Blackpool edge Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-offs; Leeds seal Championship promotion; Barcelona win at Sevilla; Real Madrid hit Bilbao for five; Robben’s brace ends Bayern’s year on a high

Blackpool 2 – Nottingham Forest 1 (Championship play-offs first-leg, May 8, 2010) Forest struck first against Blackpool with a brilliant goal out-of-nothing form midfielder Chris Cohen, the number 15 curling a stunner with the outside of his left boot that arch gloriously into the top corner. The Tangerines were only behind for 12 minutes before Keith Southern swept the hosts level from close range. Blackpool turned the match on its head early in the second half, DJ Campbell was brought down in the box and Charlie Adam stepped up to send Lee Camp the wrong way from the spot.

The post match interview with Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies is on this video.

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Leeds 2 – Bristol Rovers 1 (League One, May 8, 2010) Leeds came from a goal down and a man down to beat Bristol Rovers and clinch promotion to the Championship. It all started to look ominous for Leeds when Max Gradel was sent off for stamping on Daniel Jones amid chaotic scenes. Jones and Jo Kuffour set up Darryl Duffy to shoot Rovers ahead at the start of the second half. Jonathan Howson curled a fine equaliser before Jermaine Beckford’s 31st goal of the season clinched a famous win.

Simon Grayson was drenched by his own players during his post-match interview which can be seen here.

Exeter 2 – Huddersfield 1 (League One, May 8, 2010) Huddersfield took a second minute with a goal from Gary Robert, before Matt Taylor headed home Ryan Harley’s cross to put relegation-threatened Exeter level against Terriers after 22 minutes. Ryan Harley proved to be the host’s saviour eight minutes from time bagging the goal that kept Exeter up and sent Gillingham down, the midfielder finding the bottom corner of the net from outside the area and sent the St. James’ Park crowd bananas.

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Sevilla 2 – Barcelona 3 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Lionel Messi produced the goods again after just five minutes of Barcelona’s difficult looking match at Sevilla, chesting down a Maxwell pass and finishing with aplomb. Bojan Krkic doubled Barca’s lead just before the half hour. After Konko had been sent off for the home side, Pedro grabbed the third for Barcelona with a fine effort from the edge of the box. Sevilla though refused to concede defeat and two goals in two minutes from Fredi Kanoute and Luis Fabiano brought the home side back into the match.

Real Madrid 5 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) On twenty minutes Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the lead at home to Athletic Bilbao from the penalty spot. The ten men of Athletic Bilbao hit back just before the break, Fran Yeste danced through the home defence and beat Casillas for a fine individual goal. In the 72nd minute a quick free-kick freed Gonzalo Higuain to put Real Madrid in front again. Goals in quick succession from Sergio Ramos (80) and Karim Benzema (81) racked up another win for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Marcelo added a fifth late on.

Valladolid 2 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Christian headed Racing Santander into the lead at Valladolid. Nauzet’s successful penalty clinched the points, although both teams finished the game a man light after both Fernandez Borja and Jose Moraton were sent off.

Xerez 3 -  Real Zaragoza 2 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Xerez kept alive their brave bid to avoid relegation after a 3-2 win edged out Real Zaragoza, who are now safe from the drop despite this loss. The home side held a half-time lead thanks to Francis Perez’s 23rd-minute goal, and although Zaragoza equalised in the 67th minute through Ander Herrera, Xerez restored their advantage almost immediately when Michel netted. Carlos Calvo made it 3-1 five minutes later, and even though Zaragoza quickly reduced the deficit when Gabi netted it was not enough to save the visitors, who finished the game with 10 men when Matteo Contini was sent off for a second booking late on.

Villarreal 2 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Giuseppe Rossi and Joseba Llorente were the goalscorers as they secured a deserved win over the visitors, and despite the latter’s red card near the end, the result was never in doubt.

Sporting Gijon 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Ibrahima Balde’s 72nd-minute effort cancelled out Miguel de las Cuevas’s second-half opener.

Espanyol 2 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Espanyol have climbed above Osasuna in the table after coming from behind to seal a 2-1 win. Quick-fire goals from Juan Forlin and Pablo Osvaldo turned the game on its head.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Real Mallorca missed the chance to leapfrog Sevilla into fourth after losing 1-0 at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to Riki’s second-half goal.

Getafe 2 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Malaga lost 2-1 with barely a whimper at Getafe. The Andalucians barely put up a fight as the Madrid club strolled to victory with goals by Roberto Soldado and Pedro Leon rendering Fernando’s late header a mere consolation.

Tenerife 2 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Marc Bertran fired Tenerife in front after 15 minutes, but the visitors equalised within three minutes through Pablo Piatti. Albert Crusat appeared to have won it for Almeria with the visitors’ second after 82 minutes, but Nino popped up with the leveller in the third minute of stoppage time.

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Hertha Berlin 1 – Bayern Munich 3 (Bundesliga, May 8, 2010) Champions Bayern Munich broke the deadlock at relegated Hertha after 20 minutes as Ribery and Robben combined before Ivica Olic drilling a low drive into the far corner. Adrian Ramos drew Hertha level on the hour, but within 15 minutes Bayern were back in front when Arjen Robben scored with a 20-yard effort. Bayern’s player of the season close out the year with a third, Arjen Robben cracked home a volley after a deflected shot rebounded off the bar.

Bayern Munich’s trophy winning celebrations can be seen here.

Mainz 0 – Schalke 0 (Bundesliga May 8, 2010) Manuel Neuer was Schalke’s hero as the German keeper made a string of top quality saves before stopping a second half penalty to earned the visitors a point.

Wolfsburg 3 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Bundesliga, May 8, 2010) Zvijezdan Misimovic blasted Wolfsburg into the lead against Frankfurt with a close-range volley at the back post. Sascha Riether doubled the hosts lead on the half hour, before serial-goalscorer Edin Dzeko scored a brilliant solo effort as he turned his marker and finished with aplomb.

Hoffenheim 1 – Stuttgart 1 (Bundesliga, May 8, 2010) A fabulous end-to-end attack from Stuttgart ended when Cacau swept home the opener after 20 minutes, but Hoffenheim levelled on the stroke of halftime when Boris Vukcevic headed home a corner on the stroke of halftime. (First half highlights here.)

Monchengladbach 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Bundesliga, May 8, 2010) Bayer Leverkusen struck 10 minutes before the interval at Gladbach when Patrick Helmes scored a rebound after the keeper could only parry a save. Roel Brouwers pulled the hosts back on an even-keel ten minutes into the second half.

Werder Bremen 1 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga May 8, 2010) A cheeky close-range backheel from striker Claudio Pizarro gave Werder the advantage against Hamburg just before the hour. Ruud van Nistelrooy earned Hamburg a point when he controlled a cut-back on the edge of the box and blasted the ball into the roof of the net.

Bochum 0 – Hannover 3 (Bundesliga, May 8, 2010) Hannover raced into 3-nil lead in the first half at Bochum, Arnold Jan Bruggink opened after six minutes, Mike Hanke doubled the lead midway through the half before Sergio Pinto added number three in the final seconds of the half.

Freiburg 3 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, May 8, 2010) Lucas Barrios slipped Dortmund into the lead early in the second half, but Freiburg rallied through Mohamadou Idrissou in the hour and then Papiss Demba Cisse put the relegation strugglers in the lead with 20 minutes to go. Papiss Demba Cisse completed the home win that guaranteed Freiburg’s top flight status with a 90th minute third.

Nurnberg 1 – Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, May 8, 2010) Nurnberg remain in the thick of the relegation dogfight finishing the season in the play-offs place, Andreas Ottl scored in the 88th minute with a picture-perfect free-kick to secure a dramatic late win.

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Lille 3 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, May 8, 2010) Champions OM took the lead in the sixth minute when Mamadou Niang curled a lovely shot into the top-right corner. Marseille had goalkeeper Steve Mandanda sent off in the 28th minute after he felled Gervinho inside the penalty area, with Yohan Cabaye converting the ensuing spotkick, but Didier Deschamps’s side restored their lead in first-half injury time when Vitorino Hilton smashed home. Lille drew level through Tulio De Melo with 10 minutes to play though and secured a victory that takes them to the brink of the Champions League when right-back Mathieu Debuchy converted a corner at the near post in the fourth minute of injury time.

Valenciennes 2 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, May 8, 2010) Kim Kallstrom gave them a 16th-minute lead but Johan Audel levelled the scores in the 71st minute and Renaud Cohade gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot eight minutes later. However, an injury-time own goal from substitute Bobo Balde gifted Lyon a point.

Bordeaux 2 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, May 8, 2010) Second-half goals from Wendel (penalty) and Benoit Tremoulinas gave sixth-placed Bordeaux a 2-0 win over Sochaux.

Arsenal fans will have paid close attention to Marouane Chamakh’s behaviour at the end of the match, as the forward bid farewell to Bordeaux.

Grenoble 2 – Boulogne 0 (Ligue 1, May 8, 2010) The clash of the bottom two – Grenoble and Boulogne – went the way of basement team Grenoble thanks to a goal in each half from Danijel Ljuboja (first & second).

Le Mans 1 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, May 8, 2010) PSG’s poor away record again cost them dear as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at already-relegated Le Mans.

Monaco 2 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, May 8, 2010) Jordan Loties’ own goal gave the hosts the edge at the Stade Louis II and Moussa Maazou’s 58th-minute goal doubled the advantage before Andre Joel Sami replied for Nancy 15 minutes from time.

Montpellier 2 – Lorient 1 (Ligue 1, May 8, 2010) Montpellier are fifth after a 2-1 win over Lorient, with Victor Hugo Montano (28) and Souleymane Camara (42, penalty) putting them in control before Gregory Bourillon grabbed a consolation goal a minute from time.

Rennes 2 – Nice 2 (Ligue 1, May 8, 2010) Jerome Leroy (60) and Sylvain Marveaux (66) were on target for Rennes in their 2-2 draw against Nice, for whom Anthony Mounier (12) and Emerse Fae (77) netted.

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Uniao Leiria 1 – Porto 4 (Liga Sagres, May 8, 2010) Leiria had led through Cassio’s 23rd-minute goal but Fredy Guarin’s equaliser on the hour sparked a fightback. Falcao put the deposed champions ahead three minutes later, Cristian Rodriguez added an 82nd-minute third before Falcao’s late penalty completed the rout.

Leixoes 1 – Sporting Lisbon 2 (Liga Sagres, May 8, 2010) Miguel Veloso and Pedro Silva helped give Sporting Lisbon a 2-1 win at Leixoes.

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Galatasaray 1 – Antalyaspor 2 (Super Lig, May 8, 2010) An own goal from Yalcin Ayhan put Galatasaray in the lead after 65th minute but the goal seemed to serve as a wake-up call for Antalyaspor as Tita equalised the very next minute. It looked like the match was going to end that way until Veysel Cihan silenced the home crowd with a 90th-minute winner.

Gaziantepspor 1 – Genclerbirligi 1 (Super Lig, May 8, 2010)

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Malmo 3 – Atvidaberg 1 (Allsvenskan, May 8, 2010)

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Partizan Belgrade 1 – Red Star Belgrade 0 (Serbian Superliga, May 8, 2010) Midfielder Radoslav Petrovic claimed the only goal with a beautifully flighted strike into the top corner in the 73rd minute.

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Urawa Red Diamonds 2 – Yokohama F. Marinos 3 (J-League, May 8, 2010) Kazuma Watanabe opened the scoring after just six minutes after good work from Shunsuke Nakamura only for Yosuke Kashiwagi to pull the home side level 14 miutes later. Shingo Hyodo restored the Marinos’ lead on the stroke of halftime only for Brazilian striker Edmilson to equalise for the Reds four minutes after the break. But on the hour mark Koji Yamase set up Watanabe to add a second to lift the Marinos up to sixth.

Shimizu S-Pulse 0 – Albirex Niigata 2 (J-League, May 8, 2010) Daigo Nishi and Brazilian striker Michael were on target as resurgent Albirex Niigata shattered Shimizu S-Pulse’s unbeaten start to the season.

Vissel Kobe 3 – Jubilo Iwata 0 (J-League, May 8, 2010) Hiroto Mogi, Yoshito Okubo and Brazilian midfielder Popo scored as Vissel Kobe beat Jubilo Iwata 3-0.

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Botafogo 3 – Santos 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 8, 2010)

Palmeiras 1 – Vitoria 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 8, 2010)

Atletico GO 0 – Gremio 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 8, 2010)

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Racing Club 0 – River Plate 3 (Clausura, May 8, 2010) Funes Moris was River’s hero bagged a first half hat-trick inside 24 minutes.

Newells Old Boys 6 – Gimnasia La Plata 0 (Clausura, May 8, 2010)

Velez Sarsfield 4 – Chacarita Juniors 1 (Clausura, May 8, 2010)

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Chivas 0 – Morelia 1 (Agg. 2-5) (Mexican Primera Division play-offs, May 8, 2010) Morelia midfielder Elias Hernandez scored the only goal in the 57th minute. Chivas had defender Hector Reynoso sent off four minutes from time after he hit substitute Miguel Angel Sansores with his knee.

Monterrey 1 – Pachuca 2 (Agg. 1-3) (Mexican Primera Division play-offs, May 8, 2010) Monterrey went ahead through Paraguayan midfielder Osvaldo Martinez after half an hour. Edy Brambilla equalised with a header from a corner right after halftime following an error by goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco.  The home saw Martinez miss a penalty on the hour and Pachuca took control after that, scoring again through Luis Montes with three minutes remaining.


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