Manchester United 4 – AC Milan 0 (Agg. 7-2) (Champions League, March 10, 2010) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) Who can stop the head of Wayne Rooney? Gary Neville took advantage of the oceans of space AC Milan afforded him in the 12th minute, and the full-back whipped a fine cross over to Rooney who guided his header past a flat-footed Abbiati. Fifty seconds into the second half and United killed the tie, Nani raced down the left and played a delightful through-ball to Wayne Rooney with the outside of his boot, and the number 10 bagged his second of the match. The Rossoneri began to become embarrassed just before the hour as Scholes all-too-easily threaded a pass into Park Ji-Sung into the box and the Korean arrowed his shot into the far corner. Milan’s humiliation was sealed three minutes from time when a static defence stood around as Darren Fletcher ghosted into the back to head home a Rafael cross.
Real Madrid 1 – Lyon 1 (Agg. 1-2) (Champions League, March 10, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) It took Real Madrid just five minutes to draw level on aggregate with Lyon, Guti played in Cristiano Ronaldo down the inside left channel and C-Ron found the gap between Lloris’ legs to chalk up his seventh goal of the competition. Real huffed and puffed as they tried to find a crucial second, but Lyon battled competitively in the second half and 15 minutes from time the Bernabau fell silent as Miralem Pjanic whacked home the visitors’ equaliser to leave Madrid needing to score another two goals to survive.
Burnley 1 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, March 10, 2010) Relegation-threatened Burnley sunk further in the mire midway through the first half with Stoke when they fell to the visitors’ classic tactics of a Delap throw into Sidibe with Tuncay Sanli meeting the flick-on with a decisive header. (First half highlights here.) Burnley claimed a crucial equaliser seven minutes into the second half as Paterson crossed from the right and David Nugent beat Huth in the air to heads home the leveller.
Bordeaux 1 – Auxerre 2 (Ligue 1, March 10, 2010) After over 50 career appearances without scoring, Bordeaux left-back Benoit Tremoulinas broke his duck against Auxerre after seven minutes with an absolute beauty, the defender using his weaker right-foot to send a lob crashing into the net off the underside of the bar. The league leaders were pinned back in the 65th minute when Auxerre’s serial Polish striker Ireneusz Jelen grabbed the equaliser from close range. Second-placed Montpellier were then doing cartwheels with five minutes remaining as Jelen notched his second of the match following up his own effort against the crossbar, leaving Bordeaux top on goal difference with one game in hand.
Charleroi 4 – Lokeren 1 (Jupiler League, March 10, 2010) Cyril Thereau opened the scoring after 36 minutes before Abdel Oulmers made it 2-0 ten minutes into the second half. Thereau scored again in the 65th and 86th minutes before Tomislav Sokota pulled one back a minute from time.
Kasimpasa 0 – Bursaspor 2 (Super Lig, March 10, 2010) Bursaspor moved a point behind leaders Gala with a game in hand with a fine away win at Kasimpasa, Pablo Batalla netted his seventh goal of the season after 11 minutes and 19-year-old Sercan Yildirim wrapped up the points before the interval when he pounced on a loose pass from a home defender and coolly finished.
Besiktas 2 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 0 (Super Lig, March 10, 2010) Goals in each half from Bobo and Filip Holosko sent Besiktastwo points adrift of top spot having played the same number of games as fierce rivals Galatasaray.
Santos 10 – Naviraiense 0 (Copa do Brasil, March 10, 2010) Santos put Naviraiense to the sword as they smashed home an incredible ten goals. Striker Andre picked up the plaudits with a hat-trick, Neymar scored a brace including a brilliant jinking run where he took on three defenders and the keeper to score. And Robinho also got in on the act bagging number seven with a cheeky chip.
Fluminense 2 – Confianca 0 (Copa do Brasil, March 10, 2010) A second half double from Fred sealed the win for Flu.
All the goals from Wednesday in the Copa do Brasil can be seen here.
Club Nacional 2 – Banfield 2 (Copa Libertadores, March 10, 2010) Nacional took an early lead through Gustavo Varela, but young Colombian forward James Rodriguez grabbed a brace to turn the game around, first heading home from Ruben Ramirez’s cross before firing home a penalty. Mario Regueiro levelled the match in the 40th minute as Nacional earned a point.
Alianza Lima 2 – Juan Aurich 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 10, 2010) Peruvian giants Alianza Lima beat Juan Aurich 2-0 with goals from Jose Carlos Fernandez and Jean Carlo Tragodara.
Once Caldas 1 – Monterrey 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 10, 2010) The Mexican visitors led in the 32nd minute through Hector Morales, but their problems began just before the hour mark when Jesus Zavala was shown a second yellow card. Once Caldas used their extra man to good effect as Jhon-Jairo Valencia equalised soon after. Monterrey’s Gerardo Galindo was then dismissed late on.
Independiente Medellin 1 – Corinthians 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 10, 2010) The hosts led through substitute Cesar Valoyes’ 68th minute goal – which appeared offside – but Dentinho fired in from long distance to earn Corinthians a point.
Caracas 1 – Flamengo 3 (Copa Libertadores, March 10, 2010) Flamengo led through Vagner Love’s 35th minute penalty, but then had Toro sent off early in the second half. Caracas equalised through Rafael Castellin, but Vagner Love’s second and a late goal from Rodrigo Alvim won it for the visitors.
Shandong Luneng 0 – Adelaide United 2 (Asian Champions League, March 10, 2010) Headers in each half from Sergio van Dijk and Matthew Leckie saw Adelaide maintain their 100% in this year’s competition.
Pohang Steelers 2 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 (Asian Champions League, March 10, 2010) Pohang looked comfortable after Hwang Jae-Won put them in front with a powerful header on 54 minutes but Sanfrecce defender Makino was brought down in the box with just one minute left and Ilian Stoyanov stepped up to convert the penalty. But Sanfrecce the shot themselves in the foot in injury time when Brazilian forward Almir prodded home a rebound from a Kim Jae-Sung free kick.
Gamba Osaka 1 – Henan Siwu 1 (Asian Champions League, March 10, 2010) Zhang Lu gave the visitors the lead after four minutes when he reacted quickest after keeper Kimura failed to gather a shot from Dialo. Gamba levelled when striker Lucas was hacked down in the penalty area, with the Brazilian dusting himself off to convert the spot kick 10 minutes before the break.
Comunicaciones 1 – Pachuca 1 (CONCACAF Champions League, March 10, 2010) Paul Aguilar gave Pachuca a 1-0 lead in the opening minute before Comunicaciones’ Rolando Fonseca equalised in the 72nd.
Marathon 2 – Pumas 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, March 10, 2010) Marathon forward Walter Martinez scored a 17th minute penalty, and Carlos Will Mejia also scored from the spot in the 52nd.