Grafite’s hat-trick sends Wolfsburg second in the Bundesliga

Wolfsburg 4 – Schalke 3 (Bundesliga, March 13, 2009) Schalke took the lead through a brilliant strike on the volley from Heiko Westermann after nine minutes. But Wolfsburg have been on great form of late and the soon drew level when Grafite won and then converted a 25th minute penalty. The turnaround was complete just before the break after serial-goalscorer Edin Dzeko again got himself on the scoresheet after great work from Grafite down the right. With 15 minutes remaining Grafite opened up a two-goal cushion for Wolfsburg only for Jermaine Jones to pull a goal back for the visitors two minutes later. But the game was killed off five minutes from time as Grafite claimed his hat-trick, despite being momentarily threatened by Kevin Kuranyi’s third for Schalke in injury time, to send Wolfsburg up to the dizzy heights of second.

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Groningen 2 – Roda 0 (Eredivisie, March 13, 2009) The hosts had to wait until the 72nd minute to go ahead against Roda, when Danny Holla fired in a deflected free-kick from just outside the area. Tim Matavz saw that the night ended comfortably when he scored a second five minutes from the end.

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Pacos Ferreira 4 – Leixoes 0 (Super Lig, March 13, 2009) Andre Pinto put Pacos ahead on the stroke of halftime, and Leixoes fell apart in the second half after Ricardo, Pedrinha (penalty) and Carneiro added further goals.

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Fenerbahce 1 – Kocaelispor 1 (Super Lig, March 13, 2009) Roberto Carlos rolled back the years to give Fener a second minute lead, thumping a shot home from 25-yards out. But it was not enough for the hosts who were held to a draw by Moreira’s last-gasp headed equaliser.

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Mechelen 2 – Anderlecht 1 (Jupiler League, March 13, 2009) Anderlecht, who had Rnic sent off in the first half, found themselves 2-down midway through the second period after Bjorn Vleminckx and Giuseppe Rossini had scored for the hosts. Tom de Sutter halved the deficit with 14 minutes to go but it was too little too late.

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Ascoli 2 – Piacenza 0 (Serie B, March 13, 2009) Ascoli leapfrogged Piacenza with this seventh consecutive home victory thanks to a Belingheri brace.

Empoli 1 – Parma 4 (Serie B, March 13, 2009)

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Jagiellonia 2 – Legia Warsaw 1 (Ekstraklasa, March 13, 2009) after falling behind to Chinyama’s 22nd strike, Jagiellonia turned the match on its head when Frankowski and Jarecki scored in either half.

Polonia Warsaw 1 – LKS Lodz 3 (Ekstraklasa, March 13, 2009) Kujawa, Czerkas and Gevorgyan put Lodz 3-up before Maka pulled a goal back in injury time.

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Gimnasia Jujuy 4 – Independiente 1 (Clausura, March 13, 2009) Matias Cahais broke the deadlock after pouncing on a loose ball following a corner. Walter Busse doubled the lead and Mauricio Ferradas added the third, before Daniel Montenegro grabbed a consolation goal with an perfect free-kick with four minutes to play. There was still time for Montenegro’s older brother Ariel to add a fourth goal for Gimnasia with another free-kick in injury time.

Arsenal Sarandi 0 – Rosario Central 5 (Clausura, March 13, 2009) Caraglio fired Central ahead with a fierce shot in the opening minutes before doubling his side’s lead with an overhead-kick before halftime. Jesus Mendez added the third in the second half before Ivan Moreno turned in a pass from Caraglio for the fourth. Jose Vizcarra completed the rout after being sent through one-on-one with the keeper four minutes from time.


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