Benfica go 6-clear edging Braga; Twente extend lead as Ruiz hits trips; Zenit win on the road; Besiktas go second

Benfica 1 – Braga 0 (Liga Sagres, March 27, 2010) Luisao latched on to Javi Garcia’s header a minute before the break to score the winner at the Stadium of Light.

Vitoria Guimaraes 1 – Academica Coimbra 0 (Liga Sagres, March 27, 2010) Guimaraes beat Academica 1-0 behind Rui Miguel’s 84th-minute goal.

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FC Twente 3 – Sparta 0 (Eredivisie, March 27, 2010) Bryan Ruiz scored in the 46th, 49th, and 50th minutes, the second a penalty, in a frenetic period of play that also saw Sparta’s Milano Koenders sent off.

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Dynamo Moscow 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Russian Premier League, March 27, 2010) Zenit were 2-1 winners at Dinamo Moscow after first-half goals from Danny (12) and Vladimir Bystrov (33) before Dmitri Kombarov puled one back for the hosts with a 66th-minute penalty.

Sibir Novosibirsk 0 – Spartak Nalchik 2 (Russian Premier League, March 27, 2010) Joke defending from Sibir keeper Wojciech Kowalewski, who completely fluffed his attempts to hoof a long clearance, allowed Vladimir Dyadyun to score after 17 minutes. More poor goalkeeping from Kowalewski gifted Dyadyun’s his second in the 53rd minute, the keeper losing a foot race to the striker who ended up rolling the ball into the back of an empty net.

Samara 2 – Tomsk 3 (Russian Premier League, March 27, 2010) A horror own-goal from Andrey Ivanov and equally bad defending to allow Evgeni Savin to grab a second, put hosts Samara into a commanding lead after just 11 minutes. Dmitri Michkov got the visitors back into the game with a 24th minute penalty, and Tomsk were back level pegging in the 32 when Kirill Kovalchuk equalised. A scrappy goal from George Jokic completed the turnaround in the 39th minute and once in front Tomsk held on the claim the win.

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Besiktas 3 – Eskisehirspor 2 (Super Lig, March 27, 2010) The visitors led through Umit Karan’s double in the first 22 minutes before Nihat Kahveci and Bobo pulled them level with goals in the 31st and 59th minutes. The momentum was then with Besiktas and the stage was set for Holosko to come on and hit the winner with 17 minutes to go. The win takes Besiktas into second, three points behind Bursaspor having both played 27 games.

Genclerbirligi 1 – Diyarbakirspor 0 (Super Lig, March 27, 2010) Genclerbirligi beat Diyarbakirspor 1-0, Mustafa Pektemek sealing the win in the first half.

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Zakarpattia 0 – Obolon Kyiv 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 27, 2010) A pacey second half attack from the visitors was finished by Serhiy Rozhok for the only goal of the game.

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Kalmar 2 – Elfsborg 2 (Allsvenskan, March 27, 2010)

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Hajduk Split 2 – Varteks 0 (1. HNL, March 27, 2010)


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