Wigan 3 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, April 18, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Having bossed the first half at Wigan and missing several good chances, a slick through-ball from Bendtner freed Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in the inside right channel and the England speedster rode his luck to make his way goalwards and slip the ball past Kirkland. The Gunners appeared to kill the match within three minutes of the restart as Mikael Silvestre planted home a Nasri corner for number two. But Wigan kept plugging away despite Arsenal having the majority of the play, and ten minutes from time they established a foothold in the game when former Crystal Palace duo Victor Moses and Ben Watson combined for the flame-haired midfielder to score. Wigan threw the kitchen sink at Arsenal in the closing stages and Fabianski was at fault for allowing the Latics to level as the keeper fumbled a corner and Titus Bramble gobbled up the opportunity with a simple header. And then came Wigan’s unbelievable third to flatten Arsenal’s title challenge once again, as player of the season Charles N’Zogbia drifted from right to left across the Arsenal box before curling a beauty in off the far post for one of the best/most unlikely comebacks of the season.
Portsmouth 1 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, April 18, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Michael Brown gave Pompey a 9th minute lead over Aston Villa with a sweet first-time strike after Vanden Borre had crossed from the left and Boateng had contributed with a neat step-over. John Carew levelled after 16 minutes when he latched onto Warnock’s diagonal pass and beat James without too much trouble. David James saved Pompey’s bacon at the end of the first half when he saved a poor Carew penalty. Villa grabbed a late 82nd minute from a quick Young free-kick that freed Milner down the left, his cross was flicked on Heskey and Nathan Delfouneso was on hand to jab the ball home from five yards.
Gillingham 3 – Leeds 2 (League One, April 17, 2010) Adam Miller and Mark Bentley put the Gills 2-0 up and Richard Naylor’s own goal made it three before Luciano Becchio cut the deficit on the stroke of half-time. Jermaine Beckford’s 87th minute penalty set up an exciting finish but the West Yorkshire side were unable to find a late equaliser.
Rangers 2 – Hearts 0 (SPL, April 18, 2010) The home side ended Hearts’ resistance in the 54th minute when Kyle Lafferty met Kevin Thomson’s inch-perfect corner with a header into the roof of the net. Walter Smith’s men continued to dominate thereafter and sealed the win when Kenny Miller converted from the penalty spot after Eggert Jonsson was sent off for a professional foul on Steven Naismith. Rangers can wrap up the title with victory at Hibernian next weekend.
Real Madrid 2 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, April 18, 2010)Â After 25 minutes at the Bernabeu Gonzalo Higuain stroked Real Madrid into the lead following a through ball from Guti. With twelve minutes remaining Cristiano Ronaldo side footed the second following good work by Marcelo. The win takes Real Madrid to just a point behind league leaders Barcelona.
Tenerife 3 – Getafe 2 (La Liga, April 18, 2010) The visitors opened the scoring on 11 minutes when Pedro Leon struck a well-placed shot into the top corner. Tenerife hit back on the half hour mark, Roman whipped in a teasing delivery, and Nino arrived to place his header superbly into the corner of the net. Nino fired in from a tight angle to put the home side in front, and set the scene for a frantic closing spell of the game. Getafe equalised on 75 minutes, when Francisco Casquero leapt highest of all in the area to nod home. But Tenerife instantly went back in front, Alajandro Alfaro played the ball through, and Nino completed a superb hat-trick, beating Codina to leave the home support in dreamland.
Xerez 2 – Racing Santander 2 (La Liga, April 18, 2010) Fabian Orellana netted from inside the six yard box to hand the hosts a dream start to the match. On the stroke of half-time, Crespo crossed the ball into the area, and Mohamed Tchite was on hand to stroke the ball home to level up proceedings. Ivan Bolado was brought down in the area by Leandro Gioda, and Tchite converted his third penalty kick within a week to edge Racing into the lead. But Xerez hit back in the 73rd minute, on-loan Barcelona man Victor Sanchez headed home an equaliser to make the score 2-2.
Malaga 0 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, April 18, 2010) Valladolid extended their unbeaten run to three matches under new coach Javier Clemente following a tense goalless draw away to fellow strugglers Malaga.
Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, April 18, 2010) Deportivo La Coruna and Almeria played out a goalless draw in a Primera Division game with a distinctly end-of-season feel to it.
Athletic Bilbao 0 – Real Zaragoza 0 (La Liga, April 18, 2010) The home side could not find a way past Roberto Jimenez and failed to haul themselves back into a Europa League position.
Lazio 1 – Roma 2 (Serie A, April 18, 2010) The Rome derby between Lazio and Roma started amid horrific scenes of rival fans battling it out with weapons and their fists in the stands. On the pitch it was the Aquile who struck first, Tommaso Rocchi latching onto a fine ball into the box to fire Lazio into a 13th minute lead. Lazio should have gone 2-nil up at the start of the second half but Sergio Floccari saw his spot-kick saved by Julio Sergio. And after missing their opportunity Taddei went up the other end and won a penalty for the Romans that Mirko Vucinic converted from the spot. Ten minutes later Mirko Vucinic blasted Roma into the lead when the centre-forward walloped a free-kick into the net at lightning speed. Lazio’s mach ended on a sour note when Ledesma saw red for needlessly running his mouth at the ref, and the bad blood continued after the final whistle as the teams faced off against each other.
Sampdoria 2 – AC Milan 1 (Serie A, April 18, 2010) The Rossoneri struck first at Sampdoria after 19 minutes, Marco Borriello heading home a corner to break the deadlock. The match imploded for Milan in the 53rd minute when Daniele Bonera gave away a penalty and got himself sent off for an awful foul on Antonio Cassano in the box, and Cassano stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick. Milan’s awful end to the season continued as the Rossoneri conceded a 90th minute winner to Giampaolo Pazzini.
Bari 1 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, April 18, 2010) Ezequiel Lavezzi gave the Neapolitans the lead two minutes before the half hour mark and consolidated the advantage with another strike on 57 minutes. Although Bari pulled one back through Sergio Almiron 15 minutes before the final whistle, Napoli bagged maximum points quite comfortably in the end.
Cagliari 2 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, April 18, 2010) After a nervous start the Rossoblu took the lead when Andrea Cossuâ€™s volleyed effort deflected off Simon Kjaer to finish in the back of the net. In the dying minutes Jeda put the game beyond the visitors as he beriud a shot in the bottom corner following a quick break forward. Fabrizio Miccoli pulled one back for the Aquile a minute later, and the Rosanero sealed an incredible comeback with the final kick of the game when Abel Hernandez headed home to secure the visitors a vital point.
Udinese 1 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, April 18, 2010) Bologna were given a dream start when Christian Zapata scored an own goal in the third minute. However, in injury time the visitors’ heart was broken when Antonio Di Natale scored yet another goal to make it 1-1 and salvage an important point for the Bianconeri.
Atalanta 2 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, April 18, 2010) Ferreira Pinto gave Atalanta the lead as early as the sixth minute and Simone Tiribocchi increased the advantage when he netted the ball on 68 minutes. Fiorentina pulled one back in the 75th minute through Riccardo Montolivo but had Massimo Gobbi sent off in the dying stages of the match.
Parma 2 – Genoa 3 (Serie A, April 18, 2010) Rodrigo Palacio scored in each half to seemingly give Genoa a comfortable lead. However, they were left rocking when Parma levelled just after the hour mark thanks to a Cristian Zaccardo header and an own goal by Salvatore Bocchetti three minutes later. But Ivan Pantic scored in the 72nd minute to see Genoa leapfrog their opponents into eighth.
Borussia Dortmund 1 – Hoffenheim 1 (Bundesliga, April 18, 2010) Nelson Valdez’s goal in the second half seemed to be have been enough to take Dortmund into third place, but an own goal from Mats Hummels in second half injury time left Borussia in fifth place.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Hertha Berlin 2 (Bundesliga, April 18, 2010) Gojko Kacar gave basement boys Hertha the perfect start with the opener after 17 minutes, but Umit Korkmaz drew Frankfurt level on 37 minutes. Pirmin Schwegler missed from the penalty spot on 42 minutes for the home side and Raffael made them pay when he restored Hertha’s lead just a minute later. Frankfurt grabbed a point when Marco Russ netted an equaliser on 63 minutes. The draw leaves Hertha five points adrift of safety with just three games remaining.
Montpellier 1 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2010) Argentine midfielder Alberto Costa gave Montpellier the lead on 32 minutes, but former Sheffield United man Colin Kazim-Richards popped up with an equaliser for Toulouse in stoppage time.
Lille 4 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, April 18, 2010) Lille moved into fifth spot and one point behind Montpellier with a thumping 4-0 win over Monaco. Aurelien Chedjou set Lille on their way with the opener on 14 minutes and Yohan Cabaye added a second from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time. Cabaye made it 3-0 on 76 minutes and Tulio De Melo completed the rout two minutes into injury-time.
Academica Coimbra 2 – Benfica 3 (Liga Sagres, April 18, 2010) Benfica wasted no time taking charge of the match with Weldon scoring after just three minutes. Diogo Gomes levelled for Academica just before the half-hour mark, but Weldon restored the lead four minutes before half-time. Ruben Amorim then made it 3-1 ten minutes from time, making William Tiero’s 88th minute strike merely consolation.
Porto 3 – Vitoria Guimaraes 0 (Liga Sagres, April 18, 2010) Third-placed FC Porto breezed to a 3-0 win over Guimaraes with goals from Hulk, Fredy Guarin and Radamel Falcoa, the latter a penalty.
Nacional 2 – Uniao Leiria 0 (Liga Sagres, April 18, 2010) Pedro Oldoni and Diego scored in either half as Nacional recorded a 2-0 win over Uniao Leiria.
Ajax 4 – Heracles 0 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2010) Second-placed Ajax kept up the pressure on leaders Twente early on at home to Heracles as Siem de Jong powered home an unstoppable header from a dangerous cross into the box. Ajax doubled their lead in the 37th minute as Siem de Jong notched his second header of the match. Just before the hour Marko Pantelic got in on the act with a third, and Pantelic soon chalked up his brace when he converted a corner from close range.
Twente 2 – Feyenoord 0 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2010) Champions-elect Twente took the lead against Feyenoord five minutes from the break when Bryan Ruiz slipped a pass through to Blaise N’Kufo and the striker thumped the ball home. Twente secured a crucial second in the 68th minute through Miroslav Stoch, the Chelsea loanee making a mockery of the Feyenoord offside trap and producing a cool finish to boot.
Vitesse 2 – Roda 5 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2010) Poor defending from Vitesse after just four minutes allowed Roda to steal the ball in the final third and Willem Janssen was able to apply the finishing touch. Janssen even made it 2-0 in the 14th minute, before Morten Skoubo piled even more misery on Vitesse on the half hour. Then came the revival as Onur Kaya pegged one back for the hosts when he found the net with a good free-kick, and Alexander Buttner even made it 3-2 minutes after the interval, but Roda then took over the initiative again. Mads Junker scored his side’s fourth goal with a header from close range in the 69th minute and again Junker made it five for the Limburgers well into stoppage time.
VVV Venlo 2 – NEC 0 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2010) From a 9th minute Venlo corner, VVV’s Ruud Boymans was able to lash the hosts in front against NEC. Boymans found the net with a strong header after a Ruben Schaken cross to help his team to the full three points.
ADO Den Haag 4 – RKC Waalwijk 0 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2010) A powerful Timothy Derijck header from a corner put ADO Den Haag in front against already-relegated RKC. Kees Luijckx made it two from the penalty spot and Anders Oper scored the third only five minutes after the interval to decide the match. Danny Buijs added his name to the scoresheet at the death.
Willem II 0 – AZ Alkmaar 3 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2010) Hector Moreno was another headed goalscorer from a corner on Sunday as the AZ Alkmaar forward opened after 12 minutes at Willem II. Brett Holman scored his side’s second goal of the day in the 71st minute with a left footed shot at the far post. AZ kept on attacking in the remainder of the game and Moussa Dembele set up Mounir El Hamdaoui to make it three for the Alkmaar side.
PSV 3 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2010) Groningen scored after only three minutes, Koen van der Laak found Tim Matavz inside the area and the young striker slotted home with ease. PSV’s young midfielder soon Zakaria Labyad restored parity in the 25th minute, and PSV took the lead minutes after the break when Balazs Dzsudzsak found the net with a superb free-kick. Labyad scored his side’s third goal of the day after 84 minutes of play with a calm finish.
Sparta 0 – FC Utrecht 3 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2010) Sparta will have to face the relegation play-offs after losing 3-0 at home to Utrecht. Jacob Lensky opened the scoring on 20 minutes for the visitors before Rydell Poepon missed a penalty for Sparta right on the stroke of halftime. Ricky van Wolfswinkel doubled the advantage on 65 minutes and Erixon Danso added a third ten minutes later.
Spartak Nalchik 1 – Samara 0 (Russian Premier League, April 18, 2010) Vladimir Kisenkov grabbed the only goal of the game in the 27th minute to see Nalchik restore their two-point lead over Rubin Kazan. Krylya have now lost five of their opening six games.
Terek Grozny 1 – Dynamo Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, April 18, 2010) Dmitri Kombarov put Dynamo in front on the hour mark when he tapped home from close range, but, after Kovalcik had left the visitors with just 10-men, a last minute Shamil Lakhyalov penalty earned Terek a point.
Saturn 0 – Spartak Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, April 18, 2010) Spartak Moscow were held to a 0-0 draw at city rivals Saturn Moscow.
Club Brugge 1 – Anderlecht 2 (Jupiler League playoffs, April 18, 2010) Jelle Van Damme put Anderlecht ahead after half an hour and Matias Suarez doubled their cushion a minute from time, rendering Wesley Sonck’s last-minute strike nothing more than a consolation for Brugge as Anderlecht were crowned champions.
Standard Liege 1 – Racing Genk 1 (Jupiler League playoffs, April 18, 2010) Standard took the lead on the quarter-hour when a free-kick deflected off Andrea Mutombo and into the net. Israeli striker Elyaniv Barda pulled Genk level from the penalty spot.
Diyarbakirspor 0 – Kayserispor 3 (Super Lig, April 18, 2010)
Ankaragucu 3 – Eskisehirspor 1 (Super Lig, April 18, 2010)
Olympiakos 2 – Aris 1 (Greek Super League, April 18, 2010) The hosts went 1-0 up after 33 minutes through Michal Zewlakow but their task got tougher six minutes later when Rafael Urko was sent off. Aris levelled through Antonio Calvo’s penalty, but parity lasted just two minutes before Olympiacos were awarded a spot-kick of their own, which Enzo Maresca levelled. Aris also finished the game with 10 men as Carlos Arano saw red 10 minutes after the break.
Iraklis 2 – Xanthi 4 (Greek Super League, April 18, 2010) Xanthi let a two-goal half-time lead slip, but Mauro Poy (70) and Nathan Ellington with a 79th-minute penalty settled the visitors’ nerves.
AEK Athens 2 – Asteras Tripolis 0 (Greek Super League, April 18, 2010) AEK Athens beat Asteras Tripoli 2-0 with goals from Rafik Djebbour and Pantelis Kafes.
PAS Giannina 0 – Panathinaikos 1 (Greek Super League, April 18, 2010) Brazilian defender Gabriel’s goal gave Panathinaikos a 1-0 win at relegated Giannena on Sunday, giving the Greek champions a final-round victory after having clinched its first title in six years last week.
Dynamo Kyiv 2 – Dnipro D’petrovsk 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 18, 2010) Dnipro surprised league leaders Dynamo Kiev by taking a 18th minute lead through Maksym Kalynychenko, but the visitors were then placed at a disadvantage as Vitaliy saw red. Kiev levelled early in the second half as Gerson Magrao’s hot-streak continued. The turnaround was completed in the 69th minute minute when Tiberiu Ghioane tucked home Kiev’s second.
Kryvbas Krivyi Rig 0 – Arsenal Kiev 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 18, 2010) A picture-perfect free-kick from Dmytro Korkishko in the 78th minute earned Arsenal the win.
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – Zakarpattia 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 18, 2010) Oleksandr Hladkyy kept Shakhtar up with Dynamo at the top of the table.
Halmstad 3 – GAIS 0 (Allsvenskan, April 18, 2010) Goals from Nascimento Anselmo (penalty), Marcus Olsson and Emir Kujovic gave Halmstad a 3-0 win over GAIS.
IFK Gothenburg 5 – Elfsborg 1 (Allsvenskan, April 18, 2010) Gothenburg fell behind to Martin Ericsson’s goal after five minutes but had turned it round by the break when Sebastian Eriksson (20) and Hjalmar Jonsson (41) scored after Elfsborg goalkeeper Ante Covic (16) saw red. Goals in the last 10 minutes from Jakob Johansson, who grabbed two, and substitute Robin Soder sealed the points.
Stabaek 4 – Kongsvinger 2 (Tippeligaen, April 18, 2010)
Stromsgodset 3 – Start Kristiansand 1 (Tippeligaen, April 18, 2010)
Odd Grenland 1 – Molde 1 (Tippeligaen, April 18, 2010)
Lillestrom 1 – Haugesund 1 (Tippeligaen, April 18, 2010)
Brann Bergen 1 – Valerenga 1 (Tippeligaen, April 18, 2010)
Urawa Red Diamonds 3 – Kawasaki Frontale 0 (J-League, April 18, 2010) Reds midfielder Hajime Hosogai gave the hosts an early lead in the seventh minute when he rifled home a Kawasaki clearance with his right foot from outside the box. A minute later, Tatsuya Tanaka added the second when he played a one-two with Edmilson near the halfway line, advanced up the pitch and blasted the ball into the back of the net from distance. In the 72nd minute Satoshi Horinouchi was on hand to tap in a rebound for number three.
Kashima Antlers 0 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 (J-League, April 18, 2010) Defending champions Kashima Antlers were held to a 0-0 draw by Sanfrecce Hiroshima at home. Kashima have now drawn the last two matches, while Hiroshima have not won in three games.
San Jose Earthquakes 2 – New England Revolution 0 (MLS, April 17, 2010) Ike Opara scored in his second consecutive match and Chris Wondolowski netted his first goal of the season as San Jose ran out comfortable winners.
LA Galaxy 2 – Real Salt Lake 1 (MLS, April 17, 2010) Edson Buddle remains the only Galaxy player to have scored this season, the forwrad grabbing a brace to sink RSL and take his tally to seven this season.
San Lorenzo 3 – Huracan 0 (Clausura, April 18, 2010) Alejandro Gomez opened the scoring for San Lorenzo against Huracan with a right-footed shot in the 22nd minute. Fabian Bordagaray rounded the keeper to score the second in the 70th minute and Cristian Leiva finished the scoring with a lob in the 73rd.
Gimnasia La Plata 1 – Boca Juniors 0 (Clausura, April 18, 2010) Marco Perez scored with an overhead kick to give relegation-threatened Gimnasia La Plata a 1-0 home win over Boca Juniors.
Rosario Central 1 – Newells Old Boys 1 (Clausura, April 18, 2010) Diego Braghieri gave Central the lead from close range following a corner in the third minute, but Nahuel Valentini fouled Cristian Nunez in the box and Rolando Schiavi equalised for Newell’s from the 17th minute penalty. Central’s Mario Paglialunga and Valentini were sent off, as were Lucas Bernardi and Nunez of Newell’s, but neither side could use the extra space to find a winning goal.
Racing Club 3 – Velez Sarsfield 1 (Clausura, April 18, 2010) Fernando Tobio gave Velez the lead in the 41st minute, but Ricardo Alvarez was shown a red card in the 69th minute and Racing took full advantage of the extra player with three goals in five minutes. Pablo Luguercio equalised in the 76th, Claudio Yacob put Racing ahead two minutes later and Claudio Bieler completed the victory with a third in the 81st.
Botafogo 2 – Flamengo 1 (Carioca Final, April 18, 2010) German Herrera converted a penalty in the 23rd minute after a Botafogo player had been pulled down inside the area from a corner. Flamengo equalised through striker Vagner Love just before halftime from a cross into the box. Sebastian Abreu scored the winner for Botafogo in the 73rd with another penalty.
Santos 3 – Sao Paulo 0 (Paulista Final, April 18, 2010) Neymar opened the scoring from close range in the 59th and added a penalty in the 83rd. Playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso sealed the victory with an 87th-minute goal.
Santo Andre 1 – Gremio Prudente 2 (Paulista Final, April 18, 2010)
Puebla 4 – Cruz Azul 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 18, 2010) American striker Herculez Gomez scored two goals Sunday in Puelba’s 4-1 victory over Cruz Azul.
Pumas 2 – Monarcas 0 (Mexican Primera Division, April 18, 2010) Pumas clinched a place in the Clausura tournament playoffs with a 2-0 victory Sunday over Morelia.