Bolton 0 – Manchester United 4 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Manchester United took a 38th minute lead at Bolton, Nani lobbed the ball over his own head to Giggs who ran from centre to left and pinged a first-time ball across the face of the area where Jlloyd Samuel had a brain-melt and passed a shot into the far corner. (First half highlights here.) In the 69th minute United doubled their advantage when Fletcher whacked a left-footed shot that Jaaskelainen could only parry and Dimitar Berbatov finished coolly from eight yards. United killed the match with a quality third, Nani tormented Ricketts on the left of the box before flashing a a cross across the face of goal where Dimitar Berbatov nonchalantly scored with the outside of his right foot. Darron Gibson added a fourth with his first touch, Nani again the architect after the Portuguese winger beat Ricketts once again.
Chelsea 7 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Florent Malouda’s hot-streak continued in the 15th minute against Aston Villa when the Blues’ winger saw his hopeful cross-cum-shot turned in on the slide by Frank Lampard at the back stick. Villa equalised break the half hour mark when Ashley Young cut in from the left and played a slick ball through to John Carew running in at the back post which the big Norwegian calmly side-footed in the net. Two minutes from the break Chelsea got their noses back in front, Zhirkov went down like a feather under a challenge from Collins in the box and Frank Lampard slammed in the spot-kick. (First half highlights here.) After the break Vila were taken apart, firstly when Deco and Zhirkov combined down the left before Florent Malouda caressed home number three, and minutes later Frank Lampard claimed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Zhirkov was tripped by Dunne in the box. Villa’s shame were increased when Lampard had all the time in the world to slip in Malouda down the left who bagged Chelsea’s fifth. Seven minutes from time Anelka teed up Salomon Kalou to stroke in Chelsea’s sixth in a one-sided demolition of the Villains. Frank Lampard capped a personal triumph netting a fourth in the first minute of injury time. (Second half highlights here.)
Birmingham 1 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Sol Campbell sent an early header over the Birmingham bar, while at the other end Almunia was forced into a couple of saves in a goalless first half (highlights here) at St Andrews. The Gunners breakthrough arrived 10 minutes from time when the ball arrived to Samir Nasri on the right, the Frenchman spun into a more central position before seeing his arrowed drive make it’s way into Hart’s far post. But it all fell apart for Arsenal in injury time when horror defending allowed the ball to make its way into the box where Song saw his clearance rebound off Kevin Phillip’s chest and embarrassingly slip through Almunia’s hands and into the net.
Arsene Wenger’s post match interview can be seen here.
West Ham 0 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Gianfranco Zola’s future was left to hang by a thread after a piece of individual class send West Ham crashing to another defeat, Ricardo Fuller had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he skipped past three Hammers defenders and fired his shot past goalkeeper Robert Green.
Tottenham 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Is Gareth Bale the new Roberto Carlos? Spurs’ star performer in 2010 was at it again against Pompey as the left-winger streaked down the left and saw Peter Crouch head/shoulder an effort past David James. Four minutes from the interval Tottenham went 2-up, debutant Kyle Walker played in Luka Modric on the right, the playmaker saw his shot fall into Niko Kranjcar’s path, and the Croatian scored with the outside of his right boot. (First half goals here.)
Hull 2 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Iain Dowie’s Hull took the lead against Fulham when Altidore was hauled in the box by future Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, and former Cottager Jimmy Bullard crashed his penalty into the top corner. Craig Fagan wrapped up the points with a looping header to leave Hull 18th and level on points with sinking West Ham.
Wolves 0 – Everton 0 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â In-form teams Everton and Wolves cancelled each other out, with Moyes’s men had the best chances when Louis Saha saw his shot rebound off the crossbar before sending a close-range header over the crossbar.
Crystal Palace 1 – Cardiff 2 (Championship, March 27, 2010) Palace, arriving into the match with just one win in 12, fell behind after just five minutes to fellow cash-strapped rivals Cardiff when a poor Whittingham corner was swept home by Gabor Gyepes. Third-bottom Palace eventually equalised early in the second half when Clint Hill headed home a corner. But the Eagles blew it in the 67th minute when Chris Burke was given too much space on the edge of the box to plant his shot past Speroni.
Derby 1 – Leicester 0 (Championship, March 27, 2010) A bizarre own goal from Andy King was the difference between the two sides. In truth though it was Leicester keeper Chris Weale who should hang his head in shame as he allowed the ball to roll in following King’s routine back pass.
Plymouth 0 – Blackpool 2 (Championship, March 27, 2010) Charlie Adam and Stephen Dobbie struck late on to seal a 2-0Â triumph for promotion hopefuls Blackpool and push struggling PlymouthÂ closer to the trap door.
Hearts 1 – Rangers 4 (SPL, March 27, 2010) Rangers needed under four minutes to strike at Hearts, Kevin Thomson floated deep free-kick to the back post and the defender Danny Wilson all-too-easily headed home his first ever goal for the Gers. Hearts pulled level after 17 minutes when Sasa Papac screwed up his clearance on the right-hand side of the penalty area and Suso Santana capitalised arrowing a volley beyond McGregor and into the far corner. A ding-dong battle swung back in Rangers’ favour in the 32nd minute when serial goalscorer Kenny Miller was able to nod a ball over the line from 10-yards after Naimsith’s effort had rattled the bar. Four minutes after the restart Rangers opened up a 2-goal lead when Whittaker played in Steven Naismith and the midfielder clipped his shot over the on-rushing MacDonald into the net. 13 minutes from time Steven Naismith headed home his second goal of the game to kill the match.
Celtic 3 – Kilmarnock 1 (SPL, March 27, 2010) Killie survived an early battering until Robbie Keane brilliantly weaved his way into the penalty box to chip the goalkeeper after 37 minutes. Keane blasted in a 62nd minute second and Scott Brown slotted a third goal four minutes later for rampant Celtic. Craig Bryson’s deflected cross deceived Artur Boruc for a 73rd minute reply.
Neil Lennon’s post match interview can be seen here.
Mallorca 0 – Barcelona 1 (La Liga, March 27, 2010)Â For the second successive match, Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock deep into the second half, at Mallorca the Swede pounced in the 62nd minute at the back post from a corner.
Zaragoza 3 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, March 27, 2010) Carlos Diogo opened the scoring after 41 minutes before Nikola Zigic was given his marching orders for a second caution just before halftime. Zaragoza cashed in on the opportunity with second-half goals from Javier Arizmendi (63) and Jiri Jarosik (71) to move four points clear of third-from-bottom Tenerife.
Malaga 1 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, March 27, 2010) Victor Apono put Malaga in front midway through the second half but, after Patrick Mtiliga saw red for the hosts, Alejandro Alfaro earned Tenerife a point by levelling home from the spot.
Roma 2 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, March 27, 2010) A fumble from Inter keeper Julio Cesar, failing to hold onto Burdisso’s header, allowed Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi to stab in a 17th minute opener form the Giallorossi. Diego Milito pulled Inter level midway through the second half when, after having been miles offside in the earlier play, the Argentine forward turned in a right wing cross. But the ill-deserved parity was short-lived as Luca Toni swivelled in the box before crashing home Roma’s second.
Palermo 3 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, March 27, 2010) It took just ten minutes for Miccoli to break the deadlock, although Adailton brought Bologna level in the 38th minute. Miccoli restored Palermo’s lead from the penalty spot two minutes before half-time and then completed his treble late on as Palermo pulled four points clear of fifth-placed Sampdoria.
Bayern Munich 1 – Stuttgart 2 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Bayern struck in the 32nd minute at home to Stuttgart when Ivica Olic slid home a left wing cross into the roof of the net. The visitors were soon back on a level footing when Cacau slipped in Christian Trasch 25-yards from goal and the midfielder’s looped shot defected into the net past Butt. Bayern found themselves starring down the barrel early in the second half when Ciprian Marica turned the match in Stuttgart’s favour after the hosts defended shockingly from a corner.
Bayer Leverkusen 0 – Schalke 2 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) Kevin Kuranyi scored twice in the first half as a dominant Schalke got the better of third-placed Leverkusen at the BayArena to move two points clear of Bayern Munich, who they meet next weekend in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash.
Hannover 1 – FC Cologne 4 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) Did Manchester United make a mistake letting Zoran Tosic leave? Cologne’s newly acquired winger scored a tremendous goal to break the deadlock at Hannover when the young Serb beat two defenders cutting in from the right before cracking a left-footed beauty into the far top corner. Cologne doubled their lead with a fine second as Petit’s excellent run into the box was expertly spotted, and the midfielder crashed in number two. An incredible first half for the visitors saw Milivoje Novakovic rolled in a third from the spot. Hannover’s relegation strife worsened in the 71st minute when Zoran Tosic played a one-two into the box before slipping in the visitors’ fourth. American defender Steven Cherundolo score a rare goal nine minutes from time, curling home a sweet free-kick, to earn Hannover a consolation.
Werder Bremen 4 – Nurnberg 2 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) A towering header from Per Mertesacker inside the opening sixty seconds put Werder in front at home to Nurnberg. Mertesacker notched his second in the 19th minute, the lanky centre-half nodding in his second corner of the match. Horrible defending for the visitors contributed to their downfall 10 minutes from the break as loose possession at the back led to Tim Borowski drilling in Bremen’s third. Mike Frantz gave Nurnberg a lifeline two minutes into the second half with a tidy turn and finish in the Bremen box, and it the 62nd minute the comeback was definitely on as 21-year-old forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting slotted in a penalty. Werder killed off Nurnberg in injury time as full-back Clemens Fritz grabbed the hosts fourth.
Mainz 0 – Wolfsburg 2 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010) The super Edin Dzeko decided the match with a brace in the final seven minutes, the Bosnian forward controlling and firing the first in the 83rd minute break converting a volley in injury time to wrap up the points.
Hertha Berlin 0 – Borussia Dortmund 0 (Bundesliga, March 27, 2010)
Bordeaux 1 – Marseille 3 (Coupe De La Ligue final, March 27, 2010) Marseille, without silverware since their 1993 Champions League triumph, floored the Ligue 1 champions with three second-half goals at the Stade de France. Defender Souleymane Diawara and substitute Mathieu Valbuena put them 2-0 up before Bordeaux defender Mathieu Chalme deflected a Valbuena free-kick into his own net. Bordeaux defender Ludovic Sane then headed a late consolation goal in the 85th minute.
Lyon 2 – Grenoble 0 (Ligue 1, March 27, 2010) After a passage of Lyon pressure at the start of the second half, Michel Bastos fired the hosts ahead drilling a left-footed drive inside the near post. Cesar Delgado kept up Lyon’s title charge adding a second in the 89th minute.
Benfica 1 – Braga 0 (Liga Sagres, March 27, 2010) Luisao latched on to Javi Garcia’s header a minute before the break to score the winner at the Stadium of Light.
Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Academica Coimbra 0 (Liga Sagres, March 27, 2010) Guimaraes beat Academica 1-0 behind Rui Miguel’s 84th-minute goal.
FC Twente 3 – Sparta 0 (Eredivisie, March 27, 2010) Bryan Ruiz scored in the 46th, 49th, and 50th minutes, the second a penalty, in a frenetic period of play that also saw Sparta’s Milano Koenders sent off.
Roda 4 – Heerenveen 2 (Eredivisie, March 27, 2010) Mads Junker bagged a brace for Roda, while Marcel de Jong and Boliszar Bodor also found the target before the interval. Heerenveen, already down to ten men following the early dismissal of Oussama Assaidi, staged a brave fightback in the second period with goals from Michel Breuer and Mika Vayrynen.
Vitesse 2 – Willem II 1 (Eredivisie, March 27, 2010) Vitesse Arnhem claimed their first victory in nine attempts as they came from behind to see off Willem II 2-1. Said Boutahar had broken the deadlock after 28 minutes but Serginho Greene equalised before half-time and Santi Kolk sealed all three points late on.
AZ Alkmaar 3 – Heracles 2 (Eredivisie, March 27, 2010) Jeremain Lens fired in his first after 40 minutes and then added another midway through the second half to put AZ 2-up.Goals from Darl Douglas and Samuel Armenteros brought Heracles back level with just 11 minutes remaining, but Lens struck again to stretch AZ’s unbeaten run to nine games.
Dynamo Moscow 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Russian Premier League, March 27, 2010) Zenit were 2-1 winners at Dinamo Moscow after first-half goals from Danny (12) and Vladimir Bystrov (33) before Dmitri Kombarov puled one back for the hosts with a 66th-minute penalty.
Sibir Novosibirsk 0 – Spartak Nalchik 2 (Russian Premier League, March 27, 2010) Joke defending from Sibir keeper Wojciech Kowalewski, who completely fluffed his attempts to hoof a long clearance, allowed Vladimir Dyadyun to score after 17 minutes. More poor goalkeeping from Kowalewski gifted Dyadyun’s his second in the 53rd minute, the keeper losing a foot race to the striker who ended up rolling the ball into the back of an empty net.
Samara 2 – Tomsk 3 (Russian Premier League, March 27, 2010) A horror own-goal from Andrey Ivanov and equally bad defending to allow Evgeni Savin to grab a second, put hosts Samara into a commanding lead after just 11 minutes. Dmitri Michkov got the visitors back into the game with a 24th minute penalty, and Tomsk were back level pegging in the 32 when Kirill Kovalchuk equalised. A scrappy goal from George Jokic completed the turnaround in the 39th minute and once in front Tomsk held on the claim the win.
Besiktas 3 – Eskisehirspor 2 (Super Lig, March 27, 2010) The visitors led through Umit Karan’s double in the first 22 minutes before Nihat Kahveci and Bobo pulled them level with goals in the 31st and 59th minutes. The momentum was then with Besiktas and the stage was set for Holosko to come on and hit the winner with 17 minutes to go. The win takes Besiktas into second, three points behind Bursaspor having both played 27 games.
Genclerbirligi 1 – Diyarbakirspor 0 (Super Lig, March 27, 2010) Genclerbirligi beat Diyarbakirspor 1-0, Mustafa Pektemek sealing the win in the first half.
Zakarpattia 0 – Obolon Kyiv 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 27, 2010) A pacey second half attack from the visitors was finished by Serhiy Rozhok for the only goal of the game.
Kalmar 2 – Elfsborg 2 (Allsvenskan, March 27, 2010)
Hajduk Split 2 – Varteks 0 (1. HNL, March 27, 2010)
Vissel Kobe 1 – Yokohama F.Marinos 1 (J-League, March 27, 2010) Yokohama’s fine start to the season continue early on in Kobe when Kazuma Watanabe toe-poked the visitors in front after 32 minutes. Yokohama looked set for the three points until Brazilian striker Popo curled in a 90th minute leveller for the hosts.
Shonan Bellmare 2 – Albirex Niigata 0 (J-League, March 27, 2010) A bullet strike from Yuya Nakamura and a second half header from Yutaka Tahara sealed Shonan’s first win of the season.
Jubilo Iwata 2 – Kyoto Sanga 3 (J-League, March 27, 2010) Yusuke Nakayama scored a decider in injury time to give Kyoto a 3-2 win over Jubilo.
Banfield 3 – Gimnasia La Plata 2 (Clausura, March 27, 2010) Gimnasia’s Denis Stracqualursi opened the scoring, but Banfield pushed ahead with two goals from Ruben Ramirez. Marco Perez levelled the match again before Sebastien Fernandez scored the winner in the 73rd minute.
Tigre 0 – Lanus 1 (Clausura, March 27, 2010) Marcos Aguirre grabbed the winner late in the second half.
Racing Club 1 – Newells Old Boys 0 (Clausura, March 27, 2010) Matias Martinez scored in the 10th minute in Racing’s victory.
Palmeiras 1 – Mirassol 1 (Campeonato Paulista, March 27, 2010)
Rio Claro 1 – Bragantino 3 (Campeonato Paulista, March 27, 2010)
Chivas 6 – Santos 2 (Mexican Premiera League, March 27, 2010) Alberto Medina gave Guadalajara a first-minute lead but third-placed Santos hit back with a quickfire double from Walter Jimenez. That was as good as it got for the visitors though as goals from Omar Arellano, Hector Reynoso, Javier Hernandez, Marco Jhonfai Fabian and Medina’s second secured the spoils.
Pachuca 1 – Morelia 0 (Mexican Premiera League, March 27, 2010) Fourth-placed Morelia suffered defeat as Damian Manzo’s goal saw them lose at Pachuca. The visitors also had Jaime Duran sent off in injury time.
Queretaro 2 – Atlas 1 (Mexican Premiera League, March 27, 2010) Queretaro beat Atlas 2-1 thanks to a winner 18 minutes from time by substitute Javier Elizondo.
Tigres 0 – Toluca 1 (Mexican Premiera League, March 27, 2010) A goal from Carlos Esquivel saw Toluca claim a 1-0 win at Tigres.
Jaguares 1 – Monterrey 1 (Mexican Premiera League, March 27, 2010) Chivas leapfrogged Monterrey after they were held to a draw at Jaguares. Jackson Martinez had given the visitors a 49th-minute lead, but Osvaldo Martinez got the leveller after 68 minutes.
Atlante 3 – Indios 0 (Mexican Premiera League, March 27, 2010)
Chivas USA 0 – Colorado Rapids 1 (MLS, March 26, 2010) A sublime second half strike from Omar Cummings capped a fine performance from the Rapids as they picked up an opening rouind win on the road.
FC Dallas 1 – Houston Dynamo 1 (MLS, March 27, 2010) The Dynamo opened through Mike Chabala’s first career MLS goal in the 36th minute, but two minutes later Atiba Harris dribbled around Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell and curled a right-footed shot from 15 yards away into the right corner of the net.
Columbus Crew 2 – Toronto FC 0 (MLS, March 27, 2010) Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored one goal and assisted on another to lead Columbus to a home win over Toronto FC.
Kansas City Wizards 4 – DC United 0 (MLS, March 27, 2010) First half goals from Kei Kamara and Davy Arnaud were complemented with second half strikes from Ryan Smith and Jack Jewsbury.
New York Red Bulls 1 – Chicago Fire 0 (MLS, March 26, 2010) Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere scored on a sparkling 19-yard shot in the 40th minute of his Major League Soccer debut.