VIDEO: Plucky Fluham fall to Forlan as Atletico Madrid win the Europa League; Cardiff edge past Leicester on penalties

Atletico Madrid 2 – Fulham 1 (AET) (Europa League final, May 12, 2010) Fulham were fortunate not to fall behind after 10 minutes, Danny Murphy’s loose pass in midfield was snapped up by Aguero who freed strike-partner Diego Forlan down the left but he could only strike the foot of the post. After 30 minutes of Atleti bossing the game the Rojiblancos finally moved ahead when Ageuro’s effort on target was diverted by Diego Forlan, wrongfooting Schwarzer in the Fulham net. Atletico then lived up to their consistent inconsistent reputation managing to throw away their lead inside six minutes, Zamora burst into the box with the ball eventually falling to Gera on the right, he crossed to the back stick and Simon Davies whipped a perfect low volley into the net. The second half ended in stalemate with Atletico never looking like they were real able to break down the Cottagers and their frustration played out with Kun Aguero took a dive in injury time as he looked for a penalty. With the match looking destined for penalties, in the 115th minute Aguero scampered to keep the ball in play on the left, he then play a low cross into Diego Forlan and the Uruguayan hitman got a neat flick ahead of Hangeland to direct the ball into the far post.

Trophy presentation here and Roy Hodgson’s post match interview here.

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Cardiff 2* – Leicester 3 (Agg. 3-3) (Championship play-off semi-final second leg, May 12, 2010) (Pens. 4-3) Michael Chopra fired Cardiff into a two-goal lead overall and the home side looked in control until quick fire goals before half time from Matt Fryatt and a Mark Hudson own goal turned the semi-final on its head. Early in the second half Andy King put Leicester into the lead for the first time over the two games with a back post header but Peter Whittingham’s penalty evened things up again. Cardiff keeper David Marshall was the hero in the shoot-out with two massive saves to send the Welsh side to Wembley to face Blackpool for a place in the Promised Land.

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Lyon 3 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, May 12, 2010) A thumping shot from Miralem Pjanic following a 28th minute Bastos corner gave Lyon the lead at home to Monaco. Lyon doubled their lead at the start of the second half when a slick move of quick-fire passes from a throw-in ended with Bafetimbi Gomis slamming home from close range. With three minutes to go Lisandro Lopez broke the Monaco offside trap, rounded the keeper, and notched number three.

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Olympiakos 0 – PAOK 1 (Greek Super League play-offs, May 12, 2010) Vladimir Ivic finished a brilliant PAOK counter-attack just after the half hour to score the only goal of the game and leave PAOK in pole position for a European berth. The match was littered with yellow cards and dirty tackles, and tempers flared in injury time when Olof Mellberg and Pablo Contreras both saw red after butting heads in a heated exchange.

Aris 1 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League play-offs, May 12, 2010) The hosts finally broke the AEK backline two minutes after the interval when Thanassis Prittas slid home a rebound, but AEK equalised deep into injury time when Leonardo capitalised on poor defending to score at the back post.

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Elfsborg 4 – AIK Stockholm 0 (Allsvenskan, May 12, 2010) Denni Avdic (who opened with a terrific volley) netted a brace while Martin Ericsson and Amadou Jawo chipped in witha  goal apiece as Elfsborg strolled to three points against AIK.

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Cruzeiro 0 – Sao Paulo 2 (Copa Libertadores, May 12, 2010) Dagoberto put Sao Paulo ahead in the 24th minute and Brazil midfielder Hernanes added the second in the 65th from Fernandao’s cheeky backheeled pass.

Flamengo 2 – Universidad de Chile 3 (Copa Libertadores, May 12, 2010) Mauricio Victorino gave Universidad the lead in the fifth minute and Rafael Olarra hushed the crowd at the Maracana by increasing the advantage in the 25th. Adriano pulled a goal back for Flamengo with a header in the 40th minute and Fla’s hopes of a comeback were boosted when Universidad’s Manuel Iturra was sent off just before half time. Although a man down, Alvaro Fernandez added a third goal for Universidad in the 48th minute, pouncing at the back post to score from Jose Rojas’ pass across the goal. Juan scored Flamengo’s second goal in the final minute of regular time to leave the tie finely balanced ahead of the return leg in Santiago next week.

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Gremio 4 – Santos 3 (Copa do Brasil semi-final, May 12, 2010) Santos were coasting after 20 minutes after Neymar continued his dazzling goalscoring form to put the visitors 2-up with a header and a clinical finish. But Gremio turned the match around in spectacular fashion after the break as striker Borges netted a hat-trick with Jonas chipped in with a brilliant strike from 25-yards. Robinho scored a late volley to give Santos hope, but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

Atletico GO 1 – Vitoria 0 (Copa do Brasil semi-final, May 12, 2010) Rodrigo Tiui’s clinical back post volley nine minutes into the second half sealed victory for the hosts.

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Morelia 3 – Santos 3 (Mexican Primera Division play-offs semi-final first-leg, May 12, 2010) Oribe Peralta opened the scoring for Santos at Morelia in the seventh minute, but Morelia’s veteran striker Jared Borgetti brought the scores level in the 35th. Santos was back in front with Juan Pablo Rodriguez’ penalty in the 55th minute, but was pegged back again by Elias Hernandez’ strike nine minutes later. Jorge Estrada re-established Santos lead in the 66th minute before Luis Gabriel Rey squeezed the game’s second penalty under goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez to even the tie up for the third time in the 85th.

Pachuca 2 – Toluca 2 (Mexican Primera Division play-offs semi-final first-leg, May 12, 2010) Diego Novaretti headed Toluca into the lead against host Pachuca from a free kick just after half time. Damian Manso equalized from close range in the 60th. Toluca took the lead again with a Hector Mancilla header from Sinha’s free kick in the 81st minute, but Dario Cvitanovich leveled for a second time in the 86th, heading into an empty net after Juan Cacho’s looping header hit the post.

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Zob Ahan 1 – Mes Kerman 0 (Asian Champions League, May 12, 2010) The match looked to be headed for extra time when Brazilian striker Igor was left unmarked inside the box for an 84th minute corner and he rose to send a looping header into the far corner.

Al-Hilal 3 – Bunyodkor 0 (Asian Champions League, May 12, 2010) Christian Wilhelmsson bagged the crucial second for Al-Hilal with a beauty into the far post before the Swede played a controlled-volley through-ball to release Thiago Neves who used the outside of his boot to fire home number three.

Kashima Antlers 0 – Pohang Steelers 1(Asian Champions League, May 12, 2010) A solitary Mota strike on the half hour was enough for last season’s winners to progress.