Twente & Ajax pick up home wins; Sparta hold PSV; Porto hit five past Braga; PAOK down Pana; AEK edge Aris; Gala held; Lukaku leads Anderlecht; Haifa lose

FC Twente 1 – Willem II 0 (Eredivisie, February 21, 2010) Steve McClaren’s  FC Twente moved to within a point of PSV with a narrow victory over Willem II. Peter Wisgerhof grabbed the all-important winner for Twente on 54 minutes to boost their title ambitions.

Ajax 4 – Vitesse 0 (Eredivisie, February 21, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Ajax killed the match with three first half goal scored in a nine minute blitz against Vitesse. Luis Suarez was at the heart of the swift 19th minute attack that was finished off by Siem de Jong, and Suarez was soon on the scoresheet after the visitors failed to clear a corner. Paul Verhaegh then lifted a header over his keeper to complete a horrible 45 for Vitesse. (First half highlights here.) Siem de Jong wrapped up the points with a fourth in the second half.

Feyenoord 2 – ADO Den Haag 2 (Eredivisie, February 21, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Den Haag picked up a crucial point in their battle for survival at fourth-placed Feyenoord. The visitors opened when Gio van Bronckhorst turned a dangerous left wing cross into his own net but the hosts levelled in the 23rd minute when Georginio Wijnaldum cut in from the right and curled a sweet left-footed strike into the far corner. Jon Dahl Tomasson looked to have grabbed a 76th minute when the forward followed up Roy Makaay’s shot, but Danny Buijs grabbed a controversial injury time equaliser when he bundled the ball over the line.

PSV 1 – Sparta 1 (Eredivisie, February 21, 2010) Otman Bakkal fired PSV in front at the Philips Stadion on Sunday after 14 minutes and that looked to be enough to earn the leaders their 20th win of the season. But Rydell Poepon’s left-footed strike in the third minute of stoppage time secured Sparta an unlikely draw.


Porto 5 – Braga 1 (Liga Sagres, February 21, 2010) Porto went top of the Liga Sagres as they crushed Braga 5-1 in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash. A brace from striker Falcao plus further strikes from Jose Raul Meireles, Alvaro Pereira and substitute Fernando Belluschi put the home side five to the good at Estadio do Dragao. Osorio Alan grabbed a late goal for the visitors.

Rio Ave 1 – Pacos Ferreira 2 (Liga Sagres, February 21, 2010) A penalty on the stroke of halftime from Artur William gave the visitors the lead only for them to be pegged back by Fabio Foria’s effort. But Ricardo struck the winner in the 59th minute.

Vitoria Setubal 0 – Naval 1 (Liga Sagres, February 21, 2010) Setubal’s hopes of avoiding the drop were dealt a blow as they lost 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Naval, with Hermoza Edvaldo Bolivia grabbing the only goal of the game in the 10th minute.


PAOK 2 – Panathinaikos 1 (Greek Super League, February 21, 2010) A curling free kick by Pablo Garcia gave PAOK the lead on the hour mark, only for French striker Djibril Cisse to level four minutes later following a cross by Dimitris Salpingidis. Zlatan Muslimovic, who had replaced Edinho in the 52nd minute, scored the winner in the 68th from a probing ball forward by Olivier Sorlin.

AEK Athens 1 – Aris 0 (Greek Super League, February 21, 2010) Pantelis Kafes netted the winner at the start of the second half as Aris’ 2-game winning streak came to an end.

Pas Giannina 2 – Panionios 3 (Greek Super League, February 21, 2010) Edin Cocalic and Sito Riera put Panionios 2-up after 19 minutes but the hosts rallied before the break and Costas Mendrinos and a Saitiotis penalty brought Pas level. The visitors won the match four minutes from time when Giannis Maniatis headed home a free-kick.

Larissa 0 – Panthrakikos 2 (Greek Super League, February 21, 2010) Cameroonian striker Steve Beleck proved the visitors’ match-winner with a well-taken second half double.


Besiktas 1 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Lig, February 21, 2010)

Diyarbakispor 0 – Denizlispor 2 (Super Lig, February 21, 2010) Second half goals from Koffi and Souleymane Youla handed the visitors all three points.

Kasimpasa 3 – Gaziantepspor 0 (Super Lig, February 21, 2010) Goals from Yekta Kurtulus and a brace from Sahin Aygunes eased Kasimpasa’s relegation fears.


Anderlecht 2 – KV Mechelen 0 (Jupiler League, February 21, 2010) After a goalless first half, Guillaume Gillet gave the home side the lead in the 73rd minute, with substitute Romelu Lukaku getting the second goal two minutes later.

Gent 0 – Sint-Truiden 1 (Jupiler League, February 20, 2010) Cephas Chimedza scored the only goal of the game four minutes after the interval to move Sint-Truiden up to fifth and leave Gent five points behind second-placed Club Brugge and 12 adrift of leaders Anderlecht.


Maccabi Netanya 1 – Maccabi Haifa 0 (Ligat ha’Al, February 20, 2010) Netanya midfielder Shalev Menashe scored the only goal of the game in the second half to snap Haifa’s 10-game winning streak.