VIDEO: Messi nets a double as Barca smack Stuttgart for four; Future Gunner Chamakh seals Bordeaux progress past Olympiakos

Barcelona 4 – Stuttgart 0 (Agg. 5-1) (Champions League, March 17, 2010) Stuttgart’s 1-all draw from the first leg was undone after 13 minutes at the Nou Camp, Lionel Messi took on the stand-offish Stuttgart defence and the Argentine continued his amazing goalscoring form by lashing a stunning drive into the top corner from 20 yards out. The Germans fell 2-behind to see their Champions League almost ended after 22 minutes when Toure and Messi combined to tee up Pedro Rodriguez for a simple tap in. On the hour the Catalans bagged a fantastic third to kill the tie dead, Barca strung together several one-touch passes before the ball eventually being shuttled across to Leo Messi by Alves and, after a brilliant spin, he walloped a low shot into the bottom right in one smooth movement. Barca closed the match with a fourth when Bojan Krkic raced onto Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sublime through-ball to slot past keeper Jens Lehmann from the edge of the box.

Bordeaux 2 – Olympiakos 1 (Agg. 3-1) ( Champions League, March 17, 2010) Having won the first leg 1-nil in Greece, Yoann Gourcuff put Bordeaux in complete control of their tie with Olympiakos converting a sweet free-kick into the top corner after five minutes. The Greeks gave themselves a lifeline just after the hour, Konstantinos Mitroglou picked up a throw from the left and rifled an unstoppable effort into the top corner. Bordeaux secured their place in the quarters two minutes from time when Benoit Tremoulinas whipped in a wicked cross to the back post and reported future Gunner Marouane Chamakh rose high to thump home a cracking header.

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Newcastle 3 – Scunthorpe 0 (Championship, March 17, 2010) The Magpies went in front with 10 minutes gone when Andy Carroll met Danny Guthrie’s corner with a thumping header to claim his 13th goal of the season. Wayne Routledge’s defence splitting pass put Peter Lovenkrands in on goal and the Dane finished superbly to make it 2-0 in the 22nd. Newcastle killed the match 10 minutes into the second half when Coloccini picked up possession deep inside his own half and fed Guthrie, whose ball over the top allowed Carroll to race away and chip a delicate shot over the advancing Murphy.

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Cercle Brugge 3 – Roeselare 0 (Beker van Belgie, March 17, 2010) Cercle opened through Jelle Vossen in the 29th minute, and seven minutes later it was two courtesy of Hans Cornelis. A 72nd minute goal from Oleg Iachtchouk gave Cercle one foot in the final after a convincing first leg victory.

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Aris 3 – Kavala 1 (Greek Cup, March 17, 2010) Sergio Koke grabbed a brace for Aris.

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Dinamo Bucharest 2 – Steaua Bucharest 0 (Liga I, March 17, 2010)

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Argentinos Juniors 1 – Newells Old Boys 1 (Clausura, March 17, 2010) Ismael Sosa opened the scoring for Argentinos before Jorge Achucarro levelled for Newell’s six minutes from time. Newell’s finished with 10 men after Juan Insaurralde was sent off at the death. The point moves Argentinos to fifth while Newell’s are up to ninth.

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Uberaba 0 – Fluminense 2 (Copa do Brasil, March 17, 2010)

Paysandu-PA 1 – Palmeiras 2 (Copa do Brasil, March 17, 2010)

Parana 1 – Sport Recife 1 (Copa do Brasil, March 17, 2010)

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Cerro Porteno 0 – Corinthians 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 17, 2010) Corinthians went ahead in the 41st minute of the Group One match in Asuncion when Ronaldo tapped in from a corner. Cerro midfielder Jorge Britez was sent off eight minutes from the end for a violent foul.

Universidad de Chile 2 – Flamengo 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 17, 2010) Striker Eduardo Vargas headed the Chilean side in front two minutes before halftime. Flamengo, whose striker Adriano hit the bar early on, equalised through Rodrigo Alvim in the 51st minute but they hardly had time to celebrate before falling behind again to Felipe Seymour’s strike in the 55th.

Monterrey 2 – Once Caldas 2 (Copa Libertadores, March 17, 2010) Dayro Moreno put the Colombian side ahead early in the second minute but Osvaldo Martinez made the game even with a 19th minute penalty. Neri Cardozo gave the lead to Monterrey two minutes into the second half after a nice individual play, but Jaime Castrillon ensured Once Caldas took a point from the Estadio Tecnologico.

Caracas 0 – Universidad Catolica 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 17, 2010)

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Cruz Azul 3 – Arabe Unido 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, March 17, 2010) Javier Orozco scored twice, in the 50th and 75th minutes, and Cesar Villaluz got the other in the 64th.

Toluca 3 – Columbus Crew 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, March 17, 2010) Guillermo Schelotto gave the Crew a 1-0 lead in first-half injury time when he converted a penalty after a handball. Hector Mancilla scored from a penalty in the 47th, and Antonio Naelson scored his first in the 57th with a powerful free-kick from 25-yards that hit the bottom of the crossbar and dropped in just beyond the goal line. Schelotto gave the MLS team hope in the 70th, leveling at 2-2, but again it was a Naelson free kick in the 72nd – almost identical to the first and from nearly the same spot – which sealed the victory.

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Mexico 2 – North Korea 1 (International Friendly, March 17, 2010) Cuauhtemoc Blanco gave Mexico a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute, scoring on a perfectly directed, 20-yard free kick. North Korea tied it in the 57th when Choe Kum Chol scored on a left-footed, bouncing shot to make it 1-1. Javier Hernandez scored the winning goal in the 69th minute, the striker bagging his fourth international goal in three games.