Birmingham 1 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, April 4, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After a truly forgettable first half at St Andrews, Liverpool took less than two minutes to score at the start of the second as Johnson’s horribly miscued shot fell to Steven Gerrard on the left of the box and the Reds captain fired through a busy Birmingham box to see his shot nestle in the far corner. Birmingham were back level pegging in the 56th minute when McFadden spotted Liam Ridgewell free as a bird as the back stick and the centre-half bundled the ball past Riena. With Liverpool looking for a winner Rafa Benitez took off Torres for Ngog but the Scousers failed to score again as their top four hopes too a serious knock.
Fulham 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, April 4, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Wigan took a deserved lead at Craven Cottage ten minutes from the break when Melchiot’s deep cross was headed back by Moreno and lashed home by the Latics much-maligned forward Jason Scotland. Fulham hit back after the break when Zoltan Gera fired in a low cross from the left that halftime sub Stefano Okaka bundled in at the near post. Once on level footing Fulham soon took the lead, Duff’s corner from the left was headed home by Brede Hangeland from six yards out.
Everton 2 – West Ham 2 (Premier League, April 4, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) West Ham were only able to hold out for 24 minutes at Everton until Spector’s poor attempt to clear Baines’s cross only went as far as Tim Cahill, who headed back into the six-yard box for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to nod past Rob Green. On the hour Manuel Da Costa equalised with a scrappy goal. Everton looked to have won it after Aiyegbeni Yakubu headed home a Baines cross with five minutes to go. Only for Ilan to secure a massive point for the Hammers in their relegation struggle with just 180 seconds left with a diving header off an excellentÂ Faubert cross.
Hibernian 0 – Celtic 1 (SPL, April 4, 2010) Hibs fell behind to Celtic on the hour after Anthony Stokes was penalised for kicking Aiden McGeady in the face with a high boot in the box, with Robbie Keane making no mistake from the spot.
Neil Lennon’s post match interview can be seen here.
Atletico Madrid 3 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, April 4, 2010) A scrappy goal from Juanito gave Atleti the lead midway through the first half, and Diego Forlan doubled the advantage early in the second with a close range header. Tiago killed the match with number three on the hour.
Racing Santander 0 – Real Madrid 2 (La Liga, April 4, 2010) Midway through the first half Cristiano Ronaldo was fouledÂ inside the box andÂ scored the subsequentÂ penalty. Gonzalo Higuain completed the victory with 14 minutes to goÂ sliding home after a glorious ball from Guti.Â Late on Cristiano Ronaldo missed aÂ rather easyÂ chance.
Valencia 3 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, April 4, 2010) Joaquin flicked home the opener three minutes into the second half. David Villa swept home the second on 89 and then completed a quick fire brace with a penalty won and then scored in injury time.
Valladolid 0 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, April 4, 2010) Diego Lopez gave the Yellow Submarine the lead with a fantastic long range effort on nine minutes. Brazilian striker Nilmar showed all his poaching prowess with a header on the hour.
Sporting Gijon 2 – Xerez 2 (La Liga, April 4, 2010) Diego Castro gave the home side the lead on 12. Mario Bermejo equalised seven minutes into the second half. Miguel Cuevas put Gijon in front again five minutes after the equaliser only for Matias Alustiza to capitalise on a shocking back pass to score the second for Xerez with 12 minutes remaining.
Almeria 1 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, April 4, 2010) Uche Kalu headed the opener in the sixth minute. Pierre Webo equalised for Mallorca on 88.
Getafe 1 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, April 4, 2010) Manu put Getafe in front on 28, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo equalised seven minutes into the second period with a fine left footed strike.
Wolfsburg 4 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, April 4, 2010) Wolfsburg’s brilliant Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko broke the deadlock with Hoffenheim midway through the first half when the forward headed home Genter’s dangerous cross into the mixer. Andrea Barzagli and Zvjezdan Misimovic added further goals in the second half before Dzeko claimed his brace to close out a comfortable home win.
Hamburg 0 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, April 4, 2010) Dennis Aogo came closest to breaking the deadlock for Hamburg with his long-ranged effort on 26 minutes but was denied by the woodwork. The hosts caught a break shortly before the hour mark when Jiri Stajner was sent off for a second bookable offense, but the Hannover defense held strong and the relegation battlers took a well-earned point.
Marseille 1 – Lens 0 (Ligue 1, April 4, 2010) A first-half header from Brandao secured a 1-0 victory at home to Lens. Marseille, who ended the game with 10 men after defender Stephane Mbia was sent off with 15 minutes left, climbed to fourth.
Auxerre 1 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, April 4, 2010) Auxerre took the lead in the 10th minute through Daniel Niculae, but Younousse Sankhare’s equaliser six minutes later forced them to settle for a point. The result leaves them in a three-way tie at the top along with Lyon and Montpellier, all three having 57 points from 31 games.
Boulogne 1 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, April 4, 2010) Boulogne had looked set for a three-point haul when Olivier Kapo gave them a first-half lead but with just a minute left on the clock, Norwegian Daniel Braaten struck for Toulouse. The result leaves Boulogne in the drop zone, eight points from nearest rivals St Etienne in 17th.
ADO Den Haag 0 – Ajax 1 (Eredivisie, April 4, 2010) Ajax’s faint hopes of title success were rescued by a dramatic injury time winner from Toby Alderweireld who cracked home a howitzer from the edge of the D that whizzed into the top corner with pace. Ajax were playing against 10-men by that point after home keeper Barry Ditewig saw red in a 75th minute clash with De Zeeuw. The win was Ajax’s 10th in a row.
Willem II 0 – PSV 1 (Eredivisie, April 4, 2010) An 82nd minute penalty from Balazs Dzsudzsak earned PSV the points and left the hosts in big relegation trouble.
Feyenoord 0 – NAC 0 (Eredivisie, April 4, 2010) Diego Biseswar, Roy Makaay and Sekou Cisse all got chances to break the deadlock, but NAC goalie Jelle ten Rouwelaar proved to be too much of an obstacle for the Feyenoord attackers and helped his team to a draw.
Heracles 2 – NEC 0 (Eredivisie, April 4, 2010) Samuel Armenteros was introduced early in the second half by Heracles and the substitute broke the deadlock 10 minutes from time before scoring his second four minutes later.
Lokomotiv Moscow 3 – Dynamo Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, April 4, 2010) Andriy Voronin gave the visitors the lead after 23 minutes but Lokomotiv hit back with goals from Oleksandr Aliev (45 and 68) and Dmitri Tarasov (85). Dmitri Kombarov’s 88th minute penalty set up a tense finale but the home side held on.
Tomsk 2 – Spartak Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, April 4, 2010) Sjarhej Karnilenka put Tomsk ahead with an early penalty, but Spartak hit back on the half hour when Weliton converted a right wing cross. A fine solo effort from Valeri Klimov restored the hosts’ lead minutes later, only for Spartak to equalise for a second time early in the second half when Silva was in the right place to mop up a loose rebound.
Terek Grozny 2 – Samara 0 (Russian Premier League, April 4, 2010) A first half double from Hektor Brackamonte earned Terek the three points.
Saturn 0 – Rubin Kazan 0 (Russian Premier League, April 4, 2010) Rubin Kazan missed the chance to move joint top of the Premier Liga after being held to a 0-0 draw at Saturn Moscow.
Fenerbahce 2 – Kayserispor 0 (Super Lig, April 4, 2010) Gokhan Unal opened in the 33rd minute and Diego Lugano doubled the advantage two minutes after the break.
Eskisehirspor 2 – Kasimpasa 0 (Super Lig, April 4, 2010) A deflected Sezer Ozturk shot in the first half put the hosts in front, and Erkan Zengin wrapped up the point with a tidy finish eight minutes from time.
Diyarbakirspor 1 – Gaziantepspor 3 (Super Lig, April 4, 2010) Gustave Bebbe put the hosts in the lead inside the opening sixty seconds, but goals either side of halftime from Jorginho (first and second) turned the match in Gaziantepspor’s favour. A late header from Erman Ozgur sealed the visitors’ away day win.
Arsenal Kiev 2 – Metalurg 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 4, 2010)
Koge 1 – Brondby 2 (SAS Ligaen, April 4, 2010)
Aarhus 0 – Randers 0 (SAS Ligaen, April 4, 2010)
Wiener Neustadt 0 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, April 4, 2010) After being freed into the Wiener box with a nifty backheel, Austria Vienna Zlatko Junuzovic held his nerve to slot the visitors into a 16th minute lead.
Vegalta Sendai 2 – Kashima Antlers 1 (J-League, April 4, 2010) Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho collected a clearance off Kashima defender Lee Jung-Soo to open the scoring less than a minute into the game and before Kashima had Marquinhos sent off for unsportamanlike play in the 14th.Â Fernandinho added a second for Sendai just after the hour, while Kashima managed to pull one back in the 77th minute through Shinzo Koroki.
Jubilo Iwata 4 – Gamba Osaka 3 (J-League, April 4, 2010) South Korean defender Park Joo-ho scored a pair of goals as Jubilo Iwata defeated Gamba Osaka 4-3.
DC United 0 – New England Revolution 2 (MLS, April 3, 2010) DC United’s dire start to the season continued as Kenny Mansally grabbing both goals for the visitors.
Colorado Rapids 2 – Chicago Fire 2 (MLS, April 3, 2010) Omar Cummings opened for the Rapids in the 13th minute before former Fulham striker Collins John got off the mark for his new side Chicago, levelling the scores in the 25th minute. John’s former Craven Cottage team-mate Brian McBride also got on the scoresheet to cancel out Conor Casey’s 41st minute goal, tying the game up at 2-2 after 51 minutes.
Seattle Sounders 0 – New York Red Bulls 1 (MLS, April 3, 2010) Striker Macoumba Kandji grabbed the goal that gave New York their first away win in 28 matches, the forward pouncing on a loose ball in the 21st minute to fire home from the six-yards.
Boca Juniors 1 – Rosario Central 2 (Clausura, April 4, 2010) Boca’s season deteriorated after going down 2-1 at home against Rosario Central, leaving the Buenos Aires giant third from last in the standings. Milton Caraglio headed the winner for Central in the 86th minute, breaking the deadlock after Boca’s Nicolas Gaitan had canceled out Adrian De Leon’s first-half opener. Juan Roman Riquelme was sent off for protesting against referee Rafael Furchi’s decision to award a free kick that led to Central’s winning goal.
Lanus 1 – River Plate 0 (Clausura, April 4, 2010) River Plate are just a point better off than Boca after a 1-0 defeat at Lanus left the club in 16th position. Sebastian Blanco scored the winner for Lanus in the 41st minute.
Godoy Cruz 2 – Velez Sarfield 0 (Clausura, April 4, 2010) Godoy Cruz beat Argentinian giants Velez Sarsfield for the first time in their history, triumphing 2-0 to close the gap on leaders Independiente. Substitute Rodrigo Salinas broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, seconds after coming off the bench, and Cesar Carranza wrapped up the points two minutes later.
Estudiantes La Plata 1 – Banfield 1 (Clausura, April 4, 2010) Mauro Boselli put the hosts ahead in the 14th minute but Marcelo Quinteros levelled five minutes before the break to leave Estudiantes six points off Independiente. Estudiantes had to hold on for a point after Enzo Perez was sent off in the 70th minute.
Ituano 0 – Corinthians 2 (Campeonato Paulista, April 4, 2010) Ronaldo tapped Corinthians’ second goal into an empty net after a cross from Tcheco in the 86th minute against Ituano, adding to Jucilei’s opener five minutes earlier.
Sao Caetano 1 – Santos 3 (Campeonato Paulista, April 4, 2010) Robinho returned from injury to score for Santos.
Sao Paulo 5 – Botafogo-SP 0 (Campeonato Paulista, April 4, 2010) Sao Paulo routed seventh-place Botafogo 5-0 courtesy of a pair of goals by midfielder Hernanes at Morumbi stadium. Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni missed a 13th-minute penalty kick when the match was 0-0.
Botafogo RJ 2 – Bangu 2 (Campeonato Carioca, April 4, 2010)
Fluminense 3 – Macae 1 (Campeonato Carioca, April 4, 2010)
Chivas 1 – America 0 (Mexican Premier Division, April 4, 2010) Omar Arellano scored a first-half goal and goalkeeper Luis Michel made two key saves as Chivas edged archrival America 1-0 on Sunday night to remain atop the Mexican Clausura championship.
Toluca 5 – Estudiantes 0 (Mexican Premier Division, April 4, 2010) Carlos Esquivel (12), Osvaldo Gonzalez (32), Antonio Naelson (33), Antonio Rios (54) and Diego Novaretti (58) scored for Toluca, who notched their third straight win to take over second place.
Santos 0 – Jaguares 3 (Mexican Premier Division, April 4, 2010) Colombian Jackson Martinez put the Jaguars ahead in the 29th, Uriel Alvarez had an own goal in the 28th and Brazilian Danilo Veron sealed the win in the 83rd for Chiapas.