Aston Villa and Everton draw a 6-goal thriller; Fulham bag an impressive win at woeful City

Manchester City 1 – Fulham 3 (Premier League, April 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Stephen Ireland scored a terrific opener to give City the lead at home to Fulham. Five minutes into the second half Clint Dempsey side-footed Fulham level. Nine minutes later the comeback was complete when Dickson Etuhu put the Cottagers in front. Clint Dempsey wrapped up only Fulham’s second away win of the season with seven minutes to go after good work by Bobby Zamora.

Aston Villa 3 – Everton 3 (Premier League, April 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Aston Villa were prised open early on by Everton as Jo and then Leighton Baines troubled the home defence with Marouane Fellaini eventually tapping the ball over the line. Twenty-two minutes in and it was 2-nil to the Toffees, Tim Cahill (foul on Davies?) followed up his own header then rebounded off the bar to nod in the visitors’ second following a corner. Villa got back into the game after the half hour, Milner put a ball into the box which Everton failed to clear and John Carew was on hand to sweep the ball into the net. (First half highlights here.) Everton stretched their lead at the start of the second half, Steven Pienaar collected a ball with his back to goal outside the box, the South African rolled Luke Young and then he bent a beauty past Freidel. Sixty seconds later Villa hit back, James Milner scoring a screamer of his own curling a free-kick around the wall. With the wind in their sails Villa drew level in the 66th minute, Petrov was adjudged to have been felled by Lescott in the box (harsh decision) and Gareth Barry made no mistake from the spot to equalise.

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Preston 0 – Blackpool 1 (Championship, April 11, 2009) Blackpool gave their survival hopes a major lift as Charlie Adam struck just before half-time to secure a narrow success at Preston which dents the hosts’ play-off chances.

Swansea 2 – Norwich 1 (Championship, April 11, 2009) Jason Scotland saw his first half goal cancelled out by Alan Lee’s header moments later, but Scotland took his season’s tally to 23 with a second half penalty.

Burnley 1 – QPR 0 (Championship, April 11, 2009) Burnley consolidated their top six position after Clarke Carlisle found the net early in the second half at Turf Moor.

Crystal Palace 0 – Cardiff 2 (Championship, April 11, 2009) A Ross McCormack double, the first from the penalty spot, keeps Cardiff’s promotion hopes very much alive.

Leeds 1 – Stockport 0 (League One, April 11, 2009) Leeds got back to winning ways in their push for the play-offs, Jonny Howson’s early goal was enough to give Simon Grayson’s side the points.

Peterborough 1 – Cheltenham 1 (League One, April 11, 2009) Top of the table Posh took on rock-bottom Cheltenham and the visitors earned an unlikely draw. Aaron McLean’s 36th minute effort put the home side ahead, however David Hutton levelled matters soon after the hour mark to secure a point.

Brentford 1 – Exeter 1 (League Two, April 11, 2009) Brentford looked set to slip up at home to high-flying Exeter as Stuart Fleetwood opened the scoring in the first half but Billy Clarke struck in the last minute to keep Andy Scott’s men two points clear at the top.

Morecambe 2 – Bradford 1 (League Two, April 10, 2009) Matthew Clarke’s header put Bradford ahead but Morecambe’s Stewart Drummond equalised in the 55th minute with a header of his own. The hosts won the match with a stunning solo goal from Rene Howe, the midfielder beating several players before whacking in a beauty from 30-yards out.

Oxford 1 – Wrexham 0 (Conference, April 11, 2009)

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Real Madrid 2 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, April 12, 2009) Gonzalo Higuain beat two Valladolid defenders on the right hand touchline before crossing to Raul who steered Los Blancos into a halftime lead. Arjen Robben sealed the win with a breakaway second late on.

Sevilla 0 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, April 12, 2009) Jaime Gavilan won the match with a late goal, cutting in from the left and beating Palop to secure a surprise three points.

Mallorca 2 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, April 12, 2009) Cleber Santana’s spectacular overhead kick just short of the hour mark gave the home side the lead and Gonzalo Castro settled it with a second in added time after Almeria had been reduced to 10 men by the sending off of Hernan Pellerano.

Osasuna 2 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, April 12, 2009) Masoud Shojaei gave Osasuna the lead after 20 minutes, but Athletic hit back shortly afterwards through Aitor Ocio. Ocio was sent off after 50 minutes and Osasuna’s constant pressure finally paid off 10 minutes from time when Sergio Fernandez slotted home the winner.

Sporting Gijon 2 – Valencia 3 (La Liga, April 12, 2009) David Silva put Los Che in front but Sporting Gijon responded as Torres David Barral dispatched from the penalty spot. David Villa put Valencia back in front, slotting home his spot-kick, but again the home side responded as substitute Mate Bilic slotted home. With just two minutes remaining Mata netted a dramatic winner to hand Valencia the spoils.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Atletico Madrid 2 (La Liga, April 12, 2009) Sergio Aguero and Simao Sabrosa scored either side of halftime for Atletico, Rodolfo Bodipo made the visitors sweat when he pulled one back three minutes from time.

Numancia 0 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, April 12, 2009) The bottom two clubs in the league, Numancia and Espanyol, played out a goalless draw that may well condemn both to the drop.

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Reggina 0 – Udinese 2 (Serie A, April 12, 2009) After a goalless first half, Reggina had Lanzaro sent off early in second period but from the resulting penalty Maurizio Domizzi skied his effort embarrassingly over the bar. Reggina then were reduced to 9-men when Barilla saw red but it wasn’t until the final five minutes that Udinese capitalised, Antonio Floro Flores grabbing a late late brace (85 & 90 minutes) for the Zebrette.

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Stuttgart 1 – Hamburg 0 (Bundesliga, April 12, 2009) Mario Gomez scored in the last minute of the match to seriously dent Hamburg’s title challenge,

Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Werder Bremen 1 (Bundesliga, April 12, 2009) A brilliant strike from Tranquillo Barnetta that rocketed in off the underside of the bar gave Bayer Leverkusen the lead over Bremen. Claudio Pizzarro brought Werder level with a header in the 33rd minute.

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Lyon 2 – Monaco 2 (Ligue 1, April 12, 2009) Monaco took the lead in the 34th minute when Chu-Young Park broke free down the left and pulled the ball back for Jerko Leko to turn home. Lyon equalised on 65 minutes when Stephane Ruffier failed to collect a cross, leaving defender Cris with a simple header. Monaco were back in front 42 seconds later when Juan Pablo Pino broke the offside trap, coolly skipped around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and then slipped the ball home from a tight angle. Lyon rallied, and Frederic Piquionne found an equaliser in the 82nd minute with an overhead kick that sent Ruffier the wrong way.

Marseille 4 – Grenoble 1 (Ligue 1, April 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Marseille waited until the 52nd minute for their opener, Taiwo converted a penalty after Battles brought down Mathieu Valbuena. Hilton made it two seven minutes later, heading home a Valbuena corner. Taiwo sealed Marseille’s victory when he blasted in a free-kick in the 65th and Brandao added another one minute from time. Laurent Courtois scored Grenoble’s consolation goal four minutes into added time.

Lille 0 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, April 12, 2009) Lille hardly gave their opponents a kick in the first half (highlights here), although PSG goalkeeper Mickael Landreau was not fully stretched. Eden Hazard and Bastos tested Landreau before the break. (Second half highlights here.)

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Ajax 7 – Willem II 0 (Eredivisie, April 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Ajax raced out the blocks against Willem II, Dario Cvitanich playing a one-two on the edge of the visitors’ box before firing the hosts ahead after just two minutes. Eight minutes later the lead was doubled, Eyong Enoh finding himself unmarked by the penalty spot and able to convert a free header. 10 minutes later it was three thanks to Dario Cvitanich’s second of the game, yet another free header in the box. With the floodgates open, Luis Suarez added a fourth with a penalty before Urby Emanuelson netted a humiliating fifth on the stroke of halftime. After the break Luis Suarez cracked in a fine sixth before Suarez completed his hat-trick with his second penalty of the game.

Feyenoord 5 – Heracles 1 (Eredivisie, April 12, 2009) Feyenoord scored after 4 minutes against Heracles, the visitors’ keeper clattered into his own defender when trying, and failing, to claim a cross, allowing Roy Makaay to head into an empty net. Midway through the half Feyenoord grabbed a second, Leroy Fer teeing up Roy Makaay for his brace. Bas Dost pulled a goal back for Heracles after a period of patient build-up. Denny Landzaat and Kelvin Leerdam both netted late on the complete the rout.

Heerenveen 1 – Volendam 0 (Eredivisie, April 12, 2009) Viktor Elm scored the decisive goal with 52 minutes on the clock although the home side’s afternoon was soured a little when Danijel Pranjic was shown a second yellow card five minutes from the end.

Groningen 2 – Vitesse 3 (Eredivisie, April 12, 2009) Lasse Nilsson put the visitors ahead only for Goran Lovre to head the equaliser for FC Groningen a minute before the break. Civard Sprockel and Ricky van Wolfswinkel gave Vitesse a two-goal cushion, and Danny Holla’s second for Groningen could not alter the outcome.

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Leixoes 1 – Rio Ave 0 (Superliga, April 11, 2009) Diogo Valente’s 48th minute goal gave Leixoes victory over last-place Rio Ave to snap a four-game losing streak.

Belenenses 2 – Vitoria Setubal 1 (Superliga, April 11, 2009) Goals in the first nine minutes from Edson Marcelo de Faria and Rodrigues Saulo gave Belenenses a 2-1 win over 10-man Vitoria Setubal in a battle between two strugglers.

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Galatasaray 0 – Fenerbahce 0 (Super Lig, April 12, 2009) The clash of the titans ended goalless, but the result was overshadowed by the unwelcome scenes just before the final whistle. (See here.)

Eskisehirspor 2 – Ankaraspor 0 (Super Lig, April 12, 2009) Eskisehirspor also enjoyed a straightforward home win, Bulent Kocabey scoring after 30 and 65 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Ankaraspor.

Genclerbirligi 1 – Konyaspor 0 (Super Lig, April 12, 2009) Carlos Kahe grabbed the only goal in the 58th minute.

Kayserispor 2 – Denizlispor 0 (Super Lig, April 12, 2009) Furkan Ozcal scored early in each half to secure a comfortable win for the home side.

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Anderlecht 1 – Club Brugge 0 (Jupiler League, April 12, 2009) Mbark Boussoufa scored the only goal of the game in the 22nd minute as Anderlecht staved off the challenge of the division’s third-placed side.

Kortrijk 1 – Dender 2 (Jupiler League, April 11, 2009) Cedric Betremieux looked to have snatched a point for Kortrijk when he scored in the 89th minute to cancel out Admir Aganovic’s opener, but David Destorme secured the spoils from the penalty spot in stoppage-time.

Cercle Bruges 4 – Tubize 1 (Jupiler League, April 11, 2009) Frederik Boi scored twice for the home side with Sergiy Serebrennikov and Honour Gombami also on target. Valeri Sorokin netted Tubize’s consolation.

Charleroi 1 – Mouscron 0 (Jupiler League, April 11, 2009) Torben Joneleit’s strike settled the match.

Mons-Bergen 0 – KV Mechelen 1 (Jupiler League, April 11, 2009) Mons slipped 11 points behind the safety zone after being sunk by Guiseppe Rossini’s first half penalty.

Germinal Beerschot 1 – Zulte-Waregem 2 (Jupiler League, April 11, 2009) A late goal from Ernest Webnje Nfor gave Zulte Waregem the points.

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Olympiakos 0 – Larissa 1 (Greek Super League, April 12, 2009) Maciej Zurawski scored the second half winner to lead Larissa to the first away win at Olympiakos of the season.

AEK Athens 0 – Aris 1 (Greek Super League, April 12, 2009)

Xanthi 1 – PAOK 2 (Greek Super League, April 12, 2009)

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CSKA Moscow 4 – Lokomotiv Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, April 12, 2009) CSKA took the lead in the 35th minute through Alan Dzagoev’s beautifully curled free-kick. Yuri Zhirkov fired in the hosts’ second early in the second half before Alan Dzagoev claimed his second of the match with a free header in the Lokomotiv box. Marko Basa pulled a goal back for the visitors before Yuva Musa Mazu slid home CSKA’s fourth.

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Rapid Vienna 0 – Sturm Graz 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, April 12, 2009) Rapid Vienna are still placed second having suffered a defeat to Sturm Graz.

Kapfenberg 0 – FC Salzburg 2 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, April 11, 2009) The visitors took just three minutes to find the target through Marc Janko with Karel Pitak adding the second after 48 minutes.

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Hammarby 1 – Gefle 2 (Allsvenskan, April 12, 2009) 36-year-old Hans Berggren put Gefle ahead  from close range in the 11th minute after a counterattack. American striker Charlie Davies for Hammarby drew level in the 41st before Berggren set up Amadou Jawo for the 65th winner.

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AC Horsens 3 – Brondby 0 (SAS Ligaen, April 12, 2009) Gilberto netted twice after Niels Lodberg had opened the scoring from the penalty spot shortly after the half hour mark. Allan Sogaard was sent off for the hosts in the final minute. The win moved Horsens out of the relegation zone while Brondby remain second behind FC Copenhagen on goal difference.

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Vojvodina 0 – Partizan Belgrade 2 (Serbian Super Liga, April 12, 2009)

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FC Tokyo 1 – Kashima Antlers 2 (J-League, April 12, 2009) Marquinhos put the visitors ahead with only three minutes gone as the Brazilian forward beautifully curled in a shot from outside the box. Kashima’s teenage forward Yuya Osako then extended the lead in the 17th minute when he cut into the box from the left, beat two defenders and fired past the Tokyo keeper. Tokyo halved the deficit in the 41st minute when forward Shingo Akamine headed home Hanyu’s cross from close range.

Nagoya Grampus Eight 0 – Urawa Red Diamonds 1 (J-League, April 12, 2009) 17-year-old Genki Haraguchi came off the bench in the 23rd minute and scored the first goal of his career shortly before the break with a fine right-foot strike from the edge of the box.

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Seattle Sounders 0 – KC Wizards 1 (MLS, April 11, 2009) Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller was sent off just before the half hour mark and that proved decisive as Davy Arnaud drilled a 35-yard winner in the 80th minute for the Wizards. This was Seattle’s first ever defeat in the MLS.

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River Plate 2 – Gimnasia La Plata 2 (Clausura, April 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The visitors went into the break ahead after a straight forward strike from Roberto Sosa, but River responded with goals from Mauro Diaz and Diego Barrado in the second half. Juan Cuevas snatched Gimnasia a well-deserved point from the penalty spot with twenty minutes from time.

Estudiantes 1 – Boca Juniors 0 (Clausura, April 12, 2009) Estudiantes won the match thanks to a brilliant free-kick from Gaston Fernandez two minutes before the break.

San Lorenzo 0 – Velez Sarsfield 1 (Clausura, April 12, 2009) The only goal came five minutes before halftime when Rodrigo Lopez won and converted a penalty for table-toppers Velez.

Rosario Central 0 – Racing Club 1 (Clausura, April 12, 2009) Racing Club moved out of the relegation zone after winning away to fellow strugglers Rosario Central with a Franco Sosa free-kick.

Banfield 0 – San Martin 0 (Clausura, April 11, 2009)

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Corinthians 2 – Sao Paulo 1 (Paulista Final, April 12, 2009) Miranda put Sao Paulo ahead with a 25th minute header but Elias equalised four minutes later. Sao Paulo defender Andre Dias was sent off 11 minutes into the second half and Corinthians took advantage of the extra man to grab a late winner through Cristian’s long-range strike in injury time.


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