Ajax & PSV win big; Feyenoord win 5-goal thriller; Ruiz leads Twente; Lisbon batter Porto; Wins for Pana & Olympiakos; Keita lifts Gala; Vassell scores

Ajax 4 – Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Luis Suarez may have scored a hatful this season but he doesn’t mind claiming all the goals he can get. Ajax took the lead two minutes before the break against 10-man Utrecht when Suarez deflected a shot from defender Vertonghen. On 67 minutes Gregory van der Wiel headed Ajax’s second and a minute later Luis Suarez bustled his way through for a third. Dennis Rommedahl added a fourth with two minutes to go.

PSV 5 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) The damage was done in the first half, when Balazs Dzsudzsak opened the scoring from the penalty spot before goals from Ibrahim Afellay (19), Danny Koevermans (22) and Nordin Amrabat (40) sent PSV in 4-0 up at the break. Charlison Benschop pulled one back after 63 minutes, but Koevermans grabbed his second of the match five minutes later.

Groningen 2 – Feyenoord 3 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) After a goalless first period, Andre Bahia opened the scoring for the Rotterdammers three minutes before the hour mark and the points appeared safe when Diego Biseswar made it 2-0 10 minutes from time. Goals from Tim Matavz (83) and Andreas Granqvist (88) turned the match on its head in double quick time, but Ron Vlaar netted on the stroke of full-time to hand the points to Feyenoord.

FC Twente 2 – NEC 1 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) Luuk de Jong put McClaren’s men into a first half lead, only for Bjorn Vleminckx to restore parity in the 67th minute. With a stalemate looming it was left for Bryan Ruiz to emerge as the hero as he struck late on to give Twente the points.

Sparta Rotterdam 2 – NAC Breda 2 (Eredivisie, February 28, 2010) Twice Breda let a lead slip as they had earlier forged ahead through Matthew Amoah, only for Milano Koenders to level before halftime. Csaba Feher swung the game back in Breda’s favour just three minutes into the second period, but it was Poepon who had the final say at the death.

Willem II 2 – VVV Venlo 1 (Eredivisie, February 27, 2010) Willem II did their hopes of beating the drop some good with a 2-1 win over VVV Venlo as both teams had a player sent off. Willem’s Daan Van Dinter was sent off after 18 minutes and he was joined by VVV’s Sandro Calabro, who was dismissed after 31 minutes. Garcia Gonzalo had given VVV the lead just 12 minutes into the game but Jan-Arie Van Der Heijden (42) and Frank Demouge (55) secured the three points.

Heerenveen 1 – Heracles 2 (Eredivisie, February 27, 2010) Bas Dost and Everton da Silva were the scorers for Heracles to ensure their 12th win of the season. Gerald Sibon netted Heerenveen’s reply but they remain at the wrong end of the table, four points above the bottom three.

Vitesse 0 – AZ Alkmaar 3 (Eredivisie, February 27, 2010) Mounir El Hamdaoui’s quickfire hat-trick kept AZ Alkmaar’s push for Europe on course with an easy Eredivisie victory at Vitesse. El Hamdaoui scored three goals in just 12 minutes – albeit either side of half-time – as AZ kept Vitesse deep in relegation trouble just one place outside the drop zone.


Sporting Lisbon 3 – Porto 0 (Liga Sagres, February 28, 2010) Yanick Djalo opened the scoring for the hosts after six minutes while goals from Marat Izmailov and Miguel Veloso either side of the interval completed the win. The result moves Sporting up to fourth place, 11 points behind Porto.


Lokeren 1 – Westerlo 0 (Jupiler League, February 27, 2010)


Panionios 0 – Panathinaikos 2 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010) Djibril Cisse continued his incredible vein of recent form, scoring a brace, the first was a penalty.

Olympiakos 2 – Atromitos 0 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010) Olympiakos beat Atromitos with goals from Matt Derbyshire and Costas Mitroglou.

Panthrakikos 1 – Kavala 3 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010) Goals from Ebi Smolarek, Benjamin Onwuachi and Diogo Rincon kept up Kavala’s brilliant form of late with yet another away win.

Aris 2 – Larissa 0 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010)

Levadiakos 4 – Pas Giannina 1 (Greek Super League, February 28, 2010)


Galatasaray 4 – Kasimpasa 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) Keita bagged a brace for the home side, on-loan Manchester City striker Jo scored a penalty and Arda Turan aslo got on the scoresheet.

Istanbul Buyuksehir 2 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) Iskender Alin fired the hosts into the lead on the half hour, before Alex De Souza pulled Fener level early in the second half. Fener then had De Souza sent off 10 minutes from time and Istanbul took advantage when Alin netted a last-gasp winner.

Genclerbirligi 0 – Ankaragucu 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) A first half goal from Englishman Darius Vassell earned Ankaragucu the three points.

Manisaspor 2 – Diyarbakirspor 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) Goals from Yigit Gokoglan and Ergin Keles earned Manisaspor victory.

Gaziantepspor 1 – Eskisehirspor 1 (Super Lig, February 28, 2010) Jaycee Okwunwanne first half opener for Eskisehirspor was called out in the 90th minute by Beto.


Freamunde 0 – Portimonense 3 (Liga Vitalis, February 28, 2010)


Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – Vorksla Poltava 0 (Ukrainian Premier Liga, February 28, 2010) After being dumped out the Europa League by Fulham, Shakhtar returned to winning ways thanks to Jadson’s goal on the stroke of halftime.

Dnipro D’petrovsk 2 – Zorya 2 (Ukrainian Premier Liga, February 28, 2010) A last minute Lazarovic goal earned Zorya a last-gasp point.


Polonia Warszawa 0 – Lech Poznan 3 (Ekstraklasa, February 28, 2010) Robert Lewandowski starred for Lech opening the scoring in the 35th minute, and then doubling the hosts lead 18 minutes from time. A late third from Miko Aajczak sealed  the win for third placed Lech.

Zaglebie Lubin 1 – Piast Gliwice 1 (Ekstraklasa, February 28, 2010)


Dinamo Zagreb 6 – Croatia Sesvete 0 (1. HNL, February 27, 2010) Mandzukic was the star of the show with a hat-trick.

Hajduk Split 5 – Slaven Belupo 0 (1. HNL, February 28, 2010) Dinamo Zagreb remain nine points clear of Hajduk in top spot despite a fabulous second half performance that saw the hosts score five goals against Slaven.


Rapid Bucharest 1 – Unirea Urziceni 1 (Liga I, February 28, 2010) Unirea have still not won since the end of the winter break under new coach Roni Levy.