VIDEO: Finalists Pompey summon the magic of the cup to beat Spurs; Chelsea celebrate at Blackburn hold Man United; Man City smack five past Brum; Roma go top in Serie A; Van Nistelrooy bags Hamburg winner; Ajax hit seven

Tottenham 0 – Portsmouth 2 (AET) (FA Cup semi-final, April 11, 2010) Penniless Pompey more than held their own in their goalless first half (highlights here) with Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final, although Tottenham forged the majority of the chances in an open 45. The Lilywhites dominated the second half (highlights here) but where still unable to break the deadlock, and when the match moved into extra time the magic of the cup saw Portsmouth go ahead as Dawson slipped when defending a free-kick and Frederic Piquionne took advantage to score. With four minutes remaining Dindane streaked into the Spurs box where he fell under a challenge from Palacios, the ref pointed to the spot and Kevin Prince Boateng sent the south coasters mental converting the penalty.

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Blackburn 0 – Manchester United 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Despite having the best of the opening forty-five minutes, with Antonio Valencia seeing Paul Robinson smother the chance of the half, Manchester United headed into the break at Ewood Park locked in a stalemate. (First half highlights here.) After the break the match turned toothless, Dimitar Berbatov missing the best chance for the Red Devils in the second half as United’s title hopes faltered badly.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview after Blackburn game can be seen here, Mike Phelan’s here, and Sam Allardyce’s here.

Manchester City 5 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, April 11, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) In the 38th minute Manchester City broke the deadlock with a penalty from Carlos Tevez after Adebayor had fallen to ground in the Blues box. With the deadlock broken City raced into a 2-nil lead, Nedum Onuoha heading home an Adam Johnson corner in the 40th. A crazy end to the first half continued as Birmingham hit back, James McFadden worked the space down the left and crossed for Cameron Jerome to head home. And the goals kept raining in the opening 45 when City hoofed a long ball down their left, Craig Bellamy collected ahead of keeper Taylor before teeing up Emmanuel Adebayor to score from close-range. (First half highlights here.) City killed off the contest in the 74th minute when Nedum Onuoha notched his brace, the defender taking full advantage of statuesque Brum defending to run from 40-yards through on goal and firing a left-footed shot from 18 yards. Emmanuel Adebayor wrapped up the points when he latched on a long Given punt, get the wrong side of Scott Dann all-too-easily, to slot in number five.

Roberto Mancini and Alex McLeish gave their thoughts after the game.

Liverpool 0 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool dominated for long periods in the opening 45 at home to Fulham, but a string defensive performance from the Cottagers kept the score goalless at the interval. (First half highlights here.) Liverpool continued to create and spurn opportunities after the break and with it their top four dreams appear to have completely evaporated.

Rafa Benitez’s dejected post match interview can be seen here, Roy Hodgson’s here.

Wolves 0 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Chances were few and far between in a fiercely competitive but rather turgid stalemate at Molineux. Mamady Sidibe then squandered the game’s best chance early in the second half when he smashed over from close range. Wolves had a few bright moments of their own but had to settle for a point that takes them six clear of the relegation zone.

Both Tony Pulis and Mick McCarthy spoke to the media after the match.

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Newcastle 4 – Blackpool 1 (Championship, April 10, 2010) Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Wayne Routledge were the Geordies’ scorers as the Toon celebrated their Premier League promotion in style.

Brighton 1 – Carlisle 2 (League One, April 10, 2010) Gary Madine’s 88th minute header gave Carlisle victory at Brighton, just three minutes after Tommy Elphick looked to have snatched a point for the hosts by cancelling out Ian Harte’s opener.

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Mallorca 3 – Valencia 2 (La Liga, April 11, 2010) The home side took the lead through Gonzalo Castro and Pierre Webo doubled the scoreline with a fine diving header. Jordi Alba brought Valencia back into the match but an og from Manuel Fernandes, who was later sent off, all but won the game for the home side. Pablo Hernandez did bring some hope for Los Che.

Espanyol 3 – Atletico Madrid 0 (La Liga, April 11, 2010) Goals from Victor Ruiz and Pablo Osvaldo gave Los Periquitos the points with goals in the second half, and the game was safe before Tomas Ujfalusi’s wild lunge on Forlin ended a miserable night for Quique Sanchez Flores’ side. Ivan Alonso wrapped up the win in injury time from close range.

Athletic Bilbao 4 – Almeria 1 (La Liga, April 11, 2010) A Javi Martinez header from a corner gave Bilbao the lead over Almeria after 12 minutes, and the Basque outfit doubled their lead when Igor Gabilondo cracked home a left-footed belter into the top corner. Bilbao should have been 3-up at the break but Fernando Llorente fluffed his lines from the penalty spot. Martinez added his second and his side’s third at the beginning of the second half, before Llorente made amends sweeping home a Gaizka Toquero cross as Almeria were dismantled at will. Pablo Piatti netted a consolation for Almeria.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, April 11, 2010) Riki fired Deportivo in front inside 60 seconds, but a late Segura Toni Moral equaliser earned Racing a share of the spoils.

Osasuna 2 – Zaragoza 0 (La Liga, April 11, 2010) Carlos Aranda broke the deadlock just two minutes in and Krisztian Vadocz made sure of the points in the final minute.  The only negative on a positive afternoon for Osasuna was the sending off of Lopez Ruper five minutes from time.

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Sampdoria 1 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, April 11, 2010) The only goal of the derby came from a backpost header from Antonio Cassano midway through the first half.

Roma 2 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, April 11, 2010) Poor goalkeeping for the Atalanta custodian allowed Mirko Vucinic’s tame strike to squirm into the net after 12 minutes. Marco Cassetti header home the Giallorossi’s second as the Romans looked to leapfrog Inter into top spot, but a tidy finish from Simone Tiribocchi in the 53rd minute pulled the visitors back into the game.

AC Milan 2 – Catania 2 (Serie A, April 11, 2010) After scoring a brace last weekend, Maxi Lopez’s fine goalscoring run for Catania continued early doors at AC Milan as the blonde-haired assassin fired a low shot into the far corner. And Lopez was involved as the Sicilians bagged a second before the break, the forward crossing for Adrian Ricchiuti to power home a header and leave the Rossoneri with it all to do. A close range header from Marco Borriello pulled Milan back into contention at the start of the second period, and Borriello brought Milan back on an even-keel when he turned well to dispatch the ball into the net from Abate’s cross.

Juventus 1 – Cagliari 0 (Serie A, April 11, 2010) Juventus struck 10 minutes from the interval at home to Cagliari when a flick on in the box allowed Giorgio Chiellini to loop a header over the keeper and into the net.

Siena 3 – Bari 2 (Serie A, April 11, 2010) Lowly Siena conceded after 12 minutes at home to Bari when Emanuel Rivas struck, but the hosts where soon level pegging when Abdelkader Ghezzal’s excellent form of late continued with a 17th minute equaliser. Bari got their noses back in front when Jose Ignacio Castillo was fortunate to see a ricochet end up in the net, but just after the hour mark Ghezzal equalised for Siena. The side from Tuscany eventually won the match when Aleandro Rosi found the Bari net on 66 minutes.

Livorno 0 – Udinese 2 (Serie A, April 11, 2010) Relegation-threatened Livorno had a poor start to their match with Udinese when Alexis Sanchez struck inside the opening ten minutes, and Antonio Di Natale added the second on 35 minutes.

Bologna 2 – Lazio 3 (Serie A, April 11, 2010) A terrific strike from Roberto Guana from 20-yards blasted Bologna into the lead over Lazio. Four minutes later Daniele Portanova doubled the home side’s lead, nut just before halftime Stefano Mauri pulled one back for the Aquile to set up an exciting second half. Three minutes after the hour mark Andre Dias made it 2-2 to Lazio and five minutes later on 68 minutes Tommaso Rocchi completed a sensational comeback with the third.

Palermo 3 – Chievo 1 (Serie A, April 11, 2010) Palermo maintained their grip on fourth place with a 3-1 win over Chievo in Sicily. Marcos had put the visitors ahead early on but Palermo battled back to level on the half-hour mark through Javier Pastore. Fabrizio Miccoli then took charge with goals either side of the break to secure a win for the home side.

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Nurnberg 0 – Wolfsburg 2 (Bundesliga, April 11, 2010) The reigning champs claimed the three points with second half goals from their front two, Edin Dzeko controlled expertly before lashing in the fine opener after 66 minutes and Grafite’s close-range header killed the game in the 78th.

Bochum 1 – Hamburg 2 (Bundesliga, April 11, 2010) A bullet header from Robert Tesche powered Hamburg into the lead at Bochum, but the hosts when into the break level courtesy of Zlatko Dedic’s left-footed volley just after the half hour. Hamburg stole the points with a 87th minute winner from their fox-in-the-box striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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Lyon 1 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, April 11, 2010) Pierre-Alain Frau put Lille in front after 61 minutes, but Cris equalised 10 minutes later, moments after Ricardo Costa had been sent off for the visitors following a second yellow card. Lyon also finished the match with 10 men after Maxime Gonalons was dismissed 12 minutes from time for a second bookable offence.

Marseille 4 – Nice 1 (Ligue 1, April 11, 2010) Bakary Kone put the hosts ahead three minutes before halftime and Stephane Mbia headed home from a corner in the 52nd minute, with Lucho Gonzalez the supplier on both occasions. Mathieu Valbuena made it 3-0 in the 71st minute before Souleymane Diawara converted another Lucho corner with a towering header. Emerse Fae claimed an injury time consolation for Eric Roy’s side.

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Ajax 7 – VVV Venlo 0 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Ajax, struggling to catch Twente at the top of the table, had a marvelous first half against VVV Venlo. Luis Suarez got the ball rolling inside five minutes before Suarez netted his second from the penalty spot after nine minutes. Marko Pantelic added a third after just 12 minutes to kill the game, and VVV proceeded to be humiliated as Urby Emanuelson rolled home number four while Suarez completed an amazing first 45 with his hat-trick goal. A fine solo effort from Marko Pantelic gave the Amsterdammers a sixth 15 minutes from time, before Pantelic claimed his hat-trick goal for number seven.

FC Utrecht 0 – ADO Den Haag 2 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2010) Danny Buijs set the visitors on their way after 17 minutes and Wesley Verhoek doubled their advantage two minutes before the break to stun the majority of the crowd inside the Nieuwe Galgenwaard. The victory moved ADO out of the relegation play-off zone and up to 15th at the expense of Sparta Rotterdam.

PSV 0 – Feyenoord 0 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2010) PSV’s title challenge all but ended as they were held to a goalless draw in a dire game against Feyenoord.

FC Groningen 4 – Willem II 0 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2010) Thomas Enevoldsen, Nicklas Pedersen and Tim Matavz all scored in the first half, with Leandro Bacuna adding a fourth after 56 minutes. Willem remain second bottom, four points adrift of ADO.

Sparta 1 – Heracles 1 (Eredivisie, April 10, 2010) Sixth-placed Heracles had to settle for a point away to struggling Sparta, Bas Dost fired Heracles ahead early in the second half but his effort was soon cancelled out by Edouard Duplan.

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Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Olhanense 1 (Liga Sagres, April 11, 2010) Rui Miguel put Guimaraes in front after 43 minutes, but Andre Ukra equalised from the penalty spot three minutes from time. The result leaves Guimaraes fifth, four points behind Sporting Lisbon, having played a game more.

Leixoes 2 – Pacos Ferreira 0 (Liga Sagres, April 11, 2010) Leixoes’ survival hopes were enhanced by goals from Jose Ze Manel and Christian Pouga but they remain in the drop zone.

Marítimo 3 – Belenenses 3 (Liga Sagres, April 11, 2010) Bottom club Belenenses drew 3-3 with mid-table Maritimo  after substitute Vukasin Devic scored a 90th minute equaliser. Rafael Miranda, Campos Djalma and Takahito Soma were on target for Maritimo, while Jose Miguelito and Rodrigo Lima had twice earlier put Belenenses, who had unused substitute Pele sent off, ahead.

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Alania Vladikavkaz 1 – CSKA Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2010) CSKA had a profitable first half at Alania, Guilherme opening with a header on the rebound after a free-kick had crashed against the hosts bar. Milos Krasic doubled the visitors advantage on the stroke of halftime when he raced clear down the right and produced a clinical finish. Alania got a foothold in the match when poor marking for CSKA allowed Serhiy Kuznetsov room to plant home a free header from 6-yards. CSKA restored their 2-goal cushion in the 70th minute when starlet Alan Dzagoev dispatched a retaken spot-kick with ease.

Zenit St. Petersburg 1 – Lokomotiv Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2010) A low strike from Vladimir Bystrov ten minutes into the second half earned Zenit the points.

Sibir Novosibirsk 2 – Anji Makhachkala 4 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2010) Anji raced into a 3-nil lead when David Tsorayev and then a Jan Holenda brace scored in the opening 48 minutes of the match. Quick fire goals from Aleksei Medvedev and Maksim Astafyev brought Sibir back in the match by the hour mark, but the hosts then were reduced to nine men as the wheels fell off. A last minute David Tsorayev goal lifted Anji to another three points as the newbees good start to the season continued. Sibir remain bottom with just one point from their opening five games.

Rostov 2 – Amkar Perm 1 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2010) Dusan Andelkovic’s goal five minutes from time earned Rostov victory over Amkar Perm. Mersudin Ahmetovic had given Rostov a first half lead which was cancelled out by Dmitri Sokolov in the 63rd minute.

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Panathinaikos 2 – Iraklis 0 (Greek Super League, April 11, 2010) Panathinaikos made a perfect start at the Olympic Stadium when France striker Djibril Cisse converted Sebastian Leto’s headed pass in the first minute for his 29th goal of the season. Young Greek Sotiris Ninis made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime with a stunning volley from the edge of the penalty area, as Pana won their first league title in six years.

Panthrakikos 0 – Olympiakos 2 (Greek Super League, April 11, 2010) Olympiacos netted twice in the first 45 minutes to earn a 2-0 win at Panthrakikos, with Vassilis Torosidis and Kostas Mitroglou scoring.

PAOK 1 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, April 11, 2010) Zlatan Muslimovic’s goal on the stroke of halftime proved the difference.

Panionios 0 – Larissa 3 (Greek Super League, April 11, 2010) Eighth-placed Larissa beat Panionios 3-0, with Tumer Metin, Salim Toama and Daniel Cousin on target.

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Galatasaray 4 – Diyarbakirspor 1 (Super Lig, April 11, 2010) Milan Baros bagged a brace in the opening 28 minutes before Lucas Neill made it 3-nil in the 51st minute. A minute later Baros notched his hat-trick goal before Gustave Bebbe pulled one back in the 72nd minute for the visitors.

Kasimpasa 2 – Ankaragucu 0 (Super Lig, April 11, 2010)

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Kalmar 2 – Malmo 3 (Allsvenskan, April 11, 2010) Malmo maintained their superb start to the season edging a 5-goal thriller at Kalmar, Wilton Figueiredo bagged the goal of the game for Malmo when ran from the halfway-line past several home defenders before finishing with a classy end-product.

Helsingborg 2 – Elfsborg 1 (Allsvenskan, April 11, 2010) Gashi smacked in a brilliant 30-yard half volley to open for the hosts, Denni Avdic levelled with a header for Elfsborg before Markus Holgersson bagged the winner for Helsingborg in the 63rd minute.

Gefle 1 – AIK Stockholm 0 (Allsvenskan, April 11, 2010)

IFK Gothenburg 1 – Brommapojkarna 1 (Allsvenskan, April 11, 2010)

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Odd Grenland 1 – Rosenborg 3 (Tippeligaen, April 11, 2010) After Peter Kovacs had fired Odd into a 9th minute lead a brace from Markus Henriksen and a third from Rade Prica turned the match in Rosenborg’s favour.

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Young Boys 2 – Bellinzona 1 (Swiss Super League, April 10, 2010) Pajtim Kasami gave the second-bottom visitors a shock lead eight minutes into the second half but Henri Bienvenu restored parity after 72 minutes and then Francois Affolter popped up with a last-gasp winner.

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Austria Vienna 1 – Sturm Graz 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, April 11, 2010) Roland Linz netted a controversial winner after putting the ball into the net from an unquestionable offside position.

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Real Salt Lake 2 – Seattle Sounders 2 (MLS, April 10, 2010) Seattle went ahead through Steve Zakuani in the 11th minute before Will Johnson brought Salt Lake level with a diving header in the 53rd minute. Tyrone Marshall put the Sounders back ahead in the 72nd, until Alvaro Saborio’s late goal allowed the reigning MLS champions to extend their home unbeaten streak to 14 games.

Chicago Fire 1 – San Jose Earthquakes 2 (MLS, April 10, 2010) San Jose’s Arturo Alvarez opened the scoring for San Jose early in the second half but Marco Pappa equalised for Chicago soon after with a curling shot into the top right corner from 22 yards. Ike Opara headed in the 82nd minute winner to give San Jose a valuable victory at Chicago.

FC Dallas 2 – Columbus Crew 2 (MLS, April 10, 2010) Jeff Cunningham opened the scoring for Dallas, converting a 29th minute penalty. Andy Moffat levelled for Columbus in the 52nd minute and Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored what appeared the winner for the Crew in the 82nd. Eric Avila fired a shot from near the top of the penalty arc and into the right corner of the net to level in the third minute of stoppage time.

Kansas City Wizards 1 – Colorado Rapids 0 (MLS, April 10, 2010) Ryan Smith danced his way through Colorado’s defense all night and set up Kei Kamara’s 48th minute winner.

New England Revolution 4 – Toronto FC 1 (MLS, April 10, 2010) Veteran midfielder Dwayne DeRosario had put Toronto ahead in the 28th minute, breaking a run of 202 minutes unbeaten by the New England defence. But Zach Schilawski turned the match with an 11-minute hat-trick early in the second half to push New England to victory over Toronto.

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Flamengo 2 – Vasco 1 (Campeonato Carioca, April 11, 2010) Vagner Love scored in each half, his second a penalty, and Thiago Martinelli pulled one back with a header from a corner.

Sao Paulo 2 – Santos 3 (Campeonato Paulista, April 11, 2010) Santos went ahead when Junior Cesar turned a cross into his own net. Matters worsened for Sao Paulo when midfielder Marlos kicked Robinho and was sent off with almost an hour still to play. Santos went 2-up when Neymar found Andre and the striker beat keeper Rogerio Ceni from close range. Sao Paulo’s Hernanes pulled one back eight minutes into the second half and the hostss equalised with a header by Dagoberto. The game looked settled until Santos’ Durval headed home Madson’s free-kick in the last minute.

Prudente 1 – Santo Andre 2 (Campeonato Paulista, April 11, 2010)

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Atletico Tucuman 0 – River Plate 0 (Clausura, April 11, 2010) River Plate stuttered to a scoreless draw at bottom club Atletico Tucuman in the Argentine Clausura tournament on Sunday to increase the pressure on coach Leonardo Astrada.

Velez Sarsfield 0 – Banfield 0 (Clausura, April 11, 2010) Defending champion Banfield lost ground at the top after a 0-0 draw at Velez.

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Puebla 1 – Indios 2 (Mexican Premira Division, April 11, 2010) A 27th minute breakthrough from Carlos Ruiz gave Puebla the advantage but second half goals from Emil Martinez (59) and substitute Jose Carlos Dias (78) gave Indios only their second win.

Pumas 1 – Santos 0 (Mexican Premira Division, April 11, 2010) Juan Palencia converted a penalty to seal Pumas’ victory.