Ajax close in on Twente; Hulk returns to lead Porto past Belenenses; Pana on brink of Greek title; Rubin drop points as Spartak get first win; Fener beat Gala

Ajax 3 – Groningen 0 (Eredivisie, March 28, 2010) Ajax struck after 38 minutes at home to Groningen when centre-half Jan Vertonghen powered in a free-kick connecting with a bullet header. The Amsterdammers doubled their lead midway through the second half when Siem de Jong beat the offside trap and cracked a sweet first-time shot into the roof of the near post. Ajax closed out the match the same way they started as Jan Vertonghen headed in his second set-piece of the day as Ajax closed the gap to four points on league leaders Twente.

VVV Venlo 2 – PSV 4 (Eredivisie, March 28, 2010) An early Otman Bakkal header, getting on the end of Toivonen’s left-wing cross, put PSV ahead at VVV Venlo. PSV doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Balazs Dzsudzsak cracked a tidy left-footed shot in off the far post. The guests started the second half superbly as well and Danny Koevermans made it three for PSV after a good cross from Manolev. VVV never gave up and Ruben Schaken pegged one back around the hour mark. However, again Bakkal restored his side’s three-goal lead only one minute later. Young attacker Kris Boymans scored the a second consolation in the dying minutes of the game for Venlo.

FC Utrecht 2 – RKC 0 (Eredivisie, March 28, 2010) Dries Mertens and Michael Silberbauer scored first-half goals as FC Utrecht enjoyed a 2-0 home win over bottom club RKC Waalwijk.

NEC 0 – Feyenoord 0 (Eredivisie, March 28, 2010)


Belenenses 0 – FC Porto 3 (Liga Sagres, March 28, 2010) Hulk returned from a three-month suspension to score a cracking goal for the second. Rolando and Radamel Falcao scored the first and third.


Atromitos 0 – Panathinaikos 3 (Greek Super League, March 28, 2010) Goals from Dimitris Salpingidis, Djibril Cisse and Sebastian Leto gave Panathinaikos a 3-0 win at Atromitos  in the Greek league on Sunday.

AEK Athens 1 – Panionios 1 (Greek Super League, March 28, 2010) Ignacio Scocco scored in the 90th minute to rescue a 1-1 draw for fourth-placed AEK Athens at home to Panionios, who went ahead through Fanouris Goundoulakis but had Lorenzo Sito Riera sent off four minutes from time.

Larissa 2 – PAOK 1 (Greek Super League, March 28, 2010) Daniel Cousin had given Larissa the lead in the 16th minute, while they finished the game with 10 men following the sending-off of Panagiotis Katsiaros in the 90th minute. Substitute Sander Puri scored the winner in the 90th minute after Pablo Contreras’s 83rd-minute leveller looked to have snatched a point for PAOK.

Aris 1 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, March 28, 2010)


Standard Liege 2 – Charleroi 0 (Jupiler League playoffs, March 27, 2010) A lacklustre game exploded into life right at the end as a Dieumerci Mbokani double ensured Standard started the play-offs with a much needed win and gained confidence ahead of the midweek trip to Hamburg.

Sint Truiden 0 – Club Brugge 0 (Jupiler League playoffs, March 27, 2010) Club Brugge blew their first opportunity to gain ground on leaders Anderlecht with an extremely disappointing scoreless draw away to a somewhat depleted Sint-Truiden in which they never even remotely looked like title contenders.


Spartak Moscow 2 – Lokomotiv Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, March 28, 2010) Spartak raced into a 2-goal lead through Marek Suchy and Ari in the opening 18 minutes. Alexander Aliev pulled Lokomotiv back in the match just before the half hour, but Spartak held on to claim the three points.

Rubin Kazan 0 – Terek Grozny 0 (Russian Premier League, March 28, 2010) Rubin Kazan dropped their first points of the season as the defending champions were held to a goalless draw by Terek.

Rostov 1 – Saturn 0 (Russian Premier League, March 28, 2010)


Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – Arsenal Kyiv 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 28, 2010) Shakhtar’s Brazilian forward were in fine form against Arsenal in the first half, Jadsen curling in a beauty after 16 minutes before a team effort carved open the visitors allowing Willian to slot in the second. Maxim Shatskyh gave the visitors hopes netting 12 minutes from time, before teenager Douglas Costa sealed the win for Shakhtar in the first minute of injury time. (Second half goals here.)

Dynamo Kiev 3 – Metalist Kharkiv 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 28, 2010) First half goals from Taras Mikhalik and Artem Milevskyi put Kiev 2-up at halftime against Metalist. Milevsky wrapped up a comfortable home win when he swept home a third from the edge of the box in the second half.


Galatasaray 0 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, March 28, 2010) Daggers were drawn at Gala goalie Leo Franco when he let in a clanger in the big big against Fener, the Argentine letting Selcuk Sahin’s straightforward shot through his hands for the only goal of the game.

Gaziantepspor 2 – Sivasspor 2 (Super Lig, March 28, 2010)

Denizlispor 3 – Kasimpasa 3 (Super Lig, March 28, 2010)

Antalyaspor 0 – Manisaspor 0 (Super Lig, March 28, 2010)


Gefle 1 – Malmo 3 (Allsvenskan, March 28, 2010) Robert Ahman-Persson scored after 11 and 58 minutes to hand the visitors a comfortable lead, which was extended by Daniel Andersson in the 62nd minute before Alexander Gerndt netted a consolation goal with 12 minutes remaining.

Halmstad 4 – Atvidaberg 0 (Allsvenskan, March 28, 2010) Halmstad won for the first time this campaign, after a defeat and a draw in their opening two matches, thrashing newly-promoted Atvidaberg 4-0. Goals came from Anel Raskaj, Emil Salomonsson, Alexander Prent and Johnny Lundberg.


Stromsgodset 2 – Viking 1 (Tippeligaen, March 28, 2010)

Valerenga 0 – Rosenborg 0 (Tippeligaen, March 28, 2010)


Young Boys 3 – Aarau 1 (Swiss Super League, March 28, 2010)


Slask Wroclaw 1 – Korona Kielce 1 (Ekstraklasa, March 27, 2010)

Polonia Warsaw 2 – Arka Gdynia 1 (Ekstraklasa, March 27, 2010)

Cracovia Krakow 1 – Ruch Chorzow 4 (Ekstraklasa, March 27, 2010)


Mattersburg 1 – RB Salzburg 6 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 27, 2010)