Goal crazy in the Europa League (33 in 8 games): Fulham batter the Old Lady in a sensational night at the Cottage; Torres at the double to ease Liverpool past Lille

Fulham 4 – Juventus 1 (Agg. 5-4) (Europa League last 16 second leg, March 18, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) David Trezeguet strengthened Juventus’ position in the tie after just two minutes at Craven Cottage, firing home with a left footed strike. On fifteen minutes Bobby Zamora chested down a Konchesky cross and equalised to give Fulham some hope. The sending off of Fabio Cannavaro gave Fulham more hope and a goal just before half time from Zoltan Gera put Fulham in with a great chance. Within minutes of the second half Fulham brought the tie all square to 4-4 on aggregate, Zoltan Gera scoring from the penalty spot. Eight minutes from time the tie was won by Clint Dempsey with a fantastic chip into the far corner to send Fulham into the quarters.

The post match interview with Roy Hodgson can be seen here.

Liverpool 3 – Lille 0 (Agg. 3-1) (Europa League last 16 second leg, March 18, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Steven Gerrard scored from the penalty spot after eight minutes to level it all up on aggregate with Lille after Lucas had been felled in the box. Fernando Torres doubled the lead showing his clinical finishing ability following a direct ball. Fernando Torres made it three late on following a parried Gerrard effort.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Atletico Madrid 2* (Agg. 2-2) (Europa League last 16 second leg, March 18, 2010) Sergio Aguero reacted quickest for the opening goal in the tie at Sporting Lisbon on three minutes. Liedson equalised on 19 minutes with a fine header at the back post. Sergio Aguero showed his class just after the half hour with Atletico’s second. Polga equalised in injury time of the first half with an inswinging free-kick that missed everybody and nestled in the far corner.

Anderlecht 4 – Hamburg 3 (Agg. 5-6) (Europa League last 16 second leg, March 18, 2010) Jerome Boateng hit a long range effort for Hamburg to open the scoring at Anderlecht four minutes before the break. Two minutes later Romelu Lukaku, the 16-year-old having a brilliant season equalised on the night with a close range header. Anderlecht then went 2-1 up before half-time thanks to a Matias Suarez penalty. First half goals here. Marcell Jansen equalised for Hamburg only for Lucas Biglia to put the home side in front early in the second period – Jansen & Biglia goals on this video. Anderlecht moved level on goals in the tie when Lukaku set up Moubarak Boussoufa to score with a tidy flick. Mladen Petric completed Hamburg’s win on 75. 

Werder Bremen 4 – Valencia 4* (Agg. 5-5) (Europa League last 16 second leg, March 18, 2010) David Villa scored yet again after just three minutes at Werder Bremen and Juan Mata doubled Valencia’s lead (to make it 3-1 on aggregate) following an excellent through ball from Silva. Hugo Almeida tapped home on 26 minutes to give the home side some hope. On the stroke of half-time David Villa killed off the tie with another finish that gave Wiese no chance. Bremen though put an admirable fight back together, two goals in five minutes from Torsten Frings (penalty) and Marko Marin levelled things up again only for David Villa to complete his hat-trick with a goal that makes you shudder to think at the talent at the disposal of the Spanish this summer. Claudio Pizarro made it 4-4 to cap an incredible second leg with eight minutes to go.

Marseille 1 – Benfica 2 (Agg. 2-3) (Europa League last 16 second leg, March 18, 2010) Mamadou Niang put Marseille in front with twenty minutes to go, four minutes later Pereira scored with a long range effort into the bottom corner. Late on Alan Kardec claimed the winner with a great finish from a tight angle and secured victory in a very tight tie.

Standard Liege 1 – Panathinaikos 0 (Agg. 4-1) (Europa League last 16 second leg, March 18, 2010) Dieudonne Mbokani was too strong for the Panathinaikos defence just before the break and put Standard Liege 4-1 up on aggregate in the tie.

Wolfsburg 2 – Rubin Kazan 1 AET (Agg. 3-2) (Europa League last 16 second leg, March 18, 2010) Alan Casaev put Rubin Kazan ahead at Wolfsburg on 21 minutes. Obafemi Martins took the game to extra-time just before the hour mark. After Cesar Navas was sent off with four minutes left of extra time, Christian Gentner put the Germans through to the quarters on 119 minutes.


Sao Paulo 3 – Nacional 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 18, 2010) Dagoberto put SP in front with a looping header, Leo Lima tapped in the second and Washington scored the third in the second half.

Cerro 0 – Internacional 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 18, 2010)


Pumas 6 – Marathon 1 (Agg. 6-3) (CONCACAF Champions League second leg, March 18, 2010) Pablo Berrera opened the scoring with a quality left footed strike from distance into the top corner, Ismael Iniguez headed the second and the same player then scored the third from distance to put the home side ahead on aggregate. Five minutes into the second half Martin Bravo lobbed in the fourth only for a shocking mistake from the Pumas keeper to allow Marathon into the tie with the goal going down as a Jehu Chiapas own goal.  But further goals from Francisco Palencia who claimed a late brace completed the scoring.