerman, Jamison Olave and Alvaro Saborio scored goals to lead Real Salt Lake over the Union.
FC Dallas 1 – DC United 0 (MLS, May 8, 2010)
San Jose Earthquakes 4 – New York Red Bulls 0 (MLS, May 8, 2010)
Boca Juniors 1 – Huracan 2 (Clausura, May 9, 2010) Adrian Peralta gave Huracan the lead in Boca’s Bombonera stadium just before the break, but Gabriel Paletta equalised in the 50th minute. Boca had defender Juan Krupoviesa sent off in the 58th minute and Gaston Machin made the extra man count with the winning goal in the 79th.
Argentinos Juniors 4 – Independiente 3 (Clausura, May 9, 2010) Nicolas Pavlovich opened the scoring for Argentinos against Independiente, finishing at the back post after a pass across the box from Jose Luis Calderon in the 27th minute. Leonel Nunez equalized directly from a corner barely a minute later and Independiente took the lead with a 49th-minute header from Dario Gandin and another strike by Nunez in the 68th. Argentinos looked beaten, but Pavlovich pulled a goal back by heading in Ignacio Canuto’s right-wing cross in the 74th minute and Juan Sabia equalised with a strike into the roof of the net in the final minute of regular time. As both sides committed players forward in search of a winner, Calderon passed to Matias Caruzzo whose deflected shot in the third minute of stoppage time gave Argentinos all three points.
Atletico Tucuman 1 – Arsenal 1 (Clausura, May 9, 2010)Â Luciano Leguizamon opened the scoring in the 20th minute for Arsenal de Sarandi but Juan Pereyra equalised after halftime for already-relegated Atletico Tucuman.
Tigre 1 – Banfield 2 (Clausura, May 9, 2010) A Ruben Ramirez penalty and a second half goal from Roberto Battion earned Banfield a 2-1 victory at Tigre. Brian Rodriguez got a late consolation for Tigre.
Estudiantes 0 – Rosario Central 0 (Clausura, May 9, 2010) Estudiantes had Seba Veron sent off for elbowing an opposition player after half an hour.
Corinthians 2 – Atletico Paranaense 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2010) Paranaense had Paulo Baier sent off in the 42nd minute but they still went ahead when Marcio Azevedo’s free kick on the stroke of halftime went through a group of players in the box without anyone getting a touch. Souza equalised on the hour for Corinthians and Ronaldo was the match-winner with an 82nd minute penalty.
Flamengo 1 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2010) Washington gave Sao Paulo a halftime lead but Denis Marques equalised for Flamengo early in the second half.
Internacional 1 – Cruzeiro 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2010) Kleber put Cruzeiro ahead with a penalty after a harsh handball decision but Inter replied quickly when Taison headed home after Giuliano’s fine run and cross. Kleber scored the winner in the 36th minute from a pass by Fabricio.
Atletico Mineiro 2 – Vasco da Gama 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2010)
Avai 6 – Gremio Prudente 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2010) Emerson converted a superb hat-trick to guide the Florianopolis-based side to a crushing win.
Ceara 1 – Fluminense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2010)
Guarani 1 – Goias 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2010)
Toluca 2 – Club America 0 (Agg. 4-2) (Mexican Primera Division play-offs, May 9, 2010) Toluca got goals from Antonio Naelson as well as Manuel Perez to brush aside America.
Pumas 1 – Santos 0 (Agg. 1-2) (Mexican Primera Division play-offs, May 9, 2010) Ismael Iniguez’s 54th minute winner wasn’t enough for Pumas.