Wolves 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, March 6, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After United, without Wayne Rooney, had lacked their usual spark for the majority of the match at Molineux (first half highlights here), and after Wolves had arguably been the better team throughout, ginger legend Paul Scholes collected a Valencia cross from the right, shifted the ball right of a couple of home defenders and drilled a low shot in the far corner to claim his 100th Premier League goal in the 72nd minute. (Second half highlights here.)
Arsenal 3 – Burnley 1 (Premier League, March 6, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Arsenal’s quest for the league title was going well enough at the interval against Burnley after Samir Nasri teed up Cesc Fabregas just after the half hour with a delightful chipped through-ball that the Gunners’ captain converted on the half-volley. But Cesc’s match was ended shortly after when he appeared to tweak a hamstring and was replaced by Abou Diaby. (First half highlights here.) Amazingly the Clarets pulled level five minutes after the break, Eboue failed to clear his lines properly and Leon Cort kept the ball in the mixer before David Nugent nipped in and lifted his shot over Almunia. After his difficult week with England, Theo Walcott got himself back in the spotlight for the right reasons when he collected Bendtner pass, took a couple of touches to his left and curled a beauty into the far post. At the death Eduardo played a short corner to Andrey Arshavin who smashed a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
West Ham 1 – Bolton 2 (Premier League, March 6, 2010) Bolton scored a terrific goal to open the scoring in a massive relegation six-pointer at West Ham, Chung-Yong Lee continued to add weight to his burgeoning reputation fizzing a flat cross over from the right that Kevin Davies powered home with a solid header. Bolton doubled their lead thanks to some awful defending from the Hammers, Tomkins failed to shepherd the ball out of play, Davies crossed for Tamir Cohen to knock down for Jack Wilshere who volleyed in his first Bolton goal. (First half highlights here.) With two minutes remaining, Alessandro Diamanti curled a lovely left-footed effort past Jaaskelainen but it proved too little, too late.
Portsmouth 2 – Birmingham 0 (FA Cup quarter-finals, March 6, 2010) (ITV highlights here.)Â After a truly forgettable first half at Fratton Park, Pompey came out after the break with a spring in their step and they managed to get their noses in front when striker Frederic Piquionne (offside) stabbed the ball over the line from two yards out. Penniless Pompey then scored a terrific second to seemingly book their semi-final place at Wembley, O’Hara threaded a perfect pass through to Piquionne, the Frenchman turned Ridgewell inside-out and he coolly finished past a helpless Hart. Birmingham were left disgruntled when a Ridgewell header that clearly crossed the line wasn’t given by the match officials.
David James and Jamie O’Hara’s post match interview can be seen here.
Fulham 0 – Tottenham 0 (FA Cup quarter-finals, March 6, 2010) A full blooded cup tie saw very few clear cut chances and these two sides will play out a replay on March 24. The Cottagers had the better opportunities but saw Heurelho Gomes produce some good saves.
Rangers 3 – St. Mirren 1 (SPL, March 6, 2010) Ibrox was stunned on the half hour as Graham Carey, on loan from Celtic, pinged a swerving free-kick past a bewildered Allan McGregor as St. Mirren took a shock lead over the Gers. The SPL leaders weren’t behind for long as Lee McCulloch slammed home the leveller after St. Mirren fail to clear Kevin Thomson’s free-kick. Barely 45 seconds into the second half Lee McCulloch volleyed in Rangers’ second after being set up by Kenny Miller. A late third from Nacho Novo brought Rangers one step closer to this season’s championship.
Real MadridÂ 3 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Sevilla stunned the Bernabeu after 10 minutes in a moveÂ involving both their speedy wingers Navas and Capel, the latter fizzed a cross across goal and Xabi Alonso powered in an og under pressure from Negredo. Sevilla doubled their lead early in the second half when a free-kick from Ivica Dragutinovic evaded everyone including a leaden-footed Casillas. On the hour Cristiano Ronaldo halved the arrears with a left footed strike from inside the box. Four minutes later Sergio Ramos headed home the equaliser from a corner just seconds after Guti had hit the bar. After a sustained spell of pressure, Real Madrid finally made the breakthrough in injury time, Rafael van der Vaart forcing the ball over the line after Palop had saved from Higuain.
Almeria 2 – Barcelona 2 (La Liga, March 6, 2010) Barcelona fell behind after 12 minutes at Almeria as Domingo Cisma headed the hosts in front beating Puyol in the air from a corner. Five minutes from the break Barca won a hugely questionable free-kick on the edge of the Almeria box, but Leo Messi didn’t care as he chipped home a sweet set-play to equalise. In the 57th minute Almeria retook the lead as Carlos Puyol, in attempting to cut out a cross, diverted the ball into his own net. And Barca’s problems worsened when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Cisma. But Barca didn’t wilt, and in the 66th minute Pedro floated in a cross from the left that eventually dropped to Leo Messi to crash in his second equaliser of the match.
Deportivo La Coruna 3 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, March 6, 2010) A slick attack from Tenerife in the 17th minute cut through the Depor backline and Juanlu fired a fine arrowed strike into the far corner. The Galicians pulled level just after the half hour when Juan Rodriguez powered home a header following a free-kick, and early in the second half Depor took control as Andres Guardado and Diego Colotto fired the hosts into a 3-1 lead.
Roma 0 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, March 6, 2010) The perfect result for Jose Mourinho and Inter Milan. Milan missed the pace of the injured Alexandre Pato on the right wing, while Roma struggled in attack without Francesco Totti.
Fiorentina 1 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, March 6, 2010) Juve struck after two minutes at Fiorentina when Diego (offside) raced through the Viola’s backline and rounded the keeper to score. The hosts pulled level in the 32nd minute when Marco Marchionni ran in unchecked to meet a long ball to the back post and score with a header. The Bianconeri retook the lead 20 minutes from time when an attack involving Diego and Momo Sissoko freed Fabio Grosso in the box and the left-back thumped a ball high into the near post.
Borussia Dortmund 3 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) Dortmund struck after 14 minutes against Gladbach as Kevin Grosskreutz finished off a precise team attack from 4-yards out. Ten minutes after the break Mohamed Zidan scored a brilliant second, cutting in from the right hand side and lashing a left-footed howitzer into the far top corner. Zidan completed his brace midway through the second half to wrap up the points.
FC Cologne 1 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) As if written in the stars, former Bayern forward Lukas Podolski, who has experienced a terrible season with just one goal since returning to Cologne last summer, fired his current employers into a surprise lead over the league leaders with a tomahawk of a free-kick that whizzed high into the net. Bayern pulled themselves level just before the hour mark when Bastien Schweinsteiger smacked home a right wing cross.
Werder Bremen 2 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Stuttgart maintained their good form of late early on at Werder, striker Pavel Pogrebnyak sliding in the opener after good work from Alex Hleb down the left hand side on the quarter hour. Cristian Gross’s charges bagged a second before the break when Sami Khedira struck three minutes before the interval. Hugo Almeida pulled one back for Thomas Schaaf’s side with 16 minutes remaining and Torsten Frings made it 2-2 on 81 minutes from the penalty spot after Stefano Celozzi was adjudged to have fouled Marko Marin in the area.
Wolfsburg 4 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) Paul Freier put Bochum into a surprise first half lead at Wolfsburg with a tidy strike from inside the area. The reigning champs roared back after the break beginning when Edin Dzeko equalised after an hour. Obafemi Martins made it 2-1 in the 75th minute for the Wolves before Dzeko scored from the penalty spot four minutes later. Jonathan Santana finished off the scoring a minute into stoppage time.
Freiburg 1 – Hannover 2 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) Elson gave the visitors the lead in the 63rd minute only for Yacine Abdessadki to restore parity in the 70th minute. However, three minutes later Papiss Demba Cisse scored an own goal that eventually led Hannover to a vital 2-1 win that sees them draw level on points with Freiburg in the relegation scrap.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Schalke 4 (Bundesliga, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Joel Matip gave Schalke the lead in the 12th minute and three minutes later Benedikt Howedes doubled the lead. Although Alexander Meier pulled one back for the hosts seven minutes into the restart Schalke scored twice in the last ten minutes of normal time through Ivan Rakitic and Kevin Kuranyi to win 4-1.
St Etienne 1 – Lille 1 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) Emanuel Riviere grabbed the opener for the home side with a neat finish, Stephane Dumont equalised for Lille from a corner.
Nice 2 – Nancy 3 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) A lightning start in Nice saw Nancy take a fourth minute lead through Djamel Bakar only for the hosts to level almost instantly when defender Renato Civelli scored from a corner. Nancy retook the lead in the 27th when striker Jonathan Brison scored with an unstoppable strike into the top corner from jut inside the Nice area, but a ding-dong first half ended level-pegging when Chaouki Ben Saada side-footed an equaliser in the 37th. With the match ticking into the second minute of injury time, Issiar Dia collected a rebound to claim all three points for Nancy.
Auxerre 1 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) Auxerre’s prolific Polish striker Ireneusz Jelen put the hosts in the lead in the 38th minute against Valenciennes when he beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper, and slotted into an empty net.
Lens 1 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After the ball ping-ponged around the PSG area in the 67th minute, Sebastien Roudet was on hand to smash home the opener for Lens. A brilliant last minute free-kick from Stephane Sessegnon earned the Parisians a point.
Rennes 1 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) A solitary strike from USA international Carlos Bocanegra with 28 minutes on the clock proved to be the difference at Route de Lorient.
Sochaux 1 – Toulouse 0 (Ligue 1, March 6, 2010) Sochaux secured three much-needed points as they saw off Toulouse 1-0. They were thankful to Ryad Boudebouz’s 82nd minute effort for handing them a first victory in six outings.
NAC 2 – PSV 1 (Eredivisie, March 6, 2010) Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at NAC Breda. Orlando Engelaar gave the visitors the lead after 18 minutes but Donny Gorter (35) equalised and Robbert Schilder grabbed a surprise winner 17 minutes from time. The defeat leaves PSV just one point ahead of FC Twente, who have a game in hand.
AZ Alkmaar 4 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, March 6, 2010) AZ Alkmaar bolstered their European bid by coming from behind to thrash Heerenveen 4-1. The visitors took the lead when Filip Djuricic smashed in a superb goal in the 20th minute. But AZ equalised within two minutes through Maarten Maartens before further strikes from Mounir El Hamdaoui, Jeremain Lens and Brett Holman swept the hosts to a comfortable win.
ADO Den Haag 1 – Vitesse 1 (Eredivisie, March 6, 2010) After Lasse Nilsson’s well-worked goal had given Vitesse the lead, Christian Kum headed in Pascal Bosschaart’s corner to ensure a share of the spoils.
Heracles 3 – Willem II 2 (Eredivisie, March 6, 2010) Heracles got off to the perfect start when Darl Douglas fired them ahead in the third minute, but Gerson Sheotahul levelled 20 minutes later. However, goals from Marko Vejinovic and Everton either side of the break put the hosts firmly in the driving seat before Sheotahul grabbed his second of the night in the 65th minute.
Porto 2 – Olhanense 2 (Liga Sagres, March 6, 2010) Porto suffered a major scare to their fantastic home record when Djalmir scored a diving header in the 12th minute and then Djalmir bagged a second three minutes later. Porto saved the game late on, Radamel Falcao pulled a goal back in the 80th and Freddy Guarin notched an injury time equaliser.
Vitoria Setubal 0 – Braga 0 (Liga Sagres, March 6, 2010) Braga went back to the top of the table with a point won at relegation battling Vitoria Setubal, but Domingos Pacienciaâ€™s team will be disappointed they missed the chance to put more pressure on Benfica, who will look to reclaim top spot at home to Pacos Ferreira.
Rio Ave 0 – Naval 0 (Liga Sagres, March 6, 2010)
Kavala 1 – Aris 1 (Greece Super League, March 6, 2010) An 8th minute strike from Toni Calvo fired Aris into an early lead, Serge Die levelling for the hosts 12 minutes from time. Diogo Rincon saw red in the 87th minute for Kavala.
Larissa 1 – AEK Athens 0 (Greece Super League, March 6, 2010) Fourth-placed AEK Athens stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at lowly Larissa, with Jan Blazek netting the only goal in the 55th minute.
Sivasspor 0 – Buyuksehir 1 (Super Lig, March 6, 2010) Tevfik Kose scored the goal as Buyuksehir BSK won 1-0 at Sivasspor despite the last-minute sending-off of substitute Oguz Sabankay, who had been on the pitch only 15 minutes.
Trabzonspor 3 – Genclerbirligi 1 (Super Lig, March 6, 2010) Sandro had given the visitors the lead but Burak Yilmaz quickly made it 1-1. It appeared that was how it would stay, but substitute Drago Gabric struck a minute from time and there was still time for Umut Bulut to bag a third.
Kasimpasa 2 – Kayserispor 2 (Super Lig, March 6, 2010) Abduallah Durak grabbed a last-minute equaliser as fourth-placed Kayserispor came from 2-0 down to earn a point at Kasimpasa. Yekta Kurtulus gave Kasimpasa a first-minute lead and Merthan Acil doubled the advantage a minute after half-time, but Ariza Makukula pulled one back before Durak’s late intervention.
Illitchivets Mariupol 1 – Dynamo Kiev 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 6, 2010) Despite going down to 10-men when Artem Savin saw red in the 64th minute, Illitchivets took the lead when Ihor Tyshchenko slid home a cross in the 77th minute. Kiev salvaged a point when Roman Zozulya scrapped home an equaliser seven minutes later.
Austria Vienna 0 – LASK Linz 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 6, 2010)
Slask Wroclaw 1 – Jagiellonia 2 (Ekstraklasa, March 6, 2010) Jagiellonia caught Slask out from two set-plays in each half, Jaroslaw Lato thumped home a free-kick while Remigiusz Jezierski converted from a second half corner. Piotr Celeban scored a consolation for the hosts.
Ruch Chorzow 0 – Zaglebie Lubin 2 (Ekstraklasa, March 6, 2010)
Osijek 0 – Dinamo Zagreb 1 (1. HNL, March 6, 2010)
Zapresic 0 – Hajduk Split 3 (1. HNL, March 6, 2010)
Gamba Osaka 1 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (J-League, March 6, 2010) Dragan Stojkovic’s side got a fine away win at Gamba on the opening day of the season, Keiji Tamada giving the visitors a 14th minute lead when he met Josh Kennedy’s knock-down in the 6-yard box. Takahiro Futagawa sidefooted Gamba level in the 22nd minute after the hosts kept the pressure on from a corner, but Aussie striker Kennedy picked up where he left off last season claiming a second half winner when he bundled the ball over the line from 2-yards.
Kawasaki Frontale 2 – Albirex Niigata 1 (J-League, March 6, 2010) Last seasonâ€™s runners-up Kawasaki Frontale opened their campaign with a victory at home to Albirex Niigata. Renatinho opened the scoring for Kawasaki inside the opening sixty seconds of the season, while Junichi Inamoto, making his first J-League appearance in almost nine years, won possession before setting up Kawasaki’s second goal for Masaru Kurotsu. Cho Young-Cheol netted a consolation for Niigata midway through the second half.
FC Tokyo 1 – Yokohama F.Marinos 0 (J-League, March 6, 2010) After finishing fifth last season, FC Tokyo got their new season off to a winning start courtesy of Sota Hirayama’s injury time winner at the back-post.
Boca Juniors 1 – Racing Club 2 (Clausura, March 6, 2010) After drawing five of their opening seven games, winning once and losing the other, the Buenos Aires giants had hoped to pick up form but they remain mired in a slump. They opened the scoring after 13 minutes when Nicolas Gaitan found the net, but it took Racing Club just two minutes to draw level through Brian Lluy. Gabriel Hauche then grabbed what turned out to be the winner a minute before half-time. The result meant Racing Club jumped above their hosts and up to ninth place, with Boca in 14th.
Lanus 0 – Estudiantes La Plata 0 (Clausura, March 6, 2010)
Resende 0 – Flamengo 4 (Campeonato Carioca, March 6, 2010) Vagner Love grabbed the fourth goal of the match to lift him to ten goals, and the leading scorer, in the Carioca.
Bragantino 1 – Monte Azul 1 (Campeonato Paulista, March 6, 2010)
Morelia 2 – Estudiantes 0 (Mexican Primera Division, March 6, 2010) Morelia took the lead in the 34th minute as Luis Gabriel Rey and Miguel Sabah paired up before Elias Hernandez finished off the move with a strong right footed shot. A late Miguel Sabah goal wrapped up the points.
Atlas 1 – Toluca 1 (Mexican Primera Division, March 6, 2010)
San Luis 1 – Cruz Azul 2 (Mexican Primera Division, March 6, 2010)
Monterrey 3 – Pachuca 0 (Mexican Primera Division, March 6, 2010) Hector Morales, Walter Ayovi and Osvaldo Felix Souza lead Monterrey to their fifth straight win.
Jaguares 4 – Chivas 0 (Mexican Primera Division, March 6, 2010)