Arsenal 0 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, April 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Arsenal and Manchester City cancelled each other out in a cagey first half at the Emirates. City brought on Emmanuel Adebayor in the second half and the visitors upped their game without ever really looking like scoring, while at the other end Shay Given was forced off with an apparent dislocated shoulder after making a save in one Arsenal’s few actual attempts on target.
Manchester United 3 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, April 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) Spurs more than held their own in the first half at Manchester United, Luka Modric had the best chance for the Lilywhites with a neat turn but poor finish that dragged wide while Dimitar Berbatov fired over the Tottenham bar for the Red Devils. (First half highlights here.) The second half opened in bizarre circumstances as Patrice Evra puked on the pitch, but all that was forgotten in the 57th minute as Ryan Giggs stroked home a penalty after Assou-Ekotto took out Evra in the box for a cast-iron spot-kick. In-form Spurs refused to let their heads drop though, and the north Londoners pulled level midway through the half when a Bale corner was powered home by header from Ledley King. Ten minutes from time United retook the lead, sub Macheda freed Luis Nani in the inside channel in the box and the forward produced a cheeky chipped finish to beat Gomes and send Old Trafford wild. With a spring in his step Nani forced a rash challenge from Palacios in the box in the 84th minute and Ryan Giggs made no mistake in claiming his second penalty of the day.
West Ham 3 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, April 24, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Simply not good enough, West Ham suffered the worst possible start in their relegation 6-pointer with Wigan as calamitous defender Jonathan Spector headed a Watson corner into his own net. Just after the half hour mark the Irons equalised as strikers Carlton Cole and Ilan Araujo combined for the Brazilian to slide home yet another crucial goal in the Hammer’s survival bid. The Hammers then took the lead of the stroke of halftime when a Noble free-kick was clawed from under the crossbar by Kirkland only for Radoslav Kovac to be in the right place at the right time to nod home number two. The Hammers was wiped out six minutes after the interval when another Watson corner was turn home by Hugo Rodallega. 13 minutes from time the Hammers retook the lead through their star of the season Scotty Parker, the midfielder smacking a 25-yard beauty past Kirkland to send Upton Park bananas as their fears of the drop began to recede.
Bolton 2 – Portsmouth 2 (Premier League, April 24, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) FA Cup finalists Portsmouth held out for 25 minutes at Bolton before conceding, but when the Trotters had a set-play the south coasters failed to clear their lines and Wilshere whipped in a cross that Ivan Klasnic headed into the far post. Once ahead Bolton quickly chalked up a second, hugely-promising right-winger Vladimir Weiss tricked his way down the wing before seeing Kevin Davies convert his cross. Pompey grabbed a lifeline 10 minutes into the second half when Aruna Dindane scuffed a shot past Jaaskelainen to reduce the deficit by half. And in the 67th minute Pompey’s comeback continued as a determined run from Utaka down the left resulted in Aruna Dindane bagging his second with a close range finish.
Hull 0 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, April 24, 2010) Hull’s survival hopes took an early knock at home to Sunderland as the Black Cats scored after six minutes, a Hutton cross into the mixer was headed to the back post by Kenwyne Jones and Darren Bent was on hand to squeeze the ball in the post from a tight angle. The first half ended on a sour note after Jozy Altidore and Alan Hutton both saw red after clashing for a high ball with the America forward headbutting the Scot in the aftermath of a coming-together.
Wolves 1 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, April 24, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Wolves fell behind at home to Blackburn midway through the first half when a Pedersen corner from the right travelled all the way to the back stick when Ryan Nelson bundled in to score with a crude knee. Wolves equalised nine minutes from time when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake met Stephen Ward’s cross to head home only his second goal of the season.
Peterborough 0 – Blackpool 1 (Championship, April 24, 2010) DJ Campbell saw an overhead-kick well-saved by James McKeown, but was on hand to nod in the rebound for his 11th goal of the campaign.
Leeds 4 – MK Dons 1 (League One, April 24, 2010) Luciano Becchio put the home side ahead in the 12th minute but Dean Lewington scored a shock equaliser six minutes later. Max Gradel put Leeds back in front in the 32nd minute and they never looked back once Doumbe was sent off three minutes before the break. Two second half goals from Jermaine Beckford sealed a much-needed victory as the Dons lost McCracken and Leven late on.
Zaragoza 1 – Real Madrid 2 (La Liga, April 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Zaragoza held Real Madrid to a goalless first half (highlights here) at the Riazor. Los Blancos took the lead five minutes into the second half when Raul snuck the ball into the near post. The Galacians were then reduced to 10-men when defender Matteo Contini picked up his marching orders in the 52nd minute. But against the odds the hosts levelled soon after, Perez Adrian Colunga raced through the middle, rounded Casillas and slipped his shot into the empty net. Eight minutes from time Ricky Kaka netted Real’s second and winner, the Brazilian playmaker slipping the ball into the far post.
Barcelona 3 – Xerez 1 (La Liga, April 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After losing his footing in the build-up, Barca midfielder Jeffren Suarez did brilliantly to get back on his feet, beat his marker and scored a beauty against Xerez. The champions-elect then moved 2-ahead after 24 minutes when a slick attack was finished off by Thierry Henry from close range. The basement-club got a foothold in the game a minute later when Mario Bermejo rattled home a beauty high into the near post. After his pitiful performance in the Champions League last week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic went some way to repairing his reputation in Barcelona by claiming the third 10 minutes into the second half. In the last minute Xerez were reduced to ten men with Alustiza seeing red for a hack on Messi. Shortly after Orellana saw another red for Xerez for an off the ball kick on Bojan.
Palermo 3 – AC Milan 1 (Serie A, April 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Palmero took an early 2-nil lead against AC Milan, Bovo and Abel Hernandez grabbed the goals for the men in pink. Clarence Seedorf pulled the Rossoneri back into the game after the break, but a wonder-strike from Fabrizio Miccoli sealed the Sicilians victory.
Inter Milan 3 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, April 24, 2010) Atalanta striker Simone Tiribocchi stunned Mourinho’s men with an early strike at the San Siro, but the Scudetto hopefuls drew level midway through the first half when Diego Milito scored with a cute lob from the edge of the box. Inter then took the lead through Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga who scored only his second ever goal for the club from close range. Inter made sure of avoiding an upset when Cristian Chivu cracked home a beauty in the 77th minute to kill the match.
Monchengladbach 1 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Bayern, seemingly on course for another Bundesliga title, failed to produce their best form against Gladbach (first half highlights here), and on the hour mark they were punished when Marco Reus blasted the hosts into the lead. In the 72nd minute Bayern pulled level when aright wing cross from Lahm was steered into the far post by striker Miroslav Klose.
Hertha Berlin 0 – Schalke 1 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Heiko Westermann scored the only goal of the game in the 87th minute as Schalke pulled level on points with Bayern Munich atop the league and secured at least second place.
Full match highlights fromÂ Monchengladbach-Bayern Munich & Hertha Berlin-Schalke can be seen here.
Bayer Leverkusen 3 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Likely to be one of the most sought-after strikers this summer, Leverkusen hot-shot Stefan Kiessling fired his side into a 25th minute against Hannover with a clinical first-time strike into the near post. Bayer notched a second midway through the second half through Burak Kaplan, and a Kiessling penalty late in the 88th put Leverkusen back to third.
Mainz 3 – Eintracht Frankfurt 3 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Frankfurt took an early lead at fellow mid-table side Mainz when striker Alexander Meier struck after just 13 minutes. Before the 20th minute Frankfurt found themselves 2-up when Alexander Meier intercepted a loose ball along the Mainz backline to nip in and claim his second. Aristide Bance pulled one back seconds before the break with a deflected free-kick. Mainz then levelled through Jan Simak, Frankfurt responded when Umit Kormuz struck a 25-yarder in the 62nd minute, but Bance headed his second four minutes from time to earn Mainz a point.
Nurnberg 2 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Lucas Barrios headed Dortmund into the lead at Nurnberg, but the hosts levelled within three minutes as Mike Frantz scored a fine solo goal after his neat control took him away from three Borussia defenders. Barrios struck again just after the hour and Barrios completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute, before Christian Eigler gave the visitors late hope four minutes from the end.
Werder Bremen 1 – Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, April 24, 2010) Werder Bremen left it to stoppage time to edge Cologne 1-0 to retain third place, Cologne’s Geromel handled on the line, earning him a red card, and Torsten Frings stepped up to convert the penalty.
Lorient 1 – Bordeaux 0 (Ligue 1, April 24, 2010) Bordeaux dominated the first half at the Stade du Moustoir but could not find a way past Lorient goalkeeper Lionel Cappone, and were made to pay when Gameiro notched the game’s only goal 12 minutes after the interval.
Le Mans 1 – Lille 2 (Ligue 1, April 24, 2010) Modibo Maiga had given the relegation-threatened hosts hope in the 54th minute by cancelling out Tulio de Melo’s first-half opener, but Yohan Cabaye’s late penalty secured victory for Les Dogues.
Nice 2 – Grenoble 1 (Ligue 1, April 24, 2010) Already-relegated Grenoble were beaten 2-1 at Nice, despite taking the lead in the first half. Nassim Akrour opened the scoring but Nice mounted a comeback and sealed the three points thanks to Eric Mouloungui and Emerse Fae.
Benfica 5 – Olhanense 0 (Liga Sagres, April 24, 2010) Benfica routed 10-man Olhanense 5-nil to close in on the Portuguese league title. Oscar Cardozo hit a hat-trick while Angel Di Maria and Pablo Aimar also scored as Benfica took advantage of Delson’s red card in the ninth minute to stay unbeaten since early February.
Vitoria Setubal 2 – Porto 5 (Liga Sagres, April 24, 2010) Falcao and Roque Maicon gave the visitors a comfortable half-time lead before Bernardo Henrique pulled one back five minutes after the break. However, Fredy Guarin and Fernando Belluschi wrapped up the points for the visitors before Falcao and Henrique each scored a late goal for their respective teams.
Sibir Novosibirsk 1 – CSKA Moscow 4 (Russian Premier League, April 24, 2010) From a 12th minute corner, CSKA defender Sergei Ignashevich out-jumped the Sibir defence to fire the visitors into the lead. CSKA bagged a killer second two minutes into injury time at the end of the first half when a back-to-front ended with striker Guilherme sliding the Muscovites into a commanding 2-nil lead. CSKA made sure that Sibir were dead and buried 10 minutes into the second half when Tomas Necid stroked home number three from close range, while 17 minutes from time starlet Alan Dzagoev claimed number four as Sibir’s humiliation increased. The hosts did mange to save a little face a minute later when Tomas Cizek netted a consolation for the hosts.
Dynamo Moscow 1 – Saturn 0 (Russian Premier League, April 24, 2010) A scrappy goal from Alexandru Epureanu from a corner midway through the second half proved enough for Dynamo.
Lokomotiv Moscow 2 – Tomsk 1 (Russian Premier League, April 24, 2010) First half goals by Dennis Glushakov and Oleksandr Aliev did the trick for Lokomotiv, rendering Sergey Kornilenko’s late strike immaterial.
Panathinaikos 1 – Aris 0 (Greek Cup final, April 24, 2010) Sebastien Leto’s goal midway through the second half lead Pana to cup success.
Besiktas 2 – Sivasspor 2 (Super Lig, April 24, 2010) Besiktas missed the chance to move level on points with third-placed Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Sivasspor. Mehmet Yildiz put the visitors in front in the 54th minute before goals from Deivson Bobo (59) and Filip Holosko (81) turned the game in Besiktas’ favour. But substitute Yannick Kamanan equalised in the 86th minute, just two minutes after coming on, to boost Sivasspor’s hopes of beating the drop.
Kayserispor 1 – Manisaspor 2 (Super Lig, April 24, 2010) A brace from Guven Varol helped struggling Manisaspor to a surprise 2-1 win at Kayserispor.
Karpaty Lviv 1 – Dynamo Kiev 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 24, 2010)
AIK Stockholm 1 – Hacken 1 (Allsvenskan, April 24, 2010) Nils-Eric Johansson put AIK ahead in the 38th minute but Dominic Chatto levelled on the stroke of half-time.
Atvidaberg 2 – IFK Gothenburg 1 (Allsvenskan, April 24, 2010) Prince Eboagwu gave the hosts the lead shortly before the half-hour mark but Robin Soder levelled for Goteborg in the 71st minute. However, Jesper Arvidsson fired home a penalty three minutes from time to give Atvidabergs their first win of the season and lift them a point above Kalmar FF at the bottom, who have a game in hand.
Viking 2 – Stabaek 0 (Tippeligaen, April 24, 2010)
Shimizu S-Pulse 2 – Omiya Ardija 1 (J-League, April 24, 2010) Substitute Masaki Yamamoto struck a fortuitous late winner as Shimizu S-Pulse edged Omiya Ardija 2-1 to extend their unbeaten start to the season and reclaim top spot.
Kyoto Sanga 1 – Yamagata 2 (J-League, April 24, 2010) Makoto Kakuda’s 42nd minute header looked like securing the three points for Kyoto for much of the match, but late strikes from Han Dong Won and Yuzo Tashiro turned the match in Yamagata’s favour at the death.
Yokohama F. Marinos 1 – Kashima Antlers 3 (J-League, April 24, 2010) Lee Jung Soo’s opener for Kashima was cancelled out by Kazuma Watanabe’s first half equaliser for Yokohama, but the visitors went on to record their first away win of the season courtesy of second half goals from Mitsuo Ogasawara and Marquinhos.
Albirex Niigata 2 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2 (J-League, April 24, 2010) Albirex Niigata were cruelly denied their first league win of the season when Satoru Yamagishi scored a last-gasp equaliser to give Sanfrecce Hiroshima a 2-2 draw.
Urawa Red Diamonds 0 – Jubilo Iwata 1 (J-League, April 24, 2010) Norihiro Nishi grabbed the game’s only goal 10 minutes into the second half as Jubilo won for only the second time this season.
New York Red Bulls 2 – Philadelphia Union 1 (MLS, April 24, 2010) Salou Ibrahim got the Red Bulls on the board with a header early in the second half, but they were soon pegged back when in-form Union striker Sebastien Le Toux slide in the equaliser. Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty in the 67th minute to lead the Red Bulls to their fourth win in their opening five matches of the season.
Chicago Fire 2 – Houston Dynamo 0 (MLS, April 24, 2010)
Columbus Crew 1 – Real Salt Lake 0 (MLS, April 24, 2010)
New England Revolution 1 – Colorado Rapids 2 (MLS, April 24, 2010) Colorado stormed to victory thanks to long range efforts from Mehdi Ballouchy and Pablo Mastroeni on either side of half time, with New Englandâ€™s Marko Petrovic doing the only damage for the home side.
Kansas City Wizards 0 – Los Angeles Galaxy 0 (MLS, April 24, 2010)
Chivas USA 3 – San Jose Earthquakes 2 (MLS, April 24, 2010)
Estudiantes 1 – River Plate 0 (Clausura, April 24, 2010) River defender Facundo Quiroga headed into his own goal trying to clear a cross from winger Enzo Perez midway through the first half. Frustrated River, unable to repeat the winning performance of new coach Angel Cappa’s debut last weekend, had teenage striker Daniel Villalva and defender Gustavo Cabral sent off in the last three minutes, both for studs-up tackles.
Lanus 4 – Arsenal 1 (Clausura, April 24, 2010) Defender Santiago Hoyos, Paraguayan striker Santiago Salcedo, Leonardo Diaz and Javier Carrasco scored in Lanus’ 4-1 rout of Arsenal. Luciano Leguizamon scored for Arsenal, which finished with 10 men.
Newells Old Boys 5 – Colon 0 (Clausura, April 24, 2010) Newell’s had a goal feast with two from Joaquin Bohossian and others from Mauricio Sperdutti, Mauro Formica and Jorge Achucarro.
Huracan 0 – Independiente 0 (Clausura, April 24, 2010) Independiente fell two points behind the leaders after a 0-0 draw with Huracan.
San Luis 3 – Queretaro 0 (Mexican Primera Division, April 24, 2010)
Tigres 1 – Pachuca 2 (Mexican Primera Division, April 24, 2010)
Atlas 1 – Jaguares 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 24, 2010)
Morelia 1 – Monterrey 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 24, 2010)
Cruz Azul 1 – Chivas 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 24, 2010) Cruz Azul and Chivas drew 1-1 in the last round of play of the Bicentenario with Christian Gimenez putting the hosts in front before Edcarlos Conceicao’s own goal brought Chivas a leveller after the break.