Europa League goals: Fulham & Liverpool cruise through to the semi-finals

Wolfsburg 0 – Fulham 1 (Agg. 1-3) (Europa League quarter-final second leg, April 8, 2010) Fulham started brilliantly at Wolfsburg, after just 21 seconds Bobby Zamora turned on a six pence and stroked the ball home to put the Cottagers 3-1 up on aggregate.

Liverpool 4 – Benfica 1 (Agg. 5-3) (Europa League quarter-final second leg, April 8, 2010) Dirk Kuyt headed Liverpool into the lead on the night (with a similar goal to the one he scored against Everton at Anfield) and level on aggregate with Benfica on 27 minutes with a goal that was allowed, then disallowed and then given with some bizarre officiating. The much maligned Lucas doubled Liverpool’s lead on the night seven minutes later thanks to a fine through ball by Stevie G. Liverpool’s third was a lightning break and an excellent team goal that saw Benayoun and Kuyt supply Fernando Torres to tap home from close range. Oscar Cardozo brought Benfica back in the tie with a deflected free kick for his third goal of the tie. Any hopes of a Benfica comeback were quashed by Fernando Torres who claimed his second of the night eight minutes from time with a classy finish.

Standard Liege 1 – Hamburg 3 (Agg. 2-5) (Europa League quarter-final second leg, April 8, 2010) Mladen Petric put Hamburg in front at Standard Liege with a close range header. Igor De Camargo equalised for Standard with a flicked header from a free-kick. Mladen Petric grabbed his second of the night with a sensational scissors kick and all but sealed the aggregate win ten minutes before the break. Paulo Guerrero, who has been banned for the rest of the Bundesliga season for throwing a bottle into the crowd on Sunday, completed the win late on.

Atletico Madrid 0* – Valencia 0 (Agg. 2-2) (Europa League quarter-final second leg, April 8, 2010) The home side qualified for a semi-final meeting with Liverpool on away goals. Diego Forlan hit the bar as did David Villa for the visitors. The main moment of controversy came late on when Nikola Zigic appeared to be held back as he looked to head in from close range.


Rapid Bucharest 1 – Ceahlaul Peatra-Neamt 1 (Romanian Liga I, April 8, 2010)

Pandurii 0 – Dinamo Bucharest 0 (Romanian Liga I, April 8, 2010)


Flamengo 1 – Univ. de Chile 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 8, 2010) Walter Montillo put the away side into the lead with a fine diving header. Michael equalised after good work by Michael on 67 and with eight minutes to go Fla looked to have won the match through Leo Moura only for Matias Rodriguez to equalise in stoppage time.

Independiente Medellin 1 – Cerro Porteno 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 8, 2010) Luis Arias fired the home side’s winner on 55 just a minute after he had missed a penalty.

Alianza Lima 1 – Bolivar 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 8, 2010) Jose Fernandez scored a diving header from a Wilmer Aguirre cross.


Colon 3 – Boca Juniors 0 (Argentinean Clausura, April 8, 2010) Boca fell to 19th place following another defeat. Facundo Bertoglio scored a brace for the home side and Esteban Fuertes claimed the third.

Velez Sarsfield 0 – Estudiantes 1 (Argentinean Clausura, April 8, 2010) Gaston Fernandez scored the only goal from a Veron free kick for the Copa Libertadores holders.

Rosario Central 0 – Argentinos Juniors 1 (Argentinean Clausura, April 8, 2010) Ismael Sosa was the match winner for Argentinos.