Andres Iniesta sends 10-man Barcelona to Rome with sensational injury-time equaliser

Chelsea 1 – Barcelona 1 (Agg. 1-1) (Champions League semi-final second leg, May 6, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Michael Essien sent Stamford Bridge wild in the ninth minute with a brilliant left-footed volley that beat Valdes and crashed in off the bar. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half Drogba had a great chance to double Chelsea’s lead but his shot was weak and too close to Valdes. With 25 minutes remaining Barca’s task got harder when they were reduced to ten men, Eric Abidal sent off for a professional foul on Anelka – who clearly dived. Three minutes into injury time Andres Iniesta popped up with a cracking equaliser, a crucial away goal into the top corner, to crush Chelsea’s dreams and send Barcelona into the dream final against Manchester United. Chelsea were furious at the final whistle, with Didier Drogba getting right in referee’s Tom Henning Ovrebo face before turning to the television camera to shout that the official was a “f****** disgrace.”

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FC Moscow 0 – Rubin Kazan 1 (Russian Cup, May 6, 2009) Rubin Kazan are through to the final of the football Russia Cup after beating FC Moscow, Aleksandr Ryazantsev scoring the match winner on 49 minutes for the reigning league champions.

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Partizan Belgrade 1 – FK Banat 0 (Serbian Cup, May 6, 2009) Ivan Stevanovic’s header on the stroke of halftime was enough for Partizan to claim the victory.

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Trelleborg 1 – AIK Stockholm 0 (Allsvenskan, May 5, 2009) Andreas Drugge’s goal after 56 minutes was all that separated the sides as the hosts moved above their opponents in the standings on goal difference into third.

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Lyn 1 – Rosenborg 1 (Tippeligaen, May 6, 2009) Rosenborg were held to a surprise draw at lowly Lyn Oslo but extended their advantage after second-placed Molde lost.

Start Kristiansand 3 – Lillestrom 0 (Tippeligaen, May 6, 2009) Rock-bottom Lillestrom fell to another league defeat with goalkeeper Andre Hansen making a horrendous error to inadvertently score the opener. Bernt Hulsker added a second before the break while Aram Khalili headed in a third at the death.

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Polonia Warsaw 1 – Lech Poznan 1* (Pens. 0-3) (Polish Cup, May 6, 2009)

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Ujpest 3 – Vasas Budapest 1 (Borsodi Liga, May 6, 2009)

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Nagoya Grampus Eight 4 – Ulsan Hyundai 1 (Asian Champions League, May 6, 2009) Nagoya transferred their domestic form into the ACL. Yoshizumi Ogawa put Nagoyaahead with a 14th minute header and Yuki Maki doubled the lead eight minutes later, heading in a cross from Ogawa. Kim Shin-wook cut the lead with a header minutes before the break, but Davi scored early in the second half and Ogawa settled the matter with a left-foot shot from close range in the 71st minute.

Shandong Luneng 0 – Gamba Osaka 1 (Asian Champions League, May 6, 2009) Gamba were up against it after Yasuhito Endo was harshly sent off for a challenge on Cui Peng, who fell theatrically on the edge of the area, at the end of the first half. But with 10-men Gamba still went on to win thanks to Leandro’s 58th left-footer shot.

Newcastle Jets 2 – Beijing Guoan 1 (Asian Champions League, May 6, 2009) Ryan Griffiths, a former Newcastle player, scored a 69th minute to give Beijing the lead before the hosts staged a late late comeback to steal the points. Sasho Petrovski levelled in the 88th minute before substitute striker Sean Rooney grabbed the headlines with a lovely left-footed strike in the final seconds of injury time.

Saba Battery 0 – Al Hilal 1 (Asian Champions League, May 6, 2009)

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Kansas City Wizards 1 – DC United 1 (MLS, May 6, 2009) Rodney Wallace opened the scoring for United in the 27th minute before Josh Wolff equalised early in the second half after good work from Lance Watson.

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Deportivo San Martin 1 – Gremio 3 (Copa Libertadores, May 6, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Gremio opened the scoring in the 9th minute when Souza won the ball on the edge of the box and fired a left-footed shot past the keeper. Martin Arzuaga equalised for San Martin in the 34th minute, cutting inside his marker before finishing past goalkeeper Victor. Gremio took control after the break, Maxi Lopez restored their leas with a glancing header from Souza’s cross less than 30 seconds after the break, and Lopez again found space in the box to seal the win after a center from Jonas.

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Corinthians 2 – Atletico Paranaense 0 (Copa do Brasil, May 6, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Ronaldo continued his revival grabbing both goals. The first was a low shot into the corner, before the chunky striker won a penalty with a slick piece of skill, Ronaldo himself stepping up to convert the spot-kick.

Fortaleza 0 – Flamengo 3 (Copa do Brasil, May 6, 2009)


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