Everton beat Manchester United on penalties to reach the FA Cup final; Spurs put a large nail in Newcastle’s Premier League coffin; Rock-bottom Baggies lose a thriller at City

Manchester United 0 – Everton 0* (Pens. 4-2) (FA Cup semi-final, April 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Everton were fortunate to see Joleon Lescott deflect a Danny Welbeck shot narrowly past the Toffees’ post. In the second half Tim Cahill forced a smart save from Ben Foster with a long-range effort. At the other end Darron Gibson forced Howard into a save with yet another shot from distance. The game went to extra time and then penalties, where Berbatov and Ferdinand both missed United’s first two penalties, with Phil Jagielka proving the Everton hero slotting home winning penalty. (Short highlights of the shoot-out can be seen here, longer highlights here.)


Tottenham 1 – Newcastle 0 (Premier League, April 19, 2009) Newcastle fell behind at White Hart Lane with a goal the typifies their current woes, Modric’s low pass for Keane was cut out by Bassong, the ball rolled to Darren Bent who, on the second attempt after Harper had saved, fired in the opener. (First half highlights here, second half highlights here.)

Manchester City 4 – West Brom 2 (Premier League, April 19, 2009) West Brom confirmed their Championship status in the early stages at Eastlands, Steven Ireland was the linchpin in an early move that saw the bald headed midfielder deliver a cross that Robinho crashed home on the volley. 21 minutes in and it was 2-nil, Meite headed a corner straight up into the air and, with no Baggie taking responsibility, Nedum Onuoha stormed in to nod in the second. Chris Brunt restored some hope with a clean left-footed strike from the edge of the box. (First half highlights here.) After the break West Brom pulled level, Chris Brunt claiming his second goal by sticking out a leg from an inswinging free-kick. But the euphoria did not last long, Elano restoring City’s lead from the spot after the Brazilian was himself fouled in the box. Daniel Sturridge made the game safe with a fourth deep into injury time. (Second half highlights here.)


Ipswich 3 – Norwich 2 (Championship, April 19, 2009) Bryan Gunn’s visitors had forged ahead thanks to a fine header from David Mooney but Alan Quinn fired the home side level after an inspired touch from Giovani Dos Santos sent him clear. Giovani then converted a contentious second half penalty before Jon Stead then hit a late third to confirm a costly derby defeat for Norwich, who grabbed a last minute consolation through Sammy Clingan.

Wolves 1 – QPR 0 (Championship, April 18, 2009) Wolves’ finally went ahead in the 46th minute when Andy Keogh’s hustling forced a mistake from the Rangers defence and he crossed for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to fire home. QPR briefly set pulses racing when Rowan Vine’s effort deflected off Christophe Berra before striking the crossbar, but McCarthy’s men held on to confirm their promotion to the Premier League.

Preston 6 – Cardiff 0 (Championship, April 18, 2009) Neil Mellor opened the scoring in the 17th minute and the former Liverpool striker added a second in the 41st minute with a low shot from distance. Cardiff missed a penalty on the stroke of halftime when Ross McCormack’s effort was saved by Andy Lonergan. And the Bluebirds’ misery was complete when Preston struck again after the break through Jon Parkin, an own-goal from Mark Kennedy and further goals from substitute Chris Brown and Lee Williamson.

Leeds 3 – Tranmere 1 (League One, April 18, 2009) Top scorer Jermaine Beckford fired Leeds in front on the quarter hour mark and Neil Kilkenny added a second on 26 minutes only for Sam Sodje’s terrible headed own goal a minute later to drag Tranmere back into the game. Luciano Becchio put the game beyond Rovers with a third on 56 minutes.


Real Betis 2 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, April 19, 2009) Achille Emana scored one of the goals of the weekend to give Betis the lead over Sporting, the hosts worked a quick attack from the left hand side into the box and, after the ball popped up just inside the box, Emana smashed home an unstoppable volley that tore into the top corner. Achille Emana grabbed his second 20 minutes from time to seal the victory.

Valencia 3 – Sevilla 1 (La Liga, April 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A fine header from Julien Escude gave Sevilla the lead in the first half, but yet again David Villa was called upon the take a spot-kick and the striker never looked like missing. Juan Mata sealed the win in the hosts favour with a second penalty seven minutes from time before Pablo Hernandez added a third in injury time.

Espanyol 1 – Racing Santander 0 (La Liga, April 19, 2009) Ivan Alonso’s goal just before the hour mark was the difference between the sides.

Almeria 2 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, April 19, 2009) Almeria’s dominance finally paid off in the 71st minute though when Alvaro Negredo stabbed home the opener. Walter Pandiani then looked to have broken Almeria hearts by netting Osasuna’s equaliser six minutes from time. But Almeria rightly picked up the points when Ortiz skipped down the right and crossed in for Alvaro Negredo to send a thumping header past Roberto to seal the spoils for his side.

Valladolid 0 – Villarreal 0 (La Liga, April 19, 2009) Giuseppe Rossi missed a penalty just after the hour mark, with Inaki Bea sent off for conceding the spot-kick, costing Villarreal two points in the race to clinch the Spanish league’s final Champions League place.


AC Milan 5 – Torino 1 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Super Pippo had a goal ruled out for offside against Torino after connecting expertly with a Beckham dead-ball. But Inzaghi could not be stopped as the striker headed home a Beckham corner minutes later. The Beckham-Inzaghi combined struck again in the 37th minute with Super Pippo grabbing his second of the game. Felipe Inzaghi completed his richly deserved hat-trick after the break, the serial goal-scorer latching onto a Ronaldinho through-ball to score. Kaka added the fourth from the spot, with Ivan Franceschini netting a late consolation for Torino, before Massimo Ambrosini claimed an injury time fifth for the Rossoneri.

Udinese 3 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Udinese’s young Ghanaian striker Kwadwo Asamoah scored a well taken solo goal to hand the Zebrette the lead over Fiorentina. Gaetano D’Agostino converted a second half penalty after Fiorentina’s Alessandro Gamberini was harshly adjudged to have handled. Dario Dainelli’s header gave the visitors hope but midfielder D’Agostino netted a splendid free-kick to wrap up victory for mid-table Udinese.

Roma 3 – Lecce 2 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) After Roma’s talisman Francesco Totti had given the hosts a third minute lead over Lecce, Matteo Brighi doubled the lead ten minutes later when he met a cross at the near post to bundle the ball home. Gianni Munari pulled a goal back for the visitors before Dimitrios Papadopoulos brought Lecce back level early in the second half. But the Romans weren’t to be denied, Francesco Totti grabbing his second penalty of the game to seal the points.

Siena 0 – Chievo 2 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Sergio Pellissier’s Indian summer for Chievo continued at Siena, the midfielder breaking the deadlock midway through the first half with a simple tap from close range. Pellissier sealed the victory shortly after halftime with his sixth goal in six games.

Palermo 4 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Bologna’s Manuel Belleri put through his own net early doors at Palmero, with the hosts’ much-hyped Danish centre-half Simon Kjaer nodding in a second for the Sicilians on the stroke of halftime. Davide Succi made it three on 64 minutes, before Sergio Volpi saw red for Bologna 13 minutes from time. Marco Di Vaio did snatch a consolation with six minutes remaining, but Edison Cavani rounded off the scoring in stoppage-time.

Cagliari 2 – Napoli 0 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Giuseppe Mascara made no mistake from the penalty spot after 39 minutes to put the home side on their way and Jorge Martinez made sure the points stayed at Angelo Massimino with a second three minutes after the break.

Atalanta 0 – Reggina 1 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Amaranto striker Fabio Ceravolo scored the only goal of the game after 40 minutes to seal a win that takes them to within four points of safety with six games remaining.


Hertha Berlin 2 – Werder Bremen 1 (Bundesliga, April 19, 2009) Per Mertesacker gave the visitors the lead two minutes before half-time but a late comeback netted Hertha all three points. Josip Simunic levelled the scores after 71 minutes and Raffael’s thundering drive from 18 yards three minutes from time gave Hertha their first win after three consecutive defeats.

Hamburg 2 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, April 19, 2009) Mladen Petric struck after only a minute when he connected perfectly with a Jerome Boateng cross inside the box to volley home. Petric grabbed his second from close range seven minutes after the break to take his season’s tally to 12 goals before Hanover’s Mikael Forssell pulled one back with a penalty in the 70th minute.


Bordeaux 1 – Lyon 0 (Ligue 1, April 19, 2009) Bordeaux struck first in the season defining match with Lyon, Alou Diarra converting a corner on the stroke of halftime to send the crowd wild.

Lorient 1 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, April 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) OM’s defence was all at sea early on allowing Kevin Gameiro space to run clean through on goal and coolly slot in the opener. The league leaders turned the match after the break, Renato Civelli equalised from a corner before Brandao again got on the scoresheet rifling the winner into the roof of the net.

PSG 3 – Le Harve 0 (Ligue 1, April 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a poor first half PSG went into the break in front after a 42nd minute goal from Ludovic Giuly but the capital club raised their game in the second half with Jerome Rothen and Guillaume Hoarau sewing up the win.


PSV 6 – Ajax 2 (Eredivisie, April 19, 2009) Edison Mendez cracked home a 25-yard beauty that cannoned in off the net to put PSV ahead against Ajax. The Amsterdammers were then sliced open to concede a second, Ibrahim Afellay eventually turning the ball into an unguarded net. More disastrous defending cost Ajax a humiliating third, Nordin Amrabat picking up a horror back-pass to slot the ball into an empty net. Ajax’s star Luis Suarez restored a little pride at the end of the half pulling back a goal. The PSV onslaught continued in the second half, Jason Culina cutting in from the right to add a fourth before Balazs Dzsudzsak scored a brilliant direct free-kick to bring up the fifth. Miralem Sulejmani claimed a late consolation for Ajax before Otman Bakkal added a late sixth.

Volendam 3 – Sparta 0 (Eredivisie, April 19, 2009) Volendam climbed off the foot with victory over Sparta as Rowin van Zaanen, Paul De Lange (penalty) and Gerson Sheotahul scored for the hosts, while Sparta had Yuri Rose sent off in the final minutes.

FC Utrecht 2 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, April 19, 2009) Despite taking the lead through Paulo Henrique after three minutes, Heerenveen were pegged back by Michael Silberbauer’s equaliser four minutes later. The match appeared to be heading for a draw, but a late challenge from Darryl Janmaat on Loic Loval saw the former dismissed and Utrecht awarded a penalty. And Gregor van Dijk made no mistakes from the spot to steal the win which sees Heerenveen slip to fifth.

Willem II 3 – ADO Den Haag 3 (Eredivisie, April 19, 2009)

De Graafschap 0 – FC Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, April 18, 2009) De Graafschap slumped closer to relegation as Marcus Berg’s penalty condemned them to a bad home defeat.


Academica Coimbra 0 – Porto 3 (Superliga, April 19, 2009) Porto won the match in the second half, Rolando, Lisandro Lopez and Mariano Gonzalez all netting goals.

Vitoria Setubal 0 – Benfica 4 (Superliga, April 19, 2009) Nuno Gomes opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Oscar Cardozo made it 3-nil by adding a double before the break. Gomes then grabbed his second in the 70th minute.

Maritimo 1 – Belenenses 1 (Superliga, April 19, 2009)

Rio Ave 2 – Trofense 1 (Superliga, April 19, 2009)


Istanbul Buyuksehir 0 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Lig, April 19, 2009) Once again Milan Baros proved the match winner for Gala, tucking home the winner from close range after good work by Nonda down the right-hand side.

Besiktas 0 – Bursaspor 0 (Super Lig, April 19, 2009) Ten-man Besiktas missed the chance to go top as they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Bursaspor.


Westerlo 0 – Anderlecht 1 (Jupiler League, April 19, 2009) Tom De Sutter’s 52nd minute winner sent Anderlecht level on points with Standard Liege at the top.


Lokomotiv Moscow 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 1 (Russian Premier League, April 19, 2009) Zenit’s South Korean left-back Kim Dong-Jin grabbed the opener heading home a set-play. Lokomotiv rallied as Rodolfo equalised before the hosts had to see out the final stages with 10-men after Marko Basa saw red.

Khimki 0 – CSKA Moscow 3 (Russian Premier League, April 19, 2009)


Young Boys 3 – Grasshoppers 1 (Swiss Super League, April 19, 2009) Seydou Doumbia cancelled out Alain Schultz’s opener before the 73rd dismissal of Roland Linz turned the game. Saif Ghezal fired Young Boys in front two minutes later with Doumbia grabbing his second as the hosts moved three points behind the top two.


Zapresic 0 – Hajduk Split 2 (1. HNL, April 19, 2009)

Croatia Sesvete 0 – Dinamo Zagreb 4 (1. HNL, April 19, 2009)


Brommapojkarna 2 – AIK 3 (Allsvenskan, April 19, 2009) Viktor Lundberg, Mauro Ivan Obolo and Saihou Jagne scored for the away side, while Olof Guterstam and Imad Chhadeh did so for the guests. Brommapojkarna has Kim Odelius sent off near full time.

Gefle 1 – Elfsborg 2 (Allsvenskan, April 19, 2009)

Malmo 1 – Trelleborg 1 (Allsvenskan, April 19, 2009) Just three minutes had been played when Kristian Haynes put Trelleborg in the lead. Malmo equalised as Robert Ahman-Persson netted on 19 minutes.

Gais 3 – Hacken 0 (Allsvenskan, April 19, 2009)


FC Dallas 3 – Toronto FC 2 (MLS, April 19, 2009) Kenny Cooper was Dallas’ hero netting a brace.


Boca Juniors 1 – River Plate 1 (Clausura, April 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Defending champions Boca went ahead in the 59th minute with a 25-metre shot from 35-year-old forward Martin Palermo. But Marcelo Gallardo converted a majestic 25-yard free-kick to earn River a share of the spoils in the SuperClasico.

Newell’s Old Boys 1 – Godoy Cruz 1 (Clausura, April 19, 2009) Leandro Caruso scored for Godoy Cruz, before Leonel Vangioni equalized for the hosts.

San Martin 3 – San Lorenzo 0 (Clausura, April 19, 2009) Patricio Perez and Marcelo Quinteros put San Martin 2-up in the first half, before Cristian Canio sealed the victory in the 66th minute.

Lanus 2 – Tigre 1 (Clausura, April 19, 2009) Norberto Paparatto gave Tigre a first half lead but Maxi Velasquez rifled in the equalised three minutes later and Eduardo Salvio scored the winner in the 63rd minute after a weaving run by Jose Sand.


Corinthians 2 – Sao Paulo 0 (Paulista Final, April 19, 2009) Corinthians’ first goal arrived in the 55th minute, Ronaldo played a beautiful pass to Jorge Henrique, his shot ricocheted off the post, and Douglas was on hand to score. Ronaldo put the game out of reach when he scored in the 58th minute, beating the offside trap Ronaldo outpaced a defender and fired a shot past Sao Paulo goalkeeper Bosco.


Argentina 2 – Venezuela 0 (South American U17 Football Championship, April 17, 2009) Ezequiel Espindola fired Argentina ahead from the spot in the first half, and a Sebastian Gonzalez free-kick was converted by Ezequiel Araujo after the break.