Portsmouth 0 – Chelsea 1 (FA Cup Final, May 15, 2010) (ITV extended highlights here.) A fascinating FA Cup final played out in the first half at Wembley as Chelsea struck the woodwork through Lampard, Terry and Drogba’s incredible free-kick that James saved, while Kalou missed an open goal from three yards out. But Portsmouth were far from bystanders, defying their underdog status by playing on the counter-attack with Piquionne forcing Cech into a point-blank save from four yards out in the south coasters best opportunity of the half. The other major talking point of the first 45 was an injury to Michael Ballack that will worry German fans ahead of the World Cup. (First half highlights here.) One of the greatest cup upsets looked on the cards when Belletti took out Dindane in the box nine minutes after the restart, but Kevin Prince Boateng fluffed his spot-kick and Cech saw the effort with his feet. It didn’t take long for Chelsea to punish wasteful Pompey as just two minutes later Didier Drogba smacked a brilliant free-kick from left to right that snuck inside James’s far post for the opener. Three minutes from time Lampard was chopped down in the box by Brown, but incredibly Frank Lampard dragged his spot-kick wide for the second missed penalty of the game.
Chelsea’s post match celebrations after the final whistle can be seen here.
Athletic Bilbao 2 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, May 15, 2010) Bilbao’s 17-year-old wunderkid Iker Muniain scored a brilliant solo goal to break the deadlock with Depor, the teenager cut in from the left and curled a beauty into the far top corner. Bilbao sealed victory 13 minutes from time when Javi Martinez drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Atletico Madrid 0 – Getafe 3 (La Liga, May 15, 2010) The hangover from the Europa League celebrations was pretty clear as Getafe took full advantage of an under strength home side. Roberto Soldado claimed the first in the first half and second following some poor defending in the second period. Dani Parejo, who will rejoin Real Madrid in the summer, added the third. Getafe secured a place in next season’s Europa League.
Zaragoza 3 – Villarreal 3 (La Liga, May 15, 2010) Villarreal missed out to Getafe for the European spot after being held to a 3-3 draw at Real Zaragoza. Zaragoza raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Eliseu (4), Adrian Colunga (29) and Ruben Pulido (35). Villarreal pulled a goal back through Santi Cazorla five minutes before the break to give themselves hope. Cazorla reduced the arrears further on 56 minutes before former Manchester United youngster Giuseppe Rossi completed the comeback 13 minutes from time.
Almeria 2 – Sevilla 3 (La Liga, May 15, 2010) Fredi Kanoute opened the scoring for Sevilla on 16 minutes, but Fernando Soriano drew the home side level a minute before the break. Sevilla restored their lead on 53 minutes when Jose Manuel Chico diverted the ball into his own net. The visitors suffered a major blow on 65 minutes when Alvaro Negredo was sent off for dissent. They were made to pay for the dismissal when Ortiz curled home a superb shot from the edge of the box 11 minutes from time. Sevilla threw everything into attack in the closing seconds and 19-year-old Rodri was the unlikely hero with a stunning volley to break Mallorca’s hearts and claim the last Champions League berth for Sevilla.
Mallorca 2 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, May 15, 2010) Mallorca thought they had done enough with goals from Victor Casadesus in the first half and substitute Mario Suarez in the second as they beat Espanyol 2-0, but they then stood shocked on the pitch as news of Sevilla’s late winner came through.
AC Milan 3 – Juventus 0 (Serie A, May 15, 2010) Luca Antonini produced a fine finish from a Seedorf through ball to put AC Milan in front at home to Juventus. Ronaldinho doubled the Rossoneri’s lead in the 28th minute. Midway through the second half Ronaldinho again showed why he is surely worth a place in Dunga’s World Cup squad, stroking home a third to seal the win.
Lazio 3 – Udinese 1 (Serie A, May 15, 2010) Thomas Hitzlsperger put the Biancoceleste ahead after 15 minutes before Antonio Di Natale levelled on the half-hour mark, but the game changed when Mauricio Isla saw red seven minutes later. Sergio Floccari then re-established the lead on the stroke of halftime and Cristian Brocchi completed the scoring seven minutes after the restart.
Werder Bremen 0 – Bayern Munich 4 (DFB Pokal final, May 15, 2010) (Extended highlights here.) Arjen Robben fired Bayern Munich into the lead in the 25th minute from the penalty spot in the DFB Pokal final against Werder Bremen. Six minutes after the break Ivica Olic poked Bayern into a two-goal lead. Franck Ribery finished a simple one on one for the third. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the fourth late on with a typical lung bursting run from midfield.
Lyon 2 – Le Mans 0 (Ligue 1, May 15, 2010) Lyon secured second spot, and an immediate passage into the Champions League, with a 2-0 win over a Le Mans outfit already destined for the second tier. Bafetimbi Gomis and Miralem Pjanic helped to see Claude Puel’s side to victory on home soil.
Lorient 2 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, May 15, 2010) Ricardo Costa fired the visitors in front on 32 minutes but Kevin Gameiro levelled five minutes later. Yann Jouffre then struck on 66 minutes to hand Lorient all three points and ruin Lille’s night as they ended the season with only a Europa League berth.
Nancy 1 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, May 15, 2010) Nancy and Valenciennes also ended one apiece, with Youssouf Hadji breaking the deadlock after 38 minutes. Benjamin Angoua levelled on 64 minutes, before Hadji went from hero to villain in stoppage-time as he was sent for an early bath.
Boulogne 1 – Rennes 0 (Ligue 1, May 15, 2010) Out of nowhere Boulogne won a penalty when Petter Hansson handled in the box, allowing Gregory Thil to convert from 12 yards and end the season on a high for the hosts.
PSG 1 – Montpellier 3 (Ligue 1, May 15, 2010) Geoffrey Dernis scored twice for Montpellier to add to a strike from Lilian Compan. Mevlut Erdinc grabbed PSG’s sole reply.
Sochaux 1 – Auxerre 2 (Ligue 1, May 15, 2010) Auxerre’s last-gasp 2-1 win at Sochaux meant they finished third. Cedric Hengbart scored twice for Auxerre, the winner coming in the final minute, after Ideye Brown had cancelled out his early opener. Sochaux’s challenge faded with the 61st-minute dismissal of Damien Perquis.
Nice 1 – St. Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, May 15, 2010) Loic Remy scored early for Nice but Emmanuel Riviere equalised with 21 minutes to go.
Lokomotiv Moscow 2 – Amkar Perm 0 (Russian Premier League, May 15, 2010) A thunderous 17th minute free-kick from Alexander Aliev blasted Lokomotiv in front against Amkar. Eleven minutes from time Maicon netted Lokomotiv’s second to leave Amkar just above the drop zone as their tough start to the season continued.
Antalyaspor 4 – Kayserispor 0 (Super Lig, May 15, 2010) Necati Ates continued his fabulous goalscoring season for Antalyaspor claiming a brace.
Diyarbakirspor 0 – Eskisehirspor 2 (Super Lig, May 15, 2010) Adem Sari proved the matchwinner scoring in the 83rd and 86th minutes to wrap up a fine away win.
Sivasspor 3 – Ankaragucu 3 (Super Lig, May 15, 2010)
Denizlispor 1 – Gaziantepspor 1 (Super Lig, May 15, 2010)
Beitar Jerusalem 1 – Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 (Ligat ha’Al, May 15, 2010) Hapoel drew first blood, as just three minutes in Gil Vermouth seized on poor ball-handling from Idan Tal to put his side ahead before it had even broken a sweat. But Beitar evened up shortly before the break, Kobi Moyal found Barak Yitzhaki who weaved through the Tel Aviv defense and fired the equaliser from 25-yards out. In the 92nd minute Hapoel’s Vermouth took a last-ditch shot on goal that was blocked by Beitar keeper Ariel Harush, and Eran Zehavi knocked in therebound as Hapoel won a dramatic Israeli championship.
Mjallby 4 – Malmo 2 (Allsvenskan, May 15, 2010) Mostapha El Kabir’s early double put Mjallby in control, and although Malmo pulled the match back to 32, a 90th minute strike from Daniel Nicklasson earned the visitors went home empty handed.
Brommapojkarna 2 – Hacken 1 (Allsvenskan, May 15, 2010) Manchester City loanee John Guidetti continue his brilliant spell with Brommapojkarna firing the hosts into a 15th minute lead. Olof Guterstam wrapped up the points 11 minutes from time.
Halmstad 2 – Djurgarden 0 (Allsvenskan, May 15, 2010) Anselmo’s double steered Halmstad to the three points.
Ujpest 2 – Debrecen 1 (Borsodi Liga, May 15, 2010)
Columbus Crew 1 – Chivas USA 0 (MLS, May 15, 2010) Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute to give the unbeaten Columbus Crew a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA.
DC United 0 – Colorado Rapids 1 (MLS, May 15, 2010) Midway through the second half Medhi Ballouchy hooked a shot with his left foot between the Juan Manuel Pena’s legs from about 10-yards and the ball dribbled into the net.
New York Red Bulls 0 – Seattle Sounders 1 (MLS, May 15, 2010) Fredy Montero scored in the 86th minute to shoot down the high-flying Red Bulls, Montero took a long pass from Brad Evans and beat goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul from close range for his third goal of the season.
Philadelphia Union 1 – FC Dallas 1 (MLS, May 15, 2010) FC Dallas appeared on its way to a third straight 1-0 victory when Brek Shea scored his first career goal in the 13th minute. But Philadelphia rookie Danny Mwanga scored with the last kick of the game in the 94th minute to earn the Union a point.
New England Revolution 0 – San Jose Earthquakes 0 (MLS, May 15, 2010)
Yokohama F.Marinos 2 – Kyoto Sanga 2 (J-League, May 15, 2010) Kyoto took the lead when Sergio Junior Dutra opened on the quarter hour, but goals from Kazuma Watanabe and Shingo Hyodo turned the match in the hosts favour. Kyoto managed to earn a share of the spoils 10 minutes from time when Takumi Miyayoshi smashed home a rebound from 15 yards out.
Albirex Niigata 3 – Yamagata 1 (J-League, May 15, 2010) Goals from Marcio Richardes, Isao Homma and Cho Young Cheol saw Albirex Niigata come from behind to beat Montedio Yamagata 3-1 and make it four wins in a row.
River Plate 1 – Tigre 5 (Clausura, May 15, 2010)
Gimnasia 3 – Atletico Tucuman 3 (Clausura, May 15, 2010)
Chacarita Juniors 1 – Racing Club 2 (Clausura, May 15, 2010)
Independiente 1 – Lanus 0 (Clausura, May 15, 2010)
Vitoria 1 – Flamengo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 15, 2010) Flamengo opened in the 3rd minute when Adriano crossed the ball from the left side of the field to Vagner Love who scored via his stomach. Vitoria tied the match in the 85th minute when Elkson fired a stopped ball through the Flamengo defensive wall and past goalkeeper Bruno.
Fluminense 1 – Atletico GO 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 15, 2010)
Gremio 4 – Atletico Mineiro 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 15, 2010)
Santos 7 – Morelia 1 (Agg. 10-4) (Mexican Primera Division play-offs semi-final second-leg, May 15, 2010) Fernando Arce opened the scoring against Morelia with a free kick curled in from wide that was misjudged by goalkeeper Moises Munoz in the second minute. Luis Gabriel Rey equalised with a penalty two minutes, Darwin Quintero raced clear to put Santos back in front in the 13th minute and Oribe Peralta followed up to score after Arce’s strike hit the post in the 15th. Jorge Estrada scored Santos’ fourth in the 50th minute, with Peralta adding a fifth a minute later and completing the first treble of his career in the 82nd. Peralta was also involved in the seventh goal, drawing a foul in the box to allow Matias Vuoso to score from the penalty spot in the 83rd.
Toluca 1 – Pachuca 0 (Agg. 3-2) (Mexican Primera Division play-offs semi-final second-leg, May 15, 2010) Antonio Rios volleyed the winning goal low into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box in the 42nd minute to give Toluca victory against Pachuca.
Paraguay 1 – North Korea 0 (International Friendly, May 15, 2010) Roque Santa Cruz’s late penalty gave Paraguay a 1-0 win over North Korea in a friendly between two World Cup-bound teams played in Nyon, Switzerland.