Chelsea 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Agg.1-3) (Champions League, March 16, 2010) Trailing 2-1 from their trip to the San Siro, Chelsea failed to make the breakthrough against Inter in the first half (highlights here) at Stamford Bridge. Inter came out on fire after the break with the visitors repeatedly threatening the Blues’ goal, and in the 78th minute they go their just deserves when Samuel Eto’o collected a wonderful pass through the middle and, after taking just one touch, he rifled a shot past Turbull. A terrible night for the Pensioners was compounded when Didier Drogba saw a straight red after being involved in a tussle with Thiago Motta.
Sevilla 1 – CSKA Moscow 2 (Agg. 2-3) (Champions League, March 16, 2010) (Longer highlights here.)Â 1-all after the first leg in Moscow, CSKA struck first in Spian when Tomas Necid applied a quality touch and finish in the Sevilla following a well-crafted throw-in. The Russians lead disappeared within minutes as a long hoof upfield wasn’t dealt with by the visiting defence and, after the ball ran into the box, Diego Perotti was well placed to tuck in the leveller. Andres Palop was left with a bucket of egg on his face early in the second half when the keeper failed to deal with a routine free-kick from distance from Keisuke Honda.
Wigan 1 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, March 16, 2010) The Latics conceded a horror goal after 25 minutes to hand Villa the lead, Downing’s cross was headed back across the goal by Carew and James McCarthy crazily turned the ball into his own net. Wigan were only momentarily behind as Gary Caldwell headed home a Charles N’Zogbia free-kick. (First half highlights here.) Midway through the second half the Villains took the lead for the second time as they looked to claim O’Neill’s first ever win in March in the Premier League with the Midlanders, James Milner cracking home a 20-yarder after a corner was only partially cleared.
Monarcas 2 – Deportivo Cuenca 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 16, 2010) Jared Borgetti headed the opening goal against Cuenca from a right wing cross in the 20th minute. The former Bolton Wanderers striker scored his second after a pass from Elias Hernandez, turning in the box and driving in a shot off the crossbar in the 27th. Jorge Ladines got a consolation goal for Cuenca with a diving header in the 76th.
Juan Aurich 4 – Alianza Lima 2 (Copa Libertadores, March 16, 2010) Juan Aurich had a 4-2 home win over fellow Peruvian club Alianza Lima with goals from Roberto Guizasola, Luis Tejada, Reimond Manco and Pedro Ascoy. Joel Sanchez and Roberto Ovelar scored for Alianza.
Colo Colo 1 – Velez Sarsfield 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 16, 2010) Santiago Silva rescued 10-man Velez with a stoppage time equaliser away against Colo Colo. Esteban Paredes opened the scoring for Colo Colo in the 58th minute, 10 minutes before Velez’ Victor Zapata was sent off.
Banfield 0 – Nacional 2 (Copa Libertadores, March 16, 2010) Sebastian Coates and Gonzalo Godoy scored first half goals in Nacional’s away win over Banfield.
Pachuca 2 – Comunicaciones 1 (Agg. 3-2) (CONCACAF Champions League, March 16, 2010) The game was scoreless early in the second half when referee Terry Vaughn sent off Carlos Gallardo and Freddy Thompson on red cards in the space of two minutes. Pachuca took advantage, going ahead 1-0 in the 72nd minute on Paul Aguilar’s goal. But Rolando Fonseca equalized on a penalty to give the Guatemalans hope. Luis Montes snuffed out the challenge with the winner in the 88th.